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Everything You Need for a Derby Party

April 5, 2024


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AND THEY’RE OFFFFF! 🏇 Well, not quite yet but come May 4th what is said to be the “greatest two minutes in sports” will take place AKA The Kentucky Derby. This year is extra special because the derby is celebrating 150 years! Derby day is surrounded with a lot of excitement and it can be such a fun event to watch and experience with a group!

Whether you’ll be cheering on your pick from the comfort of your own home, actually making your way to the bluegrass state, or hosting at a venue – we’ve got you covered for all things derby! 🌹


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Bourbon Slush

Bourbon Slush

Servings 14


  • 46 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 Cups Earl Grey Tea, steeped
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Cups Bourbon
  • 12 oz Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
  • 6 oz Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
  • 2 Liter Sprite


  1. Mix together the pineapple juice, brewed hot tea, whiskey, sugar, lemonade concentrate, and orange juice concentrate in a large bowl or container. Pour into shallow bowls or Tupperware. Freeze for 8 hours or overnight.

  2. Remove the frozen mixture from the freezer. Chop with a wire whisk or potato masher to make a slushy consistency. Place scoops of frozen slush into glasses. Top each off with lemon-lime soda. Enjoy!

Mint Julep

photo credit: Town & Country Magazine

Mint Julep

The official drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1939 with over 120,000 served during Derby Weekend! 🤯 Recipe credit: thechunkychef.com/kentucky-mint-julep/


  • 4-5 mint leaves roughly torn
  • 1/2 – 1 oz simple syrup
  • crushed ice
  • splash cold water
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • spring fresh mint


  1. To bottom of serving glass, add mint leaves and simple syrup.  Muddle together with a muddler or handle of a wooden spoon. 

  2. Top with plenty of crushed ice, then pour in splash of cold water, and bourbon.  

  3. Stir, garnish with the sprig of mint, and serve!

Recipe Notes

Tip: make a non-alcoholic version with ginger ale, simple syrup, lemon juice, and of course – mint!

Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Chicken Parmesan Sliders


  • 24 oz Frozen Chicken Tenders
  • 1 pkg Hawaiian Rolls
  • 1 jar Marinara Sauce
  • 1 pkg Parmesan Cheese, sliced
  • fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp parm cheese, grated
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil
  • pinch salt


  1. Use an air fryer [or oven] to cook the chicken tenders per package directions

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  3. Cut horizon rolls horizontally and place the bottom half in 13×9 dish

  4. Once the chicken tenders are cooked, cut them into halves and place on top of the bottom half of the rolls

  5. Layer with marinara, sliced parmesan, fresh basil, and top of hawaiian roll.

  6. For topping, melt the butter in the microwave and then add minced garlic, chopped fresh basil,  parmesan cheese and stir.

  7. Lightly brush the topping on top of the rolls and bake for 10 minutes until cheese is melted! Be careful not to put too much topping, or the rolls will become soggy!

  8. Remove from and dab on a bit more topping! Enjoy!

Erin’s Hot Cheese Dip

Hot Cheese Dip


  • 8 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 8 oz Sour Cream
  • 9 oz can Frito's Bean Dip
  • 1/2 packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Minced Onions
  • 1 cup Sharp Shredded Cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Mix all of the ingredients [other than the shredded cheese] together and place into oven safe baking dish.

  3. Add shredded cheese to the top.

  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

  5. Serve hot with tortilla chips or Fritos! Enjoy!

The Best Deviled Eggs

The Best Deviled Eggs

Servings 8 people


  • 1 dozen Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Mayo
  • 2 tsp Mustard
  • 1-2 pinches salt
  • 1-2 pinches pepper
  • 1-3 pinches paprika


  1. Shell your hardboiled eggs, slice them in halves and plop out the yolk into a bowl. Place the eggs on a serving tray.

  2. Smash the yolks with a fork in the bowl.

  3. Add into the bowl, mayo, mustard, salt and pepper and mix.

  4. Once the yolk mixture is to your liking[you can try it, add more anything you just added to get it to your liking!] Spoon the mixture into empty eggs.

  5. Sprinkle the filled eggs with paprika & enjoy!

Veggie Dip

The Best Veggie Dip


  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Cup Mayo
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Dill Weed
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Farm Dust Seasoning


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together and store in the refrigerator! Serve with vegetables and enjoy!

Cowboy Crack Dip

Cowboy Crack


  • 2 8 oz. Packages of Cream Cheese
  • 2 c. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 lb. Spricy Ground Sausage [browned & drained]
  • 1 c. Frozen Corn
  • 2 cans Rotel


  1. Mix all ingredients into crockpot and cook on low for 1-2 hours.

  2. Serve with tortillas chips. Enjoy!

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad


  • 1 Small Watermelon, Cubed
  • 2 Small Cucumber, Cubed
  • 4 oz. Feta, Crumbled
  • Fresh Mint, Finely Chopped


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Serve fresh & enjoy!

Devon’s Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

The perfect fall snack!

Course Breakfast
Keyword dairy free, gluten free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup cassava flour
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground pumpkin spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or grease with nonstick spray. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Whisk to combine and set aside.

  3. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and fold to combine. The batter will be thick.

  4. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan.

  5. Bake regular muffins for 22-24 minutes, mini muffins for 19 minutes.  Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing the muffins from the pan. Serve.

The Best Fruit Dip

Best Fruit Dip (with dairy free option!)

Fruit is already yummy, but pair it with this dip and it's elevated for a gathering and the whole bowl will be GONE! So simple but so good!

Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 8 oz cream cheese (use Tofutti for dairy free version) softened to room temperature
  • 7 oz marshmallow fluff
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Beat cream cheese (or dairy free option), marshmallow fluff and vanilla until smooth.

  2. Serve with your favorite fruit, graham crackers, pretzels, etc.

Recipe Notes

Recipe compliments of: https://glitterinc.com/one-epic-fruit-dessert-board-our-favorite-dairy-free-marshmallow-cheesecake-dip/

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