easy southern potato salad recipe

Easy Southern Potato Salad

This Easter I’ll be making my mom’s Southern potato salad for Easter brunch. The recipe is amazing (a real family favorite that everyone requests!) and super easy!

I’m sharing our family recipe for easy Southern potato salad (remember, I’m from Alabama!) and a few more fun Easter brunch ideas in my latest post with Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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kid crafted Easter bunny photo props

How to make Easter bunny photo props

Easter pictures at my house are a given.

Posed pics of the family in their Sunday best.

LOVE them!

This year, we’ll not only be taking the family photographs and the shots of the kids running in the grass gathering eggs, but my boys and some family will get creative and make their own easy Easter bunny photo prop craft for our Easter brunch!

Hop over {I’m a riot, I know…) to my most recent post on Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for all the DIY details to make your own Easter bunny photo props!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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easy Easter carrot cake & cupcakes

Easter carrot cake

If you’re hosting an Easter celebration this year, I’ve got an easy carrot cake and carrot cake cupcake idea for you!

I’m over at Red Barn this morning sharing all the details: cake + decorating and styling tips. Hop {grin} on over for all the details and tons more pictures! And if you want some fabulous carrot cake recipes, here are six of my favorites!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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the after party + a chance to win

So the Game Day party is over and it’s time to pack up all those yummy left overs. I personally have used these Rubbermaid food storage containers for over a year. I tossed every other plastic bowl (most without a matching lid because the dishwasher ate it) in the cabinet.

I love that these Rubbermaid bowls all match (I can’t help it… I feel more organized when things match), are leak-proof because of this fantastic seal on the inside rim (which has saved my kitchen floor more times than I can count), and have lids that snap to the bottom of the bowl so I don’t lose them (and yes… they stay better organized). Plus, the way they stack gives me extra space in the cabinet. 

Okay, to summarize: pretty, organized and leak-proof. What’s not to love?!

So for my after parties… the “clean-up” after the party that is… I use Rubbermaid.

My little guy and I just ran out last week and picked up a few new Rubbermaid pieces at Target for our upcoming party using coupons from Target.com.

Log on and get some Rubbermaid coupons for yourself! Just visit Target at coupons.target.com/rubbermaid-coupons and print. It’s that easy!

And guess what!! Rubbermaid is hosting a Game Day Party Sweepstakes!  They are offering the chance to win an Easy Find Lids Party Pack, a 48Qt Cooler and $100 VISA gift card! Enter at Rubbermaid.com right now!  

You can also find Rubbermaid on:

Happy Monday everyone! And make sure you enter to win Rubbermaid’s fabulous Game Day Party Sweepstakes!

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This project is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but as you ladies know, all my opinions are always my own. I would have it no other way! http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

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8 party ideas for the Big Game + win!

The Big Game AND your party are only a few short weeks away! And I’ve got your back ladies! This morning I’m sharing 8 fun, easy and stylish ideas to make your football party table more than just the halftime show. Yep, no flag on the field here! {grin}

Let’s start with the football party snack table set-up. I grabbed many of these fun football party supplies at World Market, a store you can always count on for gourmet foods and beverages with unique flavors and origins.

My absolute favorite find for this football party is my backdrop, a weathered map of the United States. It will be perfect not only for the Big Game, but for all my football parties (or any sport for that matter) throughout the year.

I made this little pennant banner that I can move between states as different teams play! By the way, the pennant colors will be updated for this year’s Big Game once the final teams are announced. More details below! And if you want to make your own pennant, I’m going to post the easy how tos later this week.

My hubby thought the Beers of the World were a must!

And of course I had to have a cupcake or two… well I mean, of course right! You can download my free Game Day cupcake templates in 2013 colors here.

The boys had to have their pick too. Football shaped pretzels and Artichoke and Spinach Chips. And yes, kids do love them!

Want to recreate part or all of this table for your football party? Here are my resources:

  • Backdrop – map of the United States from World Market
  • Tablecloth – green indoor outdoor carpeting from your local hardware store
  • Serving items – blue lunch bags from your local grocery, popcorn containers from World Market
  • Pre-made snacks – UTZ football shaped pretzels and Jensen’s Orchard Spinach and Artichoke Chips from World Market
  • Beverages – Beers of the World from World Market
  • Serving dishes - 3-tier cupcake and mini pizza display from World Market
  • Food labels – chalkboard placecards and food labels from World Market
  • Free printable party supplies – cupcake wrappers, cupcake picks and pennant banner are my designs, The Celebration Shoppe, and the colors have been updated for the 2013 Big Game (updated each year). Download your Game Day templates now. Don’t want to miss any free templates, sign up for our e-mails.

