4 Ways to Celebrate National Pizza Party Day

It’s National Pizza Party Day! But then again, isn’t every Friday?

We have an awesome TGIF routine in our home, and it’s the best way to kick off a weekend, in my opinion. We pop some corn, put on our pajamas, order a pizza, and set up a picnic in the living room for a family movie night.

Best part: it requires minimal effort and includes maximum snuggle time. Want to host your own National Pizza Party Day tonight? Here are four fun and simple ideas.

Make Your Own Pizza: Build your own pie (but you can cheat and get pre-made dough!) with all the fixings: sauce, cheese, and toppings of your choice!

Treat Yourself to a Fun Goodies: A fun pillow, some silly socks, a pizza purse! Celebrate National Pizza Day without the calories with these kitschy-cute finds.

Order in and Relax: This is my preferred means of pizza-party celebrating! Order a pie and enjoy it picnic-style! Paper plates are even better… No mess, no fuss, no dirty dishes. (Did I mention yesterday was National No Dirty Dishes Day?!)

Make a Giant Pizza Cookie: It’s not a party without dessert! Make a big giant cookie pie, like this one by Sally’s Baking Addiction, and enjoy. There’s no sweeter way to kick off the weekend.

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Best Salad Recipes and Tools

Did you catch our Facebook Live today? We had our own mini Salad Celebration (a Saladbration if you will!) at the office. We couldn’t let National Salad Month pass us by without sharing a sneak peek at our lunch menu, now could we?

Yes, on any given day, you will find most of the MT ladies munching, crunching, and lunching on salads. (It’s quite a noisy scene in our little office come noon-o’-clock.) We’re like a bunch of rabbits let loose in a garden. Hehe!

Nevertheless, based on the awesome response and interaction we had during our FB Live today, we’re guessing you guys love your salads too! Whether it’s meant as a meal, an appetizer, or a side dish, a salad can be as simple or as complicated as you choose. It’s a vehicle for flavor and protein and all sorts of deliciously colorful and healthy delights!… Just thinking about it makes me want to start dicing and chopping and chewing!

We’ve rounded up a few of our fave veggie-filled creations and some awesome gadgets to take your salad game up a notch. Happy Saladbration!

Asparagus Caprese Salad via Aberdeen’s Kitchen

Southwest Cous Cous Salad via Savory Tooth

Kale Salad via The Garlic Diaries

Chicken Fajita Salad via The Londoner

Mediterranean Chopped Salad via Family Food on the Table

Cucumber Watermelon and Basil Salad via Foodie Crush

Mexican Street Corn Salad via As Easy as Apple Pie

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad via Foodie Crush

BLT Salad via It All Started With Paint

  1. Sur la Table All-in-One Salad Station, $50 / 2. OXO Grape Tomato Cutter, $10 / Trudeau Toss & Clip Salad Shears, $25 / 4. Microplane Salad and Herb Mezzaluna, $14 / 5. OXO Salad Dressing Shaker, $15 / 6. AquaChill Bowl and Servers, $20

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Cinco de Mayo Mango Margaritas

Cinco de Mayo Mango Margaritas – just go ahead and try to say that five times fast! Actually, skip that and let’s get to the mixing, the making, and the margarita-ing (yes, it’s a verb). If you didn’t get a chance to celebrate Cinco de Mayo yesterday, you don’t have to worry. The weekend is here! And there’s a good chance you have everything you need on hand to whip up a batch of these tasty mango margaritas.🍹

I haven’t yet found a margarita I didn’t want to get to know better, but this mango version boasts all kind goodness. I know it’s a margarita we’re talking about here, but mangoes do a body good. Mangoes are naturally sweet so you can usually avoid adding sugar to your margarita and one cup of the little yellow guys has over 20 different vitamins and minerals, including 100% of your daily Vitamin C.

The mango margarita recipe is ridiculously simple to make, but you can spruce up your serving of it by choosing from two different glass rim options.

