Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Yummies: We heart (as you already know...) BBQs!!!!

Oh gosh we uber heart a good BBQ...

Not only is a BBQ filled to the brim with friends or family...

But it symbolizes our most favorited season eva! Warm weather season!!! Wooo hooo!!!

And the bestest reason we heart BBQs....um hello? The FOOD!!!!

OK...now yes we are super aware we did a fantastical post about Labor Day barbecues already but seriously how can you really not want to get more amazing ideas for your next BBQ bash?

And now...your fave gals of Things We Heart bring you the official...can't go wrong...impress your guests (even the shmanciest)...Memorial Day BBQ menu. Wooo hooooo!!!

Before we begin...meat is SOOO super NOT necessary at a great BBQ party.

This is our friend at Animal Acres! She was sooo sweet! She thanked us for cleaning her stall...oh that and not eating her.

There are soooo many other things to eat that are way more tasty and crazy satisfying.

And here they are!!!!!!!!

You can never go wrong with chips and dips...Oh god! We would die for Ruffles and French Onion Dip right now!....

But we digress... You can't go wrong with a good, hearty mouth watering, nacho in a bowl, 7 layer dip!!!!

Seriously..it is a fiesta en la boca!!!!


  • 2 avocados - peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • garlic salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 4 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican-style cheese blend
  • 1 (2.25 ounce) can black olives - drained and finely chopped


  1. In a medium bowl, mash the avocados. Mix in lime juice, cilantro, salsa, garlic salt and pepper.
  2. In a small bowl, blend the sour cream and taco seasoning.
  3. Use a 9 x 13 dish or a clear bowl like the one above
1. Seasoned Beans
2. Spread the Salsa
3. Drench in Sour Cream
4. Coat with fresh Guac (directions above)
5. Top with Tomatoes
6. Spread Olives
7. Sprinkle Green Onions and Cilantro and Cheese

Step 1....Take tortilla chip, dip and devour!!!

Our uber koo koo crazy lurve for the avocado has once again reared its gorgeous green head!!
We are dying...literally our stomachs are aching at the thought of this avocado, tomato and corn salad from Paula Deen.


  • 2 cups cooked corn, fresh or frozen
  • 1 avocado, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


Combine the corn, avocado, tomatoes and onion in a large glass bowl. Mix together the dressing ingredients in another bowl, pour over the salad, and gently toss to mix.

Oh hello! How are you grilled potatoes with salt and vinegar...how's it going? Good? Yeah no shit! You are unbelievably delish!!! Well of course you are...you're from Martha's kitchen!

It's kinda like the shmancy version of the English's salt and vinegar potato chips that we heart so very much!

Martha, Martha, Martha....Why must you do this to us? No seriously...WHY!!!!
We are trying to be good and then you show us your Grilled Pizza with Avocado and Spinach!!!

Oh! It's not bad for us? Well then...Wooooooo hooooooooo!!!!!!!!!
Here's how do make your own!


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • All-purpose flour, for shaping dough
  • 1 pound store-bought pizza dough, fresh, or thawed if frozen
  • 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts separated, thinly sliced
  • 1 log (5 ounces) soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 bag (5 ounces) baby spinach
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and diced
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar


  1. Heat grill to medium. Brush a large rimless baking sheet (or an inverted rimmed sheet) with 1 tablespoon oil. On a lightly floured work surface, roll and stretch dough to two 8-inch ovals or rounds. Transfer to prepared sheet. Brush tops with 1 tablespoon oil.
  2. Transfer dough to grill. Cook, without turning over, until undersides are firm and begin to char, 2 to 3 minutes. Using tongs and a large spatula, place crusts on baking sheet, grilled side up.
  3. Scatter crusts with tomatoes, scallion whites, and cheese; season with salt and pepper, and slide back onto grill. Cook, rotating occasionally, until cooked through and cheese begins to melt, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine spinach, avocado, scallion greens, vinegar, and remaining tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Pile mixture onto pizzas; halve, and serve.

Remember that ridiculously yummy fruit pizza we gave to you that our very own mommy used to make for us? No?

Well you are super in luck! Here it is again! It is literally the best BBQ dessert ever created in all of dessertville!

Ahhhh we are super obsessed with French Sparkling Lemonade...the crispy tart flavor wrapped up in these gorgeously chic French Bottles from Lorina!!!!

But why go thru the hassle of ordering them? Or fighting the crowd at your local TJ's.
Make your own Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade!!! It's almost too easy!

We saw these amazing "French-esque" stopper bottles at IKEA and just about fell over from the cuteness....Throw your homemade Sparkling Lemonade in these and honey...you are GTG!

Need to spice up your bash?? We heart Bobby Flay's Rose Wine Sangria. It's lighter and sweeter than it's red wine older sister and just as much fun!

Uggh...we could use a glass (pitcher) of this right now! But we will practice restraint and wait a few more days...

Well...that's all folks. Have a great Memorial Day what ever you do! Tell us if you make one of these recipes!

P.S. Don't forget all the appropriate accoutrements like table ware, citronella candles, and sunscreen!

P.P.S. Before you party the day away remember why you have Memorial Day off...

P.P.P.S Don't drink and Dive!

xoxo things we heart

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