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Sarah’s Bridal Shower {party ideas}

One of my best friends, Sarah, is getting married!


Isn’t she beautiful???  I’m one of the bridesmaids and I couldn’t be happier for her or more excited to be in her wedding.

Her bridal shower was last month and was held at Jeanine’s house.  It was gorgeous.


This is the view from her kitchen of the Griffith Observatory in LA.  So pretty.

I was asked to the food, which I think is the most important part of the party (of course!)

Here’s what I made:


Spinach Dip from my mom’s old school cookbook that I am going to steal one day when she is sleeping.

(Just kidding mom, but not really.)

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Party Ideas-Valentine’s Day Dessert Party

Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is already around the corner???  Seriously, where does the time go?

This little party idea is so fun and kids and adults love to get together for any reason.

Lets start with the food shall we???




Chocolate covered pretzels.  These are always a hit.  Just take some pretzel rods and dip them in some melted chocolate and add some festive sprinkles.  These can be done at any time of the year, just change up your sprinkles.



Pie pops!  So cute right???  These suckers are a little time consuming, but boy are they cute!  I used this recipe from the Our Best Bites ladies.  I only did the raspberry one to make it a little easier on myself.

(Note: I couldn’t find raspberry pie filling to save my life.  Maybe we don’t have it in Southern California?  So I bought a can of raspberries in heavy syrup, placed it in a saucepan and added a slurry of cornstarch and water to thicken it up.  It worked great!)

Make sure to use the chocolate chips!  They really make the pie pops great!



See next to the pip pops?  On the cake stands?  There we have brownies with cookie butter frosting (to die for!).  I just cut them into bite sized pieces and piped on the frosting using a star tip and put a chocolate chip on each one.  The recipe can be found here.

Then underneath them are browned butter rice crispy treats.  Recipe coming this week!



We also have blackberry cheese cake bars from the Pioneer Woman (I love her.)  These were divine.  Recipe can be found here. And I love that you can make them ahead of time!  Great addition to any dessert bar: big splash with minimal effort.  My kind of dessert.



These little guys were gone first!  They are so light and fresh you could eat 10 of them without even realizing it! Strawberry Cupcakes with Lemon Whipped Cream topping.  Recipe coming this week!



And the show stopper!  Pink Velvet Cake Trifle!  So easy and such a hit at the party.  Recipe coming this week!



(I know the picture is a little blurry, but I wanted to show you the whole table)

As you can see I like to use fabric when decorating for a party.  You buy it once and they have it forever.  I bought three different kinds of Valentine’s Day fabric at Joann’s filled it out with things I already had on hand.

One big tip is when putting together a buffet table is making sure to use things of different height.  I took three bowls and turned them upside down and covered them with a white table cloth.  Then I draped the Valentine’s day fabric over the bowls and added a sparkly white boa.  And there you have it!  A perfectly perfect Valentine’s Day table!

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For the tables, I cut a piece off of the Valentine’s Day fabric and bunched it in the middle of the table and then added in the different colored tulle on top.  Then I used a tall vase that I got at the dollar store and some stock from Trader Joe’s.  Add in some heart bowls filled with candy and you are done!



That is until this guy figures out he can get to the treats!  But how can you get mad at a face like that???

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Top 5 of 2013

Hope everyone had a Happy New Year!  I started this blog just a few short months ago, yet already some favorites have emerged!  Here are your top 5 recipes from 2013!

#5. Salt and Lemon Boiled Artichokes with Balsamic Dill Mayo


#4. Red Hot Cranberry Sauce


#3. Pomegranate Jelly


#2. Peppermint Chocolate Quick Bread


and drumroll please…..

#1. Autumn Squash Soup



You guys really liked the soup!  I guess I’ll have to develop more soup recipes in 2014!

Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas

Whose is exhausted from the festivities from the past few days?  I know I am, but everyone still needs to eat.  Here are some quick and easy dinner ideas to get you thru the rest of the week.



Penne with Hidden Vegetables with a side of garlic cheese bread



Vegetarian Chili


Wet Burritos


Roasted Fish and Potatoes with a side of roasted broccoli


Autumn Squash Soup

Happy eating!



Party Ideas: Campfire Christmas

Having a holiday party this year and having trouble coming up with theme?  This idea for a campfire Christmas is so cute and very quick and easy to throw together.

How about we start with the decorations?


Get yourself a lantern (I’ve seen them as Target, Ross, or any big chain store like that), then utilize your free labor (kids!) to help you collect some pinecones, pieces of pine, and some red berries.  (If you can’t find any of these fresh Joann’s has a great selection of fake garland for very cheap). You will also need some battery operated tea lights.


Cover the tables first in a red plastic table cloth, then add a strip of butcher paper, and finally a festive scarf.  So simple!  I was able to find the scarfs at my local dollar store.  Put your lantern in the center of the table and arrange the pinecones, greenery, and berries around it.  Turn on your battery operated candles and your tables are done.

Now for the best part, the food!

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