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Red, White, & Chews – Cheerios Marshmallow Treats!

October 27th, 2014

redwhitechews Do you love marshmallows and Cheerios? I do too! And as much as I would love to tell you that I came up with an incredible new recipe, that just isn’t the case. But I’m on a 4th of July recipe marathon, so this should count… soldes chaussures adidas right? As you can tell, this is a simple modified recipe of Marshmallow Treats and I used Cheerios instead of rice cereal. Chaussures Asics Femme Honestly, you can substitute any cereal for this and it will come out delicious! Don’t forget the red, white, and blue sprinkles for the 4th of July feel! WARNING: These lasted about 10 minutes in my house… nike air max 1 ultra flyknit femme chances are, they’ll disappear just as quickly in yours!


  • 4 oz butter
  • 10 oz bag Marshmallows
  • 4-5 cups Cheerios
  • red white and blue sprinkles
  • 9 x 9 square pan

In a small saucepan cook the butter over low heat, until the butter is fully melted. Add the marshmallows little by little and stir until they are fully melted. goedkoop nike air max 2017 Add the cereal cup by cup. If you like to have super gooey bars, you may want to use 3-4 cups of cereal. shirt-tshirt If you like to have a nice balance, add more cereal 4-5 cups (or even six). Believe it or not, but I don’t like my bars to be super gooey, so I use more cereal. Stir until the cereal is fully coated.Press it into the pan. You may want to put some butter on your hands or a rubber spatula to prevent it from sticking. Sprinkle with sprinkles. Cool in the refrigerator for an hour. nike schoenen nederland Cut… serve…

Candy Covered Cherries – Absolute Bliss!!

October 24th, 2014


Can you guess what’s in season?  Cherries, cherries, cherries!!!  Why am I so excited? Because typically cherries are really expensive, I can easily pay $10 or more for a few pounds… but not when they are in season!  I love cherries and honestly, I don’t need to do anything to them.  I can just sit down and enjoy them individually, but when I’m planning a party, there is nothing like serving these cherries in a light candy coating!  You can do chocolate, vanilla, or whatever coating you choose.  Serve them in a martini glass with the rim dipped in candy coating as well, and you WILL be rewarded with oohs and aahs from your guests…this I guarantee!!

And the best part, it’s the easiest dessert to make.  No baking, mixing, or tons of ingredients.  So without further delay, here is the recipe:


1 pound of cherries
1/2 bag of white candy coating ( available at Michael’s or JoAnn’s).  You can use chocolate too, I just like the contrasting colors of white and red.  Great for the holidays too!


Melt candy.  Wash cherries well and dry them completely.  Put out parchment paper to rest your cherries on after you cover them with candy.  Choose the cherries with stems, eat the ones that are missing the stems!!!  While holding the stems, dip the cherries in the candy coating and place them on top of the parchment paper.  Let them dry and serve.  For an extra “wow”, dip a martini glass rim in the candy coating and add some gold or silver sprinkles.  Let dry.  Serve the cherries in the martini glass.  These are also great to make a day ahead of time, store them in the refrigerator inside the glass.

Swiss Cheese Chips – Low Carb!

October 18th, 2014


If you love swiss cheese, this is your recipe!  It’s so easy and it is such an interesting way to enjoy your cheese.  Plus, it’s wonderful for parties and scores big with the low carb party guests.  It’s a win-win, so try it today.  The recipe is so easy, you can literally enjoy it in about 5 minutes!  Oh, and before I forget to make everyone’s day… this works pretty much with any sliced cheese, including CHEDDAR… my other favorite cheese :-).


5 slices of swiss cheese (Yep, that’s it!)


Rip your cheese slice in half, and place it on a plate.  Cook in microwave for 3 minutes.  Once done, peel the cheese off the plate and place on a paper towel.  Wait for it to cool and dry and enjoy your cheese chips.  The longer they dry, the crispier they’ll get.  You can also serve them with your favorite dip, although I prefer to eat the chips all by themselves!

Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake stuffed Strawberries – 4th of July Favorite!

