Chocolate is always a favorite especially in February. Served with fruit, it becomes a hearth healthy dessert.
Not only do we celebrate Valentine’s Day in February, it is also American Hearth Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing nearly 422,000 each year.
Love your Bunco Buds, and bring awareness by hosting a Heart Themed Bunco Night in February. Make a vow to eat healthy, exercise, maintain a healthy weight, be smoke free, and avoid excessive alcohol (except for bunco night) jk.
Try this easy heart healthy desert appetizer and celebrate February Bunco in style.
Dark & White Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Skewers
4 oz dark chocolate or almond bark
4 oz with chocolate or almond bark
12 large strawberries
Parchment or wax paper and 12 wooden skewers
Place the dark chocolate and white chocolate in 2 separate bowls and set the bowls over 2 saucepans of simmering water. When melted, dip the pointed end of each strawberry into one of the chocolates and transfer to a sheet of parchment paper. When the chocolate is set, slide the strawberries onto a cookie sheet or large plate and place them in the freezer for a few minutes. After the strawberries have cooled, pierce the large ends of the berries with skewers cut into different lengths. Arrange the strawberries into a dice container, coffee cup, or other serving dish. Serve and enjoy!
The weather is cooling down so that means that food for Bunco games is heating up. There is nothing like hot, delicious food such as dips to share at Bunco. I live in the Southwest, so in the summer I try to avoid using the oven. Now that the temps are in the mid 70s here (that is cool for us!) it is time to make some comfort food.
One of my favorite resources for delicious Bunco snacks and appetizers is The Bunko Junkie Appetizer Book. It is available via free download here. With 150 delicious appetizers, it is your one stop for finding a yummy food item to take to your next Bunco game. Below is the recipe for one of my favorite appetizers from the book, Appetizer Surprise. It is a creamy artichoke dip with lots of Parmesan cheese. One of my favorite flavor combos!
14 ounces Can artichoke hearts
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Mayo
1/2 cup Sour cream
8 ounces Cream cheese
Garlic salt — to taste
Dill weed — to taste
Drain and chop artichoke hearts finely and set aside. Mix remainingingredients until smooth and creamy. Add artichoke hearts and mix well.Place in long shallow dish that has been greased or sprayed with non-stick spray. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 375 F. for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until bubbly and brown. Serve with Ritz crackers, or dipping cracker of your choice. Keep warm while serving. A little dipper slow cooker would work perfectly!
I was thinking about the (many) Bunco games I have played in the last eight years. One of my most favorite Bunco games that I planned was Dirty Dancing Bunco. It was the 25th anniversary of the beloved movie and I thought it would be fun to throw a Bunco party with a Dirty Dancing theme.
Of course we had, you guessed it, the Dirty Dancing DVD on in the background. We had the sound turned down and the movie soundtrack CD playing. Everyone loved it and sang along! I also gave Dirty Dancing DVDs and CDs away as prizes for Snake Eyes as well as first and last Bunco. Our group gives the first person to get a Bunco her $5 back as well as a prize. They get to wear a fun themed necklace until we hand out prizes at the end. If you roll triple ones when you aren’t rolling for ones, it is called Snake Eyes. Whoever rolled it loses all of her points in that round and must yell Snake Eyes. Whoever rolled the last Snake Eyes throws the plush fuzzy die (like this awesome one from Bunco Game Shop) to her and the person who has the die at the end wins a prize.
I brought watermelon cake pops for dessert (remember when Baby carried the watermelon into the dance hall?) They were so cute and a big hit. Here is the (easy) recipe:
1 box white cake mix (or your favorite recipe)
Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
1/4 teaspoon pink paste food color
3/4 cup vanilla frosting (ready made or your favorite recipe)
3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
32 Lollipop sticks
1 bag (16 oz) green candy melts or coating wafers, melted
1 bag (16oz) white candy melts, melted
block of foam or cakepop holder
Heat oven to 350°F.
Spray 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray.
Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 13×9-inch pan, using water, oil and egg whites and adding pink paste food color.
Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. I like to use two small cookie sheets from the dollar store. They fit nicely in my small freezer.
Crumble cake into large bowl.
Add frosting and mini chocolate chips; mix well.
Shape into 32 oblong balls to look like watermelon; place on cookie sheets.
Freeze until firm, at least an hour.
When cake balls are firm, transfer to refrigerator.
Remove several cake balls from refrigerator at a time.
Dip tip of 1 lollipop stick 1/2 inch into melted white candy and insert stick into 1 cake ball no more than halfway.
Dip each cake ball into melted candy to cover; tap off excess.
Poke opposite end of stick into foam block.
Let stand until set.
Dip each cake ball into melted green candy to cover; tap off excess.
Return sticks to foam block. Let stand until set.
