DIY CRAFT read more PARTY DECOR read more PATERNS read more RECIPES read more DIY CRAFT read more PARTY DECOR read more TRAVEL TIPS read more Party Planner and DIY Projects Christmas Craft for Kids to MakeNovember 25, 2019 The holiday countdown has begun, we’re all very busy getting ready. We’re shopping, baking, wrapping, decorating, entertaining, and crafting! I know many of us are trying to get as much done before school lets out for the winter break. Here are some crafty ideas to keep the kids busy when they’re home and gets them involved in this year’s holiday preparations. If you’re playing the neighborhood holiday game “You’ve Been Jingled” let the kids join the fun! They’ll love the idea! They can help make up the gift baskets and older kids can even drop them off! They’ll love the idea of ringing a neighbor’s door way and disappearing without being seen! For FREE game printable click here! Image from Savvy Nana’s Stock up on paper plates for kids to use in these paper plate elves and snowman from Crafty Morning. Pick up some popsicle sticks from the craft store and have kids make these cool ornaments from Chickabug. Buggy and Buddy use beads and pipe cleaners to make these pretty ornaments. Cut out candy cane and wreath forms from cardboard and have kids glue on pom-poms to make these ornaments. Use buttons to make ornaments like this tree ornament by UK Lass in US. Make sweet smelling ornaments with this No Cook Cinnamon Salt Dough by Growing a Jeweled Rose. Use paper towel rolls to make these star ornaments. Learn how from Blog a la Cart. Recycle plastic container lids and make this glittery ornament from No Time For Flashcards. Thumbprint ornaments are easy to make and will make a wonderful keepsake ornament for years to come. A great activity, have the kids get ready for Santa’s Christmas Eve visit, make Rudolph and his friends reindeer food. Get tutorial from Smart Schoolhouse here! For more holiday craft ideas for kids follow my board on Pinterest! ... Read more...DIY Cookie Exchange!! Free PrintablesNovember 22, 2019Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone we turn our attention to the winter holidays. That means lots of cooking, baking, cleaning, decorating, and shopping going on. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukka, or other winter holiday you’re probably wondering how you’re going to fit in all the seasonal activities. One way to reduce your seasonal cookie baking is to host a cookie exchange and swap baked goods with friends and relatives. It may take a bit of planning, but at least you’ll only have to bake one type of cookie and still have a variety to enjoy or gift over the holidays. It’s also a good excuse for a girls day or night out! Hosting a cookie exchange doesn’t have to be a big fancy affair nor does it have to cost a fortune. You can easily host one with just your close friends and family on a tight budget. Here’s a few tips to help you plan your cookie exchange! 1. Decide who you want to invite. You may want to keep the party small and intimate to keep it manageable. It’s probably not the right time to throw a party with 50 of your friends and their families. 2. Set your date and time. Send out invitations. Ideally cookie swap invitations should be sent out a month before, but if you haven’t already done so, you should schedule it as soon as possible so guests can plan to attend. Everyone is busy during the holidays, if your guests are able to attend weekday events it may be easier to have your cookie exchange during the week, otherwise you can schedule a weekend day at least a week before the holiday. I like to send written invitations, but if you’re pressed for time invitations sent via email or text will do. How ever you decide to send invitations always request guest to RSVP and if possible let you know what type of cookie they will be bringing. This will help avoid duplicates and you can gently suggest an alternative before the cookie exchange. Tell guests they must bring a dozen cookies per guest plus an extra dozen for tasting. Suggest that the cookies they bring should be easy to pack and store. You can also ask them to write down the cookie recipe on a recipe card if they want to share it. Recipe cards can double as table cards and guests can help themselves to a card as well as the cookies. 3. Bake your cookies. You can make them well in advance and store baked cookies in the freezer. Cookie bars freeze and pack well as do chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal, sugar, and snickerdoodles. For a list of cookies that freeze well check out this article from aboutfood.com. To learn how to freeze cookies click here! 4. Purchase packing supplies. You can use boxes, tins, or even ziplock bags. You may want to provide ribbons, tissue paper, tags, and other supplies so guests can pack up cookies for gift giving. You may also want to have small party favors for each guests. Nicely wrapped oven mitts, kitchen towels, cookie cutters, and wooden spoons are all inexpensive and useful items that would make cute favors. 5. Decorate your house, cookie and packing table. Set out platters and stands for the cookies. To make your own tiered stands click here! You may want to set up a table or counter to pack cookies aside from the table or tables for the cookies. Table cards with cookie type is a nice touch, or if guests are bringing recipe cards to share they can double as table cards. Here’s a cute and festive way to set up table cards, otherwise tent style folding cards work just as well. Glue 3 candy canes together to form a tripod. Place table card on the hook part. 6. Offer guests coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or even wine. You should also set out a few savory tidbits for guests to snack on. Finger sandwiches, dips, and other bite sized savories are ideal and will ward off the sugar rush from sampling all those cookies. 