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Yesterday was rough.

You know when you watch a football game and you have such high hopes and you get the peach tea and the cupcakes ready and everyone comes over and you sit down to watch because you know that you know that you know….

….your team is going to win.

And then?

There’s a fumble. And a facemask penalty. And a holding penalty. And they go for it on fourth down in the last minutes of the game and you think that this is the moment when they will take back the lead and win.

And in super sad news they are unable to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Cowboys—I’m so sorry. You tried hard. You really did. But the game just didn’t work out like we both hoped it would.

If you are in the neighborhood? I have peach sweet tea. It might make you feel better.

It worked for me.

Here’s my mother-in-law’s SUPER easy recipe for peach sweet tea.

This is the recipe that my mother-in-law has been making for decades.

Every time I have a party and she makes it?

Everyone wants to know the recipe.

I’m making it now. The twins just had a party and they called her up to ask her how to make it.

It’s just that good.

And all you need are two ingredients.

Easy peach sweet tea

Ingredients:

Crystal Light Peach Tea

Canada Dry Ginger Ale

1. Pour one large Crystal Light packet into the drink dispenser (or pitcher).

2. Pour one liter of ginger ale into the drink dispenser.

3. Mix with spoon.

4. Make sure to leave enough room in the pitcher or drink dispenser for the foam.

This creates a LOT of foam.

If I am adding another packet and another ginger ale, I wait for a couple of minutes or the foam will overflow.

That’s it.

Your peach tea is ready to serve.

Here’s mine ready to go in the CUTEST drink dispenser that I found at Walmart.

It’s under $12 and it comes with a stand so you can put cups under it when you pour and the spigot is easy to work.

You can see it here.

I also found this three-tiered display serving piece.

It comes with the three white platters (that I’m using to decorate with, too).

And it comes apart for easy storage. You can twist it different ways to fit your display and it’s super affordable, too.

You can see it here.

Hello Thanksgiving. I’m looking at you.

I found these glasses at Walmart here for .97 each.

The Grateful and Blessed plates were right inside the front door at Walmart near the fall display.

You can see the serving bowl here and the platter here.

It was an amazing time.

Even though our team lost, we still had fun.

And cupcakes.

And peach sweet tea.

And now?

Can I ask you a favor?

I found this at Walmart too.

A slow cooker with THREE different cookers.

Yes.

THREE.

It’s not very expensive and I’m thinking of all the parties that I have coming up and I know that this will be the star of the show.

But if you’ve been reading this blog for a hot minute you know that I’m cooking challenged.

I was going to put queso in one of them—but what should I put in the others? Dip? Beans?

Do you have any ideas?

Can you help a party planner out?

Can you leave any suggestions you have in the comments?

In the meantime, I have a cupcake calling my name.

With a side of peach sweet tea.

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Comments

  1. Image for Jenn Jenn

    This sounds delightful! We host lots of people on Sunday nights, a new drink in the dispenser is always welcome! I think beans are a definite yes in one, the third? Can’t wait to hear what others say!

  2. Image for Robin Stephens Robin Stephens

    The tea sounds so refreshing and very ahh-worthy! I’d suggest a hot crab dip in one of the little dishes and provide good ol Ritz crackers for that. I’d want to add something sweet. Two savory, one sweet. For the sweet, maybe a caramel dip (pretzels, vanilla wafers, apples for that one). You could probably merely use jarred ice caramel cream topping and not even have to make it. Maybe put a side of sprinkles or nuts to dip in after the coated confection leaves the pot! Good luck! Sounds delightful!

  3. Image for Kathy Menold Kathy Menold

    Our N.C. Panthers won but I was sorry to see your Cowboys lose. America's team is my long time favorite team and my loyalty remains. Nothing wrong with having more than one team to root for although it can be tough when they play each other. Love the three container warmer. I use mine for hotdog fixings like chili,queso and warm sauteed onions. Just got some bacon jam and might try that warm on hotdogs or sliders. It is a great little appliance for pancake, or french toast breakfast with a couple of kinds of warm syrup,hot apples or the fruit of your choice.

