By Karin Brosnan - Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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By Karin Brosnan - Friday, December 23, 2016
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By Karin Brosnan - Sunday, December 18, 2016
I have been making herb butter and Cranberry orange butter to give as neighbor gifts this year and I am so happy with how they have turned out. I didn't have to bake a million cookies and I was looking for something savory and unique and this was the perfect thing!
The tags and baking twine just finish the cute butter logs off perfectly. You can find these super cute gift tags on Lia Griffith blog she has sooo many cute things to download and print at home you really should check out her blog! These tags are on a PDF that allows you to change the names on the to and from!! They are hosted on world label ready to edit and print off from a PDF file how nice is that!
The herb and cranberry orange butter are just about the easiest things to make in your Cuisinart!
I used butter from Costco because they had the best price on butter. I used 4 sticks at once in my Cuisinart mixed with fresh herbs. I used about 1/4 cup chopped Thyme and Rosemary but you can use whatever combination you like. You can't go wrong with fresh herbs of any combination.
For the Cranberry Orange butter I used about 1/2 cup or more of fresh cranberries, 1 tsp of orange rind, 1 Tbsp orange juice, 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and mixed it in the cuisinart and it turned the pretty pink color.
You can watch my video of how to make the perfect sized little butter logs and watch until the end and see my blooper reel....
just keeping it real!
By Karin Brosnan - Friday, December 16, 2016
I love this cute napkin fold for Christmas! You may have seen it on my Winter wonderland tablescape that I did last week...it just makes the place setting look a little more special.
I start with a square napkin
Fold in half
fold in half again to make a square
You will end up with a triangle that has layers
Next...flip over and fold each side of the triangle to the opposite side one over the other.
It becomes a bundle.
Flip over once again so you can see the layers of the Christmas tree.
Fold in each point of the layers underneath each other
Once all the points are folded inside you are done!
You can add a candy cane or a small chocolate for an "ornament" for your guests.
Here is my quick fast tutorial of the Christmas tree napkin fold
Hope you use this fun napkin fold this Christmas!
By Karin Brosnan - Saturday, December 10, 2016
I love using bright colors like lime green, red, pink and turquoise at Christmas!
I set this tablescape using my rattan chargers from Ikea...best deal around I think they are $3.99 ea..cheapest ones I have seen mixed with my Ikea white dinner plates.
I have had the lime green and red Christmas salad plates for years..I bought them when we lived in Texas and I just LOVE them! I folded red cloth napkin into a Christmas tree and placed a candy cane on top. Tutorial for Christmas tree fold on blog tomorrow. Green goblets were from Pier 1 a few years ago that I bought on clearance for $1.99 ea!! They work all year long for me.
I used fresh pieces of garland strung through my chandelier and hung a few ornaments from the chandy as well.
The centerpiece was quite simple and faux green wreath with a small Christmas tree
My talented daughter Madeline chalked this adorable Walking in a winter wonderland snowman for me! I wish I could write well but alas not my talent.
By Karin Brosnan - Friday, December 09, 2016
I have had so much fun making these adorable
Christmas Cupcake toothpicks this year!
I made some for my Niece's Unicorn and Mermaid baby shower! I will show that shower tomorrow it really turned out amazingly cute!
I actually made these for my sisters Craft Fair she is going to!
I love how they turned out in the pastel pink, green gold and red.
Even the girl at the UPS store wanted to buy some when I went to ship them to my sister!
I am thinking of starting to sell them myself.....what would you be willing to purchase a set of 12 for?
If you don't have Cricut machine you really ought to ask Santa for one this year they are AMAZING!
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By Karin Brosnan - Monday, November 21, 2016
I am obsessed with pom poms this year!! I love looking at all the amazing ideas on how to use them as Christmas decorations and I love the bright colors too! Here is a sampling of some I found looking for inspiration on the internet.
Nest of posies amazing pom pom wreath!!
Dig this Chick- Simple pinecone decorations bring back memories for me of being a kid
Tater Tots and Jello shows how to make these adorable pom pom Christmas trees and wreath!
Erin With A Y shares her pom poms on her deer head
I am dying over this pink pom pom Christmas tree pillow from Thistle Wood Farms
Last but not least I still love my own Pom Pom wreath I made a few years ago too!
Are you going to use Pom Poms in your Christmas decor this year?
By Karin Brosnan - Monday, November 14, 2016
Oh my gosh this bread is AHH MAZING And super easy to make! My daughter brought this over last Sunday for dinner and she made not one but two different flavors.
The recipe comes from Simply So Good and only has 4 ingredients but Madeline made one of the loaves with orange rind and craisins and the other one she added rosemary, garlic and a little asiago cheese to it...Oh yeah...uh huh amazing!!
Crusty Bread (Overnight Rise)
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon Instant or Rapid-rise yeast
1 1/2 cups water
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast. Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 - 18 hours. Overnight works great. Heat oven to 450 degrees. When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating. Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough. Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes. Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool. Make sure you check out her tips if you don't have a enamel pot with a lid on her blog Simply So Simple
By Karin Brosnan - Sunday, November 13, 2016
I found this recipe on Love Bakes Good Cakes cooking blog you need to check out her AMAZING recipes!!
This is one recipe that will be made over and over!! The flavor and ease of making the soup is just awesome! The only things I did differently was I did not add Jalapeno, I used Chicken broth instead of vegetable broth and I used canned corn...I added that last because I do not like overcooked canned corn.
The second night I had this I added some left over chicken and corn chips on top...OH YESSS it was to die for!
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Soup
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: about 4 servings
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut 1"
- 1 medium red pepper, seeded cut 1/2"
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion
- 1 jalapeno chopped
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 3 cups vegetable stock
- 15 oz black beans rinsed and drained
- 14.5 oz undrained diced tomatoes
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- salt to taste
- In a large pot heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add sweet potatoes, red pepper, onion, jalapeno and garlic
- Cook about 8 minutes until onions are tender; stir occasionally
- Stir in chili powder, cumin and cayenne pepper then reduce heat to medium
- Cover and cook for 8 minutes; stir occasionally.
- Add stock, beans, tomatoes and bring to boil; stir occasionally and let simmer for 15 minutes then remove from heat
- Stir in cilantro and lime juice.
- Season with salt as desired
- If desired add shredded cheese, sour cream or more cilantro on top
Another yummy soup you might like is
By Karin Brosnan - Saturday, November 12, 2016
So have I told you that my husband and I started a company about 4 years ago called BellaVita? I have been super busy trying to get the word out through social media about our company in the U.S. You see most of our business is done in Asia. My husband came up with the idea after spending 25 years in this industry and wanted to make a difference in peoples lives...so he started BellaVita..which means
A Beautiful life in Italian. You can check out our website here www.gobellavita.com to learn more
We have based all our products on the Mediterranean lifestyle and diet. We have done a lot of research on Olive leaf extract and the health benefits of it. Our main product is called SanoVita it is a whole food beverage and it is
This Wednesday I will be doing a giveaway for our CertoBella Anti-aging face cream so make sure you come back and enter the GIVEAWAY. Plus over on the right side of my blog we are doing a FACEBOOK giveaway and anyone can enter to win a bottle of Digestone essential oil and a cool water bottle. Help me spread the news by sharing my post.
Thanks so much!