Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dia de los Muertos Dinner Party


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Looking for party ideas for Dia de los Muertos? This Day of the Dead Dinner Party is packed full of ideas. From recipes, to table settings, to crafts, you will have everything you need to throw a successful party!  #ad #CollectiveBias #CelebrateLosMuertos #DayoftheDead

    Have you ever heard of Dia de los Muertos? I hadn’t until I moved to Texas. Otherwise known as “Day of the Dead”, this is an occasion celebrated in Texas & Mexico. It is a way for family members to remember loved ones, and to help them along their spiritual journey after parting the earth. The first time I saw sugar skulls, I thought they were…mmm…unsettling? Now that I have lived her for so long, I don’t think twice when I see them, and I can truly appreciate their craftsmanship and beauty. I hosted a “Dia de los Muertos” dinner party, and I’d love to show you how easy it is to recreate! I’ll be including recipes, and even the files for these cut “Papel Picado” (banners). Even the place setting flower is included! This post will be very picture heavy, so please be patient with loading. Hopefully all the bright colors will inspire you!


Dia de Los Muertos Party set up

This was the candy bar /dessert bar. Above it, I featured large sugar skull paper banners. I also have some of the little flowers hanging as a banner.

Throw a dinner party for Day of the Dead

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Awesome Things Tuesday : Party #94

    Happy October everyone! I can tell everyone is in the fall spirit after all the Autumn / Halloween link ups we had this week. Holy cow! You guys are super talented! Today I'm featuring non-holiday, but be sure to check out later this week for a fall themed feature post.

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I've been busy as a bee this week too, getting into the holiday spirit. Here are my most recent posts:

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Speculoos Cookie Butter Popcorn

Recipe for 5 minute Speculoos Cookie Butter Popcorn!

Amazing 5 minute Cookie Butter Popcorn Recipe! Your friends will think it's a gourmet recipe. Features Speculoos Cookie Butter from Trader Joe's. #recipe #popcorn #snack #cookiebutter

It's Monday folks. So obviously Monday. If you received this post via email this morning, it was without text and photos. I knew I had to finish it up, and it was in draft mode. I went out of town for a blogging conference (Mixed conference - it was ahhhh-mazing!) and planned on finishing up this post this morning. But I forgot that I had it set to publish early this morning. Again, total Monday. I apologize!

    I promise the recipe is worth the wait! Each year, my pal Laura of Laura Kelly Designs holds a blog hop challenge with a popcorn box. This is my 3rd time participating and I love to see how creative bloggers get. I decided this year to do a recipe, and decided to share my secrets to making Speculoos Cookie Butter Popcorn in -- wait for it -- 5 minutes. I'm all about saving time! And having less mess! My boys really loved this recipe.  I've seen other versions out there, but they all utilize bark, or white chocolate, or other items. Mine is pure and simple. and divine. Did I mention it was yummy? And easy? Your going to want to add this to your favorite popcorn recipes! I love doing recipe experiments with popcorn. It's inexpensive, it's easy to make, you can go savory or sweet. This recipe features a hint of cinnamon and appears like an expensive gourmet recipe. All that, in under 5 minutes. 

Speculoos Cookie Butter in a popcorn recipe.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DIY Halloween Candy Bucket with FREE SVG File

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DIY a Halloween candy bucket! Simple instructions on using vinyl and your cutting machine!

DIY Halloween Candy Bucket. Turn an ordinary galvanized ice bucket into a super cute Halloween Candy container with a simple Vinyl cut out. Includes free SVG file. #Halloween #Candy #ad #TrickOrSweet #CollectiveBias
     I’m so excited to share my project with you today, because I think it turned out so cute. Of course, that could be all the sugar talking. I might have indulged in 2 or 3 (20-30) pieces between creating and posting! Me and Hershey, we are BFF’s. For-ever! Apparently they are pretty popular around here because every year the amount of trick or treaters gets bigger and bigger. Which means my container of candy needs to get bigger and bigger. I looked at some online, but a lot of them were really pricey. While I was browsing the fall decor aisle at Walmart, I noticed this ice bucket by Better Homes and Gardens. I love the versatility of it, and that it would go with just about any decor. I decided it would be really fun to add some halloween spirit to it, and wanted to share my file with you. And guess what? When Halloween is over, peel off the vinyl and leave plain, or put on a new vinyl cut out!

     Wanna see how I made it?

Galvenized Homes and Gardens Galvanized Bucket turned Halloween Candy Container

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Awesome Things Tuesday : Party # 93

    Today is the last Awesome Things Tuesday Link of the month of September! I can't wait to see what you are all up to! If you've stopped by recently, you've probably seen my fall mantel and my newest furniture revamp. Whatcha think? I am forever awed by the amazing content that you are linking up! I hope my projects inspire you the way your projects inspire me! Now off to the link party!

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We had another great link party, and as always, "It's so hard to just pick 3!!!!"

Honey & Birch Pimento cheese dip
Honey & Birch

Be still my hungry heart! This hot pimento cheese dip looks so divine. Pimento cheese is a staple in the south! I know what I'm serving for the next football game!
Jenna's Random Scraps Sticky Toffee Pudding
Jenn's Random Scraps
Sticky Toffee Pudding is a big dessert over in jolly Ol' England. I've been craving this lately and Jenn has inspired me to make some. Her post lays the recipe right out for you, so you don't have to be a subject of the Queen to master this dessert!

Cooking with a wallflower breakfast pastries
Cooking With A Wallflower
Oh My. Cooking with a Wallflower hit on my favorites. Basil, Tomatoes, cheese. She points out these pastries make a great breakfast. I think they'd taste great 24/7! Delicious!

So now I'm off to the kitchen, all those posts are making me hungry!

Each week each host will be featuring THREE of their favorite links on their own site so you have 18 chances to be featured!. Make sure you check out everyone's party to see all the features! Send some love out to my picks and then click around to see some more! And as always, stay awesome!

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