FREE Printable Wine Labels

Printable Wine Label

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Happy National Drink Wine Day! As many of you already know, I love custom wine labels! They make for a very personalized and thoughtful gift and they are great for parties! One of my favorite ways to use personalized wine labels is by gifting a bride a groom a year of firsts with a wedding milestone wine basket! We received this at our wedding and we had SO much fun enjoying the different bottles of wine for each new milestone in our marriage! I also love to give a Mommy Milestones wine basket at baby showers for the mommy-to-be and daddy-to-be to enjoy after the baby is born!

Wine Bottle Labels

Printable Wine Label

Free Printable Wine Labels

While custom wine labels are perfect for these types of occasions, you might want to dress up a wine label without having to order custom labels! Well thanks to FTD by Design, you can wow your party crowd with a custom bottle of wine in just a few minutes! All you need is a printer, double-sided tape, and a bottle of wine! It was super easy and it turned out beautifully! 

Wine Label Gift Tags

Visit FTD by Design’s blog post for their super easy instructions and to download their 6 free printable wine bottle labels for special occasions! They are all so adorable, but I think my favorite label has to be the Sip Sip Hooray! It’s hard to read that and not want to cheer! You can apply them directly to the bottle, or print the hanging label that you can easily hang on the bottle! You will never want to show up to a birthday party, dinner party, or family gathering without these show-stopping wine labels dressing up your delicious bottle of wine! If you love these gorgeous Mikasa Cheers Red Wine Glasses as much as I do, they are very affordable and are perfect for a romantic dinner or a party! Cheers! 

 

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Luxury Beach Vacation at the All-Inclusive Sandals Ochi Jamaica

Beach Vacation Jamaica

I love the beach. I love vacation. When you combine the two with an all-inclusive resort in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica, you pretty much have found paradise. This is not the first time we have stayed at a Sandals resort and I promise you it will not be the last! In case you missed my post about our honeymoon in the Bahamas at Sandals Royal Bahamian, check it out here! 

Sandals Jamaica Beach Vacation

Tropical Beach Resort Jamaica

We had such an amazing time with Sandals for our honeymoon; we decided there really wasn’t a better way to celebrate our first anniversary than in a different country at a different Sandals resort! Two of our friends were married a few months before us and they stayed at Sandals Ochi for their honeymoon and absolutely loved it! My parents have also vacationed in Ocho Rios on two different occasions and they absolutely loved the culture and the beautiful scenery! So, our decision to celebrate our first wedding anniversary in Jamaica was a no-brainer and we are oh so happy we did!

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

Let me start by saying Sandals Ochi is HUGE and gives you the best of both worlds. There are two parts to the resort; the hillside, which makes you feel like you are in the middle of a beautiful rainforest, and the ocean side with crystal clear water. We decided to book a butler village suite on the hillside. It is a one-bedroom suite with a semi-private pool and a butler. Yes, a BUTLER! I’ll be honest, we were both a little hesitant at the idea, but we decided you only celebrate your 1st wedding anniversary once, so why not?

 

Sandals Ochi Hillside
Hillside at Sandals
Sandals Ochi Ocean Side
Sandals Ochi Ocean Side

When we booked, they had us fill out a questionnaire with our preferences for our stay; our favorite food, drinks, allergies, etc. The closest airport is in Montego Bay, so it was about a 2-hour drive from the airport, but it is totally worth it and Sandals makes sure you are comfortable from the moment you get through customs! We immediately stepped into a Sandals lounge where they take your luggage and offer you a drink and snack while you wait to leave. From there, you take a Sandals chartered bus to the resort. It was so organized and we felt instantly taken care of.

Once we arrived at the resort, we were greeted with a cool towel and a delicious cocktail! One of our butlers, (we had 2!) met us in the butlers’ lounge and drove us on a private golf cart to our beautiful suite! We were given a cell phone to call our butlers at any time and they had already chilled a bottle of champagne, prepared a snack plate, and covered our bed in rose petals with a beautiful anniversary card. The view from our pool and back patio was absolutely stunning! As much as I loved the view, I did really wish we were on the beach.

Room Suite at Sandals Ocho Rios

Sandals Beach Resort Jamaica

Sandals Ocho Rios Resort

When I booked, I didn’t realize how far the butler villas were from the beach. Like I mentioned before, there is the hillside of the resort and the ocean side. While it is still one resort, you do either have to have your butler drive you from hillside to ocean side or take one of their very convenient shuttles that runs every 10 minutes. While I LOVED the beauty of hillside, I really wanted to be on the beach. As much as I hated to cause any issues, I thought, it never hurts to ask! So, we asked our sweet butlers if there was ANY way we could move to the ocean side. Amazingly enough, our butlers and Sandals made it happen instantly! They told us to go to the pool, have a drink, and they would come and get us when our stuff was settled in on the ocean side. We were STUNNED! They were so accommodating and completely understood the confusion when we were booking. This was hands down the best customer service experience EVER!

