Archive for November, 2010

November 23, 2010

Your guests will gobble up these Thanksgiving day treats



LITTLE TURKEY CUPCAKES
These little treats will be gobbled up as soon as they land on the dessert table


Ingredients

  • Cupcake
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Vanilla wafers 
  • 6 to 10 candy corn pieces
  • Black decorators’ gel
  • Red fruit leather

      Directions:

      (Prepare and bake cupcakes, allow adequate time for cupcakes to cool)

      1. Frost the cupcake, then press in a cookie head and 2 cookie wings.
      2. Press in a row or two of candy corn tail feathers. Add two dots of black decorators’ gel for eyes.
      3. For a beak, cut the white tip from a piece of candy corn and press it in place 
      4. To make the wattle, cut a 1-inch square of fruit leather. Roll it into a tube and stick it in place over the beak.

      PILGRIM HAT COOKIES 
       Still have a stash of Reeses’ peanut butter cups left over from trick or treating? 
      This recipe offers a cute and fun idea to put your halloween candy to use

      Ingredients:
      • 1 cup vanilla frosting 
      • 7 drops yellow food coloring 
      • 32 mini peanut butter cups 
      • 1 package fudge striped cookies 
      • 32 pieces of mini chiclets gum 
      Directions
      1. In a small shallow bowl, combine frosting and food coloring. Remove paper liners from peanut butter cups.
      2. Holding the bottom of a peanut butter cup, dip top of cup in yellow frosting. Position over center hole on the bottom of cookie, forming the hatband and crown. Add a buckle of Chiclets gum. Repeat with remaining cups and cookies.

        OREO TRUFFLES 

      Ingredients:
      • 1 package oreo cookies 
      • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese 
      • 8 oz sweet baking chocolate 
      • 8 oz white chocolate 

       Directions:

      1. Crush oreo cookies to fine crumbs (food processor can be used or oreos can be crushed in a resealable bag with a rolling pin) 
      2. In a large bowl, add crushed cookies and cream cheese together. Mix until well blended.
      3. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1″ in diameter. 
      4. Refrigerate cookie balls for 45 minutes.
      5. Line two cookie sheets with wax paper.  In double-boiler or microwave, melt chocolate.  Dip balls and coat thoroughly. Place on wax paper lined cookie sheet. Alternating between white and semisweet chocolate. 
      6. Sprinkle the tops of the truffles with cookie crumbs, sprinkles, nuts, or mini chocolate chips. 
      7. White chocolate or semisweet chocolate can also be drizzled over balls.  
      8. Store in airtight container, in refrigerator. Bon Appetit! 

      November 17, 2010

      If you feel like dancing

      Its finally ready to share– watch our guests as they dance at our wedding.  
      Our friends and family can seriously boogy!

      November 17, 2010

      Coupon Craze


      I don’t ever go to Joann Fabrics or Michael’s without a coupon in hand. 

      These are my favorite website for coupons: 






      There are many fabulous stores that offer great deals, promotions and coupons.  
      Here are a few of my favorites: 
      • Macy’s 
      • Kohl’s 
      • Bed Bath & Beyond 
      • Ulta Beauty Stores 


      If you are planning an event and making your own invitations be sure to visit Vistaprint.com to print your invitations.  You will be thanking me for this later! 


      Vistaprint has been a huge money saver for baby showers that I have planned, my bridal shower, and even our wedding! You wouldn’t want to miss out on the deals at Vistaprint with the Holidays right around the corner.  Print invitations or menu cards for your next holiday get-together.  Or print a calendar just in time for the new year. The possibilities are endless.  

      Groupons are spectacular.  
      They are unbeatable deals for local adventures! 
      Groupon is an easy way to get huge discounts while discovering fun activities in your city.  
      Their daily deals consist of restaurants, spas, massages, theaters, 
      hotels, and a whole lot more, in dozens of cities across the country! 

      Don’t let the email mailing list scare you off.  The website asks for your email address before showing you the daily deal, but take my word for it, signing up is totally worth it and 100% obligation free! 




      LivingSocial is also a great website that connects consumers to cool stuff. 
      Very similar to Groupon, you are required to sign up for their email mailing list in order to receive their daily deals in your inbox.   The emails are totally free and you can decide if the deal is meant for you without any obligations prior to purchase.  



      November 16, 2010

      New Shutters

      The weather was perfect this past weekend to catch up on some housework outside.  Today’s project: Lets tackle our worn and weathered shutters!  After staring at the house for nearly an hour, Sam and I finally decided to bite the bullet and head out for a can of paint.  For some unknown reason, we convinced ourselves that gray would be the perfect color for our shutters.  One shutter painted and we quickly tossed that color out the window after holding it up in comparison to the house. Who knew that one can of paint could make our house look 40 years older than it ALREADY is.  Back to the drawing board.  After spending more time staring at our house and contemplating the few color choices that our red roof had to offer, we returned to The Home Depot in hopes of finding the perfect color, once again. 

       
      Before
      After
       Feeling the difference with bright, updated shutters we decided to also do the side of our house

       BEFORE
       
       AFTER
       


      November 14, 2010

      Juggling housework and chores

      Juggling housework and house-chores. A little bit of laundry and a lot of painting. 



      The inner harmony and life balance that I was feeling was quickly distributed as I spotted our dog Charley peeing in front of me on the basement floor. A scrub brush and some glade spray later, I was back to trim work. When will he ever be housebroken? Just when we think he is getting better at it….. I guess “How to housebreak your puppy” will have to be a post in the future.. hopefully, “How to send your dog to the ‘farm'” won’t follow.


      I spent all day painting trim (and found that those left over Little Hug juice boxes came in handy for housework).  Sam spent his day cleaning our door hinges covered in layers of old paint. 



      November 1, 2010

      Happy Halloween!

      Autumn brings many good things… pumpkin patches, hayrides, football season, pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider, family gatherings, haunted houses, pumpkin pie… and trick-or-treaters! Tonight was our first experience with the little trick or treaters in our neighborhood.  So much fun! To prepare for the little witches and goblins we visited a local pumpkin patch to pick out our annual pumpkins for the season.  My husband hopped on the tractor at the local pumpkin patch to haul our pumpkins back to the house…

      A singing pumpkin band greeted our trick or treaters as they came to our door


      We were also “BOO-ed” this weekend. 
      Every halloween our neighborhood plays a game called “You’ve been BOO-ed”. 
      Being new to the neighborhood, this was our first Boo experience! 
      This is a fun surprise gift that is left on someone’s door without them knowing who left it! 
      The Boo-er prints out the poem (found at www.beenbooed.com), gathers a few treats, and put them in a little treat bag to secretly leave at someone’s front door. In turn, the neighbor is asked to BOO two others, leading to a chain reaction and Halloween fun. It is a cute little game that involves the whole neighborhood. What a fun idea! 


      Halloween was a lot of fun this year! We are looking forward to our next trick-or-treat night! But next year I think 40 Little Hug drinks will be enough for our ghouly guests. 80 colorful juice grenades was a little too many.