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I love peach pie, pudding, cake, etc. I thought that I would make some "southern" peach crepes for a change. We love to eat breakfast for dinner. I know many that have Sunday Supper devoted to breakfast foods.
If you google the definition of crepes, you will find crepes are a thin type of pancake:
A crêpe or crepe is a type of very thin pancake. Crêpes are usually of two types: sweet crêpes and savoury galettes. Crêpes are served with a variety of fillings, from the simplest with only sugar to flambéed crêpes Suzette or elaborate savoury galettes. Wikipedia
An easy way to make delicious crepes is to take your good ole' fashion buttermilk pancake recipe and add more water. The batter needs to be thinner as it will pour off the spoon easier. I use Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete. Again, add more water.
The key is to drop two tablespoons of unsalted butter in your skillet and heat it. Drop in your batter onto the melted hot pan of butter. Turn down the stove to a medium to high heat. The pancake (i.e. southern crepe) will start to bubble (just like you are cooking pancakes) and be ready to flip. STOP: Before you flip add about two tablespoons of your peach fruit mixture (see recipe below) before you flip the crepe. Use your spatula to fold over the side of the crepe, so that your peach filling will be inside (like a fried pie.)
Flip over and let both sides become golden brown. Remove from heat and top with organic powdered sugar and serve. I did pour warm maple syrup on ours. It was delicious! So, you just made yourself crepes or stuffed pancakes. Basically, the French call them crepes and us southerner's refer to them as stuffed pancakes.
Peach Crepe Filling:
1 can of Peach Pie Filling
1/4 cup dark brown sugar (or light)
2 Tablespoons of sugar
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
1 Tablespoon of Organic Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter
1/2 cup organic powdered sugar (to use as topping for crepes)
In a mixing bowl combine and mix together all the ingredients except for the butter.
Pour into small skillet on stove top and simmer adding in the butter. Let simmer for about 5-7 minutes.
These were so delicious and so easy to do. They are perfect for a #SundaySupper, brunch or an easy dessert!
Football Season is here! With school back in session, we know that it's time to break out our favorite game attire and get ready for some #football.
Football also means watch parties! It's time to make those delicious appetizers, dips, snacks and desserts! If your family is anything like mine, they don't want to leave the TV when the #Razorbacks are on!
I am so excited that KTHV11 The Vine asked me to come back on for the fun football segment. I have some wonderful decor items, as well as, some great snacks, appetizers, and easy grab foods!
Here's the Links to Part 1 and Part 2 of the Segments -- See how cute the table turned out. Great tips included.
There is no reason to slay over a hot stove or oven all day. Football foods don't have to be a burden. Make them easy and enjoyable. I have put together this adorable galvanized caddy full of some easy and fun snacks.
Football also means #Fall is around the corner. That is my very favorite season. I asked Hannah (my daughter-in-law) what were some of her favorite football snacks. She replied, "pigs-n-blanket," and "chic-fil-a nuggets." Lauren (my daughter) loves pizza. In fact, give her pizza and do-nuts and she is set.
Personally, I love a variety of snacks, mini foods, etc. Here are some good "fall" snacks that are perfect for football watching.
Sweet Yellow Corn Dip (cowboy caviar) - Ingredients are simple - 1 can (drain well) sweet yellow corn, 1 can (drain well) bushes black-eyed peas, 1/2 cup or small handful of chopped white onion, chopped purple onion, chopped avocado. Pre-soak roma tomatoes in Lowry's garlic pepper and then dice. (1 small) mix in with the other ingredients. Add in 1 Tablespoon of Avocado Oil and stir. Cover and place in fridge to chill. I chilled overnight. Top with cooked bacon (tear into bits.) It's delicious and not heavy. It was a big hit at the station today.
