Can’t-Miss Recipe Ideas for NFL Playoff Parties

The NFL playoffs are already underway. Every weekend until the big showdown on February 5th will be set aside in many households for football. Chances are that you’ll either be throwing your own NFL playoff party this month or attending a neighbor’s football party. If you’re throwing your own party, you’re going to need a wide variety of recipe ideas. And if you’re showing up to the party, you can surprise your host with delicious homemade snacks. Take a look at a few of our favorite recipe ideas we’ve assembled from around the web.

 Can't-Miss Recipe Ideas for Your NFL Playoff Party

The Best Buffalo Wings

Fried chicken wings usually can’t be beat, but this recipe for baked buffalo wings is up to the challenge. Not only are you getting the classic taste traditional football fans will love, you’re also crafting a healthier version by baking the wings in the oven and prepping ingredients at home rather than frying ’em or getting take-out.

The Greatest Guacamole

Guacamole is the ultimate party dip for a reason. Many people don’t really care for avocados, but they can’t pass up a delicious bowl of guacamole with a bowl of their favorite chips. Courtesy of, this is an easy guacamole recipe with some unique twists and easy-to-multiply numbers to make bigger servings.

Delicious Dip Recipes

Chips are the first thing many people buy for their NFL parties because they’re simple crowd-pleasers, but you can take any chip to the next level with delicious dip recipes. Skim through this great list for ideas about spinach dips, salsa creations, hummus, as well as a few brand new dip ideas in this interesting recipe list.

Homemade Pizza Recipes

If you’re up to the challenge of trying to make a homemade pizza that competes with the many pizza places vying for your business this time of year, you’re in luck. This Pinterest board has a variety of options you can try, from healthier flatbread options to taco pizzas to delicious ideas you won’t find at your local pizza place.

Get everything you need to cook and serve great party snacks with supplies from The Lakeside Collection. Here are a few of our kitchen and dining favorites with a fun NFL theme that will be perfect for your party…

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Christmas Brunch Recipe Ideas We Can’t Wait to Try

There’s more to look forward to on Christmas morning than opening presents. Today (like most mornings) we’re thinking about breakfast food, contemplating late-morning meal possibilities that combine the holiday feel we love with our favorite breakfast treats. Here are the Christmas brunch ideas we’re currently craving.

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Christmas Pancakes

Pancakes are the perfect breakfast food and will definitely hit the spot on Christmas morning. And there are so many creative ways to make your pancakes festive with simple shapes and easy food accents. Make the kids smile when you serve them up some snowman pancakes with a bacon scarf, stack them high to create a Christmas tree or use toppings to create festive holiday characters with this inspiring list of pancake ideas.

Gingerbread Waffles

If you have a waffle maker handy, let it do most of the work. All you have to do is get the batter ready and get your toppings lined up. It’ll save you time whipping up the batter the night before. Just heat up the waffle iron and start pumping out delicious portions for the entire family. Just like pancakes, waffles will make everyone happy on Christmas morning, especially if you mix up your classic recipe–try out these gingerbread waffles.

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Breakfast Ideas for Leftover Ham

Many of us enjoy a glazed holiday ham on Christmas Eve. Meaning leftovers. Meaning ham at-the-ready for a variety of uses on Christmas morning. With recipes like this ham and cheese breakfast casserole, it’s easy to use those leftovers to prep a hearty meal for the next morning. You’ll be glad you prepped your Christmas morning meal the night before when all you have to do is get up, pop the casserole in the oven and sit back.

Baked Croissant Casserole

If you’re feeling a little more ambitious about your breakfast casserole, mix it up with this croissant breakfast bake. It’s also a great alternative in case your plans for plenty of leftover holiday ham didn’t pan out like you thought they might. The buttery mini croissants, melty cheese and eggs will entice any late-riser out of bed.