    1. Image for Kris Kris

      Love your pancake/French toast ideas. Along those lines, you could do crepes--there are so many options with them--crepes for dessert with sweet toppings, crepes for breakfast with fruity toppings, crepes for a main meal with savory toppings ..... and it would make you seem all fancy and tres chic.

  4. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    You could also put in refried beans and maybe mexican rice or some other kind of rice. Depends if you are going with a taco theme! You could also do the queso, maybe little smokies with a bbq sauce in another and meatballs in a sauce in another. You can buy the premade meatballs which makes it easier. But, this is not a taco theme, lol. A couple of ideas anyway.

  5. Image for Liz Liz

    For the 3 selections, you could do a taco bar, as mentioned above, with ground beef, a taco chopped chicken, and refried beans. Another 3-some could be 3 soups, and if you didn’t want to make soup from scratch or used canned, then soups from your favorite restaurants could do the trick! And just because each of these have their own individual hearing settings, you could use as an ice cream station, with one or two flavors of ice cream (put the ice cream in the dishes & put in the freezer, then just sit in the dish space), and have 1 or 2 hot toppings, hot fudge and caramel come to mind! Those toppings could be in smaller glass jar containers from the store, just place in the hot water in one of the bowls, with the warming temp turned on. 😎 Lots if possibilities! Enjoy! Thanks for the tea recipe.

  6. Image for Ruth Ann Ruth Ann

    To add to Cheryl’s comment. The easiest meatballs using the premade meatballs added to Concord grape jelly and chili sauce combined together always gets lots of compliments and people saying I don’t believe there are only two ingredients in that sauce. Well there were originally about 5 but I found out less is more so the two ingredients and premade meatballs are one of the easiest dishes I take to the football watching party or New Years Eve get together!!

    1. Image for Elizabeth Hayes Elizabeth Hayes

      Great idea! For football day I use my 3 in 1 crockpot for sliced Eckridge sausage in the grape/chili sauce, meatballs in brown gravy and little smokies in barbeque sauce. I set toothpicks out since all these can be eaten with them and I don't have to dirty silverware. The men in my family love meat and this trio seems to satisfy them, along with chips and dip

  7. Image for Jessica Jessica

    Buffalo Chicken Dip is my go-to recipe and it’s easy-peasy! Ingredients 2 cups shredded cooked chicken 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup FRANK'S RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce or FRANK'S RedHot® Buffalo Wings Sauce 1/2 cup ranch dressing 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles (or any type of shredded cheese works too!) Directions PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Spoon into shallow 1-quart baking dish. BAKE 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through; stir. Transfer to your warmer. Sprinkle with green onions, if desired, and serve with chips, crackers and/or veggies.

  8. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    Your post is so funny and full of advice for those wanting to an a party. You are amazing and wonderful! Who cares about aspartame, it’s one small bad ingredient in a world full of a ton of bad ingredients.

  9. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    Ok...the tea looks so refreshing! It’s definitely on my list of things to make for us and for our next BBQ 👍 Those cookers are really neat....how about the nacho cheese and bean dip and then also some taco meat for the Taco Bar Fiesta! Or go for the Hot Crab dip and a Spinach/Artichoke dip and a White Queso dip. Maybe a soup party with three soups?? Sounds like a fun time at your place 🥰

  10. Image for sandi sandi

    Karianne - Love you to death!! But this is the one time I'm on the opposite side of you. HeHe #GeauxSaints!!!!!! Sorry your Cowboys lost - but so THRILLED my Saints won!

  11. Image for Kim S. Kim S.

    Here are some idea. . .spinach/artichoke dip. Meatballs. Little hot dogs. Chicken buffalo dip. Let us know what you end of doing!

  12. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    I have that same 3-section crock-pot-thingy. I put queso in one, taco meat in one, and usually another queso made with HOT sausuage in the 3rd (not everybody likes the spicy queso). Sometimes, we put little weenies with BBQ sauce, and meatballs with BBQ sauce in #2 and #3.

  13. Image for Pam Pam

    Everyone has already mentioned my favorites. I wonder if you could do brie with fig jam in one and crackers on the side?