The Rooms

Sandals Ocho Rios

The rooms are beautiful and have every convenience and want you could possibly think of; including a full mini bar with alcohol that is stocked daily. The bed was so comfortable and there was plenty of room to store all of your belongings. The room also had an AMAZING air conditioner. Trust me, you will be so thankful for this! Room service was absolutely delicious and our butlers always had a sweet note, flowers, and new towel animal on our bed when we came back to the room each night. The resort also offers a daily newspaper called Footprints that gives you a full itinerary of events for that day and specific information on all of the restaurants including dress code and their hours for the day.

The Sweetest Butlers in the World

Beach Vacation Sandals Jamaica

We LOVED our butlers. They were so so thoughtful and quickly learned our favorite things. We would come back to our room with a hot bubble bath with rose petals and champagne, a fresh fruit and cheese plate to enjoy before our dinner reservations, and the sweetest notes! One morning, we had an excursion booked, so one of our butlers brought us smoothies and breakfast in bed before our excursion to make sure we had plenty of energy! They made all of our dinner reservations for us, escorted us to dinner, and would always have the best tables reserved covered in candles and flowers. They really made our week perfect. If we were out on the beach, they would call and ask if they could bring us lunch or a cocktail. We seriously lived like kings and queens.

Sandals Jamaica Beach Resort

The Food and Drinks

Sandals Resort

Kimonos Restaurant at Sandals Ochi

There are a total of 16 restaurants and 11 bars throughout the resort and they are all amazing! I will admit, there were a couple of occasions where we had our first dinner at 5 and then a second dinner at 9. One night, the hubs couldn’t decide which entre he wanted for dinner, so our waiter suggested he order both. We both laughed and he said, I’m serious! So we ordered both. There are so many snack shacks, pizza parlors, and bars all over for a quick snack or cocktail. One of the pools has a brick oven pizza place by the bar. We would order a pizza, hop in the pool and grab a drink at the swim-up bar while we waited for our pizza. Once it was ready, they would deliver it to us in the pool and we could just eat it on a pool float! Oh, I would also like to recommend you order a Bob Marley and a Miami Vice during your visit. Oh, and a Blue Hawaiian! Those are all oh so yummy!

Jamaica Sandals Ocho Rios

Sushi at Sandals Ocho Rios

The Excursions

Dunn's River Falls Jamaica
We hiked up Dunn’s River Falls!

While we were in Jamaica we booked two excursions through Sandals, Blue Hole and Dunn’s River Falls. Sandals has an excursions desk and the staff is wonderful with helping you arrange the perfect excursion. They just add it to your room and you pay at the end of your trip. My parents had done the Dunn’s River Falls excursion on their last trip to Jamaica and said it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it really was! Basically, you along with a group and your guide hike up a waterfall! It was absolutely amazing! While it was challenging, these guides know what they are doing! We saw kids as young as 5 to grandmas and grandpas hiking up. It was absolutely amazing! I HIGHLY recommend!

Dunn's River Falls
Dunn’s river Falls

We also did the Blue Hole excursion and went tubing down the river through the beautiful jungle. There really is no possible way to describe Blue Hole and give it complete justice. You start the journey by hiking up little waterfalls and jumping into Jamaica’s beautiful blue holes in the Jamaican jungle! The water is crystal clear and the views are just breathtaking. I believe the highest jump we did was 20 feet, but that was optional. However, we did the jump and it was AMAZING and I highly recommend it!

*Note: I would highly recommend doing an excursion through Sandals. We felt safe the entire time we were in Jamaica, but we were advised to stick with the resort. They had a lot of security and our drivers always stayed with us for every excursion. Also, if you are afraid of heights, I do not recommend either excursion above. 

The Resort

Sandals Ocho Rios
White Chocolate Party

Sandals Ochi has everything in the world. Their entertainment department is absolutely amazing! They had a different show every night, themed parties like a chocolate party by their hillside pool with the most delicious chocolate bar and the coolest performances, they had movie nights on the lawn with giant beds, popcorn, drinks and a fun romantic comedy. They also have The Rabbit Hole which is a speakeasy with amazing performances and a fabulous piano bar! Their entertainment crew for the beach and the pools are so fun and constantly have games and contests for those who want something to do.

The Rabbits Hole SpeakEasy Jamaica
The Rabbit Hole
Sandals Ocho Rios
Coconut Cocktail at the Beach Party!
Events at Sandals Ocho Rios
Movie night on the lawn!

The spa is also amazing! I had a 90-minute massage and a foot scrub and massage and it was heavenly! You can also arrange private massages on the beach or in a cabana over the water. It is so relaxing. They also have an activities center where you can check out paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, snorkeling equipment, and more water excursions! They also have a shipwreck snorkeling excursion that is only $25 per person!

