Make Spring Entertaining Easy With This 6-Ingredient Sandwich

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When you think of entertaining, do you only think of complex, gourmet meals?  Friends, it does not need to be that way.  Today, I am sharing a 6-ingredient sandwich that will simplify your spring entertaining, allowing you to prep with confidence, add a cute presentation and enjoy your guests.

I love the opportunity to have a friend or two over for a simple lunch.  As a busy mom, I find that time with other women and mothers is invaluable.  It renews, encourages and rejuvenates.  Lunch with friends?  Yes, please.  Now, when it comes to lunch for spring entertaining, I like to look for lighter menus that are simple, yet tasty.  And of course, a pretty presentation.

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The 6 Ingredients Needed For Our Spring Sandwich:

  • Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse™ Oatmeal
  • Hillshire Farm® Thin Sliced Honey Ham
  • Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise
  • Thin Sliced Pepperoni
  • Fresh Spinach
  • Tomato

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I love the fact that this sandwich is easy to make.  One quick run to Walmart for my ingredients and I was set.  If you are serving these sandwiches for family or friends, set up a little assembly line.  You’ll be done before you know it!

I made these sandwiches a couple hours in advance, wrapped them in deli paper, added a little plastic wrap to the open side and refrigerated.

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I wanted a hearty and delicious bread for my sandwich.  Farmhouse Oatmeal made by Pepperidge Farm® is perfect.  It has a “fresh from the oven” taste and is really what set this sandwich recipe apart.  Pepperidge Farm breads are slow baked and crafted from a small batch recipe with flavorful ingredients.  Plus, the bread is double-wrapped for freshness.  I loved it!

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The second ingredient in this sandwich is Hillshire Farm® Thin Sliced Honey Ham.  Hillshire Farm® slow roasts their meat for hours making it taste better than other lunchmeat.  Plus, it contains no artificial flavors or by-products.

Now, I like a meaty sandwich.  Don’t be afraid to layer up the deli meat.  One 9 oz container made four sandwiches for my luncheon.  The meat is double-sealed for freshness so use as much as you need and re-seal . . . And you better believe that crafty-me will be saving those containers for a future use.  😉

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The next three ingredients keep the simplicity going.  Add thin slices of pepperoni, fresh spinach and a juicy slice of tomato.

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Looking delicious!  But we’re not quite done.  One last ingredient.

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Spread Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise on the other slice of bread.  I bought the 20oz squeeze bottle.  Seriously, I don’t think my husband or kids could make a mess even if they tried with this “Squeeze with Ease” bottle.  It was wonderful!  I was able to squeeze the mayonnaise precisely where I wanted it with zero mess.  Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise is made with real, simple ingredients (cage-free eggs, oil and vinegar).

If you want to crisp your sandwich, you could also use Hellmann’s® on the outside of your bread instead of butter for a perfectly grilled sandwich.  Or switch things up by combining Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise with other flavors like sriracha, soy, wasabi or maple.

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Ready to take a bite?  Before you do, let’s give it a pretty presentation for our guests.  You will need deli paper and baker’s twine.  I used standard weight, dry wax deli paper that measured 15in by 10.75in.  It was perfect for the size of the Farmhouse Oatmeal bread.

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Fold a lip of the wax paper inward as shown above and place your sandwich in the corner of the paper.

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Pull the wax paper over the top of the bread, folding another lip underneath so that your paper lines up with your crust.

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Cinch the length of the paper on the side of the sandwich and begin to fold over the sandwich toward the right side.

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As you are folding the paper over, double check that your front edges are lining up.

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Tuck the excess of the paper underneath the sandwich.

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Slide the baker’s twine underneath and tie in a bow.

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Now on to lunch!

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This pretty table made use of soft colors, a variety of textures and fresh flowers to celebrate spring.

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A simple menu is all you need for a fun ladies’ lunch.  Easy sandwiches wrapped up pretty, fresh fruit, cookies and pink lemonade.  Your guests will enjoy the meal and time together.

