A Sweet St Patrick’s Day

It seems that most holidays get way more sweet treats than others-I love the idea of making St Patrick's Day a little sweeter! While you're making your corned beef, how about adding these special treats in as a dessert and make it a night to remember? The Sweet St Patty's Menu: Mint macaroons with chocolate ganache Irish Creme hot cocoa with mint (there's also a non-boozy version too!) The Irish Lass Are you excited? I know I am! Let's talk set up and then get to the recipes! First, I LOVE vintage plates. Any reason to bring them out, I take. It really feels like you're adding a super special touch, but it doesn't take any more energy. I really love these. Next up? Let's cook! The Mint Macaroon (makes about 12 cookies or 6 sandwiches) Don't be intimidated by this … [Read more...]

13 Halloween Candy Alternatives

Halloween is right around the corner and my kids are so excited! They see the decorations in the stores and around our neighborhood and keep asking if its time yet. I love taking them out trick or treating! It's also such a good time and they come back with bags loaded full of goodies. Its fun to get candy, but I always appreciate the person who puts the practical treat in the kid's bags. While I take the kids out door to door, my husband stays home and hands out our goodies, that aren't candy! Here are our top Halloween candy alternatives! The kids may not appreciate a toothbrush in their treat bags but, a gentle subliminal message won't hurt. And they get a fun pair of fangs, too! Bouncy Balls Whistles Raisins With a roll of white electrical tape and some sticky googly … [Read more...]

DIY Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

Have you ever been invited to a Holiday party and felt like you should bring a gift to the hostess? Whether you're thinking small scale or spendy, a hostess gift is a kind gesture to let her know you appreciate her invitation and hard work in preparing for the event. You could take a bottle of wine, a candle or a home baked basket of goodies. No matter what gift you choose, it will be special to the recipient. {Not many people give hostess gifts these days.} What if you saved yourself the time and travel to the store and made a hostess gift? The money would be less spent. Most importantly, DIY gifts are often times the very most special...and rarely forgotten. Today I've gathered 9 of my favorite hostess gift ideas that you can use throughout the holidays. /1/ Homemade Body Scrub - … [Read more...]

Crowd Pleasing Potluck Ideas

I'm not sure about you, but I love a great get together.  Two things come with a great together - good friends and good food.  When my friends and I get together we normally have a big dinner at someone's house.  We all pitch in and bring things so that the host doesn't end up making everything.  But sometimes it tough to try and come up with a dish for a potluck dinner.  [Trust me, I know!]  So I'm sharing up some crowd pleasing potluck dishes!  We have appetizers, drinks, main courses and of course desserts.  Everything you need to have a perfect potluck! Appetizer Ideas - Appetizers seem to always draw a large crowd.  Probably because its easy to dip and chat at the same time! Caramelized Onion Parmesan Dip Skinny Veggie Dip Drink Ideas - The person who brings the drinks is … [Read more...]

12 Cool FROZEN Party Ideas

"Do you want to build a snowman?" Something tells me you've heard that movie line approximately 85,457 times in the last few months. If you have children, especially little girls, you've had the song Let it Go on repeat for weeks. You can quote Olaf's famous line, "Hi. I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs." Why? Because Disney's Frozen is the HOTTEST movie for kids of all ages right now! As a matter of fact, Frozen took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. Frozen will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on March 18. Why not host a viewing party and invite a bunch of friends over to enjoy it with you? Food, friends, family, fun AND Frozen!! Today I've gathered a bunch of great ideas to help spark your imagination for the best party ever. /1/ Frozen Party Snack Table - Every party needs … [Read more...]

Fruit Infused Water Recipes for Summer

Are you a water drinker? If you are, do you drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day? I'll be honest, I do not like water. It's plain, flavorless, not carbonated and flat out boring. However, recently I've discovered a way to give water flavor and even make it beautiful. Dare I say that I'll even drink 8 glasses a day if prepared in my new found way. I'm talking about infusing water with fruits and herbs to bring it to life...or at least make it more interesting and flavorful. Today I have a bunch of varieties that are easy, beautiful and FULL of flavor. Strawberry Lime Cucumber and Mint Water - Doesn't that sound refreshing? Make a big pitcher of this recipe and set it out while you're lounging by the pool. Lemon Raspberry Water - Drinking flavor infused water is … [Read more...]