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Ali Madsen
November 23, 2017 | Ali Madsen


Winter Ice Shot Glasses

Here’s how to make charming ice shot glasses! 

Fill up ice shot molds halfway with water.

Add some festive food items around the mold. Some cinnamon sticks, thinly sliced apples, some greens and pomegranates. More is more with these so don’t be afraid to add a lot of fun garnishes to your frozen shot glass!

After the garnishes are added, top off the mold with more water to complete your creation and wait 24 hours for it to freeze in the freezer.

These glasses melt fast and are meant to be served up right away! I would suggest pulling your ice shots from the mold and setting them on a tray in the freezer hours before you even serve them. That way you can pull them out straight from the freezer, pour your shot in and serve right away!

Recipe adapted from sugarandcharm.com

Time Posted: Nov 23, 2017 at 11:15 AM
Ali Madsen
November 21, 2017 | Ali Madsen

Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken


Delicious Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken the entire family with love!

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
½ c teriyaki sauce
½ c chicken broth (or bourbon)
2 T honey
1 t mustard
½ c brown sugar
1 t garlic powder
2 T dried minced onions
⅛ t ground ginger
1 T corn starch
1 T water
rice, prepared

Spray your crock pot with cooking spray.
Place your chicken pieces in your crock pot.
Mix together remaining ingredients (except for cornstarch, water and rice) until well blended.
Pour over chicken.
Cover and cook for 2-4 hours on low.
*Note: If you need a longer cook time, don't cut your chicken until just before serving.
Remove your chicken from your slow cooker and keep warm.
Mix together your cornstarch and water in a coffee cup.
Pour your sauce and cornstarch mixture into a skillet on your stove over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
Turn your stove down to a simmer, stirring your sauce frequently until your sauce reaches the desired thickness.
Serve your chicken on a bed of rice drizzled with the sauce.

Recipe adapted - www.recipesthatcrock.com

Time Posted: Nov 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Ali Madsen
November 16, 2017 | Ali Madsen

Chalkboard Wine Glasses


A simple application of some chalkboard paint plus a little creativity and you’ve got yourself some custom wine glasses that are perfect for your next gathering.

(4) Wine Glasses 
Chalkboard Paint 
Painters Tape 
Chalk or Chalk Pen 

1. Wash and thoroughly dry the wine glasses.
2. Pour the chalkboard paint into a plastic container, this will allow for you to easily dip the base of the wine glass and obtain a full coverage.

3. Apply a small amount of painters tape to the stem of the wine glass. Place it wherever you’d like the chalkboard paint to stop. This will also give you a clean line. If you’d like yours to be a bit more imperfect, then forgo the tape. 

4. Before you apply the paint, set up a drying station. This can be as easy as lining a cookie sheet with parchment paper. It just needs to be able to contain the excess paint and prevent any spills. 

5. Simply dip the base of the wine glass into the paint until you’ve reached the painters tape. Remove and allow excess paint to drip back into the container.

6. Place on your arranged drying station and let dry completely, approximately 24 hours. 

*Note — turn your glasses over after approximately 12-15 hours to ensure that the bottom has ample time to dry as well. 

Then it is as easy as writing cute sayings or the name of your guest for a wine party with the chalk or chalk pen.

*Note — rub the side of the chalk all over the paint to apply a base, then wipe away. This enables you to write and erase your chalk / chalk pen message each time, otherwise it may remain permanent if you choose not to do this step.

Recipe adapted - www.cambriawines.com

Time Posted: Nov 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Ali Madsen
November 12, 2017 | Ali Madsen

Delicious Spiked Morning Coffee Recipe


Rich and comforting, this Hot Buttered Rum Coffee Recipe is festively spiced and perfect for the holidays! This drink is simple to make and will be a hit with friends and family this season.

8 tablespoons salted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 ounces dark rum
4 cups freshly brewed coffee
Whipped cream, if desired

In a small bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg together until smooth. Chill for 20-30 minutes or until firm.
Spoon 1 tablespoon spiced butter into a coffee mug. Pour 1-ounce rum over butter and top with 1 cup of coffee.
Stir to combine.
Repeat with remaining butter, rum and coffee.
Serve immediately with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Recipe adapted from - https://blog.harryanddavid.com/buttered-rum-coffee-recipe/



Time Posted: Nov 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Ali Madsen
November 10, 2017 | Ali Madsen

Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

Recycled Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

(1) 8 foot 1 x 2 pine furring strip (my local price $1.18)

(1) 8 foot 1 x 4 pine furring strip ($2.08)

(1) 3/16 x 2 x 2 piece luan plywood ($3.48)

Hose clamp (such as this)

wine bottle (11 inches long)

table saw

wood glue

brad nailer or hammer and nails

1)  2 – 1×2 @ 11″     These should be cut at 45* on one end, with a 5/16th” wide channel that is 1/4″ from the bottom of the side and 1/4 deep.  They also need the same channel running vertically 1/4″ from the back.

2)  2 – 1×2 @ 3 5/8″     These pieces will need a channel that is 5/16th” wide channel that is 1/4″ from the back and 1/4″ deep.

3)  1 – 1×2 @ 4 5/8″     This will also be needing the same channel that is 5/16th” wide and 1/4 ” from the back and 1/4″ deep as well as a channel on the top using the same measurements.

