Recipes

  1. Birthday Party Fare: Snack Mix Buffet!

    There are few things kids like better than scooping  and pouring. Except maybe eating. You can combine all three of these favorites at your child’s next birthday party by putting out a snack mix buffet and letting the kiddos scoop and mix to their hearts’ content. Lay out a beautiful display of the birthday boy/girl’s favorite snacks (with a spoon or small cup in each container), give each guest a small bag and let them go! The children will love having the freedom to choose exactly which items (and how...
  2. Bridal Shower Fare: Sugared Cranberries

    These pretty little cranberries are dressed up in their sparkling best, just waiting to be placed on your bridal shower table. Simple to make, and delightfully tart and sweet, sugared cranberries should be included on every shower menu this holiday season. The best part about them (besides the eating part, of course) is how versatile these berries are: they add beautiful seasonal decoration to cakes and other desserts (oooh: cheesecake!), they are a fantastic addition to savory cheese plates, and they are absolutely dazzling all on their own in a...
  3. Birthday Party Fun: Krispie Treat Sculptures!

    Birthday Party Fun: Krispie Treat Sculptures!
    Recently, I attended a bake sale and I spied a plate of adorable Rice Krispie treat turkeys. I didn’t purchase them, but those little birds stuck in my head – I kept thinking they’d be such a fun project to do with kids, but I wondered whether my own little ones would have the patience to follow the turkey pattern (most likely: no.) And that’s when it hit me – Rice Krispie treat “dough” is just begging to be sculpted and molded and squished and sculpted again! It’s a lot...
  4. Baby Shower Fare: Pumpkin Bread

    Baby Shower Fare: Pumpkin Bread
    ‘Tis the season…for pumpkin! Now that all the little ghosts and goblins are home safe with their candy, and all the jack-o-lanterns have been blown out, it’s time to move on to some serious autumn cooking and baking, which, for me, means pumpkin. And lots of it! There are so many wonderful things you can make with pureed pumpkin, but none are quite so comfy-cozy-deliciously-autumn as a perfect loaf of pumpkin bread. This tasty bread is truly at home on any table, and that makes it the perfect seasonal touch...
  5. Bridal Shower Favors: Vanilla Bath Salts

    Bridal Shower Favors: Vanilla Bath Salts
    Every bride deserves a little pampering as she’s preparing for her wedding, and a bridal shower is the perfect time to do just that. Why not take it a step further and offer a bit of luxuriance to all your shower guests? Send each of them home with their own jar of these vanilla bath salts, and they’ll be relaxing (and thanking you) in no time. Vanilla Bath Salts Of course, you can substitute your favorite essential oil scent(s) for the vanilla in this recipe; be sure to pay attention...
  6. Owl Party Inspiration – And a Recipe Featuring a Fun Twist on the Traditional Cereal Treat

    Owl – Look Whooo’s Having a Party theme is the perfect way to celebrate an autumn birthday party or welcome a baby with an anticipated autumn birth. With Owl and Owl Girl party supplies and shaped tableware, your party will certainly be a hoot. And be sure to read to the bottom for an easy recipe for birthday party or baby shower treats. Easy Cereal Treat Recipe Cereal Treats with Peanut Butter 3 tablespoons butter 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows - OR - 4 cups miniature marshmallows...
  7. Bridal Shower Fare: French Toast Muffins

    Bridal Shower Fare: French Toast Muffins
    It’s hard to beat the creamy, eggy, cinnamony deliciousness of French toast, and, by all rights, such a decadent breakfast food certainly belongs on your shower brunch menu. But really, unless you’re hosting a more formal sit-down gathering, French toast, and all of it’s goo-ey, syrupy goodness, is pretty tough to serve to a crowd. Until now, that is. I give you … the French Toast Muffin! Yes. French toast you can hold in your hand – without the syrupy mess. And if you wrap these beauties up in cupcake...
  8. Bridal Shower Brunch: Mini Frittatas

    Bridal Shower Brunch: Mini Frittatas
    Bridal showers and brunch go together so well. There’s something about a brunch menu that seems just a little bit fancy and a one-of-a-kind event like a bridal shower is the perfect place to showcase those yummy brunch foods. Whether you’re planning to serve your bridal shower brunch as a buffet or a full sit-down meal, little mini frittatas will be an ideal addition to your menu. They are very similar to a classic frittata, but they are prepared in a mini muffin pan, so you end up with delicious...
  9. Frugal Favors: Recycled Crayons

    If you’re a parent, you likely have tons of little crayon nubs floating around with the rest of your art supplies. Maybe you occasionally clear them out and toss them in the trash—well stop that! Hold it right there! You’re throwing out the makings of fantastic (FREE!) party favors for your child’s next birthday party. Those little ends and broken crayons can be melted down to make beautiful multicolored chunky crayons, and (packaged up in a cellophane bag with a tag from Big Dot, of course) your small guests will...
  10. Baby Shower Fare: Pineapple Chicken Pasta Salad

    Baby Shower Fare: Pineapple Chicken Pasta Salad
    This yummy Pineapple Chicken Salad is a welcome twist on the more standard salads typically served at baby showers. It’s chock-full of delicious fruits, which pair nicely with the savory chicken and pasta, giving this salad a refreshingly sweet flavor your guests will certainly appreciate. Pineapple Chicken Pasta Salad As with most pasta salad recipes, this chicken salad benefits from sitting a while (covered, in your refrigerator) after it’s all combined to let the flavors mingle a bit. If you don’t have time to prepare your salad ahead of time...

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