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A Dish to Pass – Layered Mexican Dip

22 Apr

I have no idea where I originally found this recipe for layered Mexican dip, however it has become my go to dish for gatherings. I’m not a huge fan of cooking (I do it because a girl has to eat), so when it comes to entertaining, I try to focus on recipes that are easy to whip up, but also taste delicious. This layered Mexican dip is very easy to make and is always a big hit with family and friends.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 can refried beans (black or pinto)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • Peppers (red, green, orange, or yellow)
  • Green onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheese (Mexican, cheddar or Colby Jack)
  • Casserole dish

Step 1:
Spread the refried beans evenly on the bottom of the dish.

Step 2:
Mix the sour cream and taco seasoning together by hand in a small mixing bowl. Spread evenly over the refried beans. Note: Organic low-fat sour cream can be a bit soupy compared to conventional brands – however, it tastes the same.

Step 3:
Finely chop the veggies and evenly sprinkle over the sour cream layer. I usually use about 1/2 carton of cherry tomatoes, 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 of another colored pepper, and 3-4 green onions. You could also add olives or jalapenos.

Step 4:
Generously sprinkle the cheese over the veggies.

Step 5:
Chill and enjoy!

Do you have a signature dish to pass? I’m always on the look out for easy, crowd-pleasing recipes!

xoxo, Andi

Sunday Brunch

15 Apr

This weekend I had my in-laws over for brunch. I love entertaining – any excuse to decorate the table and break out the serving dishes we got as wedding gifts. The theme for Sunday’s brunch was spring. Now I know this theme is a bit lame, however I have been so desperate for bright colors and warm weather I couldn’t wait any longer and decided to bring spring to me. I kept the tablescape simple, however added lots of pops of color for visual interest.

Breakdown of the tablescape:

  • Begonias from Trader Joe’s – They have such beautiful and inexpensive flowers.
  • Scrapbook paper as placemats – I have a ton of unused scrapbook paper so I decided to select a few pages to brighten up the table.
  • Shipping paper – This is my go-to table covering. It adds great texture and is super inexpensive, you can get a roll at your local dollar store.
  • Tea cups – I love showing off some of my favorites from my tea cup collection.
  • Saucer crackers – Normally crackers are a lot bigger and sold only during the holidays. My mother-in-law brought these cute mini crackers over from the UK. Although they appear small, they packed a pretty big BANG! I startled myself when I pulled the ends, I expected a dainty pop!

So what was on the menu? Quiche, mimosas, fruit, cocktail shrimp, salad and coffee. It was delicious!

How have you brought spring into your home?

xoxo, Andi