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November 25, 2015

Thankful and Blessed Chalkboard Printable

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we are sharing our last FREE printable for this holiday with you "Thankful and Blessed"! 

This year has brought many changes to both my professional and personal life that I am incredibly Thankful and Blessed for!

My newest Chalkboard Printable is simple, yet says so much. Above, it sits on the mantel with Fall decor, but you can place it in a frame like I did and sit it on a table or leave it on the mantel all year long. 

I love the look of the printable in a gold frame, but it would look great in any colored frame or no frame at all. 

I hope you will have a Thankful and Blessed Thanksgiving with your family and friends! Download this printable below. 


November 20, 2015

Thanksgiving Leftover Tags

Thanksgiving is next week and if you are like our family, we always have leftovers! So stock up on takeout boxes, ribbon or twine and print out these labels. I cut these out with one of my scallop shaped paper cutters, but you can leave them square too! You can download your FREE printable here

Still need inspiration for your table? Here's some inspiration that may help you! 

And to dress up your table, don't forget to download these FREE Napkin Wraps!


November 19, 2015

Slow Cooker Spicy Mexican Hot Cocoa

It's mid November and even though it is 70° here in Dallas, I am dreaming of snow flurries like Colorado is having! I miss the white fluffy cold snow and all the activities that come with it. So even though I can not bundle up in my fleece pjs and snuggle under my fluffy throw blanket next to the fire, I am going to enjoy a hot beverage that reminds me of my childhood.

This Hot Cocoa is not your traditional Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa, that you grew up on! Don't get me wrong, I loved Swiss Miss as a kid, but since I created this recipe, I will NEVER go back! Honestly, I think I have become a Hot Cocoa snob! Once you try this, you will become one too!

You will find several Mexican Hot Cocoa recipes out there, but I created my own using my favorite Mi Huerta Vanilla. This Hot Cocoa is thicker than the Hot Cocoa you are use to, with a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg and chili powder. Yep, I said chili powder. It doesn't make it spicy, it gives the Hot Cocoa a great flavor. With all the non-traditional ingredients mixed together, it will send your tastebuds over the top!

I used my mini slow cooker I typically use for hot dips, it was the perfect size.

Slow Cooker Spicy Mexican Hot Cocoa


1 teaspoon Raw Honey
1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
1/3 cup Hot Water
4 ounces Semi-Sweet or Dark Chocolate Chips
2 teaspoons Mi Huerta Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Chili Powder
4 cups Milk {2%  or Whole}


1. In the slow cooker, add the  honey, chocolate chips, vanilla, cinnamon powder, nutmeg, chili powder and milk. Stirring until well mixed.
2. In a small bowl combine the hot water and cocoa powder, stir until smooth.
3. Add cocoa powder water mixture to the slow cooker.
4. Heat on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
5. Serve with marshmallows or whipped cream and top with chocolate syrup.

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This is a sponsored post written by me. BellaGrey Designs has received trade, products and/or payment from Mi Huerta in exchange for promotion. All opinions and text are my own. 

November 10, 2015

10 Tips to Styling a Dinner Party Effortlessly

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidayPairings #CollectiveBias The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older.

Having friends and family over this holiday season? Are you worried you don't have the time or energy to create a beautiful table and a delicious meal too?  I created this holiday entertaining inspiration + 10 tips with you in mind.

1. Set your table the night before. Gather everything you will need, from the tablecloth or runner to the napkins and utensils. This tip helps you "see" the table styled and you have time to tweak it, by adding or replacing certain decor and getting it just right. Try to think outside the box when setting your table. Here I used, one of my flannel scarves as the table runner. I love how it doesn't quite cover the entire table.

2. Plan your menu ahead of time. That way, you are not running to the store to grab "forgotten" items at the last minute, {we've all done that}. If you can, prepare your food items a day or two earlier. This helps ease the stress. I do all my shopping at Walmart which helps make the planning and preparation easier on me.

3. Serve an appetizer such as an Antipasto. An appetizer is not essential but it is nice to have in case more guests arrive than you expect.

