Friday, November 30, 2012

It's National Mousse Day

Mousse is a divine dessert made from egg whites and cream. Did you know that “mousse” is the French word for “foam”? It’s a fitting name for this light, fluffy, and decadent confection!
Chocolate mousse was a specialty in French restaurants during the 1800s, but now it can be found in restaurants and households worldwide. Popular variations include different kinds of chocolate, nut, and fruit flavors.
To celebrate National Mousse Day, make your favorite type of mousse for you and your friends!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's French Toast Day!

It’s National French Toast Day! French toast is the perfect way to start your day. Although it is typically made with bread, milk, and eggs, and then topped with delicious maple syrup, many variations of this classic breakfast can be found around the world.
The origin of French toast is unknown, but recipes date back to the sixteenth century in Europe. Prior to the Hundred Years War, French toast was known in England as "poor knight's pudding" because it was a basic and affordable dish that a knight with no money could afford. In France, it was called "pan perdu" or lost bread, because it was a way of using lost or stale bread.
Celebrate French Toast Day by surprising your friends and family with breakfast for dinner

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Party Favor Ideas

Party Favor Ideas..
Don't you just love the idea of giving party
favors in a jar?  I do! 
I think they are so much fun. 
You can use it for just about anything.  from take home drinks, cookies candy and so much more.     
This trend packing gifts in jars has been around for awhile now.   It's not just cute but it's also cost effective for anyone to do for just about any event.
If you are using cupcakes or any other type of food. 
Just cool them in a cool place.  This allows your to make them in advance.
Add ribbon and embellishments makes
 them stand out. 
Some times you can find jars in many colors,
 just by searching around.
Mason jars are the most popular. 
I have now seen them in stores such as
Walmart and Target.  You can save on the shipping!.
Here is a price breakdown of what it can cost for you to make your own party/gift favor.
Hot Chocolate Favor
Your Cost
Jars for 12 favors           $36.00
Cocoa                               $ 3.50
Powdered Milk                 $1.00
Mini Marshmallows         $2.00
Peppermint Candies       $1.00
Chocolate Chips             $1.50
Ribbon                             $3.00
Tape                                 $2.00
Cardstock                        $1.00
Total $51.00 for 12 favors or $4.25 each..
I hope this gives you an idea, have fun with it.  They make a great Holiday Gift.  

Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy National Cake Day Everyone!

It's Cake Day!!
On this day, we celebrate one of the world’s favorite desserts—the cake. The cake we know and love today evolved from early leavened breads, which were sweetened with honey, fruit, and nuts. Did you know that the word “cake” comes from the Old Norse word, “kaka,” meaning a baked flour confection?
Whether you prefer vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, or even the pineapple-upside-down variety, grab a slice of your favorite cake to celebrate this delicious day! Happy National Cake Day!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas Ornament Give Away

We have a wonderful Giveaway from Sweet Servings this week. For the next few weeks they will be giving away Christmas Ornaments that can be personalized.  A $14.95 value.
You could win this beautiful Christmas Home Ornament for the holidays. This can be personalized with the year in one of the windows.
All you have to do is
follow Sweet servings on Twitter here
Follow Sweet Servings on Facebook Here
Subscribe to their blog and leave a comment here
The winner will be picked on December 3. 
Good Luck to everyone     

Happy National Parfait Day

Did you know that the word "parfait" means "perfect" in French? It’s no wonder that this dish makes a perfect snack, meal, or dessert!
Although parfaits were originally served on decorative plates, today they are typically layered in tall, thin glasses. There are also many variations on the original parfait recipe,
 which originated in France in the 19th century.
American parfaits are made by layering ice cream with granola, nuts, yogurt, fresh fruits, and whip cream. Whip up your own version to celebrate National Parfait Day!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

 Thanksgiving is a special celebration full of family gatherings, holiday meals, and giving thanks. It is a time of roasted turkeys, cranberry confections, cornbread stuffing, piping hot pumpkin pies, football games, and holiday parades.
The three-day festival that is now hailed as the “first Thanksgiving,” took place in the village of Plymouth in 1621. Governor William Bradford organized a feast to celebrate the Pilgrims’ first successful corn harvest. Those in attendance included the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Historians know that the Mayflower’s sugar supply had run low, so the meal did not feature any pies, but one record indicates that four men were sent on a “fowling” mission, which very well may have resulted in a turkey!
Presidents Washington, Adams, and Monroe proclaimed national Thanksgivings, but the custom soon fell out of favor. Then, in the 1820s, Sarah Josepha Hale began a campaign to reinstate the national celebration, and in 1863 President Lincoln proclaimed a Thursday in November as the National Day of Thanksgiving. The holiday has been celebrated ever since.
Happy Thanksgiving
Have a blessed day!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