The snacking caddy included:
Candy Corn & Frito's --- a favorite fall snack
Nuts, Pretzels & Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Mix
Popcorn Variety - cheese, butter & caramel
Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chip Granola with Caramel Glazed Pecans
Pumpkin Spice & Espresso M & M's
Homemade Snack Mix - pretzels, Cheetos, nuts & more
Football Shape Cookies - Use a small football cookie cutter. The trick into making great football shaped cookies is to bake your cookie dough in a pie plate. Be sure and spray the pie plate, bake dough @ 350 Degrees for approx 25-30 minutes. Take out of oven and let cool. Use cookie cutter to cut out shapes. I was able to get a dozen cookies out of each pie.
Cookie ingredients -
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
6 Tablespoons of sugar
3/4 cup of packed brown sugar (I use dark brown)
1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 Teaspoon of Pink Himalayan Salt
1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda (make sure and use new baking soda) If your baking soda gets old and is left not completely sealed, your cookies will not rise as well.
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Egg (room temperature)
1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
1/2 cup of Dark Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chips combined
In mixer - mix the butter, sugars & vanilla until mixed together. Fold in egg, vanilla and chocolate chips. Mix until creamed together. Then fold in your dry ingredients and mix until creamy. Place dough in fridge and chill for 30 minutes. Take out and spread evenly in your pie plate. Bake at 350 for approx 25-30 minutes until cookies are golden.
All of these are easy to make. It won't break your budget, and they will be a hit! I call it my "snack station. Put together some of your favorites in a cute caddy and you are set to go. Another great win is you can never go wrong if you do a "grazing board." I find any excuse for those. All my family, coworkers & friends love a good "grazing" board.
Get your home ready for fall with a fun Razorback door hanger. This adorable hanger was made by my new friend Erin Chism of Southern Timber. Be sure and check out her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Southern-Timber. She can customize colors and has a variety of #Southern home decor. These adorable signs will make perfect upcoming #Christmas gifts.
If you need special printing done or want to make a poster size schedule like mine be sure at check out my friends at Arkansas Blue Print. Arkansas Blue Print has been doing our printing for many years. They are equipped to handle large size Architectural prints and more! They always bring by the #SEC game schedules every year as a treat for their customers. They were more than happy to make the Extra Large size for me to hang and use on the segment.
Have some #fun at your watch parties with these cute #football stress balls I found on Amazon. Hopefully, this will help reduce the stress if the game is going quite your way. I also found the cute football suckers on #Amazon as well.
Bottom Line - Don't stress about game nights or watch party events. Have fun and enjoy! Most of the snacks that I used for the segment can be made ahead of time. Make them ahead and store them in an air tight bag or one of my favorite sustainable bags. They are Eco friendly and can be used over and over ....... You can find all these items on my Amazon Store at https://www.amazon.com/shop/sweetyellowcornbread
I can't believe today is back to school. It doesn't seem right to start school in the severe heat. The heat index are topping out in the low-mid 100's today in #littlerock. It was already feeling like 90 degrees this morning at around 8:30 when I arrived at KTHV11's station for the morning show "The Vine."
This is my third appearance and fifth segment. It is getting a little easier each time. Today, it was so hot and I had so much to tote, I thought I was going to pass out.
Today's first segment was getting your "homework station" ready for your kids, young adults, and yourself! I found an easy way to keep up with all the markers, colors, glue, scissors, etc. I found an old box and I re-purposed and stained it. It is like an old "coke box." This box contained many compartments and was perfect for my large assortment of supplies and necessities. P.S. This would also work great for a craft box to keep up with craft supplies, jewelry supplies, etc.
This year I am trying to focus more on "sustainable" products. We need to revert back to times when there wasn't so much plastic and paper bags, etc. I found these great little bags that comes in all sizes, shapes and designs. They are perfect to store your school snacks and lunch treats. You can put them in the fridge overnight and they will help keep your food items cool through lunch.
My friends at Bizz have great "Bento" boxes that are also great for portion control and food storage. These can be placed in the fridge, freezer or microwave. You can also put them in the dishwasher. You can purchase them on my #Amazon store at https://www.amazon.com/shop/sweetyellowcornbread
Be sure and try and use products that you can reuse or re purpose. Anything we can do to help Earth and our environment around us is a #winwin.