Things to Know Before You Go

Sandals Ocho Rios Jamaica

One of the best things about selecting an all-inclusive resort is not having to worry about spending a dime while you are there! Everything is included; well for the most part of course. They will ask for a credit card when you check-in where they will put a hold of $250. This will also be used if you decided to book any excursions, purchase things at the gift shop, or book a spa appointment during your stay. Once you arrive, I highly recommed take a tour of the resort. They will go over everything you need to know to have the best possible trip. 

Sandals Ochi

To Tip or Not to Tip

Sandals Jamaica

My husband had a hard time with this during our first Sandals visit. He kept trying to tip the gentlemen who helped us with our bags and he politely told him that he was not allowed to accept the tip. Sandals doesn’t allow tipping at all, so that is one thing you don’t need to worry about. However, if you do decide to have a butler’s package, they do allow you to tip your butler at the end of your stay since they do so much more. We tipped both of ours as we were checking out.

Sandals Ochi Jamaica

In case you couldn’t tell, we absolutely loved our entire stay with Sandals and we have already booked our next trip with Sandals in another tropical location! I can’t wait to share our next adventure with you!

Sandals

Have you been to Jamaica or stayed with Sandals before? I would love to hear about your trip!

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FREE Football Commercial Bingo Printables

Football Commercial Bingo

It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday! I absolutely love hosting a Super Bowl party each year. Well, let’s be honest, I’m pretty much always looking for a reason to host a party. But the Super Bowl is just so much fun! The food, the commercials, the halftime show, and of course, the game! While I personally love football and enjoy the game itself, I know a lot of people who attend our parties each year really don’t care about the game they just like the experience and hanging out with their friends. So this year, I thought it would be fun to have Super Bowl commercial BINGO as a fun game for our guests!

2018 Big Game Commercial Bingo

Guests can use markers or candy to keep track of their card during the commercials! I have a first and second place prize for the first two people to get a blackout or who come the closest to getting a BINGO blackout! We went with a bottle of wine and a bottle of whiskey for the prizes, but you can get really creative depending on your crowd! I used 2018 Super Bowl commercials to make these cards extra fun for this year’s game!

Football Commercial Bingo

I have created 12 different versions of the cards! Click here to download your FREE Super Bowl Commercial BINGO cards for your Super Bowl party! Is your team in the Super Bowl this year?

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Bite-Size Beef Wellington Appetizer Recipe

Beef Wellington Appetizer

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I have a very special love for Beef Wellington. The first time I ever tasted Beef Wellington was as an appetizer at my cousin’s beautiful wedding! They passed around bite-sized Beef Wellington appetizers and I was instantly hooked! Then, the chef for our wedding made us a special Beef Wellington with wedding rings and heart designs baked into the pastry dough! How cute is that?

Beef Wellington Wedding Menu

I have recently been planning out our Super Bowl party menu and I want to serve something a little different than normal. I had several steaks in the freezer and leftover pastry puff dough from the holidays. I decided to make a bite-size Beef Wellington appetizer recipe and I am so happy I did! It was absolutely delicious and so easy to make. Here is what you will need!

Bite-Size Beef Wellington Ingredients:

  • 2 12 oz. Steaks (I used 2 Ribeyes)
  • Pastry Puff Sheet (I used Pillsbury)
  • 8 oz. of cremini or baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped (Optional)
  • 1 Large Shallot, Finely Chopped (Optional)
  • Dijon Mustard
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Onion Power
  • 1 tsp. Paprika 
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Parlsey 
  • 1 tsp. Olive Oil

Let’s Get Cooking!

Heat oven to 400° F.

Cut each steak into cubes and season with the garlic powder, parsley, onion powder, salt, pepper, and paprika.

Beef Wellington Bite-Size Recipe

Sear the steak cubes for 1-2 minutes, turning each piece to make sure all sides are seared. Set aside. I used my Copper Chef to sear the steak. The Copper Chef is non-stick and has a sear button that sears each piece of steak beautifully! If you don’t own a Copper Chef, I would highly recommend you look into purchasing one.

Beef Wellington Bite-Sized Recipe

For the mushroom mixture, add the olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until they start to brown. Add the shallots and cook until the shallots are soft and the mixture is golden brown. Remove mixture from the heat and set aside.

*Note: I chose not to include the mushroom mixture for the photos I am sharing. The crowd I was cooking for that evening did not care for mushrooms, so I removed them for that particular party.

Add flour to a clean surface and lay out your pastry puff sheets. Cover the pastry puff with the Dijon mustard. I would recommend a generous coating of mustard because it really adds so much flavor. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe for Beef Wellington

If including the mushroom mixture, place a small dollop on the pastry dough and add the cubes of meat on top. I found that having three pieces of meat across the pastry dough and four pieces down created the perfect pastry to meat ratio.

Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into squares around each piece of meat.

Bite-Sized Beef Wellington

Pull opposite sides of the dough over the top of the meat diagonally and pinch together. Repeat with the other sides to make sure the pastry is completely sealed.

