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Hot Chocolate on a Stick!

Hot Cocoa on a Stick With Homemade Marshmallows

Nothing warms you up on a cold winter day like a steamy mug of hot cocoa, and there’s no cuter way to give someone that luxury than with hot cocoa on a stick. These are the perfect afternoon activity when you feel like whipping up a batch of something yummy for yourself and all of your friends. Don’t shy away from making your own marshmallows — all you need is a good candy thermometer and you’re ready to go. I love this digital candy thermometer because it beeps when it reaches the temperature I’ve set. That way no matter how distracted I might get, I know it’s time to take it off the heat! So roll up your sleeves and get ready for the yummiest cold weather ever — hot cocoa on a stick! The best part of making your own cocoa and homemade marshmallows is that you can personalize them with any flavors you like. Try adding a couple of drops of mint extract, a dollop of creamy peanut butter, or a teaspoon of …

Margarita Recipes

Margarita Madness – Four Awesome Recipes

Why go with traditional margaritas when you can mix it up with these unique Margarita recipes for your Cinco De Mayo celebration! Triple Orange Margarita 1 1/2 ounce ultra-premium tequila 3/4 ounce Imported GranGala Triple Orange Liqueur 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice 1/4 ounce agave nectar (a natural sweetener; you can sub simple syrup to taste) 1 lime wheel 1 orange peel 1. Pour the tequila, orange liqueur, juices, and nectar into an ice-filled shaker. 2. Add the orange peel, shake vigorously, and strain into a chilled ice-filled glass or chilled margarita glass to serve it “up.” 3. Garnish with a lime wheel and the orange peel. Pomegranate Margarita 6 cups white tequila 12 cups water 4 cups cranberry juice cocktail 2 cups pomegranate juice 1 1/2 cups Triple Sec 2 (10-ounce) cans frozen margarita mix, thawed 2 (11.5-ounce) cans frozen cranberry juice cocktail, thawed and undiluted 2 (12-ounce) cans frozen limeade concentrate, thawed and undiluted Light corn syrup Coarse sparkling sugar 1. Combine first 8 ingredients in …

Pool Party

3 Tips and Tricks on Planning the Most Awesome Pool Party on a Shoestring Budget

One of the best ways to show appreciation for the summer seasons is to throw a pool party. Inviting a few friends and family members to enjoy a swim and some snacks, refreshments, and fun is a pleasant way to spend a hot summer day. Of course, depending on your idea of a budget, pool parties can become expensive with things like décor, store-bought foods, and luxury pool toys. If you want to have a party without breaking the bank, here are a few tips and tricks to get you started. Make Your Own Snacks It can be very tempting to run to the store just before your party and throw half the chip aisle into your cart. However, feeding guests in this way can add up more easily than you might expect. Instead, you should make your own snacks, cutting costs and allowing for more creativity. Rather than serving boring bowls of chips, you can customize the snacks to form a cohesive theme for your party. Some popular pool party themes might be islands, …

A Daisy Themed Graduation Party

I created this sweet daisy theme Graduation Party for my daughter. Our school colors are green and white and I thought it would look pretty to use daisies for the flowers – that became my theme! I then added a splash of yellow to the party palette. Knowing my theme and colors several months in advance helped tremendously in preparing for the party. As I was doing my daily shopping I would come across great items to make every detail special. I found so many of my items at Michaels in the dollar bins including tons of pretty ribbon and these super cute green frames. I also wanted the party to have a soft shabby chic feel. I bought several yards of quilting fabrics in a variety of prints and a good pair of pinking shears using this for many of the decorations. My favorite was a pretty ribbon garland made out of Jute string, a variety of ribbons and strips of the quilting fabric. It hung between the columns of our pavilion and look …