7. The star of the show are the cookies and the main event is the exchange. Decide how you’re going to work the exchange to allow guests to choose the cookies they want. You can have a couple of guests at a time choose all their cookies or you can have rounds with each guest choosing a dozen cookies at a time. Guests can choose the same amount of cookies as they brought. Free Cookie Exchange Printables from How to Nest for Less... Read more...15 Cheap Thanksgiving Crafts for KidsNovember 18, 2019Thanksgiving is in a couple of weeks, that means the kids will be out of school for the very long weekend. Keep them busy making fun inexpensive Thanksgiving crafts while you’re busy in the the kitchen preparing that delicious Thanksgiving Day meal. You can also set a kids’ Thanksgiving table for your little guests and keep them entertained making their own craft projects to take home. Many of these kid’s crafts are made using things you have at home or inexpensive supplies you can pick up at any discount or dollar store. Recycle toilet paper and paper towel rolls, paper plates, baby food jars, and bottle caps for these crafts. Paper Roll Turkey from Arstsy-Farsty Mama is a great way to recycle toilet paper and paper towel rolls. Instructions here! These Turkey Glitter Globes from ilovetocreate.com uses empty baby food jars. Instructions here! This Pilgrim Hat crayon holder by The Moody Fashionista would look great on the Kids’ Thanksgiving table. Make one for each place setting and add a blank rectangular piece of brown Kraft paper. Kids can make their own placemat! Instructions here! Take a tip from Martha Stewart. Kraft paper placemats on the children’s Thanksgiving table will keep your little guests entertained. Add the Pilgrim Hat crayon holder and you’ve got a cute and practical table setting. Kids can take home their crayons and palcemats as party favors! Instructions here! Take a break from making turkeys and make a Paper Pumpkin from All Kids Network. It uses toilet paper rolls, constructions paper, and tape. Instructions here! I love this idea from Alittletipsy.com! Handprint trees! My grandson made me one for mother’s day using different colors. My daughter added a poem and had it framed. It proudly hangs in my family room! Instructions here! A variation on the handprint trees are handprint turkeys! This craft from Terrific Pre-school Years makes a turkey placemat. Instructions here! More Turkeys! Make a turkey hand puppet using a paper bag. Great craft from Learn Create Love. Instructions here! Another puppet craft from Crafty Morning recycles plastic water bottles. This craft takes a bit more time as it needs time to dry. Instructions here! Paper plate turkey from I Heart Crafty Things. Easy, Fun, and Cheap! Instructions here! Thanksgiving head gear! Love these Pilgrim Hats from MPMK. Grandparents can help kids make this! Instructions here! Take the head gear one step up and make this Turkey Pilgrim headband by BigKLittleG. Done with Turkeys? How about this Native American Headdress by Ankle Biter Art. Your little Pocahontas will live it! Instructions here! Or forget Pilgrims and turkeys all together and make this Harvest Crown by Dana-Made-It. Instructions here! Gum drop turkey by Celeste Rockwood-Jones. Yummy! Instructions here! For Easy Toddle Thanksgiving crafts click here! For 12 FREE Thanksgiving printables click here!... Read more...DIY Thanksgiving Buffet Table – Free PrintablesNovember 8, 2019The Thanksgiving table can get very crowded. What with the turkey, side dishes, gravy, and sauces, there’s no place for anyone to actually sit down and eat! I solved this problem long ago by setting up a Thanksgiving Buffet Table for all the food and having an adult table as well as a kids’ table. Depending on the space you have and the number of guests you are expecting this could take some doing. You might consider setting up different stations or bars; appetizer, sides, desserts, and drinks; or any combination there of. If you’re limited on space your stations may have to do double duty after dinner; appetizer station can be converted to dessert bar. You may have to think out of the box and re-purpose furniture pieces to hold food and tableware. You will more than likely have to rearrange furniture to accomplish your goal. However you decide to set up the meal it will require advance planning, so much easier to move furniture without a ton of guests milling around. Here are a few tips to help you set up a Thanksgiving Buffet Table. 