Beef Wellington Appetizer Bites

Beef Wellington Pastry Puff

Brush the beaten egg over each bite-size Beef Wellington.

Beef Wellington Appetizer Recipe

Place each piece on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry dough is golden brown.

Place the bite-size Beef Wellington pieces on a serving tray and garnish with parsley. Serve with a bowl of Dijon mustard.

Bite-Sized Beef Wellington

Enjoy!

Bite-Size Beef Wellington Appetizer Recipe
A delicious bite-size beef wellington appetizer recipe that is perfect for any gathering!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 12 oz. Steaks (I used 2 Ribeyes)
  2. Pastry Puff Sheet (I used Pillsbury)
  3. 8 oz. of cremini or baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped (Optional)
  4. 1 Large Shallot, Finely Chopped (Optional)
  5. Dijon Mustard
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
  8. 1 tbsp. Onion Power
  9. 1 tsp. Paprika
  10. 1 tsp. Salt
  11. 1 tsp. Pepper
  12. 1 tsp. Parlsey
  13. 1 tsp. Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Cut each steak into cubes and season with the garlic powder, parsley, onion powder, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  3. Sear the steak cubes for 1-2 minutes, turning each piece to make sure all sides are seared. Set aside.
  4. For the mushroom mixture, add the olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until they start to brown. Add the shallots and cook until the shallots are soft and the mixture is golden brown. Remove mixture from the heat and set aside.
  5. Add flour to a clean surface and lay out your pastry puff sheets.
  6. Cover the pastry puff with the Dijon mustard.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. If including the mushroom mixture, place a small dollop on the pastry dough and add the cubes of meat on top.
  9. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into squares around each piece of meat.
  10. Pull opposite sides of the dough over the top of the meat diagonally and pinch together. Repeat with the other sides to make sure the pastry is completely sealed.
  11. Brush the beaten egg over each bite-size Beef Wellington.
  12. Place each piece on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry dough is golden brown.
  13. Place the bite-size Beef Wellington pieces on a serving tray and garnish with parsley. Serve with a bowl of Dijon mustard.
  14. Enjoy!
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Taco Croissant Party Ring Recipe

Delicious Taco Ring Recipe

Happy Taco Tuesday! I am always looking for a reason to make tacos! They are so delicious and they really are so easy to make! However, they aren’t always the easiest to eat. I really end up eating a taco salad before it is all said and done!

Super Bowl Sunday will be here before we know it and I am in the process of finalizing my menu for our Super Bowl party! I of course want to incorporate tacos into my menu, but they aren’t the easiest things to eat while yelling at the TV or standing around chatting with friends. I’ve been trying a lot of different Super Bowl recipes that are oh so tasty and crowd friendly for the big game and I think I have finally found my taco recipe! 

Super Bowl Taco Ring Recipe

Pillsbury gave me this idea from one of their brilliant croissant commercials and I instantly fell in love! The recipe is simple, easy to eat, and absolutely delicious! Here is what you will need:

Taco Croissant Party Ring Ingredients:

  • 2 Packages of Croissant Dough (I used Pillsbury)
  • 1 lb. of Ground Beef
  • 2 Tbsp. Taco seasoning
  • 8 oz. Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream

Let’s Get Cooking!

Heat oven to 375 °F.

In a skillet, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until the meat has browned and there isn’t any pink. Add the taco seasoning and half a cup of water. Stir and let simmer until slightly thickened.

Add the shredded cheese and the ground beef to a bowl and mix together.

Taco Recipe

Cover a baking sheet or pizza pan with aluminum foil. The aluminum foil will help you transfer the taco ring to a serving tray when you are ready to serve!

Unroll each croissant and place the short part of the triangle toward the center of the dish. Do this with each croissant to form a ring on the pan. The pieces will overlap a bit. This is totally okay!

Taco Croissant Recipe

Spoon the ground beef and cheese mixture towards the top of the ring on each piece of croissant dough.

Taco Ring Recipe

Fold each croissant over the ground beef mixture and toward the center of the ring. Some of my pieces of dough were longer than others, so I ended up trimming the ends on a few pieces. Tuck the ends of the dough under the ring. The filling will show some.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the full ring is golden brown. My oven tends to cook more quickly, so mine was ready after 20 minutes!

Delicious Taco Ring Recipe

Move the taco ring to your serving dish and add lettuce, tomatoes, and a bowl of salsa to the center of the ring! We also added a bowl of sour cream next to our serving dish for those who like sour cream with their tacos!

Tip: I found it was easiest to transfer the taco ring to my serving tray by picking up the aluminum foil and placing it on the serving tray. I then slid the aluminum foil out from under the taco ring.

 

Slice the taco ring into individual pieces! If you are hosting a party, this will make it easy for your guests to grab a slice! Enjoy!