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Here is where you can find products in Walmart:

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It was a delightful lunch!  How do you keep things simple for spring entertaining?  Click here for more delicious recipes and inspiration.

A Fun Craft for Kids: Spring Chick Burlap Bags

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Spring is in the air!  We’re just a few weeks away from the official start of spring.  Can you blame me if I want to hop into the new season a little early?  Today, my daughter and I have a fun spring craft to celebrate the coming of spring.

Here is What You’ll Need to Make Your Spring Chick Burlap Bags:

  • Burlap Cinch Bags – 6.25in x 10in (I bought mine at Walmart, however, you could easily sew your own.  This is another option.)
  • Quart-Sized Mason Jars
  • Painters Tape
  • Press N Seal or Plastic Wrap
  • Acrylic Paint (Yellow, Black and Orange)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Pencil
  • Googly Eyes
  • Tacky Glue
  • Fresh Flowers (see the bottom of the post for other ways to use your bags)

Join me at Motherhood On A Dime, where I am guest-posting, to see the full tutorial.

How to Turn a Junky Tool Box into a Beautiful Tea Caddy

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Last summer as I was strolling through a flea market, a green, junky tool box caught my eye.  It was a cute shape but most definitely, worse for the wear.  Yet as ugly as it was on the outside, I saw something.  A quality that could be transformed.  I just couldn’t put my finger on it.  Nor could I decide whether I wanted it.

I continued to walk around the flea market in search of treasures.  But I did not stop thinking of that old tool box.  When I could resist no longer, I trekked back to the booth and snagged it.

Now, if you don’t already know this about me, I love tea.

I drink a lot of tea.

I like all kinds of flavors but my favorite is Bigelow Green Chai Tea.  I drink it after most meals . . . yes, I go through a lot!

With this love of tea, comes great responsibility for organization.  Yes, I did just say that.  But seriously, when you have as many boxes of tea as I do, you want a cute way to store them.  And that is when the brilliant idea hit me.  I could turn this old, junky tool box into a beautiful tea caddy!  Compartments for the tea, a spot for sugar and maybe even a little honey.  I prefer my tea plain but I like to offer the extras for my friends.

* * Don’t miss your chance to enter a relaxing and fun giveaway at the end of this post! * * 

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Not the most appealing, is it?  Check out the inside.  Often, I like to imagine the life of my flea market purchases before I brought them into my home.  This one?  Well, not so much.

What You’ll Need:

  • An Old Wooden Tool Box
  • Sander or Sand Paper
  • Stain and Supplies
  • Chalk Paint and Brush
  • Clear and Dark Wax with Rag or Brush
  • Wood for Dividers
  • Circular Saw
  • Wood Glue

 

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The first thing to do is to prepare your tool box.  Choose which part of your box will be stained and which will be painted.  I love the stain and paint combination because it gives more of a modern farmhouse look.

If you are using chalk paint for the painted sections as I did, you will only need to sand the parts of the tool box that will be stained.  Chalk paint is very forgiving and doesn’t require sanding ahead of time . . . one of my favorite reasons to use it!

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I sanded the green off of everything except the handle and the inside of the box.

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Begin by staining the tool box.  It is important to stain the designated parts of the box first, then apply the paint to the other areas.  If you reverse this order and mess up, you will need to re-sand the areas you accidentally painted.  You cannot stain over a painted surface, but you can paint over stain.

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It is already starting to look gorgeous!

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Once your stain is dried, paint the desired areas with chalk paint.  I used a charcoal color to achieve a nice, deep and dark tone.  After the paint is dry, apply a coat of clear wax to the painted area followed by a coat of dark wax per the manufacturer’s directions.

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Next, measure and cut the dividers.  I picked up a piece of poplar (measuring 1/4″ x 4″ x 4″) at the hardware store and my husband cut it into the two long pieces and two short pieces.  I chose a piece of wood that would match the outer thickness of the box.  The poplar was perfect.  When you are planning out the size of your dividers, allow 2  7/8″ width for each compartment so that your tea bags fit nicely.

