Entries from December 16, 2018 - December 22, 2018

Thursday
Dec202018

DIY Homemade Hostess Gifts

GLITTER ORNAMENTS

Here's what you'll need to make your own glitter ornaments: 

Clear glass ornaments 
Pledge Tile & Vinyl Floor Finish with Future Shine 
Fine glitter
A funnel 
A few cotton swabs 

To make the ornaments: 

1. Take off the hangers from the ornament 
2. Squirt some floor wax in the ornament and roll or swirl it around.  
3. Take the cap off of the floor shine and stick the ornament upside down on it so the extra drains back in.  
4. Pour a generous amount of glitter into the ornament through a funnel. 
5. Roll the ornament around so the glitter coats the inside. 
6. Put your thumb over the opening and shake the ornament, making sure glitter coats the neck and any other bare spots. 
7. Take the lid off of the glitter container and turn the ornament upside down on it so the loose glitter can empty back in the glitter container. 
8. Put the toppers back on the ornaments.

HOMEMADE COASTERS

With materials you can find on ebay, make your own hostess gifts! 

Cork coasters 
Printed initial – Times New Roman or Georgia. 
Transfer paper
Pencil 
Sharpie or permanent marker 
1.  Lay transfer paper face down on coaster. Center cut out letter on top. Make sure it is straight.  Using a pencil make an outline of the letter. The pressure of the pencil point will transfer graphite on the transfer paper to the cork. 

2.   When you are done, remove letter and transfer paper to reveal a graphite outline of the letter. 

3.  Fill letter in with a permanent marker.

COCOA PARTY KIT

You will need: 

mason jars  

mini-marshmallows 

cocoa powder or k-cups (we like Starbucks k-cups) 

cinnamon sticks 

Customize as you see fit! As you can see here, I added hot chocolate k-cups to one mason jar and mini marshmallows to another. 

FRAMED CHALKBOARD

Here is how to make this adorable chalkboard frame!
  1. Take apart a vintage frame (thrift stores, Goodwill are good places to find these) and cut a piece of black board to fit inside (from Home Depot).
  2.  Buy some chalkboard paint at Home Depot.
  3. To cut the chalkboard, you could use a porter cable multi tool. Then use Liquid Nails to glue the chalkboard into the frame.
  4. A hot glue gun works well to glue on a piece of felt for the back. If liquid nails gets on the blackboard side it's easy to clean off with a wet cloth if you do it right away.
  5. For the cord to hang the chalk, upholstery trim works nicely (hot glued only the trim not the chalk so the chalk can be swapped out.
  6. Make a cute and functional eraser by attaching a piece of felt to a wood block. You can use  a round wood block that has a hole in it, covered both ends in felt and wrapped it and hung it with trim (used hot glue gun). Use trim for a decorative hanger at the top (also hot glued).

BAKING KIT

This baking kit is a really fun, and quick hostess gift idea.  

Simply stock up on any kitchen tools that will fit in a new kitchen potholder and tie with a pretty ribbon! Some ideas:
Thursday
Dec202018

2 Free Slices of Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory free piece

Today only, head over to The Cheesecake Factory and score 2 free slices of cheesecake when you buy a $25 The Cheesecake Factory gift card!

Thursday
Dec202018

Ikea Holiday Sale Dec.26th

IKEA Winter Sale 2018.jpg

Enjoy up to 50% off select items in-store only December 26, 2018 through January 6, 2019*. Customers can visit IKEA-USA.com starting December 24, 2018 for more details. 

In addition, IKEA FAMILY members can take advantage of the following offers in-store and online**:

Customers can also enjoy select food offers as they shop in-store:

  • All customers can enjoy a free slice of the Gooey Chocolate Cake with the purchase of one of our Adult (m)eatball plates Dec 26, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019***
  • IKEA FAMILY members can purchase the Salmon Fillet Plate and the Chocolate Almond Butterscotch Cake for $7.99 (reg $8.48) Dec 26, 2018 – Mar 26, 2019****
Thursday
Dec202018

Keurig Classic Coffee Maker PLUS Free 40 Ct Sample Pack

Thursday
Dec202018

80% Off Hasbro Games and Toys

Get up to 80% off Toys from Hasbro Gaming, NERF, Play-Doh and more! Even better, shipping is free on all orders and items will arrive before Christmas.

Thursday
Dec202018

Up To 50% Off Suncast Outdoor Products

Get up to 50% off Suncast Coolers, Prep Stations and Trash Hideaways! Plus, shipping is free on all orders.

Thursday
Dec202018

AMC Refillable Popcorn Bucket Deal


Get the 2019 Annual Refillable Popcorn Bucket for just $20.49! If you’re not an AMC Stubs member, you can still grab this popcorn bucket for only $24.99.

You will be able to refill your 2019 Annual Popcorn Bucket for just $4.49 each time you visit, through December 31st, 2019. If you’re a Stubs member, your second bucket refill will be FREE on same-day visits!

Tuesday
Dec182018

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars

Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Bars- another Bakerella favorite!

Makes 25

Crust
18 Oreos, crushed into crumbs
2 tbsp. sugar
5 tbsp. butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling
12 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp. flour
1 egg, plus 1 yolk
½ cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
12 Oreos, broken into pieces

Chocolate Ganache
½ cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp. butter
¾ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
⅛ cup powdered sugar
6 Oreos, broken into pieces

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. To make the crust, mix cookie crumbs and sugar together in a medium bowl. Add melted butter and stir until completely combined.

3. Using the bottom of a glass or measuring cup, firmly press mixture into the bottom of an 8″x8″ baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven and let cool.

4. To make the cheesecake filling, add sugar, cream cheese and flour to a large bowl. Using a mixer on medium-high speed, cream mixture until combined.

5. Turn mixer to low and add egg and yolk, mixing until combined. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until combined.

6. Stir in broken cookies and pour batter on prepared crust. Bake for 35-40 minutes, then remove and let cool completely.

7. To make ganache, add cream and butter to a saucepan and heat on stove, removing just before boiling.

8. Place chocolate in a large heat-proof bowl and immediately pour cream over it. Let sit for a minute and then stir until completely combined.

9. Add powdered sugar and beat with a wire whisk until smooth. Pour over cooled cheesecake and top with remaining cookie pieces. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

10. Cut into bars and serve.