throw a comfort foods party with marie callender’s pot pies {plus free printables}

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I’ll admit it: Winter has never been my favorite season. Because of this, I always try to find ways to enjoy the season more. Whether it’s planning a get together with friends, indulging in some favorite comfort foods or putting together and enjoying a Winter-inspired tablescape, truly making an effort to enjoy the season makes Winter much more enjoyable than it would be otherwise. I did all three of the above this past weekend and held a Comfort Foods Party featuring some yummy eats, including Marie Callender’s Pot Pies! I’m so excited to share it with you all today–and be sure to scroll all the way through the post-I’m sharing free printables and recipes throughout!

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When I think of comfort foods, I think of easy-to-prepare and delicious dishes that warm you from the inside out. With the recent cold-front moving through, pot pies are the perfect comfort food to warm you up. Paired with sides such as homemade mac n cheese, mini cornbread muffins, and hot apple cider, this Comfort Foods party was a definite hit.

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Want to throw your own Comfort Foods get-together? These free printables will help you get started! Click here to download the gold “Gather Together” printable, and click here for the Comfort Foods Party invitation! The invite printable allows you to print 3 invitations per 8×10 sheet of cardstock, and, of course, it’s blank so you can fill in your own information.

As we all know, a great party is all in the details. Take a look at some of the easy touches that made this tablescape extra inviting…

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Wooden flatware in drawstring bags add a fun touch, as do confetti dot cloth napkins and mismatched white plates.

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And can we talk for a minute about this lovely (and easy!) backdrop? I call it my “dollar-eighty-nine” backdrop, because it literally cost, you guessed it, $1.89 to make. I started by taping lengths of streamers to the wall, carefully twisted each 5 times, and secured it with a piece of tape at the bottom. So easy.

Of course, we all know that a party is only as good as it’s food, and the obvious choice for our main dish were Marie Callender’s pot pies-homemade gravy mixed with vegetables and all white-meat chicken, in a golden, perfectly flaky crust that’s made from scratch. Yum.

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Interested in learning more about Marie Callenders? Visit their site here for information on their products, special offers, and more, and potpieplease for great recipe ideas.

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We love cornbread muffins in our house, and this Basic Mini Cornbread Muffin recipe is a favorite!

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Love mac n cheese? You’ll love it even more once you discover how easy it is to cook it in the crock pot (why had I never tried this before?!). I used this Crockpot Mac n Cheese Recipe.

Interested in hosting your own Comfort Foods Party? Be sure to print off the free printables, and head to Walmart, which is where I picked up our Marie Callender’s Pot Pies. Walmart has a huge selection and great prices for Marie Callender’s products. Also, be sure to check out Marie Callender’s Facebook page for updates, new product info, and great ideas using Marie Callender’s products.

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Lastly, be sure to visit Marie’ Callender’s Comforts From Home Project to help support our troops overseas. What a worthy cause!

 So tell me-what are your best ideas for enjoying Winter a bit more and beating the Winter blues?

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10 favorite candy cane-inspired crafts

There are few things that say “Christmas” to me quite like candy canes do…maybe it’s the colors, the peppermint taste, or maybe just the fact that they remind me of the candy cane reindeer we used to make as kids. Candy canes crafts have come a long way since then, and I’m sharing 10 of my favorite crafts and décor ideas with you. How do YOU like to craft with these Christmastime treats?

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Three dollars, you say? Sign me up! This candy cane wreath is adorable and so much fun!

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Wow. These candy cane clay ornaments are truly inspired. Would be fun to label gifts with each recipients’ name!
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Hung with polka dot ribbon, candy canes make easy and festive décor hung from a window or mantle.

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For another candy cane wreath idea, check out this beribboned beauty from bhg!

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Candy cane marshmallows? Yes, please!

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A sprig of greenery and a pretty tag take the humble candy cane to a whole new level for your holiday table.

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Need a teacher or neighbor gift? How about some candy cane popcorn? Love this idea.

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Would love to be on the receiving end of some of this candy cane sugar scrub this year!

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Why stop with just a craft or two when you can have a full Candy Cane Christmas?

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Who could resist these yummy-looking candy cane cake pops? Answer: Not Me.

    


easy & adorable snowman candy bars

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Over the weekend, I needed a crafty quick-fix-a project that wasn’t hard, didn’t take long, and used items I already had on hand. I went back through my Pinterest page, and noticed some quick and easy snowman candy bars via Martha Stewart, and I knew I had my answer.

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All you need are some store-bought candy bars, craft paint, paper, and bakers twine (or ribbon). These were, as you can probably tell, a cinch to make. They were so simple, I took all of one photo of the process…

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The paper I used? Yep. Plain printer paper. I was able to get two bars wrapped per 8.5″x11″ sheet. After they were wrapped, I just added the eyes, nose (I used a Sharpie, but paint would’ve worked as well), and twine.

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Don’t want to use candy? I can see this working with boxes of crayons, colored pencils or packages of stickers as well! I imagine a walk around the dollar store would yield even more inexpensive ideas. What a FUN way to get your little one involved in wrapping gifts; I think we’ll be making these for my preschooler’s classmates this year!

Thanks for reading!

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