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Confirm that your dividers will fit.

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Carefully sand off the rough edges.

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Then, just as we did with the box,  stain or paint/wax to the desired look.  I decided to stain the top edge and paint the sides so that it matched the box.

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Put your wood in place to know that you are happy with the fit.

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Then, taking one piece at a time, add wood glue and set the wood in place.  My longer dividers were nice and snug, so I only glued the short dividers.

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I am loving this!

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Now, it is time to fill the caddy with tea.

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What is your favorite flavor of tea?  Because we all have different tastes, I love offering an assortment of tea to my guests.  I shopped at Walmart and filled my tea caddy with Bigelow’s Peppermint, Cozy Chamomile, Vanilla Chai and Green Tea.  Bigelow has a great variety from which to choose whether you’re looking for black tea, green tea, decaf or herbal.  They also believe in US manufacturing, quality tea and ingredients.

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Now that the tea caddy is filled, it is time to enjoy a cup of tea!

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Tea Fun Fact:  Tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world.  82% of Americans drink tea—that’s more than 158 million people who count tea as a top beverage choice.

 

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When I sip a cup of tea (whether from lovely china tea cups or just my rustic, everyday mugs), it is a chance to slow down.  On a daily basis as I mentioned earlier, I love a cup of green tea at the end of a meal.

But I also love enjoying a cup of tea with friends.  When we’re meeting with our friends for Bible study, we drink tea.  When I have a girlfriend over for lunch, we share a pot of tea.  I have so many wonderful memories of sharing tea with my mom and now, with my daughter as well.  As an avid tea drinker, I most definitely “Tea Proudly” with my Bigelow Tea.

 

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Bigelow is building a Tea Proudly community:  a welcoming place that keeps tea lovers informed about what’s brewing.  They want to hear from you about why you #TeaProudly, when you drink tea and why you love it.  Drinking tea soothes souls, connects people, invites conversation and makes memories.

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Enter the Giveaway:  

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Here is where I found the tea at the store:

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If you’re a tea drinker, won’t you join me and Bigelow as we #TeaProudly?  Find more inspiration here.  

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DIY Valentine Arrows For The One You Love

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It was a blind date 15 years ago.

A date I agreed to reluctantly.

A date that turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made.

So into the foyer of my mom’s house stepped this super tall guy, a whole head above my own (and I have always been considered tall for most girls).  Little did I know where it would all lead . . . a match, a marriage, two kids, and doing faith, family and life together.

This past December, I was listening to a radio talk show and the host asked his audience to think about who, in the past year, had made you a better person.  There was no question of the first person I thought of . . . my husband, Dan.  He is kind, funny, generous and hard working.  He is filled with faith, character and integrity and causes me to be a better version of myself.  He is my valentine.  He is my love.

Since Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away (on a Tuesday this year), I knew I needed to start thinking of something special for my husband.  I decided this year, I would use an arrow theme.  You know I can’t resist themes!  I would make cute arrows to attach to Dan’s gift.  And even cooler, having already selected this theme, I was super excited when I found this American Greetings card at the store.  Arrows!!  Plus a beautiful and sincere message.

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I love how a card is a simple way to connect with those you love.  Life is pretty complicated.  Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be.  This year, be sure to tell that special someone just how much they mean to you.

Need help thinking of what to write in a Valentine’s Day card?  Check out this post from American Greetings.  They are working to make the world a more thoughtful and caring place.  And they don’t just have paper cards, check the American Greetings site to pick up fun printables to help you manage your February calendar and shopping list.  I’ll show you at the end of the post how I am using their 8×10 printable.

For today’s tutorial, I will be showing you how to make these sweet valentine arrows in two different styles.  Do one.  Do both.  They look perfect tied to a pretty box with Valentine’s wrapping paper.

