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3-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Sauce

A Valentine's Day Recipe

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For a healthy and delicious Valentine’s Day treat, whip up a batch of this chocolate fudge sauce made with just three ingredients: dates, almond milk, and chocolate. It takes less than 20 minutes to prepare, and can be served over ice cream, oatmeal, or as a dipping sauce for chopped fruit. It can also be stored in jars and gifted to friends and family for, and because it’s dairy and sugar-free, it makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for folks who are on special … [Read more...]

Handmade Paper Fans For Chinese New Year

Year of the Horse!

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New Year in the Chinese calendar falls on January 31st this year and is a holiday that celebrates good fortune, happiness, and wealth, among other positive things. I was wandering through my local thrift store the other day, and decided to start looking for books about China, or kids books with lots of illustrations of horses, to start my own fans for our own celebration. The thinner the paper, the better, because you will want to staple through many layers; however, tissue paper is not … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve Party Favors: Midnight Kisses

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The perfect New Year's Eve party calls for the perfect favors. These Midnight Kiss party favors are both clever and fun to make. Pass them out to all your guests as you count down to midnight! Midnight Kiss Party Favors Supplies Needed: • Cardboard tubes • Tissue paper • Ribbon • Custom rectangle labels • Chocolate kisses Wrap each toilet paper tube in tissue paper and secure with tape. Gather one end and tie closed with ribbon. Fill the tube with chocolate kisses and … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve Party Printables

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Ring in the New Year with these festive party printables from Evermine.com! New Year's Eve is the perfect time to reflect on the passing year, while looking forward to a fresh start. Spend your last night of 2013 with family, friends and champagne. Here are some fun party printables to make your night all the more memorable. Print out these fun party hats to wear at the party! Add your own ribbon to the top of each hat. Don't forget to add ribbon or string on each side for easy … [Read more...]

Healthy Recipe: Chocolate Date Nut Bars

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After last year’s holiday sugar craze, I’m trying to limit my intake of sweets this year so it won’t be so hard to get back on track once the holiday season is over. Thankfully, I’ve come across a recipe that will allow me to indulge my craving for chocolate without making me feel terrible afterwards. Inspired by Lara Bars, these Chocolate Nut Date Bars offer the richness of dessert without the sugar crash. And because I know my family is trying to eat healthier this year, I thought it … [Read more...]

Holiday Recipe: Snowmen Cookies

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I had so much fun playing with and creating the cute little faces on each snowman cookie! My mother and I made these for the annual cookie trade at the local Baptist church. Snowmen Cookies Shortbread Cookie Ingredients: Adapted from Betty Crocker • 1 cup butter, at room temperature • 3/4 cup sugar • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract • ½ teaspoon almond extract • ½ teaspoon salt • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour Preheat oven to 350° Mix the wet ingredients in a … [Read more...]

Quick Gift Idea: Twizzlers In A Jar

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If you’re looking for a super quick gift idea for the holiday season this year, this pretty jar of Twizzlers, courtesy of Catered Crop, is perfect. Not only does it double as decoration, but it serves multiple people, so it would make a fantastic gift for your co-workers while adding a festive touch to the office. You could also bring it as a welcome addition to any Christmas party. To create the look, you’ll need: • A large package of Twizzlers • Quart sized jars with … [Read more...]

Homemade Simmering Spices

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It's the season again to come in from the cold and dark nights to warm houses filled with family and friends. The holidays are a time where many are busy entertaining and being entertained, so much so that it may be hard to catch your breath. When you do fill up your lungs with air, the aroma of fresh evergreens, warm roasts, and simmering cider on the stove announces that it is holiday season. Simmering spices are any combination of fragrant botanicals or herbs added to water to steam and … [Read more...]

Quick Gift Idea: Drawstring Gift Bags

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Giving gifts is always fun for me. I feel that it's the thought and details that go into that special moment, that truly make that gift extra meaningful. Here is a very easy way to give a gift! I used these soft cotton bags with a drawstring closure and the cutest personalized pinback button and gift tag to take gift giving to the next level. I love that the bag and pin can be used again, making great memories last even longer. The drawstring gift bag fits all kinds of treats and … [Read more...]

Holiday Recipe: Stained Glass Cookies

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I’m a huge cookie-baking fan during the holidays, like so many are. Along with my favorite thumbprints, sugars, frosted, and the nutty variety, I wanted something to stand out this year. I was on the hunt for a new recipe— and a new Holiday cookie look! I was inspired by the cookies I saw over at Modern Mom. Stained Glass Cookies Adapted from an Alton Brown recipe. Ingredients: • 3 cups all-purpose flour • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1 cup … [Read more...]