December 2013 archive

Stir Things Up with Hot Chocolate Spoons

How to Make Hot Chocolate Spoons

What’s better than a warm cup of milk before bed? Okay who REALLY has warm milk before bed? I wonder these things.

But a warm cup of milk with decadent chocolate spoons to stirs things up? Hot Chocolate Spoons….I’m so in.

These easy treats are a perfect way to enjoy an after-dinner treat. Simply stir in a warm cup of milk and enjoy! They make for a great treat when having company during the holiday season and can even be wrapped up for teachers as gifts. If you’d like to make them ahead of time for last minute guests or gifts, just store them in a Ziploc® Bag and keep in the freezer. Pull them out an hour before needed and enjoy.

Hot Chocolate Spoons

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Cinnamon & Sugar Ice Cream Puffs

Puff Pastry Desserts

 

Tis’ the season of all things sweet! By now you have probably baked cookies and planned your holiday dessert, but be sure to leave room for these simple treats using Peppridge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets. I’m loving Puff Pastry desserts because they are super simple to make and are a nice change of pace from frosting and cake. These cinnamon & sugar puffs are the perfect, flaky accompaniment to your favorite ice cream.

Here’s how to make them:

Puff Pastry Desserts :: Recipe

 

Cut out your favorite shapes using cookie cutters, brush with melted butted, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (don’t be afraid to be generous) and then they’re ready to bake! Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes (when they are puffy and golden brown, pull them out).

Ideas for Puff Pastry Desserts

 

They’ll look like this. And smell divine. To serve, scoop some ice cream and add these to the top. They’re best warm!

Puff Pastry Desserts

 

I loved coming up with a new way to use Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets.  I’m part of the Pepperidge Farm “Puff is the Spark” panel which means you can submit your own ideas for using puff pastry inspired by the Christmas season for a chance to win a trip to the Pepperidge Farm Innovation Center (with me!) and have your recipe included in the Campbell’s Kitchen Recipe Database.

SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TELLING ME WHAT RECIPE YOU WOULD CREATE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!

Last month’s favorite recipe suggestion came from MINDY CONE who suggested making a “….pumpkin pecan neapolitin dessert.” YUM!

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DIY Christmas Accessories

easy christmas crafts

Looking for easy Christmas crafts or a last minute accessory to go with that awesome holiday T you’re rocking? This morning my oldest daughter had to wear an “ugly sweater” to school (which by the way was NOT ugly. It was totally cute — clearly she didn’t get the memo that you don’t find ugly sweaters at Kohl’s. How about a thrift store darling?).

Anyway, we whipped up this fun jingle bell bracelet in 30 seconds. Super simple!

easy christmas crafts

 

Our supplies: Ribbon we had on hand and these jingle bells I had picked up at Target. That’s it! We simply tied the bells (they are in cluster of 3′s) onto the ribbon and then tied the ribbon on her wrist.

easy Christmas craft

 

She topped off her ugly-ish sweater ensemble with this cute bow. She just super glued a traditional bow to an old hair clip. Love that she has her own DIY style.

Easy Christmas projects

 

I love this girl.

Have a great weekend friends — I’m sure it will be full of Christmas cheer!

 

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Gift Idea :: Homemade Coffee Creamer

homemade coffee creamer :: peppermint

The holiday season brings many chilly mornings and even more opportunities to cozy up with a hot cup of coffee. One of my favorite additions to a freshly brewed coffee is a great creamer. What better way to enjoy the season than with a mug full of holiday flavor?

This homemade coffee creamer adds that beloved minty flavor to your favorite morning (or evening) coffee. Make two batches – one for you and one to share with a friend or neighbor. It’s really simple (and inexpensive) to make.

homemade coffee creamer :: peppermint

 

Pour ingredients into a mason jar or other container, tie a ribbon around it and you have a great holiday gift! Create a DIY gift basket by combining the creamer with coffee and box of biscotti.

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Host a Thanksgiving Pie Party

Pie Party | Thoughtfully SimpleThanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. I get giddy just thinking about setting a dreamy table and playing hostess to my nearest and dearest friends and family. However, once the meal has been enjoyed and the company has cleared, it always seems the next day I am exhausted! The idea for this party came to me in that spirit of having conquered the holiday but still longing for more of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving — pie, wine, and great company.

Pie Party | Thoughtfully SimplePie Party | Thoughtfully SimpleThis post-Thanksgiving gathering is very mellow yet still inviting. Have your closest friends bring over their leftover holiday pies (seriously, already sliced and all) and a bottle of wine. Set up a pie bar, set a causal table and nestle in for the afternoon.

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