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What You’ll Need:

  • Patterned paper straws
  • Card Stock (red for the arrow and a scrap piece for a template)
  • Red Tissue Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crafting knife

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When I was shopping at the store, I also grabbed the wrapping paper for my husband’s gift.  I wanted to be sure it coordinated well with my arrows.  The red wrapping paper was perfect but I couldn’t resist buying the heart paper as well.  Isn’t it adorable?
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How to Make DIY Valentines Arrows

 

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Cut out a triangular piece of card stock as a template for your arrow tip.  Then trace the template on red card stock as many times as you need.

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Cut out the arrow tips and set aside.

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Next, create a template for the tail (Tail Style #1).  I hand-drew the shape and then cut out four sheets for each arrow.  Save yourself a little time and cut through the entire stack of tissue paper for multiple arrows.

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Separate the pieces so that you have piles of two sheets each.  One stack will be for the top of the tail and the other for the bottom.

Add a line of glue as shown above.

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Lightly press the straw on to one of the stacks.

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Then follow with the other side, covering the straw.  In the event that the glue doesn’t press through to the second piece of tissue paper on a particular side, just add a dab of glue to hold it down as well.

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To finish up this tail, cut slits on each side of the tissue paper.

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Tail Style #2:  Cut a full stack of tissue paper (opening the package and unfolding, but not separating any sheets).  I cut the length to be about 3.5″ and the width was just over 3″ or simply what was between the creases on the tissue paper.

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Cut even slits in the tissue paper, taking care not to go too close to the top.

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Add a line of glue along the top.

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Then, roll the straw in the tissue paper.  Wipe any excess glue that squeezes out at the end.

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Separate the tissue paper to fluff the tail.

Now that all our ends are done, let’s move on to finishing the tip.

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With a crafting knife, cut a slit in the middle of the top of the straw.  Before you cut the straw for Tail Style #1, be sure that the tail is lying flat on the table and cut the slit parallel to the table.  This will allow for your tip and tail to both lay flat on your gift.  For the fringewrapped arrow, it does not matter.

 

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Slide the arrow tip into the slit.

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The arrows are now complete!

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When I began to wrap my husband’s gift I had forgotten that the packaging said the wrapping paper was reversible!  Aren’t the stripes fun?

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I used bakers twine to tie my arrows to the gift and added a little note to carry through my theme.

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Now of course, I couldn’t only pick up one card, I also wanted to buy my sweet kiddos cards to celebrate Valentine’s Day!  Here are my picks:

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I know my daughter will love the butterflies and sweet message, and my son will think the punch-out airplane is super cool.

As I mentioned earlier, Americans Greetings also has cute (and free) printables to help with your February celebration.  Be sure to check them out!

  • Printable Shopping list with tear-off “loves notes” perfect for leaving around the house, in lunch boxes, etc.
  • Mobile/desktop wallpaper (to keep Valentine’s Day top-of-mind)
  • Printable 8×10 Valentine’s Day frame-worthy quote
  • Printable February calendar

See below how I am using the 8×10 printable in my Valentine’s Day decor.

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How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?  Check out American Greetings for more inspiration or click here to find a store near you that sells American Greetings products.

 

Connect with American Greetings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or on their blog.

How to Make a Crafty Photo Snow Globe

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The snow is here . . . at least for Northeast Ohio.  Just a few weeks ago, we accumulated 24″ in 24 hours.  Talk about a rough start to winter!  Most unfortunately, it was the day I was hosting a gorgeous brunch.  But, I still had a couple people brave the weather and we ended up having a wonderful time.

Whether or not you have snow, I have a fun craft that your kids are sure to love.  They will be putting themselves into a winter wonderland “snow globe.”  This craft is perfect for home or a group of children (I did it with my son’s class and they loved it).

Here is What You’ll Need to Make a Photo Snow Globe:

  • Chinet Cut Crystal Plates – 7″.  After looking at several clear plastic plates, this was the best option because of the width of the plate’s border.
  • Marker
  • Drill & 3/16″ Bit (one that can cut through plastic)
  • A Photo of Each Kid (4×4 works best)
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge (Matte Finish) & Brush
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Printed Snow Globe Base Template (below)
  • Card Stock
  • White Acrylic Paint & Brush
  • Ribbon

For the instructions, join me over at Motherhood On A Dime where I am sharing today.

