Wilton Valentine’s Day Heart Baking Supplies

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Are you looking for some last minute Valentine’s Day baking supplies, or maybe you just need to show someone how much you love them even on another day of the year. Have you ever heard the quickest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach? Well, it’s totally true! Who could resist a yummy homemade confection made just for them. Whether you’re creating heart shaped brownies, a cake or maybe some cupcakes topped with love we’ve got a roundup of the baking supplies you need to bake with love!

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Heart Shaped Baking Supplies


Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold Pan $9.99 This pan would be fabulous for baking heart shaped cookies, or brownies, or use it as a mold for heart shaped chocolates or fancy ice cubes. 


Wilton From The Heart Nesting Cookie Cutter Set $7.17~ Perfect for making heart shaped cookies, cutting out heart shaped brownies, or even pasta for heart shaped ravioli. 


Wilton Comfort Grip Heart Cutter $5.25~ Great for heart shaped cookie bouquets! 


Wilton 9-Inch Heart Pan $12.17~ Make your sweetie a heart shaped cake, a jumbo heart cookie, or brownies.


Wilton Easy Flex 24-Heart Silicone Mold $10.78~ Perfect for molding  heart shaped chocolate, or fancy ice cubes. 

Wilton 9-Inch Heart Springform Pan $17.49~ Can you say heart shaped cheesecake? Yum!


Wilton Hearts Cookie Candy Mold $4.23~ Make perfect little heart candies or cookies for your Valentine. 


Wilton Silver Heart Seals $5.58~ Seal it with love by topping your cupcakes with one of these silver heart seals. 

Wilton Pleated Heart Baking Cup $4.59~ The perfect finishing touch to really make your Valentine’s Day cupcakes pop!


Wilton Cast-Aluminum Mini-Hearts Pan $25.97~ Make mini conversation heart cakes and give one to each person in your life you love. 


Wilton You Bake Me Smile Cupcake Combo Pack $5.11~ A simple way to decorate cupcakes for a Valentine’s Day party!

Green Velvet Cupcake Recipe with Cream Cheese Icing

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You’ve probably heard of red velvet? It’s very popular for Valentine’s Day and Christmas, but what about green velvet? If you’re looking for a festive cupcake idea for St. Patrick’s Day or spring give this green velvet cupcake recipe with cream cheese icing a try.

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Ingredients:

Green Velvet Cupcakes:

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons kelly green food color
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1-8 ounce package of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • ½ cup of butter (room temperature)
  • 4 ¾ cup confectioner sugar
  • 3-4 teaspoons of water

1. Preheat your oven to 350`F.

2.While the oven is heating mix up the batter for your green velvet cupcakes. Sift together the flour, baking soda and cocoa in a medium mixing bowl.

3. In a large bowl combine the butter, buttermilk, sugar, eggs, green food color, vinegar, and vanilla.

4. Add in the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, pouring slowly.

5. Beat the mixture with a hand mixer on medium speed for about 2-3 minutes until well combined.

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6. Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 of the way full with the green velvet cupcake batter.

7. Bake the cupcakes for about 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

8. Place the finished cupcakes on a cooling rack to cool.

This recipe will make about 2 dozen cupcakes.

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To make the Cream Cheese Icing:

1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.

2. Add the water and confectioner sugar slowly while you mix.

3. Blend until the icing will hold its shape. If the icing is too thin, add a little more confectioner sugar, or refrigerate it for a few minutes to chill it. If it is too stiff add a little more water, one teaspoon at a time.

4. Ice the cupcakes with a spatula, or use a round large decorating tip attached to a pastry bag to swirl the icing onto the cupcakes.

5. Top with green sprinkles and enjoy!

Green velvet cupcakes are perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day school party or an Easter Brunch! They’d also be fabulous mixed with red velvet for a Christmas celebration!

Festive Christmas Cocktail Recipes

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Are you ready to spread some holiday cheer? Are you looking for some yummy Christmas cocktail recipes to share with your party guests this holiday season? We’ve got you covered with some festive cocktails your guests will enjoy.

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Coconut Christmas

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Shellback Silver Rum
  • 3/4 ounce White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Cream of Coconut
  • 2 ounces Half & Half
  • Shredded Coconut for Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with shredded coconut on top.

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Holiday House Party Punch

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Shellback Spiced Rum
  • 3/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 3/4 cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup Grenadine
  • Dash of Classic Bitters
  • Maraschino Cherry & Pineapple Slice for Garnish

Directions: Combine all liquids except bitters in a punch bowl with ice and stir. To serve, ladle into stemless wine glasses filled with ice. Top each glass with dash of classic bitters. Garnish with cherry and pineapple.