Taco Croissant Party Ring
A delicious taco croissant ring that is perfect for Taco Tuesday or a tasty appetizer at your next party!
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Ingredients
  1. • 2 Packages of Croissant Dough (I used Pillsbury)
  2. • 1 lb. of Ground Beef
  3. • 2 Tbsp. of Taco seasoning
  4. • 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  5. • Lettuce
  6. • Tomatoes
  7. • Salsa
  8. • Sour Cream
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, cook the ground beef on medium-high heat until the meat has browned and there isn’t any pink. Add the taco seasoning and half a cup of water. Stir and let simmer until slightly thickened.
  2. Add the shredded cheese and the ground beef to a bowl and mix together.
  3. Cover a baking sheet or pizza pan with aluminum foil.
  4. Unroll each croissant and place the short part of the triangle toward the center of the dish. Do this with each croissant to form a ring on the pan. The pieces will overlap a bit.
  5. Spoon the ground beef and cheese mixture towards the top of the ring on each piece of croissant dough.
  6. Fold each croissant over the ground beef mixture and toward the center of the ring. Some of my pieces of dough were longer than others, so I ended up trimming the ends on a few pieces. Tuck the ends of the dough under the ring. The filling will show some.
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the full ring is golden brown. My oven tends to cook more quickly, so mine was ready after 20 minutes!
  8. Move the taco ring to your serving dish and add lettuce, tomatoes, and a bowl of salsa to the center of the ring! We also added a bowl of sour cream next to our serving dish for those who like sour cream with their tacos!
  9. Slice the taco ring into individual pieces! If you are hosting a party, this will make it easy for your guests to grab a slice! Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Tip: I found it was easiest to transfer the taco ring to my serving tray by picking up the aluminum foil and placing it on the serving tray. I then slid the aluminum foil out from under the taco ring.
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The BEST Chex Mix You Will Ever Eat

The Best Chex Mix

Who doesn’t love Chex Mix? Can we all admit that at one point in our lives, we have easily eaten close to an entire batch of Chex Mix in one sitting? I’m raising my hand. My mom has always made Chex Mix around the holidays and her recipe is hands down the BEST Chex Mix in the world! I promise I’m not biased. People tell her all the time. I understand if you are questioning this since I am her daughter, so I would recommend you just try it for yourself!

The Best Chex Mix

While my mom doesn’t have one specific special ingredient that puts this over the top, she keeps the recipe super simple and in this case, less is more! Instead of adding some of the traditional Chex Mix ingredients like pretzels and bagel chips, she sticks to the Chex cereal, peanuts, and seasoning. There is something about the simplicity of ingredients that just really makes everything blend beautifully! Here is what you will need! 

Chex Mix Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Whole Wheat Chex Cereal
  • 3 Cups of Corn Chex Cereal
  • 3 Cups of Rice Chex Cereal
  • 2 Cups of Peanuts
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 5 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce — and a little more 
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Onion Powder
  • 2 Tsp. Lawry’s Seasoning

Let’s Get Cooking!

Heat the oven to 225°F.

Add the cereal and peanuts to a large bowl.

Chex Mix Ingredients

Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and add the Worcestershire sauce, Lawry’s, seasoning garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir.

Add the seasoning mixture to the cereal and stir well.

The Best Chex Mix Recipe

Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Pour the Chex Mix onto the baking pan. I really love Worcestershire sauce, so I like to drizzle a little bit more on top of the mixture before I pop it into the over. My mom always does this and I think it really puts it over the top! 

Chex Mix Recipe

Bake the Chex Mix for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Some recipes call for the microwave, but baking it really helps seal the flavors into each piece of cereal and it is so crispy and delicious!  

Chex Mix

Let cool and add to a decorative baking tin!

Chex Mix Homemad Gift

This is perfect for holiday parties or to give as a homemade gift. We also love to have it for our holiday snack corner! If you are looking for something sweet to make with this savory snack mix, check out my Christmas Crunch candy recipe! I hope you enjoy!

The Best Chex Mix Recipe
My mom makes the most delicious and simple Chex Mix recipe! I look forward to this tasty snack every holiday. Enjoy!
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups of Whole Wheat Chex Cereal
  2. 3 Cups of Corn Chex Cereal
  3. 3 Cups of Rice Chex Cereal
  4. 2 Cups of Peanuts
  5. 1 Stick of Butter
  6. 5 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  7. 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  8. 1 Tsp. Onion Powder
  9. 2 Tsp. Lawry’s Seasoning
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 225°F.
  2. Add the cereal and peanuts to a large bowl.
  3. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl and add the Worcestershire sauce, Lawry’s, seasoning garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir.
  4. Add the seasoning mixture to the cereal and stir well.
  5. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Pour the Chex Mix onto the baking pan.
  6. For extra flavor, dash a little extra Worcestershire Sauce on top of the mixture.
  7. Bake the Chex Mix for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!
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Delicious Strawberry Bread Recipe

Strawberry Bread Loaf Recipe

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One of my dear friends would always make homemade strawberry bread around Christmas time. She would have a day of baking and then wrap them in beautiful paper and deliver them to all of her friends and family. She was kind enough to share the recipe with me so that I could start making this delicious holiday treat for my friends and family!