Fun Football Party Decor: How to Make a Burlap Banner

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The big football game is getting close!  My husband is watching loads of football and I’m busy prepping for a little watch party.  Of course, my husband is in it for the game itself and the food.  But my fun is thinking through themed decor and easy snacks.  Today, I am sharing how to make a great burlap banner, strung on eyelets (grommets) that will add a touch of rustic decor to your football party.

And for this tutorial, I’ve made it super easy for you!  I have the templates all ready to go and I will be sharing my secret for burlap banners that don’t curl or fray.

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Here is What You’ll Need to Make a TOUCHDOWN Burlap Banner:

  • Burlap Sheets (see below for explanation)
  • Printed Templates (for best results, print the pennant on card stock and the letters on copy paper)
  • Scissors
  • Pen and Pencil
  • 1/4 inch Large Eyelets & Eyelet Tool
  • Hammer
  • A Piece of Chalk
  • Black Acrylic Paint and Brush (a blunt, straight edge is easiest)
  • Jute

Download the FREE templates here:
Touchdown Banner Pennant Template
Touchdown Letters for Burlap Banner

To begin, print the templates and cut out the pennant template along the line.  Printing the pennant on card stock will allow your template to stand up to more use.  (Wait until later to cut the letters.)

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My secret tip for burlap:  If you want pennants that hang well, forgo the bolt of traditional burlap.  Instead, pick up a pack of burlap reinforced sheets, which won’t curl or fray.  They are found in the scrapbook section of the craft store and can be bought as 12×12 sheets.

Trace the pennant template on the sheets of burlap and cut out nine pennants.  If you are using 12×12, you will be able to fit three flags on a page.

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For the first pennant, you may wish to mark where you would like the eyelets to go.  I marked only the first one and eye-balled the rest.

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With scissors, you will need to cut a small “X” where the eyelet belongs.  Do this by folding the burlap over in each direction and giving the material a little snip.

TIP:  Practice cutting and adding an eyelet to a scrap piece of burlap first.  You may find that to fit the eyelet properly, you may have to make larger snips.

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Check the package instructions for adding the eyelet.  Basically, you will fit the two coordinating pieces of the eyelet on the top and bottom of the material at your cut hole.  Give it a little squeeze to know you have it in place.  Then, put the tool on the eyelet and hammer the eyelet closed.  (If you have a different type of tool, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.)

I LOVE doing this!  Be careful to watch the surface on which you are working.  Inserting eyelets with the tool and a hammer can crack tile and damage your favorite wood table.  And that would be so very sad.

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This is what the pennant will look like when done.  Isn’t this the coolest?  Let’s be honest with each other . . . aren’t you asking yourself what else around your house could use an eyelet?

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Now, you are ready to start with the letters.  Do not cut out the letters along the line.  Rather, give yourself as much border as the template allows.

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Turn the letter over.  If you used copy paper for the letter template, you will be able to see through to the lines.  Chalk good coverage over the lines of each letter.

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It is a bit challenging to see in the photo, but you may notice I gave the letter a thick outline of chalk.

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Next, flip the letter over and place it on the pennant.  With a pencil, scribble over the outline of the letter.  Try to only scribble on the line itself and inward on the letter.  Why scribble?  If we were working with wood, drawing over the outline of the letter once would do the job.  But with burlap, it needs a little more love to make our chalk outline show up.

TIP:  If you want your letters to be in the same spot on each pennant, measure down from the top of the pennant to the top of the letter and do so consistently for each letter.

 

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Voila!  Now, you are ready to paint.

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Paint the border of your letter first and then focus on filling in the rest.  Be sure to cover the chalk with black paint.

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Last, string together your burlap banner with jute and place in a spot for all to see.

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I hung my TOUCHDOWN banner from the mantel, right above my snacks and other football paraphernalia.  I wanted to keep my snacks simple, so while I was at Walmart, I picked up Cape Cod Potato Chips and Emerald Nuts.

