Christmas Party Game

I have a Christmas Party coming up this week at work. I have already planned the meal, bought the party decorations and am now trying to find a few Christmas Party Games that everyone will enjoy. At the office we have a wide variety of people that work with us! We have different ages, different cultures, and different party styles.

I have found a few adult themed party games. One game that sounds very interesting is the Kiss-It Relay. With this game you will need one Hershey Kiss for each player, two bowls, and two sets of over sized mittens. First thing you do is divide your players into two groups. Place the two bowls on a counter and have each player place one Hershey Kiss in the bowl that is designated for their team. Have the players form two lines, place the over sized mittens on the first person in line. The first players will race to their bowls grab a Hershey Kiss, unwrap it, then rush back to the line and feed it to the next person in line. The first player will then give the next player their mittens and the steps will be repeated until all of the Hershey Kisses are gone. I was thinking to make this game even more exciting I would get a great party favor to give to the winners.

If you have any great games or unique party ideas that you could suggest for an adult Christmas party please share it with us. I am always looking for new ideas for parties and games.

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Holiday Gifts On A Budget

The holidays are right around the corner.  It is hard to believe that it is only a week until Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it.  With the way that the economy is today, I believe that more people will be turning to homemade gifts this year.  They may choose to use their special crafting abilities or even to share some homemade baked goods.  Over the next few days I will be sharing some different gifts that my family has used over the years that make remarkable gifts.  Our family has an unusual tradition; we set themes for Christmas every year.  A few of the themes that we have used are recycled gifts and homemade gifts.  Using different themes for Christmas makes it fun and yet challenging at the same time!  You will be amazed at what people can come up with when they really have to think about a gift.

When we did the recycled gifts, that year you had to find at least one gift for everyone that either someone had given you or that you bought used.  I did a lot of shopping at consignment stores, thrift stores, and even eBay.  I found some great gifts!  I remember I got the kids X-Box games used at Game Stop.  I got my Mother a bread maker on eBay.  Then I bought my husband a TV at the pawn shop.  I know this all sounds kind of strange!  I thought my Mother was crazy when she came up with this idea!!!  I mean can you imagine what I was thinking, used gifts for Christmas?!?!  But you know I saved a ton of cash and got some really great gifts that my family loved!

Then another year she came up with the idea that we had to do homemade gifts.  You either had to bake something or make something!   I was really surprised with the gifts that were made that year.  One thing that my mother has made for years is a homemade room freshener.  I can tell you that this gift is great for Christmas Parties and Housewarming Parties!

The items that you need can be found at your local dollar store.  You will need a nice vase, doily, potpourri, small string of Christmas lights, and some ribbon.  This gift will cost you about $8.00.  Plus, it is really easy to make!  You take the vase and put in a little of the potpourri in the bottom of the jar.  Then you start by adding in some of the Christmas lights.  You then continue to add potpourri and placing the lights throughout the jar.  When you have the jar completely filled, you cover the top of the jar with the doily (make sure to leave the cord with the plug end hanging out over the edge of the jar) and secure the doily in place with the ribbon tied neatly in a bow.

Lighted Potpourri Jar

The year that she did homemade gifts was a little bit more difficult for me!  I turned to my trusty computer and started searching for crafty gift ideas.  I found some really cute items that made everyone laugh!  One thing I made that year was a wire whisk filled with Hershey Kisses with a gift tag that read “We Whisk You A Merry Kiss-Mas!”

I would have to say that my favorite one has been the Snowman Poop.  I put this one in my Brother’s stocking.  You should have seen his face.  I had not seen him laugh that hard in years!  The Snowman Poop was nothing but marshmallows placed in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon.  What made it so cute was a poem that I had found.  The poem read ” I hear you’ve been naughty.  So listen, here’s the scoop.  I’m running short on coal this year, so you get Snowman Poop. Love, Santa ”

For our office Christmas Party I found a great homemade gift that everyone loved.  I went to dollar tree and picked up six Christmas decorated coffee mugs, a box of hot chocolate, package of candy canes, package of cellophane bags, package of Hershey Kisses, package of marshmallows and ribbon.  Then I attached the printable gift tag for Snowman Soup.  For six gifts I only paid around $15.00 and everyone at the office loved it!

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Summer is here!

Finally, we have succeeded in making it to another great summer season.

Officially, today marks the first day of summer!

Don’t forget to start planning your summer parties:

  • 4th of July
  • Family Reunions
  • Birthday Parties
  • Labor Day Parties
  • Beach Parties

We would love to hear about some of your favorite summer recipes that you are planning on making for your next party!

