How to make a martini | Basic Martini Recipe

How to make a martini | basic martini recipe as well as tips, tricks, and variations to try.

A lot of people have the idea that because martinis are "classy", they are complicated to make.  This is not true!  Basic martini recipes have 2 ingredients.  That's it!  Nothing crazy, no muddling or anything like that, and you don't even strictly need a shaker.  When you look at the basic martini recipe below, you'll see that all your fears of making martinis can just run away.  And because the martini recipe is so simple, that means there are tons of ways to customize them to fit your tastes. We don't like martinis.  Let's just put that out there.  They have too much ...

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How to host family without going crazy |holiday hosting tips and tricks

tips and tricks for holiday hosting

Before I get too far along let me tell you why I can even open my big ol’ mouth about the topic of holiday hosting. Let’s just say I have a bit of experience in the world of hosting family. I am the oldest of 10. My husband of 16 years is one of 6. Between us we have 14 siblings. And during our 16 years of marriage our house has hosted most every. single. holiday. for one side or the other or BOTH. Truly. Sometimes it has only been for a few hours. Sometimes for weeks. We’ve done it all. All sizes, all kinds, all drama, all the time. So…I thought I would dispense on you the wisdom I’ve learned over the years. And ...

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How to freeze cookies

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Freezing cookie dough is a fantastic idea (and a great gift idea, as well!) because it allows you to have fresh-baked cookies without alot of fuss. Granted, it's not AS fast as freezing cookies that you've already baked, but it's still a great method! Tips for freezing cookie dough: Place dough by balls onto a cookie sheet and put the sheet into the freezer. When the balls freeze store them in freezer bags. Think about putting only 1/2 a dozen in a bag at a time to make a fast snack option for the kids after-school! No need to thaw before baking! Some cookies like Icebox, Shortbread, even Chocolate Chip are ...

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Easy gift ideas you can make in 20 minutes or less.

20 Minute Gifts(2)

Sometimes the best Christmas gifts are homemade.  It's just the truth.  There's something extra special about knowing that your gift was made by someone who cares about you; someone took the time to create the exact gift they think you would like.  These easy gift ideas are our way of helping you create that feeling for other people this holiday. Now...if you don't have the time or the energy...go buy something.  Your family and friends will still feel loved.  Promise.  You don't need to try to be a superwoman (or man).  You have enough going on, don't let making gifts ...

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how to make Sharpie ornaments

4 forest animal Sharpie ornaments. Easy to make with easy tutorial (including video!) at

  We got a request by Sharpie to create 4 Christmas ornaments featuring their metallic Sharpies that they could use for advertising on Amazon. Our response...heck yes! We are giant fans of using Sharpies on white porcelain Christmas ornaments for all kinds of designs, patterns, and fun. We did a set of 4 last year (which Sharpie had seen and why they asked us, specifically) with Sharpies that were super fun and easy and knew that another set could be just as great! Boy, were we wrong. We think this set of 4 forest animal ornaments is BETTER than last year's set. And maybe faster. Maybe easier. Definitely more ...

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how to make reindeer rootbeer.

Reindeer Rootbeer a great gift idea for beer or rootbeer. Easy craft to make! |

Reindeer Rootbeer is just one of over 52 gifting ideas we loaded into our new book, Creative Gift Ideas: 52 Unique Gift Sets, but we love it so much we wanted to make sure that even the people who didn't get our book have access to it.  Because it is just too simple not to know about. Reindeer Rootbeer is a great gift to give those people in your life that you just don't quite know what to get.  You know what I'm talking about.  You need to give certain people gifts, but they are so hard to shop for!  Or you have an office party, or a party with extended relatives, and you don't know anyone well ...

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the BEST Gingerbread Cookies

tried & true Gingerbread Cookie recipe. Cookies, gingerbread, holiday cookies, recipes. | | gingerbread cookies

We adore gingerbread cookies around here. They never fails to make us feel warm & cozy, happy & healthy, & full of joy! I make my gingerbread cookies and leave them naked. Meaning...without frosting. Rarely do we frost or ice our gingerbread cookies. For one, they get eaten so quickly that I don't have a chance. For two, my family really doesn't seem to need the additional sugar to enjoy their charm. And, why fight that? This gingerbread cookie recipe is the one that we use to create our gingerbread men, our gingerbread biscotti (coming soon!), and our gingerbread trees (also coming soon). It is one that ...

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the BEST Gingerbread

This is the BEST gingerbread recipe. Easy and delicious. If you have never made homemade gingerbread, you must try this! Also known as gingerbread cake.

Imagine Christmas trees, pretty packages, cinnamon spice, reindeer, coal, and little Elves all wrapped up and shoved in your face. That's what this is; Christmas. And if you have never made homemade gingerbread, then you must stop what you are doing right now. Because true gingerbread is where it's at. For real, stop. You need to make gingerbread today. And shove your face full of Christmas. Make an extra batch so you can bring Christmas to your neighbor, grandma, or friends. Serve it with whipped cream and a bit of cinnamon for the absolutely perfect combo. Why the distinction between gingerbread ...

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Candy Corn Punch | Halloween snacks

candy corn punch recipe | |#beverages #halloween #punch #SpookySnacks #CollectiveBias

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Our homes aren't decorated for Halloween yet. Heck...we still have Fourth of July decorations up in some places! We're thinking of skipping Halloween & Thanksgiving decorations and going straight to Christmas. Anyone joining us? I thought so. But, there is no way that we are skipping this fun Halloween snack! Levi says this Candy Corn Punch tastes just like a orange dreamsicle which in Levi speak means..."YUM"!! Candy Corn punch is terribly easy to make, tasty to drink, and a fantastic beverage for ...

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We Wrote A Book! | Creative Gift Ideas: 52 Unique Gift Sets for Under $20.00

Gift ideas | Creative Gift Ideas: 52 Unique Gift Sets for Under $20.00

Surprise!  We've just finished writing our first book! And, before our loyal readers start to feel any guilt for not realizing we were even writing one, stop!  We didn't tell you.  We decided to keep it a secret from everyone until it was finished and ready for sale.  Why?  We didn't know when we would finish it, for one.  And we didn't want everyone to start expecting it out before it was ready.  We wanted to be sure the pressure to finish didn't lower the quality of the book.  So we didn't set a timetable.  And another reason we didn't tell you is because surprises are ...

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simple designs for face painting

Face Paint can be easy to do, if you choose simple designs and good paints! #facepaint #Halloween

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by NEUTROGENA®  I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. Some of the products mentioned were purchased by myself AND some were provided by NEUTROGENA® for this post. #CollectiveBias Yesterday we gave some tips and tricks that we have picked up over the years of face painting, particularly the importance of good facial wipes. Be sure to check those out before you start! We also ...

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Tips, Tricks & Tools for face painting success.

Tips, Tricks, and Tools for successful face-painting

This post is sponsored by NEUTROGENA®  I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. Some of the products mentioned were purchased by myself AND some were provided by NEUTROGENA® for this post. #CollectiveBias  We are not face painting experts by any means. But over the years of youth ministry, library work, camping, and more we have had our fair share of children's faces eagerly awaiting paint. Face ...

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