If you have college daughters, they will love the beautiful #katespade boxes that you can pickup at your local TJMaxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods. These beautiful boxes come in a variety of colors, sizes, shapes and designs. They make great photo boxes or can be used for any type of storage. They also make make your closet shelves look amazing! I use them as gift boxes for Christmas, Bridal Showers, as well as, Birthdays.
Watch the Episode Here - on alternative sandwiches. Use apples for bread. Yes, apples! They are great and your kids will love them! I used green apples to make club sandwiches with them. Slice the apples in rounds. Load the middle with Canadian bacon, bacon, lettuce, tomato, etc. Just like you would a traditional club. Leave off the dressings. The apple will give you the juice and sweet taste. This will help cut down on calories and extra sugars.
I used red apples for the Peanut Butter sandwiches. Who doesn't like apples & peanut butter? YUM! P.S. Leave off the Sugary Jellies...........................................you don't need them.
Also, pack the peanut butter cups to be used for dippers. Pretzels, Bananas, Apples, etc. are fun to dip in the peanut butter and are delicious! The Peanut Butter is perfect to give you the protein energy boost to get you through the day.
Be sure and watch the episode to see how cute these turned out.
If you need some great decorations for your classroom or buy your teacher some gifts. Lark & Jill is the perfect place to pick up custom door hangers, paintings and more! My friend Larkin made the wonderful pencil door hanger for me. Lark & Jill is located in Painted Tree West Little Rock on Chenal Parkway.
Need custom cookies made for your teachers? Birthdays? Holidays? or just because? Be sure and check out my friend Beth's Facebook Page - Extra Sweet. Extra Sweet Bakery can customize cookies, pies, cakes and more.
I hope each of you having a great upcoming school year. Let it be less stressful by organizing & doing some meal planning upfront. Get your kids involved and let them have fun making the apple & various alternate sandwiches. They will love filling the little bags with treats and packing them.
Adults like fun bags of treats as well! Set up your grazing board with a variety of meats, fruits, veggies, cheeses. You will see how fun it is for the kids or adults to pick from the board.
I love Peanut Butter. I love to just dig my spoon in my creamy Jiff and eat it right off the spoon. You can give me peanut butter on a banana, apples, vanilla wafers, crackers, and the list just goes on and on.
I generally add Peanut Butter to my favorite homemade granola recipes. I love a good soft peanut butter cookie. Who doesn't love Peanut Butter? I guess those who have the nut allergy. I have a terrible strawberry allergy. That is bad enough, I can't imagine having a peanut allergy.
Did you know that eating Peanut Butter has a whole lot of benefits towards your health?
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, peanut butter, is a healthy food that is full of nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, monounsaturated fatty acids, folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin A, sodium, magnesium, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, copper, iron, and zinc. Peanuts contain no saturated fats and can be consumed on a regular basis. They only contain unsaturated fats. This is good news for people who fear to gain weight by consuming peanuts. Peanuts actually help you to lose weight! Other great benefits include:
Suppresses Hunger For Weight Loss
Eating peanuts and peanut butter helps control hunger without leading to weight gain. #winwin
Heart Health - Your heart loves Peanuts
Studies found peanuts lowered the risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.
Lowers Colon Cancer
Eating peanuts and peanut butter may reduce colon cancer in women.
Helps Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Impairment
Boy, I really need to eat more peanut butter for this. Peanuts are one of the highest foods that is rich in niacin. Studies found that those getting the most niacin from foods were 70 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. #winwin
Peanut butter has protein as well as potassium — which lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. It also contains fiber for your bowel health, healthy fats, magnesium to fortify your bones and muscles, Vitamin E and antioxidants.
