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February 9, 2017

Valentine Treats with Shari's Berries

There are several reasons to celebrate this month. With Valentin's Day and Mardi Gras, we are preparing some serious goodness for you!

Are you ready for Valentine's Day? It is NEXT WEEK!!! Yikes!! Don't worry we have you covered! 

Who doesn't love chocolate for this holiday {or any day for that matter}? We teamed up with Shari's Berries to share with you their New Valentine's Caramel and Pretzel Sampler {doesn't it sound delicious?}. It is, trust me!


 I love the combination of sweet and salty, what about you? When I bit into these chocolate Sel Gris Gray Sea Salted Caramels, I was a happy girl! And I can't even tell you how good the Dark Chocolate Almond Bark is, because you wouldn't believe me! You HAVE to try it! 


My kiddos loved the Caramel White and Milk Chocolate Pretzel Rods! 


This sampler is perfect for your valentine and I am sure they would share a nibble or two! lol




You can order your own Valentine's Caramel and Pretzel Sampler by clicking the link. 

**Just an FYI, the mini candy hearts on the chocolates are NOT packaged that way. They fell off the pretzel rods and we liked the way they looked so we photographed them!**

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January 31, 2017

Follow Your Heart Valentine's Day Cupid Arrows and Quiver

What is not to love about Valentine's Day? I love the colors and the joy of this holiday! Call me sappy! With two young kiddos, I enjoy making and designing new elements of this holiday, so this year, I designed Cupid Arrows with it's very own quiver! I am so excited how they turned out!


Are you ready to make your own? Let's get started!

Here's what you will need:

Wooden Round Dowels {I used 3/16"}
Spray Paint {in the colors you would like your Cupid Arrows to be}
Ribbon, Twine, Jute or Cording {whatever you would like to wrap the dowels with}
Cylinder Container ~ for your quiver {I purchased mine from the Dollar Tree}
Wrapping Paper or Scrapbook Paper to decorate the cylinder
Scrapbook Paper in the colors you want the arrow and feathers to be {I used glitter cardstock}
Matching Paper Shred
Fluffy White Feather Cupid Wings **OPTIONAL**


ARROWS:

1) Spray paint your dowels
2) Hot glue the ribbon onto the dowel to obtain the desired look {I twisted mine and hot glued both ends}
3) Cut out the arrows and feathers {find the pattern at the bottom of the post}
4) Attach the arrows and feathers with hot glue

QUIVER:

1) Cut the paper {scrapbook or wrapping} to the length and width of the cylinder
2) Attache the paper to the cylinder
3) Insert matching paper shred to the inside to keep the Cupid Arrows in place
4) Add a matching strap if you'd like **OPTIONAL** {I did not do this step}

Now comes the fun part! Attach the quiver to the Cupid Wings if you would like {I used hot glue to attach}


Now you can hang the Cupid Wings wherever you would like, on a door or wall it will look great and your friends will be asking you to make them some! Both my kiddos love these and they each have a set in their room. I can tell you with certainty, these are their FIRST set of arrows but will not be their last. 

I used a few of my wings and arrows on the backs of my dining room chairs at my Follow Your Heart Valentine's Day Party. More to come on the party soon. 



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December 19, 2016

Coca-Cola Holiday Party Tips

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #SavorTheMemory #CollectiveBias


December is always a very busy month for most of us, but with some planning and easy tips you will feel less stressed and more confident hosting your own holiday party!

With plaid being so popular right now, I chose the classic red and black pattern with pops of green and white for my color scheme. 

When deciding on the menu, think about your guest list, which I feel is the most important part of entertaining. You obviously know your guests, so think about what they would like to eat and what would be easy for you. Do you want a sit down meal or more of a cocktail party when appetizers will do the trick? 


I opted for appetizers for my Holiday Party. Mini grilled cheese sandwich strips paired with tomato basil soup shooters. 

The mini Coca-Cola bottles are perfect for guests to help themselves. Add an ornament to one of the bottles and fits right into your party atmosphere. 




Treat your guests to an unexpected dessert this time of year, such as Coca-Cola ice cream floats! 


Top the floats with whip cream and add a dash of holiday flair with red, green and white sprinkles! So festive, don't you think? 

