New Year’s Eve Party Inspiration

New Year’s Eve is about celebrating the year that has passed, and looking forward to the year to come. Here are a few great ways to make your New Year’s Eve party one to remember. Just because you want to keep things simple, doesn’t mean you should get rid of all the fun little details. Pretty My Party shares some fun details (plus a free printable)! You won’t want to miss these “Kiss Me Kits” Shaken Together Life put together! They are such a cute idea as party favors, of just for you and your honey. No party is complete without food. AKA Design shares some great appetizers to make your party good a hit. This New Year’s Eve mocktail will please both the young and the old. Check out Kleinworth & Co. for this recipe and many others! New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to write down those resolutions. Create a space for your party guests to list theirs. Lia Griffith shares how she created these cute cards over on her blog. Nothing says New Year’s like champagne! These pretty cake balls from Sugar & Soul are sure to be a hit. Head over to Domestically Blissful to see this match sign in action! This is something I never would’ve thought of. Celebrating New Year’s with kids can be so much fun. Here’s a great way to get them involved in the countdown! The Suburban Mom shares her tips on how to make this successful over on her blog. The Blue Eyed Dove shares all her fun tips on how to create a festive atmosphere. Head over to her blog for all…
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Festive Cocktails for Holiday Parties

The holidays are finally here! What feels more festive than a tasty cocktail at your holiday party?  So much of a successful party revolves around the food and beverages served. We’ve found a few festive cocktails perfect for any event you are planning during this holiday season. After looking at these recipes for the past few hours while writing this article, I’m ready to go sample a few of them. Cheers! Still looking for some holiday inspiration? Check out even more festive ideas: Holiday Gift Guide for Women Over 50 DIY Decorative Holiday Pillows Spiced Hot Apple Cider for Chilly Nights   Remember to pin this post for later!           SaveSave

Spiced Hot Apple Cider Recipe for Blissful Chilly Nights

Spiced Hot Apple Cider is one of our comfort staple foods. There is nothing better than a cup or two on those chilly evenings!  Spiced Hot Apple Cider Spiced Hot Apple Cider is easy to make. It’s even easier to drink it, cup after cup. We often make this drink while watching a good movie, or as an indulgence after a long hard day. You can make this beverage with fresh cider or bottled apple juice, but I must say the fresh cider has the most robust flavor. It is wise to buy your cider mulling spices in bulk for the most economical savings. However, you will find that when you have all these yummy ingredients in the house, you are far more likely to make yourself this fabulous treat. BUY LARGE QUANTITIES of spices, because you never know when the urge will strike. There have been many late nights when I have wanted to run out and buy spices but the local grocery store charges 10X as much as what I pay for the bulk price. Trust me, you don’t want to be making extra trips to the store! This post contains affiliate links. Your purchase will provide me with a small commission. Thank you for your support! Here’s my favorite spice choices for this beverage: Bulk Cinnamon Sticks Bulk Whole Cloves Vanilla If you have a special occasion, you can zip it up with a bit of liquor! Just so you know, weekends count as special occasions in my book! Cinnamon Schnapps Cherry Brandy Cranberry Wine Delicious! Makes a…
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15 Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try

Fall is almost here! What shouts fall more than tasty apple recipes?! Here are some we found around the internet that we’d love to try this apple season.   Do you need an impressive looking treat to take to a party?  Look no further! Inspired by Charm has created this tasty apple cranberry slab pie.  It tastes as good as it looks! Not all apple recipes are sweet! Apples also make an excellent addition to many savory recipes as well.  Check out this quesadilla that pairs apples with bacon and cheddar, a classic combo.  The details for this simple recipe are all over on Home & Plate. While apples make a great mid-day snack, sometimes they can get a little tiresome.  Vicky at Mess for Less used some extra apples she had to make these tasty chips.  What a great way to salvage apples that have been sitting around a few days too long, and also get a great snack out of it! Pork and apples are always a great combination.  The Blond Cook shares a great slow cooker recipe that would be great for a fall afternoon.  Who wants to spend these beautiful days inside cooking? Not me! Pam at House of Hawthornes decided to find a new way to make this childhood favorite.  Baked apples are such a simple desert, sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. This apple butter recipe is a result of hard work paying off big time! I spend years perfecting this recipe.  Who doesn’t want a special apple treat that will last throughout the year?! Head over to…
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Summer Fruit Sangria

This light summer cocktail is just the thing to go with those spicy dishes or a cheese platter. Make a batch for your next family gathering!  Summer Fruit Sangria This light summer cocktail is just the thing for summer entertaining. It’s easy to make with fresh summer seasonal summer fruit. I like to find my fruit at the farmer’s market and make a batch when company comes over. You can use just about any combination of fruit and wine. I have found that reading the tasting notes on the wine bottle gives me suggestions for fruits that pair well with the wine. Sangria Wines We have been having regular wine tastings with friends. I highly recommend having a tasting and inviting a bunch of friends to join you. It’s a very relaxing environment and people really enjoy trying out new wines that they have never had before. I will post more on this soon! But for now, sangria is a great way to start your summer entertaining! I get my wine from Direct Cellars wine club (affiliate link). It’s a wonderful program, we get four bottles per month from premium vineyards shipped to our front door. Each monthly shipment includes two red and two white wines. I am looking forward to trying some more sangria recipes with the monthly wines that we get. You can choose reds, whites or a combination when you join the club. If you love wine and are interested in the monthly wine club, or would like to be a wine distributor and make commissions, see…
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How to Pair Wine with Food