It's about time someone said fat and healthy at the same time! All of the fat in peanut butter is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. A study found that insulin-resistant adults who ate a diet high in mono-saturated fat had less belly fat than people who ate more carbohydrates or saturated fat. Therefore, eating peanuts can reduce the risk of diabetes according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Lowers Cholesterol Levels
A 2016 research paper published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology has revealed that peanuts are an excellent source of compounds like resveratrol, phenolic acids, flavonoids and phytosterols that completely stop the absorption of cholesterol from the diet. The fat content in peanut butter is almost equal to that of the fats found in olive oil. It contains both polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats. As these fats are not saturated, they are good to consume without putting the heart at any risk. The unsaturated fats in peanut butter help to lower bad cholesterol levels (low-density lipoprotein) and promote the circulation of good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein).
A Perfect Bedtime Snack!
Eating peanut butter before sleeping helps to build muscles and helps to give you a good night sleep. Peanut butter has tryptophan amino acid that helps to release serotonin hormones in the body. Serotonin helps to keep the brain healthy and provides better sleep. This alone should make you go stick that big spoon inside that peanut butter jar!
Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Balls --- A great source of Peanut Butter and lots of nutrients
These peanut butter no bake energy balls require only one bowl, eight ingredients and about 10 minutes of hands-on preparation
It’s all about Cucumbers!
According to Science: the cucumber is a fruit
By this definition, a cucumber is a fruit. It develops from the flower of the cucumber plant and contains the seeds. This also means that lots of other “vegetables” are also fruits: beans, peppers, pumpkins, peas, and of course, tomatoes.
How many of us have put cucumbers on our eyes? Our grandmothers, mothers, friends, and TV commercials have told us how to keep those eye wrinkles down. However, there are many other great benefits by adding that extra cucumber to your salad. You can also try eating cucumbers as your base for your favorite appetizers in lieu of bread or toast. This makes a great appetizer. Not only will it reduce your calorie intake, cucumbers will help keep you hydrated, while reducing inflammation, increasing your overall brain health, and many other great benefits.
Bad Breath? No Problem! Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria in the mouth. Fiber and water-rich vegetables like cucumbers can boost your mouth's saliva production, which in turn helps wash away the bacteria that cause the odor in the mouth.
Flavonoids, which are anti-inflammatory substances, and tannin in cucumbers have both been shown to limit the release of free radicals in the body and to reduce pain.
Cucumber are a good source of vitamin K: One cup contains 22 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K. This vitamin is essential for bone health, as low vitamin K intakes have been associated with a higher risk for bone fracture. Vitamin K is also important for improving calcium absorption in the bones.
Cucumbers are rich in water, and their skin contains insoluble fiber. Both water and fiber help food to move through the digestive tract quicker and more easily, helping prevent constipation
Cucumbers are very low in calories (16 calories per cup) and they also contain fiber in the skin. And foods that contain fiber can help maintain a healthy weight.
There is a reason why cucumbers are used in skin care: They have been shown to be effective as a potential anti-wrinkle agent in cosmetic products, protecting our skin form the effects of aging.
How many of us have put cucumber slices in our eyes? It is one of the most common veggies used for wrinkles around the eyes.
Cucumbers are 95.2 percent water, which means that a 5-ounce serving contains 4.8 ounces or 150 ml water. That's already about 26 percent of your daily water intake through food. Add cucumbers to your iced water and you will have a refreshing drink. You can also purchase a variety of cucumber waters at your local Fresh Market or other favorite grocery store.
Cucumbers contain potassium (152mg per cup), which can help lower blood pressure. A review of the best studies conducted on potassium intake showed that a higher intake "is associated with lower rates of stroke and might also reduce the risk of total cardiovascular disease."
Less than 2 percent of U.S. adults consume the recommended 4,700 mg potassium per day, eating cucumbers is an easy way to start increasing your potassium consumption.
Improve Brain Health
An anti-inflammatory substance called fisetin is present in cucumbers, as well as strawberries and grapes.