Be prepared and keep these ingredients on hand: 

Cheese, at least two different types are best
Fruit, grapes {red and green}, oranges, figs
Bread, we served cheese bread
Wine Sticks
Crackers, such as Pepperidge Farm Cracker Trio which includes a mix of Golden Butter, Harvest Wheat and Classic Water
Olives classic green and Kalamata olives

4. Your main dish should be made with minimal prep. With the hustle and bustle over the next few months, I am looking for a quick way to feed my family and friends this holiday season. I don't know about you, but I love being able to create a delicious meal in just a few steps. With the help of Barilla Pronto Pasta, my life just got a whole lot easier! The easy-to-prepare pasta is ready in minutes. You prepare Barilla Pronto Pasta in one pan making mealtime faster and easier for you and other hosts this busy holiday season. Genius! I made a sausage pepper pasta and paired it with three of my favorite Constellation Brand Wines ~ Tom Gore {Cabernet Sauvignon}; Estancia {Pinot Noir} and Robert Mondavi {Merlot}. Find out why I picked these three wines over others, later on in the post.

5. Bring the outdoors in. Look outside your home for fallen branches, leaves, pine cones or other decor you can use as a centerpiece. You can even spray paint the branches or pine cones to match your color scheme.

6. Self-serve vessels. Adding a decanter of wine, wine bottles and water pitchers to your table, means less times you have to get up to refill glasses.

7. Stock up on pretty white tableware and serving dishes. These can be used for everyday or added to a dressed up table such as this one.

8. Cloth Napkins. Add such a classic feel to your table. Include some greenery under the utensils and pull everything neatly together with our free printable napkin wraps.

9. Wine Tasting Game. This is a fun way to get your guests up and moving around after your meal.

Be sure to have plain bread and water available between wines, this will allow your guests to clean their palate for the next wine experience. And don't forget to serve a light dessert with your Wine Tasting. My favorite Pepperidge Farm Classic and Chocolate Cookie Collections, pair perfectly with wine.

10. Have Fun! This may be my number one tip. You need to make sure you are enjoying yourself and spending time with your family and friends instead of stressing over everything else. 

I hope I have inspired you to host your own dinner party! Stay tuned for our tips on hosting a Wine Tasting. I promise, you will not want to miss it. 

For shopping and preparation ease, my local Walmart store is my go-to place to pick up all of my holiday and dinner party essentials, including premium wine for a great price. Why I chose the three wines I did, for my holiday table:

Tom Gore: A Farmer's Wine. The first wine brand to celebrate the role of the grape farmer in winemaking. A farm-to-glass story from Tom Gore, our farmer who tells the story about the vital role that farming plays in the style and quality of wine.  Big Hearted, Rooted, Artisanal, Charismatic, Storytelling. Brand Mantra: Celebrating the Farmer in Every Glass. 

Estancia: Craftsmanship. A wine that exudes small scale, high-touch winemaking craftsmanship that is terroir focused. Focused, Warm, Confident, Thoughtful. Brand Mantra: Grown with Passion.

Robert Mondavi: Edgy, engaged newcomer millennials. We find refuge and price in authentic brands and experiences that allow us to express the most real and grounded side of ourselves. Friendly, Grounded, Confident, Candid, Clever. Brand Mantra: Stay True.

Here are all the wines, pasta, crackers and cookies we served at our party. 

To make it easier on you, while shopping, I added photos of the aisles I found each product on. 

Be sure to visit the Simple Entertaining Hub here to find out about a tasting or pairing event at a Walmart near you. I'd love to hear about your favorite holiday tip and/or recipe. 

November 4, 2015

A Simple Hot Cocoa Bar

With the weather getting cooler, we are starting to see all the Winter items being stocked in the stores. I walked into Target a few weeks ago to find plaid prints all over the place. From Bedding to Kitchen items to Bar wear to pjs! I was immediately inspired to create this Simple Hot Cocoa Bar
I'm so happy with how it turned out! 