What is your favorite Bunco theme? Do you use Snake Eyes in your Bunco game? What are some of your favorite Bunco rules? Let us know. We would love to hear from you.
Keep Calm and Play Bunco,
Ok, I’ll say it again…I got a job! I really wasn’t looking, as I have been blessed to be able to stay home with the little ones since day one. It’s been about 8 years since I’ve had a job and was “Me” instead of “Mom”. Well, as you all probably know from reading the blog, I love kickboxing and the Martial Arts Studio that I Kickbox at called me one day and wanted to see if I would work Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-8pm. UM YEAH! Time away from the home, not too demanding and a super fun atmosphere! I jumped on it. Now, I’m “Me” for about 5 hours two days a week and can hang up my “Mommy” hat and have adult conversations! I love it!
So that’s what’s new in my life…Hubby gets home tomorrow night…thank God.
The Facebook page for the Bunco Game Shop really has been doing very well and I wanted to thank you! You guys are so awesome!!
What do you think about sharing recipes on the page? Let me know! We can exchange them!
So I know a lot of you out there are trying to get together a Bunco group. Don’t forget that you can look for bunco babes on our site too! Maybe post your name and the city you are in and see if anyone out there can help you out.
My dogs are looking at me weird…Maybe I should go feed them or see if they are out of water.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our Bunco VIPs! This year we are celebrating with you by giving away Valentine flowers PLUS offering free shipping on all orders of $39 or more through 2/14/2012. Shop Now to receive your Valentine gifts!
After hearing about Pinterest…I finally looked into it and was invited! I have one for Bunco Game Shop and I must say it’s pretty freakin COOL!
🙂 Lots of fun and pretty addicting. I love seeing the other bunco lovers out there and all of the great ideas! I’m going to share something I found today that I really want to try:
Arnold Palmer jello shots! 1 box lemon jello, Firefly sweet tea vodka, 10 lemons. Cut the lemons in half, juice them, pull the pulp and skin out (I did it with my hands, but make sure your hands aren’t dry at all or it will burn!) Line the halves up in a cake pan so they’re snug. Then make the jello, put the mixture in a measuring cup with a spout for pouring and fill the lemon halves. Refrigerate over night and then slice in half again (with a sharp knife) before serving.
Now that I am sucked into pinterest…ahhhhhh! Another obsession!!!
Today was a good day, I got lots of cleaning done! Yay! Hubby comes home tomorrow and hopefully I will sell my treadmill too! I have someone coming to look at it so cross your fingers for me! I really hate running…I went through a running phase and my wonderful husband bought me a really nice NordicTrack and now it just takes up room. If I want to workout, I’ll go Kickboxing or do some P90X or Slim in 6. So, if I sell it we will have “fun money” for date nights. 😉
My daughter is a ROYAL PAIN IN MY ASS. I’m hoping you heard that right….she’s a PILL. Boy, do I have my hands full. God help me.
Anyone out there have beautiful evil 5 year old daughters? PLEASE let me know I’m not alone. 🙂
Tomorrow night we are taking the kids to a hockey game! I’m so excited!
Off to drink my glass of Vodka Tonic and watch some TV after a busy day!
So I have had a few questions on how to keep all the bunco stuff together. My group has a bunco bag that follows the hosts each month.
You can find it here.We keep our pens, pencils, score cards, tally sheets, dice and anything else that makes it’s way in the bag from a theme party. I think our bag has a small collection from a Valentines bunco night and a St. Patrick’s Day bunco night. Anyway, the host gives it to the one who is going to be hosting the following bunco night when she leaves the party. Or, in some cases just whoever has it brings it to the next month’s host. It’s a super cute way to tote your things and keep track of them when the party ends!
I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve blogged! I am now helping my friend try to plan her wedding! Yay! I’m a Maid of Honor! The thing is, they want the wedding to be sooner than originally planned, so I’m looking into the date of August 18th. They live in another state, so I’ve been searching online and I’m so gitty! We met in Kindergarten and stayed friends this whole time, and we have very different views in life and we are completely different people but she’s the longest friend I’ve had. We went to different High Schools and had different lives and now she’s getting married!! I haven’t met her fiance, but have heard that he’s a great guy and she seems happy so I am happy for her.
I never really planned my wedding…we ended up going to Jamaica and getting married there. It was the most romantic thing EVER! Not many people can do that because both my hubby and I have very small families and we had to pay for our own wedding and honeymoon, so we figured, why not make it a Weddingmoon!! No one came to the wedding but I really think it was the most amazing thing that we’ve ever done. (other than the children) When we got back from the wedding, we had a photo album and a wedding video that we shared with everyone at our Reception. We threw a big party at our house for family and friends and everything was a success. I’m excited to help out with her wedding!!
If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them, as I’ve never done this before! 🙂 AHHHHHH!