Cucumbers can help lower the inflammatory response in the body. They contain polyphenols called lignans, which can potentially reduce the risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular diseases.
Cucumber Snack Recipe - Easy and Delicious
This little snack will give you many health benefits by eating the cumbers along with Avocado Oil Benefits.
1 large Cucumber
Lowry's Garlic Pepper
1-2 Teaspoons of Avocado Oil
Kraft Mozzarella/Parmesan Cheese
Slice the cucumbers. Top with Lowry's Garlic Pepper ( I use 3-4 good shakes all over the sliced cucumbers) and then top with 1-2 teaspoons of Avocado Oil. Sprinkle a couple of teaspoons of the Kraft Mozzarella/Parmesan Cheese on top and serve. I like to chill mine for about 30 minutes.
These cucumbers make a great snack for your grazing or (charcuterie) board. They also are perfect to use as your base instead of crackers or toast.
I am continuing my Health Benefit series with the top fruit for a healthy lifestyle. When I was young my mama would often give me this fruit. Naturally a little sour, she would sprinkle just a dab of sugar on it to get me to eat it.
This particular fruit is good for weight loss, helps balance your sugar, and it even will help reduce your cholesterol. Do you have enough clues to know which fruit I am speaking of?
It is the grapefruit. Studies by Healthy Living state that the grapefruit is one of the healthiest citrus fruits.Eating grapefruit has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and help prevent kidney stones, along with balancing your insulin levels and help with weight loss! #winwin
Try eating grapefruit with breakfast. If you eat in as part of your brunch it isn't so as sour. Also, make a point in trying to get your kids to eat as they are young. If kids and adults can eat the Sour Patch candies, they should be able to handle a little grapefruit. This sweet and sour fruit is rich in nutrients, antioxidants and fiber. It is one of the healthiest of the citrus family of fruits you can eat.
Grapefruit has more water than almost any other fruit. The grapefruit is 92% water, giving it one of the highest water contents of any fruit. That makes it good for overall health.
About 20% of your daily fluid intake actually comes from food. So add some grapefruit to get closer to your daily H2O goal and choose the heavier of two fruits of equal size: It has more juice. It's one of Healthy Living's 30 foods under 40 calories (39 calories in one half!) and 30 summer snacks under 100 calories . It's a great choice if you want to boost your intake of high nutrient, low calorie foods.
WARNING! Be cautious eating grapefruit while taking certain medications. Be sure and note any warnings on your medicine bottles.
Cherries are my new favorite snack!
Cherries are a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, including potassium, calcium, vitamin A and folic acid. They are also well known for their antioxidant properties.
Both dark, sweet cherries and the yellow-red blushed Rainier cherries provide the perfect dose of sweetness without excess sugar. They also have a lower glycemic index (The Glycemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels) than many other fruits and because they’re also a good source of fiber, they release their natural sugars into the bloodstream more slowly helping you feel fuller longer and giving you more sustained energy.
Cherries are a great snack to give to your kids as treats. However, remember those that contain the seeds in the middle. You don't want your kids choking on a cherry seed. I love cherries to snack on. They are naturally sweet and give you the boost of energy.
Cherries are a good antioxidant. As well all know, antioxidants are vital for good health as they protect our cells from damaged caused by harmful oxidants. Cherries contain antioxidants known as anthocyanins (Found naturally in a number of foods, anthocyanins are the pigments that give red, purple, and blue plants their rich coloring.) and cyanidin which may have anti-inflammatory effects and initial research has shown that these antioxidants could be beneficial in inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
Research as shown that cherry juice may help reduce blood pressure due to its high polyphenol ( a large group of plant chemicals that help fight cellular damage, reduce inflammation, and promote overall health content) Tart cherries contain high concentrations of key phytochemicals including melatonin which is involved in the regulation of our sleep cycles.
Tart Cherry Juice and concentrate have been found to accelerate muscle recovery, decrease exercise-induced muscle pain, and prevent strength loss in elite athletes, such as cyclists and marathon runners.
