I love Blue Apron and subscribe to their service (even when they aren’t paying me!). You can see my previous reviews here and here. If you haven’t heard of it, its a service that does the meal plans and shopping for you. I love it because my family loves to cook together so its perfect for us. They recently launched a new Family Plan that I’m going to switch to. It’s perfect for families of 4. With this new plan, you can opt to get 1 or 2 deliveries a week. Each delivery comes with 2 meals served family style. Before this, we’d been doubling up on the 2-person plan. So this new option is way easier for us because all the ingredients are already measured out and ready to go. Also, another initial concern with this service was the packaging but they improved the packaging a while back so it is significantly less. Everything else remains the same: Blue Apron is so easy and fresh. It comes right to our doorstep with the right proportions. Right now they ship to 80% of the country (click here to see if they ship to you!) There’s no commitment, you can skip or cancel service any time or even skip a week if you’re busy or out of town. And their recipes are always really good and things I would never try to make myself. Some favorites: Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese Pizza, the Macadamia Crusted Cod, and the Roasted Brussel Sprout Salad.
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Do you have any rock collectors or nature nuts in your life? If so, this edible rock and mineral chart makes a really fun and unique gift! You could even make a few for the dessert table at your next nature/science themed party. (Looking for more edible DIY projects? Try these cookie cakes!)
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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