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These Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Potato Chips are delicious and crispy.  We couldn’t stop eating them!

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For the Emerald Nuts, I bought the individual 100 Calorie Packs in Dry Roasted Almonds, Almonds & Walnuts, Cashew Halves & Pieces and Salt & Pepper Cashews.  Two things I love about individual servings as a party food:  there is something fun about grabbing a food that is all yours and I like that I can set it out well in advance of my guests’ arrival.  No spoiling!

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I also served two kinds of cheese cubes and soda with fun, striped straws.  Easy peasy, right?

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Here is where I found the chips and nuts at the store:

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I am thrilled how everything looked.  This burlap banner may be hanging here for quite a while!

Will you be hosting for the big game?  What will you be serving to keep it simple?  Get more ideas here.

 

Pineapple Citrus Cooler for a New Year’s Brunch

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #EmergenCRecipes #CollectiveBias

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I love any reason to celebrate.  However, there is something uniquely special about throwing a New Year’s party.  Maybe I am just sentimental, but I love the idea of reflecting back over the previous year while at the same time feeling the excitement for new opportunities and adventures.

For this party, I hosted a little New Year’s Brunch.  I chose a color scheme of citrus-orange, white and gold.  I wanted that clean, fresh feeling to meet head on with the glitz and glimmer of a New Year’s celebration.  At many of my parties, I feature a fantastic drink that fits perfectly into my theme.  This year was no different.  I created a delicious and refreshing Pineapple Citrus Cooler that my guests loved.  The bonus?  It’s healthy.  What a great way to start off the new year!

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I served the drinks on a beautiful gold tray (catch the DIY below) as my guests arrived.  I love putting something in my guests’ hands when they walk in the door.  For some people, having something to fidget with can make them feel more comfortable.  Plus, a fun drink at arrival is welcoming and hospitable.

Let me show you the WHOLE party . . . from the menu and how to make the buffet risers to the festive decor and this yummy pineapple citrus cooler recipe.

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Planning a Tablescape

When I plan a tablescape, I purposely want my guests’ eyes to be drawn to different levels on the table top.  I will use cake plates, risers and other props to elevate my platters.  For this brunch, I wanted a clean look which would require simple risers or boxes to lift my food off the surface of the table.  No draping fabric or other flowing materials on this table!

In much of my party planning, spray paint is a frequent friend.  Last summer, I discovered gold spray paint.  It is ah-mazing!  I was so enthralled, I even painted some rocks in my yard and hid them in the woods to surprise my kids.  For this party, I used a combination of gold and orange for the risers on the buffet table.

The boxes came from a craft store (at 50% off which is always good when you know you are immediately going to change and repurpose the original product).

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The boxes took several coats of paint but I was thrilled how they turned out.

HELPFUL TIP:  If you are struggling with coverage over certain colors (like orange spray paint over my chevron patterned box), throw a coat of white paint on the box.  I was having a difficult time getting my orange to hide the contrasting chevron lines, but once I put a coat of white over the entire thing, the orange took much better.

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For a pretty tray to hold my festive drinks, I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted.  So I spray painted this bamboo tray with my gold paint.  Can you see why I love spray paint for party decor?

HELPFUL TIP:  Be sure to add a coat of sealer on items that will hold drinks to avoid water marks.

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Now, let’s take a look at how to make this delicious Pineapple Citrus Cooler:

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I ran to Walmart to pick up the ingredients and I love that this recipe isn’t anything too difficult.  You’ll just need to chop some pineapple and squeeze an orange.  Everything else is super simple.

Pineapple Citrus Cooler Ingredients (1 Serving)

1.    1/2 Cup Pineapple Chunks
2.    1/2 Cup Pineapple Juice
3.    1/2 Cup Crushed Ice
4.    The Juice of 1/2 an Orange
5.    One Packet of Emergen-C “Super Orange”

Fresh fruit garnish optional.

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Put the pineapple chunks in a blender.

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Add pineapple juice …

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… the freshly squeezed orange juice …

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… and ice.

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Blend until smooth.