Overall, both cherries and cherry juice are good sources to add to our daily diet routine. I have been eating them over the last couple of weeks. As an arthritis sufferer, I am noticing my inflammation isn't as intense. Lower inflammation means lower pain. That's a #winwin for me.
Be sure and pick up some fresh cherries during the summer season. They are a delicious snack and look beautiful in your fruit salad or table.
Happy 4th of July -----Fun Appetizer, Snacks & Dessert Ideas - As see on KTHV 11 - THE VINE including Festive Decor
It has been busy the last couple of weeks getting ready for the 4th Celebration ideas. It was so fun and such an honor to be back on KTVH11 The Vine morning show for the second time.
This time I did two separate segments. The first segment was 4th Ideas for Appetizers & Snacks. Doing a bar of appetizers & snacks gives you time to enjoy the Holiday festivities yourself. You don't have to stand over a hot BBQ grill to have some great festive foods.
It is so fun to set up a "grazing board." I am from the South and growing up these beautiful boards were called "grazing boards." You can graze over them by going back and forth and choosing your items. Most, I assume, refer to them as charcuterie boards.
Click to view the segment from "The Vine."
Watch the video and you can see how fun the table really was to do. My grazing board included french rolls & bread, crackers and a variety of meats and cheeses. My theme was to make your own mini BLT, chicken club or ham and cheese mini sandwiches. I used baby spinach in lieu of the traditional lettuce. I also pre-soaked the tomatoes ahead of time. The tomatoes are pre-soaked with Lowry's garlic pepper & avocado oi. If you follow my blog posts or recipes you will find this is normal for me. It makes your sandwiches and wraps delicious. You don't need to worry about mayonnaise getting hot outside. You also don't have to worry about supplying a variety of sauces for the sandwiches. This add moisture and flavor to your sandwiches. Delish!
Included on my bar were also some of my favorite quick & easy snacks to do. I love to make homemade Moose Munch. Moose Munch can be expensive to purchase. This little trick is so good and you can "graze" on it all day.
MOOSE MUNCH - Pop two bags of popcorn in the microwave. Pour into a large tub or bowl and while it is hot, pour caramel sauce on it. I use just a couple of tablespoons. Stir in the sauce. Add in pretzel sticks (I add in a couple of hand fulls.) To make it festive for the 4th, just add in about 1/2 cup - 1 cup of the red, white & blue M &M's. Be sure and wrap the the tub or large bowl with plastic wrap until ready to serve. If you keep it wrapped, it will last a couple of days. I purchased the bulk pop-corn bags on Amazon. There are many to choose from.
Blue Chips & Salsa - To be festive, use blue corn chips in place of regular chips. I purchased my salsa at the deli-section in Kroger. Walmart, Kroger, Fresh Market, and most local grocery stores carry deli fresh salsa. It is delicious and very affordable. Of course, homemade salsa is the best if you have the time to make it.
Watermelon Fruit Pizza - The watermelon fruit pizza was so fun to do. You can make it small for a center piece to your pan, or as large as the whole pizza pan. Simply cut your watermelon slices into pizza triangles and place in center of pan. Spread light cream cheese on top of each slice to substitute for traditional pizza cheese. Garnish with blueberries, cherries or strawberries. I use cherries because I am highly allergic to strawberries. This gives you the cute red, white & blue fruit pizza.
Since I used the watermelon pizza as a center piece to my large pizza tray, I added a variety of fruits around. Adding a couple of these fun cookies also made it a hit. The little flag toothpicks can be found at your local Dollar Tree. Yes, only $1 gives you a bunch!
On the relish tray next to the grazing board is the baby spinach, the pre-soaked tomatoes, fresh cucumber and yellow squash slices. Little did I know that Adam didn't eat bread. He made a cute bread-less sandwich by using the round cucumber & squash slices in place of his crackers. Adam put ham, bacon a cheese in the middle. What a great idea!