Strawberry Bread Slices

I have been making this recipe for several years and it is something I always look forward to! It makes for a delicious and beautiful homemade gift, but it is also perfect to have for breakfast on Christmas morning! It is so easy to make and it makes your home smell absolutely delicious! Happy baking!

Strawberry Loaf Bread Recipe

 Strawberry Bread Ingredients:

  • 3  Cups Flour
  • 2  Cups Sugar
  • 1  tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1  tsp. Salt
  • 3  tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2  10 oz. Packages of thawed Strawberries
  • 4  eggs
  • 1 ½  Cups Oil

Let’s Get Baking!

Heat the oven to 325° F.

Mix the dry ingredients together and make a hole in the center.

Strawberry Bread Ingredients

Add eggs and oil to a separate bowl. Beat well. Add the strawberries. You can use fresh strawberries, but frozen strawberries work well too and they are usually less expensive! I like to purchase the frozen bags of whole strawberries. This is really helpful especially if you are making multiple batches. I just thaw the strawberries in a glass bowl in the microwave and throw them in my Ninja Chop! It is so much cheaper than purchasing the sliced strawberries! 

Strawberry Bread Loaf Ingredients

Pour the liquid ingredients into the mixture and mix with a spoon.

Ingredients for Strawberry Bread

Fill a greased loaf pan a little over halfway with the batter. This mixture will fill two loaf pans.

Strawberry Bread Recipe Instructions

Bake @ 325 for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Strawberry Bread Breakfast Loaf Recipe

Allow the loaf to cool before slicing or wrapping!

Strawberry Bread Loaf Recipe

If I’m taking this to a party or serving it for breakfast, I like to slice it and store it in a fun Christmas tin! If I’m giving the bread as a gift, I like to wrap it in plastic wrap and decorative cellophane. I hope you enjoy!

 
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Christmas Crunch Candy Recipe

Christmas Party Recipe Christmas Crunch

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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is baking delicious treats! I love putting on a Christmas movie and just baking away! I make more treats than the hubs and I should ever eat, so I package them together to give out as gifts and take to Christmas parties. It is something I look forward to every year. One of my go-to staples is making Christmas Crunch candy!

My aunt has made this delicious treat since I was little and it is absolutely amazing! She has this amazing treat corner in her kitchen and every year at Christmas, it is filled with the most delicious Christmas treats! I still feel like a little kid every time a make a beeline for that corner. She taught me how to make this several years ago and I am still amazed at how easy it is! This is the perfect treat to take to Christmas parties or to just make for a tasty Christmas treat!

Christmas Crunch Candy Ingredients:

  • Golden Grahams
  • Peanut Butter Captain Crunch
  • Peanuts
  • Vanilla Almond Bark or White Chocolate
  • Christmas Sprinkles

Christmas Treats Recipe

Let’s Get Baking!

Add the almond bark to a pan and stir continuously until completely melted. I personally love using my Copper Chef because it is evenly heated, so it melts the almond bark more quickly and it doesn’t stick to the pan! You will be so thankful for this when it comes time to clean up! If you don’t have a copper chef, you can use a big pot or double boiler. Just make sure you keep the heat on low.

Christmas Candy Recipe

Christmas Candy Recipe

Once the almond bark is completely melted, gradually stir in the cereal and peanuts. I didn’t put an exact amount because this is completely up to you! I like to gradually add the mix-ins until all of the almond bark is covering the cereal and peanuts. You don’t want the coating to be too thick because it will cause the candy to be too sweet.

Christmas Crunch Recipe

Christmas Crunch Candy Recipe

Cover a baking pan with wax paper. Spread the mixture out onto the wax paper and add the sprinkles. I just do a few sprinkles for decoration. Allow the candy to dry completely and then break apart and add to your serving dish or storage tin.

Christmas Candy Crunch Recipe and Ingredients

Christmas Candy Crunch

Enjoy!

How is easy is that? I promise you will want to make plenty of this because it will be gone in a second! Merry Christmas, friends!