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Specialty Cinnamon Rolls

Slow-cookers are perfect for Christmas morning because they simplify the cooking process and allow you to enjoy your holiday with the family while your meal cooks. But slow-cookers are not just for hearty casseroles or quinoa. They can also be used for classic breakfast treats like gooey, sugary cinnamon rolls. Check out a simple recipe from Creme de la Crumb to make slow-cooker cinnamon rolls a reality on Christmas morning.

National Pumpkin Day: Top 5 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

Pumpkin pie might be a Thanksgiving staple, but National Pumpkin Day is today–October 26th! Get in the mood for holiday desserts with some of our favorite pumpkin pie recipes. We’ll start you off with the classic pumpkin pie recipe, and then serve up a few pumpkin twists on traditional dessert ideas to get you baking.


1. Classic Pumpkin Pie
There’s nothing more satisfying around the holiday season than a delicious pumpkin pie. There’s no need to get fancy with special ingredients and toppings. Stick to the original with this recipe from Taste of Home®. If classic recipes are exactly what you’re looking for, check out these Taste of Home cookbooks at Lakeside.



2. Bite-Sized Pumpkin Pies
Mix up your classic pumpkin pie recipe with an entire plate of bite-sized or mini pumpkin pies. Not only are these delicious little snacks perfect for your holiday dessert trays, they can also be a fun cooking activity to do with the kids leading up to Thanksgiving. Give everyone their own personal pie with this unique recipe.


3. Creamy Pumpkin Pudding
If that warm pumpkin flavor isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, cool things down with this pumpkin pudding recipe. The great thing about this recipe is it allows you to mix and match the ingredients you want. If you’re not a walnut fan, leave ’em out. If you like the idea of adding a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg, go right ahead.


4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Everyone has their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, some of them passed down from generations. The best part about the chocolate chip cookie is you can easily tweak it with a special flavor. Pumpkin is the best ingredient. Check out this simple recipe, and refresh your cookie cooking gear with products from Lakeside.

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5. Pumpkin Brownies
As if we weren’t already prepared to add pies, puddings and cookies to our Thanksgiving dessert menu. It’s hard to pass up this pumpkin brownies recipe. It’s the perfect solution for your sweet tooth, and also satisfies your pumpkin craving. If you’re in the mood for chocolate, check out these chocolaty gifts ideas at Lakeside.


National Cookie Day: Unique Cookie Recipes to Wow Your Holiday Guests

December 4 is National Cookie Day. Since we’re knee-deep in holiday celebrations, we thought we’d celebrate National Cookie Day with holiday flair. We scoured the internet for the most outrageous holiday cookie recipes we won’t mind trying. Here are 5 unique cookie recipes to wow your holiday guests.-cookie-turtle-thumbprint

Out of the Shell Chocolate, caramel and nuts — those are the things that make up a turtle chocolate cluster, but Tastes Better from Scratch took turtles a step further and transformed them into a cookie! It’s full of all the richest ingredients that we both love and hate about the holidays! The recipe is not too complicated, but there are enough steps that you might want to enlist little helpers to get the job done.-cookies-christmas-swirl

Willy Wonka Would Be Proud Check out these gems from I Love My Disorganized Life — they look like they came straight from the candy shop only with a little butter and flour mixed in! As beautiful as these Christmas swirl sugar cookies are, they’re not that hard to make. With a rolling pin and some wax paper, you can make these pinwheels, too!  cookies-holly-ginger

Holly Go Gingerly Though we always have gingerbread cookies around the holidays, they’re not the most festive-looking cookies — but Cooking Classy worked her magic to give them that holiday flair to go with the holiday flavor! These cookies are so cute, you can’t not make them for your holiday shindig.

cookies-meringue-treesOh, Christmas Tree! How is this for cute? Tiny trees you can eat! These are meringues This Silly Girl’s Life shaped into Christmas trees. Though they’re not your traditional cookie, they might be a bit easier on the waste line without all the butter and flour – it’s all just egg whites and sugar and a few other ingredients to make it pretty.