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Mistletoe Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Camarena Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Agave Nectar
  • 1/4 oz Gin
  • 8 Cranberries

Directions: Muddle cranberries in a mixing glass. Add tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, gin and ice. Shake and strain into a bucket glass with ice. Garnish with a skewer of cranberries.

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Mexican Holiday

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Camarena Reposado Tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 oz Spiced Orange Syrup*
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • Cinnamon Stick Garnish

Directions: Combine liquids in rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with cinnamon stick to stir.

*Spiced Orange Syrup: Place zest of one orange, 12 cloves, 1 tablespoon Allspice, 3/4 cup Water and 1 1/2 cup Organic Cane Sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Heat until sugar is completely dissolved (approximately 5 minutes). Strain. Discard zest and spices. Refrigerate syrup.

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Camarena Roja

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Camarena Silver Tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz Pinot Noir
  • 1/2 Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Agave Nectar
  • 2 oz Grapefruit Soda

Directions:

In a rocks glass, mix all ingredients, except the grapefruit soda. Add ice and top off with grapefruit soda and stir. Garnish with lime wedge.

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Peppermint Martini

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Blue Ice Vodka
  • 1 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz of Peppermint Liqueur

Directions:

Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Please make sure your guests drink responsibly. Ever drink and drive, or let your party guests drink and drive!

Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

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Can you believe Thanksgiving is only a little over a week away already? I love this time of year, getting together with family and friends. Holiday entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful at all. You can serve up a couple of these Thanksgiving cocktail recipes featuring Shellback Spiced Rum, Camarena Tequila and Blue Ice Vodka  to your family and friends to help celebrate the season.


Shellback Spice

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Shellback Spiced Rum
  • 1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Mint Syrup (See below)
  • Dash of Bitters
  • Top with Fever-Tree Ginger Beer
  • Mint Sprig for Garnish

Directions:

Pour all ingredients, except ginger beer, into a mixing glass. Shake with ice, then strain into a copper mug over ice (or rocks glass if copper mug isn’t available). Top with ginger beer and garnish with a mint sprig.

Mint Syrup: Place 12 fresh mint leaves, 1 cup sugar and ½ cup water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Let cool, then sit for a few hours. Strain out mint leaves and store mint syrup in a bottle for up to 2 weeks.

Port of Mexico

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Camarena Reposado Tequila
  • 1/4 ounce Grenadine
  • 1/4 ounce Lime Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Tawny Port

Directions:

Place grenadine in bottom of glass. Set aside. Place remaining liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into glass over grenadine and fresh ice.

Shellback Hot Buttered Cider

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Shellback Spiced Rum
  • 1 ounce Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 1 package Spiced Cider Mix
  • 6 ounces Hot Water
  • Cinnamon Stick for Garnish

Directions:

Place hot cider mix in heat proof mug. Top with heated water. Stir to dissolve. Add rum and schnapps. Stir. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Apple Ginger Bee

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Camarena Reposado Tequila
  • 1 ounce Ginger Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Honey
  • 2 ounces Fever-Tree Ginger Ale
  • 1/4 of a Red Apple, Sliced

Directions:

Muddle apple with honey and lemon juice. Add ginger liqueur and Camarena Reposado Tequila. Shake vigorously with ice, then double strain into a Collins glass. Add ice and top with ginger ale, to taste. Garnish with apple slice fan.

All-American Chilled Apple Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Blue Ice Vodka
  • 3/4 ounce Tuaca Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Sweet & Sour
  • 4 ounces Chilled Apple Cider

Directions:

Build in order over ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon slice, a long cinnamon stick and a straw.

As always, please drink responsibly, and never drink and drive!

Teens and Kids Peacock Costumes For Halloween Fun

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I’m a big peacock fan! I love their beautiful colors, and their elegant appearance. Now I’m not saying all these peacock costumes for kids are elegant, but they are pretty darned cute! Especially the toddler and infant costumes. Check them out!

The little ones are the cutest! I used to love dressing my son up for Halloween when he was a toddler. I love the bright colors on this toddler peacock costume.

Precious Peacock Infant / Toddler Costume - 12-18 Months

You can find this costume and all of it’s details here:  Precious Peacock Infant / Toddler Costume This costume includes jumpsuit with a detachable tail,hood,and slip-on booties. Awwwe!

Love the colors on this one too!

Baby Peacock Infant / Toddler Costume - 18 Months/2T

you can find out all the details here: Baby Peacock Infant / Toddler Costume This costume includes the jumpsuit with a hood.

For the older kids, check out this very pretty peacock girl’s costume.

Pretty Peacock Child Costume - 4-6 SM

You can find all the details here:  Pretty Peacock Child Costume This costume includes the dress and tail, but it does not include tights or shoes.

This peacock dress is adorable! I love the tail on this one, so elegant and colorful!

Peacock Girl Child Costume - Medium (8/10)

You can find all the details and info on this costume here:  Peacock Girl Child Costume This costume includes a character dress and a plumed headpiece, but does not include tights or shoes.

