Bacon & Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers + Avocado Spinach Artichoke Dip

I’m back from a wonderful couple of days at the beach for our third annual Flamingo Fling.


Flamingo Fling is basically an excuse for all the Bell ladies to get together without the men and enjoy a weekend doing whatever, whenever we want.  And of course we use ALL the things “flamingo.”

After enjoying a little sunshine on Friday afternoon, it was time for a fun flamingo drink!  My Momma made a delicious blackberry lemonade spritzer that was sweet and bubbly.  Maggie spiked hers with a little Prosecco – last year she was the pregnant one.

Typically on our first night, we dine “appy hour” style.  Meaning lots of small bites and appetizers.


We had quite the assortment.  I made bacon and goat cheese stuffed mini peppers which exceeded my expectations.  Sweet mini peppers were stuffed with a  mixture of goat cheese, cream cheese, chives, garlic and crispy bacon before being baked and then dipped in a balsamic sweet chili sauce.  A super easy recipe that I’ll definitely be making again.  Momma made avocado spinach artichoke dip that was addicting when paired with crunchy pita chips.  The food processor does all the work with this recipe – whirling together avocado, lemon juice, garlic, spinach, artichokes, a little EVOO and red pepper flakes.  Go a little heavy on the salt – it needs it, especially when paired with raw veggies. Maggie picked up some fantastic chicken salad from a local restaurant and she also provided a variety  of dark chocolate for dessert.


The rest of the weekend was full of relaxing, learning about Young Living essential oils, sun, a little shopping and more eating!

My heart is always full after Flamingo Fling and I’m already looking forward to our weekend together next year.


Friday Favorites

The weekend is here!  I’m heading to the beach a little later this morning for our third annual Flamingo Fling.  That means I’m leaving Big Guy behind and I’m meeting my Momma and sister at the beach for some girl time (aka flamingling).  I’m excited to see them both and imagine there will be lots of “baby” talk while we’re together.  After taking two weeks off from Friday Favorites, I’m back!


Favorite Nostalgia:  Salted Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars.  These sweet treats remind me so much of the ice cream Snickers bars I used to love growing up.


Favorite Date Night:  Creamed Corn Pasta with Fried Herbs.  We have so much corn and I would love nothing more than to pair it with some homemade pasta.


Favorite Splash:  Cha Cha Tassel Drop Earrings.  How pretty are these?  I adore the colors.


Favorite Meal Prep:  Crunchy Thai Peanut & Quinoa Salad.  Say hello to my lunch for next week.  I think this would be perfect to prep on Sunday and then eat all week long.


Favorite Addicting:  Grain Free Salted Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies.  Ummm, I need these.  Homemade pecan butter gets transformed into bars that look ridiculously delicious.


Favorite Daydream:  44 Islands That Should Be at the Top of Your Travel Bucket List.  I could scroll through these pictures  #dreamingofournextvacation


Favorite Side Dish:  Mexican Street Corn Salad.  This would be perfect for a summer potluck!


Favorite Sunday:  Southwestern Taco Pizza.  I think I know what I’m making for our next Pizza Sunday.


Favorite “Appy” Hour:  Caprese Salad Platter.  Part of me wants to dig in because it looks so delicious and the other part of me wants to just stare at it because it’s so gorgeous.  (p.s. burrata for life)


Favorite Sip:  Pink Flamingo Punch Cocktail.  I couldn’t resist.  To make this a mocktail, I’d simply leave out the rum.


2nd Annual Flamingo Fling Review

HI!  I’m home after a wonderful weekend with my Momma and sister for our annual Flamingo Fling.  It was quite the relaxing weekend and it’s always a treat to have some uninterrupted time with two of my favorite ladies.

We enjoyed mocktails and wine promptly at 5pm on Friday to kick-off the festivities.


With our drinks we snacked our way through dinner.  We enjoyed some bacon wrapped dates, a fantastic cucumber dip (Momma, can you send me that recipe?!?!) Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps that were inspired by a recipe in this cookbook (I used cashew butter instead of peanut butter and cashews instead of peanuts; I wish I would have added some chopped water chestnuts) and some brie with roasted veggies.


The chicken wraps were a little spicy, a little sweet, a little crunchy and a whole lot of delicious.


I think my favorite bite was a little brie with roasted potatoes.  So yummy.

After we filled our bellies, we settled in for movie night.  We watched The Choice and it was the perfect chick-flick for the weekend.


On Saturday we spent most of the day in the sun and snacked on some dill pickle popcorn from Trader Joes (addicting!!!!) and enjoyed a Mexican-inspired evening with guacamole, quesadillas (grilled corn and green onion shrimp quesadillas from the same cookbook that I linked above) and game of Mexican Train (a twist on dominoes).


The quesadillas were SO good and we may or may not have snuck out on the golf cart for a quick trip to Sunset Slush.  

Sunday morning we headed to our favorite little coffee shop for breakfast before my youngest brother took us out on the boat for a little fun in the sun before Flamingo Fling came to an end.

Unfortunately Maggie had to hit the road after a quick lunch of leftovers but my Momma and I stayed another night.  We played Yahtzee and ate even more leftovers before watching some HGTV to end the weekend.

I am so grateful for the past several days and hope that we’re able to make this a tradition for many, many years to come.  Life is incredibly busy but sometimes you just need to pump the brakes and enjoy a little time with the ones you love.

Have a great week!

Flamingo Fling

My Momma has been daydreaming of an annual girls weekend at the beach for a few years now.  After years of dreaming, it’s finally a reality.  I’m currently beach-bound with an ETA of 11am for a weekend with my Momma, my sister and my sister-in-law.  And I couldn’t be more excited to pop a bottle of bubbly and get the weekend started with three of my favorite girls.

Flamingo Fling is here!  See ya next week.