Keeping it Simple

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Men’s Gift Idea- Date Night Basket and Freedom to be Spontaneous

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Is it just me or are men really hard to shop for?  We are at the stage in our lives that if we want something, we buy it.  We don't wait until a holiday or a birthday to get it.  So when it comes time to buy my husband a gift, I struggle with it because he really doesn't want anything and the things he needs (like socks or clothes) just aren't much fun as presents.  

I was recently joking around with a friend and said that when it comes to guys all they need is food and you :).  So I took that idea and ran with it.  I actually thought that it would be a fun idea to give him food and quality time with me.  So I made him a basket full of different date nights.  I think that it's really important to continue to date your spouse.  To continue to have fun and keep that flame burning because sometimes with kids wearing us down, the flame can burn out.  I'm hoping that this basket helps us to have more one on one time and give us the freedom to be spontaneous
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I picked up several things that I thought would make some fun date nights. 
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Then I created a fun coupon book to go with each date.  Some dates will involve going out and some will just be at home when we can't find a sitter and we need some quality time together. I made it a printable so people can print it out too.
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I cut out all of the coupons.
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And then I put it together with some baker's twine.  I left some blank coupons so that he could pick some date nights too.
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One of the date nights was a game night.  So I picked up a game that we used to play together all the time when we were first married.  I also got some of our favorite candy.
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Another date was a movie night.  We could go buy some movie tickets and go to the theater.  Or we could just watch a new movie at home with some popcorn, so I bought him a new movie and some popcorn.
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Another one was a romantic evening.  For that I got some KY Liquibeads (for me), some fun new underwear and gum (because bad breath is not fun :) ). 
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I got the KY Liquibeads for me from Walmart, they were located in the women's section.  There is also a $1 off coupon any KY products, woohoo! 
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The reason why I got them is because they help with dryness.  Oh the joys of getting older and having 5 kids....  They are just nice to have so when #TheMoodStrikes I'll be ready.  They are simple to use and come with a bead and applicator so it's simple to put inside your body and there's no mess. If you're pregnant or nursing, consult a doctor before use. 
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I put it all into the basket, included the coupon book and a gift card to a steak house and then wrapped some ribbon around it to make it pretty. 
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I think that this is one gift that my husband will be excited about using :).   
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What are you getting your spouse this year?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Easy Holiday Food Idea- Snowman Cheese Balls

I love easy and quick recipes, especially when they are delicious.  I have a thing for cheese.  I like it a lot!  So of course I love cheese balls.  With all the Christmas parties happening right now, I thought it would be fun to make some fun snowman cheese balls.  I love how they turned out and better yet, I loved how they tasted! Plus it was so nice to have an individual cheese ball that I didn't have to worry about if someone else touched it :)

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This is what you'll need for this amazing cheese ball:
2 packages of cream cheese, softened. 
1 package ranch dressing seasoning
1 cup cheddar shredded cheese
Sliced almonds

Mix all the ingredient up in a bowl.  The best method for me is with my hands.
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Then make small ball of cheese and roll them in some almonds.  I then stuck a paper straw inside of it and wrapped with Saran wrap.
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Then I taped the wrap onto the straw with some washi tape.  If you wanted to make them even cuter, you could make a little scarf out of the tape.  Then I drew on the face with a marker.
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I put them in the fridge to cool and harden and then put them into an empty box with little holes so they could stand up.
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And then I served them with crackers.  So fun and oh so yummy!
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Neighbor Gift Idea: Christmas Soap with Free Printable

A couple of years ago I made some fun snowman soap for neighbor and teacher gifts for Christmas.  They were such a big hit that I thought that I would make some more this year but this time make more than just snowman.  I made 4 different characters.  Each of them are fun and would make a perfect neighbor gift.  Or they are perfect just to have at your house.   
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I bought a variety of soaps for each character.
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I took off the labels and then used some goo gone to get the sticky part off of it.
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For the reindeer and Santa, I glued some things on it with a glue gun.  Then I cut out some vinyl with my Silhouette for the rest of the soaps.
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I added the vinyl to each soap.
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Then I added the finishing touches.  I love how they turned out! 
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Then I printed out the little tag printable
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And that's it!!  So easy and I love how they turned out.  I love the simplicity of the penguin and the Santa.  But I also love the little touches of the snoman and reindeer.  I'm excited to hand these out to my friends and neighbors.  
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Delicious Party Food: Creamy Chipotle Chicken Fettuccine #SeasonedGreetings

