Archive for the Parties Category

May 16 2014

Rainbow Ombre Baby Shower

In April we had the privilege of helping to throw a baby shower for a good family friend or ours, Audrey.  Our families have known each other forever.  Our parents went to high school together and have been close friends ever since.  We have all taken turns throwing each other bridal showers and now baby showers.  It is so fun to do life together and celebrate these exciting events.

The shower was a rainbow ombre theme and it turned out great!  There were so many people involved in making this a special day for Audrey.  We are excited to share some of the shower details with you!

Rainbow Ombre Shower

The ombre baby sign was made with the Cricut machine and Marissa made the ruffled crepe paper draped behind it. The paper fans were a DIY project and provided a nice backdrop for the food table (we’ll do a tutorial on those soon).  The pennant chalkboard wreath may look familiar to you.  Marissa made it for her son’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear Birthday Party.  Alisa made a quick printable that you can download here: Rainbow Printable .  We made a rainbow ombre circle paper garland.  Take a peak at our shop if you would like to purchase one (we can customize the colors to fit your theme).

Paper fans

Here were the invitations I made for the shower.  Marissa helped me cut all the tiny 500+ strips of paper for the flags…she always seems to help me with my crazy, not thought through all the way, tedious projects :)  That’s what sisters are for right?  Other people would just say “ok well good luck with that I’ll catch you later!”  Call me crazy, but I truly enjoy doing things craft like this.

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The mommy-to-be’s mom {Michelle} did the flowers!  Aren’t they so gorgeous?!  Love all the flowers she chose.  They added a nice pop of color to the tables.  She put them in glass vases which color coordinated with the flowers.

Flowers

Our mom, Shaun, Tracy and Lauren were in charge of the food.  We kept it simple with a variety of yummy sandwiches, salads {BBQ Chicken, spinach and peanut coleslaw} and fruit.  Michelle had the idea to do fruit infused waters and we just love how they turned out.  They were tasty and the colors fit into our theme nicely!  Next week we’ll share the drink recipes that  Nikki, Carrie, Michelle and Lauren came up with.  They were so refreshing and great simple recipes to keep on hand to make your water more flavorful this summer!

Food and Beverages

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The daddy-to-be’s mom took care of all the desserts.  Aren’t they beautiful?  We just love the ombre cake with the cute little elephant.  One of the cake layers was lemon cream cheese and was just to die for!  And look at the cute cake pop rattles!

Sweets and Treats

For one of the games we did a baby word scramble.  You can download a copy here if you’d like: Baby Word Scramble

Word Scramble

Tracy, had everyone guess whether they thought Audrey was having a boy or a girl.  People could choose a boy color paper or girl color paper and then write their name on it and add it to the chains depending on what they thought the gender was.  She even had some old wives tales that Audrey had answered to help people with their guess.  This turned out so cute!  Most people thought she was having a boy….look below to see if they were right!

Boy or Girl Guess

It’s going to be…..a girl!!!  Audrey’s sister Lauren was in charge of the gender reveal.  She was the only person who knew the gender and had been keeping it a secret for a long time (don’t know how she didn’t let it slip!).  Love the balloon idea.  So cute!!  Look how excited they look!

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What a fun day it was!  We are so excited to meet baby girl Durna!!

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May 13 2014

Mother’s Day Lunch: Cobb Salad

I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and that all you moms out there had a nice and relaxing Mother’s Day.  We had a fun, relaxing weekend celebrating with our moms!

Sunday we went to my mom’s house for a Mother’s Day lunch.  As we were deciding what to make for lunch, I wanted to keep it simple and light as it was really hot outside.  My mom has been trying to eat gluten free, so I wanted it to be something that we all could enjoy, especially my mom.  We ended up making a Cobb salad and it was delicious!  The best part was that most of the prep could be done ahead of time so we didn’t have to dirty my mom’s kitchen too much.  I have to admit my husband did most of the prep work and my mom ended up making the dressing, which was so good!  I thought I’d share the recipe with you all (see below).  For dessert my brother and I made homemade iced cream topped with strawberries. Yum Yum!

My mom always does SO much for us and I wanted to make lunch special.  She has a beautiful backyard, so it really didn’t take much effort.  I used one of my mom’s vintage floral tablecloths as the jumping off point for the color scheme; bright pops of pinks, purples, greens and aquas.  I picked some gorgeous sweet peas and hydrangeas from my mom’s garden.  I think my dad would have liked that…my dad always loved hydrangeas and planted them for my mom.  It was a nice reminder of him, whose birthday was this past weekend.  I was able to re-use the paper fans that Marissa and I made for a good friend’s baby shower a couple weeks ago.  (Blog post to come soon with pictures from the shower)!

