Ice Cream Maker Giveaway!


Remember earlier this week when I shared these fun ice cream cone paper boxes? Well, we're finishing out the week with a super-fun ice cream themed giveaway! We have the best summertime giveaway for you today! We have teamed up with some amazing blogs this week to kick off the Mother Hen's Summer Survival Guide on The Crafting Chicks. They are also joining us for this fun givaway Ice Cream Maker! And 4 packages of polka-dot ice cream bowls from Bake it Pretty! You can kick your summer off right with a fun ice cream party at home! Giveaway brought to you … [Read more...]

World Market Outdoor Living Update

World Market Riviera 11

This outdoor living update is brought to you via a collaboration with World Market, who provided product and financial compensation. All opinions are my own. Unless we're closely related (and by closely related, I mean unless you're my Mom), you're not likely to have seen some of my earliest blog posts. I'd link you, but really, all you'd see is a few poorly photographed projects squished in between chatter about my favorite HGTV shows and personalities. Needless to say, I was pretty excited when I learned World Market had teamed up with HGTV Designer Sabrina Soto to provide tips for … [Read more...]

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...]