It’s National Peanut Butter Fudge Day! Peanut butter has been a staple in American kitchens for more than a century. It can be served in a sandwich, mixed with ice cream, combined with chocolate, or whipped into fudge! Peanut butter fudge is the perfect treat for anyone with a sweet tooth and a love for rich, decadent desserts.
According to legend, the origin of fudge can be traced back to the 1800s when people used the word "fudge" to mean "cheat" or "mess up." One day, a chef accidently "fudged" a batch of caramel he was trying to make, inventing the delicious confection we know and love it today.
Fudge is now made in many heavenly flavors, including the rich peanut butter variety. Try your hand at making a homemade batch in honor of National Peanut Butter Fudge Day!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Black Friday

Black Friday is just about here.  
I love going out in the middle of the night.  Last year was the first year I took my daughter with me.  She had a blast, and could not believe all the people!!  We made it until 4 AM and then she gave up.  Being it was her first time we just looked.  No buying.  But then again how can I buy for her
when she is with me? 
This year it's not the same.  The stores are opening so early which takes all the fun awayl!
I wanted to share with you some tips on Black Friday.
Before you head out.  Make sure that you make your list of what your looking for.  There are so many things around to gain your attention, by the time you get to the item you really wanted its gone. Go to a lot of times they leak information and sales that are
not even in the paper.
Remember the ads come out in the paper the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  Prioritize your list. 
Go to the store that is the first on your list or you will never get that item.  If your paying cash even better. You save about 20% when you pay with cash. 
 Call the stores to see what time they are open.  A lot of stores give you numbers so you don't have to wait on line all night.  Find out when they start giving those numbers out!
There is a new app out called The TGI Black Friday app.  It lets you view instantly updated ads for major retailers and compares prices for you. offers a black Friday app that gives you leaked ads. 
Stores keep the most expensive merchandise eye level, while lower-cost items are on the shelves or down below. Sale items are most often placed in the back left hand corner of the store.  This is their way of having you walk around the store. If you find something and its not in your size.  Buy it anyway.  Wait a week and return it when your size comes in.
Don't wait for Cyber Monday.  Last year about 90 percent of online retailers offered deals on Thanksgiving weekend.  Get it while you can.
I hope you have no stress and make it a fun night.  I know I am.  I can't wait to go out this year with my daughter, as a matter of fact I think its going to be a tradition now!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fun Facts To Think About For Your Wedding

When it comes to weddings I am asked the same questions over and over again. 
I thought I would share some of them with you! If you have any questions or would like to share any ideas that you have with me, Please feel free to post and share!

Should you have a card box for your gift envelopes at your reception?
Even though some people find it a little tacky to have this on a table at your reception.  I feel as long as its matches your decor and blends in why not?  Its a good way for your quests to know where to put their gifts.  Sometimes just leaving an envelope on a table can get lost.  Having someone being in charge of them takes responsibility that isn't fair.  I feel there is nothing wrong with a pretty envelope box.

Should you have a backdrop behind your Sweetheart Table?
Of course!  Make it grand. It's your day, The bride and the groom should be the center of attraction.  All eyes are on you for the night.  Everyone watches every move you make.  Make yourself stand out. Create a grand back drop for all to see!  
How much do you spend on your flowers?
Flowers for your event should be budgeted in at 10% of your total cost of your affair.  Flowers can be taken from your ceremony to your reception to cut costs. Brides and Grooms are now looking towards paper flowers.  Your quests will not know until they touch, that they are paper. They not only look real but they make a life time keepsake. 
Party Favors
Favors for all events should be something your quests will want to use and not stick in a draw and never be seen again.  I love edible favors.  They can be created to match your decor. Your quests will love them!
 Packed correctly they make a great party favor for all events!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Happy National Candy Day

Happy National Candy Day
It’s National Candy Day! Humans have been eating candies and sweet confections for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians preserved nuts and fruits in honey, and the Aztecs and Mayans consumed chocolate during religious rituals as early as 300 AD.
Today, there are thousands of different types of candy, all with their own unique history. For example, did you know that Tootsie Rolls were created by Leo Hirshfield of New York in 1896? He named them after his daughter, who was nicknamed "Tootsie." The average American eats twenty-five pounds of candy each year. That may seem like a lot, but the average person in Denmark eats thirty-six pounds each year!
Whether you like chocolate, caramels, hard candy, or marzipan, treat yourself to something delicious to celebrate National Candy Day!