1. Plan your serveware. Know ahead of time what dishes you will be using. I usually do this as soon as I’ve planned my menu, making a note beside each dish what I will be serving it in. Be creative, make your buffet interesting by adding height, this also creates space. I love tiered stands and racks, but you don’t have to spend a fortune buying them. Stands can easily be made from dollar store items with very little time and effort. Check out Savvy Nana’s DIY Hurricane Vases & Lamps to learn how to make your own tiered stands. You can also stack platters on upside down stemware or bowls to create height. Or use books or boxes wrapped in pretty paper. If you don’t have time to wrap books or boxes, just place them where you want them on the table and cover everything with a large tablecloth. You can even set Plates on pumpkins to create varying heights For some great ideas on how to set a buffet table watch Kid’s Smart Living‘s video tutorial A table in the middle of the room allows several guest access to the table at the same time, in this case taller dishes should be placed in the middle of the table. If the table needs to be set up against the wall meaning it will be front serving then taller dishes should be in the back. 2. Once you know which serving pieces you will be using you need to decide what you’re going to put them on. Breakfast tables, sideboards, baking racks, kitchen islands and counters work well as long as at least 2 people can serve themselves at the same time without blocking the way for everyone else. You may have to move furniture to accommodate the this traffic and arrange your serving ware accordingly. Consider setting out trays of appetizers on coffee tables and end tables in the living or family rooms. This frees up space on the buffet table for the main event. If you don’t have enough room on the table for plates and eating utensils consider setting up another table, shelf or rack to place them on. Dinner plates stacked neatly on a chair will work! Make use of all the flat surfaces in your house. Setting up a bar on the mantle works well! 3. Keep eating utensils neat and within reach by placing them in mason or apothecary jars, or on trays. Free Printable 4. Decorate your buffet or bar with centerpieces and even a backdrop. You don’t need table cards but they’re a nice touch as is a framed photo or sign. You can hand write your own on card stock or use one of these printable. Click here for this free printable from Home Cooking Memories. Click here for this free printable The Tom Kat Studio... Read more...Adopting A Pup At ChristmasNovember 5, 2019As the Christmas festivities approach, you may already be looking for a fantastic idea to surprise your family. Adopting a pet is a typical Christmas present. However, countless households are not ready for the commitment of owning a dog. Indeed, Christmas adoptions can have a sad conclusion, as families who can’t cope choose to abandon their pet or bring it to a shelter. In other words, if you’re looking to make Christmas magical with a puppy, you need to be absolutely certain that you can commit to the responsibilities of a dog owner. You can prepare yourself by considering the typical complaints that new pet owners have: #1. It’s another mouth to feed A puppy might be cute and small, but it is, in practice, another family member you need to cater for. Grocery shopping for pets is a little different. You will need to research the best food for your breed of choice, whether you’re looking into puppy food for large breed dogs or small dogs. Just like you put your family’s health first during your grocery shopping, you need to do the same for your pet. Choosing the best products for your dog is essential to keep your furry friend happy and growing safely. But, ultimately, it means planning for additional expenses, which can be tricky if you work with a tight budget. #2. Dogs can be destructive They look adorable. But that doesn’t mean that dogs can’t damage your home. Puppies need to be house-trained before you can leave them safely at home without fearing for your furniture or your carpet. As a result, it can take several months before your puppy behaves appropriately indoors. In the meantime, you are likely to struggle with urine stains on the carpet and chewed furniture. You can reduce the risk of damages by choosing a laminate flooring solution which is easy to clean. As for your furniture, pet owners sometimes use baby fences to block access to specific rooms. #3. Your dog needs attention Adopting a dog means dramatically changing your lifestyle. You need to be ready to walk your pet every day, regardless of the weather. Indeed, walking your dog provides the mental and physical exercise your pup needs. Besides, it reinforces your bond as you can spend quality time together. As a pet owner, you can’t afford to be lazy! Taking your dog for a walk outside can sound exciting at first, but you have to be ready to go out every day, at least twice a day. #4. The spirit of Christmas Finally, Christmas is all about spreading joy and love around you. If, like most people, you find yourself more likely to perform surprising acts of generosity and help others as the Christmas season approaches, you might want to turn your pet adoption into a positive thing. Adopting a senior dog rather than a puppy can make a significant difference. You are virtually giving an animal a second chance at happiness, which is the best present you could give a dog for Christmas. Should you adopt a pet this Christmas? There is no right or wrong answer. But if you’re tempted by introducing a furry ball of energy to your household, you need to be aware that having a dog comes with responsibilities.... Read more... Recipes, Parties, Crafts & Travel Christmas Cookie Decorating Party – Vegan Sugar Cookie RecipeDecember 6, 2019Baking and decorating Christmas cookies has been a family tradition ever since I can remember. Everyone loves to decorate those sugar cookies that are shaped into stars, wreaths, snowmen, trees, angels, and bells. That’s why a Christmas Cookie Decorating Party is a great addition to your holiday plans. You can invite friends and family