October 17th, 2014


Get ready for the ultimate 4th of July dessert… Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries! Place them on top of a cupcake or eat them on their own, I guarantee that it will be a huge hit at your next patriotic party!  CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE.

Super Easy Kit Kat Cake

October 10th, 2014

Kit Kat Cake

  • Single layer store-bought cake or bake your own cake (make sure it is only one tier and no taller than 2.5 inches)
  • 2 large bags of snack-sized Kit Kat bars.  These are full sized Kit Kats but will come in a package of two, instead of four. Do not buy the mini Kit Kats.
  • 1 large package of fresh strawberries
  • 1 pkg of fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 jar of jam, fruit preserves, or lemon curd


Take your store bought cake out of its package and place on your serving plate or cake stand. You can also bake your own cake, just make sure it is no taller than 2.5 inches.

Make sure your cake is well iced or has plenty of frosting.  Open the Kit Kat packages and place the Kit Kats around the cake. (I recommend you refrigerate the Kit Kats for about an hour, this helps harden them a bit so they won’t break as easily when you are handling them). When the cake is fully surrounded with Kit Kats, tie a pretty ribbon around the cake.

Wash the strawberries and blackberries and pat them dry.  Place the strawberries on the cake and begin piling them to make a pretty presentation.  The good news is that there is no real science behind it,  just pile them any way you like.  When the strawberries cover up the cake entirely, start placing the blackberries in some of the crevices left by the strawberries.

Put the 1/2 jar of fruit preserves in a microwave safe bowl and add 1/4 cup of water.  Microwave for about 30 seconds or until the entire mixture is liquefied.  Mix the water and preserves to make a nice smooth mixture.  Take a brush, and dip it into the preserves soaking it fully. Start brushing the strawberries and blackberries with the preserves, giving them a beautiful shine.  Continue brushing them until they are glistening and are fully covered.

You can refrigerate this cake for up to 24 hours prior to serving.  Or, you can serve immediately.

The best way to serve the cake, is to initially scoop out the fruit from the top, put them in one area of the plate.  Then, take off the Kit Kats and set them next to the strawberries.  Once you have room to cut the cake, slice a piece and place it next to the strawberries and Kit Kats.

Another option for serving is pre-cutting the cake before decorating it with Kit Kats and strawberries.

Interior Décor at the Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas

October 8th, 2014

My husband and I had the pleasure of spending the day at the Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas during the winter holidays.  I can’t tell you how beautiful both these hotels are.  There are literally visual surprises behind every turn.  These are some of my favorite photos of our hotel room as well as some vignettes from their “Home” store.  The silk butterfly bedding was my favorite!

houndstoothwallpaper I love this houndstooth wallpaper!(above) This stunning elevator lobby at the Wynn is breathtaking!!(below)

encoreelevatorsThis 3-D wallpaper at the Encore makes every other wallpaper seem… boring! (below)

3dwallpaperGorgeous lobby at the Encore! (below)

Love, love this floral carousel and hot air balloon in the Wynn lobby. It was created by the famous wedding planner, Preston Bailey. (below)



zennook Gorgeous “zen” nook at the Wynn Home Store! (above).  In love with the living room seating at the Wynn Home Store.  The artwork are bird feathers… strange… but beautiful! (below)

wynnlivingroomLOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the silk butterfly bedding and the stunning black accent wall! (below)

butterflybedroomIn the full spirit of Vegas, this swarovski crystal bathroom mirror… YES!!!! (below)


Happy National Ice Cream Day – August 2nd

October 2nd, 2014


One of the reasons I started is to showcase foods that are “out of the box”, fun, and unforgettable for your guests.  I love to give my guests new experiences with fun party food and combinations of foods they wouldn’t typically think of putting together.  Today, is National Ice Cream Day and I’m having some friends over for dinner.  I’ve prepared a fun menu, but my favorites will be these chocolate covered ice cream sandwiches which I dipped in nuts, sprinkles, and yes.. bacon!  These were easy to make and my friends will love them!!  I hope you have a wonderful National Ice Cream Day!!