Where has 2012 gone? It’s almost half over! But now is the time of year to kick off summer, throw a party and have friends over, and enjoy some great food and drinks.

These are all easy, no-fuss recipes that will please the party go-er’s and please the chef. Everything is no-bake or nearly no-bake and all are hassle-free.

Drinks

Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria

Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria

Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch (Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, No Sugar Added)

Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch

Horchata (vegan, GF)

Homemade Horchata in Jars

Snacks, Sides, and Finger Food

Spinach and Artichoke Dip (no-bake, fat-free, vegan, GF)

Spinach and Artichoke Dip with crackers

Mango Basil Personal-Sized Tortilla Pizzas

Mango Basil Personal-Sized Tortilla Pizzas

Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls and 2-Minute Peanut Sauce

Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls

Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls and peanut sauce
 
 

Tempeh and Cucumbers on a Stick with Brown Sugar Balsamic Reduction Dip

Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds

Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds

Sweet Corn Salsa with Mango, Lime, Red Pepper

Sweet Corn Salsa with Mango, Lime, Red Pepper
Sweet Corn Salsa with Mango, Lime, Red Pepper

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches

Raw Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing (vegan, GF)

Raw Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries

Fruit and Desserts

Watermelon dipped into Frozen Mango Banana Dip (vegan, GF) – or just eat the dip as “ice cream”

Frozen Mango Banana Dip

Half of watermelon

Fresh Pineapple  and a How to Clean a Pineapple Tutorial dipped into Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate Sauce

Pineapple slices

Strawberries and Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter (vegan, GF)

Strawberries and Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter

White Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Puppy Chow (GF)

White Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

Vanilla Cake Batter and White Chocolate Chip Caramel Corn

Vanilla Cake Batter and White Chocolate Chip Caramel Corn

Strawberry Banana Bread

Strawberry Banana Bread

Buttery Toasted Cap’n Crunchies

Buttery Toasted Cap'n Crunchies

Pink Lemonade Freezer Bars

Pink Lemonade Freezer Bars

Mounds Bar Chocolate Coconut Cake Mix Cookies

Mounds Bar Chocolate Coconut Cake Mix Cookies

Do you have a favorite crowd-pleasing or party food recipe?

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Do you have Memorial Day Plans?

We don’t have any formal plans and I’m not throwing a party. We plan to stay close to home, off the roads, and enjoy the day as a family. Maybe a park, walking around our neighborhood, relaxing, and keeping it mellow.

In San Diego, there are a few holidays (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day) you just don’t go to the beaches. Traffic is a total mess and parking is impossible. We learned that lesson that hard way the first year we lived here and thought it would be “fun” to go to the beach for the day. Along with a half million other people. Locals, Northern Californians, half the population of Arizona, Mexico, and tourists who come here for holidays.

Keep the car in the garage, walk as much as possible, and soak in nice weather are our plans. And eat some party food, minus the party.

Have a Happy and Safe Memorial Day Weekend!

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