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Monday, April 17th, 2017 | Author:

After Easter Ceasar Egg Bites for Bunco Night

Caesar Bites

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Hello Bunco Friends-

What are you going to do with all of those left over Easter eggs? Why not try Eggland’s Best Ceasar Bites for an easy and healthy appetizer?

Click here for this month’s After Easter Bunco Appetizer.

Did I mention that I am the Idaho Rep for Eggland’s Best? Try these; they are simply delicious!!

Happy Rolling!
-DeAnna

Monday, February 13th, 2017 | Author:

Football Themed Bunco Recipe

Bunco Recipes

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Hello Bunco Friends!

Today (Monday 1/30/17) is the last day to save 20% of any purchase at www.buncogameshop.com. Just use coupon code: Football2017 at checkout.

Healthy 7-Layer Dip Cups for Football Themed Bunco

Ingredients 
12 Clear 9 oz Plastic Cups 
2 16 oz Cans of Fat Free Refried Beans 
2 Cups of Spicy Guacamole 
1 16 oz Container of Plain Fat-Free Yogurt 
2 Cups of Red Salsa 
2 Cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
2 Large Bags of Whole Wheat Tortilla Chips 
Green Onions, Chopped Tomatoes, & Canned Olives (drained)

Drain the salsa, tomatoes, and olives before starting. Layer the cups with beans, guacamole, yogurt, and drained salsa. Cover each cup with clear wrap and refrigerate.

Top the cups with the cheddar cheese, green onions, tomatoes, and olives just before serving.

Thursday, November 07th, 2013 | Author:

 

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!

Appetizer Surprise

Appetizer Surprise

14 ounces Can artichoke hearts

1 cup Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup Mayo
nnaise

1/2 cup Sour cream

8 ounces Cream cheese

Garlic salt — to taste

Dill weed — to taste

Paprika

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!

Another book called, Dice with Spice would make a great gift or prize for a Bunco Babe.  Each recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.  It is a time saver and the recipes are delicious!  Since the holidays are upon us, check out the video tutorials by The Bunco Game Shop for Winter Wonderland Cocktails and Chocolate Cherry Hot Fudge Cake.

What is your favorite snack or appetizer to make for Bunco games around the holiday season?  Let me know on The Bunco Game Shop Facebook Page.  While you’re there, enter our monthly GIVEAWAY!

Keep Calm and Play Bunco,

Bunco Betty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 | Author:

Fall is officially here.  Pumpkin flavored beverages and desserts are already everywhere.  Even though I live in the desert and the weather is still quite warm, thoughts of fall bring hope of cooler weather and fun get-togethers with family and friends like Halloween and Thanksgiving.

This will be the fourth fall that my Bunco group has been together.  We have played  Harvest Bunco, Halloween Bunco (twice) and had an Apple themed Bunco.  I always coordinate the color of our Bunco sheets according to the monthly theme.  For Halloween Bunco I use orange and green paper, for Apple themed Bunco, red and green and for Harvest Bunco, gold, light brown and green.  This time of year there are cute fall paper products available: plates, cups, napkins, etc. which add to the festive atmosphere.

Another fun thing about fall themes are the endless food and beverage possibilities.  For Harvest Bunco we had mulled wine (check out these cute wine charms), for Apple Bunco we had hot spiced cider and for Halloween Bunco the hostess put dry ice in the punch and it looked like witches brew.  We have potlucks at our games and the ladies are very creative!  One of my favorite recipes for fall is a pumpkin dip I found on Allrecipes.com.  I made it for my Brownie Troop last week and one of the girls asked if she could lick the bowl!  Best of all it is inexpensive and easy to put together.  It tastes great served with apple slices, ginger snaps and/or Nilla Wafers.

Pumpkin Dip

Ingredients:

1 (16 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin

1/4 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

In a large bowl, mix together instant vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Fold in the thawed frozen whipped topping. Chill in the refrigerator until serving.

Prizes for Fall Bunco are fun to coordinate with the theme.  Some of my favorite prizes are seasonal dish towels, candles, welcome signs and aprons.  This Halloween Dice Bracelet would be a perfect Bunco prize!

What Fall Bunco Themes (Halloween, Harvest, etc.)have you done with your Bunco group?  What are your favorite prizes and recipes for Fall Bunco themes?

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Keep Calm and Play Bunco,

Bunco Betty

 

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 | Author:

The Bunco group that I belong to is one where we have a potluck meal before we play.  We basically have it down to a science: we eat for 45 minutes and then play two rounds of Bunco. Next, we eat dessert for ten minutes, play one round of Bunco, pass out the prizes and then play LCR (which is optional).  Whew!  We have ladies who love to chat and some who just want to get the show on the road. After three years of playing with mostly the same people we have figured out what works best for us as a group.

We are a large group and typically play with 18 to 24 people.  One time we had ten people bring dessert.  I was hosting and was left with way too many cakes and pies for a family of four to eat!  Now we limit it to four people bringing desserts, this way we don’t have an overabundance.  I have heard of groups who take turns being the hostess and she provides the food for her assigned Bunco game.  This sounds like fun and a great way to host for smaller groups.