holly-cheesecakeMerry Cheesecake Who needs a whole cheesecake when you can shrink one down to a tiny, bite-sized cookie? It takes all of the mess out of slicing and serving one of our favorite treats! With a mini muffin pan and patience, La Receta de la Felicidad made little pie crust cups to hold the cheesecake for simple serving. To make it festive, she painted tiny holly on the tops of the tiny cakes.

gift-appThe Lakeside Collection has a variety of kitchen gadgets to help you make your holiday cookies memorable this year! From baking sheets to spatulas, we have you covered for all your baking ideas this season. But don’t stop at our baking supplies! Check out our Perfect Present gift app to help you select gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

National Blueberry Month: Blueberry Recipes

BlueberriesJuly is National Blueberry Month — though you can buy blueberries at supermarkets year-round, they’re plentiful and taste best during summer months. These little fruits are tasty in just about any form — even if they’ve been frozen. But we want to eat them fresh while we can, so we’ve selected some of the most interesting blueberry recipes we’ve come across. Here are 5 recipes to celebrate National Blueberry Month.

 blueberry-cheesecake-ice-creamBlueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Not only is July National Blueberry Month, but it’s also National Ice Cream Month, so we thought it fitting to include a recipe that combines the two: Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream! La Famille Noire made this for a family gathering and, as ice cream lovers, they know a little bit about making a frozen treat that wins! If you wait to make this until July 30 you can have a trifecta treat as that is National Cheesecake Day!

blueberry-lemon-soft-fudgeBlueberry Lemon Soft Fudge Here’s something special out of Trinity’s Kitchen — it’s Blueberry Lemon Soft Fudge. It’s such a wild idea, we had to include it for those bakers and cooks who want to try something unusual that’s also simple. It only has four ingredients and it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan so most people with dietary restrictions can indulge in a sweet treat!

blueberry-fruit-rollupsBlueberry Fruit Rollups It’s almost back to school time, so with that in mind we had to include this recipe for Blueberry Fruit Rollups from Sugar Free Mom. This recipe only requires three ingredients! It takes a bit of time to bake it, but it’s a naturally tasty fruit snack you can make ahead for school lunches. These snacks are only 32 calories each and contain no fat, so mom can sneak a few guilt-free bites while she’s packing the lunch totes.

blueberry-velvet-cakeBlueberry Velvet Cake For experienced bakers who want to try something out of the ordinary, The Cooking Bug has a recipe for you! We’ve all been spoiled by the richness of a red velvet cake, but this one is even more decadent — Blueberry Velvet Cake. What makes this recipe better than your run-of-the-mill red velvet cake is that red velvet gets all of its coloring from food coloring, and the color for the Blueberry Velvet cake comes from blueberry juice and cocoa powder.

blueberry-gallettesMini Blueberry Galettes Of course, we couldn’t leave out a recipe for blueberry pie! But this recipe is unique in that, not only is it for galettes, but they’re mini-galettes! In case you don’t know what a galette is, it’s a free-form pie. Free-form pies are fantastic because you don’t have to worry about a pie plate and making perfect crimps — you basically place your dough on a cookie sheet, spread out the filling on top of the dough and sort of fold in the edges. But this recipe is for single-serving-sized pies — perfect for dinner parties or small barbecues. Check out how Completely Delicious puts it all together

The Lakeside Collection is celebrating all things summer! From products to put together an unforgettable backyard party to blueberry recipes for National Blueberry Month, look to Lakeside to make your summer more fun.

3 Ideas for Patriotic Punch

mason-jar-giftsSunshine, fireworks and cookouts — the 4th of July is coming up and we’re planning fantastic backyard parties! We have the games and food all planned out, the only thing missing are the cool, refreshing drinks. And since it’s the 4th of July, a we think a good sparkling cocktail is in order. Here are 3 ideas for patriotic punch to serve at your 4th of July barbecue.

