Avocado Bacon Crostini with Chili Infused Honey

Avocado Bacon Crostini with Chili Infused Honey. Perfect appetizer for a dinner party!

Ian has a sweet spot for a good cheese plate. When we were living in Madison we would wake up early on Saturday mornings to hit up the farmer’s market for a block of aged cheddar. For an easy appetizer, I would slice it up on a platter with grapes, apples, and crackers – it was always a big hit with Ian…and his roommates!

Avocado Bacon Crostini with Chili Infused Honey. Perfect appetizer for a dinner party!

Interested in expanding my appetizer repertoire, I scoured Pinterest for recipe inspiration. I scrolled across this recipe for homemade Chili Infused Honey and knew I found a winner! Boulder Locavore’s recipe is simple, but the result is a delicious honey with a subtle chili punch. Packaged with a mini honey dipper this would make a “sweet” hostess gift! (See what I did there?!)

Avocado Bacon Crostini with Chili Infused Honey. Perfect appetizer for a dinner party!

While this chili infused honey can be incorporated into endless recipes, I chose to drizzle it over these Avocado Bacon Crostini. The combination resulted in a salty + sweet + spicy appetizer. Definitely a winner!

Avocado Bacon Crostini with Chili Infused Honey

Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • 1 Avocado, sliced into cubes
  • 6 Strips cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 3 Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese Triangles
  • 1 French baguette
  • Chili Infued Honey: Visit Boulder Locavore’s website for the recipe!

Recipe:

  • Preheat your oven to 350˙
  • Cut the french baguette in even 1/2 inch slices and place on a baking sheet
  • Drizzle the baguette slices with olive oil and slice the baking sheet into the oven
  • After 5 minutes take the baking sheet out of the over and flip each crostini. Bake for an additional 3 minutes
  • Take the baking sheet out of the oven and let the crostini cool
  • Spread the Laughing Cow cheese over each slice and top with avocado, bacon, and feta cheese crumbles
  • Drizzle with Chili Infused Honey and serve

DIY Tea Towels

DIY Tea Towels! Perfect hostess gift or wedding present!

My godmother is one of those people who overflows with creative talent. I remember spending summer nights at her house sitting around the kitchen table painting sun catchers, cross stitching, and learning how to crochet. Therefore, when it comes to wedding presents, it is no wonder that she is known for her embroidered tea towels. My mother received a few over the years and I was overjoyed to receive a set of my own on my wedding day. It was one of those moments when you realize – I’m all grown up! Crazy how a set of tea towels can do that!

DIY Tea Towels! Perfect hostess gift or wedding present!

Ian and I have a few weddings to attend this summer and I wanted to add a touch of my godmother’s homemade charm to the gifts we picked off the registry. My embroidery skills need a bit of practice, so I opted for a fool-proof option – fabric pens! I chose to write on the towels, but you could also decorate the towels with a cute design!

DIY Tea Towels! Perfect hostess gift or wedding present!

Quick Tip: Use light strokes so the fabric pen ink won’t bleed! Let the ink dry, then trace over your work to achieve a more saturated look.

Bourbon Caramel Corn

Bourbon Caramel Corn

Fathers can be the hardest people to buy gifts for. Either their hobbies are too expensive for your price range, or they have a non-existent “wish-list” since they buy everything they want themselves.

Bourbon Caramel Corn

Thankfully, food is always a welcomed gift. Given that November is my father’s birthday month, I recently had a brainstorm session to think up a creative gift for the man who has everything and wants nothing.

Bourbon Caramel Corn

My father has a sweet spot for caramel corn, so I decided to take a modern spin on a classic treat – Bourbon Caramel Corn. While you might be concerned that the bourbon will be overpowering, I can assure you that the alcohol kick is boiled off and you are left with a subtle flavoring. Enjoy!

Bourbon Caramel Corn

Ingredients

  • 10 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. corn syrup
  • 4 Tbs. bourbon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda

Instructions

  • In a sauce pan combine the butter, corn syrup, sugar and salt and bring to a boil
  • Let boil and continue to stir for five minutes
  • Stir in the bourbon and baking soda. The caramel should get light and frothy
  • Immediately pour over popcorn and stir to coat
  • Spread caramel corn evenly over parchment paper and let cool
  • Break apart and store in an air tight container