Friday, November 28, 2008

It's Black Friday once Again

Black Friday is upon us once again, so I hope everyone went out this morning before the sun even bothered to come up and waited in line for hours just to get that perfect gift for someone special (or yourself) for just the right price. Today can be the scariest day of the year if you are persuing a "hot item" like a TV or prepared to FIGHT for it. A few years back, I actually saw someone get tazed because a fight errupted in Walmart over an Xbox that had been marked down by $100.00. Many people now go out on the hunt simply because of tradition, even if you aren't looking for one of those previously described "hot items" , you can still score some cheap DVDs and some awesome people watching!So if you are up to it, head out to the stores, scoop up some good deals, and maybe even start a new tradition!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gobble Pops

I found these super cute cake pops on! They are surprisingly easy to make and are perfect for Thanksgiving!You will need a few items from the candy store to add the on the turkey's face and feathers.You will need chocolate covered espresso beans for the head, color coated candies (orange) for the beak, and heart shaped sprinkles for the wattle , you will also need pretzel sticks for the legs.Just follow the instructions on and celebrate your Thanksgiving with your very own Gobble pops!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Not-So-Traditional Thanksgiving Decor

Celebrate Thanksgiving this year with bright colors typically reserved for summer get-togthers. Instead of the usual burgandy, burnt orange,and other "fall" colors, opt for bright green, mix in some playful pink, just add some light wood grain accents to finish, and you are all set! You can find party supplies(shown above) at!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pumpkin Spice Lattes Make me Happy! ( And Now I Can Make Them At Home! )

The secret to the glorious flavor of a pumpkin spice latte is the syrup, and pumpkin spice syrup is quite easy to make. Just make simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar (I used 1 cup each) simmered on the stovetop, stirring often, until sugar is dissolved). Add in pumpkin pie spices (I used 2 Tspn. ground cinnamon and 1/2 tbsp. each ground cloves, ginger, and nutmeg) and simmer for five minutes. Strain the spices and grit out of the liquid by pouring it through a few layers of cheesecloth, then add a tablespoon of pure vanilla extract.

Store the cooled syrup in a glass bottle or jar, away from direct sunlight, or in the fridge.

To make a latte, combine 2 shots of espresso with about 2 Tbsp. spice syrup, then add steamed milk. For extra decadence, top with whipped cream, sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg on top, and pop in a cinnamon stick. Voila!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Smore's brownies for Camp IN party

You Will Need:
-2 boxes of your favorite brownie mix or homemade recipe
-6 squares (1 oz. each) of semisweet chocolate chopped
-1 cup heavy whipping cream
-1 package ( 1 lb. ) large marshmallows, halved
-1 cup crushed graham crackers

How To:
Bake brownies according to recipe/directions on package. While brownies bake in the oven, melt chocolate in top of double boiler over simmering water.Remove from heat.Pour cream into chocolate and stir until smooth; st aside. When brownies are done, switch oven to broil setting. Arrange marshmallows,cut side down, on top of brownies.Broil 1-2 minutes, until marshmallows are golden brown (watch carefully though, marshmallows can burn quickly) Cut brownies into 16 2" squares. To serve place to squares on a dessert plate,drizzle with chocolate sauce, and sprinklt graham crackers over top. Yum!

Camp IN!

As fall weather is upon us, there is no better reason to stay warm and INdoors...but why not throw a celebration inspired by the OUTdoors? This fall throw an all girls camp-in! Let days at summer camp as well as elements of nature inspire you for this ultra-girly spin on a classic "boy party"!Bake up some smore brownies (recipe to follow) and bug-juice tinis (so cute to serve from these stainless steel martini glasses) Decorate with tents, wheat grass, and PINK plaid!The objective: bring the outdoors IN for this all girl affair!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mad Scientist Mood Board

This is the mood board that I created for the Mad Scientist Halloween party! It shows the playful color scheme of the event, and outlines the ideas I had for refreshments. Cocktail options included jello syringes, test tube shots, and "toxic waste" cocktails served from martini glasses , and garnished with a "plutonium rod" (glow stick).Photos of more party details are soon to come!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Coming Soon......

Sorry I haven't posted party info in a while...Very soon I will be posting pictures taken by the lovely Shawna Plumer from the Mad Scientist Halloween party I planned. Cocktails served from Erlenmeyer flasks, test tube shots.....and much much more!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dachshunds Make Me Happy

Hot dogs, weiner dogs, or noodle many names, ONE GREAT BREED.They say that Dachshunds are like potato can't just have one! Well this is my sincere hope for me and my husband. We are in love with our little pupdog Daisy (the one in the blue plaid number)and cannot wait to get another one! Known for being very docile but also stubborn at times, dachshunds are full of character! So go get yourself a long bodied, short legged, fun little fur ball today!