to your Christmas Cookie Decorating Party or just have a party with your kids. At our house we keep it pretty simple, there’s more than enough of us to have a party, but we usually invite some of the neighborhood kids to join in the fun. One thing we do is to make sure our cookies are egg, nut, and dairy free because my grandson Jett is allergic to all those things. I use a very simple allergen free Vegan Sugar Cookie recipe that’s so good everyone loves them. That way I don’t have to make vegan and non-vegan cookies for our Christmas Cookie Decorating Party. Believe me at this time of year time is very valuable! And baking just the vegan sugar cookies cuts my baking time in half! Here are some tips to help you plan your Christmas Cookie Decorating Party, and my recipe for Vegan Sugar Cookies! Bake your cookies ahead of time, you can even make them weeks before and freeze them. Just thaw them out to room temperature before your Christmas Cookie Decorating Party. Schedule your party between meals; after lunch and before dinner. 3:00 pm is my usual time. Set a time limit, you don’t need to have this party go on for hours; kids get bored and so do adults. 2 hours max is my ideal time frame. Set out your frostings and decorations before guests arrive. It’s a good idea to place sprinkles and other small decorations in small bowls or even a muffin pan. The muffin pan compartments keep the decorations separated. Place your frostings in frosting bags with tips for easy access. Keep them in a bowl tip down to avoid a mess. Or you can buy bottles of icing from the baking section at Walmart or other grocery stores, much easier and less messy! Have everyone decorate their cookies on a paper plate, avoids big messes and cookies can easily be transported home if needed. Have fun! Vegan Sugar Cookies Ingredients: 1 Cup Earth Balance Vegan Butter or Shed’s Spread, softened 1 Cup Shortening 3 Cups Sugar 4 Tbs ground flaxseed softened in 3/4 cup water – place ground flaxseed in water and let it absorb the water until viscous 6 Tbs coconut milk (you can use soy milk if you prefer) 2 Tsp Vanilla 6 Cups All Purpose Flour 1 Tsp Baking Soda 1/2 Tsp Salt Frostings & decorations Directions: In a large mixing bowl using your dough hook cream together vegan butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in flaxseed mixture, coconut milk, and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients. Gradually beat into vegan butter mixture. Divide dough into 4 portions and shape each portion into disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Pre-heat oven to 400° Working with 1 disk at a time unwrap dough and smooth plastic wrap on countertop – you will roll on the wrap to avoid adding flour which makes the dough dry. Roll dough into 1/8″ thickness. Cut with cookie cutters into shapes you want. Place 1″ apart on baking sheet covered with silicone baking mat. Bake 5-7 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and place on cooling racks to cool completely. At this point you can place cookies in freezer safe containers, be sure they’re sealed tight, and freeze. Or you can decorate them.... Read more...Asparagus PocketsDecember 5, 2019Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. It’s high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals; and low in calories and sodium. It’s a versatile vegetable that can be used as a side dish, appetizer, or as a main course ingredient, think stir-fry! Here’s one of my favorite asparagus recipes. These Asparagus Pockets are tasty, easy, and look impressive. They’ll make a great appetizer at a party, specially during the holidays. They’re so easy to make, you can whip them out in less than an hour. Guests will think you spent hours preparing them! Here’s my recipe, hope you love them as much as we do! Ingredients: – 24 Asparagus tips – washed and trimmed to about 8” long – 2 cans refrigerated crescent dough – 1/2 shredded Parmesan cheese – 1 Egg – beaten Procedure: Pre-heat over to 375 degrees Prepare asparagus Unroll crescent dough – dough is pre-cut into 8 triangles and unroll as 4 sets of triangles together forming a rectangular piece Separate rectangles – Do not separate it into triangles – you should have 8 rectangles with a diagonal line scored from one corner to the other Press the scored line together to form a smooth rectangle Place 3 asparagus tips diagonally across the dough – from corner to corner Sprinkle about 1/2 tsp of cheese over asparagus Fold free corners over each other to form the pocket. Top and bottom of asparagus should peek out. Check picture above. Place each pocket on a parchment covered baking sheet. Brush each pocket with beaten egg. Bake in oven about 20 minutes or until dough is golden brown. Remove from oven and serve hot or warm. Makes 8 pockets. Asparagus Pockets – – , ; – – Appetizers – Beverages – Breakfast – Appetizers – Beverages – breakfast – Recipes Asparagus Pockets Print Recipe CourseAppetizers, Beverages, Breakfast Asparagus Pockets Print Recipe CourseAppetizers, Beverages, Breakfast Share this Recipe Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe... Read more...Puff Pastry Chicken PotpieDecember 3, 2019What’s better than a chicken pot pie? A chicken pot pie topped with a flaky puff pastry! Don’t you love it when you decide on what to make for dinner and you just so happen to have everything you need right in your very own kitchen? It’s rare, but it happened to me when I had a craving for chicken pot pie. I started rummaging through my fridge, pantry, and