4)  1 – 1×2 @ 6″     Again, this piece will need a channel that is 5/16th” wide, 1/4″ from the back and 1/4″ deep.

5)  2 – 1×4 @ 6″     These boards form the roof and need to have opposing (parallel) 45* angles.  They also need to have the same channel as above: 5/16th” wide by 1/4″ deep, 1/4″ from the back.

6)  1 – plywood @ 5×5″

7)  1 – plywood @ 5×12 1/2″     Angled at 45* down to 10″ at sides

Recipe adapted from www.downhomeinspiration.com



Time Posted: Nov 10, 2017 at 11:04 AM
Ali Madsen
November 6, 2017 | Ali Madsen

Must Try Cold Weather Treats

No Bake Oreo Chocolate Rum Balls

If you crave something sweet, but are too tired (or lazy) to spend time in the kitchen, these Chocolate Rum Balls are exactly what you need. 

23 Oreo cookies
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup rum
chocolate sprinkles, for coating
coconut sprinkles, for coating
chopped nuts, for coating

Combine the Oreos, sugar, cocoa powder, chopped walnuts, and salt in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add the honey and rum and pulse again until blended. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and leave for 30-60 minutes in a fridge.
Remove from fridge and use a small ice cream scoop or just a tablespoon to scoop the chocolate dough and make the balls by rolling them between your palms. If the dough is sticky, moisten your hands with some water.
Roll each ball in coatings of your choice. Place the chocolate balls in airtight containers in the fridge and let sit for up to 1 day for the flavors to develop. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from - https://yummyaddiction.com/chocolate-rum-balls/



Time Posted: Nov 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Ali Madsen
November 1, 2017 | Ali Madsen

Fresh Black Truffle Pasta

Simple Pasta dish for Truffle Season

A simple yet delicious pasta dish for the season of Truffles.

500 g - linguine

100 g - Parmesan cheese

150 g - butter

60 g - fresh black truffle or black truffle flakes

salt and pepper to taste


  • cheese grater
  • wooden spoon
  • large sauté pan
  • truffle shaver
  • colander
  • large pot
  • small bowl

Pair this easy yet indulgent dish with a wine from the same region famous for its truffles--Piedmont, Italy.

Grate cheese. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente, according to package instructions.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large sauté pan.

Reserve some of the pasta water before straining.

Add cooked pasta to sauté pan and toss to coat with butter.

Add grated cheese and some pasta water to loosen mixture to desired consistency and mix to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Thinly shave black truffle over each bowl at the table.

Pair this easy yet indulgent dish with a wine from the same region famous for its truffles--Piedmont, Italy. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from kitchenstories.io

Time Posted: Nov 1, 2017 at 10:13 AM
Ali Madsen
October 30, 2017 | Ali Madsen

Candy Corn Shot Glasses

Candy Corn Shot Glasses

Spice up the night with candy corn shot glasses served in containers guests can devour, making cleanup easy and delicious.

Candy Corn Infused Vodka

2/3 cup Vodka

1/3 cup Candy Corn

Pour Vodka into resealable container. Add candy corn and let stand at room temperature overnight, shaking occasionally. Chill completely before serving in candy shot glasses.

Candy Shot Glasses

1 cup Bright Wilton White Candy Melts Candy

1 cup Orange Wilton Candy Melts Candy

1 Package (12 oz.) Wilton Yellow Candy Melts candy

Fill mold with Bright White Candy Melts candy

Repeat with Orange and Yellow Candy Melts

Refrigerate until candy is set, about 30 minutes

Carefully remove candy glasses from mold and fill with candy corn infused vodka when ready to serve.

Recipe adapted from www.wilton.com


Time Posted: Oct 30, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Ali Madsen
October 24, 2017 | Ali Madsen

Super Simple Jungle Costume

Easy DIY Jungle Themed Costume

Here is a simple and easy costume for anyone to make! 

Tan Dress or Long brown coloured t-shirt
12x18” Sheets of Stiff Green Felt or poster paper
Palm Leaf Template 
Chip Can
Hot Glue Gun
Stretchy Headband

Cut a chip can in half. You’ll use the bottom half for this hat.
Wrap the can in felt, and use hot glue to adhere.
Cut out 7-8 leaves using the template.
Hot glue the ends of 4-5 of the leaves around the base of the can. Then, glue the additional leaves just above the first row, in any empty spaces that appear.
Trim the top of the can if it is taller than the two rows of leaves. You can cut out a circle of felt to cover the top of the can, if you’d like.
Hot glue a headband to the base of the can.

Recipe adapted - studiodiy.com




Time Posted: Oct 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Erin Rosar
October 23, 2017 | Erin Rosar

Halloween Candy Bark

Halloween Candy Bark

So easy you'll want to make some for you and to share!

3 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (you can use dark or white chocolate here as well if you prefer)
2 cups assorted candy, cut into bite size pieces

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (not wax paper)

Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring until smooth.

Pour the chocolate onto the parchment paper, and using a spatula, spread it into an even layer about 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle the chopped candy on top of the chocolate then place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to chill for 30 to 45 minutes until the chocolate has fully hardened.

Remove the bark from the refrigerator and carefully slide it onto a cutting board. Cut the bark into irregularly shaped pieces. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container in a cool place.

Enjoy! Pair with your favourite Moscato d'Asti for a fun grownup treat.



Time Posted: Oct 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM