bucketfeet – artist designed shoes

bucketfeet – artist designed shoes

You remember our pal Laura Dro from a pretty sweet giveaway we had a while back?  She is an amazing artist, and now her art is on shoes!  This image popped up on my Instagram feed the other day. Love those shoes!  I did a little more digging around to find out more about this Bucketfeet company.

Laura Dro Designs For BucketFeet


BucketFeet Shoe Logo


Their mission is to connect people through art. They collaborate with artists from around the world to create products (more…)

fantasy football draft party – take 2

fantasy football draft party – take 2

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!  I hope you are out enjoying a fabulous long weekend vacation somewhere…and are just as happy as me to see football season back!   Go Dawgs!

You might remember this football party post I did last year about setting up for my husband’s fantasy football draft party.  Well this year I took that challenge on again and it was a huge success.  I hope you find these recipes and party tips helpful for your next football gathering.

The guys were coming over at 11:00am to start setting up for the draft, so I wanted a “brunch” dish to start off with….


5 Minute Chicken Waffle Sliders


These were super quick and easy to make.  Plus, a huge hit to start off the party.

Five Minute Chicken Waffle Sliders

Buy already cooked prepared nuggets.   I purchased a nugget tray at Chick-Fil-A knowing I could serve up the extra nuggets later as a snack.  Heat up nuggets appropriately.   Pop Eggo Waffle Minis in your toaster to crisp up.  Stick on a skewer and drizzle with syrup. I served them up on a football party tray.  See, I told you that was easy!


Football Party Food Chicken and Waffle Sliders


Notice the “Challenge Flags” bucket in the background?  I decided to switch up my penalty flags from last year.  I bought some lollipops to tie up in napkins to act as challenge flags for the party.  Super cute, huh?

DIY Challenge Flags For Football Party


Another fun find were these koozies made just for football draft parties.  One of the guys got these and the giant draft board at www.draftkit.com

Football Draft Party Koozies


Once the draft got started, I brought in some lunch time food….. Mini Baked Ham Sandwiches, Chips and French Onion Dip, Antipasto Kabobs….

Football Party Food Ideas


Antipasto Kabob Appetizer Skewers

What you will need:

  • Sliced Genoa Salami
  • Fresh Mozzarella Balls
  • Roasted Red Peppers (jar of)
  • Olives of your choice (I had kalamata olives)
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Package of spring lettuce mix

Simply stick all of the ingredients onto skewer and serve right away, or refrigerate until ready to serve.   It’s like a salad on a stick!


Antipasto Kabobs Appetizer


I also served up these cute little football cookies I found a local Charlotte bakery (Kai’s Kookies) to make for me…

Football Cookies From Kais Kookies Charlotte NC


These live football draft parties can take like 4 hours, so I like to space the snacks out. About half way into the draft, I brought in some more bite size treats…

Turkey Meatball Subs On A Stick

Find recipe over at Cookies and Cups

(I couldn’t find “breadsticks”, so I used Pillsbury “pizza dough” which worked fine.  And mine don’t look quite as pretty as the original recipe, but they were delicious!)

Meatball Subs On A Stick


And, I HAD to make those Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes that were the hit from last year’s party!

Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes


I hope your favorite football team has a successful season….or at least you have fun planning some football party gatherings!

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super easy quick pasta salad

super easy quick pasta salad

I have been meaning to share this recipe with you all for some time.   It is a favorite of mine, one I have been making for years and years.  Perfect to whip up for a party, picnic, cookout, etc.

It takes 20 minutes.  That’s all.  From the time you boil the water to the time it is ready to serve.  And it is super delicious.  Promise!

Easy Quick Pasta Salad Recipe


  • 1 lb. pasta, whatever kind you like
  • cherry Tomatoes chopped, however many you like
  • cucumbers chopped
  • red onion chopped
  • feta cheese crumbles
  • Zesty Italian Salad Dressing – 1/3-1/2 bottle
  • McCormick’s Salad Seasoning, to taste…I usually use a couple of tablespoons full.


Boil water and cook pasta – while this is happening, chop all of tomatoes, cucumbers and onions.
Chill pasta after being cooked by running cold water over it in a strainer.
Mix all ingredients together.
It’s also good if you want to make it the night before to let all the flavors sink in.  You could even add ham, olives…..whatever you like.  See I told you it was easy!
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happy monday, here are some flowers

happy monday, here are some flowers

Happy Monday everyone.  I don’t know about you, but it is a gloomy day here in Charlotte, NC with thunderstorms.  I’ve been trying to readjust to east coast time this morning, after just returning from a fantastic vacation at Lake Tahoe. Promise to share more about the trip next week!

This beautiful video of flowers opening in timelapse perked me right up!   Enjoy 🙂

Flowers opening timelapse from David de los Santos Gil on Vimeo.

Be Awesome Monday Quote


And, It’s Monday. Don’t Forget to be AWESOME!


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greek turkey burgers and cucumber salad

greek turkey burgers and cucumber salad

Tis the season for fresh produce stands!  I just came back from a long weekend in the mountains of North Carolina and picked me up a huge basket of fresh cucumbers and tomatoes.  This was the perfect recipe to use my local farm fresh goodies!

Greek Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Salad


Greek Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Salad


  • 1 pound ground turkey breast meat
  • 1/2  box of frozen spinach (typical box is 10 oz)
  • 1/2 small red onion chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of dill weed
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper

Thaw spinach and then remove all water through strainer or by squeezing in hands.  Remember, you only need to use half of the spinach for this batch of burgers.  Add all ingredients above in a large bowl and mix well.  Form 5-6 patties depending on how large you want the burgers.  Add a little olive oil to a skillet and cook on high/medium heat, flipping to get a good crisp on each side.  I cooked mine about 2 minutes each side AND then turned down to medium heat for another 4 minutes each side.  Just cut one open to check to be sure they are done.  *These would also be great on the grill….mine just happened to be out of order right now 🙂

Serve tzatziki sauce on the side to dip the burgers in, or add to the top of your burger if using a bun.  I tend to not eat my burgers with a bun to save on the carbs and calories.   To make your own tzatziki sauce (cucumber dill sauce) click here for recipe.


  • 2 large cucumbers chopped
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1/2 can of chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup of feta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of dill weed
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley
  • salt and pepper

Mix all of the above ingredients and serve with burgers!


greek turkey burger recipe


You might also like my Cheddar jalapeno chicken burgers with guacamole recipe.  I’m a big fan of custom burgers, and this recipe is going on my favorite list for sure!

We love our recipes here on Sunny Slide Up and are very excited for next week’s secret guest blogger.  Stay tuned!

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