We used the wonderful kraft ripple cups and added a simple embellishment of red twine, a little silver bell and a simple tag that says "Enjoy" or "Hot Cocoa" stacked them on a mini wooden sled to bring the "cold" indoors. 

The toppings were individual caramels, chocolate chips, red hot candies and an assortment of different flavored marshmallows along with pirouette cookies. Add mini scoops for your guests to serve themselves with the toppings. 

Of course you can't have a hot cocoa bar without candy canes {original and chocolate flavored} or large fluffy marshmallow hot cocoa mugs {DIY coming soon}.  I only chose six toppings, but you can use as many different ones as you choose. 

I designed some fancy glitter snowflake stir sticks to go along with this fun theme. 

Place your invitation in a matching frame and set it out on the counter as part of the hot cocoa bar. 
One of the great things about a Hot Cocoa Bar is the versatility of it. You can create one for a crowd large or small.  As you can see you don't need a lot of space for a Hot Cocoa Bar. 

I hope I have inspired you to put together your own Hot Cocoa Bar to have on hand whether it be for your family or for friends/neighbors that may drop by during the holidays. 


November 2, 2015

Turkey Bacon Chipotle Sliders with Coca-Cola Pineapple Glaze

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MejoresRecetas #CollectiveBias

Im excited to say, the mini food craze and tasting parties, have only grown in popularity and I think they are here to stay!  We have turned a classic into an adorable bite sized fare perfect for serving company, not to mention at cocktail parties, wedding receptions and the infamous football tailgating parties. Because of the size, they are easy to feed a large crowd. 

Try these Turkey Bacon Chipotle Burgers with Coca-Cola Pineapple Glaze, but be careful, it might just hook you!. 


1 lbs. Ground Turkey
1 7oz. can La Morena Chipotles in Adobe Sauce
Coarse Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to Season
1 dz. Soft Dinner Rolls {split and toasted}
2 T. Butter {melted}
12 Round Dill Pickle Slices
12 Small Lettuce Leafs
2 Roma Tomatoes {thinly sliced for serving}
1 Large Red Onion {thinly sliced for serving}
10 Slices Bacon {cut in half}


1} Preheat outdoor grill to high
2} Place chipotle chilies in a food processor and pulse until smooth
2} In a large bowl, mix turkey, chipotle chilies, adobe sauce and season with salt and pepper
3} Using 2 tablespoons of the turkey mixture, roll meat into balls and smash to form 10 mini patties. Insert a small thumb indent into center of each patty, place on foil covered tray.
4} Brush over each patty with the Coca-Cola Pineapple glaze {see bottom for recipe}
5} Place the 10 mini patties on the grill and cook until desired doneness {about 8-10 minutes,       flipping halfway through}
6} Add more glaze 3 minutes before removing from the grill
7} While patties are cooking prepare all condiments ~ thinly slice tomato and onion. Prepare bacon as directed on package, cut 10 slices in half.
8} Cut and toast dinner rolls. Brush melted button on top half of each roll
9} Spread Coca-Cola Pineapple glaze on bottom half of each roll, top with one burger. Sandwich with top half roll, and serve with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and bacon.
10} Enjoy!


2 c. Brown Sugar
1 c. Coca-Cola
1 c. Pineapple Juice


1} Pour brown sugar into small sauce pan, add Coca-Cola and Pineapple Juice. Mix until well          blended.
4} Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until glaze is thick

Tip: Once patties are prepared brush with Coca-Cola Pineapple glaze and refrigerate up to 2 hours before cooking

We found the La Morena Chipotles on the salsa and peppers aisle at our local La Michoacana grocery store

and the mini Coca-Cola cans on the beverage aisle. 

I like to serve my sliders on a plain white tray with simple long picks, so the slider stays together and you don't lose the contents. To eat simply slide the long pick out add your condiments and you are ready to indulge! 

Search #MejorRecetas for carefully crafted amazing recipes from LA MORENA and Coca Cola and look for specially marked displays in your stores for extra savings.
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