Recipes

Make Your Own Pizza

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas celebration this past week- a time filled with love and laughter with family and friends.

I don’t know about you, but I love pizza. It’s easy, versatile, and delicious. Whenever I go home to Minnesota, my family requests that I make this favorite dish, and I would like to share this with my readers. Ready? Let’s do it!

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Parties/Entertaining · Recipes

No Bake Dessert Truffles

Merry Christmas Eve,

I’m so happy you’re able to spend a little bit of your Christmas Eve with me. I want to share a very simple and decadent dessert with you all. This my family’s favorite, and I make it for them every Christmas.

Oreo Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 1-16 oz. bag of Oreos
  • 1-8 oz. package of Neufchatel cheese or cream cheese
  • 1 package of chocolate almond bark (10 squares needed)
  • 1 package of vanilla almond bark (2 squares needed)
  • Additional items needed (Rolling pin, hand mixer, 2 ziplock bags, pyrex measuring cup, parchment paper, a large mixing bowl, spoon)

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Directions:

1.) Put your container of Oreos in a Ziplock bag (with all excess air out), and roll the bag until the bag are in a powder form (this takes a little while). When I like to do is hit the Oreos with the rolling pin in hammering motion, then roll the pin away from myself once the cookies are crushed.

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2.) Add together the Neufchatel cheese and crushed Oreos

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3.) Using a hand mixer, blend together the two ingredients until the mixture is black with no white specks.

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4.) Scoop into ~1″ balls and place on a cookie tray covered in parchment paper. Freeze for 1 hour

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5.) Place 8 chocolate squares in a Pyrex measuring cup (or a microwavable safe bowl), and heat for 30 second intervals- stirring until smooth (it generally ends up taking 3 minutes total, or 6, 30 second intervals). Drop the ball into the chocolate almond bark, roll until completely covered in chocolate and place on parchment paper.

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Note: As you can see, this gets quite messy, so don’t wear your nice new sweater while making this ūüėČ

6.) Melt two bars of white almond bark (using same method as above). Scoop into a plastic baggie, cut a tiny corner, and drizzle.

You could you many cute designs with this, but I just did a simple zigzag.

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7.) Let sit for about 10 minutes (or until the bark dries).

Personally, I like to keep these in the fridge or freezer to keep them fresh. These truffles should be served chilled.

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I hope each of you have a very Merry Christmas with your family, and have plenty of rest and relaxation.

 

Merry Christmas,

Jenna

 

Home Decor · Life

Last-Minute DIY Gift

Happy Tuesday, Embarquers!

 

It’s finally Christmas week! I’m sure there are some of you out there looking for a last-minute gift idea for those you may have forgotten to put on your Christmas list. Here are some quick and easy gifts sure to please.

 

DIY Ring Necklace

Items:

  • a fine 18″ necklace chain
  • 15- 7mm Jump¬†Rings
  • Spaghetti Noodle or wire¬†(optional, to thread )

 

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Directions:

1.) Simply lay out your chain (gold, silver or rose gold) on your workspace

2.) Thread as many rings as you can fit on a wire or noodle

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3.) Dangle the end of your necklace directly above the rings and thread

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4.) Wrap your your necklace and gift!

 

Decoupage Canvas Art

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What you Need:

  • Canvas
  • Printed Image (I like landscapes and architecture , but you could also print a image of you and the gift receiver)
  • Mod Podge (Matte Finish)
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Nor
  • Acrylic Paint (I like black)

 

Directions:

1.) Paint the edges of your canvas as well as the sides and let dry

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I added extra paint to add some depth and texture

2.) Take your canvas and paint a coat of Mod Podge on the canvas

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3.) Place your picture on the canvas and smooth down the picture on the canvas

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4.) Paint another coat of Mod Podge on the picture as well as the edges to seal the image to the canvas

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5.) Let dry, wrap and gift!

 

Go on your way, and get gifting!

 

Merry Christmas,

Jenna

 

Parties/Entertaining

Christmas Entertaining with Ease

Good Day!

I’m glad I can be a part of your holiday party planning. This can be a very stressful time of year, especially for those entertaining for Christmas Eve and/or Day. The best way to relieve this stress is to prepare as much as possible ahead of time.

By starting to prepare for the event several days ahead of time, you leave less to go awry last minute.

The best way to start is by looking back at Set Your Table the Thrifty Way for starters. From there, we will customize for your party.

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Life · Parties/Entertaining

DIY Tacky Christmas Sweaters

Happy Monday, Embarquers!

I hope you all had a restful weekend, and a wonderful last night of Hanukkah (to all of my Jewish friends).

This weekend I was invited to a Tacky Christmas Sweater themed party (which seem to be incredibly popular these past few years) and didn’t have a sweater to wear. I looked in stores and they’re¬†~$30 (way too much for a one-time sweater). I decided to make on own sweater for less than 10 dollars. Feel free¬†to create any tacky christmas sweater your heart desires, but if you’re more of a, ‘Follow exact instructions,‘ kind-of-person, then follow along below.

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Recipes

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Hey, Embarquers,

I’m quite excited to share this new recipe of a household staple, chicken noodle soup.¬†There are few things better than a big bowl of homemade soup on a cold winter day.

This was a bit of a trial and error and adapting different recipes, but I think this turned out quite delicious.

Embarque & Co’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Serves 8-10

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Recipes

The Perfect Cup of Cider

Happy Monday, Everyone,

Wishing you had a lovely weekend. Down here in the Austin, the weather was perfect sweater weather, and the changing leaves are finally here!

I don’t know about you, but being able to make the perfect cup of cider can be a difficult task, but I’m quite sure I’ve finally reached the point… Introducing, Embarque & Co’s Delightful Apple Cider- don’t worry, there aren’t any bizarre or expensive ingredients.

I suggest serving this at a Christmas or Hanukkah party (whether you’re the host or guest). I’m going to give you two options for making this cider, a single serving and party size.

Ready, set, go!

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Home Decor

Inexpensive Christmas Decor

Happy Friday, All,

If you haven’t already, I’m sure you’re getting ready¬†to deck your halls with red and green galore. I’m here to help make sure you don’t overspend and get the greatest bang for your buck.

A person needs to be very strategic to stretch every penny when it comes to decorating for the holidays (because there are hundreds of¬†thousands¬†of options). Christmas can feel like the Target Daze (what I like to call it)-this is when you go in to Target for two items, and you end up purchasing a cart full of items you didn’t need but couldn’t resist because it was all on sale. Ladies and Gents, we need to stay focused ūüėČ !

Ready? Okay, good! Here we go.

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