*Red, White & Blue* Themed Mantel

With 4th of July in just a week away I thought I would share with you my DIY *Red, White and Blue* themed mantel in our living room. It’s perfect for both memorial day throughout the 4th of July!

On the mantel I have a few picture frames, our initials “C&S” for Christopher & Sara, and a candle pillar. To add the special red, white and blue touch I picked up a few things at our local Joann’s.
I found this really cute star made out of grapevine and I thought it would be perfect to take the place of the wreath I normally would make to hang on the front the mirror.  I also found a smaller star (red, white and blue) to hang in the middle of this one to add a little color. Next, I am going to show you how I made the star banner. It’s so easy to make, no one would ever guess it was homemade. I found some red, white and blue paper in the scrapbook isle. I cut out some stars to attach to the banner.
 I cut out some burlap paper into the banner shape (7 to be total). Then fold the back down enough to hot glue the string behind it.

Once that is done you can flip it back over and hot glue your cut out star shapes to the front. Color coordinating red, white then blue.

Hang this up in the center of your mantel.

I found this FREEDOM wood sign at Joann’s as well. Snatched this baby up 70% off! I love a great sale.

This cute mini pillow is hung from one of the picture frame, adds just enough color to the left side of the mantel. Sometimes I think less is more. 


This 4th of July themed candle is one the right side. On the candle are all differnt words that describe that special day, such as fireworks, bbq, picnics, america, freedom, and so on.

Just a couple small things make a big difference. ENJOY!


Ruby Red Rose Martini

Here is anther yummy drink just in time for summer.

Oh yeahh, this is a sweet and savory drink you can enjoy all summer long. It’s a twist on the classic “Shirley Temple” using Red Moscato Wine.

A while back I ordered one of these at the bar, and learned that a truely classic Shirley temple is made with ginger ale and not a lemon-lime soda.  And if your like me you’re probably wondering why.. the reason behind that was because… Shirley Temple was a “ginger” of course! Well, now that makes a whole lot of sense!

When I was younger I used to order these all the time (because it was the only cool looking non-alcoholic drink, oviously, oh and it tasted yummy!). Something about sweet cherries and bubbly soda{mmm mmm mmm}.

Now as I get older I would rather something a bit more refreshing to sip on while laying in the hot sun. The Red Moscato Wine does just the trick, now the drink is not overly sweet.

For two Martini’s you will need:

  • 4 oz Red Moscato Wine
  • 4 0z Ginger Ale
  • 1  oz Cherry Juice or Rose Grenadian
  • some Maraschino cherries and slice lemons for garnish

You can use a bar shaker if you have one and shake up the wine, cherry juice and ice. If you don’t that is okay too, just stir the wine and Grenadian together. Then add the ginger ale slowly and top off with some cherries and add a lemon for a garnish.

If you want to make this ahead of time in a pitcher you can do that as well. One bottle of wine, a half liter of ginger ale and 4 oz of cherry juice should do the trick. 😉

* Add cut up slices of lemons to a muffin pan and fill with water then freeze it and add to your pitcher to keep your Red Ruby’s colder for longer.


Grilled Poppers!

I have been searching for cool new foods to cook outside on the grill, because lets face it, this time of year I don’t want to turn on the oven.. if I don’t have to.

With the 4th of July coming up, I’m sure there will be tons of BBQ’s and parties with your friends and families. Is it just me, or does everything cooked on the grill taste so much better?

Jalapeno Peppers are one of our favorite appetizers, and when we stumbled across a grilled “popper” holder (at one of my favorite stores- T.J.Maxx)  I knew something amazing was about to happen!


Ingredients for Poppers:

  • 10 Jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp cheddar cheese
  • Thin sliced Prosciutto ham (taste similar to bacon



The first thing you will need to do is cut the top off the Jalapeno peppers. You may want to wear gloves because this type of pepper can have very spicy seeds inside. You will then need to clean out the peppers so all of the seeds are gone. Then rinse them under water to remove some of the extra spice. Because, BOY these babies can be HOT!


Okay, you got the spice mostly out. Now its time to make the delicious filling. Start off by softening the cream cheese for 20 seconds in the microwave (just enough to mix it easy). Then add the cheddar cheese and combine together.


Now you can spread the filling lightly on top of the ham. Make sure to make a nice thin layer so its easy to roll up.

Like this … remember to keep it nice and tight so it fits inside the pepper.
You may have to cut your ham roll up in half to fit inside the pepper. Tuck in the ham the best you can. Then top them off with some of the left over filling. You can add the tops back on them if you’d like, just remember to make sure you take the seeds out of the tops as well. {trust me} the seeds are very HOT!

If you don’t have a popper stand, you can just lay them on some heavy duty tin foil. Pop these {bad boys} on the hot grill for about 30 minutes. Once they’re nice and browned they are done. The key here is the longer you grill them, the less spicy they will be.


Mmm… now sit back and enjoy!!! They will have a nice smoked flavor full of mouth watering juice.

Sparling White Wine {Peach} Sangria

It’s getting warmer out. YAY! Time for the sweet summer time and drinks poolside. Here is an easy drink you can create and put in a pitcher to share with all of your girls while relaxing in the sunshine.

