When the office is busy, pot luck lunches make it fun to get away from your desk and spend some time with co-workers instead of slamming a grocery store salad at in front of the computer. I used to work at an office where everyone would bring in pumpkin themed food right before Thanksgiving. It was fun to see how everyone took the prompt (pumpkin) and would try to make a semi meal that wasn’t entirely dessert.
Planning a Christmas potluck is a fun way to bring holiday cheer into the office and I’ve put together a list of Christmas Potluck ideas for work that can help you get started. Continue Reading…
With a full schedule of events and parties, the holiday season is the perfect time for dressing up and going out on the town. Getting ready for a night out can be time consuming and making sure that your look holds up throughout the evening can ensure you enjoy the entire evening.
I have naturally wavy hair, which oddly makes it harder to keep a curl for more than an hour at a time but when I tried the Beachwaver Curling Iron I was impressed at how much longer the style stayed for. So far I’ve curled my hair before going to bed and sleeping on the style overnight and STILL had curls the next day.
The 1 1/4 inch barrel is perfect for longer hair and the rotating ceramic iron helps me to curl my hair in less time.
What Makes the Beachwaver Different
Most standard curling irons have a clip and you need to manually wrap your hair around the barrel. The Beachwaver is a rotating curling iron, so you clip your fair to the bottom and the barrel spins to tightly bring the hair into the curl.
The rotating barrel makes it easy to curl all your hair without having a mirror behind you and angling the way your hair wraps will change how the style looks.
Curling long hair is not easy, and often more work then it’s worth. The Beachwaver Curling Iron changes that, making curly hair something we can all enjoy!
With New Year’s Eve on the horizon, there is no better time to glam up for a celebration.
Shop at Target
In honor of cyber shopping week Target has an great deals all across their site! You can snag a great price on the Beachwaver and finish up all your other shopping all at the same time.
Disclaimer: I received a Beachwaver to review for this post. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this post. This post contains affiliate links.
When the holiday season comes around eating healthy may be the furthest from your mind, but with resolutions on the horizon, gifts that inspire good cooking are winning choice for everyone on your shopping list.
When deciding what items will take precedent on your counter, choosing appliances that can serve multiple purposes creates efficiently you need during the holidays and all year round. With it’s interchangeable canisters the Nutri Ninja BlendMax Duo™ is at the top of my list for both holiday cooking, and gift giving this year.
The single serve cups make mixing up healthy smoothies on the go as easy as a click of a button and the Pro Extractor Blades allows for nutrient & vitamin extraction that allow you to make the most out of your smoothy. Just toss in a scoop of your favorite protein powder and the to-go lid makes your shake a full meal in minutes.
The Nutri Ninja Auto IQ Boost options allow you to select the level of blending you want and once selected you can walk away knowing that your drink will be mixed perfectly.
The 88 ounce pitcher is perfect for mixing up large batches of drinks or pureeing your favorite salsa recipe into the perfect consistency. The large pitcher ensures that a full batch can be made at one time without needing to return to the kitchen.
With blades throughout the pitcher, ice is pulverized with ease and fruits and veggies are perfectly diced.
The Perfect Gift for Healthy Ambitions
Everyone wants to eat better, be healthier and feel better. The Nutri Ninja Blendmax Duo is the ideal gift for family members who enjoy living an active lifestyle. With an inspiration recipe guide included in the set, your gift recipient can enjoy trying new recipes or find inspiration for jazzing up their favorites.
Shop at Target
Today is Cyber Monday and Target has an additional 15% off your entire purchase just for shopping and other great sales all week long.
Disclaimer: I received a Nutri Ninja to review for this post. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this post. This post contains affiliate links.
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is HARD. I’ve only hosted the meal twice but I know from that experience that its not easy to put a 20 lb bird and 15 different sides on the dinner table at once. Since moving back to Colorado I’ve been lucky enough to not need to host the family gathering.
When you are attending as a guest, the pressure is off, and aside from bringing a side dish or dessert it’s likely not much is expected of you other than your attendance. When that is the case, it’s nice to bring a hostess gift that they will really enjoy after wrapping up all the dishes and mess from the day.
When I’m looking for the perfect hostess gift, I love the variety of options I can find at Hickory Farms. With so many gift solutions to choose from, I can really select a product that is tailored to the personality of the family member who’s taken on the biggest task of the day. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite gifts below, and outlined who I think they are perfect for! Continue Reading…
As the holiday season is just around the corner, now is the time to set yourself up for a happy and stress free celebration. No matter if you are hosting Thanksgiving, or traveling across the country for Christmas with family out of state, taking the time to prepare will ensure that you have a happy holiday no matter where you’ll be joining in on the revelry.
Holiday Home Prep for
Celebrating with Guests
Clear away clutter
If you enjoy decorating your home for the holidays, prepare your rooms by first clearing away clutter. By putting away items that are not used regularly you open up space for other decor and any gifts that may be coming into the house.
Create a box that you can pull back out after the holidays and place any non-holiday decorations that you want to bring back out after the season is over.
Stock Up on Essentials
If you are inviting family over, make sure that you have everything you need to be a successful (and stress free host). In the kitchen, check the cupboards and make sure that you have all the basic staples including flour, sugar, and baking power for an impromptu cooking backing session.
In the rest of the house make sure you have plenty of toilet paper, paper towel, tissues and cleaning supplies. Having these items on hand will mean you don’t have to run out at a moment notice if someone comes down with a cold while celebrating at your home.
Roll out the Welcome Mat
If you have plan to have guests, make them feel at home by providing all the basics in an easy to access and find place. In the bathroom you may want to include a basket with fresh towels, extra toilet paper and any toiletries they may have left behind (I love repurposing hotel bottles for this).