The fun decor items I tried to find locally. The round tin was perfect to hold all the picnic supplies. I had plenty of room for the plates, silverware, cups, serving spoons and napkins. I found all of these items at TJ Maxx. I am a #maxxinista for sure. The large tin was less then $20.00. The gingham blue napkins were $7.95 for six. The beautiful red silverware was $19.95 for a serving for eight.
Investing in red decor items will give you a great cost savings. These can be used for Christmas, Memorial Day, Flag's Day, Valentine's Day, as well as, the 4th! I love red decor items all year long!
The large Patriotic tub was found last year at Target in their $3.00 section. That is a bargain! I use it frequently at our office. It is perfect to use for our red, white & blue holiday events.
My beautiful grazing board was another item that I found at TJ Maxx. I am always on the lookout and search through their decor items intensely to find the perfect item. TJ Maxx, Homegoods & Marshall's always have great sales. They also mark down their items frequently.
For all the ideas for the Appetizer & Snack Bar be sure and watch the episode:
Click to view the segment from "The Vine."
Before I move on to the dessert bar, I will talk about my outfit. The entire festive outfit was purchased at Marshall's. The shoes are Tom shoes that I purchased on Amazon a few months ago. I want to especially thank #SINCERELYSILVER Co. for donating my wonderful necklace. This necklace makes a great summer necklace. In fact, I don't take it off.
The simple initial necklace can be worn with anything. I love that it is lightweight, simple & elegant. I have great news! Sincerely Silver Company is giving all my readers 15% percent off with the code SINCERELY15 at checkout. They have lots of jewelry to choose from. I prefer gold over silver most of the time. They have lots of gold items of high quality and affordable pieces. Be sure and check them out at: https://www.sincerelysilver.co/ Just use SINCERELY15 at checkout for the 15% savings.
Patriotic Dessert Bar
Who doesn't love desserts? This was so fun to do. A HUGE SHOUT-OUT to my dear friend Beth Hubbard for contributing to this board. Beth is a gifted artist whose talent is endless. Beth creates beautiful charcoals, alcohol ink designs, jewelry, abstracts, and the list just keeps going. She has started a bakery out of her home for custom artesian cookies and treats. Be sure and check out her Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/ExtraSweet501/ Her bakery is called EXTRA SWEET! She can customize your favorite cookie for any occasion! Extra Sweet can be found on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/extrasweet501/
TO VIEW THE SEGMENT ON THE DESSERT BAR - CLICK HERE
COOKIE PIE - SIMPLE --- i purchased this awesome pie plate at Target for only $2.00 on Clearance! This plate will go straight in the oven. The base is my chocolate chip cookie dough recipe. Flour - 1.5 cups, 6 Tablespoons of Sugar, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 stick of unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt and 1 cup of dark chocolate chips. My special secret ingredient --- add in a pinch or 1/2 teaspoon of organic Vietnamese cinnamon.
MIX - 1 stick of butter, 6 tablespoons of sugar, 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar and the 1 teaspoon of baking soda in the mixer. Add in the egg and continue to mix on low until blended. Fold in the cup of dark chocolate chips. Then add all your dry ingredients until blended well. Place dough in refrigerator until your oven pre-heats. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your pie plate with Pam spray. Fold in dough and smooth evenly on to the the pie plate. You will have some extra to make approx 3-5 cookies with.
Place pie plate in oven at 350 degrees for approx 18 minutes. Remove from oven and add in your festive sprinkles and m & m's. Place back in oven for approx 4-5 minutes until golden. Take out and let cool.
I will be sharing the other dessert bar ideas over the next week. I will share the mini pie recipe and other treat ideas. Be sure and watch both segments of the show to catch the big spread.
Happy 4th of July! God Bless America!
XOXO - Pat
Casino Night and Texas Hold'em Tournament! How fun does that sound?
