14 Chinese New Year Recipes

baked coconut sticky rice cake

Yesterday we shared festive Chinese New Year crafts you can do with your kids to celebrate Chinese New Year on February 19th. Today we bring you some of our favorite Chinese New Year recipes. . 14 Chinese New Year Recipes . Baked coconut sticky rice cake from Jeanette's Healthy Living . Marbled red vinasse eggs from Pig Pig's Corner . Almond thins from Kitchen Chaos . Hong Kong egg cakes from Ginger and Scotch . Fried laughing balls from Madam Kwong . Jiaozi (Chinese dumplings) from Closet Cooking . Homemade fortune cookies from Snap . Chinese spare ribs … [Read more...]

Bean and Corn Salsa


Is your family getting excited for the football playoffs and the Super Bowl? We've had a lot of family in town recently and it seems like the conversations have been all football, all the time.  My Hubby is already planning to have people over for the big game.  (I'm sure his desire to host a big party is all about the love of football and has nothing to do with the new TV that now has a permanent home on our back patio...) While I'm happy for him to have people over for the game, there are a few things about hosting a party that I'm not so crazy about.  Like the hours of intense … [Read more...]

Fan-Friendly Super Bowl Recipes

cheesy bacon oven chips

Yesterday we shared some super fun Super Bowl party ideas, but a Super Bowl party isn't complete without a tasty spread. We've rounded up some delicious Super Bowl recipes sure to please friends, family and fans alike. . . 12 Fan-Friendly Super Bowl Recipes . Baked brown sugar chicken wings with roasted red pepper cream sauce from Damn Delicious . Bacon mac & cheese egg rolls from Miss in the Kitchen . Ice cream football sandwiches from The Celebration Shoppe . Cheesy bacon oven chips with chipotle ranch dipping sauce from The Comfort of Cooking . Buffalo chicken … [Read more...]

10 Super Bowl Party Ideas to Help You Get Your Game on

football team coasters

Can you believe it's already 2015 and we're already planning Super Bowl parties? I swear I just hung to stockings above the fireplace and place the outdoor lights on my home. Of course, I'm not complaining because Super Bowl means super fun parties with great food and good friends. Here are our favorite Super Bowl party ideas from around the web. . . 10 Super Fun Super Bowl Party Ideas . DIY football field table cover from Hello My Sweet . Super Bowl commercial bingo from Style Me Pretty . "Punny" football party from Michelle Paige . Customized TV trays from My Sister's … [Read more...]

Party-Worthy New Year’s Eve Appetizers

pear and plum puff pastry tart

What better follow-up to our New Year's Eve party ideas than a post featuring our favorite party-worthy New Year's Eve appetizers? We've rounded up some of the most scrumptious and celebratory appetizers for ringing in the new year. . . 12 Party-Worthy New Year's Eve Appetizers . Blue Cheese guacamole stuffed mushrooms with buffalo sauce from Half Baked Harvest . Soft pretzel bites from Handle the Heat . Jalapeno quinoa corn dip from Pinch of Yum . Pear and plum puff pastry tart with blue cheese from Foodie Crush . Crab rangoon dip from Damn … [Read more...]

Let’s Celebrate! 15 New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

DIY tassel garland

Can you believe it's already time to ring in the new year? I swear 2014 was here and gone faster than a pan of brownies, but that doesn't mean I'm not excited to see what 2015 will bring. If you're all about welcoming the new year with a New Year's Eve party, you'll love these New Year's Eve party ideas we've rounded up for you this week. We've found everything from confetti-dipped balloons to a sequin photobooth. . . 15 New Year's Eve Party Ideas . Confetti-dipped balloons from Studio DIY . New Year's Eve centerpiece from No Biggie . DIY tassel garland from Linen, Lace … [Read more...]

Chocolate Pistachio Clusters

Pistachio Clusters-scatteredthoughtscraftymom

The holiday season is my favorite time of the year.  Here in Texas, the weather can be crazy in December.  Warm and in the 70s and 80s one day and then drop down to the 40s the next day.  I like to think of that as a good thing.  It always feels like a blessing to have the chance to work in a few final warm weather meals, outfits and outdoor activities before winter really sets in.  Though, like clockwork, every year on the weekend we plan to hang the outdoor holiday lights, the weather always turns out to be the coldest, windiest day in December.  This year was certainly no exception... … [Read more...]

10 Delicious Holiday Beverages

Holiday beverages for any occasion: gingerbread hot cocoa is a must-have!

  The holidays usually means gathering with friends and family for parties and other get-togethers to celebrate the season, and those gatherings almost always involve food, which is certainly okay with me! To go along with good food and company, holiday beverages are a must-have as well. We've gathered a wide variety of fabulous & festive beverage ideas to make those holiday celebrations even more memorable. From seasonal favorites that include peppermint & gingerbread to flavorful punches and warm drinks, we've got you covered. Homemade gingerbread hot cocoa from … [Read more...]

Cranberry Orange Waffles

Cranberry Orange Waffles Recipe - No Diets Allowed

Breakfast is hands down my favorite meal.  I can't get enough of light and fluffy muffins, waffles, and pancakes.  Last year, I started experimenting with fresh cranberries and created my Cranberry Orange Muffins and Chocolate Cranberry Muffins.   Oh, I've missed fresh cranberries!  They only make appearances during the winter so I've been anxiously scanning the produce aisles for their return... and at last, they've returned!  Cranberries are pretty tart and sour on their own.  However, when combined with citrus and a little sweetness, their flavor pops with … [Read more...]

Sweet & Savory Holiday Neighbor Gifts

whole wheat chirp cookies

Every year I'm at a loss when it comes to holiday neighbor gifts. Because we are in a very friendly neighborhood, we usually have quite a few gifts to give. That's why I'm all for something easy, and more often than not, an edible gift is also a budget-friendly gift. We've rounded up 15 sweet and savory holiday neighbor gifts that won't take a lot of time or money and are perfect for this season's gift giving. . . Sweet & Savory Holiday Neighbor Gifts . Holiday nog pull-apart bread from WhipperBerry . Chips & salsa from All Things Thrifty . Slow cooker cinnamon … [Read more...]