Christmas Crunch Candy Mix
A delicious holiday candy recipe that is super easy to make and will be the hot of every Christmas party!
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Ingredients
  1. Golden Grahams
  2. Peanut Butter Captain Crunch
  3. Peanuts
  4. Vanilla Almond Bark or White Chocolate
  5. Christmas Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Add the almond bark to a melting pot and stir continuously with the heat on low until completely melted.
  2. Once the almond bark is completely melted, gradually stir in the cereal and peanuts.
  3. Keep adding cereal until all of the almond bark is covering the cereal mixture.
  4. Cover a baking pan with wax paper.
  5. Spread the mixture out onto the wax paper and add the sprinkles.
  6. Allow the candy to dry completely and then break apart and add to your serving dish or storage tin.
  7. Enjoy!
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5 Holiday Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes

Holiday Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes

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Holiday parties are in full swing and I always love serving beautiful dishes and drinks! I recently shared one of my favorite holiday cocktail recipes to the blog, Christmas Sangria! It is so tasty and my friends always ask me to please make it or bring it to our Christmas parties. This made me want to experiment with more delicious drink recipes for the holiday season and, as more of my lovely friends are having babies, I have been experimenting with delicious mocktail recipes as well! Here are 5 holiday cocktail and mocktail recipes to enjoy this holiday season!

Merry Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

Holiday Cranberry Cocktail

This might be my new favorite holiday cocktail! Rim the edge of your glass with sugar. Mix equal parts Cranberry Sprite and Cranberry Juice, and add the Coconut Rum to your liking. I usually do a shot per serving for parties and then guests can add more if they wish! Also, can we please talk about how GORGEOUS these Mikasa Cheers Wine Glasses are? I even have the matching Christmas ornaments! They are perfect for entertaining because each glass has its own pattern and they look stunning! Okay, back to the recipe. 

Ingredients:

Cranberry Sprite

Cranberry Juice

Coconut Rum

Garnish:

Cranberries

Rosemary 

Sugar Rim 

Merry Cranberry Mocktail Recipe

Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

This is one of my new favorite holiday mocktails! The Coconut Lacroix gives you a hint of coconut just like the rum does in the cocktail version. It is absolutely delicious and looks fabulous! 

Ingredients:

Cranberry Sprite

Cranberry Juice

Coconut Lacroix

Garnish:

Cranberries

Rosemary

Sugar Rim

Rudolph’s Punch Cocktail Recipe

Cinnamon Apple and Cranberry Cocktail

This punch is absolutely delicious! The cinnamon stick gives the perfect amount of cinnamon without overpowering the drink and the sparkling cider and Moscato blend beautifully with the cranberry. I like to pour half a glass of Moscato and add equal parts Cranberry Juice and Sparkling Cranberry Apple Cider. This is definitely a tasty holiday treat! 

Ingredients:

Moscato

Cranberry Juice

Sparkling Cranberry Apple Cider 

Garnish:

Cranberries

Cinnamon Stick

 

Rudolph’s Punch Mocktail Recipe

Cinnamon and Cranberry Cocktail

This drink is just as yummy without the Moscato! Make it a delicious mocktail by adding Giner Ale instead of wine. It is so refreshing and will definitely put you in the holiday spirit! 

Ingredients:

Cranberry Juice

Ginger Ale

Sparkling Cranberry Apple Cider 

Garnish:

Cranberries

Cinnamon Stick

 

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail

Delicious Raspberry Cocktail

This Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade is SO delicious! Rim the glass with a Cosmopolitan Sugar Rim. I bought mine from our local liquor store. Add equal parts Raspberry Lemonade and Sprite with two shots of Coconut Rum, or to your liking. Add a fresh raspberry to your straw and enjoy! 

Ingredients:

Raspberry Lemonade 

Coconut Rum

Sprite

Garnish:

Raspberries

Cosmopolitan Sugar Rim

 

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade Mocktail

Coconut Rum and Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

This is one of my favorite non-alcoholic drinks ever! I love to have restaurants make this as a treat! Just mix the Raspberry Lemonade with the Sprite and rim the glass with cosmopolitan sugar. It will definitely be a hit for all of your mocktail loving guests. 

Ingredients:

Raspberry Lemonade

Sprite

Garnish:

Raspberries

Cosmopolitan Sugar Rim

 

Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail Recipe

Holiday Mocktail Sparkling Cider Recipe

If you love apple pie and vanilla ice cream, you will love this holiday cocktail! Rim the glass with cinnamon sugar. Add two shots of Vanilla Vodka (or your preference) and fill the rest of the glass with Sparkling Apple Cider. Top it off with green apples, cranberries, and a cinnamon stick. 

Ingredients:

Vanilla Vodka

Sparkling Apple Cider

Garnish:

Green Apples

Cranberries

Cinnamon Sugar Rim

Cinnamon Stick

 

Sparkling Apple Pie Mocktail Recipe

Sparkling Cider Cocktail and Mocktail Recipe

You can still have the taste of apple pie with vanilla ice cream without the Vodka. Instead of Vanilla Vodka, just add a vanilla syrup or flavoring to make it a mocktail! It looks absolutely stunning and tastes even better! 

Ingredients:

Vanilla Syrup 

Sparkling Apple Cider

Garnish:

Green Apples

Cranberries 

Cinnamon Sugar Rim

Cinnamon Stick

 

Raspberry Cheer Cocktail Recipe 

Mocktail and Cocktail Recipe

This holiday cocktail is perfect for Christmas and New Year’s Eve! It is also extremely simple! Add raspberry sorbet to a champagne glass and pour in the Prosecco! This drink looks amazing and tastes soooo yummy! If you are wanting an extra special treat for Christmas morning, add orange sorbet instead of rasperry sorbet for a yummy Mimosa! 

