October 2011 archive

Simple Halloween Ideas {Peep Smores}

This year, I am all about finding simple Halloween ideas (this year just seems to be moving so much faster than normal and I can’t keep up!). I’ve been finding great DIY decor ideas and great Halloween treats over on Pinterest like these smores made with peeps! I decided these were the perfect {simple} treats to make for all of the neighborhood kids so I whipped them up last night. Here are the stars of the show:

Simple Halloween Ideas

 

-1 graham cracker (broken in half)

-2 mini Hershey’s

-1 ghost peep (they have pumpkin peeps too if you’d rather mix it up)

Place in a bag …

Smores - Simple Halloween Ideas

 

And there you have Halloween peep smores — such a simple treat! I tied the bag up with ribbon and a cute Halloween tag. The ones above are free printables from Anders Ruff Custom Designs. You can download yours too here.

What simple Halloween ideas have you found lately? I’d love to hear about them!

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Halloween snack mix + printable

I whipped up this Halloween snack mix the other night in about 10 minutes (made a big ole’ batch and stored it in a big ole’ jar!). My secret recipe  at the end of the post.   ;)

 

Halloween snack mix

I made a big batch of this and used for different things:

-sent with kiddo on a recent amusment park trip

-made gift jars for friends

-made a cute after school treat for my girls

You all liked the St. Patrick’s Day treat I shared, so I thought I’d share this one too — nothing fancy, just a simple surprise waiting for them after school.

printable - Halloween snack mix

A little festive snack — you know to get in the Halloween spirit.

 Halloween trail mix

Add some milk (it does a body good) + a cute paper straw = SIMPLE.

Here’s the image I created if you want to use it. Just right click + save. Then open in a word doc and print.

 

Halloween Trail Mix Recipe

Note: I don’t do exact measurments — more like a handul of this, a handful of that. So just increase what you love and leave out what you don’t!

Combine:

-Chex Mix cereal (I used honey flavor)

-Chocolate Cheerios

-Roasted Peanuts

-Butter Popcorn (make sure to toss a few handfuls in your mouth for good measure)

-Reeses Pieces (and then toss some of these in your mouth with the popcorn – trust me!)

-Fall colored M&M’s

-Candy Corn and Candy Corn pumpkins

That’s it! Mix it all up and enjoy!

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Thoughts :: My {party planner} bucket list

A recent blog post got me thinking about bucket lists. You now, the list of wildly, unattainable adventures and goals you want to accomplish before you, well… kick the bucket. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of creating a bucket list  (really, I love any type of list) — but what I like more than creating a list is crossing items OFF of a list. So, instead of creating some extravagant list of things I’m dreaming of seeing or doing (but likely never will), I thought I’d focus a bit. I’m creating a list of party planning specific (and mostly attainable) things to see and do. Let’s hope I can get to crossing things off soon!

 

 

15 things this Hostess wants to do {soon}!

1. Make a ruffled cake

2. Host a pretty bake sale and donate proceeds to a great cause

3. Help with an Operation Shower event

4. Purchase this dining room table and host an intimate dinner party just to celebrate the table

5. Have another party-girl meet up with my amazing blogger friends

6. Host an intimate dinner party on the beach (as in tables on the sand with lanterns a-glow)

7. Convince my tween that a “tie dye” themed birthday would be totally cool

8. Go propping (prop shopping) in NY

9.  Have a Reese’s Peanut-tini with my new best friends (they have no idea we’re best friends btw)

10. Make my own cheese and then serve it at a wine & cheese party

11. Take a floral arranging class

12. Find a new and cool (local) photographer to capture my events

13. Plan a Mother’s Day brunch this year (muffins and mimosas anyone?)

14. Blog more about our lovely parties

15. Somehow legally change my 2 daughters’ birthdays so that they are NO LONGER December 22nd and December 23rd – it sure would be easier to plan parties (and yes I am serious)

 

I hope to start crossing off this list, sooner than later! I’ll come back and cross them off as I complete them (wish me luck with #15, I’m going to need it!).

 

What would be on your party planning bucket list?

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This is my entry in the Just Ask Bucket List Getaway Giveaway. Just Ask offers a breast and ovarian cancer screening and is encouraging people to share 15 things that I want to enjoy in my lifetime as a reminder to be aware of my health. Want to enter? Head over to TodaysMama.com to get the details.

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{Simple} Cake Decorating Ideas

Want to roll your sleeves up and get elbow-deep in icing? Okay, maybe you’re not that intense, but if you are looking for some simple cake decorating ideas, I think you’ll enjoy these photos.

On a side note, I know first hand what it’s like to be elbow-deep in icing. Many moons ago I spent  4 years as a cake decorator and we used to mix up our butter cream in a giant industry grade mixer and then fill up trash can-sized containers of this sweet stuff. Man, that was some messy (yet sweet) work. I think I sort of miss it.

Oh well, here are some cake decorating ideas that will require A LOT less icing!

 cake decorating ideas | layers

Spruce up the inside of your cake by making colorful layers that will be revealed once the cake is cut.

cake decorating ideas - ruffles

Learn how to decorate a stunning ruffled cake with this great video tutorial.

cake bunting

Do a basic white icing and then top the cake with a simple DIY bunting (you can use paper, ribbon or mini poms).

donut holes on cake

Better yet? Top the cake with cake balls or mini donut holes rolled in sprinkles (I love this look)!

I hope these ideas inspire you to whip up some icing! Speaking of icing, I’m on the hunt for a go-to  recipe. Do you have a favorite? Share in the comments or on our Facebook page — I’d love to try it!

Sources: Rainbow LayersRuffles, Bunting, Donut Topped.

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Ginger beer cocktail

I teased you with a photo of this ginger beer cocktail the other day when I shared about simple meals for two and I’m back to share this recipe as promised.

It’s a great drink for those who like beer but also enjoy a nice cocktail … the best of both worlds in one simple package — the Ginger Beer Cocktail:

ginger beer cocktail

In shaker combine:

1 parts vodka

2 parts ginger ginger beer (or your favorite ginger ale)

shake and strain into glass

garnish with a thin piece of fresh ginger

I used ginger ale (with Jasmine Tea) by Bruce Cost found at BevMo.

*This cocktail goes wonderfully with any Chinese or Asian dishes you are serving.

Cheers!

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Simple meals for two with PF Chang’s

Looking for a simple dinner or menu item for your next dinner party that taste delicious but only requires about 15 minutes of your time? No, I’m not talking about a run through the drive-thru — check out PF Chang’s new Home Menu for a hot-simmering-pan-full of deliciousness. Really (I tried them all!). Look at this bowl full of YUM (a.k.a Firecracker Shrimp with Yakisoba Noodles).

pf changs recipes

What I like about this new frozen line from PF Chang’s is that the flavor is not compromised one bit. Each bag is packed full of that PF Chang’s goodness you’d expect like you find  in all of their PF Changs recipes. They decided to bring their products right to your home in an effort to help you “ignite the night” and what isn’t to love about that? A simple way to put together a thoughtful (and tasty) meal … hello!

You can even have a bit of fun with dinner –

pf changs recipes | simple meals for two

I grabbed a couple  “take-out” boxes from Michael’s Craft Store (about $1.29 each) and tied a pair of chopsticks to each one. I filled then with PF Chang’s Garlic Shrimp with Dan Dan Noodles (my personal favorite). Then the hubs and I enjoyed dinner in front of the TV (rarity for us!). It really did feel like a special treat — hello igniting the night!

You can even get a little more into it and create a signature cocktail to pair with your “take-in” meal. I’ll find any reason to  create a cocktail! {Ginger Beer Cocktail recipe}

Don’t forget to join the #NoodleNight Twitter party with @PFChangs this Wednesday, October 5th from 8-10pm EST. Join me on Twitter and tweet using hashtag #NoodleNight.

Lots of fun and great prizes! For more details on what’s up for grabs, visit here.

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Cheers!

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