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Can we stop for a minute and look at the adorable hounds-tooth wrapping paper on the gift below!  I found it at HomeGoods; great place to find cute wrapping paper.

The OCD part of me can’t stop starring at the placement of the paper fans…let’s pretend they are moved down just a bit and a little more evenly displayed :)

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And for the Cobb salad and vinegrette dressing I was telling you about earlier…check it out!  Great recipe for these hot summer months ahead.

Cobb Salad

Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 hearts of romaine, washed and chopped
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
  • 8 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • green onions, sliced
  • blue cheese crumbles (optional)
  • Vinaigrette Salad Dressing (see recipe below)

Salad Ingredients:  Combine all ingredients and toss with dressing.

Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Salad Dressing Directions:  Combine all ingredients in a deep container.  Emulsify ingredients using a hand blender until mixture is thickened.

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We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing like this cute pup!  This photo cracks me up…she managed to find just the slightest bit of shade.  It was HOT in our area this weekend and will only get hotter this week.

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Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

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Apr 25 2014

Photo Booth: Pick A Prop & Strike A Pose

We are here again today to share another little project we helped with for our friend’s wedding; the photo booth.  We chose a variety of props the wedding guests could have fun with: mustaches, cat eye glasses, bow ties, chalkboards, feather boas and an open picture frame.

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Kim’s friend Kaylee Meinz made the cute “Photo Booth” sign for the table.  If you are interested in her custom calligraphy check out her Facebook page: Yours & Meinz.  Beautiful handwriting!

Photobooth sign

The photographer provided the backdrop frame and Kim (the bride) had burlap panels to hang for the backdrop.  Marissa created the adorable fabric bunting which matched the cake topper that she made for the wedding.  It was draped just high enough so that it would appear at the top of the pictures.  We have some handmade fabric bunting in our shop.  Contact us if you would like a custom made one with specific colors.

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Michaels has an adorable photo booth prop collection.  They were so popular that they sold out completely and I was told they wouldn’t be ordering anymore.  I was so bummed as I needed a couple more mustaches.  My mom’s sweet friend was kind enough to pick some up at the store near her.  Good news is that I was just at my Michaels over the weekend and they have more props in stock.  Hurry before they sell out again!

Props

The wooden props come unfinished.  I picked up some acrylic craft paint in colors that coordinated with the wedding: navy, yellow, white and black.  All of my paint (except for the black) was gloss finish, which I would recommend.  The black was matte finish, which I thought worked well for the mustaches.  I prefer using foam brushes with 1 inch tips for painting.  They don’t show the brush strokes like a bristle paint brush and the large surface area of the brush reduces painting time.  Apply the paint liberally as the wood really soaks it up.  The more paint, the glossier the finish.  I painted the front and back of the props, so no matter what way they were held up they would look great in the pics.  Once dry, I added some fun details like the polka dots on the bow ties (I used the end of the foam brush).  I used a toothpick to paint on the small dots on the cat eye glasses to make it look like little rhinestones (thanks for the idea Ron).

Tips: Place the wooden dowels of the props in a tall glass to dry (not plastic; it will tip over!).  When transporting the props, place them in individual plastic baggies (if you place them on top of one another they will stick together).

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Kim – we just loved the photo booth idea, we all had so much fun!  It looked like the other guests did too!  Photos below were taken by Peter Thomsen Photography.  If you are looking for a photographer be sure to check them out!  They are located in the Santa Cruz area, but are available to shoot anywhere.  To see more photo booth pictures of the wedding and other props used (like the chalkboards and open frame) visit here.

Photography by Peter Thomsen

Photography by Peter Thomsen

Photography by Peter Thomsen

Photography by Peter Thomsen

Photography by Peter Thomsen

Photography by Peter Thomsen

Little cuties!  I love the crackers in his hand and the random arms in every direction!

Photography by Peter Thomsen

Happy Friday everyone!

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Apr 16 2014

Wedding Cake Topper

Hi Everyone!

We are back again to show you some more photos from our friend Kim’s wedding, specifically the wedding cake topper!  Be sure to check out our post on the Kid’s Wedding Table if you missed it.  Kim had a small wedding cake to use for the cake cutting and served sheet cake to the rest of her guests.  Both delicious and is a great budget saving option!  I love that the cake was so simple, yet so chic.

