Month: February 2016

love snacks!

Love snack, baby, love snack! Here’s a fun DIY for Valentine’s: golden treat containers. Materials & tools: containers (I purchased “petri dish”-like plastic containers from Oriental Trading Company) contact paper (I used gold) scissors treats (I chose hazelnuts and chocolate chips) How to: Select your container of choice. I like to go with clear containers for edible items so the contents can be seen easily. For contact paper, choose your favorite color/pattern and cut out shapes or letters. I chose hearts for this project. Ensure your container surface is free of dust. Peel the backing off of the contact paper and adhere to your container. Fill your golden containers with your treat of choice. Nuts, chocolates, candies, … You can also fill the containers with different items and stack them. Who wouldn’t want a tower of treats? Yum! Can’t wait to gift these!

love notes. 

For all you lovelies looking for Valentine’s greetings for your gal-pals, besties, and favorite hottie, I’ve got you covered! I designed a trio of cards for Valentine’s this year: Hey Lady Friend, My Foodie Valentine, and Spicy Pepper Hot. My Foodie Valentine is currently in the running for a Darby Smart design contest through Sunday, February 7. Vote it to the top! And click below for some for free printables! Love Notes Heart Paper


Chilly weather calls for chili parties, and this season there is no shortage of chili bowls in my life. It’s the ultimate comfort food in a bowl. I like mine on top of a bed of rice with sour cream and fresh cilantro. Here, I feature yummy bowls made by my friends and family. Angel’s ground chicken chili with squash and beans. A hearty bowl followed by a group crafting session and silliness. Dee’s (that’s my dad!) three bean chili with red bells, lighty spiced and accompanied with jokes around the dining table. Brittany’s green chili with chicken. Lots of broth to warm your insides. Add candlelight and Manhattans and we’ve got ourselves a classy dinner party. Yum! Can’t wait until my next bowl. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the pic featured above is of me competing in my first (and actually last) food competition back in 2009: a chili cook off. I won first prize with my Dad’s all-meat chili recipe! What’s your favorite chilly winter night comfort food? Share below.