Our potlucks do not include main dishes.  Our games are usually held at 2pm on Sunday afternoons so we prefer appetizers and snack foods. We have some really good cooks who play with us!  One of my favorite snacks to bring (I get requests for them!) are Cinnamon Candied Cashews.  They are easy to make and delicious.

Cinnamon Candied Cashews
INGREDIENTS:
2 cups raw cashews
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

Line a baking sheet with a silicon mat.  Put the nuts, sugar, water, and salt into a large skillet over high heat.  Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently, and cook until the water is nearly evaporated and the liquid becomes syrupy, about 10 minutes.    After 10 minutes, sprinkle the cinnamon over the nuts and stir well.  Continue stirring constantly while the water evaporates completely, about 5 minutes.  When there is no longer any sugar syrup left in the bottom of the pan, turn off the heat and stir the nuts vigorously but carefully in the pan until the sugar seizes up and the nuts are evenly coated with crystallized sugar.  Turn the nuts out onto the silicon mat and spread evenly.  Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

If you put treats on the Bunco tables these nuts would be a great addition to your routine snacks.  They would look so cute on these Dice Plates. We used to have a lot of chocolate and hard candies on the Bunco tables.  The ladies in my Bunco group do not have much willpower when it comes to snacks being at their fingertips, so we have done away with anything too sweet on the tables.  Now we  have nuts or dried fruit to munch on and occasionally the candied nuts above for a treat.

Does your Bunco group have potlucks or rotate hostesses who provide a meal?  Do you have snacks on the Bunco tables?  Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

Keep Calm and Play Bunco,

Bunco Betty
Thursday, August 08th, 2013 | Author:

One of our fans, Christina, is celebrating a fellow Bunco players 91st birthday with a Birthday Bunco Bash this month.  She would like to serve finger foods and needs some ideas.  Well, I have some tried and true favorites for you from the free download of the Bunko Junkie Appetizer cookbook available here.  There are 150 awesome appetizer recipes in this FREE download from Bunco Game Shop, so download your copy today!

This crunchy mix is a great addition at each Bunco table for snacking throughout the evening:

All-American Bunko Snack

3 cups thin pretzel sticks
4 cups Wheat Chex®
4 cups Cheerios®
13 ounces can salted peanuts
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup melted butter

In large mixing bowl or slow-cooking pot, mix together pretzels, cereals, and peanuts. Sprinkle with garlic salt, celery salt, seasoned salt, and cheese. Pour melted butter over all; toss until well mixed. Cover and cook in slow-cooking pot on low 3 to 4 hours. Uncover the last 30 to 40 minutes. Serve as appetizer or snack

Baby Porcupine Appetizers are spicy bite sized meatballs that everyone loves.  They are easy to make and the perfect bite sized Bunco snack. These meatballs would look so festive with these adorable dice party picks from the Bunco Game Shop.

Baby Porcupine Appetizers

1/2 cup rice
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon onions — minced
2 tablespoons green bell peppers — finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1 clove garlic
2 cups tomato juice
4 cloves
1/2 teaspoon oregano
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Combine rice, ground meat, onion, green pepper, salt, celery salt and garlic; form into balls about 1-1/2 inches in diameter.

Heat tomato juice, cloves, oregano and Worcestershire sauce in skillet. Add meatballs. Cover tightly and simmer for 50 minutes. Remove cloves before serving.

 
Another popular finger food is chicken wings.  These Parmesan Chicken Wings are easy to make, baked not fried and delicious!  Bunco guests will love them!

Parmesan Chicken Wings

1 cup Freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Heaping — finely chopped fresh Parsley
1 tablespoon Fresh — oregano or marjoram
Chopped or 1 tsp. of either
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Fresh ground pepper
2 pounds Chicken wings cut up
1/2 cup Butter melted

Preheat oven to 375 deg. Mix cheese,parsley,oregano, salt and pepper together and place on a dry tray. Dip each piece of chicken into the butter,then roll in the cheese mixture,coating well.

Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes,turning when brown. Wings will freeze well. Thaw in refrigerator,and heat in a 375 deg. oven. Makes 4 main course or 8 appetizer servings.

 

 

Please share if you try any of these recipes and let us know how they turned out.  If you have a finger food recipe that you love, please post the recipe and/or a picture.  I made all of these recipes today and they turned out wonderful! The kids loved the Bunko Snack mix after school today!  It was a fun surprise!

Are you playing Bunco soon?  If so, let us know about it!  There are so many fun products here at BuncoGameShop.com. My group loves the foam dice for roll offs when there is a tie for Most Buncos, Most Wins, etc.  We are having a South Beach themed Bunco this weekend.  The funny thing is that we live in the desert!  I will post pictures next week.