  14. Image for Pamm Pamm

    This is going to sound silly .... (sorry in advance)! Just want to make sure I'm reading it correctly because it sounds soooo good, and I'm hosting a baby shower Sunday that this would be perfect for in the Hot Fall Alabama!!!! Soooo, 1 liter of ginger ale to one large packet or the whole 2 liter bottle to one large packet?

  15. Image for TERESA GONZALES TERESA GONZALES

    I was thinking taco fixings-we do taco bars all the time. Very easy and loved by most!!!! Love all the new items at Walmart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our Walmart did not have those cute plates-it was already Christmas all the way. Instead of watching football we went to Walmart......................................... Found two large galvanized lanterns that made it home with me :)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    So many great ideas for the crockpots already! Taco bar, soups, meatballs, crepes, pancakes, dips, smokies, are all great. I have used mine for a baked potato bar with potatoes, chili, broccoli/cheese, queso and other toppings...and chili bar is a favorite, too, with different types of chili and toppings. Any type of appetizer that needs to be kept warm is a win! Have fun with it!

  17. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    The chili bar is a great idea!! And the mac and cheese!! Here is a recipe I thought I would through in. I know you could make this. It is so good. You could make it as directed or you might be able to add it to the warmer and cook it that way or bake as directed and then scoop it into the warmer, lol hope that makes sense . I got this somewhere on the internet. 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened, 1 cup sour cream, 2 cans (16 oz, each) refried beans, 1 packet taco seasoning, 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded, 2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together cream cheese and sour cream in a large bowl. Mix in refried beans until combined. Stir in taco seasoning. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray. Spread mixture evenly into the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle the top with both cheeses. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and slightly browned. Serve with tortilla chips.

  18. Image for Mary Mary

    White chile on one end, red on the other and queso in the middle. I love my 3 burner crock pot and use it for 3 different soups at our annual Christmas party.

  19. Image for Dianne Miley Dianne Miley

    Shredded chicken mixed with salsa. Or ground beef mixed with salsa. Or both! Then serve up tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, and all the fixings for taco salad or a taco bar. Easy & yummy!

  20. Image for Jessica Jessica

    Here’s another thought...what about doing a pasta bar with 2 different sauces (Marinara, Alfredo, vodka/Bolognese, Pesto, etc) and one container holding meatballs. Put pasta in a large serving dish next to the sauces and meatballs and let guests carb it up!

  21. Image for Lee Ann Lee Ann

    I have one of those and use it every New Years Eve for fondue! One with cheese fondue, one with nacho cheese and the third with chocolate fondue! Add chips, crackers, bread rounds, pretzels, fruit and cookie dippers.

  22. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    I have one of those, too! I've only used it for parties - I found a majorly amazing rock-star-worthy, make-ahead party outline on Pinterest that has all the instructions for a Mexican fiesta party! In the 3-pot crock pot I put the beef, pork, and chicken! It was perfect! I didn't actually cook the meat in there, because I had cooked it all ahead, but the size was perfect for all three meats and my party of 50! It would be awesome for veggies, etc. for Thanksgiving!

  23. Image for Sherry Sherry

    Love all of the serving dishes! I would put Queso in one, Buffalo Chicken dip in one and then the Hamburger Taco Dip in the other. All are easy to do and real crowd pleasers!!

  24. Image for Beth Minger Beth Minger

    Love the grape jelly/cocktail sauce meatballs - always use the pre made meatballs from the freezer section - people really cobble these down and then want the recipe - it's a little embarrassing! Also if you decide to try the Buffalo dip recipes I use the frozen fajita chicken strips and Franks hot sauce - most bars use Franks on their wings - why do people feel they have to reinvent the wheel!

  25. Image for Celeste Celeste

    I make a dip/sandwich filling called Crack Chicken. It is chicken breasts, plain cream cheese, savory flavored cream cheese of your choice, dry ranch dressing packet, and BACON!. You can find the recipe on Pinterest everywhere. I bet your football fans would love it. It does make a lot but it is so good.

  26. Image for Sally Sally

    I have a 3 pot crock and love having it at Thanksgiving. I put gravy in one (who wants cold gravy) and a vegetable in the other 2...corn and dressing...

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