freezer, and was amazed to find that I could pull this together without even running to the store. I found puff pastry leftover from my Peach Tarts, heavy cream from my Salted Caramel Oat Bars, and fresh thyme from my Slow Cooker Pot Roast. Ingredients 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 teaspoon salt, divided 1 teaspoon pepper, divided 4 tablespoons butter, divided 1 large onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage or 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1-1/2 cups chicken broth 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon half-and-half cream, divided 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (about 10 ounces) 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 large egg yolk Directions Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each pastry sheet into a 12×10-in. rectangle. Cut one sheet crosswise into six 2-in. strips; cut remaining sheet lengthwise into five 2-in. strips. On a baking sheet, closely weave strips to make a 12×10-in. lattice. Freeze while making filling. Toss chicken with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat; saute chicken until browned, 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan. In same skillet, heat remaining butter over medium-high heat; saute onion until tender, 5-7 minutes. Stir in garlic and herbs; cook 1 minute. Stir in flour until blended; cook and stir 1 minute. Gradually stir in broth and 1 cup cream. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in vegetables, lemon juice, chicken and the remaining salt and pepper; return to a boil. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2 qt. oblong baking dish. Top with lattice, trimming to fit. Whisk together egg yolk and remaining cream; brush over pastry. Bake, uncovered, until bubbly and golden brown, 45-55 minutes. Cover loosely with foil if it starts getting too dark. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Test Kitchen Tips For a crisper crust, bake on a rimmed baking sheet. Trim lattice to fit baking dish, then place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 400°. for 20-25 minutes. Then place on top of your hot filling before serving. Unless otherwise specified, Taste of Home recipes are tested with lightly salted butter. Unsalted, or sweet, butter is sometimes used to achieve a buttery flavor, such as in shortbread cookies or buttercream frosting. In these recipes, added salt would detract from the buttery taste desired. To make a fresh garlic clove easy to peel, gently crush it with the flat side of a large knife blade to loosen the peel. If you don’t have a large knife, you can crush the garlic with a small can. The peel will come right off. Check out 11 of our most genius crumb crust ideas. Nutrition Facts 1 serving: 523 calories, 25g fat (10g saturated fat), 118mg cholesterol, 768mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 30g protein. For more recipes click her..! Puff Pastry Chicken Potpie – – , ; – – Chicken – Dessert – Frozen Treats – Main Dish – Chicken Potpie – Chiken Recipe – Chiken Recipes – Pastry Chicken – Puff Pastry Chicken – Puff Pastry Chicken Potpie Puff Pastry Chicken Potpie Print Recipe CourseChicken, Dessert, Frozen Treats, Main Dish Puff Pastry Chicken Potpie Print Recipe CourseChicken, Dessert, Frozen Treats, Main Dish Share this Recipe Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe... Read more...Gingerbread House & Cookie Decorating Party – Vegan Gingerbread RecipeNovember 29, 2019The holidays are always fun for kids and adults of all ages. There are so many fun activities to do! One of the things our family loves to do during the holiday season is to make gingerbread houses. We never seem to be satisfied with just one! Gingerbread house and cookie decorating is also a great holiday party activity, both kids and adults love it! So if you have a birthday child in the month of December, a family or company holiday party, or just want an excuse to throw a party, why not throw a Gingerbread House & Cookie Decorating Party! It’s easy and budget friendly. The best part is the guests make their own party favors! Here are some tips for planning and hosting your Gingerbread House Making Party. 1. Keep your guest list on the small side, preferably have only as many guests as you can seat on your dining table. If you’re hosting a larger party you will have to set up tables for guests to use. 2. Set up your tables with pre-made gingerbread houses for kids’ parties. You can use graham crackers, pretzels, or home made gingerbread to make the houses. For recipes and instructions on how to make gingerbread houses and icing click here. Be sure all the houses are the same, you want to avoid bickering. Set the houses on cake boards, aluminum pans, or foil wrapped cardboard to make it easier for guests to take home. If you’re hosting adults you can lay out pre-made gingerbread parts, or boxes of graham crackers or pretzels, and icing for guests to build their own house. Alternatively you can provide a store bought kit for each guest. Provide a base for each house. 3. Set out all the decorations: Candies, cookies, cones, etc. Keep them neat and organized in several muffin tins or you can give each child their own set of decorations by putting them in paper cupcake cups. 4. Place cards are a nice touch and avoids seating arguments. Here’s a cute idea from Gimme Some Oven using gumdrops as place card holders. It’s simple and very budget friendly, just print each guest’s name on the cards. 