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New Year's Party Favor

I love, love, love easy party ideas. This is definitely the best one, especially perfect for any ladies only parties.

Items needed: Clothesline Enough scarves for your guests Cardstock paper for note card You can come up with several ways to display the scarves if a clothesline doesn't work for your venue. I suggest: Hang them on hangers - each hanger has the same note card Wrap small wine or champagne bottles with scarves as bows Place them in a basket near the door for guests to take as they leave What will you (or did you) give to guests as favors at your NYE party?

New Year's Cookie

I can't be the only one who loves the taste of a fortune cookie, right? Unfortunately, they are always hard and crispy. The recipe below makes for a yummy fortune cookie. Instead of pinching it in the traditional form, I will keep it round and flat. I plan to sandwich two together with almond buttercreme and place them in CD sleeves (see previous post).

New Year's Cookie

Ingredients: 2 large egg whites1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract3 tablespoons vegetable oil8 tablespoons all-purpose flour1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch1/4 teaspoon salt8 tablespoons granulated sugar3 teaspoons waterInstructions:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease two 9-X-13 inch baking sheets.

2. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg white, vanilla extract, almond extract and vegetable oil until frothy, but not stiff.

3. Sift the flour, cornstarch, salt and sugar into a separate bowl. Stir the water into the flour mixture.

4. Add the flour into the egg white mixture and s…

Best Salad

I am not a chef by any means. Well, I am deep in my heart, but my hands have a mind of their own. I keep a short list of winning recipes I have tested. This is the best recipe I have found for salad. It's a bit sweet, and I love sweet things. At least try it, and let me know what you really think.

Best Salad

Yields 8 servings


For salad:
1 bag Spring Mix lettuce1 bag (or half a head) of regular lettuceSome chopped red onion (handful)1-1/2 cup seedless red grapes, halved1 cup Swiss cheese1 cup Mozzarella cheese1 cup Provolone   For dressing:
1/3 cup olive oil1/3 cup vegetable oil (can substitute with canola)1/3 cup apple cider vinegar1/2 teaspoon garlic salt1/2 cup sugar1 tablespoon yellow mustardFirst, layer Spring Mix lettuce, regular lettuce, red onion, grapes and cheeses in a large bowl. In separate bowl, whisk together oils, vinegar, salt, sugar and mustard. Pour dressing over large bowl of lettuce mixture and toss tongs until fully incorporated over salad.

Note: Since th…


Thank you for stopping by my blog. A few years of blogging on various topics landed me a career in writing and several volunteer opportunities. I am a working mother, full-time employee outside the home, that is. I believe that a woman can work and be a great mother. I even recently completed my masters degree, a dream that I still can't believe came true.

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