Easy Entertaining: Mashed Potato Bar

One of the things I love about entertaining is being able to serve up great food to my favorite people, but I do not love the stress that goes along with entertaining. It took me a long time to learn how to enjoy my own parties because I spent more time in the kitchen than I did with my guests. Eventually, I learned to lighten up and serve foods that my guests could customize to suit their own tastes, which took a lot of stress off of me. One of my favorite foods to serve guests is mashed potatoes - they economical, easy, and pretty much everyone loves them, plus they're a great comfort food. When I throw a party, I love to set up a mashed potato bar, where I serve a scoop of mashed potatoes in a martini glass and then set up a buffet of toppings. I typically make my potatoes from … [Read more...]

Candy Lei Necklace DIY

Have you ever made  a candy necklace? The first time I ever made these necklaces, I was looking for something different than cards for my child to take for “Friendship Day” (aka Valentine’s Day) at school.  It was a very Martha Stewart moment – I made 18 for the class and teachers. Whew!   The good news? These are really very easy with lots of room for personalization.  Change the candy, change the ribbon, use colored plastic wrap, add a To/From tag – the options are endless. Here’s the basics of what you'll need: Plastic Wrap Candy ( demonstrated here is a “kiss” ) - 15 pieces Ribbon - 15  5-6"lengths Measure off  plastic wrap – I used 50”   which will make for a nice finished length . Lay the wrap out and position the candies – about 2” in from the edge and … [Read more...]

How to Make an Orange Pomander

Remember when you were a kid and your teacher brought in the supplies for you and your classmates to make a beautiful Orange Pomander? The craft was simple but, FUN! And, do you remember the smell? Mmmm... Today I'll show you the simple basics on how to make your own orange {or any citrus, really} pomander to fill your home with the spicy clean aroma of Fall! You'll need: Oranges {or any citrus} Whole Cloves a Toothpick Ribbon {optional} Step one: Using a toothpick, poke holes where you would like to put your cloves. Trust me when I say, your fingertips will thank you. Step two: Continue poking holes and adding cloves. Step three: Just keep adding cloves until you feel you've achieved your ultimate design. You can fill the orange up with cloves, make a swirly design, add a … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas

Let's face it, Back-to-School season is both exciting and daunting. Students are excited for new possibilities and a fresh, new start. It's daunting for moms and dads because of we have the responsibility of making sure the kids get a healthy breakfast before taking off for a long day of school activity. Send them to school on a full belly and they can concentrate on their assignments. Send them to school on an empty belly and they listen to their bellies rumbling instead of the teacher teaching. I've gathered a bunch of quick and easy breakfast recipes and ideas that will keep them full and focused until lunch time. /1/ Mini Whole Wheat Cinnamon French Toast Waffle Dunkers - Running late this morning? These french toast waffle dunkers can be made days in advance and frozen ahead … [Read more...]