5. Before you begin the activity it’s a good idea to serve a healthy meal or snack. This is crucial for kids’ parties, you know that many of the candies will end up in their tummies and not on the gingerbread house. To avoid sore tummies and a major sugar rush be sure kids eat something first. Finger sandwiches, veggies with dip, and even hot soups would make a hearty meal or snack on a cold winter day. 6. You may want to have a contest and guests can judge each other’s creations and award prizes for different categories: Prettiest, Most Creative, Most Original, etc. You can make ribbons to pin on the winning houses. This may be too competitive for younger kids unless each child gets a ribbon. 7. Setting up a beverage bar would be a nice touch. A hot cocoa bar for kids or a coffee or tea bar for adults. Whichever you decide keep it simple, remember the main event is the Gingerbread House! I a family member or guest has egg, nut and dairy allergies you can easily bake Vegan Gingerbread Cookies. I make a large batch of Vegan Gingerbread Cookies for my grandson Jett, but everyone in the family loves them. If you don’t tell anyone they’re vegan no one will ever know! Yes they’re take yummy! Best of all you don’t have to bake 2 different types of cookies nor do you have to separate the non-vegan ones from the vegan ones. So much easier and less confusing! Here’s my recipe for Vegan Gingerbread Cookies Ingredients: 1/2 Cup Earth Balance Vegan Butter or Shed’s Spread, softened 3/4 Cup Packed Dark Brown Sugar 1/3 Cup Molasses 1 Tbs Ground Flaxseed dissolved in 3 Tbs water (let flaxseed absorb water until it’s viscous – this is your egg substitutes) 2 2/3 Cups All Purpose Flour 1/2 Tsp Salt 1 Tsp Cinnamon 1/2 Tsp Ground Nutmeg 1/2 Tsp Ground Allspice Frostings, sprinkles, Royal Icing (if making parts for gingerbread house, royal icing is your “glue”) Directions: Using the dough of your mixer cream Vegan Butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in molasses and flaxseed mixture In a separate bowl mix together all dry ingredients Gradually beat dry mixture into vegan butter mixture until it forms dough Divide dough in half and shape each half into a disk Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate about 30 minutes Pre-heat oven to 350° Remove one disk from fridge and smooth out plastic wrap – you will roll dough on the wrap to avoid using flour which makes dough to dry Roll dough to 1/8″ thickness and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes you want. If using cookies for a gingerbread house cut 4 equal sized rectangles for the walls and 2 equal sized rectangles a bit smaller than the first four for the roof. I used gingerbread men and women cutters as well as a train cutter. But you can use whatever you want. Place cookies on cookie sheet covered with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm Remove to cooking racks and cool completely Frost and decorate as you want... Read more...Corn & Cheese FrittersNovember 28, 2019Are you looking for something simple and easy to add to your Thanksgiving menu? Try these delicious Corn & Cheese Fritters! They’re easy to make, you can mix up a batch in about half an hour! Corn & Cheese Fritters make a great snack, appetizer, side dish, or even a light meal! Garnish it with chopped chives or green onions and serve with a dollop of sour cream! Super yummy! I guarantee your friends and family will love them! Here’s my recipe for the delicious Corn & Cheese Fritters. This recipe makes about a dozen 2″ fritters and can easily be doubled to make more. One thing about these fritters, you want to fry them up nice and crisp so don’t make the patty too thick. When the Corn & Cheese fritters are too thick the middle doesn’t cook well and you end up with a raw batter center, yuck! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cup flour 1 large can (15.25 Oz. size) corn kernels 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk 3/4 cup shredded cheese, preferably cheddar, monteray jack, or a combination of both 1 tsp. cumin 2 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. chili powder 1 tbs. salt 1 tsp. ground black pepper 1/4 cup finely chopped chives or green onions Oil for frying Sour cream & chopped chives or green onions for topping Directions: Mix all dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients except the oil to the flour mixture. Mix well until all the flour has been incorporated. Batter will be very thick, do not water it down. Heat about 1/2′ oil in frying pan. Drop spoonfuls of batter into hot oil. Lightly press down on each patty to spread it out and thin the patty to about 1/2′ thick. Fry until golden brown turning each patty as the first side brown. Drain on paper towel. Serve garnished with chopped chive or green onions and a dollop of sour cream. 