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Marissa made the fun fabric bunting for the cake topper.  I think it frames the peg people nicely and adds the perfect finishing touch.  She used some leftover fabric that she used to make the fabric bunting for the photo booth (post on the photo booth coming soon!).  To make the bunting, simply cut small triangles from the fabric using pinking shears (notice the top edge is cut using regular scissors).  Next, thread a needle with coordinating bakers twine.  Hand stitch the bunting (fabric flags) together.  Leave extra twine on either side and tie each end to wooden skewers.  The end ties are finished with a simple bow.

And can we talk about the peg people for a second…adorable!  Kim’s friend Kari hand painted them.  To purchase your own custom peg people email Kari at vpkari@hotmail.com  They would also make a great engagement party cake topper, or a sweet little birthday present for a little girl with pegs that represent her family, or close friends.

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No detail was overlooked on the cake table.  It was anchored with a burlap table runner and delicate ivory lace was draped on either side.  Look closely and you will see the cake stand was lined with burlap as well.  The large galvanized flower market bucket held fresh hydrangeas and twigs which added nice height.  A pewter pot held a small plant which added a vibrant green to the table.  The lace covered votives and lantern added romantic candle light when lit in the evening.  Absolutely adore the rustic wooden tree with their initials carved in it made by Kim’s sister Allyson and brother-in-law Rich.  Allyson also designed their wedding invitations in which she incorporated the same tree design.  I love when details are incorporated in elements throughout the wedding.  Finally, you have the essential cake knife and server and wine glasses for the toasts.

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Cake Table Details

Kim – you did such an amazing job!  We just love all the decorative elements you added.

Thanks for stopping by.  We hope you all have a great rest of the week.  It’s Wednesday!  You are halfway done; you can make it!

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Apr 11 2014

Kids Wedding Table

Happy Friday Friends!

This past weekend we took a trip up north to see one of our very best friends get married.  Over the years we have both been roommates with Kim and have formed a very special friendship with her.  We have all gone through some very difficult times these past couple years and our friendship has carried us through.  To know Kim is to love her.  She is such a gracious and loving woman of God.  We are so happy she found such a wonderful guy to spend the rest of her life with.  It was such a special weekend and we couldn’t be happier for you, Kim & Dave!

Over the next couple weeks, we will be sharing pictures of the reception decor and some of the projects we helped with for the wedding.  Today we will be showing you the kids’ wedding table that we put together for the  reception.  The goal was to create a space for the kids to keep them entertained and occupied so their parents could enjoy the reception too!  The kids’ area was a disaster by the end of the evening…a big mess means they were having fun :)  I wish we had an “after” picture!

Kids Table

We draped the tables with table linens that matched the rest of the reception tables.  Next, we covered the top with Kraft paper and drew open picture frames, Tic Tac Toe boards and wedding doodles with a Sharpie for the kids to color in.  Baskets from Michaels came in handy to hold activities and snacks (Ring Pops and Goldfish Crackers) for the kids.  They could choose from stickers, puzzles, coloring books, connect the dots, crosswords and  word searches.  Vintage doilies added a nice touch and softened the look of the tables, keeping with the rustic feel of the wedding.

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Mason jars were filled with crayons.  We highly recommend crayons versus markers…they don’t do as much damage to clothes and other items if you know what I mean 😉 .  Jute twine was wrapped around the lip of the jars and tied with a simple bow.  Again, the jute added a rustic touch.  The jars were labeled with stickers found in the Target dollar bin, which were originally Kraft in color, but we spray painted with chalkboard paint.  We added fun messages.

Mason Jar with Crayons

Circle paper garland was draped around the edge of the tables.  This was a DIY project using a 2″ circle punch, patterned scrapbook paper that coordinated with the wedding colors and a sewing machine.  I think it added the perfect pop of color and touch of whimsy.

Circle Paper Garland

Instead of your typical table number, we used a chalkboard easel and one of Kim’s friends labeled it “Kids Table” inviting the kids to be kids and have fun.  Wish I had nice writing like that!

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We had so much fun working on this little project.  Hope you get some ideas if you are planning a wedding, or know a friend who is.

Kids Tables

Source List:

  • Kraft Paper: Walmart
  • Doilies: Vintage
  • Baskets: Michaels
  • Circle Paper Garland: DIY (Scrapbook paper from Michaels)
  • Chalkboard Easel: Michaels
  • Mason Jars: Walmart
  • Crayons: 99 Cent Store
  • Chalkboard Flag Labels: Target Dollar Bin stickers sprayed with chalkboard paint
  • Coloring Books, Puzzles & Activities: Target Dollar Bin & Walmart
  • Snacks: Smart & Final

Check back next week for more wedding pictures.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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Apr 7 2014

Mommy-to-be Encouragement Shower

Hi Everyone!