I also made a few recipes for my Big Game party table. The first, and likely my favorite food item on the table, is Chocolate Bacon Popcorn. Yep, you read me right. World Market sells Bacon Salt and it gave me this inspiration for this little sweet and salty treat. Your guests, especially the guys, will love it!

To make Chocolate Bacon Popcorn you’ll need:

  • 6 cups of air popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate melts (available at your local grocery or craft store with a baking section)
  • J&D’s Bacon Salt
  • Wax paper

And the simple steps for Chocolate Bacon Popcorn:

  • Spread your popcorn on the wax paper (you’ll likely need to do this in 2-3 batches)
  • Place your chocolate melts in a resealable plastic bag (snipped on one end) or in a small glass bowl and heat in the microwave in 8 second intervals, three times, or until melted
  • Drizzle chocolate over popcorn
  • Before chocolate cools, shake on J&D’s Bacon Salt to your desired taste.

I also made mini pizzas, a favorite of our family since I was a kid. We typically use pumpernickel bread, but I found these yummy Minigrill Mini Toasts at World Market and they turned out perfectly.

To make Mini Toast Party Pizzas you’ll need:

  • Ground beef, cooked and strained
  • Ground sausage, cooked and strained
  • Original pizza sauce
  • Cheddar, Sharp and Mozzarella and Provolone blended
  • Minigrill Mini Toasts from World Market

And the simple how to steps for Mini Toast Party Pizza:

  • Blend your cooked meats and pizza sauce in a pan and bring to a simmer
  • Add a small amount of your cheese mixture allowing it to melt
  • Top mini toasts with mixture
  • Drizzle remaining cheese on top

Would you be interested in winning the Ultimate Football Viewing Party?! Well World Market wants to give you that chance with a $500 gift card! Just join World Market on facebook and fill out a quick entry form for a chance to win one of ten $500 gift cards. Contest runs through January 25, 2013. Join Cost Plus World Market on facebook now!

By the way, World Market isn’t just great for celebrations. They have a wonderful array of ideas and products for decorating your home. I personally want some of their whimsical white wall frames for my studio makeover, but they have furniture, including chairs and sofas (there was one gray number that would be beautiful in my living room!), end tables, and on and on. If you’re looking to freshen up your home for the new year, you should absolutely give World Market a browse!

Rather have me walk you through the table ideas and details? Watch my video:

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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This party table design is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but as you ladies know, all my opinions are always my own. http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

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handprint Christmas ornament with PBK

Since my kids were itty bitty I’ve shopped at Pottery Barn Kids each Christmas for keepsake ornaments for our tree. And now it’s covered in red oval and square picture frame ornaments and the happy little faces of my babies. And this year I’m adding this lovely white handprint ornament!

I’m a bit obsessed with their feet and hands. Since they’re now six and eight, I guess I just feel my time is running out and I have to capture them every chance I get. (This is our Christmas tree footprint art from last year and I have plans for their feet this year too!)

So this marshmallow clay handprint ornament from Pottery Barn Kids was perfect to add to my ever growing collection of keepsake ornaments!

And the best part, since my children are older they could help make the ornament from beginning to end, making it even more special. Plus, it’s a mess-free craft. No plaster powder to mix and if you mess up you just roll the clay again until you get it perfect.

The Pottery Barn Kids Keepsake Handprint Ornament kit comes with pure white marshmallow clay, a rolling pin, two sizes of round mold cutters (hand and foot… I used the foot size for my boys’ hands), a hole punch and a ribbon.

And with the left over marshmallow clay, we got creative. He made a snowman…

and then we broke out the Sharpies, so I could write the year on his print, and he could draw a picture on his clay. It started as a sun and turned into a sunflower. As a mommy, I thought it was adorable. Even the dots of black permanent pen he got on his nose and lip while drawing… {grin}.

You can find keepsake ornaments, perfect for baby shower gifts too, at Pottery Barn Kids ~ find a PBK store or shop PBK ornaments online.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but as you ladies know, all my opinions are always my own.  http://cmp.ly/3/KqtZiE

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5 Christmas cookie packaging ideas

I bake… a lot… especially during the holidays and I’m always trying to be unique yet practical with my Christmas cookie packaging. For my most recent post with Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com I crafted five ways to package your Christmas cookies this holiday season based on the size and shape of your goodies! These gift wrap ideas are perfect for cookie exchange parties too!

Hop over to Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com to see all five cookie packaging ideas!

But before you go, I’m giving away my crimson red, Tiffany blue and white striped Christmas gift tags, plus a pattern sheet that we used in one of the packaging ideas.

Download your “Eat More Cookies” tags and blank Christmas tags, personalize them with your family name, print and give some yummy Keebler Elf goodness this holiday season!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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gingerbread cookie coffee… mmm!