Wine is a great choice for entertaining, here are some tips on pairing the perfect wine with everyday foods.  Choosing the Perfect Wine We are occasional wine drinkers. I find that having a bottle or two in the pantry is an easy way to be prepared for last minute guests and dinner parties. It’s also a treat to share a glass with my husband on Saturday night after the kids are asleep. It’s called BALANCE.   Years ago we visited the California wine country. It was so beautiful, I would highly recommend it if you haven’t been there. We visited a boutique winery, small but known for it’s incredible red wines. I had never been to a winery before, but I was hooked after that first experience. After the tour and the tasting, we signed up for their monthly wine club. For several years we had incredible wines delivered to our door every month. It was as if we were on vacation each time we drank that wine. We loved it. Unfortunately, this winery is now out of business, and we haven’t been in a wine club since. This post contains affiliate links from which I will make a commission at no additional charge to you. Any opinions given are completely my own. The Wine Club Solution Although we occasionally purchase grocery store wine, we never seem to have the right wine for the food we are serving. If we have red wine in the house, I’ll be making chicken. Or if we have white wine, our menu includes spaghetti.…
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Swoon Worthy Easy Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Easy Chai Tea Latte is something you will become addicted to, it is so delicious and so very good for you! Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one. – Chinese Proverb Easy Chai Tea Latte Everyone loves a good cup of tea now and then. If you are not a tea drinker, this recipe will convert you! I have been replacing my morning cup of coffee with this tea because I am trying to cut down on the amount of caffeine that I consume. With this tea, I don’t even miss that morning coffee! The tea is slow brewed for deep rich flavor with a winning combination of spices. Make a big batch because you will want more and more! It’s also delicious iced. Don’t forget to share it with your family, my teenage boys love it! It’s so much healthier than soda, and very inexpensive to make. Easy Recipe Print Yum Swoon Worthy Easy Chai Tea Latte Recipe Ingredients6 cups filtered water 12 whole cloves 3/4 tsp. ground cardamom 12 whole black pepper corns 3 cinnamon sticks 4 black tea bags 6 1″ slices of fresh ginger root, peeled Honey (optional) Coconut Milk (optional) InstructionsBring water to a boil. Add all spices and tea bags. Turn heat to low, simmer for 15 minutes. Add Coconut milk, heat 5 more minutes. Strain through a sieve to remove spices. Pour into a tall pitcher with ice for iced tea or 6 individual ceramic cups for hot tea. Serve with honey or enjoy plain. Makes 6…
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Tomato Salsa with Five Delicious Fresh Garden Ingredients

Tomatoes are easy to work with and make many delicious appetizers. This salsa fresca recipe is quick to make and tastes delicious. Tomato salsa has only 5 delicious fresh ingredients. We often make this salsa to serve with nachos, tacos or even with breakfast omelets.  Once you have made fresh tomato salsa, you will never go back to the store bought variety, I guarantee it! Welcome back to the Ultimate Recipe Challenge! This linkup is the brain child of Kim Six Fix, thanks Kim for putting this all together! This month’s challenge is tomatoes, which are probably one of my favorite foods. My favorite combination of tomatoes is multi-colored red Roma tomatoes, yellow pear and black heirloom varieties. This combination can also be purchased in a small variety pack from Costco or even Aldi’s grocery store. You can make this recipe with regular tomatoes too, but I love the bright colors in this side dish. Here’s what to do: Print Yum Tomato Salsa with Five Delicious Fresh Garden Ingredients Ingredients2 cups mixed colored tomatoes (or 4 large tomatoes) 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1 teaspoon chopped garlic Juice from 1/2 squeezed lemon or lime Tabasco sauce Salt and pepper to tasteInstructions1. Wash tomatoes, place in blender. Chop coarsely. Put in medium sized bowl. 2. Add onion (or chop in the blender) 3. Add garlic. 4. Using a lemon reamer, juice the sliced lemon right over the bowl of tomatoes. 5. Add a few drops of tobacco sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Serve with chips, sour cream, olives or nacho…
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How to Make a Holiday Cheese Board for Entertaining

Entertaining is easy with a beautiful cheese tray and some wine. Here’s how to put together a tasty display for every appetite. Cheese Board How to: I love entertaining. It is so much fun to have friends and family over for a meal or even just an appetizer. Part of the attraction is that I like to buy a few special things that we don’t eat on an every day basis to serve when we have company. A cheese tray is always part of the plan for entertaining at our house. We enjoy shopping for unique cheeses, and paring them with other fruity, savory, sweet or salty components. Our favorite cheese boards include a little of everything to satisfy even the pickiest eater. I like to combine domestic and imported cheeses. I also be sure to have a variety of cow’s milk, sheep and goat cheese selections for those who can’t eat dairy products. Here’s how the cheese board gets put together: Sweet ingredients: Thinly sliced apples, Candied Walnuts, red grapes, chopped dried apricots, dried cranberries. Savory ingredients: Roasted pumpkin seeds, raw almonds, crunchy Italian bread sticks, slices of chewed French baguette and crisp gluten free crackers. There are so many cheese to choose from! I like to look for a variety of color and texture when choosing cheeses to make the board visually appealing as well as tasty. Soft Cheeses: •Mild goat cheese •Port Wine Cheese Spread •Swiss Almond Cheese Spread •Brie •Port Salute Medium Cheeses: •Petite Basque Sheep’s Milk Cheese from France •Stripey Jack Cheese from England (Double…
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