My New Year's Resolution: More Salads

Delicious salad recipes I told my husband that 2014 is going to be "the year of the salad" for us. We are good at eating vegetables. David and I both love them (Lainey is another story), but we typically eat them cooked... sauteed really, unless they're Brussels sprouts, and then we bake them.

But it's starting to feel boring and a little too predictable. I believe it's time we seriously expanded our vegetable repertoire and for me that's expanding into the world of salads. But how? The problem is that when I think about lettuce and dressing, I'm just not that inspired.

But when I think about a gorgonzola radicchio salad with orange vinaigrette like this, I start to get excited.

That's why I put this collection together. I wanted to see beautiful vegetables, in interesting combinations, with delicious, tangy sounding dressings. I thought this would motivate me to get chopping. And so far it's working.

My new favorite thing to do is add strawberries and a strong cheese, like feta, to a simple arugula salad, then add a tangy balsamic vinaigrette. I know it's not revolutionary, and doesn't hold a candle to some of the these creations, but for me it's definitely a start.

This is a sponsored post by Foodie.com but the opinions are all my own. I want to eat these salads!

Super Bowl Paper Chain Decoration DIY

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, is here with this simple Super Bowl decoration idea that her daughter actually came up with... the creativity must run in the genes!

Are you ready for some football... or at least a football party?

Every year we try to host a few families for a Super Bowl Party. We always have a children’s themed table/room and an adult area. Putting out finger foods, crafts, games and fun activities for the kids keeping them busy while the adults watch the game.

This year my daughter wanted to make a paper chain for the children’s table.

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

You might even have these supplies in your supplies already to make one for your own celebration!

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Her idea was to use brown and green paper stripes and put them together. Easy enough, but just a little too plain looking for my taste.

I took it one step further and added something fun to the paper.

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Even if your team is not playing this year, you can still have fun and enjoy the day together!

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Until next time – Party On Friends!

To learn more about Melissa and read all about her party planning adventures, visit her at My Party Passion.

And for more football party inspiration, check out these great football parties from our site and our free football party printables.

Free Valentine's Printables from Unlimited Party Themes

Free Valentine's Day party printables Valentine's Day is almost here! If you're looking for some bright and fun "hearts and stripes" party printables, check out this free set Shana of Unlimited Party Themes designed! Aren't they cute? The set includes: Valentine's Day cards, cupcake wrappers, bag toppers, banner, cake toppers, and cupcake toppers DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE:

Here are the individual files...

Free Valentine's Day cards

Free Valentine's Day party printables

Free Valentine's Day party printables - cupcake wrappers

Free Valentine's Day party printables - cupcake wrappers

Free Valentine's Day party printables - treat toppers

Free Valentine's Day party printables - banner

Free Valentine's Day party printables - cupcake toppers

Free Valentine's Day party printables - cake toppers

Free Valentine's Day party printables

  Thank you, Shana, for this delightful collection of printables! To learn more about Unlimited Party Themesplease check out their blog and visit them on Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest.  Also, labels in the post provided by World Labels.

For more Valentine's Day inspiration, check out all our free Valentine's Day printables and awesome Valentine' Day parties on our site.

Free Cookies and Milk Party Printables from Printabelle

Free Milk and Cookies Party Printables

 

Milk and cookies parties are so popular on our site, both as birthday parties and baby showers. That's why I'm so excited that Michelle at Printabelle designed this set of free "Milk & Cookies" printables for us to give away!

The collection includes: a welcome sign, invitations, water bottle labels, cupcake toppers, blank tented cards, straw flags and a banner.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE

Here are the individual files so you can see...

Free Milk and Cookies Party Printables

Free Milk and Cookies Party Printables

Free Milk and Cookies Party Printables

Free Milk and Cookies Party Printables

Free Milk and Cookies Party Printables

Free Milk and Cookies Party Printables

Free Milk and Cookies Party Printables

 

For more inspiration, check out these milk and cookies parties on our site and our milk and cookies Pinterest board.

And remember, if you’d like any of these printables personalized, Michelle will do it for just $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

Easy Cinnamon Applesauce Muffin Recipe

Easy Cinnamon Applesauce Muffin Recipe

My daughter, Lainey, loves applesauce. It is one of her favorite snacks.

So we when we were given two flavors of Mott’s® Snack & Go applesauce to try out: their natural applesauce and their strawberry applesauce, Lainey was excited. And as you can see, she was big fan!

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As a mom, I feel good giving her applesauce in her lunches, and in these little pouches, there’s nothing easier.

Cinamon applesauce muffin recipe

I also like to make cinnamon applesauce muffins as a healthy snack for our family. These are simple to make, and by using applesauce, I'm able to cut down on the butter and sugar. Plus I add walnuts to give them crunch, and to add some extra good stuff.

Cinnamon applesauce muffin recipe

CINNAMON APPLESAUCE MUFFINS

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups white flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until evenly distributed.

Add the eggs, oil, and applesauce to a second mixing bowl, and beat by hand until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixed ingredients into the dry, and stir by hand with wood spoon or spatula until just combined. Fold in the walnuts. The dough will be thick, but don't worry, that's normal.