Ingredients:

Raspberry Sorbet

Prosecco

Garnish:

Raspberries

 

Raspberry Cheer Mocktail Recipe 

Raspberry Cocktail Recipe

If you want the fizz and glam of this drink without the alcohol, just add Ginger Ale instead of Prosecco! It is still so tasty and is perfect for all of your guests! This is also a really fun mocktail for the kiddos! 

Ingredients:

Raspberry Sorbet 

Ginger Ale

Garnish:

Raspberries

Watch this tutorial to make each cocktail at home! 

 

Which holiday cocktail or mocktail are you going to try this season? Please remember to always drink responsibly. Cheers!

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The Best Christmas Songs Playlist For The Holiday Season

Christmas Songs Playlist

Y’all. This is my time! I know I say that in almost every Christmas post I write, but I just love this season so much! Of course, the beautiful Christmas lights, parties, and delicious treats are wonderful, but remembering what Christmas truly represents just brings joy to my heart. Jesus truly is the reason for the season and it just brings a special anointing to this time of year. One of my favorite things about this time of year is the joyful Christmas songs playing everywhere!

Christmas Song Playlist

If it wouldn’t drive my husband completely nuts, I would totally start listening in July. From the traditional Christmas carols and hymns to the funny and current Christmas songs, I just can’t get enough! I love having Christmas music playing while I’m baking, decorating, or when I’m driving around looking at Christmas lights! Here are 67 of my favorite Christmas songs! I hope you enjoy!

Christmas Songs Playlist

  1. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – ‘NSYNC
  2. Mary, Did You Know? – Pentatonix
  3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Pentatonix
  4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Michael Buble
  5. Here We Come a-Caroling/ We Wish You a Merry Christmas – Perry Como
  6. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas – Gayla Peevey
  7. O Holy Night – Celine Dion
  8. Joy To The World – Whitney Houston
  9. Silent Night – Jordan Smith
  10. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  11. Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry
  12. Ring The Bells – Travis Cottrell featuring Natalie Grant
  13. Carol of the Bells – Pentatonix
  14. This Christmas – Christina Aguilera
  15. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  16. Santa Clause Is Coming To Town – The Jackson 5
  17. Where Are You Christmas – Faith Hill
  18. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
  19. Frosty The Snowman – Ella Fitzgerald
  20. What Christmas Means To Me – Stevie Wonder
  21. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft
  22. Sleigh Ride – Andy Williams
  23. The 12 Days Of Christmas – Straight No Chaser
  24. Santa Clause Is Comin’ To Town – Bruce Springsteen
  25. All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  26. O Come All Ye Faithful – Nat King Cole
  27. Jingle Bells – Michael Buble featuring The Puppini Sisters
  28. Here With Us – Joy Williams
  29. Christmas Time Is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio
  30. What Child Is This? Josh Groban
  31. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – Sarah McLachlan
  32. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  33. Breath Of Heaven (Mary’s Song) – Amy Grant
  34. Please Come Home for Christmas – Kelly Clarkson
  35. The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
  36. Step Into Christmas – Elton John
  37. The Chipmunk Song – Alvin & The Chipmunks
  38. Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer – Gene Autry
  39. A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
  40. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  41. Deck the Halls – Nat King Cole
  42. Grown-Up Christmas List – Amy Grant
  43. Kiss Me at Midnight – ‘NSYNC
  44. O Holy Night – A Cappella – ‘NSYNC
  45. The First Noel – ‘NSYNC
  46. Christmas Eve/Sarajevo – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  47. The Nutcracker – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  48. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer – Elmo & Patsy
  49. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Barenaked Ladies featuring Sarah McLachlan
  50. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause – The Ronettes
  51. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Frank Sinatra
  52. Peace On Earth/The Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby and David Bowie
  53. The Man With All The Toys – The Beach Boys
  54. Hot Chocolate – Tom Hanks
  55. Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem – Burl Ives
  56. Snoopy’s Christmas – The Royal Guardsmen
  57. Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
  58. This Gift – 98°
  59. Underneath The Tree – Kelly Clarkson
  60. Blue Christmas – Kelly Clarkson
  61. My Favorite Things – Kelly Clarkson
  62. Believe – Josh Groban
  63. The Polar Express – Tom Hanks
  64. We Wish You A Merry Christmas – John Denver and The Muppets
  65. Christmas Canon – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  66. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Bing Crosby
  67. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams

Are you ready to start listening? Listen to my Christmas Cheer playlist over on Spotify to listen to these Christmas songs!

Do you have a favorite Christmas song or maybe a specific version of a Christmas song? I would love to hear it! Let me know in the comments below! Merry Christmas! 

 

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