Red, White and Blue Brew For a simple punch with patriotic flare, vodka is a good base for the alcohol — you just have to give it color, garnish it well and make it sparkle.

  • 1-750 ml bottle vodka
  • 1/2-750 ml bottle sparkling wine
  • 1/2-750 ml bottle sweet white wine (Riesling or ice wine)
  • 1-750 ml bottle cranberry juice
  • 1/2-liter bottle 7up
  • Garnish: blueberries, strawberries or raspberries

In a punch bowl mix together the vodka, sweet white wine and cranberry juice. When your guests arrive, gently stir in the 7up and sparkling wine. Pour over a glass of ice to serve and add berries as garnish.


Sparkling Watermelon Punch Nothing says summer like watermelon, but you don’t have to eat it to enjoy it! A watermelon can do double-duty as punch and punch bowl — which is convenient when you’re serving a crowd that you’ll later clean up after.

  • 1 large seedless watermelon
  • 1 750-ml bottle of vodka
  • 1/2 liter club soda
  • ½ sour Mix
  • Garnish: lime slices

Slice off the top of the watermelon — choose the side that makes the most sense as the top of a punch bowl. Scoop out the entire contents of the watermelon. In a blender, puree the watermelon until it’s smooth. Pour the puree through a fine sieve (strainer) to separate the juice from the pulp of the melon. Pour the juice back into the watermelon rind. Stir in the vodka and sour mix. When the guests arrive, stir in the club soda. Serve over a glass of ice and garnish with a slice of lime.


Summer Rum Punch Of course, since it’s summer, we have to include a rum punch — there’s just something about the flavor and fragrance of rum that goes so well with sunshine and a backyard party. This one is simple and delicious.

  • 1-750ml bottle oz Dark Rum (Myers or similar)
  • 2 cups Lemon Juice
  • 2 ½  cups Orange Juice
  • 2 ½ cups  Pineapple Juice
  • ¾ cup Grenadine
  • ¾ cup Simple Syrup
  • ½ 750ml bottle club soda
  • Garnish: pineapple slices

In a punch bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the club soda and mix well. When guests arrive, stir in the club soda. Serve over ice and garnish with a pineapple slice.

The Lakeside Collection has hundreds of ideas and products to make all of your parties spectacular! From patriotic outdoor serveware to holiday decor to make your home sparkle, shop Lakeside for great products at great prices.

Rocky Road Day: Rocky Road Recipes You Didn’t Know About

There aren’t many holidays in the month of June (who needs holidays when you have this much sunshine to celebrate?!), but we’re celebrating a special day on June 2: Rocky Road Day! Rocky road is that favorite summer treat: chocolate chips, almonds and marshmallows swathed in chocolate ice cream. It was created during the Great Depression to give people something to smile about — and close to a century later, it’s still making people smile. But rocky road has been re-invented many times — here are 5 ways to enjoy rocky road that you didn’t know about.rocky-road-parfait

Nutella Greek Yogurt Rocky Road Parfait This one is an easy one! Baker By Nature put together this Nutella Greek Yogurt Rocky Road Parfait with just five ingredients, so if you’re in the mood for something sweet and don’t have a lot of provisions stocked in your cupboard, you may be able to whip this one up. In addition to only five ingredients, this recipe only takes five minutes to complete, so if you’re short on time and long on kids to treat, put this on your weekly summer dessert menu. Basically, you mix the yogurt and Nutella together and start layering it with the marshmallows, peanuts and chocolate.rocky-road-clusters

Rocky Road Popcorn Clusters Here’s another easy rocky road recipe — it only takes about 15 minutes to construct Rocky Road Popcorn Clusters. Farm Flavor  put together simple step-by-step instructions for this no-bake sweet treat. Packaged nicely, these make a great potluck treat or snack to bring to events.

