Wednesday, April 25, 2012

cinco de mayo...

...a perfect opportunity to get together with friends!
Mexican Food and margaritas couldn't be easier, and I'm sharing ideas early enough
 for you to call up your pals and get organized!
My friends don't mind helping out with menu items, they're just happy it's not at their house!
 Ask someone to bring the appetizer, someone the dessert and you're set!
  Kiddos are invited and this menu passed the test previously.

Today, this diy centerpiece idea and the menu.
For my Cinco de Mayo table setting and mini version of the centerpiece go here!
Have you seen this urn covered in rope? Isn't it cool?
It's from Martha, I couldn't find any instructions specific to the urn,
but instructions for other items she has covered in rope can be found here.


Tortilla Chips with Shrimp Ceviche Dip
Carnita Style Beef with Roasted Peppers & Onions
Homemade Refried Beans
Flour & Corn Tortillas
Cabbage Slaw with Radishes, Cilantro & Scallions
Creamy Flan

This menu and recipes are all from Pioneer Woman Cooks you can find them here.
I've made it all before, it's easy and delicious!

(all photos courtesy of Pioneer Woman Cooks)

The recipe says to cook the beef 1 1/2 hours, mine took much longer until
it was tender and easily shredded, closer to 3-4 hours.  


To save time and keep it simple I purchased pre-packaged shredded slaw,
and added the remaining ingredients.




My crockpot recipe for Refried Beans 

                     3 C. Pinto Beans
                     7 C. Water 
                     1 Onion - chopped
                     4 Cloves Garlic
                     1 lb. Bacon
                     3-4 t. Salt

           Put all ingredients in crock pot.  Cook on high 8 hours.  Put through blender or food
           processor or mash depending on desired consistency.  Season to taste with additional
           salt and pepper. These are a staple at our house and freeze well if placed in freezer
           bags. Can be prepared the day before and refrigerated.  

Invite sus amigos!



Lori said...

I love that urn and my mouth is watering at the sight of those delicious dishes. Have a wonderful fiesta!

Unknown said...

This sounds phenomenal! I love Mexican food! You are a great hostess-- Thanks for the recipes!
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Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

Love that centerpiece. It looks like it wouldn't be too expensive either! Awesome and for those of you reading this, These refried beans will cause you to NEVER purchase canned refried beans again! They are awesome!

Tracey@Breathing English Air said...

This sounds like my idea of a good time!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

How fun! Every year Cinco de Mayo sneaks up on me and I wish I had planned something - this year I'm going to follow your menu to a T! Thanks Pam!!

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

Oh, I'd have to rate Cinco de Mayo as one of my favorite holidays! :) My guy and I always go on a date to eat Mexican..... but you are tempting me to entertain!

Dana Frieling said...

You've inspired me! I've pinned the recipes now I just need to invite the friends. Planning the menu is the worst part of entertaining for me, so thanks for making my life easier today!

Unknown said...

Looks like every detail is well thought out, the recpies look delish and the rope wrapped urns are so up your alley. Do show the event photos, so we can pretend we were there!

Sew a Fine Seam said...

YUM! Double YUM! This just might go into next weeks menu plan:)

Holly Gruszka said...

You're speaking my language hear Pam! I was just talking with my SIL last night about coming down for the weekend on 5/5 - her comment was that it's Cinco de Mayo in their neighborhood every weekend - ha! I love Mexican food and margaritas - YUM! I might have to try this dish.

designchic said...

What a fabulous table...adore the rope covered urn and the flowers are stunning!!

Karena said...

Gorgeous table and menu! This is how my family entertains. The hostess has the main course and everyone brings a dish,wine, etc. it is always fun, because the hostess is able to enjoy as well!

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viv said...

Oh my gosh, that menu! I need to try your recipe for refried beans in the crockpot.

Leslie said...

Love mexican food and SO miss it. We had the best cuisine in L.A. ~ WA state needs to get up to speed on how to prepare good mexican food!

I've been trying to find a good recipe for Carnita Style Beef. Did you find yours on line?

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Amiga--this makes me want to have a FIESTA!

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh YUM-ME-YUM-ME! There is nothing better than good Mexican food, and what better reason than Cinco de Mayo! Do you prefer sangria or margaritas?

{my simple messterpiece}

Arvada said...

Your menu also got me thinking about the delicious margarita bars (cookies) that you served at one of your parties. They were amazing and refreshing.

Alexa said...

Ooh great menu. So in the mood for a margarita!

Elaine said...

It all looks delicious! Will definitely try the refried beans!

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

The menu looks amazing! I will try the bean... yummo!

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