For the older tweens and teens, I have one more peacock costume to share. I think the peacock skirt/ tail on this costume is also adorable!

Peacock Tween Costume - Small

You can check out all the details here:  Peacock Tween Costume This costume includes a peacock dress with attached tail,shorts,fingerless gloves and hair comb, it does not include leggings or shoes.

I have one final peacock costume to share, this one is also for the teens and tweens. It has a more obvious peacock tail than the costume above.

Peacock Gal Teen Costume (12-16)

You can find all the info, including sizes here:  Peacock Gal Teen Costume This tween/ teen peacock costume includes dress, hat, choker, but oes not include shoes.

Which one is your favorite? I think I like them all!

Ohio State Food and Party Ideas

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Since we live in Ohio, of course we’re big Ohio State fans at our house! Of course that means when college football season hits it’s party time! I want to share a few of the Ohio State party ideas I’ve collected over the last few years to help you plan your own Ohio State party!

First up I have some really cool Ohio State party supplies, check them out! These would look super cool on game day, or for an Ohio State birthday party.

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You can find all the details on these party supplies by clicking on the image or here: Ohio State Buckeyes College Party Supplies

You can’t have a party without the food! I’ve rounded up a few Ohio State and football related food ideas to share, check them out! First up you can use these super easy Ohio State Buckeyes Cupcake Pennant Picks

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…to make these Ohio State cupcakes. Super easy! Just ice your cupcake, and insert the pennants!

Or you could make an Ohio State cake like this one!

Just make a rectangular cake and cut a triangle off of each corner, and ice with scarlet and cream or white icing.

I went to a picnic this summer, and someone brought this Ohio State watermelon, so of course I had to snap a picture to share!

Just cute a thick slice out of the center of the watermelon, cut out the center and triangle the corners. They used some herb leaves (I think basil), and some black olives for the buckeyes in the corner. Cute!

I really love this guacamole football field! You can find the details on how to create it here: Guacamole Football Field.

When you’re dressing up the table you could use a football and floral centerpiece like this one. I found a similar one at Amazon here: Ceramic Football Planter

Here’s another Ohio State party supply pattern.

Ohio State Univ. Party Pack Kit

You can check them out here:
Ohio State Univ. Party Pack Kit

Here’s an Ohio State party table layout I snapped a picture of a while back. Love the black tablecloth! Gray would be pretty too.

I like the football helmet centerpiece, I found a similar one here: Ohio State Buckeyes Helmet Centerpiece

It would make a really nice centerpiece, either for snacks or for a planter.

What food and decorating ideas have you come up with for your Ohio State party?

Labor Day Cocktail Recipes

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I can’t believe it’s almost Labor Day already! The summer definitely flew by this year! Are you planning an end of summer celebration with friends this year? If so I have some Labor Day cocktail recipes to share with you courtesy of Camarena Silver Tequila, and Blue Ice Vodka.

Labor Day Lounger

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz Jalapeño-Infused Camarena Silver Tequila*
  • 3 oz Fresh-Squeezed Blood Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 oz Orange Liqueur
  • Orange Peel for Garnish

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, combine jalapeño-infused Camarena Silver Tequila, blood orange juice, lime juice and Cointreau. Fill with ice, shake and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with an orange peel.

*Jalapeño-Infused Camarena Silver Tequila

To make jalapeño infusion, slice up a fresh jalapeño pepper and allow it to steep in 1 cup of Camarena Silver Tequila for 2 hours. Taste to check the heat level, and continue to steep if a stronger infusion is desired. Once infusing process is complete, remove the slices by pouring the mixture through a mess strainer.

Deep Blue Sea Martini

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Blue Ice Vodka
  • 3/4 oz Sweet & Sour
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice

Directions:

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a pineapple slice and cherry.

Jalisco Sweet Heat

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Camarena Silver Tequila
  • 4 Large Pieces Watermelon (1” x 1 1/2”)
  • 1 tablespoon Hot Pepper Jelly
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • Watermelon Slice for Garnish

Directions:

Muddle watermelon, jelly and lemon juice in mixing glass. Add tequila and ice. Shake vigorously to completely blend mixture. Double strain into large rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a watermelon slice.

Ginger Crush

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Camarena Silver Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 2 coins of Ginger
  • 6 Mint Leaves
  • 2 oz Ginger Beer

Directions:

Muddle mint, ginger and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add tequila, lemon juice and ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with mint leaves.

Enjoy your last summer blast Labor Day weekend! Remember to drink responsibly, and don’t let friends drink and drive!

Easy Spinach Dip Recipe For Parties

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I like to keep things simple, whether it’s summer entertaining a holiday gathering, or One of my favorite dips to make for any occasion is spinach dip. It’s easy to make, and you can lighten it up by using light or fat free ingredients if you’re trying to keep things on the healthy side. The dip will still be loaded with flavor.

