Sip It :: Superbowl Sangria

white sangria recipe for superbowl

The big game is a week away, have you made your Superbowl menu? As far as beverages go, beer is a given (of course) but to be honest — I tire from beer quickly. I was thinking that with all that oh-so-good-but-bad-for-you food why not sip something a bit more on the lighter and refreshing side this year? Hence, Superbowl sangria. 

 sangria recipe

This white sangria recipe is full of bright flavors (think honeycrisp apples, oranges and lemons) and I LOVE the idea of pre-making and filling mason jars. On game day, just toss the jars into a bucket of ice and guests can grab and sip as they please.

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DIY Office Decor :: Mixed Metal Desk Accessories

DIY Office Decor

I was recently looking for the perfect canister to use on my office desk. I began searching around my house to see what I could re-purpose into some DIY office decor, when I had the idea to transform discarded soup cans into new chic decor. I started by gathering a set of three cans in a variety of sizes. I then removed the labels and washed the cans. Once dry, I masked off sections of the can using painters tape so that I could spray paint them to give them a trendy look.

Mixed Metal :: DIY Office Decor

Since mixed metals are in style, I decided to leave some of the silver can visible and paint stripes using gold and copper spray paint.

 DIY Office Decor :: Mixed Metal

I lightly sprayed on two coats of paint and once completely dry, carefully removed the tape.

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DIY :: Add a Pop of Color

Group-Collage-Nail-Polish

There are many outlets you can go to for inspiration when you are throwing a party; however, planning one can get overwhelming – and expensive. The good news is, with a little creativity, you can easily add some flair to your next get-together while avoiding spending a fortune at party and craft stores. For example, you can add color to party supplies and décor by using simple and inexpensive solutions, like nail polish! Here are a few DIY ideas on how you can add creative of color to your next event.

Who knew nail polish could be used for party decor?

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Dress-up your cutlery

Adding a few stripes of color to the handles of your cutlery will add unexpected style and fun. You can purchase stainless steel forks, knives and spoons at most dollar stores. The set I used (in the above image) came in a four-pack for $1.00, so I didn’t hesitate adding nail polish to dress them up. Be sure to hand wash them once your party is over.

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Serve it :: Lemon & Rosemary Cake

Lemon Yogurt Cake

Lemon desserts have not always been my favorite. In fact, I dislike most of them. But when I was looking into cakes to make that had savory flavors, this Lemon & Rosemary Cake recipe peaked my interest. It isn’t too “lemony” and the rosemary isn’t overpowering either. This cake is a well balanced marriage of flavors. Topped with a light lemon icing — this lemon yogurt cake was a winner. Definitely making this again!

Lemon Desserts

 

I served it to a crowd, and they all seemed to love it. Give it a try (no worries, it is really simple to make).

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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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