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 



Holiday Toddies

I LOVE, love, love a cocktail! I love to have a “signature” beverage for all my parties and I am having a Christmas Open House and have decided on these 3! I think I am hitting all the tastebuds! sweet & chocolately, citrus & spice.

I found this in an old Southern Living, one of my favorite mags. I dump everything in the crockpot, set it on low and enjoy it throughout the entire party. Makes your house smell great and is a nice warm drink. Perfect for Open Houses or whatever!

3 c red wine
2 c cranberry juice
1 c pineapple juice
1/4 c lemon juice
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp ginger

The Peppermint Patty is a great twist on traditional hot chocolate. We serve this at the salon throughout the Holiday Season. It is warm and looks pretty! We serve it with whipped cream on top and a peppermint stick.

1 mug of Hot Chocolate
1 Tb Peppermint Schnapps

Russian Tea is a drink that my grandmother, mother & aunts used to always drink when it was cool outside. When I was little I always loved the smell and the orange Tang is yum. I make up a batch every fall and and enjoy it on cool evenings!

2 c Tang
1/2 c instant tea
1 pkg Lemonade
2 Tb cinnamon
1 1/2 c sugar
1 tsp cloves