For the longest time, I have wanted to attend one of these painting classes I’ve heard great things about. My friend Sarah’s sister work at Create Mix & Mingle and we received a free class to attend. We attended the “Paint & Sip” adult night for 21 and up where you can order beer or wine to get a little extra liquid creativity.
This recipe was a hit at Thanksgiving last year. I’ve made again since for a get-together with friends and there are always none left. This easy appetizer only involves five ingredients and takes about 15 minutes total to make.
Skinny Baked Brie Phyllo Cups with Craisins and Walnuts
Fat: 3 g • Carb: 6.5 g • Fiber: 0.3 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 4 g • Sodium: 59 mg
3 oz light brie, skin removed cut into (15) 1/2-inch cubes
4 tbsp craisins
4 tbsp chopped walnuts or pecans
2 tbsp honey
15 Mini Phyllo Shells (Athens)
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Combine craisins, chopped nuts and honey in a bowl and mix well. Arrange mini shells on a baking sheet. Fill mini shells with cheese (each piece of cheese weighs about 0.2 oz). Top with sticky craisin/nut mixture and bake 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Serve immediately.
Last year I made these to include in holiday baskets and in my family’s stockings. Hot chocolate on a stick (or spoon) is quite simple to make. I found the wooden spoons at a Japanese gift store and bought the cellophane wrappers from Michael’s craft store.
This post is a little late, but I wanted to share some photos from a trip to wine country my girlfriends and I took back in September. The eight of us were all Napa Valley wine tasting virgins so it was about time we experienced it, especially since we are only about an hour and a half away.
I gave each of the girls a gift bag to start off the trip.
Gift Tags: Each gift tag had a different funny wine quote from Pinterest. Here’s a few:
“The other day someone told me that I could make ice cubes with leftover wine. I was confused… what is leftover wine?” – pin it –
“A good man can make you feel sexy, strong, and able to take on the world… oh sorry… that’s wine… wine does that…”– pin it –
“Success is doing doing what you love and making it a career, but I don’t know who will pay me to drink wine while looking at Pinterest.”– pin it –
Wine-Inspired Nail Polish: Each bag contained wine-inspired nail polish like CoverGirl Outlast’s Wine to Five and Wine Stain.
Corkscrews: It’s always smart to be prepared. Those corkscrews came in handy on the limo ride home when we wanted to open our recently purchased wines.
Decorated Wine Glasses: DIY instructions can be found here.
Wine-tinery: Prior to the trip, I mapped out the top three wineries we wanted to stop at using Google Maps. We figured out the most logical route and made our reservations weeks in advance. I drafted a wine-tinery for each girl and an extra one for our driver so he knew the addresses of where we were going.
– Research the limo company ahead of time. Ours was almost an hour late and has a really bad rep on Yelp.
– Don’t try to squeeze in too many stops throughout the day. You will probably spend at least an hour at each winery.
– Plan ahead! Our day went fairly smooth, but that was thanks to the early planning and mapping out our stops. We made reservations in advance for each winery we wanted to visit. I also downloaded the free Winery Finder & Tasting Finder app from iTunes to know what deals we could get at each stop. The app is a must-have if you are planning on visiting wine country.
Looking for an easy way to decorate wine glasses? Paint them with a Sparpie Paint Marker! This inexpensive DIY project takes only an hour or two, depending on how many glasses you’re decorating and how long the designs take you. I kept it simple and stuck to squiggles, dots and lines. If you’re not so great at free-hand, print out a picture or word, tape to the inside of the glass, and trace over it with the paint marker. Or make dots.
These decorated wine glasses make great gifts and are dishwasher safe. I made a bunch for a wine trip and they were a hit with my girlfriends!
1. Wash your glasses with soap and water. Let them dry completely.
2. Use a lint-free cloth or paper towel to wipe the glasses where you plan to paint with white vinegar. Allow to dry completely.
3. Shake the marker and test it out on a piece of paper.
4. Decorate the wine glasses with the marker.
6. To make the glasses dishwasher safe, once the paint has dried (give it at least an hour), carefully place glass on cookie sheet lined with tinfoil. Place the cookie sheet in the (cold) oven. You want the heat to increase gradually, otherwise the glass could break if put into a hot oven.
7. Turn the oven to 350ºF degrees. Let the glasses “cook” for 20 minutes and then turn off the heat. Leave glasses in for another 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.
8. Once your glasses have cooled, pour yourself some vino and enjoy!