In the bedroom, include an extra blanket, pillows and a couple of bottles of water. It’s nice to not have to go hunting in a strange house when you need a drink late at night. If you have a wifi password, write it down and leave it in an easy to find place.
In the kitchen, place coffee essentials out in the open where they are easy to find. If your guest is an early riser they’ll appreciate having easy access to caffeine before the rest of the house gets up.
Finish Your Household Ironing
If your home is anything like mine, ironing the things I need for a well laid dinner table is the last thing on my mind, but I DO want that clean freshly ironed look if I’m inviting guests over. I usually toss tablecloths in a drawer only to iron them 5 minutes before rolling out on the table but during the holidays, thats not an easy feat to accomplish.
The weekend before your holiday celebration, plan a time that you can get ironing done ahead of time. Set out the tablecloth, cloth napkins and any dress clothes that you want to wear during the holiday weekend. No matter what I need to iron, my go to home appliance is my DW3 SteamCare Iron from Rowenta. This new iron just came out a few months ago and it’s officially changed my mind set on how to approach ironing.
With no need to adjust the temperture for various fabrics, I can iron everything I need for my home in one sitting, without needing to wait for the iron to cool or up or down. This is a huge time saver when you go from cotton napkins to synthetic tablecloths.
The Microsteam350 Sole Plate allows the steam function to be more effective than my old iron, getting set in wrinkles out in a fraction of the time – perfect for tablecloths that ended up stuffed in a drawer. There’s even a vertical function that makes it possible to iron items once they are hanging, allowing me to shake wrinkles from curtains without taking them down or run a quick steam over a dress before getting ready for a holiday party.
Getting your ironing done before guests arrive leaves your mind free for enjoying the celebration. You can always hang things up and give a quick once over with steam before setting up for the meal.
What Holiday Home Prep tips do you want to share? Leave a note in the comments!
Disclaimer: I received a DW3 SteamCare Iron to review for this post. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this post.
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For my family, deviled eggs are a staple of any family gathering but at Thanksgiving they are a MUST have. We’ll typically start with a couple dozen and are lucky if any actually make it to the dinner table.
This easy Thanksgiving appetizer recipe is a classic family recipe with a tasty Hickory Farms twist. Simply Spicy Brown Mustard gives a slight kick of flavor that is the perfect way to personalize a dish everyone already loves.
When the leaves start to change colors and the evenings dip just a bit cooler there is nothing better than comfort food recipes to warm you up. It’s just barely starting to cool off here in Colorado. Usually by this time of year we’ve seen some snow but so far this fall the streets have been dry and the warm weather has given us time to enjoy the changing of the leaves.
I needed a bit of comfort food this week to help me feel more like the season has actually changed and we aren’t enjoying some slightly extended summer. This macaroni and cheese recipe pulls together some of my favorite fall flavors with the creamy & sharp Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese from Hickory Farms.
Apple Cheddar Mac and Cheese
Start out by grating up 2 1/2 cups of cheese. This is about 3/4 of a 10 oz package. Set the cheese aside and dice up a green apple and mince a clove of garlic. Start the macaroni boiling in a pot and cook 4 strips of bacon in a frying pan. Drain the macaroni and set the bacon aside to drain while you work on the rest of the recipe.
Saute 2 tps butter with the apples and garlic in a large sauce pan. Allow the pan to cook until the apples are soft and the garlic is fragrant.
Add your 2 cups of the pre-grated cheddar cheese to the pan alongside 1 1/2 cups of milk. Stir until the cheese has melted. You should have an almost soupy consistency. This means it’s time to add the macaroni. Turn the heat down and allow the dish to thicken. Now is the time to add the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and the crumbled or chopped bacon (save some for garnish).
Once the mixture is a perfect mac & cheese consistency, serve in a bowl. I’m a big fan of serving mac & cheese as a standalone entree but this would also work well as a side. Store any left overs in a baking dish and toss in the oven to reheat!
- 2 1/2 cups Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese from Hickory Farms
- 1 Granny Smith Apple
- 1 clove garlic
- 4 cups cooked macaroni
- 4 slices bacon
- 2 tsp butter
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- Grate the cheddar cheese and dice up both the apple and garlic.
- Cook the bacon in a frying pan. Set aside to cool. Dice.
- Saute the apple and garlic with butter in a large sauce pan.
- Add 2 cups of the grated cheese and milk to the pan. Stir until fully melted.
- Combine the macaroni and allow to thicken. Add remaining cheese and the diced bacon.
- Serve in a bowl and garnish with bacon.
Disclaimer: This post was brought to you by Hickory Farms. All opinions, ideas and writing are my own. I was compensated and received a product sample as inspiration for this post.
The last thing you want on Halloween is for there to be confusion about where the parking is. This easy vinyl tutorial will help all the creatures that go bump in the night know exactly where the broom parking is come All Hallows Eve.
I love decorating my porch and this project can be hung outside or repurposed inside the house for a different look. I happened to have an old planter that was already spray painted to look somewhat like a caldron so adding some florist foam, spanish moss and broom was all I needed to create the parking place. Continue Reading…
Halloween parties are about costumes and fun, not spending the entire evening in the kitchen. We’re inviting friends and family over for a party the weekend before Halloween and I want to share some easy appetizers that are so delicious they’ll disappear – almost like magic.
Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. There’s no required way to celebrate and a plenty of reason to decorate the house and wear fun costumes. What more could you ask for from a holiday? Aside… I CAN NOT WAIT to share my Halloween costume. …
Throwing a party is fun, but dependent on the night of the week a big celebration might be more than you need. Halloween happens to fall on a Monday night this year so between work and looking forward to seeing the neighborhood trick or treaters we are planning for a low-key night in.