I’m a coffee lover… big time. For me, sipping a great cup of steaming coffee is relaxing. And honestly it’s often my “sweet” treat to myself. In my business I’m often surrounded by goodies and I’d be as big as a house if I indulged in all of them. So instead of nibbling, I sip. {wink}

And now that the holidays are here I’m revelling in the yummy flavors available from Duncan Donuts at my local grocery. See, when I want a cup of coffee while I pour {pun intended} over a new design or I’m in my studio styling a new craft idea, I might not be able to run out to the Duncan Donuts retail location (like 15 minutes away), but I do have time to stop at my kitchen coffee maker! YUM!

I say, tis the season to treat yourself, and you can find all these delish flavors at your local grocery store:

  • Pumpkin Spice: You’ll fall for this warm holiday flavor again and again.
  • Mocha Mint: Satisfy that chocolate craving with a warm cup of this minty winter treat.
  • Gingerbread Cookie: Catch this perfect combination of sugar and spice if you can.

 As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake (with a cup of coffee in your hand), create and celebrate! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

As you might expect, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would have it no other way. And a huge thank you to Dunkin’ Donuts® packaged coffee (available at your local grocery for anyone that wants to run right and grab some) for being my sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective.

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share the joy with World Market

The holiday season, the season of giving, is officially here and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share that World Market is already in the spirit and wants you to be too! More details below about how you have a chance to win and give, but right now I want to share what the fabulous people at World Market let me do! {giddy}

There is a local charity here in Columbus called Buckeye Ranch. Among it’s many services, it offers residential housing to young children that are suffering from abuse, mental issues, and more. As a mom of two healthy happy little boys, my heart bleeds for these children. (By the way, if you’re in the central Ohio area, Buckeye Ranch has an adopt-a-family program this season and are in need of items big and small.)

So when World Market asked if I’d like to shop the store and give away my finds to a needy charity, I jumped at the chance. My boys and I are bakers. We love to get in the kitchen and let the flour fly. We have fun, but not only that we talk. And we giggle. We’re gigglers. But for many of these little ones, fond holiday memories are not recent, if ever at all.

So my youngest and I decided to create a basket of baking supplies for the children at Buckeye and Michelle, the administrator we worked with, assures me that our goodies will make it to several of the houses on the ranch. {Due to the nature of the charity we weren’t able to take photos of the actual gift giving, but I assure you there were smiles!} 

These are just a few of the goodies we picked up! My guy had a blast browsing the isles and I knew if he loved the items the kids at the ranch would too. (I practically had to wrestle the big gumball tube away from him… I think Santa might have to bring one of those to our house!)

As much as he loved the gumballs, I loved these collapsable icing bottles. Genius!! I’m always tapping mine on the counter to get the icing to the tip… not anymore! Plus, these are great for small hands. We had to have several of these.

Oh, and the ornaments at World Market are beautiful… and sparkly! We picked this little glitterly Santa ornament up to embellish our gift basket, but we had to pick up another one… Santa in a space ship… {grin} for our own tree.

I also fell in love with this stripe mixing bowl and the Cookies for Santa platter. Those will be gracing my home this holiday season. So much cuteness in World Market! By the way, this picture doesn’t do our haul justice. There was just no way to get it all in one shot. {happy dance} 

And what is a gift without a card?! So my little guy broke out the construction paper, scissors, glue and pencils. He made the sweetest card. Simple, but oh so sweet. I must have taken 40 pictures of him (no worries, I’ll save those for family) trying to cut out the perfect heart.

I hope you’re inspired to give this holiday season. I know I personally have the bug now!

And World Market wants to help get you in the spirit by hosting a Share The Joy Sweepstakes! Join them on facebook and enter to win the Share The Joy Sweepstakes now!

You can also connect with World Market on Pinterest, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram! Happy Holidays everyone!

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own. I’d have it no other way here in my little corner of the world!

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Thanksgiving kid craft ~ make a turkey

Chatting over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com this week about keeping your kiddos busy on Thanksgiving Day with easy and fun turkey craft ideas and treats! (Free Thanksgiving printables can be downloaded at the bottom of this page!)

This is an easy personalized turkey placecard idea and I share on Snackpicks how to make this fun project take longer than 3 minutes (don’t you think some crafts are just too short!), keeping your little pumpkins entertained and excited to be part of decorating the Thanksgiving kids table!

Join me over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for more Thanksgiving Day kid activity ideas, and some very fun Thanksgiving kid treats from me and other fabulous bloggers.

And don’t forget to download our FREE Thanksgiving party printables ~ beverage tags, beverage wrappers and “pick your own” pumpkin sign!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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