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1 pkg. Double Stuff Oreo Cookies
1 (8 0z.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 pkg. chocolate chips (milk, dark, or white chocolate)
1). Crush the entire package of Oreo cookies. I use a large ziplock bag and a meat tenderizer to keep the mess under control!
2). In a large bowl or food processor mix all of the crushed cookies with the package of cream cheese.
3). Roll the dough into small balls using your hands and then place on parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet.
4). Place into freezer for 30 minutes for the dough to set.
5). Melt chocolate chips in microwave or using the double boiler method.
6). Dip the chilled Oreo balls into the chocolate and cover evenly.
7). Place the chocolate covered Oreo balls back on the baking sheet and place in fridge for at least 15 minutes to set.
8). Store in fridge until ready to eat!
My Oreo balls were pretty big so my batch made 21 individual bites.
Before the chocolate dipping......
After dipping.....YUM! Good luck keeping them around!
Recipe and photo from College Candy
And to add to the fun, Luxirare found a way to make edible Crayons! So no more worrying if your children are putting them in their mouth or eating them! They are totally safe to eat!
This idea would be super cute to have as a favor at your child's birthday party or even a fun birthday party activity. Happy coloring!
Or for the host/hostess that does want to create their own Oscar Masterpieces Bakerella has step-by-step instructions for these adorable Oscar Cookie Awards. I will defiantly be making these for the Oscar Party that I am planning! Thanks Bakerella for the great ideas!
Ever wonder what your Zodiac sign has to do with your wedding style? Well now you can find out with a complete astrological wedding planner. Astrostyle.com, a site that was created by identical twins Tali and Ophira Edut, who have been professional astrologers for over 15 years, offers free wedding horoscopes, tips, and even problems to avoid when planning a wedding during certain months. They also have horoscopes for other things like date night planers, your personal style, your man's sign, and career horoscopes too. Head over and check out what's written in the stars for you!
-verb (used without object)
1. to pass time idly and indolently.
2. to rest or recline
3. to go or move in a leisurely manner, saunter
4. to pass (time) in lounging
5. a sofa for reclining, sometimes backless
6. a place for sitting, waiting, etc.
7. a cocktail lounge.
The definition in the dictionary is exactly what you want to create when planning a lounge space for your guests at your wedding or any event you are hosting. They have become a popular, quieter space for guests to wander where they can escape the busyness of the other events taking place or to just relax and take in the commotion! The Florida Bride's Blog gives the top 5 tips for creating a fabulous lounge space for your event!
- Choose the physical space.
For some reception venues, this may be easier than others. Perhaps your venue already has a separate little enclave that would be perfect for a tucked-away lounge space. But if you’re dealing with an enormous ballroom, you’ll have to get a little bit more creative. Try using pipe and drape to delineate a separate area for your lounge. Or group your dinner tables in one section, and place your lounge area in its own corner of the ballroom.
For reception venues with outdoor space, this is the perfect place to put a lounge, provided the weather will be comfortable. The comfortable furnishings and outdoor breezes will definitely inspire your guests to put your lounge area to good use!
- Select your furnishings.
Your furniture is the foundation for the entire look of the lounge. Typical lounge furniture items include sofas, love seats, benches, and ottomans. You can mix and match these items to create a customized space all your own. Most major metropolitan areas have a rental company that provides these items, so try googling “wedding lounge furniture” and see what you find. Your event planner should have connections as well, and may even be able to offer you a discount!
Some tips for your furniture: I love to keep the furnishings all one color. This way you can create a neutral base for your accessories, which helps them really pop. I also like to match the styling of your furniture to the overall feel of the event. For example, for a shabby-chic wedding I would choose Victorian-looking furniture with curved backs, rolled arms, and carved wooden feet. For a modern wedding, try all-white leather, and geometrically shaped pieces.
- Pick your pillows.
Almost every successful lounge area uses pillows to create “pops” of color and to customize the space. Depending on your overall look, you could get away with just a few pillows, or you could use tons of them. Typically, your rental company has these; but you can also find great pillows at home-décor stores, often at prices comparable to or less than rental prices. Use your pillows to tie the space to other areas of your reception, and to incorporate your wedding colors. Look for pillows with unique textures and embellishments. You may also consider pillows made of luxe fabrics, such as dupioni silk or tucked taffeta.
- Accessorize the space.
Don’t forget the little touches that add character and personality to your space! Think residential elements: carpets, lamps, candles, floral arrangements. Incorporate the unexpected. If your lounge space is outdoors, don’t neglect your overhead space. Can you string lights or paper lanterns above? If your space is near a tree, think pomander balls or votive lanterns hanging from the branches.
One caveat when adding accessories: keep it simple. You don’t want your sleek space to become cluttered.
- Light up your lounge.
Last but not least, add lighting! It may be as simple as groupings of votives or pillar candles on “coffee tables.” Or you may want to rent elaborate par can lighting. For those going for the modern look, some rental companies are offering LED “glow cubes” and benches. For a beachy theme, the tiki torch really sets a mood. You want your guests to bask in a sultry glow in your lounge space. Leave the lighting low enough to be romantic, but don’t leave your guests in the dark!
Have you heard that your local Pottery Barn store hosts complimentary decorating classes every month? Well they do! Did I mention Complimentary means FREE! Take advantage! Every month they host a different class focusing on helpful hints on decorating and entertaining. On Sunday, March 14th they will be hosting a class on How to Create Table Displays. Class size is limited so call your local Pottery Barn store for class hours and to reserve your space.
- Meet Me in Saint Louis
- An Affair To Remember
- The Philadelphia Story
- Roman Holiday
- Gentlemen prefer Blondes
- The Palm Beach Story
- The Goodbye Girl
- Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
- Doctor Zhivago
- It Happened One Night
- Breakfast at Tiffany's
- The Apartment
Here are some great Valentine's Day gift ideas for anyone on your gift list! Plus, you don't even have to leave the house!
1). Rose USB Hub, 2). Made For Each Other Pillow Set, 3). Heart Ice Cube Tray, 4). Love Poems Book, 5). Kiss Kiss Stamp Set, 6). Naked Cookies, 7). Heart Casserole Dish, 8).
13). Pink Hot Cocoa, 14).Bow Necklace, 15).All About Us Book, 16).Chocolate Covered Conversation Heart Oreos, 17).Organic Cotton Winnie the Pooh Pillows, 18).Box Of Chocolates Dog Toys, 19).Fondue For 2 Mug, 20).Heart Brownie Bites, 21).Mini Hottie Hand Warmer, 22).Me And You Pillowcase Set, 23).Heart Measuring Spoons, 24).Heart Cake Pan, 25).Romantic Postcard Box 26).Demeter Hershey's Kiss Fragrance, 27).X & O Smores, 28).Smashbox O-Glow Lipgloss.
- 1 1/2 ounces Bacardi Razz (white rum optional)
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1/2 lime , freshly squeezed
- 12 to 14 fresh mint leaves
- 4 raspberries
- 4 blackberries
- Sprig of mint
In a tall glass, lightly muddle the lime juice, 3 raspberries, 3 blackberries, simple syrup and mint leaves. The trick is to muddle just enough to release the oils from the mint leaves while leaving them intact. Add crushed ice and rum, and top with soda. Stir until the outside of the glass begins to frost. Garnish with the leftover berries speared with a mint sprig.
2). Cupid's Kiss Cocktail
- 1 1/2 ounces Irish cream liqueur
- 1/2 ounce dark créme de cocoa
- 1 ounce amaretto
- Hot chocolate
- Whipped cream
- Hershey's Kiss
Pour all alcohol in a mug. Top with hot chocolate. Garnish with the fresh whipped cream and a Hershey's Kiss.
3). Hope Floats Cocktail
- 1 1/2 ounces PAMA
- 1 ounce citrus vodka
- 2 ounces pink grapefruit juice
- Raspberry sorbet
- Sprig of mint
Shake PAMA, vodka and grapefruit juice with ice. Strain into a champagne flute. Add one scoop of your favorite raspberry sorbet. Top with a splash of champagne. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
4). Love Potion #9 Cocktail
Start preparing this special drink one week before Valentine's Day, and serve it on the big day to a crowd of friends.
- 2 pineapples , peeled and cubed
- 2 pounds sliced strawberries
- 2 bottles (750 ml each) Absolut mango vodka
- 3 ounces Love Potion #9 infusion
- Lime wheel
To make infusion: Layer fruit in a glass infusion jar. Add vodka. Save liquor bottles. Let rest for 7 days at room temperature. Using a sieve and funnel, strain liquid back into original bottles. Store in the refrigerator.
To make cocktail: Add infusion into mixing glass. Shake well with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
5). Latin Love Cocktail
- 1 1/2 oz Cruzan coconut rum
- 1 1/2 oz coconut cream
- 1/4 oz banana liqueur
- 1 1/2 oz cream raspberry puree
- 3 oz pineapple juice
- Garnish: coconut flakes
Blend with ice until smooth. Strain into a tall glass rimmed with coconut flakes.
1). Cran-Daddy Cooler
- 2 cups cranberry juice
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 (4 ounce) jar maraschino cherries
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle ginger ale
- 1 orange, sliced in rounds
In a gallon pitcher combine cranberry juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, cherry juice and lemon juice. Just before serving, slowly add ginger ale; stir to blend. Serve over ice in cups or glasses. Garnish with cherry and orange slices.
2). Tornado Twist
- 12 fluid ounces cranberry-raspberry juice
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
In a pitcher, mix cranberry-raspberry juice with lemon-lime soda. Pour over ice and serve.
3). Mock Mimosa
- 1 tub CRYSTAL LIGHT Pineapple Orange Flavor Drink Mix
- 1 bottle (2 liter) club soda, chilled
- 2 cups cold orange juice 1 seedless orange, cut into 10 thin slices
Empty contents of drink mix tub into large plastic or glass pitcher. Add club soda; stir until drink mix is completely dissolved.
Stir in orange juice.
Serve over ice cubes in 10 tall glasses. Add orange slice to each glass.
- 1-1/4 qt. (5 cups) cold water
- 1 tub CRYSTAL LIGHT SUNRISE Classic Orange Flavor Drink Mix
- 2 cups light cranberry raspberry drink 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Add water to drink mix in large plastic or glass pitcher; stir until mix is dissolved.
Stir in remaining ingredients.
Serve over ice. Or, refrigerate until ready to serve.
5). Strawberry Kiwi-tini
- 6 cups water
- 1 tub CRYSTAL LIGHT Strawberry Kiwi Flavor Drink Mix
- 3 cups frozen strawberries, divided 1 cup cold diet ginger ale, divided
Add water to drink mix in large plastic or glass pitcher; stir until mix is dissolved. Pour 3 cups into blender.
Add 1-1/2 cups berries and 1/2 cup ginger ale; blend until smooth. Pour into 4 glasses. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Pictures and recipe's from Cocktailtimes.com, Oprah.com, Kraft Foods and All Recipes.
Valentine Heart Pops:
Makes 32 pops (2 1/2 inches each)
- FOR THE SUGAR COOKIES
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 32 white lollipop sticks (6 inches long)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- FOR THE CANDY CENTERS
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon peppermint, cinnamon, or other flavored oil, optional
- Paste or gel food coloring in pink tones
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In bowl of electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar on medium until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla until incorporated.
- Gradually add flour mixture on low until combined. Wrap dough in plastic; chill 1 hour.
- Heat oven to 325 degrees. On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 3/16 inch thick. Cut out 2 1/2-inch rounds. Use smaller cutters to cut hearts from rounds. (If desired, save and bake heart cutouts.) Transfer 8 cookies to an ungreased cookie sheet. Press 1 lollipop stick under each cookie. Place small hearts on same cookie sheet. Chill until firm, 15 to 30 minutes. Bake 8 to 12 minutes, until firm but not browned. Transfer cookies on pan to wire rack to cool, about 20 minutes. Repeat until all dough is used. Leave cooled heart pops on ungreased cookie sheet. Set aside.
- Combine 1/2 cup corn syrup, 1 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup water in heavy 2-quart saucepan. Stir over medium heat, until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to medium high; boil until mixture reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer, 25 to 35 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and stir in flavored oil. Quickly pour mixture into 2 small heatproof bowls. Add food coloring to each; stir to combine. Pour into each empty heart. Make candy mixture again as in Step 5 with remaining ingredients and 1/2 cup water. Fill remaining cookies. Let set until hard, 10 to 20 minutes. Transfer in single layers to airtight containers. If humid, refrigerate.