  • Option 1: Sweet & Citrus – Mix together lime zest and sugar (let the lime zest dry for a few minutes before adding the sugar).
  • Option 2: Salty & Spicy – Mix together chili powder and sea salt.

Ingredients (makes two)

  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup of OJ, triple sec, or orange-flavored liquor
  • 1 squeeze of lime juice

Directions

  1. Rim glass with desired flavors.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth.
  3. Enjoy with your favorite chips and salsa!

Find even more of our favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes here!

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Fiesta-Worthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes

If there’s one type of cuisine I can get behind, it’s Mexican. If it was up to me, I’d eat it every night of the week. Lucky for me, my husband and I are on the same palatable page. Too bad my kids have yet to discover the joy of Mexican food. But I say, the spicier, the better… paired with a margarita por favor. Cinco de Mayo might just be my favorite spring “holiday.” It’s a bonafide excuse to indulge in cheesy, crunchy, flavorful fiesta-ready food… and to sip tequila. I mean, what’s no to like?!

To celebrate the ultimate Mexican Friday feast, we’ve rounded up a few favorite recipes, perfect for a festive gathering on the Cinco, Seis, Siete, or even Ocho of Mayo. Enjoy!

Crock Pot Mexican Casserole via Well Plated

Mexican Cornbread Casserole via Kid Friendly Things to Do

Chicken Fajitas on a Stick via Dinner at The Zoo

Mexican Pasta Salad via Home. Made. Interest.

Loaded Mexican Fries via Chef Savvy

Mexican Pasta Salad via Home. Made. Interest.

Pineapple Salsa via Always Order Dessert

Mexican Street Corn via Baking Beauty

7-Layer Taco Salad via The Life Jolie

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Easter Brunch Recipes

Easter is a diet-free day in our home. You can just check your calorie-counting ways at the door if you plan on coming to my house on this special spring Sunday. Wear your comfy pants and bring your appetite, there’s going to be some serious feasting and foodie-ing.

Between the obligatory basket-candy tasting, the crushed decorated hard-boiled eggs that need to be eaten, and the giant ham that boils in beer for hours on the stove, you better believe that there will be ample eats for everyone. Of course, if I had to pick just one standout meal on Easter (and why would I?!), it would be brunch. The big annual morning egg hunt leaves everybody feeling hungry and energized, and a big meal (complete with eggs, of course!) is just what the Bunny ordered.

We’ve rounded up a few favorite breakfasty brunch recipes for your Easter planning pleasure. May your hearts and plates be full.

Hard-Boiled Egg Chicks via Julie Blanner

Carrot Cake Waffles via Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Bunny Fruit Platter via Worth Pinning

Italian Eater Bread via Bake With Christina

Cheesy Bacon Spinach Frittata via Joyful Healthy Eats

Overnight Eggs Benedict Casserole via Baker Bettie

Easter Bunny Shaped Rolls via Plated Cravings

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Family-Friendly Food Pranks for April Fool’s Day

Whilst researching for this April Fool’s food post, I alternated between laughing out loud and gagging internally. Yeah, you can find some really nasty jokes to play on your loved ones on the Inter-webs… But, lucky for you, we like to keep it pretty (and classy!) here at Momtrends, so we’ll share only the funny and cute tricks to fool your kids with on April 1, and avoid the nausea-inducing options (like, um, edible cat litter with chocolate poop). Sorry, I couldn’t help myself there. But marshmallow treats that look like meatloaf and mashed potatoes that resemble sundaes? Those are tasty tricks we can get behind. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite family-friendly food pranks!

Meatloaf Rice Krispies via The Stay at Home Chef

Pulled Pork “Cinnamon Rolls” via Food Pusher

Mashed Potato “Sundaes” via Bake at 350

Pizza Cake via Betty Crocker

Breakfast Dessert Tacos via Fork and Beans

“Not-Really Chicken” Pot-Pie Vanilla Pudding via Food.com

Asparagus Cake via Sweetapolita

Veggie-Filled Chocolate Bunny The Decorated Cookie

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Chips and Dips: 10 Recipes to Dive Into

Chips and dip… A match made in culinary heaven, a universally loved coupling, and the ultimate “uniter” of game fanatics (like my husband) and sports haters (like moi)… They go hand in hand (again, like me and my hubs!), flavor in flavor, and bite for bite.

