Archive for December, 2011

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Now this is an ice bar ready for New Year’s Eve!

Happy New Year, 2011, and for any last minute party tips, click here.

Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipe

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Just in time for your holiday entertaining, this delicious chocolate cake recipe is a simple chocolate cake and takes no time to make, yet everyone loves it and can never get enough.  Here are the ingredients and instructions.

8-ounces sour cream

½ cup canola or vegetable oil

½ cup water

4 eggs

1 box chocolate cake mix with pudding in the box

1 small box instant chocolate pudding

12-ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cocoa powder for dusting the cake pan

Powdered sugar to dust the cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease and flour (use cocoa powder not flour) a bundt pan.

Blend with a mixer the first four ingredients.  Then add the cake mix, then the chips and the pudding last.  Do not over-mix once you put the pudding in.  Then quickly transfer to the bundt pan and bake for 1 hour.  Insert toothpick to check cake is thoroughly baked and remove from the oven and let cool.

When the pan is cool enough, flip out this simple chocolate cake onto a baking rack and continue cooling.  When completely cool, dust with powdered sugar and serve.  This delicious chocolate cake recipe is a no fault recipe and the cake comes out perfect every time.

An alternate idea to this delicious chocolate cake recipe is to substitute mint chips for chocolate chips to give the simple chocolate cake a minty cool taste.

Enjoy the holidays and until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

Simple Flower Arrangements for a Holiday Centerpiece

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Don’t have much time but still want an elegant holiday centerpiece for your special events this December? Simple flower arrangements such as submerged flowers are easy to make and will dress up any table or buffet.

For this holiday centerpiece, Jennifer McGarigle of Floral Art designed this table decoration using floating candles and ilex berries.  She also wrapped the votive candles with silver ribbon.

Decorative Christmas flowers don’t need to be expensive or lavish.  Especially for those on a budget, simple flower arrangements will light up a room and the components can easily be reused.

Just take a large cylinder glass container and place a couple of ilex berry stems inside and fill the container with water.  Create a cool streamlined design using different size containers.

Other simple flower arrangements for the holidays include using a pink Cymbidium orchid stem with these large containers.  You can either place a little water on the bottom of the container to keep the orchid fresh, or submerge it as well and add a floating candle.  A twist on this idea is to place colored pebbles or glass rocks on the bottom of the glass container.  Add a bit of light using light up cubes in the water.

Another holiday centerpiece idea is to place pomegranates in these large cylinders with either green apples or pine cones.  You can use plain pine cones or buy pine cones painted in gold, or spray paint them in the color you choose.

For more ideas on simple flower arrangements, click here.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

Grilled Swordfish Recipe with Pineapple, Mango and Papaya Mint Salsa

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Here is a simple grilled swordfish recipe that I recently made.  It took only minutes to prepare and tasted delicious.

Prior to cooking your fish, prepare your salsa.  Use about 4 oz each of fresh and ripe pineapple, mango and papaya. If you decide to use canned fruit for this grilled swordfish recipe, just make sure to drain the juice prior to mixing the fruit together.

Cut the fruit into small squares and stir together with about 1 to 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped mint.  Place the salsa in the refrigerator for about an hour to allow the flavors to meld.  Take the salsa out about 20 minutes prior to serving to ensure it is at room temperature.

For each swordfish serving, consider one 6 to 8 oz swordfish steak per person.

Take your swordfish and brush both sides of the steak with extra virgin olive oil and season it with salt and pepper.  Place the fish on the grill, either stove-top or BBQ,  and grill until opaque, about 8 minutes in total.  It is important for this grilled swordfish recipe to continue checking the fish so that you don’t overcook it.

Once your swordfish is cooked, top it with the salsa and serve.  For added garnish, grill some papaya and place it on the plate as well.

Enjoy this easy-to-make grilled swordfish recipe and for more quick yet impressive recipes, click here.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra:  make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!