Friday, December 2, 2016

Warm Wishes Winter Gift

It's December and that means that winter weather is here!!!  Dry winter air is rough on my skin, plain and simple and I imagine it's got to be rough on just about everyone's skin.  So, if you're looking for a great winter gift idea to give to someone, might I suggest Udderly Smooth Lotions.  

I have used Udderly Smooth Hand Cream for years.  I keep a nice small tube of it in my desk drawer and purse and it is quite honestly the best stuff to have 'on hand' when you need to prevent dry skin. That's why I'm perfectly happy giving it as gifts.  I mean who doesn't need hand's perfect for anyone who has to use their hands a lot or are on their feet all day, teachers, cashiers, postal workers, restaurant workers, nurses YOU NAME IT!.....and if you need a creative way to present your gift to someone, I GOT YOU, BOO.

Here are two very simple ideas you I know you will love!

Idea #1 - Warm Hands Manicure in a Mug.

Fill a mug with Udderly Smooth Hand Cream, a hot chocolate packet, knitted gloves, nail polish, emery board and perhaps a special fun treat - I used Milk straws.  You can even add a personal touch with a monogram mug!

You can package the mug in cellophane and add ribbon and trim.  I created a gift card holder using a Sizzix Die Cut by Laura Kelly Designs.  You can follow the steps below to make your own.

Using the Laura Kelly Hot Chocolate die by Sizzix, run paper and and felt through a Big Shot.  I used two patterned papers for my spoon and mug, brown paper for the hot chocolate, white glitter paper for the marshmallows and pink felt for the back.

Pull apart or cut the sections from the brown paper and adhere the top section of the brown paper to the mug shape.  Then adhere the remaining brown piece to the back of the patterned paper leaving space to slide your gift card into.

Add more adhesive with a strong bond tape runner or glue and attach the full felt shape to the back of the card.

Place the marshmallows shape into the the slots on the front brown piece and secure in place with adhesive.

To make the spoon and pink heart, simply run your paper and felt through the Big Shot and assemble.  I created the pink heart by running a piece of felt through the cutter and then snipped off the handle  from the spoon shape with scissors.  You can make the spoon tag by cutting out shapes with twos separate pieces of patterned paper.  Attach the spoon tag with ribbon or twine and tie it to your mug. You can write or stamp a simple sentiment onto the tag.

Idea #2 - Warmest Winter Wishes Gift Box

If you're not in a crafty mood, simply fill a pretty gift box with paper sizzle and add a few Udderly Smooth products.

Top your box with a pretty bow and add a fun tag.  You can download and print this Udderly Smooth inspired Warmest Winter Wishes tag that I designed.  I also made a few other tags with some other catchy phrases that you can print for free!


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Friday, November 18, 2016

Homemade Sweet Potato Pie

There is nothing I cherished more as a child, than the times I spent with grandmother in the kitchen helping her prep meals and dishes for big holiday gatherings.

One of those fond moments included helping her get the sweet potatoes ready for her delicious pies and casseroles!  I remember that she used to boil the potatoes whole, then let them cool a bit and peel the skin back from the warm potatoes, I'd sit all wide-eyed watching  a bit of steam pipe out of each potato, just amazed at how cool, calm and collected she would be while handling each one....She's such a G.  Once the potatoes were peeled, we'd divide them up, and cube and slice them....most were used for making the candied yams and the remaining were used for the pie filling.  Well, after the peeling and cutting was done we'd.....well.....actually, all the rest is a blur to me....(record scratch) I remember something about  mashing the potatoes....and brown sugar... nutmeg....but that's about it!

I mean, don't get me wrong here....I know I can make a sweet potato pie E-Z!....I can even call up my dear grandmother (we call her Miss Kitty) and ask her how we used to make it.  It's just that....ain't nobody got time for all of that - ESPECIALLY when you're husband is a born and bred southerner who can cook and bake his tail off.  So, when I had this hairbrain idea to share how to make a homemade sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving, I knew that I wanted to share his recipe most of all.....(sorry Miss Kitty).

I promise you....I didn't marry my husband because he was a great southern cook....well, maybe a lil' bit, because....a girl can eat, but he's pretty fantastic....the great cooking skizillz is just a bonus.  ;)

When I asked him if he'd share his sweet potato pie recipe with my readers, I was a bit shocked when he said yes.  He's a private fella and quiet as kept, there also seems to be an underground secret society of recipe hiders on his side of the family (I'll never get his late grandmother's Caramel cake recipe from his aunt) so,  I just knew he'd say no; but, to my surprise, he was all for it....he even baked said pie for me - two to be exact.

What I love best about his pies is they are chock full of spices....and SO rich and buttery....and he makes a perfect pie crust.  Everyone knows a perfect crust is the crown jewel of any decent pie.  I found out his secret....he BUYS it!  LOL

For years, I turned my nose up at refrigerated pie crust, vowing every holiday to make the perfect apple pie with a crust from scratch...but, to no avail.  Meanwhile, hubby has cranked out perfect pies  with refrigerated dough, like gangbusters.  So, I gave up the ghost and let him be the Pie Making King of the house (kinda.....I've promised Thing  1 that she and I would make an apple pie for Thanksgiving...crossing fingers)  It's still a personal mission to make the perfect full from scratch pie....but I now admit, that there ain't nothing wrong with refrigerated dough - we like Pilsbury :)

Also....the texture of his pies are not dense as some other sweet potato pies I've had.  His tends to be more fluffy and light in texture....almost borderline souffle!  Also, he tops his pie with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon which I just love because it gives the pie even more flavor!  A small slice of hubby's sweet potato pie and a dollup of whipped cream for me is always a win!

I think I've made it pretty clear that I eat a Ketogenic diet most days...but I'm giving myself a pass for Thanksgiving, because I REALLY want to eat pie and a few other carb heavy dishes.....I can indulge a bit, right? (damn right I can 100+ lbs down since this time last year!)

If you're making pies this holiday and haven't made sweet potato before or want to try it a different way, test out my hubby's'll love it! (and let me know if you do....he's sort of anxious to hear some he thinks it's going to make him instafamous LOL)

Here's the recipe for you to download and print!

Are you planning on making any delicious family pie recipes?  Make sure you share them  and tag me on social media at @cwbdparties - and if you make THIS recipe, I'd love to hear what you think about it - or even any fond family Thanksgiving memories you have with your grandparents - so make sure to leave a comment below - Enjoy!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Night Watch Party - Free Printables

The big day is here....can well all get an AMEN?!!!!!

I voted early and am sitting back with baited breath on who will be our next President.  In the meantime, between time, I whipped up some printables for watching the numbers roll in tonight.  If you'll be watching along with your family and friends, you might want to print out some festive decor for your Election Night watching celebration too!|

These printables are for the patriotic at heart and don't have to be used for just an Election Night event. Each printable page comes with instructions for printing and assembly and are for your personal use.  Feel free to download them here and have a great matter who wins!...and if you haven't yet...go out and rock your vote!!!

If you use these printables tonight, be sure to take photos and tag me on social media at @cwbdparties - I'd love to see how you're celebrating today.  Enjoy!

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