Holiday Party Food! …Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffles

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I love holiday food.

…and Christmas holiday food is the best!

I wanted to come up with a recipe for holiday parties and possible gifts, and what could be more fitting than truffles?

I was debating about what kind of truffles to make when I came across these new chocolate chips from Nestle Toll House called Delightfulls.

Basically these are a chocolate chip filled with all sort of awesomeness. You can choose from caramel, peanut butter, cherry, or mint filling.

Yumm right?!

So I went for the caramel and cherry filled morsels and tweaked a couple of truffle recipes to get these delicious Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffles.

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Now….believe it or not, I’m no baker! I don’t even really like baking. I just thought it would be fun to bring some sort of fancy looking food to parties and to give away to friends and neighbors.

I was pretty surprised how easy these truffles were! I made some homemade caramel to go on top (next time I’m probably just buy the store squirt kind), but the rest was fairly simple.

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Caramel Chocolate Truffles

1/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup heavy cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 pkg Nestle Toll House Delightfulls Filled Morsels …for this recipe use caramel

8 oz Dark chocolate

Course Sea Salt for garnish

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1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

2. Mix granulated sugar with 2 tbsp of water and heat until dissolved.

3. Add vanilla extract and let boil until golden brown.

4. Remove from heat and stir in Nestle Toll House Delightfulls  and keep stirring until mixture in even and thick.

5. Add 2 tsp of sea salt

6. When cooled, scoop out of pan and roll into balls. Place on the parchment paper and stick in the freezer for 20 minutes.

7. After 20 minutes, heat dark chocolate until smooth.

8. Cover the truffle balls with the dark chocolate. one by one.

9. When covered,drizzle caramel on top and quickly sprinkle sea salt on the caramel. Place back on parchment paper, and then into the fridge.

That’s it! After cooling they will be ready to serve, or box them up and gift them!

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I love the Nestle Toll House Delighfulls because they give a fun and unexpected flavor without being overwhelming.

After-all, who doesn’t like finding yummy filling in a chocolate chip?!

I’m excited to use the cherry filled Delightfulls next.

I found mine at Target, but they are at most grocery stores.

You can find out more about Nestle Toll House Delightfulls, and their different fillings HERE.

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Thanks to Nestle Toll House for supporting this post.

 

Prepping for the Holiday Crowd…a holiday cleaning guide from a messy person.

Here’s my guide on how NOT to stress out for holiday company from a messy person (undoubtedly, I am the “messy person” writing this).

At the end of this post you’ll get an opportunity to enter to win a

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There is also a coupon for the Scotchgard Protector Carpet Cleaning Solution.

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It’s that time of year,

…time to gather with friends and family,

…time to eat, drink and be marry.

EXCEPT for that one little detail….the prep work before they come!

Does it stress you out?

Do you think about it for weeks before hand?

Well take some advice from a non-cleaner.

Give yourself a one and a half to two week start and you will avoid MAJOR amounts of stress.

Here’s how to deal with the thought of holiday company…..

…starting TODAY!

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1. Start with the bedrooms and laundry area now!

…assuming you have a good 1-2 weeks from the party date.

Take on one or two rooms per day.

If you don’t think your company will venture there, don’t worry about them and shut the door.

You don’t have to get too crazy, just pick them up and vacuum.

Maybe add a touch of the holidays with a small tree.

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2. Wash table linens and napkins now. 

If you need to prep decor and settings that won’t be used much until the party, wash linens and buff the silver at least a week and a half away from the party date.

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3. Holiday decor, fresh plants and greenery should be put out the weekend before.

(unless you’re using real cut flowers, then I would say two days before).

Greenery and poinsettias last a long time, so get those out and the lights up the weekend before. Holiday decorating can be a big job, so it’s nice to have a day or two to get it done.

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4.  Deep clean the bathrooms.

I would do this no sooner than 5 days before people come. By doing this, you can simply wipe things down the day of.

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5. Clean main living areas

This includes living rooms, family rooms, dens. You may want to consider steam cleaning the carpets yourself. Especially if you have pets and there is a faint odor. …or in my case children.

 BISSELL Scotchgard™ Protector Formulas contain revolutionary stain repellent that repels spills, resists soils and blocks stains to protect carpet.

So not only will using this help get the stains out, it will also help prevent stains from red holiday punch and chocolate brownies that make me cringe when I see them out of the kitchen area!

Four to five days before the party is optimal for deep cleaning carpets in my opinion. You will still be able to smell that fresh “my carpets got cleaned” smell, but it will have ample time to dry.

Now is also the time to get any playlist and music ready.

 

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6. Four days before the party, give everything a good dusting. 

I think it makes sense to dust everything at once, instead of going room by room if you’re cleaning different rooms on different days.

*This is a great job for kids!

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7. Deep clean the kitchen.

If you deep clean the kitchen three days before the party, you shouldn’t have too much trouble to keep it clean before hand.

Put away all piles and wipe everything down. Give the entire room (including walls if you have kids) a good scrub.

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8. Clean out the fridge, and make sure all candle have batteries or are working properly. 

Clean out the fridge so you’ll have room for party food. Then go buy the party food.

Also make sure any battery operated candles are working, and make sure real candles have long enough wicks.

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9. Prep any food you can prep and put out place settings or decorate the food area.