A couple weekends ago the ladies in our small group threw a baby shower brunch for our sweet Jeanine.  It was more like a mommy showering of encouragement.  It was a small intimate gathering of the girls in our bible study where we had a great time and loved on the mom-to-be.  This is my friend Jeanine.  She is going to be an amazing mom to her sweet little one!  I am so excited for her to enter into motherhood!

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For the shower we used the colors that Jeanine will be using in the nursery: red, turquoise, and yellow!  Aren’t they such fun colors together?!

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The garland on the chalkboard below is made from cupcake liners I got at TJ MAXX.

 

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For the table I used a vintage table cloth I already had and some antique vases and figurines.

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I changed out my mantle and used some things I already had that were in the color scheme.  The heart in the yellow frame was a quick DIY.  I cut a heart out of fabric and taped it on a piece of cardstock.  It’s always nice to go “shopping” around your house when decorating for parties.

 

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I am obsessed with making fabric banners!  They are fun to make! I just love how festive they are and they add great color to any party!

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One of the things we did at the shower was write prayers for sweet baby girl on little tags that my friend Jacqueline.  You could hang these up somewhere or just put them in a baby book to look back on and see that your sweet one was covered in prayer even before he or she arrived.

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We also went around and gave advice and encouraged her by affirming all of the wonderful qualities that she and her husband possess that will make them amazing parents.  This was a really uplifting time and it’s always nice to go into motherhood with sweet encouraging words from dear friends.  We ended with praying for this sweet family of three to be!

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Hope you all have a great day!

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Jan 21 2014

Game Day Appetizer: Artichoke Dip

Happy Tuesday!

My husband loves watching football and is excited that the Seattle Seahawks are going to the Superbowl!  I wouldn’t call myself a football fan.  However, I do occasionally like to watch the game with my hubby and root on his team.  The highlight for me is spending time with him and of course eating all the yummy snacks!  Since the big game is coming up, I thought I’d share our favorite game day appetizer: Artichoke Dip.  My mom found a similar recipe in a newspaper several years ago, but we have adapted it over the years.  This is one of the simplest appetizers you will make and one that will leave your guests wanting more!  It is always a big hit whenever Marissa and I make it and everyone always asks for the recipe.  If you are hosting a Super Bowl party you will definitely want to give this appetizer a try!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Mayo
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 14 oz Can Artichoke Hearts, drained & chopped
  • 4 oz Can Diced Green Chilies
  • 1/3 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • Sliced Green Onions (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°.  Combine mayo, sour cream, artichoke hearts, green chilies, Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.  Pour mixture into an oven safe baking dish.  Sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup cheddar cheese on top.  Bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbly and warmed throughout.  Garnish with sliced green onions.  Serve with tortilla chips, crackers or toasted slices of a baguette.  Enjoy!

*If you don’t like sour cream, you can make with 1 cup of mayo instead.  Or if you don’t like mayo try using all 1 cup sour cream.  To make this recipe a little lighter, I use light mayo, light sour cream and reduced fat cheddar cheese.

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What are your favorite game day appetizers?  We are always looking for new ones to try…please share!  Check out some of our other recipes that would be great additions to your game day spread like our Italian Quesadilla, Stove-Top Baked Beans or Chicken Salad Appetizer.

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Jan 6 2014

Store Reopened for 2014: All In Good Twine

Happy Monday Everyone!

Over the holidays we participated in our 2nd boutique!  Then we closed our All In Good Twine Store Envy Shop so we could spend quality time with our families and enjoy the holiday break.  We are excited to say that our store has reopened for 2014!  To visit our store, click on the link under our “Time To Shop” page or you can click here.

These fabric pennants are perfect for party decor, photo shoot backdrops,  a nursery or child’s bedroom.  They add a touch of whimsy and brighten up any space!  If you don’t see the color scheme or length that you are looking for, email us and we can do a custom order.

Fabric Pennants

 

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These baby onesies or hair clips would make such a wonderful baby shower gift.  They are handmade and so adorable.  Don’t see the size or color you were looking for?  Contact us!

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Hair Clips

 

Our notecard sets are great to have on hand to write a personal thank you note or send birthday wishes to a friend.  Nothing is better than receiving a handwritten note on a handmade card!

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We hope you visit our shop and check back often to see new additions.  Have a wonderful week!