rocky-road-saladRocky Road Fluff Salad Though “salad” is in the title of this recipe, it has absolutely nothing to do with lettuce, tomatoes and vinaigrette! But Inside Bru Crew Life adjusted the definition of salad to include chocolate pudding, dessert whipped topping and marshmallows. It only takes about ten minutes to stir together all the different versions of sugar and another hour in the refrigerator for it to reach its flavor peak, but when this dessert is ready, the only reason you’ll be thinking about salads is to figure how to make up for the bowl of sin you’re eating.

rocky-road-milkshakeRocky Road Smoothie This list wouldn’t be complete without a milkshake recipe. A Cozy Kitchen broke it down into 4 ingredients that take approximately three pulses on the blender to turn it into the perfect frozen treat. As a bonus, she threw in a recipe for rocky road cookies — in case you want to bake your rocky road and take it on a picnic.

rocky-road-bundt-cakeElvis on a Rocky Road Bundt Cake This is probably the most decadent and labor-intensive rocky road recipe out there — It’s Yummi somehow blended Elvis Presley’s love for peanut butter and bananas and wove it together with marshmallows and chocolate to come up with the richest bundt cake ever made! This cake isn’t for beginner bakers — it takes some practice in the kitchen to work your way up to this recipe. But it’s fun to look at and something to aspire to make.
The Lakeside Collection is all about tasty treats and anything to make summer more fun! From baking gadgets to outdoor water toys to keep you cool during the hottest season, shop Lakeside for fun products at spectacular prices.

Last-Minute Cinco de Mayo Party Food

May snuck up on us and that means we have some Cinco de Mayo party planning to do in a hurry! But don’t worry — you can get it all done with a little help on the food and drinks. Here are a few last-minute Cinco de Mayo party food ideas.chili-con-queso

Two-minute Chili con Queso Cube a 16-ounce brick of processed American cheese. Pour 1-½ cups of your favorite salsa over your cheese cubes. Microwave on high for two minutes. Stir. Microwave for another two minutes. Stir again. Continue these steps until the all the cheese is melted. Serve with corn chips.

guacamole1-2-3 Guacamole Mash two ripe avocados add 1 cup of your favorite salsa. Stir together. Add a squeeze of lemon. Stir some more. Add salt to taste. Serve with tortilla chips.

quesadillasQuick Chicken Quesadillas Cut up a rotisserie chicken into chunks.  Add the chicken to a large skillet with a ½ tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Stir frequently. Add 1 tsp ground cumin and ¼ tsp cayenne pepper. Stir until everything is well combined. Remove from heat. When you’re ready, heat (high heat) a clean skillet with just enough vegetable oil to coat the pan. Lay a tortilla in the skillet. On half of the tortilla, toss a handful of shredded cheddar. Top the cheese with a ¼ cup of the cooked chicken. Fold over the tortilla so the chicken and cheese are covered. Let it heat up for about 30 seconds before flipping it. Let the other side cook for about another 30 seconds. Serve.

beef-tacosBrisk Beef Tacos Over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to a large skillet. Add ½ onion, diced, and stir until the onion is soft and translucent. Add 1 pound ground beef. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon of ground cumin over the beef. Stir and work the beef with a wooden spoon until everything is mixed well and the beef is cooked. Set aside and keep warm until it’s time to serve with taco shells.

Garnishes Chop up a white onion, a bunch of cilantro, slice a few limes, shred some cheddar and lettuce and put them in small serving bowls alongside a bowl of sour cream. The garnishes will make your food fancy and your guests will think your party was planned weeks in advance.

All of the above makes enough food for about eight people, but all of the recipes can easily be doubled or cut in half to make Cinco de Mayo parties of any size spectacular!

National Pecan Day: Pralines Recipe



April 14 is National Pecan Day — we love pecans at The Lakeside Collection and we have a few favorite recipes for these magical nuts. If it were November, we’d be making pecan pie or tartlets, but since it’s spring, we thought a recipe we can whip up quickly would be in order so we can head outside and enjoy the weather we’ve been waiting for. With that in mind, we thought we’d share our American pralines recipe — it’s quick and it originated in New Orleans, so it’s not something that will heat up the kitchen when it’s hot outside!