Youth Home presents their 9th annual Casino Night and Texas Hold'em Tournament. The Casino features Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, and other classic games. These games will be staffed by experienced dealers. Players can cash in their chips for prize raffle tickets for a chance to win dozens of fantastic prizes.
Youth Home is a nonprofit, private psychiatric treatment facility in Arkansas, founded in 1966. Youth Home strengthens the community by serving those affected by mental illness. Their goal is to equip and empower youth, adults, and entire families to become healthier and better contributing members of society.
MISSION - VISION - VALUES
Their Mission is to be Arkansas's premier mental health treatment and professional training center.
Vision - Youth Home envisions an Arkansas where lives are changed and entire families are saved because individuals in need of mental health services receive those services without delay or stigma.
Values - Youth Home is guided by five core values: compassion, dedication, professionalism, teamwork, and trust.
Ken Estes serves on the Board of Directors for Youth Home. Ken got involved with this great Nonprofit over eight years ago when one of the original board members invited him to attend some events. Later Ken along with his wife, toured the facility and saw firsthand the impact of the great work helped the kids and their families.
He began volunteering at events and being part of committees. Today, Ken proudly has served on the Board for a little over five years. I met Ken during some HR Seminars that BancCorp South Insurance heads up periodically. Ken is a Sr. Vice President with BancCorp South and is a big supporter of NonProfit Organizations. You may contact Ken at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Board Members for Youth Home are: Chris Haynes, President, Elizabeth Anderson, Jena Compton, Terrance James, Michael Kirkpatrick, Mandy Knaack, Brendan Mongahan, Kaite Neibaum, Melody Piazza, Josha Price, Valerie Pruitt, Adam Wells, Lance West, and Karen Yezzi. Lifetime Board Members are: Sam Alley, Christie Bardwell, Beth Coulson, Tad Krug, and Carl Rosenbaum.
The Annual Casino Night will offer a VIP Lunch for $35.00. Space is limited so be sure and get your tickets early! Treat yourself to a full bar with 3 free drinks per person, drink service from your Poker Table and exclusive Hors D'oeuvres are included with the VIP Passes.
9th Annual Casino Night and Texas Hold'em Tournament
Saturday, July 27th - Doors open @ 3:00 for poker check-in
Pre-play reception begins at 4:00 PM
Tournament & Casino Play begins at 5:00 PM
All Casino Games will end at 9:00 PM
Location: The Genesis Room at Next Level Events located at 1400 W. Markham, Suite #104 Little Rock, AR 72201.
Poker Entry $50 -- ($55 at DOOR)
Casino Entry $40 - ($45 at DOOR)
Add-Ons and Re-Buys Available
The Poker tournament is limited to 144 card players. All Casino and Card Players must be 21 to play!
Fore more information regarding this wonderful event and Youth Home please contact: email@example.com Please visit https://www.youthhome.org/ for more information regarding Youth Home.
Sponsorship Opportunities are available and are much appreciated! See attached PDF Flyers for breakdown of Sponsorship Opportunities.
Who doesn't love Chocolate?
However, make it dark chocolate to get some skin benefits!
Dark chocolate is my favorite! I use it in a variety of my cakes, cookies and my granola! The rich taste is so good! I love it plain as well!
If you like Dark Chocolate it is a #winwin for you! Do you know that cocoa has some pretty great effects on your skincare? Now you really have a reason to eat more chocolate! But, make sure it is the high antioxidant dark chocolate. Eating 20 grams of the high-antioxidant dark chocolate per day could allow your skin to withstand over twice as much UV radiation before burning versus eating low-antioxidant chocolate.
Participants in a recent study that consumed cocoa powder high in antioxidants each day, experienced thicker, more hydrated skin over a 6-12 week period. The skin was less rough, less sensitive to sunburn and had better blood flow.
Make sure to choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa in order to maximize the benefits and keep added sugar to a minimum. Give it a try! The more you start eating dark chocolate, you might find yourself weaning off the fatty milk chocolate all together!
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