Keep Calm and Play Bunco,

Bunco Betty

 

 

 

Monday, February 27th, 2012 | Author:

Hi there!  So I asked our Facebook fans to give me some bunco ideas and they were so cute!  Here’s what I got.  🙂

  • The Big Bunco Theory (like the big bang theory)
  • Pajama Bunco
  • Mardi Gras Bunco
  • Easter Bunco (bunny ears for the current bunco winner)
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Vampire Theme for the Black Dagger Brotherhood books
  • Alice in Wonderland meets Sex and the City Theme (fun hats and Cosmo’s)
  • Candy Land
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Best dress
  • Long Beach Housewives
  • Fabulous 50’s
  • Naughty bunco (bachelorette party bunco)
  • Ugly bridesmaid dress bunco
  • March margarita madness
  • Hunger Games Theme

The ideas were so cute!

I also wanted to share a picture of some cupcakes that someone made for an American Cancer Society fundraiser.  She did a fab job and they raised almost $500.00!

Way to go!!  They look yummy!!

Here’s another online recipe I thought sounded good…baked, not fried!  Yay!

BAKED MOZZARELLA STICKS!!

8 ounces mozzarella cheese

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 teaspoons melted butter

Directions:

  1. Cut cheese in 1/2″ x 1/2″ x 3″ sticks.
  2. Toss with flour and set aside.
  3. In small bowl, beat together eggs and water and set aside.
  4. In separate bowl, combine bread crumbs, italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  5. Dip sticks in egg mixture, then coat with crumbs.
  6. Repeat this process.
  7. Place on a plate in a single layer, cover with foil and chill for 2 hours.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  9. Place cheese sticks on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and drizzle with melted butter.
  10. Bake until crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes.Flip after 5 minutes.
  11. Heat a little spaghetti sauce to use for dipping.
I’m thinking of making the tonight for dinner!  LOL
Until next time Bunco Babes!!
Bunco Betty!
Monday, February 06th, 2012 | Author:

I can’t believe it’s already February!!!!  Everyone always said that when your kids are young, the time flies by so fast and that is SO true!

If you want some Feb & March ideas for your Bunco party, you can check some out here.  Also, I have been getting into the appetizer craze and my friend made one for Superbowl Sunday and it was YUMMY!!

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries

Makes approximately 9 puffs, depending on size of squares and how thin dough is rolled

1 large sheet puffed pastry, thawed

1 ripe avocado, halved and mashed (approximately 1 tablespoon of avocado per pastry square)

1/3 cup cream cheese (approximately 1 teaspoon of cream cheese per pastry square)

1/3 cup salsa (approximately 1 teaspoon of salsa per pastry square.)

salt and pepper, sprinkled to taste

1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 400F and prepare two baking sheets with either parchment paper or spray them well with cooking spray.

Thaw one large square of puffed pastry for about 10 minutes. Flour your counter top or working surface and roll out the pastry square as thinly as possible.  With a pizza cutter or knife, slice the puffed pastry into approximately 2-inch by 2-inch squares.

On half the squares place a dollop of avocado, then cream cheese, then salsa, season with salt and pepper.  Use the remaining squares as the lids and place one lid over the filling mounds. Seal the pastry by pressing the edges with a fork, taking care to seal the edges well, pressing the fork in repeatedly, so no filling escapes during baking.

In a small bowl, beat an egg with a fork, and apply to each of the pastry packages. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until desired browning and puffing has occurred. Watch them closely after 10 minutes in case your oven is hotter or your brand of puffed pastry cooks faster.

Remove from the oven and serve.  Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and if desired, reheat leftovers in the microwave for approximately 45 seconds before serving.

So good and they were a hit!

I brought my cream cheese and roast beef pinwheels.  🙂

Lots of hugs to you bunco babes!!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 | Author:

Hey ladies!

This weekend we had our bunco night at Sandi’s house and it was a blast!  We played a couple of rounds of bunco and then some LCR.  I believe I drank too much wine and had too much food.  The food was wonderful and everything was wonderful except one thing…no one brought a camera!!!  AHHHHH!  I guess we’ll only have the memories…no photos.  🙁

My daughter wants to do gymnastics and I’m super excited to find a place for her.  This will help with her attitude…I’m hoping!  She has so much energy and needs to be a part of something.  Anyway, I’m hoping we can get her into it very soon.

My hubby took my son snowboarding Sunday and they had a blast!  That’s my husband’s favorite thing to do and he’s been snowboarding for about 20 years and is so excited that he gets to take the little guy.

They had SO MUCH FUN!  It’s nice to see the quality time together.  🙂  *H A P P Y*

We’ve been getting more “likes” on our Facebook page and I’m happy about that too!  Can’t wait for the giveaway!!  🙂

I feel like crap…you know, that lingering crappy feeling that just won’t go away?  Well, I shouldn’t complain because my dear friend has been walking around with a severe case of bronchitis and after a few weeks, finally got some good meds.  So….I won’t bitch anymore.  😉

Here’s another fab and healthy recipe for you!  😉

Skinny Taco Dip

8 oz 1/3 less fat Philadelphia cream cheese

  • 8 oz 1/3 less fat Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 8 oz reduced fat sour cream
  • 16 oz jar mild salsa
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2.25 oz black olives,

In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, salsa and taco seasoning and mix well with an electric mixer. Spread on the bottom of a large shallow glass dish. Top with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese and black olives. Serve with baked tortilla chips.

Hugs to you all!

Bunco Betty