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Looking for some Christmas gift inspiration? I’ve got 15 unique ideas for you for the women in your life–I’m sure you’ll find something perfect for your mother, sister, aunt, BFF, whoever you’re shopping for!
Cook once and eat twice with two great recipes made with these delicious roasted winter veggies! Starting with an array of carrots, turnips, parsnips, butternut squash, sweet potato, mushrooms, and onions, you’ll have a deliciously creamy veggie soup AND an amazing veggie and goat cheese pasta in no time at all! Make both at once and don’t worry about dinner for a couple of days!
It’s almost been a full year here at Ya Gotta Have a Hobby, and I’m beyond thankful for every blessing this little blog adventure of mine has brought to me! That’s including YOU, dear reader.
This post is brought to you by a horrible Pinterest fail that resulted in a frantic search around town for apparently non-existent Thanksgiving decor, drowned in a sea of too-early Christmas decorations. Oh yeah, and there’s music. You’re welcome.
For those of you who, like me, have waited until the last minute to plan your Thanksgiving menu, I’ve waded through pages and pages of Thanksgiving side dishes to narrow it down to my 25 favorites. These aren’t your mama’s side dishes though–they’re classic dishes with a twist, just different enough to add a little excitement to your Thanksgiving table.
Give the gum lover in your life an “Extra” special gift with my Modern Metallic Wreath, made from minty and refreshing Extra Spearmint Gum! It’s two gifts in one–a fun and festive piece of decor, and later–a great supply of Extra Gum! Check out my tutorial to make your own.
Coffee is an essential part of my daily routine, but up until recently, I never gave any thought about how coffee might impact the world. Thanks to Green Mountain Coffee, I’ve learned all about the benefits of Fair Trade Certified Coffee, and I’m sharing a fantastic recipe using their Fair Trade Certified Three Continent Blend–an Apple Pie Spice Latte, a fabulous fall-flavored drink that’s perfect for chilly weather.
Tis the season of holiday get-togethers! Be the best guest this holiday season, and give the gift of a gingerbread decorating party with all the trimmings with my Gingerbread in a Jar Hostess Gift! Give your host everything they need to make a killer batch of gingerbread cookies, including sprinkles, icing, and new Gingerbread M&Ms, available only at Wal-Mart!
Eyeliner is one of my must-have beauty products–I rarely go without it! Whether its a winged out cat eye with liquid liner, or a subtle tightlined eye with cake liner, I really do love my liner. Check out my list of favorites–there’s something for everyone!
I love spending time with The Husband–at home, at a romantic restaurant, or at the movies. This past weekend, we had a gaming night–not my strength for sure!–fueled by a delicious M&M snack: Cake Batter Pretzel Popcorn. Check out the fun we had getting ready for XBOX’s new Forza 5 Motosport racing game!
The holidays are right around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’re in need of some easy ideas that you can put together for your guests that will please everyone without keeping you in the kitchen for hours upon hours. Enter my Chicken Nugget Dipping Station! It saves the day with four different sauces–everyone is sure to find a favorite–and now, thanks to Tyson’s new Spicy Chicken Nuggets and Cheesy Chicken Nuggets, holiday entertaining couldn’t be any simpler.
My life had some MAJOR roadblocks this week, but that won’t stop me from counting my blessings. Let’s move right along, shall we?
I’ts no secret that I am a huge, huge Disney fan–so of course I was excited to hear that they’re releasing the Disney Classics Boxed set, just in time for Christmas! What’s your favorite Disney tune? What memories does Disney music hold for you? Read on to find out my answers!
This meme had me seething a bit this week–Shouldn’t we be THANKFUL that people are thankful at all, even if it is only once in awhile? I mean, at least they’re bothering. I’m sharing what I’m thankful for each week this month (even if it IS just a cup of Starbucks).
I love nothing more than to spend weekend mornings in my sweats, hanging out at the kitchen counter or on the couch with The Husband, catching up on the important happenings of the week. Coffemate Pumpkin Spice is there for our little moments of connection–one of the reasons that I just love my coffee!
We live in a world where everyone is busy, busy, busy. Sometimes we’re in such a rush we forget how to treat each other with kindness. One woman is on a mission to help us change that–check out Dina Creiger’s “Choose to Be Nice” campaign and pledge to join.
Looking for a quick dinner? Look no further–Land O’Lakes has got the best new product for all you busy people on the go! Just add some chicken, turkey, fish, or pork to their Saute Starter, and you’re ready in no time! Check out my recipe for Lemon Pepper Chicken Tortellini using their Lemon Pepper Saute Express Saute Starter.
Get ready for a night on the town in a flash with these six steps! I’ve spent years perfecting my can’t-miss formula, and now I’m sharing it with you. You’ll never have to stress again about your makeup, hair, shoes, or accessories! (You’re welcome.)
One of my favorite foods of fall is butternut squash. The way most people feel about pumpkin is the way I feel about butternut. This pasta is absolutely amazing: roasting the butternut brings out its flavor, and adding a little sage reminds me of one of my favorite dishes we ate in Italy. You’ll love it–promise!
Football tailgating is one of the best parts of fall. These Buffalo Ranch Chicken Nachos , smothered in Cheddar Blue Cheese Cream Sauce, and layered with Buffalo Ranch Chicken Sauce, make it even better. Your football fans will be cheering for YOU with this one. Tailgating has never been easier with the help of Tyson!
If the fall weather has got you craving some comfort food, I’ve got just the recipe for you. This Creamy Parmesan Ricotta Pasta is based off what every Italian kid learns to love first–pasta with butter and cheese! This is my semi-adult take on a kid-pleasing dish.. Buon Apetito!
I am such a tea fan, I want to incorporate it into everything these days! These Earl Grey Tea Cookies are not only super delicious–they’re super easy. Just pulse the ingredients together in a food processor, chill, and bake. Yum!
I’ve banished soda from my diet and replaced it with the healthy effects of tea! Today I’m sharing how to make our Perfect Sweet Tea recipe–with a super secret ingredient that makes it top notch delicious!
I love everything about fall–especially the colors! I’m sharing a fall-inspired smokey eye look that’s made super easy using BA Star Makeup’s Chocolate Stardust: a super shimmery bronze loose powder with a gold shimmer finish. Click on through for a step-by-step breakdown!
After hours in the hot summer sun, days spent at the beach, and afternoons in the swimming pool full of chlorine, I’m sure you’ll agree that your hair could use a little end-of-summer TLC. Why not treat it to some of my best-loved healthy hair products? I promise your hair will be smooth and silky soft in no time!
After months of planning and discussion and hemming and hawing, I finally got around to setting up our Etsy shop! BellaLoveGrace Designs is open and offering handmade gifts and accessories. My favorite item right now are our hipster bowties, which come in tons of really awesome patterns. You’ll love them. Promise.
I’m new on the blogging block. I’m on a mission. Check it, yo.