Parties/Entertaining

Hosting Overnight Guests

Happy Tuesday, Beautiful Embarquers!

I always try my best to do posts that apply directly to my life in the exact moment (with hopes it can help my readers as well). If there’s ever something you need help with (when it comes to the home and entertaining), please let me know- all I ever want to do is help this community.

This week my Mom is coming down from Minnesota to stay with me for my birthday as well as Mother’s Day. Whenever I hostĀ (whether it be family or friends), I always want them to feel as though my home is their home- I guess you could say that hosting is my love language. šŸ˜‰ Hosting isn’t always common knowledge, so I wanted to put together a checklist of items that will be helpful for when you are hosting family or friends in your home.

Ready? Let’s get to it!

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Parties/Entertaining

How to: Throw a Great Bonfire

Hey Ya’ll!

I had a bonfire party with some of my girlfriends the the other week and we had a great time! A bonfire party is a fun, and inexpensive way to celebrate life with those you love. I know certain areas of the northern hemisphereĀ aren’t exactly ready for bonfire season, but if not, you can keep this stored in your entertaining archives.

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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 šŸ˜‰

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

 

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 atĀ Set Your Table the Thrifty WayĀ 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’reĀ ~$30 (way too much for a one-time sweater). I decided to make on own sweater for less than 10 dollars. Feel freeĀ 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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Parties/Entertaining · Recipes · Travel

Texas Wine Adventures- Part 2

Happy Thursday, Embarque Readers!

I hope you’re having a lovely week so far!

This post is part-two of the wine adventure from this past weekend.Ā The weekend was full of wine education during this trip out to Fredericksburg, Texas knowing that I enjoy wine, but not knowing much (pretty much nothing) about the wine itself.

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We met a great guy named Travis that educated us on wine. Here’s what we found out:

  • Swirling wine: the reason people do this is to let the wine breathe. Since the wine generally remains sedentary (once bottled), the swirling allows the flavors to release
  • Legs: These are the vertical clear lines that remain after swirling but slowly disappear… this indicates the sugar level in the wine. The slower the legs disappear, the more sugar in the wine

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