a few of MY favorite things {party}

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The”favorite things” party has quickly become my favorite kind of “exchange”party out there! We brought 5 of our fav things under $6. I brought my all time fav, go to wine Vinho Verde from Trader Joes.

Favorite Things 2013

Vinho Verde Trader Joe’s

room spray (I got one last year and it last forever!!)

opi nail polish (x2)

lottery tickets (most creative!)


eso chapstick (my fav)

socks, I got these & oh my they are heavenly!

Allegro marinade, I love this on pork!

Wind & Willow Bruschetta dip mix

dish towel



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And then the FOOD! Everyone brought their Fav App to share!

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This dip rocks! SUPER EASY!!

It’s been flying around pintrest so I had to give it a shot! I mean anything that has is attached to Neimans (the best shopping in the world!) has got to be good!  I added tish bit of  sugar & lemon juice! I always make it my own! ENJOY!!

Neiman Marcus Dip 

2 c mayo

8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded

1 bag bacon bits

1/2 c almonds

1 bunch scallions, sliced

1 t sugar

splash of lemon juice



Tina’s Holiday Pie

2 – 8oz cream cheese

1 – 8oz sour cream

1 jar 4.5oz chipped beef

1/2 onion chopped

1/2 green pepper chopped

3/4 cup chopped pecans

Mix first 5 ingredients and spread in a dish.  Next melt a little butter and pour over pecans.  Place them on a cookie sheet and roast for 5 minutes on 350.  Remove pecans and sprinkle them over mixture and bake on 350 for approximately 20 minutes until bubbly.  Serve with crackers.


Erin’s Peppermint Fudge

1 7oz jar marshmallow creme

1 12oz bag semi sweet morsels

1 tsp peppermint extract

3 cups sugar

3/4 c butter ( 1 & 1/2 sticks)

1 5 oz can evaporated milk

1 cup Andes peppermint chunks

Line 13×9 pan with foil and grease. Sprinkle 1/2 the peppermint chunks on bottom of pan.

In a large bowl combine marshmallow creme, morsels and extract. Combining these ingredients now simplifies the process.

In saucepan combine butter and evaporated milk on medium heat until mixed well. Then add sugar to butter/milk mixture. Be sure to keep your spatula on the bottom of the pan as much as possible. Once combined stir constantly.

Bring mixture to a full and rolling boil and set your timer for 5 minutes.

Very carefully pour your mixture into the large bowl of other ingredients. Stir ingredients together.

Pour into your prepared pan.  Smooth well and top with remaining peppermint chunks.

Refrigerate until firm.

Lift the foil from pan and cut into squares 



these are a few of my favorite things!

I am going to a Favorite Things Christmas Party on Thursday and it has got me thinking about MY FAVORITES so here are a few!
Stocking stuffer edition!

Under $5

Lemon flavored Ice Cubes, seriously yum-o and I don’t even like gum!
EOS lip balm (and hottie Ed Westwick loves it too!)


coke zero best drink ever!
under $10
Tyler Candle Company
diva & fig scent are my favs! Buy the small one it will make your whole house smell amazing!!
Favorite Cleaning product ever!
Mrs. Myers in lavender & lemon verbena

Trader Joe’s Salted Caramels
Here is the loot from the Fav Things Christmas Party
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Bath & Body Works was a big hitter at the party! Room spray, antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer.
Almay eye make-up remover wipes (non oily!) these have been on my walmart shopping list for years and I was out! yea!!
Handmade Christmas coasters were ADORBS!! So cute, that I had to make some over the weekend.
an airplane bottle of some interesting spirits came from a much younger attendee, I am more the wine, diet coke kind of Mama now, but a shot? Why not?
xoxo, Mama Bird 

I Won!!!

Thanks so Kristen at  Kristen Duke Photography !!

I WON!!!!

her FAVORITE THINGS gift basket!!

I am so freaking excited! I never win anything!!

Check out the goods!


On Thursday I am going to a Favorite things party! I can’t wait to see what everyone brings! This basket gave me some great ideas! xoxo, Mama Bird