Peach Moscato Sangria Ingred

You will need:

1 bottle of white wine { My personal favorite is Barefoot Moscato because it’s sweet yet refreshing. Best part is they also make a Red Moscato and a White so you could use either)
1/2 a Liter of Sprite
2 cups Peach flavored Juice or 4 oz. Peach Schnapps
2 white peaches
2 oranges
You can also add strawberries and raspberries or what ever you’d like!

Peach and wine
If you want to make this drink per glass and wine first, fill it up half way. Then add some sprite and 1/2 oz. of peach schnapps. Garnish with peaches and oranges.

Instagram Sangria Peach

Looks so fresh and refreshing!

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Carmel Apple-Dip

Oh no, this is not your average Apple Carmel Dip. We’re talking three layers of delicious goodness!


It starts off with a whipped layer of cream cheese, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and a touch of cinnamon.


Mmm mmm mmm… “Whip it good!” lol


Next, is a layer of ouuy-gooey Carmel. My favorite is Hershey’s Sunday topping. It’s thick and rich.


Lastly, top this {already amazing bowl of goodness} with some heath bar pieces to give it some crunch.

Serve with your favorite apples. Our favorite with this dip is Granny Smith.


Bring this baby to your next party, everyone won’t be able to get enough 😉 I promise!

Could it get any easier!?

What you will need to make yours:
1 brick of cream cheese
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1 jar of your favorite Caramel sunday topping
1 bag of heath toffee for some crunch
4 apples of your choice

*NOTE: my pictures are the recipe cut in half, this serves much more than what is pictured.

Mother’s day ~Moscato Wine Punch~ Mommy Juice

When I think of Mother’s Day I think of relaxing and spending time treating mom special on her day. Lots of yummy food and adult beverages would also be nice 😉 how about some “mommy juice” a.k.a mommy’s favorite {wine} !

Here is an easy way to jazz it up a bit…


What you will need:
*Mom’s favorite wine
*Simply Lemonade (any flavor she would enjoy most)
*Sprite (liter for punch bowl or 1can per 2drinks)
*Moms favorite fruit (such as strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)

For a punch bowl you will use 1 bottle wine, 1 container of lemonade, and half a liter of sprite. I like to freeze the fruit so it can also be used to keep the punch cold. I also set a side some blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries in small bowls so you  can add as many to your glass as you’d like. In the punch bowl I use frozen sliced lemon to keep it cooler in the summer heat.


If you would like to make individual glasses of Mommy Punch use half wine, half lemonade, half a can of sprite per wine glass. Then garnish with fruit and enjoy 😁 I know she will love it!


*kids can enjoy this special drink too, just skip the wine for their glass 😉 he he.. They’ll never know.


Spring Themed Mantel

Yay! Spring is finally here. I know it may not feel like it outside just yet, but I am so ready to pack away my winter boots/coats and start wearing bright colors again. Bring on the warm weather and sunshine please!

Like always most of my decorations are DIY projects. I buy most of my goodies at Hobby Lobby or Joann’s. This time around I found some cute and affordable decor at the dollar store!

To make an Easter banner ~ I used some burlap paper and cut into bunting shapes. I then cut out some egg shapes from sparkle scrapbook paper and added scrapbook letters to spell out Easter.


What’s your favorite DIY tool? Mine would have to be the hot glue-gun it can do wonders.


Cute bunny decor, an egg in a mini pot, and candle pillar with a scrapbook shaped egg go on the right side of my spring themed mantel, oh and picture of my love and myself. 😉

In the middle of the mantel is our initials, I use these in each mantel theme, if you haven’t noticed already. I bought them at Hobby Lobby.

Okay, so this cute Easter wreath was only $10 at Dollar General! Normally, I make my own wreath but it was such a steal I could not pass it up. I hang it in the center of my mirror above the mantel, using a suction cup wreath holder (you can find these at Hobby Lobby too).

On the right side of the mantle we have another bunny, an Easter egg tree from Dollar General (only $4), some egg M&Ms, and a cute Easter sign from Joann’s.

Decorating is so much fun and can be affordable. Follow my easy steps to make yours today.Remember –you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your house feel like a home.





St. Patrick’s Day Mantel

Here is our St. Patty’s Day themed mantel…

But first, take a look at our mantel before:
mantel before
We have our initials and an “&” sign that is up pretty much year round {as they seem to go with all of our holiday decor}, a big mirror lays on the wall behind them. And a homemade DIY sign hangs above them, that says “Faith, Hope & Love, and the greatest of these is love.” Pretty boring without any decorations.. right?

Follow my easy steps to see how I transformed it into this:
Much more cozy right?

Here’s what you will need:
– grapevine wreath $3.99
– burlap ribbon (wide with no wires) $5.99 (you can use 40% off coupon)
– holiday themed florals $1.99 each (about 3-5 will do)
– wood letter to make it personalized $1.99
– craft paint $1.09
and some string to tie the bow on.

