Here is a little idea that would be perfect for a winter party. Even if you are having a simple get together, a little attraction like a hot cocoa bar is fun and easy way to add something more interesting than a usual spread. I’ve never made homemade marshmallows and I asked my friend Andrea to show me how. She made these amazing striped marshmallows for us (recipe below) that is not only beautiful but delicious. We set up this bar with candies and cookies to mix into the hot cocoa but you could also have some spiking options to turn the hot chocolate into an adult friendly beverage. We bought all the ingredients for our bar from Boxed (they are sponsoring this post!) which is a great online shopping site that allows users to get warehouse club prices, like Costco – without any membership fees. They have a great variety of brands including Annie’s, Mrs. Meyers and Honest Co so you can get all your household, cleaning & grocery supplies for the holidays by just using their smart phone app. Plus, they do all the heavy lifting! Once your order’s been made, they deliver everything right to your doorstep. Your package will arrive in 2 days or less and shipping is free for your first order (after that on orders over $75.) We decided to use their service to plan a big holiday hot chocolate party. We needed supplies in bulk, so Boxed was the perfect solution. It was so easy and left us with tons of extra time to make a batch of fresh marshmallows before the party started! Click through below for all the party details and for our DIY striped marshmallow recipe!
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For a holiday party this year, I thought it would be fun to host a dinner party where all the food was miniature. My friend Andrea came up with the perfect mini menu. I wanted a fun way to present it so I went to the hardware store and bought some thin planks of wood and some bricks to line up all the pretty dishes down the table. It was so easy and looked so pretty. I always shop at Crate and Barrel for mini dishes (I have for years!). They have the best selection of appetizer plates and holiday entertaining supplies. Click through below to our party.
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by Alix Sorrell
As someone who is obsessed with cheese, I was REALLY excited to find out October 9th is National Moldy Cheese Day! Moldy or not, these wrappers are the perfect way to dress up that hunk of cheese you were planning on bringing to a dinner party or giving away as a small (and cheesy) thank you gift! You can print out the labels on Sticker Paper or regular paper. Punch out the labels with a 1.5 inch punch to seal your wrap. You’re friends will be impressed with such a professional cheese-monger presentation!
Printable Cheesy Gift Wrap Template
Today I’m sharing a recipe from Blue Apron and giving an update on the service after using it for several months. I tried it earlier this summer as part of a sponsorship and loved it so much I signed up myself. I have been using them ever since (I swear they aren’t paying me to say that!) it works perfectly for our family’s schedule. If you haven’t heard of Blue Apron, it is a meal service where the fresh ingredients are planned and shipped for each meal. It’s like someone else does the meal planning and shopping for you. I gave a thorough review of the company last time (click here to read) but thought I would add a few points now that I’ve been using it for a while.
1. There is a lot of chopping. My husband jokes it should be called “Chef’s Knife” instead of Blue Apron because you get some real quality time with your knife. For us this has been a good thing because the kind of food I like the most usually involves lots of chopping (read: fresh food). Committing to Blue Apron just means that we force ourselves to cook even on nights we don’t want to because we don’t want to waste our order. It has created really great habits.
2. Blue Apron allows other people to help you cook. We share the cooking responsibilities pretty evenly in our house. But having a meal plan and recipes ready means that other people can help. My husband definitely takes charge more now there is a clear plan for what to eat (none of that figuring out what to eat for dinner.) When we have family in town or a babysitter they have been able to cook some of the meals before we get home from work. It’s really practical in that way.
3. The Ingredients are Sourced Well. The ingredients we get in our box are really good quality. For example the Fish Taco Recipe (below) used the Tortillas from some fancy tortilla place (Tortilleria Nixtamal.) They are made using whole dried corn kernels instead of corn flour. I love that they are ingredients that are artisanal and hard to get. I usually buy my produce from our weekly Farmer’s Market and the ingredients I get in my box are of comparable quality. (Once in a while I’ll get a less-than-stellar piece of produce but that is rare.)
4. The Meals are Good and Diverse. It’s almost like a cooking school. I’ve found myself making things I never would make on my own and we love them. I try new techniques like breaded fish or making homemade aioli. When we find a recipe we really like I’ve even remade it when I’ve had friends over for dinner. In the last 3 months we’ve cooked 36 new meals! About once a month we’ll get a recipe that we just don’t like. When it hasn’t worked out it is usually because either we just don’t like the recipe (I’m not a huge fan of certain ingredients) or else it has been human error. Considering how many new recipes we’ve tried I’m genuinely surprised how much I like the food.
Meals are $9.99 per person with free shipping. If you’d like to give them a try, right now they’re offering the two free meals to the first 100 readers who sign up. Check out their video below and make sure you click through for the Crispy Fish Taco recipe we tried this week!
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Today I’m super excited to share a DIY by Jodi Levine. I’ve been a huge fan of hers since I discovered her work years ago while she was working at Martha Stewart. This project is inspired by her new book Candy Aisle Crafts which comes out August 26. It’s about crafts you can make from the candy aisle and it’s genius. I preordered it last month (you can too by clicking here!) I’ve seen a sneak peek of the book and it is AMAZING. I’m thrilled to say that we’ll be giving away copies for 2 Oh Happy Day readers! Just click through below for all the contest details and to see the instructions for these brilliant little Cookie Cakes.
Click through for Jodi’s instructions and giveaway details!