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INGREDIENTS Orange slices, for garnish 1/4 c. sugar, for rimming champagne flutes 1 c. orange juice 1 tbsp. heavy cream 1 bottle champagne, prosecco, or cava DIRECTIONS Rim champagne flutes with an orange slice and dip in sugar. Set aside. In a tall glass, stir together orange juice and heavy cream until combined. Pour into champagne flutes and top off with champagne. Garnish with orange wedge. Pecan Pie Martini The only thing better than pecan pie is a pecan pie-flavored martini that’ll get you drunk. These martini’s might look innocent, but trust us, they’re STRONG. If you’re looking for a slightly more tame holiday cocktail, check out another one of our favorites: our classic mulled wine. INGREDIENTS FOR COCKTAIL 6 oz. rumchata 6 creme de cocoa 3 bourbon Ice FOR GARNISH 3 tbsp. caramel, microwaved until pourable 1/4 c. toasted chopped pecans Cool whip, for garnish 3 whole pecans, for garnish Sprinkle of cinnamon, for garnish DIRECTIONS Place caramel and toasted chopped pecans on separate small shallow plates. Dip the rim of each glass first into caramel and then into chopped pecans to coat. Combine rumchata, creme de cocoa, and bourbon in a large cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until cold, 30 seconds. Pour into martini glasses and top with a dollop of whipped cream, a whole pecan, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. White Christmas Margaritas Guarantee yourself a white Christmas this year. Get the recipe from Delish. INGREDIENTS 1 (14-oz.) can unsweetened coconut milk 12 oz. silver tequila 8 oz. triple sec 1/2 c. lime juice 2 c. ice 1 lime, sliced into rounds for garnish Lime wedge, for rimming glass Sanding sugar, for rimming glass Cranberries, for garnish DIRECTIONS Combine coconut milk, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Rim glasses with lime wedge and dip in sanding sugar. Pour into glass and garnish with lime and cranberries. Serve. Get more Holiday Cocktails recipe..! Holiday Cocktails To Put Some Extra Cheer In Your Season – – , ; – – Beverages – Christmas – Christmas Margaritas – Holiday Cocktails – Orange Creamsicle Mimosas – Pecan Pie Martini Holiday Cocktails To Put Some Extra Cheer In Your Season Print Recipe CourseBeverages Holiday Cocktails To Put Some Extra Cheer In Your Season Print Recipe CourseBeverages Share this Recipe Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe... Read more...Favorite Old Fashioned GingerbreadDecember 10, 2019Christmas / Cookies, Cakes & Pies / Corner / Desserts“This is everyone’s holiday favorite, even the busy cook’s, because it is so easy to make.” See how to make soft, spicy gingerbread for the holidays. This soft and spicy cake is flavored with molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Serve it with fresh whipped cream! Ingredients *1/2 cup white sugar *1/2 cup butter *1 egg *1 cup molasses *2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour *1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda *1 teaspoon ground cinnamon *1 teaspoon ground ginger *1/2 teaspoon ground cloves *1/2 teaspoon salt *1 cup hot water *Add all ingredients to list Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch square pan. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the egg, and mix in the molasses. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Blend into the creamed mixture. Stir in the hot water. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan before serving. Partner Tip Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 375 calories; 11.2 g fat; 65.3 g carbohydrates; 4.4 g protein; 48 mg cholesterol; 435 mg sodium. Full nutrition (This post has affiliate links) Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread – – , ; – – Cookies – Dessert – Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread – Gingerbread – Gingerbread House Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread Print Recipe CourseCookies, Dessert Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread Print Recipe CourseCookies, Dessert Share this Recipe Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe... Read more...Simple Ways To Take Care Of Yourself And Your Loved OnesDecember 9, 2019Health & FitnessWhen we look at the important things in life, we generally think of our health and loved ones. When it comes to taking care of both sets, we do have a tendency to put ourselves at the back of those two priorities. In this post, we are going to attempt to find a few ways to ensure everybody is taken care of both now and in the future. Invest Your Time One of the most vital things can do in this life, both for yourself and your loved ones is to invest time. Time investment will often cost nothing at all, and when it comes to loved ones, it’s really the best way to enhance their lives. First and foremost, you should be finding ways to have quality time for yourself. Whether it’s finding a hobby, reading a book or going for a walk, they can all lead to a healthier and happier you. Second of all, if you really want the best for those around you, the best gift you can ever give them is somebody to listen to them. Nowadays, people have issues that they don’t like to burden others with. If as their closest person, we make an active effort to converse with them, we may help in ways that could not be imagined. Take Care Of Stresses When we talk about stress, it doesn’t matter your age or gender, the number one worry that presents to our families and us, it’s money. For some, this can be a subject that doesn’t get brought up, and for others, they just simply avoid it altogether. Fortunately, dealing with finances for the future isn’t as stressful or difficult as some may believe. The first thing you should be considering is setting up some sort of savings. If you worry about retirement or covering costs as you get older, putting a little away for the sake of an emergency is a remarkable idea. Secondly, you should also start looking at insurance plans as early as possible. You should be looking at all different levels of insurance, from life insurance to medical insurance that covers you through retirement like Medicare Nationwide. Doing this will remove any of those huge stresses that