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Cinco de Mayo is coming soon!

If your year is going anything like mine, you are wondering, “Where in the world is this year going?”  It seems like the weeks are going by like days and the months are going by like weeks.  …Don’t forget to stop and have a party!

Cinco de Mayo is less than 2 weeks away!  Here is a one of my favorite recipes that I enjoy bring to the party! 

Taco Dip 

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened 
  • 1 package Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 cup Salsa (or Picante)
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup dices tomatoes
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

MIX the cream cheese and seasoning mix until well blended. Spread onto bottom of a pie plate.

LAYER lettuce, Salsa (or Picante), tomato and cheese over the cream cheese mixture; cover. Refrigerate several hours or until chilled.

GARNISH with the guacamole and sour cream around the edge for dipping.   

SERVE with tortilla chips.

 Don’t forget to decorate for your party… It isn’t too late to order your Cinco de Mayo party supplies from Party Favor Mall.

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Marinate for Salmon or Lake Trout

Here is a great recipe that my mother uses when making fresh salmon or lake trout.   

First you need the following ingredients:

  • ½ c.butter
  •  ¼ c.soy sauce
  • ¼ c.Worchiser sauce
  • ¼ c. chili sauce
  • 1Tablespoon mustard (any kind-brown or yellow)
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Bring the above ingredients to a boil.  Remove your mixture from heat and let cool.  *Do not cool in refrigerator.  Pour your mixture over fish and let marinate at least 3 hours.  Grill on high with the skin down.  *Do not flip the fish. 

Fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.  The skin of the fish will remain on the grill when filets are removed. 

Enjoy!

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Smiley Face Pancakes

Having a slumber party?  This is a great breakfast idea for children.  They love to help decorate their pancake and are more apt to eat it all.  Continue reading this post…

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Chili Manicotti

Looking to spice up your dinner, try this Chili Manicotti recipe!   

  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion 1 small clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1  111/4-ounce can condensed
  • chili beef soup or 4 manicotti shells beaten egg cup cream-style cottage
  • cheese, drained cup shredded sharp American
  • cheese (2 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped canned green chili peppers

Cook onion and garlic in oil till tender; stir in soup. Cook manicotti in boiling salted water till tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain. Cut shells in half crosswise, if necessary, to fit two individual baking dishes.

Combine egg, cottage cheese, half Vne American cheese, and chili peppers. Spoon cheese mixture into manicotti. Pour half the soup mixture into the two individual baking dishes.  Top with stuffed manicotti. Pour remaining soup mixture over, being sure manicotti are coated. Bake, covered, at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 2 or 3 minutes more. Let stand 5 minutes. Makes 2 servings.

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Everyone Loves a Candle!

Looking for a gift for someone who has everything!  Look no further. 

Astrological Aromatherapy Candles

We have found these Astrological Aromatherapy candles that are perfect.  They are a perfect birthday gift for anyone, man or woman!  These candles use essential aromatherapy oils to bring out the best of everyone due to their astological sign.  …How cool is that!

Check out these candles and many more at All Scented Candles today!

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We’re Back…

First, let me apologize for our MIA status!  We have been so busy building our businesses, we have overlooked this blog!  For this, I am sorry! 

Due to some medical issues, our blogger, Cindy, has been unable to write for us.  We wish her the best and are praying for her health!  …We miss you Cindy!

Please, check back with us often, we will be sharing all sorts of new and exciting recipes and gift ideas!

 Welcome Back!

Stacy

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Italian Meatloaf

This recipe is a spin on the traditional boring meat loaf.  I personally never really liked meatloaf until I started experimenting with different ways to make it and my Italian meatloaf was the end result.

What you will need:

  • 1lb ground sirloin (12% fat)
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 white onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • ½ lb   sliced pepperoni
  • 1 lb mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 jar of spaghetti or pizza sauce

Instructions

  1. Mix the ground sirloin with the  bread crumbs, egg, chopped onion, minced garlic and a 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese.
  2. Flatten out the mixture on a cookie sheet.
  3. Layer the pepperoni on top of the mixture.
  4. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese on top of the pepperoni.
  5. Now roll the meat loaf up into a log it will kind of look like a jelly roll when done.
  6. Place the meat loaf in at least a 3inch deep baking pan with some sauce covering the bottom.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until browned.
  8. Pour the remaining sauce over the meatloaf.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining  mozzarella  cheese on top the sauce and cook until melted and browned.
  10. Let stand for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  11. Use the remaning parmesan cheese to garnish.

 Enjoy!

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