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Dec 20 2013

Simple Christmas Tablescape

Can you believe Christmas is less than a week away?  We are counting down the days!  As Christmas gets closer it’s time to think about the menu and table decor.  This can be a daunting task, but we have a simple Christmas tablescape idea to share with you today that is affordable and doesn’t require much effort.

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We wanted to keep the tablescape simple.  We both like traditional colors with a touch of elegance and a hint of rustic charm.  Most of the things we used can be found in your home or your own backyard!  The only items we purchased were the dinner napkins which we did as a pocket fold and can be used for any occasion.

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We used our mom’s Christmas dishes that she has had forever.  Love the look of the plaid pattern with the white dishes on top.  The glass stemware, candle holders and silverware add that touch of elegance.

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The rustic elements like the wood table, the crate, and the pine cones is our favorite part of the decor.  The pine cones were from the great outdoors at no cost!  The greenery adds a soft and delicate touch.  You can see how to clean the pine cones here.  The table runner was a great find at HomeGoods…one of our favorite places!  It was only $12.99 and can be used year round.  Mason jars and glass vases were filled with votive candles and cranberry vase filler from Pottery Barn.

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When we had the table set we thought there was just a little something missing.  Alisa came up with the idea of doing the greenery place card wreaths (we love wreaths as you can tell from reading our blog!).   The place cards were made from scrapbook paper that was made to look like a chalkboard and we wrote the names with a chalkboard marker.  (Side note:  The chalkboard marker has changed my life!  It is so much cleaner and easier to use than regular chalk!)  You could also use chalkboard spray paint on cardstock paper for a similar look like we did for our gift tags here and on our advent calendar.  It was the perfect touch to pull it all together.

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Make sure to follow us: Marissa on pinterest and Instagram. Alisa on pinterest and Instagram.  We would love to follow you too!  Have a great weekend! 

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Dec 18 2013

Festive Holiday Appetizer & Mocktail

Today I have a fun, festive holiday appetizer and mocktail to share with you. Both are super easy and great for your upcoming holiday parties! I’m linking up over at The Lovely Cupboard and Schue Love. Go check out other great recipes and cocktails, or if you have a blog link up and share your ideas!

Chicken Salad Holiday Appetizer

This appetizer is perfect for Christmas. Serving the chicken salad on the apple makes a light, refreshing appetizer. They look like little holiday wreaths! The cranberries give a nice chewy bite and the almonds provide a nice crunch. The green onion adds flavor without being overpowering.

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Ingredients

  • (1) 12.5 oz canned chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup dried & sweet cranberries
  • 1/8 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup raw sliced almonds
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples
  • Assorted Crackers

 

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Directions

Add canned chicken to mixing bowl. Use fork to shred chicken.  Mix in remaining ingredients: mayo, cranberries, green onions and almonds. Add salt and pepper to taste. Core the apple, then slice the apple horizontally (as shown below). Spoon onto apples or crackers. Enjoy!

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Tried & True Tips!

  • Make the chicken salad ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.
  • If you don’t have an apple corer (like me), you can use a knife or small round cookie cutter.
  • Cut the apples right before serving to prevent them from turning brown.
  • If you choose to serve over crackers, I recommend adding 1/4 cup chopped apple to the chicken salad. It adds great texture and flavor.
  • If you are like me, I was a little hesitant about canned chicken. My husband uses it all the time, so I finally tried it and I actually really like it. It’s a real time saver. We store our canned chicken in the fridge, so it is cold when we use it.

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Cranberry Spritezer

This is the easiest mocktail you will ever make. The best part is that it’s for all ages and oh so festive for the holidays! Marissa and I have been making this simple beverage for years now and is great for any occasion.

Ingredients

  • Cranberry juice
  • Sprite
  • Lime
  • Ice
  • Sugar (optional)

Directions

Add ice to your glass. Poor equal parts cranberry juice and sprite. Add a squeeze of lime. Stir. That’s it!

Now, to make your glass festive: Squeeze lime juice into a shallow bowl. Poor sugar in shallow bowl (large enough to fit the rim of your glass). Dip the rim of the glass in the lime juice, then dip into the bowl of sugar. Add a slice of lime to the edge of your glass. I think the sugar is perfect for Christmas time. It reminds me of snow!  You could also add cranberries to the bottom of your glass, or if you make a large batch for a party you could float cranberries in your drink dispenser.

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Holiday Cheer In The Blogosphere

Hope you decide to try one of these recipes for your next event, or even for dinner one night! Have a wonderful day!

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