may keep you awake at night, and you will be able to sleep well knowing you and your family are taken care of, no matter what happens. Conclusion While these things may seem overly simple, it’s important to remember that often the simple things get overlooked until it’s too late. By following these few simple steps, you can ensure that you, your family and everybody around you will be taken care of, even though the toughest of times.... Read more...Frico CupsDecember 5, 2019Appetizers / breakfast / Christmas / Corner / VegetarianServe your raw green salad in frico cups! Frico cups are small cups made entirely out of cheese. They are naturally low carb, gluten-free, and completely irresistible. You know that little bit of cheese that oozes onto the skillet when making a grilled cheese sandwich? The stuff that turns dark and crispy and perfect for popping in your mouth? Frico cups are essentially an entire serving bowl made of that rich crispy cheese. You can make them in various sizes. Yet I’ve discovered if you bake them about the size of a paper muffin liner and fill them with a smaller serving of salad, they’re more likely to disappear! Frico is what Italians call the wafer like crisp that forms when you bake or fry shredded cheese. This delicate, baked Parmesan cheese cups are deceptively easy to make. You can fill them with whatever you want, but grape tomato, olive and feta make for a light and refreshing snack. Ingredients For the Frico Cups Parmesan cheese (3 tbsp. per cup) For the Grape Tomato, Olive and Feta Salad 4 c. grape tomatoes, halved 1/4 c. green olives, sliced and pitted 1/3 c. crumbled feta cheese 1 tbsp. olive oil Kosher salt black pepper Basil, for garnish For the Sesame Cucumber and Radish Salad 1 English cucumber, finely chopped 3 large radishes, thinly sliced 1 tbsp. lime juice 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil 2 tbsp. black and white sesame seeds Kosher salt black pepper For the Farro, Corn and Green Onion Salad 4 ears corn, husked 2 c. cooked farro 2 green onions, thinly sliced 3 tbsp. lemon juice 1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil Kosher salt black pepper Directions For the Frico Cups: Grate Parmesan and make piles, 2 inches apart, on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F until melted but not quite brown (6 minutes); use a thin metal spatula to quickly transfer to muffin pan, pressing lightly in centers. Cool before filling. For the Grape Tomato, Olive and Feta Salad: In medium bowl, combine grape tomatoes, green olives, feta cheese, sherry vinegar, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper; garnish with basil. For the Sesame, Cucumber and Radish Salad: Toss cucumbers and radishes with lime juice, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Season with salt and pepper. For the Farro, Corn and Green Onion Salad: Preheat grill on medium-high. Grill corn 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from grill, let cool. Cut kernels off into large bowl; toss with farro, green onions, lemon juice, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Simple, summery and a great little appetizer with a salty parmesan bowl of its own.! Frico Cups – – , ; – – Appetizers – Breakfast – Frico Cups – Recipe – Recipes Frico Cups Print Recipe CourseAppetizers, Breakfast Frico Cups Print Recipe CourseAppetizers, Breakfast Share this Recipe Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe... Read more...Asparagus PocketsDecember 5, 2019Appetizers / Beverages / breakfast / RecipesAsparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. It’s high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals; and low in calories and sodium. It’s a versatile vegetable that can be used as a side dish, appetizer, or as a main course ingredient, think stir-fry! Here’s one of my favorite asparagus recipes. These Asparagus Pockets are tasty, easy, and look impressive. They’ll make a great appetizer at a party, specially during the holidays. They’re so easy to make, you can whip them out in less than an hour. Guests will think you spent hours preparing them! Here’s my recipe, hope you love them as much as we do! Ingredients: – 24 Asparagus tips – washed and trimmed to about 8” long – 2 cans refrigerated crescent dough – 1/2 shredded Parmesan cheese – 1 Egg – beaten Procedure: Pre-heat over to 375 degrees Prepare asparagus Unroll crescent dough – dough is pre-cut into 8 triangles and unroll as 4 sets of triangles together forming a rectangular piece Separate rectangles – Do not separate it into triangles – you should have 8 rectangles with a diagonal line scored from one corner to the other Press the scored line together to form a smooth rectangle Place 3 asparagus tips diagonally across the dough – from corner to corner Sprinkle about 1/2 tsp of cheese over asparagus Fold free corners over each other to form the pocket. Top and bottom of asparagus should peek out. Check picture above. Place each pocket on a parchment covered baking sheet. Brush each pocket with beaten egg. Bake in oven about 20 minutes or until dough is golden brown. Remove from oven and serve hot or warm. Makes 8 pockets. Asparagus Pockets – – , ; – – Appetizers – Beverages – Breakfast – Appetizers – Beverages – breakfast – Recipes Asparagus Pockets Print Recipe CourseAppetizers, Beverages, Breakfast Asparagus Pockets Print Recipe CourseAppetizers, Beverages, Breakfast Share this Recipe Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe... Read more... Shop Fun.com for Back to School supplies!