Too cold for ice cream floats? Why not try these Coca-Cola brownie marshmallow cream bites? You will find the recipe and tutorial at the end of the post. 



Gathering all your beverages in one place allows your guests to mingle around the bar cart.



Serving a signature holiday drink is always a big hit at parties. Most of the time, it will be new to your guests.  


I served Cranberry Sprite with refreshing mint and fresh cranberries. Look how beautiful and festive it is. Trust me, it tastes just as fabulous! Cheers!!


Did you know to get clear ice cubes, you will need boiled filtered water? Simply pour the boiling water into silicone or metal ice trays add your cranberries and fresh mint. Allow it to freeze and you will have beautiful ice cubes like these. I love the look!


Sitting out additional ice cubes and mint, brings the festive colors into the bar cart as well as it allows your guests to help themselves to these wonderful items. 


Not all guests like to have an alcoholic beverage, by serving mocktails with a variety of ingredients and in fun glassware, it encourages your guests to try it. Do you remember the Orange Julius drink? I am sharing a copycat version with you at the end of the post. 

Provide a place where guests can gather around the fire to warm up and to enjoy the food and beverages you have worked so hard on. 





Find someone to take photos at the party. Parties are a great place for making unforgettable memories with family and friends. Choose the best photos, create a photo book with Shutterfly  and send it to your guests as a thank you! 

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Now on to the delicious recipes! 

COCA-COLA BROWNIES 



What you will need: 

Brownie Mix {I used a store bought mix}
4oz. Coca-Cola
1 cup chocolate chips {because I like my brownies really chocolatety!}
Marshmallow Cream

Instructions: 

Prepare brownie mix according to package instructions, add Coca-Cola and chocolate chips.  Bake. Once cool, break into pieces and add to shooter glass.  


Place Marshmallow Cream into a pasty bag and squeeze onto brownie crumbles. Continue this until the shooter glass is full. 


Top off with brownie crumbs.



Signature Holiday Drink

What you will need: 

Cranberry Sprite
Fresh Cranberries
Fresh Mint

For ice cubes: 

Fill metal or silicone ice cube tray with boiling filtered water. Add cranberries and mint, freeze.


Directions:

Pour Cranberry Sprite into a tall glass, add cranberry-mint ice cubes and enjoy! 



Copycat Orange Julius

What you will need: 

12 oz Orange Juice {I used Minute Maid}
1/2 cup Milk
3 tablespoons Sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla


Using a blender, blend all the ingredients together until well mixed. 





Pour into your festive glassware and serve! Your guests will love this, as it is almost considered comfort food from when you were a kid! 

Do you have tips you use to have an unforgettable holiday party? Please share them in the comments below. 

Did you notice all the Coca-Cola products, I purchased from my local Tom Thumb to use for this holiday party? When you purchase 4 participating Coca-Cola products you will receive $20 off at Shutterfly.com now through December 28, 2016! The unique pin code will be printed out at the register so you can use it to redeem online at Shutterfly.







Coca-Cola and Sprite are available in your local Tom Thumb store in the soft drink aisle and you can find the Minute Maid Orange Juice in the milk and dairy aisle. 

Happy Holidays Friends! 

December 18, 2016

Jell-O Dessert Tutorial


Jell-O is a great inexpensive way to treat your family to a delicious dessert. It doesn't always have to be served in a bowl. You can dress it up and make it look fancy like we did for our Elves Arrival Breakfast.

Gather your ingredients and supplies: 

3 oz. box Jell-O {we used cherry}
Whip Cream {we used Cool Whip}
4-6 serving cups
Muffin pan

Mix Jell-O according to directions and add the liquid to your serving cup, as shown below. We filled our's up to the middle of the cup. You can add more or less depending on the slant you are wanting to achieve. 


In the refrigerator, set the cups in a muffin pan and tilt the cup to the desired slant you want. 


Let the Jell-O set according to directions. Once set, add whipping cream. If you would like to dress it up a bit add fresh fruit or sprinkles on top. My family loves it just the way it is!  Love how it looks like it was harder than it was. So simple and very inexpensive too!

These mini Jell-O dessert treats made their debut at our annual Elves Arrival Christmas Breakfast, see it here!


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