Category Archives: Holiday Fun

How To Easily Use Candles to Brighten up your Christmas Decor

 

Candles can be a great way to decorate for the holidays and can be inexpensive to do. You can display candles on a fireplace mantel along with your garland or use them on coffee tables, at your entrance and of course the dining table where you will enjoy a holiday feast.

The FamilyHoliday.net has wonderful ways to decorate with candles and offers links with even more amazing information.

Head on over to their article for Easy and Elegant Christmas Candle Decorating Ideas

Better Homes and Gardens also offer pretty ways to decorate with their Easy Christmas Candle Displays and you can find those ideas Here!

Safety Tips:
Do not burn candles unattended
Do not allow candles to burn in a draft
Keep candles away from reach for children and pets
Keep away for all flammable objects

 

Merry Christmas!

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Try These Easy DIY Homemade Gifts in a Jar for Last Minute Christmas Gifts

jam-428094_640Hopefully you are about finished your Christmas shopping or are to the bottom of your list. But what about an unexpected guest arriving for your holiday fare and you have no gift. Or a neighbor or co worker brings you a little something, you will want to return the kindness. Be prepared ahead of time…

A homemade food gift with the recipe makes a thoughtful gift with a personal touch. . Add a few decorations to a mason jar with your famous holiday cookies inside or a mixture for a special hot chocolate with a hand written recipe attached with some ribbon makes it special. Know someone who loves to bake? Give them a jar with a scrumptious brownie mix inside. Make these up ahead of time and you will be ready for the unexpected…

Delish.com has over 22 recipes in a jar from MM Cookies, Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Mix, Granola, Pancakes, Hot Cocoa, bread muffins and more. Check out their slide show with links to mixes in a jar recipes Here.

Here are some idea’s from MixesInaJar.com

Brownie Mix In A Jar

Cappucino Mix in a Jar

Chinese Barbeque Sauce

Know someone who would love something other then food?

Candy Cane Bath Salts

Egyptian Facial Mask

There are over 250 gift jar idea’s to choose from including breads and muffins, coffee, teas, breads and soups and more.

Merry Christmas :]

 

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Recipe

St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated this year on Thursday, March 17, 2022, by many people with delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage, green beer and wearing of the green. It is a tradition in Ireland for the people in the parades and celebrating on the side lines, to wear a lot or a small collection of green clothing. Even some with shamrock pins.

In the United States the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is put on every year in New York City. This parade has been around since 1762 and 2022 will be its 260th year.  Unfortunately, last year because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) they cancelled the parade, but this year it will be in full swing!

Check out this Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Recipe. 3 ways to cook the corned beef, delectable Cabbage and other sides to make this a meal to remember!  Offers step by step instructions too. 

Just who is St. Patrick? Many sources agree his real name was Maewyn Succat. He was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen, he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland for 6 years. In those 6 years he worked as a herdsman, prayed daily and found strength in his faith.

As legend states, St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. The basis of this legend is that the origin of the snake as a pagan symbol. Therefore, the tale of St. Patrick driving out the snakes can really be taken as a sign of driving out paganism from Ireland. Patrick (Maewyn Succat.) died in 493 AD.

Corned Beef and Cabbage is it Irish?

Actually, the traditional dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage is not an Irish tradition, but an American tradition started by Irish immigrants. The local meat in Ireland in the 1700’s was pork served with potatoes. Find out here how pork and potatoes become corned beef and cabbage and why it is the go-to dinner for St. Patrick’s Day in America.

In 1925, “corned beef and cabbage” was voted to be the favorite dish of New York City.

If you are celebrating, please drink responsibly. Make sure you have selected a designated driver before you party. Please Don’t Drink and Drive.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Super Bowl – Yummy Recipe Picks For Appetizers Dips Wings Sandwiches and more

On Sunday, February 7th, 2021 is  Super Bowl LV the Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s will be playing the  Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa, Fl. This year will be the first time a winner of the playoffs, Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s, will be playing in their home stadium (Raymond James Stadium) for Super Bowl.

If you cannot be there in person you can enjoy the game on CBS and see other options here for streaming and kick off is at 6:30 pm ET.

Where there is a football game there must be great food! For Super Bowl LV (55) we have searched for the delicious appetizers, desserts and yummy dishes you can conger up and enjoy. The first on our list is a long time favorite Buffalo Chicken Wings…

Buffalo Chicken Wings – Make them as mild or hot as you like.

and as long as we are in the neighborhood of hot and spicy food here are a few more dishes…

Lara Spencer’s Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip (easy to make and a favorite!) also see her two other ideas for pizza dip and spicy chicken dip.

Buffalo Chicken BitesSweetPeasKitchen.com

Jalapeno Poppers with Blue Cheese and Bacon – easy appetizer!

Sweet Hot Baby Back Ribs

Layered Spicy Black Bean Dip

For those that do not want the hot or spicy foods;

Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Asian Slaw Dogs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Slow Cooker Chipotle Pulled Pork with Apple Slaw

Game Day Chili – Sunny Anderson Food Network

Dessert is always welcome!

Butterfinger Rice Krispie TreatsRecipeGirl.com

Football Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs

Touchdown Brownies

Football Puppy Chow

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

Monster Dip 

Southern Sweet Tea

Enjoy the Super Bowl :}

 

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Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe For the Holidays

Betty Crocker has a great idea for serving hot chocolate  this Christmas. Pull out the Slow Cooker/Crock Pot and you are on your way to easy yummy hot chocolate with treats to go in the drink and on top.

The cocoa recipe has delicious semi sweet chocolate chips, unsweetened cocoa, vanilla and more to make an amazing hot chocolate drink. Add crushed peppermint candies, marshmallows, toffee bits or whatever you prefer on the side for everyone.

Get the Recipe Here

Merry Christmas :}

 

 

 

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