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The holidays are coming up and we love to have to people over for dinner during these times.  So I'm always trying to come up with some awesome recipes for our guests.  Chipotle is so popular right now and pasta is a huge hit at our house, so I combined the two and created an amazing creamy chipotle fettuccine.  The Tabasco Chipotle sauce adds just the right amount of flavor to it and it blended well with all the other ingredients.  It was a great combination!  Plus it is so easy to make, so that makes it a perfect delicious party food
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 I went to Walmart to get the Tabasco sauces.  They had three different flavors so I got all three, it's always fun to try new flavors.  I found them with all the different condiments.  
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Here are the three flavors I got: Original, Green Jalapeño Pepper and Chipotle.
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This is what you'll need for the creamy chipotle sauce:
4 oz cream cheese
2-3 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp butter
2 cups milk
2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tsp Tabasco Chipotle sauce
3/4 cup tomato sauce 
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This is how you make it:
1) Add the cream cheese, milk, flour and salt into a blender and blend together until smooth.  Set aside.
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2) Put minced garlic and butter into sauce pan and cook on medium setting for 30 seconds or until the butter is melted.
3) Add cream cheese and milk mixture and heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly.
4) Once the sauce is a little thicker, remove from heat and add Parmesan cheese.  Stir and then cover. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
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5) After 10 minutes add the tomato sauce and Tabasco Chipotle sauce and stir.  Cook until it is warm and smooth.
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Serve over fettuccine noodles and add chicken and garnish with bacon.
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It was amazing!  I loved the flavor of the chipotle!
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I thought that these Tabasco sauces would make a great gift for a man.  I could see myself giving something like this to my father in law.  So I thought that I would make a fun printable to go with the bottles.  
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What a fun way to give someone #SeasonedGreetings! 
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What is your favorite flavor of Tabasco sauce?  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

13 Last Minutes Stocking Stuffers (MMM #256 Block Party}

It's crazy to think that Christmas is only 11 days away.  I am no way close to being done, how about you??  If you're like me, then you are always looking for some last minute ideas.  Well here are 13 great ideas for stocking stuffers! 
Handmade Heating Pad | Christmas Notebooks | Easy Scarf Necklace | DIY Diffuser Necklace | Dementor's Relief Free Printable Chocolate Bar Wrappers | Christmas Storybook Necklaces | Citrus Basil Body Scrub | Black and White Nordic Ornaments | Washi Tape Spatulas | Don't Eat Pete Free Printable Game | Unique Baby Books | Christmas M&M Pouches | Elves Cookie and Candy Jars

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Easy Holiday Food- Reindeer Gelato Bars #HolidayMadeSimple

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My family loves to entertain.   I especially love it.  I am a very social person and I love to throw parties for the holidays or go to parties.  I am not a great baker though.  Never have been.  Last year I thought that I would make up some kind of baked good for a neighbor gift.  It was awful.  Completely messed it up.  So this year I decided that when it came to the dessert, I would just go and buy some gelato bars and then turn them into fun reindeer (because I'm good at doing that).  Anytime I can make something cute but spend less time in the kitchen, the better.  Plus I thought that these would make adorable neighbor gifts, so I made a free printable to go with them too.  Something that is already made, yummy and good, that's the way to do it!   This is how #HolidayMadeSimple is done.

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I headed to Walmart to get the gelato bars.  I found them in the freezer novelties section.  
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They had a  lot of choose from, but I went with the HÄAGEN-DAZS® Gelato Bars in the flavor of caramel vanilla pizzelle.  Anything that has chocolate and caramel is amazing to me!
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I bought a couple boxes.  Don't they look amazing?  They are, trust me!
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Using my electronic cutter, I cut out some reindeer antlers out of card stock and then the rest of the face out of vinyl.  I then use some baker's twine and a little bell for it's rein. 
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I glued the antlers on with hot glue (very carefully so I didn't melt the plastic).  Then I put on the vinyl, drew a mouth and tied the twine around.  It was so easy and I love how they turned out!
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I then added it with other super easy holiday foods, like these snowman cheese balls, cheese and grape tree and Santa pizza bites.
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Because I thought that these would be such great gifts too, I made a fun printable to go with it.  I love puns, they are my favorite.  I love coming up with them!  I know that it's fun to give out a box of brownies or cookies for neighbor gifts, but honestly I think about how many times I've gotten them and never made the up.  So this year I thought,  "Why give someone extra "work"?". So I just gave them something that they can enjoy right away.  I guarantee these won't just sit in the freezer for 2 years not being eaten :).
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Aren't these gelato bars so much fun??  I love them and can't wait to give them to my friends. 
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And here's a little video of these fun reindeer gelato bars :).

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