Winter Wedding Reception Drink and Food

Snowflakes, twinkle lights, lace, and evergreen garland all come to mind when I begin to think of a winter wedding. But more importantly what comes to mind are the flavors that accompany the winter season. Thoughts of mint, cocoa, butterscotch, pumpkin, and sugared cranberries are whirling through my mind at this very minute. Embrace these flavors at your wedding and add a few personal touches to keep your guests oohing and ahhing all night long.Welcome As your guests arrive, welcome them in from the cold with a Hot Chocolate Bar. Hot Chocolate can be made alcoholic by adding vanilla vodka or crème de la mint or as a traditional non-alcoholic drink. Offer add- ins such as marshmallows, whipped cream, and mint stir sticks displayed in beautiful glass jars. Some Great Homemade Hot … [Read more...]

How to Make Felt Coffee Cup Sleeves

If you're anything like me, you're indulging in a lot of hot beverages during these winter months. Instead of using disposable paper sleeves for your to-go cups, why not make a Felt Coffee Cup Sleeve to use again and again? It's a quick, easy, and useful craft that allows your creativity to run wild! I'll share the basics and then suggest some fun alternatives. DIY Materials: Felt (available in many colors for about 25 cents a sheet) Hot glue gun Scissors Pen or marker Disposable coffee cupDIY Instructions:1. Remove the paper sleeve from your cup. Place onto the felt you want to use, and trace around it.2. Cut out the felt sleeve. Then, if you want to use more than one layer or color of felt and want the first layer to show behind it, cut another sleeve slightly … [Read more...]

10 Slow Cooker Recipes that WOW

Sometimes it's nice to have dinner taken care of early in the day so you can simply enjoy your family at the end of a long day. Today I'll give you ten recipes that will taste as amazing as they look.Wouldn't it be nice to come home to this amazing dish after a hard day at the office?This recipe is not only good for tonight's dinner but, you can freeze a batch for next week too. It's a win-win!Roasted vegetables are normally tricky. Kate shows us how easy they can be in the slow cooker. Serve warm over rice or chill your roasted veggies and serve over a bed of lettuce.Taco Night is a quick and easy meal most any time. After all, you can brown and season the meat the evening before. The meal falls short at the canned refried beans. Alaska from Scratch gives us a … [Read more...]

How to Plan a Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party

 If you are trying to come up with a festive theme for your upcoming New Year's Eve Party, consider a Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Party! The Great Gatsby era was all about decadence, over the top parties and speakeasy bars; a combination perfectly suited to New Year's Eve celebrations of all sizes! INVITATION The first step when planning your Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Party is the invitation.  According to the website TinyPrints, the invitation is the best way to communicate to your guests what it is that you are celebrating and what the event is all about.  Be clear on your invitation what the theme is and if you want guests to participate in the theme, such as dressing in Great Gatsby attire.Plan to mail the invitation approximately four to six weeks prior to the … [Read more...]

Sweet Meets Spicy

I love having a large family. I love spending days getting my five kids to and from school, chasing after my toddler all day long, and then making sure everyone gets a full belly before the nighttime routine begins. The days are long, that's for sure. But, I truly wouldn't have it any other way.At the end of every day, I wholeheartedly look forward to a few minutes of "me time." I slip into my pajamas, go to the kitchen, prepare a warm mug of TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods in my Keurig®, and sit down for a nice quiet evening with The Bachelorette or a good book. There’s something about the rich, creamy taste of an authentic TAZO® Chai Latte, with every sip providing a spicy and sweet escape. And, goodness knows, I'm looking for an escape at the end of each and every day.What is a … [Read more...]

Get Cozy with Starbucks Hot Cocoa Keurig K-Cups

(Sponsored) This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.Living in Florida, it honestly doesn't get too terribly cold here. I know you all in the north get super low temps, and you'll  probably laugh when I tell you what "cold" is to me. Yesterday we woke up to a frigid 40 degrees, and it didn't get any warmer than 65 degrees all day. When it's that cold in Florida you'll see everyone in scarves, down jackets and fur-lined boots. Folks who have retired from the north, or who didn't grow up here, will probably be wearing shorts and flip flops in our "cold" weather. I'm not kidding.On days like this my kids enjoy coming home from school and fixing a nice … [Read more...]