Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

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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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 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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Nutella Cream Cheese Danishes

What could be better than a  warm, gooey breakfast? Not much in my book. Last week, I kicked off the Pepperidge Farm   PuffectionTM  Holiday Entertaining Challenge, and whipped up this recipe for Blueberry Cheescake Danishes — they were delicious! This week, I’m putting a kid friendly twist on this recipe.

Nutella Danish

I created the same cinnamon sugar danish and then filled it with a cream cheese and Nutella center. YUMMY.

Nutella Danish

The flaky danish paired perfectly with the creamy center. This would make a great Christmas morning breakfast (bonus is that they are super simple and fast to make).

Nutella Danish Recipe

Pile them high on on a cake stand Christmas morning. Just be warned: they won’t last long!

 

Nutella Cream Cheese Danishes

Ingredients

Vegetable cooking spray

1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

5 tbsp. granulated sugar

1/4 of an 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

All-purpose flour

1 pkg. (17.3 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed

2 tbsp. butter, melted

1/4 cup Nutella

3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

3 tsp. milk

1/4 cup sliced almond, toasted (for topping, optional)

To Make

1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Spray a baking sheet with the cooking spray.

2. Stir the cinnamon and 4 tablespoons granulated sugar in a small bowl. Stir the cream cheese and remaining sugar in a small bowl.

3. Sprinkle the flour on the work surface. Unfold 1 pastry sheet on the work surface. Brush the pastry sheet with half the butter. Sprinkle with half the cinnamon-sugar mixture. With the short side facing you, cut the pastry sheet lengthwise into 6 strips. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet, making 12 in all.

4. Twist 1 pastry strip then coil into a spiral. Place the pastry onto the baking sheet. Brush the end of the spiral with the remaining butter and tuck tightly under the bottom of the pastry. Repeat with the remaining pastry strips. Place 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture and 1 teaspoon Nutella in the center of each pastry.

5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Let the pastries cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

6. Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and milk to create a glaze. Drizzle on top before you serve.

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Be sure to visit the Puffection TM tab on the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Facebook page and share your own holiday Puff Pastry recipes, and http://www.puffpastry.com for more recipes, tips and how-to videos

Disclosure: Pepperidge Farm has provided me with a stipend for my time and materials invested in the Pepperidge Farm® Puffection TM Holiday Entertaining challenge, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Milk and Cookies Party + FREE Printables!

I love the idea of hosting children’s’ holiday parties. Little ones are so excited this time of year that I think it brings out the kid in us all. From treats to gifts, crafts, fun gatherings and traditions — what’s not to love about holiday time?

One darling children’s’ holiday party idea is to host a milk & cookies party. You can go all out and invite several children over or simply set a little milk & cookie station up for your own kiddos like I’ve done here.

Milk and Cookies Party

I started with these darling Milk & Cookies printables designed by Jenn of HWTM. Printables are a simple way to incorporate a theme into your party or desert table and these paper printables can really tie it all together.

milk and cookies party

I filleed glass bottles with milk and added festive wasi tape to add a little flair.

christmas printable party decor

Simple stacks of cookies tied with baker’s twine and embellished with a printable tag make for cute presentation (and also simple take-home favors!).

Snowmen cookies

Homemade or store bought cookies are easy to display on cake stands or solid colored plates. Just use what you already have in your kitchen.

To adorn these red velvet cookies, I hot glued a couple of jingle bells to a lollipop stick. Super simple and a fun way to add a little jingle to the party!

Be sure to check out the complete Milk & Cookies printable collection over on Hostess With The Mostess (you can even download for FREE!).

 

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   This holiday season, let loved ones know how much you care. Use your favorite photos to create something personalized and unique for everyone on your list. Make it memorable. Make it meaningful. Make it matter. Go to hp.com/holiday for inspiration and ideas.

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by HP via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of HP.

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Holiday Cards with Minted … $200 Giveaway!

With the holiday season now officially here, it’s that time when we all start thinking about our holiday cards.

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Minted (we get our holiday cards from them every year), they have the best designs and great quality. So, when Minted reached out to team up for fabulous giveaway, it was a no-brainer!

Check it out:

 Thoughtfully Simple + Minted $200 Giveaway!
 

 

 They have a gorgeous new 2012 holiday card collection. Here are a couple of my favorites…

 

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We’re making it really simple for you to enter! Visit the Holiday Card Giveaway page, enter your email and you’re entered!

Good luck everyone!

see the giveaway page for complete rules, here.

 

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