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Then, add one packet of Emergen-C and stir by hand.  This will make the drink fizzy and add healthy vitamins, nutrients and electrolytes.  For years, I have had Emergen-C on hand in my pantry and love how it makes me feel refreshed and replenished . . . especially during the winter months, when staying healthy is important to me.

Plus, the B Vitamins enhance energy naturally* (and who wouldn’t appreciate that?).  Hooray for an easy and delicious way to take vitamins that are important to a healthy lifestyle.  There are several different flavors you can try.  They are all good, but Super Orange is my favorite!

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I added a glittery gold stirrer and striped straw, along with fresh fruit garnish.  So pretty!

HELPFUL TIP:  When garnishing with orange slices, make sure your slice is not too thin.  If you cut the orange thin, the flesh of the orange will not be strong enough to hold your orange in place.  A little thicker of a garnish will do the trick!

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New Year’s Brunch Menu

This menu was such fun to plan.  Here is what I served:

> Breakfast Casserole

> Fruit Kabobs (served on the same gold stirrers as in the drink)

> Yogurt & Granola Cups

>Tea Sandwiches

> Blueberry Muffins

> Cucumber Canapes

> Assorted Cheesecake

> Chocolate Cake

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Our New Year’s Brunch was such fun.  Everyone stayed much longer than I expected, which only means one thing . . . a good time!

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Here is where I found my items in the store:

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Do you have a healthy drink recipe you like for parties?  Check out more from Emergen-C, including getting your own free sample.  

 

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

Mini Pumpkin Pies for an Easy Family Game Night

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #EffortlessPies #CollectiveBias

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If you’ve been following along in my weekly newsletters, you know that we switched schools this year for my kids.   To say it has been a challenge is an understatement.  With the stress of difficult change and adjusting to the unfamiliar, my husband and I have been making it a point to have more fun as a family. To laugh more. To play more. To be silly with our kids.  All in an effort to remind them that this is their home base and no matter the struggle outside of these walls, we are a family who likes to have fun. That has not changed.

One of the ways we do this is by playing games.  It is a fun way to celebrate being together.  We keep things pretty simple:  a couple of games and an EASY treat.  And this fall dessert that I am sharing today is perfect for keeping it simple in that it only takes putting together a few ingredients to make delicious these mini pumpkin pies.

No slaving over the stove.

No baking, creaming or whipping required!

Just grab the ingredients, layer them up and enjoy.  The pies are ready in five minutes and no one will guess it was this easy.

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Here is what you need to know –

Mini Pumpkin Pie Ingredients:

  • Light & Fit® Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt®
  • Reddi-wip®
  • Mini graham cracker pie crusts
  • Caramel topping
  • Mini chocolate morsels

I was able to pick up all my ingredients on a quick trip to Walmart.  I love that these pies don’t have a long list of ingredients.  Really, it is only three items with a couple of toppings for added fun.  The no-bake, mini pies make for a quick and easy snack after school, a yummy dessert for fall and holiday entertaining or just a night at home playing games with the kids.  I love this!

Instructions:  

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Fill the mini graham cracker pie crusts with Light & Fit® Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt®.  One 5.3 oz container can fill two pies.  And with yogurt as the filling, this pie is a healthier dessert option.  Greek yogurt is so good!

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Then, swirl the Reddi-wip® on top.

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Drizzle on a little caramel sauce.

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And add mini chocolate chips.

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That is it!  It’s so easy that even your kids can help make this dessert.  The pumpkin, caramel and chocolate flavors combine for a delicious fall treat.

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Did I mention how easy clean up is?  This dessert is easy as pie . . . . Yes, I really just said that!

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Here is where I found items in the store:

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What easy desserts do you like to serve?  For more inspiration, visit EffortlessPies.com, where you’ll also find these Ibotta offers:

  • Buy 4 Dannon singles of Light & Fit OR Oikos, earn $1.00
  • Buy (2) Reddi-Wip cans, earn $0.75.
  • Bonus: purchase both and earn an additional $0.50

 

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