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your Masters party: ham sliders + azalea cocktails.

These Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders are THE BEST SANDWICHES YOU WILL EVER EAT, swear. L made these for her fifth annual egg hunt on Saturday, and all 96 were snapped up by party-goers (kids included!). Whip some up for a Masters viewing party this weekend and add a round of Azalea Cocktails. You’re good to go.

The Glitter Life Ham and Cheese Slider
you cannot – repeat, cannot – eat just one of these.

Hawaiian Ham & Swiss Sliders (makes 24 sandwiches, plan on 2-3 per person)

What You Need:

  • 24 slices deli honey ham (L used Sara Lee Maple Ham)
  • 6 slices swiss cheese, cut into quarters
  •  1/3 cup mayonnaise (L used Kraft mayo)
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard (L used French’s Dijon)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 packages (12 count) King’s Hawaiian Original or Honey Wheat Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls

What You Do:

  • Split rolls in half and spread mayo onto 1 side of the rolls. Place a slice or two of ham and a (quarter) slice of swiss cheese in roll. Replace the top of the rolls and bunch them closely together into a baking dish.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together poppy seeds, dijon mustard, melted butter, onion powder and worcestershire sauce.
  • Pour sauce over the rolls, just covering the tops. Cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Bake covered at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for additional 2 minutes until tops are slightly browned and crisp. Serve warm.

These sandwiches are also great at room temperature – don’t stress about serving them right out of the oven. You can assemble the sandwiches the night before baking – just cover TIGHTLY with plastic wrap to prevent them drying out. When you’re ready, pour on the sauce and pop them in the oven!

The Glitter Life Ham & Cheese Slider
easy to make for a crowd.

Adapted from www.kingshawaiian.com.

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homemade happy hour: seasonal crostini + berry gin sparklers.

Happy Hump Day! Instead of meeting your friends at your favorite neighborhood bar, mix it up and invite everyone to your place for a homemade happy hour. Sweep off your patio (or tidy up your living room), throw some fresh flowers in a vase, and lay out the fixings for the two super easy recipes: Seasonal Crostini and Berry Gin Sparklers.

The Glitter Life Crostini
seasonal crostini: choose your cheese, then go crazy with in-season toppings. image: The Glitter Guide.

Seasonal Crostini by The Glitter Guide

What You Need:

  •  French baguette, sliced & lightly toasted
  • Your choice of cheese (options include goat, whipped feta, ricotta, fresh mozzarella and brie)
  • Your choice of toppings (options include roasted tomatoes, marinated olives, artichoke hearts, fresh berries and sliced prosciutto)
  • Your choice of herbs (options include rosemary, basil and thyme)
  • Honey
  • Olive oil

What You Do:

  • Arrange cooled toasts on a platter.
  • Layer on your choice of cheese and then top with your preferred accoutrements.
  • Drizzle on honey or olive oil. Finish with fresh herbs.

Try these combinations:
– Goat cheese with blackberries, honey + rosemary (shown in images above).
– Roasted tomatoes with ricotta cheese, thyme + olive oil.
– Roasted tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto + basil.
– Whipped feta with herb-marinated tomatoes + olive oil.
– Goat cheese with sliced pear, honey + thyme.

You’ve got your app. Now, for the cocktail.

The Glitter Life Berry Sparkler
berry gin sparklers: a super-cute excuse to dust off your cocktail shaker. image: the glitter guide.

Berry Gin Sparkler by The Glitter Guide

What You Need:

What You Do:

  • In a shaker combine ice, 1 ounce of gin, 1 ounce of Cassis and shake.
  • Pour into champagne coupe and top with Prosecco.
  • Garnish with fresh berries and mint leaves.

Lay out the drink ingredients and let your guests make these themselves. Ditto for the crostini. Easy, and impressive!

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