Clearly, I love me some chips and dips. It’s a favorite appetizer and a totally versatile starter. Whatever your preferred flavor profile there’s a perfect chip and dip combo for you–from the salty and spicy to the crunchy and refreshing to the melty ooey and gooey to the creamy and sweet.

March 23 is National Chip and Dip Day (right?!? who knew?!)–so root for your favorite team (’tis the month of March Madness, after all) or just veg out in front of the TV and binge on Netflix and ranch.

We’ve rounded up a few totally amazing dip recipes from the savory and cheesy to the fresh and healthy to the indulgent and dessert. Happy dipping!

Dill Pickle Dip via Wonky Wonderful

Roasted Polbano & Salsa Verde Dip via the Flavor Bender

Onion-Soup Dip With Bacon and Gruyere via Spicy Southern Kitchen

Hot Caprese Dip via Rachel Cooks

Cheeys Bacon Jalalpeño Corn Dip via Host the Toast

Loaded Cowboy Queso via The Cookie Rookie

Mexican Spinach Dip via Food Folks and FunGreek Layer Dip via Well Plated

Unicorn Cheesecake Dip via Chocolate Covered Katie

Fluffy S’mores Dip via Homemade Hoopla

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Snack Time Hacks

Kids are bottomless pits… or so I’m told. My kids could pass on significant meals all day in lieu of snacks, snacks, and more snack. Salty eats, sweet treats, crunchy munchies, and ooey-gooey chewies, they don’t discriminate. For snacks, there’s no satiating their hunger… But put a balanced breakfast in front of their faces and they’ll turn up their noses and feign full bellies. If it’s labeled a “snack,” they’re game (they don’t even read… how do they know?!?) Just don’t call it a meal… or they’ll bail faster than you can say “lunch is served.”

While I’d love for them to sit down at the family table three times a day for three square meals, I’ve learned to pick my battles with my picky eaters—and to maximize the nutrition in the snacks they actually are consuming. And, perhaps most importantly, this motivated mama has learned to rely on a few sneaky tried-and-true snack-attack hacks to help keep her babies happy and well fed.

Separate Healthy Snacks in a Muffin Tin

This one little trick works to get my kids eating, quietly and cooperatively within seconds. It also encourages them to share politely—win-win! I simply put different snacks in each cup of a muffin tin. (Actually, I create a mirror image of snacks—so my each of my kids has the exact same portion, but they’re own serving.) Raisins, Craisins, dehydrated yogurt snacks, apple slices, grapes, cereal, Goldfish… if it fits in a muffin cup, fill it up!

If you have a tin like this, you can fill the middle row of compartments with extra “sharable” treats—fruit snacks, chocolate chips, and coconut shavings work wonders but might create a thumb war!

P.S. The muffin tin trick is also an amazing hack for sundae bars or taco-night toppings.

Turn Something Healthy Into Something Beautiful… or Into a Super-Indulgent, But Still Somewhat Good-for-YOu Treat!

via babble.com

Kids refuse to eat their fruits and veggies? You can sneak some greens into a super-delish morning smoothie or you can transform their food into works of edible art. Children are more apt to eat something that looks good—and who could blame them? Of course, if you’re willing to add a little chocolate frosting and sprinkles to an otherwise healthy piece of fruit, the kids will go gaga over these “chocolate donut apple slices.”

Freeze Fro-Yo Into Bites

via babble

What kid can resist a frozen treat? They’ll ask for frozen-dessert bites and never know that this is actually yogurt they’re eating! Just freeze organic vanilla or fruit-flavored yogurt into ice cube trays, and, voila, you’ve got yourself some fun pop-in-your-mouth Popsicles to share.