This spinach dip recipe is easy to make ahead, and throw in the fridge, then pull it out when it’s time to entertain. I like to make the dip the night before, then assemble it in a bread bowl right before it’s time to serve. That way the flavors of the dip have time to meld together, and if you’re using a bread bowl it doesn’t have time to get soggy before you serve it.

You can also just tear up all the bread around a serving bowl on a serving platter or serve the dip with your favorite crackers.

Here’s one of my favorite quick and easy spinach dip recipes. Give it a try at your next party, and let me know what you think.

Spinach Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 box frozen spinach, thaw and drain before using
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 packet of your favorite onion soup mix (many use Knorr)

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, then chill the mixture for several hours before serving to let the flavors blend together. You can even make this dip a day or two ahead of time and store it in a bowl in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it.

When you’re ready to serve your spinach dip, pull it out of the fridge and scoop it into a hollowed out bread bowl. Place the pieces of bread you removed around the bowl for guests to use for dipping.

You can use several different types of bread for the bowl, from pumpernickel, to sourdough, beer bread, or rye. Look in the deli or your local bakery, or bake your own.

Golf Birthday Party Ideas

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Summer is the perfect time for a golf birthday party, so I thought it would be perfect timing to put together some golf birthday party ideas. You have to start with the supplies. Celebrate Express has some really cool golf party supplies. Check them out.

Golf Deluxe Party Pack for 8

You can find them to order here:
Golf Deluxe Party Pack for 8

Here is a cute idea for a golf cake. It uses iridescent fondant to cover the cake and the golf ball on top can be made using the Wilton Sports Ball Pan Set.

Or if you want to keep things simpler you can use this Golf Cake Topper and make a classic sheet cake.

Golf Cake Topper

A couple other ideas for your golf theme party:

  • Give the guests personalized golf balls or golf tees for party favors
  • Plant small pots with green grass and stick a small golf flag in the center for table decorations
  • Challenge your friends to a little golf in the pool.
  • Make some golf flag decorations.
  • Serve meatball subs, and call them golf ball sandwiches
  • Tee Time Cupcakes

It doesn’t even have to be a birthday party! Golf would make the perfect theme for a summer bachelor party, retirement party, or birthday, and it might even work as a last minute theme for your Father’s Day celebration. If you have ideas to share for a golf party, please feel free to discuss them in the comment section.

Cinco De Mayo Cocktail Recipes With Tequila

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Today I have some fun Cinco De Mayo cocktail recipes to share with you! Are you celebrating Cinco De Mayo this year? It falls on a Saturday , so there’s more of an opportunity to get together with some friends and have a good time. The best part is, most won’t have to work the next day!

Cinco Swagger

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Camarena Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Agave Nectar
  • 2 Cucumber Wheels
  • 2 Blackberries
  • 2 oz Ginger Beer

Directions:

Muddle cucumber and blackberries in a mixing glass. Add tequila, lemon juice, agave nectar and ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with cucumber wheel.

Camarena Chipotle Cooler

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Camarena Reposado Tequila
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz Orange Liqueur
  • 2 Pinches Chipotle Chili Pepper Spice
  • 2 oz Lemonade
  • Lemon Wheel Garnish

Directions:

Combine liquids and spice in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into tall glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lemon wheel.

Skinny Local

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Camarena Silver Tequila
  • 1/2 of a Lemon, Quartered
  • 8 Mint Leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of Sugar Free Sweetener
  • 3 oz Soda Water

Directions:

Muddle lemon, mint and sweetener in a mixing glass. Add tequila and ice. Shake and pour all contents of shaker into a tall glass. Top with soda water and stir gently. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Camarena Silver Paloma

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Camarena Silver Tequila
  • 1 tsp Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 4 oz Grapefruit Soda

Directions:

Combine tequila, agave nectar and lime juice in a highball glass. Mix well. Fill glass to brim with ice. Top with grapefruit soda and stir gently with a bar spoon. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Frozen Sangria Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Camarena Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz Premium Orange Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Lime Juice
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz Agave Nectar
  • 1 1/2 cup Crushed Ice
  • 2 oz Chilled Bottled Sangria (i.e. Madria Sangria)
  • Orange Wheel Garnish

Directions:

Place all ingredients except Sangria in blender. Blend until completely smooth. Place in freezer for 2 to 3 hours or overnight to firm. Shake container occasionally so mixture does not separate ingredients while freezing. When ready to serve: In wine goblet or decorative glass, alternately layer frozen tequila mixture with 1/4 to 1/2 measures of chilled Sangria. Garnish with orange wheel.

As always please drink responsibly, and don’t let friends drink and drive!