easy valentine’s day gift–hot cocoa spoons!

valentines gift

We’re quickly approaching Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to share one last quick and easy DIY perfect for teacher, neighbor, and everyone-else gifts!

hot cocoa spoons

I’m a huge fan of hot cocoa in the Winter, so these DIY Hot Cocoa spoons are right up my alley. Drop into a cellophane bag, add a hot cocoa packet, and tie with some twine or ribbon, and you’re done!

Start with some wooden spoons, and the chocolate of your choice. Melting chocolate is GREAT for this, as it hardens well and the spoons don’t need to be refrigerated. I had this delicious Dulce de leche from Trader Joe’s, though, that I wanted to try, and all I can say is “wow.” So good. While your spoon is still wet, dip into the toppings of your choice.

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valentines craft

Let dry on a piece of parchment, and you’re done! I stamped “xoxo” on the handles, which is completely optional but completely adorable in my opinion :)

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valentines gift

 

Happy Wednesday!

    


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

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WarmthInACrust #CollectiveBias

comfort foods

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!

comfort foods

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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.

tassle garland

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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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pot pies

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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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love {valentine’s day free printable}

love printable

Sometimes, simple is best. Combining black polka dots, gold foil, and a lovely font, I’m so happy to share this free printable with you all. Great for Valentine’s Day, but, honestly, just as perfect all year round.

love printable

click here to download

Want more freebies? Check out all my free printables here!