Kebab It

Put fruit slices on a skewer, and somehow it tastes even better. Fruit kebabs are colorful, fun, and festive. Kids will especially love them when served with a yogurt or dark chocolate dipping sauce. Take them up a notch, by grilling the fruit too.

Play With Your Food

via Kiddie Foodies

My four year old is obsessed with playing tic-tac-to. So I decided to incorporate snacks into his favorite game. We use bread sticks or pretzel rods to make our grid and then fill in the spaces with healthy snacks (think: team carrot stick vs. team celery stalk!). We call it “TIC SNACK TO.” You decide whether the winner or loser has to eat it all… depending on whether you want to cheat or not!.. Me? I always let my little people win.

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Unique Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipes

March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Well, we’ve hit the midway point in the month, and it feels a lot more ferocious than cuddly and cute. Spring might technically be a few days away, but the snow on the ground and the temperature outside say otherwise. Winter is still very much rearing its ugly head—roar!

Good thing I can rely on a hearty, heavy winter-appropriate meal to warm up to this week. March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. And in addition to wearing green, drinking a stout, and counting my lucky charms, I’m also making a big batch of corned beef and cabbage for dinner.

It’s one of my very favorite meals—and I only indulge in it once or twice a year—and always on St. Paddy’s Day.

I definitely will be going the more traditional route with my peel-apart corned beef and soft soupy cabbage, but definitely want to try some of these more interpretive recipes. To celebrate the day that everybody is Irish, I’ve rounded up a few interesting, unique, and tasty CB&C recipes. Enjoy!

Corned Beef & Cabbage Pizza via Food.com

Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup via Skinnytate

Corned Beef Reuben via Melanie Makes

Corned Beef and Cabbage Egg Rolls via Home Made Interest

Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls via Home Made Interest

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The Best Pizza Recipes—and a Few “Cheesy” Finds

If there’s one thing we consume a lot of in my house, it’s pizza! My kids are the pickiest eaters ever, and it’s one of the few self-contained meals we can actually all enjoy together as a family. And, you know, it’s got the essentials: protein, carbs, and, um, vegetables (tomato sauce counts, right?).

The husband and I enjoy all sorts of toppings on our pizza: salad, spinach, pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, and broccoli. Of course, my littles like it plain and simple. But, hey, they’re eating, so no complaints here!

Tomorrow is National Pizza Day, and you better believe we’re going to have our own little pizza-feast party! We usually order in from our favorite local place, but I’m going to shake things up tomorrow and we’re going to make our own! In fact, we might bake up a few- pies: cheese for the kiddies and maybe something more exciting for the grownups. (You can never have too much pizza.)

I’ve rounded up a few incredible pizza recipes to make and eat tomorrow… or, you know, every day.

Traditional New York Style Pizza via Baker by Nature

Spinach-Artichoke Pesto Pizza via Two Peas & Their Pod

BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza via Le Crème de La Crumb

Butternut Squash Pizza With Kale and Goat Cheese via The Balanced Berry

Taco Pizza via Life in the Lofthouse

Pepperoni Skillet Pizza via Tina’s Chic Corner

Pizza Dip via Keto Connect

Rainbow Veggie Pizza via Livingly

Oh, and in case you really love pizza (like me!), I’ve also curated a few MORE ways you can celebrate National Pizza Day… So you can have your pie, and wear it (or decorate with it… or sled with it…) too! Enjoy.

  1. Bow & Drape “In Pizza We Crust,” $65/ 2. Levtex Pizza Heart Pillow, $40/ 3. Ankit Pizza Is Bae Mug, $12/ 4. Big Mouth, Inc. Giant Pizza Snow Tube, $25/ 5. J. Crew Girls’ Glitter Pizza Slice Bag, $50/ 6. Sockart Pizza Socks, $9/ 7. Round Towel Co. Pizza Beach Towel, $55

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