Start off planning for food that doesn’t take a ton of time to prep and make.

Obviously this cleaning/hosting thing takes enough time in itself.

If you can, purchase mostly food that is already made. Prep and make anything else you will have to the day before.

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10. Give the house a quick pick up, finish prepping/baking necessary food, light a holiday candle and wipe down bathrooms.

Enjoy!

Now…..here’s how to win that BISSELL ProHeat 2X® Premier 47A23 Upright Deep Cleaning Machine, with Scotchgard Protector Carpet Cleaning Solution.

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1. Visit BISSELL’s website, and check out the different Scotchgard Cleaning Solutions. They even have solutions specifically for pets and urine. 

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Hey everyone!

Welcome to Monday Funday!

This week I finally started with some Christmas stuff.

Two pillows….

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First off is this Silhouette Holiday Pillow (one day left for Silhouette Black Friday deals. Click on the link to see).

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I’m also enjoying this Holiday Pillow I made with a Royal Design Studio Holiday Stencil.

They have some awesome holiday stencils this year! Click on the link to check some out.

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There were SO MANY amazing Christmas and holiday projects and ideas, that it was so hard to pick my favorites. I may have gone a bit overboard, but seriously everything was too awesome not to share again with all of you! Thank you so much for taking the time to join our party each week and keep everyone crafting and creating this holiday season!

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Easy DIY Holiday Wreath | Plaid and Burlap Wreath | Mesh Snowman Wreath
DIY Christmas Frame Wreath | Embroidery Hoop Wreath | DIY Galvanized Wreath | Simple Boxwood Wreath

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Acorn & Driftwood Garland | DIY Straw Snowflake Ornament | Wood Slice Snowman Ornament
Deer Head Christmas Ornament | Pom Pom Wreath Ornament | Vintage Inspired Ornament
Cardboard Christmas Tree Ornament | Rudolph Ornament | Rustic Chalkboard Ornaments
DIY Stamped Wrapping Paper | DIY Pen Holder & Gift Wrap | DIY Kids Art Gift Tags
DIY No-Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt | Floating Snowflake Christmas Card | Button Snowman Gift Tags

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Reindeer Head Holiday Banner | Triangle Box Advent Calendar | Rudolph Wall Art
Glitter Ombre Christmas Trees | String Christmas Trees | PB Knockoff Christmas Pillow
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Royal Design Studios DIY Holiday Stencils!

 Hey everyone!

Have you pulled out your Christmas decor yet?

I think I’m going to drag all of ours out today.

I’ve been working on a couple holiday projects to gear up for the big decorating weekend.

Here’s an EASY way to transform a boring pillow into something fun for the holidays, with

Royal Design Studios and Jennifer Rizzo’s new Christmas Stencil Collection.

 

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Is anyone else noticing all of the white and black tree pillows out this year?

I’ve been wanting to make one, so this boring pillow was my first candidate for stencil trial.

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I used this Pine Forest Trees Christmas Stencil, and some black tempera paint with textile medium.

I used the stencil to paint the trees, and also painted the piping black.

*note….tape off piping to paint.

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I left my trees rough/slightly unpainted for a more rustic look.

I would love to use this stencil on wrapping paper, envelopes, a table runner and maybe even some simple word wall art.

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Here are some of my other fave Royal Design Studio and Jenn Rizzo’s Holiday Stencils.

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 Antler Christmas Stencil / Getting Ziggy with It Holiday Stencil / Starry Night Christmas Stencil / Noel Lettering Christmas Stencil 

They are also offering some awesome Holiday Wallternatives™  this year!

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I love how versatile these stencils are.

They are very reasonably priced, and with just one, there are endless projects you could use it for!

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Thanks to Royal Design Studios for the use of their stencil!

Silhouette Hoilday Pillow Project …the first of the Christmas Pillows!

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Did you tune on Thanksgiving for the Silhouette Black Friday Sales?

They are still up and running until Dec. 8th,

so if you have been thinking about purchasing a Silhouette or Silhouette products, do it now!

See my post on all the sales HERE!

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Or you can go straight to the Silhouette America site and use my code: CREATIVELY

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Here is the first of my Christmas Pillows! I made it out of a rug I never used (it had pink and blue flowers on the inside). I loved the texture. It sort of reminded me of snow.

It’s now in my boy’s room, which I should be finished with and sharing SOON!

….and oh yes, this was an easy flocked fabric transfer that I cut with my Silhouette machine. It looks like black velvet when applied.

(thanks to the Silhouette company for providing me the heat transfer paper!)

I love a pillow that I can use for the entire winter season!

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Hey everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

If you’re interested in a Silhouette this year….or supplies, I have a Silhouette Black Friday Promo still running!

Just use my code CREATIVELY

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Monday Funday

Hey all!

We are in full renovation mode over here. Between that and picking up home school again, it’s been a wild ride the past couple weeks!  I can’t wait to show you picks of the living room and dinning room! Hopefully sooooon!

Have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!

I’ll show you a couple of holiday projects this week, so stay tuned!

…now onto the party!

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Monday Funday

Hey everyone! 

I’m so glad you’re here with us! I’m just finishing up our living room and dinning room, so my posts have been sparce, but I did make some time to show you a quick and easy way to make a tray for the upcoming holidays.

You can read all about it’s makeover here!

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