You can weave the floral as a whole in and out of the grapevine wreath, or you can break it apart into pieces and add then individually.
I did mine as individual pieces, and weaved them around the entire wreath.
This is 3 of the st. patty’s themed florals. I think it’s plenty but you can use more if you wish. You shouldn’t need to tie them to the wreath if you intertwine them.
Paint wood letters with craft paint. Allow to dry and do a second coat.
Make a bow with the burlap ribbon, and tie to the wreath using some string. I also attach the letter with the string as well, and added a bow ontop of it to cover it up. I used fish line to attach the big center shamrock I found at Joann’s for $2.99 to complete my wreath.

Now for the banner:
how to make banner
You will need:
-Burlap paper (Joann’s sell it in the scrapbook area) $5.99 (again use 40% off coupon)
– Scrapbook paper for the shamrocks
– hot glue gun
– string

Print out a shamrock to use as a template. Use scrapbook paper for shamrock cut outs you will need 7 cut outs.
Here is what the burlap paper looks like, you can make three banners out of this so its a good deal even without the coupon. I used the back cardboard piece and cut it out as a template for my banner shape.
Using a hot glue gun, glue the shamrock cut outs in the middle of each cut out banner.
Then fold about an inch of the top of banner over onto the back, next we will tuck the string under it and glue it with a hot glue gun.
Space the next one about and inch apart from the first and so on.
Make sure to leave about a foot of string in the beginning and the end so you can hang it up. You can cut the extra off later.

st. patty candle
Using your shamrock template cut an extra one out to use as a decoration on a green pillar candle. Wrap some string around the candle and tuck the shamrock under it. Tie it with a bow and add some hot glue under the bow to secure it. Quick and easy!

I always like wood signs that are holiday themed, why do they have to be so expensive? Here’s an easy alternative- print out a sign using Microsoft word onto paper and glue it to some cardboard.
Here is my valentines day sign next to it.
Add some string and another shamrock with some hot glue, and ta-da! Cheap sign!

st.patty candy
Finish off the look and add some St. Patty’s day candy decor…
I found some mint flavored m&m’s that just happened to be green colored. YAY!

And there you have it 🙂 Make your {DIY} St. Patrick’s Day Mantel today!


Corned Beef & Cabbage {Traditional Irish Dinner}

It’s almost St. Patty’s Day, which also means corned beef & cabbage dinners!

Here is an easy way to prepare the Traditional Irish meal – CrockPot Style –
You will need:
3lb corned beef
1 head of cabbage
3lb potatoes (white or red)
1 bag carrots
1 medium onion
1 beer
3 to 4 cups water
2 tablespoons garlic
2 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  1. Cut potatoes in quarters and lay on bottom of crockpot.
  2. Next peal carrots and cut into 2 inch pieces, layer on top of potatoes.
  3. Cut up onion, you can dice them into smaller pieces, or do larger chunks, which ever you prefer.
  4. Lay on top of the potatoes and carrots.
  5. I like to boil the water and beer (if you wish to use one, you don’t have to just helps to tenderize the meat) in a pot first before adding it to the crock pot. Boil water/beer together with brown sugar and vinegar and garlic, steering occasionally.
  6. Then put into crockpot just until the veggies are covered. You may need additional water if it does not cover them completely.
  7. Place your corned beef on top of the veggies, make sure its laying on top, and water isn’t too high covering the meat. If it is too high the meat will break apart.
  8. Cook on high for 3 hours then cook on low for 3-4 more hours.
    A total of 7 hrs cooking in the crockpot.
  9. 30 Minutes before serving cook the head of cabbage, cut into wedges and cut out center core. If you  have excess stew from the crockpot you can boil your cabbage with that.112_3855
  10. Cut meat into slices
    112_3856I wish I got a better pic before I served the meal {but they were a bit impatient} I did grab a cell phone pic (not the greatest quality, I will try to post a new picture next time).


National Margarita Day {Stawberry Margarita}

Did you know today, February 22 and the 22nd of February every year,  is National Margarita Day?  Yup 🙂 You can bet that when I found out I went and took a little shopping trip to celebrate! HAHA… but no, seriously I did! It’s one of my favorite drinks, you can have it on the rocks or frozen. It’s also the most common tequila based cocktail in America. The drink comes in many different flavors, the two most common are lime and strawberry.

Follow my easy steps on creating a Strawberry Margarita to celebrate with your friends today!
For a beginner I suggest using a margarita mix you can buy from your local grocery store or liqueur store. You will also need 2 cups of ice, 1 1/2 oz of tequila, 4 oz mix, and 1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries. Lime and margarita salt to garnish as well.

Mix up all ingredients up in a blender until smooth.

You can also buy margarita salt for about $1 at Wal-mart to garnish the rim of your margarita glasses. To do this slice a lime, then take the lime slice and circle the rim of your glass with it until wet, then dip the rim into some of the salt. This adds a nice garnish and flavor to the drink.

You can also use sugar if you prefer a sweeter taste.

Then fill the garnished glasses with your margarita mix and garnish with lime slices and strawberries! Ta-da~ you’re now on your way to being a pro bartender today 😉


After a few of these babies, I am so looking forward to summer time!

If you would rather a more tradition recipe skip the pre-made margarita mix, and use 2 oz triple sec and 2 0z lime juice instead 🙂