Coat a muffin tin with nonstick spray or thoroughly coat with butter. For 12 muffins, fill each about 3/4 full. For larger muffins, you can fill to the rim and get about 9 muffins.

Bake for about 25 minutes, until the dome of the muffin is nicely browned, and a toothpick comes out cleanly.

Cinnamon applesauce muffin recipe

Happy face eating healthy applesauce muffins, a mom couldn't be happier.

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Mott’s® Snack & Go is the nutritious applesauce kids love in a squeezable pouch they can take with them wherever they go. Mott's is also the only applesauce brand with Box Tops for Education®, helping to support kids' schools. Visit us at motts.com to learn more.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Mott’s® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mott’s®.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - Jan. 12

My 4 favorite parties of the week!

This amazing softball party sure hits a home run, this adorable BOWtique party for a big Minnie Mouse fan, a rustic and lovely bridal shower brunch, and a pastel Peppa Pig party with so many cute ideas!

4 Favorite Parties of the Week Jan 12

Clockwise from top left:

Once again, I'm blown away at all the creativity from all over the world that we see on our site! Thank you for letting me share it!

The Ultimate Rainbow Party, Penguin Party Treats, Cheese & Bacon Pinwheels

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Check out these gorgeous rainbow party ideas!

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Here's a round-up of completely adorable penguin treats for your winter parties!

Penguin Treats

Invite the kids to help you make these simple and delicious cheesy bacon pinwheels.

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For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

7 Things You Must Have at Your Sofia the First Party!

Sofia The First must-have birthday party ideas

Thinking of throwing a Sofia the First birthday party? Don't miss these 7 must-have ideas!

3.  Sofia the First cupcakes

Pink and purple cupcakes are topped with images of Sofia on lollipop sticks. They will surely be a welcome treat for your guests!

Sofia the First cupcakes

1.  Sofia the First large balloon

A large, beautiful balloon in the shape of Sofia the First is a nice way to welcome the girls to the party!

Sofia the First balloon

2.  Purple pom-poms

Hanging purple pom-poms match so well with a Sofia the First party and look very pretty above the dessert table!

Sofia the First dessert table

4.  Princess beauty station

A beauty station is such a fun activity for a princess party! Gather a variety of pretty nail polish and make up and let the girls get gorgeous!

Sofia the First beauty station

5.  Princess photo booth props

Have a lovely crown topped frame and tiaras ready to use as photo props. The guests will love to pose as princesses!

Sofia the First party photo booth

6.  Princess castle cake

A castle cake fits perfectly with the theme, like this amazing one from a princess party.

Sofia the First birthday cake

7.  Play princess castle

What a great idea to decorate a play castle and then let the guests play in it when they are done!
Sofia the First party castle

For more inspiration, check out all these amazing Sofia the First parties on our site and these Sofia the First party supplies!

Our Soft Pretzel Recipe in the New Foodie App

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Our easy soft pretzel recipe is in the new Foodie Game Day Eats app for iPhone and iPad! Thank you, Foodie, for including us!

If you're looking for delicious food ideas to serve at your football party, you must download the app today! My mouth is watering just looking at the photos.

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Here's a sample of some of the recipes in the app, but there are so many more, perfect for feeding hungry football fans!

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Also, if you need free football party printables to decorate your party, check out what we have on our site!

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Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe

Chocolate gingerbread cupcakes recipe

Rebecca and Rosie of Honeywell Bakes are back with some chocolate gingerbread cupcakes for all your wintery entertaining. Does these look adorable?!

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

  • Makes 12 Cupcakes
  • Preparation 45 - 60 minutes, plus cooking time of 30 minutes
Cupcake ingredients:
  • 140g (5/8 cup or 9 tablespoons) butter
  • 230g (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons) super fine sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 glass milk
  • 230g (2 cups) plain (all purpose) flour
  • 40g (5 tablespoons) cocoa
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
Buttercream ingredients:
  • 250g (2 cups) icing (powdered) sugar
  • 100g (6 tablespoons ) butter at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons stem ginger syrup
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Gingerbread men:
  • We like this gingerbread men recipe for the mini gingerbread men
  • 50g icing (powdered) sugar
  • Water (approximately 1 teaspoon)

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Method

1. Preheat oven to 170C (340F)

2. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then add eggs and milk and stir slowly until well combined.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

3. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and spices and mix well. Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

4. Carefully divide the mixture between 12 cupcake cakes and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top of the cake springs back when gently pressed. Once cooked leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

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5. Make the buttercream by combining butter, icing sugar, ginger syrup and milk and whisking until pale and fluffy, which should take about 5 minutes. Put into a piping bag with a star tip, and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

6. Mix the icing sugar and enough water to form a paste similar in texture to toothpaste. Add the water slowly, drop by drop. Put into a piping bag or bottle and add detail to your mini gingerbread men. Place on top of your cupcakes.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

7. Delight the children in your family with the chocolate and gingerbread cupcakes!

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

The cupcakes will keep for about 5 days in an airtight tin, but if you’re not planning to eat them for a few days it’s best to put the gingerbread men on top on the day you plan to eat them. This will make sure they stay nice and crunchy.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Thank you, Rebecca and Rosie, these look so sweet, and my favorite cupcakes are chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, so I will be making these!

To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their siteshop, and Facebook page.

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