If you only know pralines (pronounced praw-leans) through the ice cream flavor pralines and cream, you haven’t experienced real pralines. They’re sort of like a very rich cookie (some people describe as fudge-like, but it’s a little more delicate than fudge). Technically, it’s candy, but it’s more of an adult candy than a lollipop or licorice. The original recipe was made with almonds, but because of the abundance of pecans in Louisiana, they were the obvious substitute for almonds. And it was a perfect substitute — the pecan praline has been an iconic confection in the Big Easy for hundreds of years.  Pralines are surprisingly delicious and, just like fudge, they make a nice gift or party favor — which is why you can buy them on just about any corner in the French Quarter. But you can’t get to New Orleans every day, so here’s our recipe for pralines.


  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet on medium heat until it’s hot to the touch. Add pecans in one layer on the bottom of the pan. Stir frequently (or toss, if you’re good at that) until the pecans are hot and fragrant — about 2 minutes. Set aside. Over medium-high heat, add the brown sugar, butter, cream, and milk to a sauce pan.


Stir the mixture frequently as the mixture bubbles up. Keep this up until your candy thermometer reads 238℉ — this is the softball stage of heating sugar. Add the pecans and stir vigorously for 30 seconds before turning off the heat. Continue stirring and add the vanilla extract. Continue stirring for four minutes until the mixture just starts getting a little stiff — this part is crucial. It should still be a thick liquid when you spoon the pralines onto your cookie sheet. Set aside to cool.


The result should be a lump of delicious nuts and sugar with a consistency of a very delicate cookie. The timing is difficult to get right and if you don’t, there is nothing you can do to correct it. You may end up with a crumbly mess or caramel clusters — either way, you can use your mistakes to top vanilla ice cream (delicious!). But this recipe is a small batch — it makes about five pralines, so if you don’t get it right the first time, you won’t have mounds and mounds of  caramel to repurpose.


National Spinach Day: Cheesy Spinach Roll-Ups

spinachMarch 26th is National Spinach Day and we’re celebrating it because there are so many reasons to celebrate spinach. It’s one of the world’s healthiest foods — it keeps our eyes young, our bones strong and our blood pressure low. It’s also pretty tasty — though, for a period, it did have a reputation of being one of the most disliked vegetables. These days, it’s a little less feared and more liked and we want to share our easiest spinach recipe for National Spinach Day: Cheesy Spinach Roll-Ups.

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Cream Sauce:

  • 1 TB butter
  • 2 TB all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • ½ cube chicken bouillon
  • 3 TB Parmesan cheese, grated


  • 8 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 9 oz package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 15 oz container ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder

For the sauce, make a roux by melting butter in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the flour. When you have a really thick paste (almost dough), lower the heat and whisk in the milk and bouillon cube. Keep stirring until the bouillon is dissolved and you have a creamy sauce. Whisk in Parmesan cheese and set aside.


Preheat oven to 350℉.

For the roll-ups, stir together the spinach, ricotta cheese, egg, onion and garlic powders. Lay out your cooked noodles on a flat surface.

Spoon out even portions of the spinach mixture onto each of the noodles. Spread the mixture so there’s an even layer of spinach on top of the noodles. Sprinkle about half of the mozzarella cheese onto the noodles.


Gently roll up each of the noodles so that the spinach is on the inside of the rolls. Place the rolled noodles in a casserole dish prepared with cooking spray.

Pour all of the cream sauce over the noodles. Top the noodles with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for another 15 minutes or until the top is slightly browned and the sauce is bubbly.


This is a kid-friendly recipe — not only will they love to eat it, but they might just be able to make it themselves! Of course, it’s tasty enough for an adult as well and it’s great for leftovers if you can’t eat it all in one sitting.