May your day be filled with luck!
Chocolate bark is not just for Christmas. It can be prepared for almost any holiday; you just have to be creative with what themed treats you use. This recipe was created by trying to figure out what themed treats could be added to a bark in order to create a tasty St. Patrick’s Day treat!
What You Will Need:
Box of Lucky Charms Cereal
12 oz. White chocolate chips
3 cups of mini marshmallows
1 tbsp. butter
1 cup of rainbow colored sprinkles
First empty the contents of the cereal into a large bowl. This is the most time consuming part. By hand pick out the colorful marshmallows and place into a separate bowl. Discard the cereal once all of the marshmallows have been picked out.
Melt the chocolate chips in a pot on the stove. Turn on low heat and add the butter. Stir the mixture constantly, mixing the butter completely. Keep stirring to prevent it from burning and keep chocolate in liquid form.
Next add the mini marshmallows and mix well with chocolate. Once the mini marshmallows are coated with the chocolate, remove from heat. While the mixture is still malleable and not too hot, add in the lucky charm marshmallows. If the mixture is too hot the lucky charms will melt. Next spoon all contents into a square or rectangular baking pan. I use my 9×13 inch pan.
Lastly, dust the bark with rainbow sprinkles and let cool. Once the bark is cool cut bark into rectangular pieces and serve!
Who doesn’t enjoy breakfast in bed? Everyone can appreciate being served in bed. Show your partner how much you love them by serving them a romantic breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day. Make sure all your bases are covered and find out exactly what you will need.
Get a cute tray! Shop for a cute tray that is big enough to serve at least a small plate, large plate, a drinking glass and coffee mug and a card or note. When shopping for a tray, look for one that can be used all throughout the year, so that you use it after the holiday. Trays with legs are nice for stabilizing the tray in bed.
Shop for a love inspired coffee mug. Look for a mug that sports a heart or romantic statement. Make your mate’s coffee or tea just how they like it. Maybe even spring for a fancier coffee or tea for this special occasion.
A small card that can be folded and placed on the tray is the perfect way to express to your loved one how much they mean to you. You do not even need an envelope, simply add a folded card to the tray. A smaller card is optimal for this application. Just quickly jot down a sentence or two that explains your appreciation for that person.
Make your partner’s favorite breakfast, hopefully one that does not include a bowl of cereal! If you are unsure, ask them casually about their favorite breakfast items. If you can, incorporate hearts into the meal. For example, heart shaped pancakes, cut fruit or toast.
Add a single rose to your tray right before you serve the breakfast. After serving them breakfast make sure you clean up all the mess you have made and put the dishes away. Make the breakfast worry-free for the person receiving it. A breakfast in bed is a way that anyone can express their gratitude for their partner. This gift does not have to be pricey, use your imagination and plan ahead!
The New Year can represent a fresh start and new beginnings. Hope yours is great!
Merry Christmas from Dolphin Carpet! May your holiday be filled with those you love the most!
We hope that all of you have so many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! We do because of all of you! Enjoy your day with friends and family relaxing and eating too much!
The secret to making the perfect holiday turkey is brine! Find out how to brine your bird just in time for the holidays. Brining meat is flavoring by soaking in a salt water solution. Brining locks in moisture and makes the meat tender. This will ensure your turkey is always moist, savory and flavorful.
Chances are the space in your refrigerator will be taken up with other food, considering the time of year. Real estate in the fridge is very valuable around the holidays. You will need to keep turkey cold for 5-8 hours. Either buy brining bags or use a large cooler that is large enough to hold the bird and brine solution.
When purchasing your bird, check the label to make sure it has not been pre-brined. If the turkey is frozen, make sure to thoroughly thaw it before brining and always do this at a safe rate. Remove all leg ties and discard giblets from neck and body cavity. Trim any extra fat and cut off the tail. Rinse the bird with cold water inside and out. Then pat dry the interior and exterior with paper towels.
The next step is figuring out how much cold water solution is needed to brine turkey. Add the turkey to a large cooler (make sure cooler has been thoroughly cleaned) and pour enough cold water to completely cover the turkey. Remove turkey from the water and measure the water that remains in the cooler.
To make brine solution add the following ingredients per gallon of cold water.
- ¾ cup coarse kosher salt
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 tablespoon of black pepper.
Add the salt and sugar to the boiling water, mix to combine. Cool the mixture in the fridge overnight. Pour the mixture into the cold water and add pepper. Stir to combine. Add savory flavor add 5 crushed garlic cloves and a tablespoon of cracked black peppercorns. Stir the mixture once again.
Place the turkey back in the cooler. The bird and brine will need to be cooled for 5-8 hours. Place several re-sealable bags of ice into the cooler. Every couple of hours check cooler to see if the bags of ice need to be refreshed. Also mix contents when checking on bags of ice.
Proceed with cooking the turkey as usual. Keep in mind that a brined turkey will cook faster, therefore use a meat thermometer and check meat frequently! Cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Brining your turkey will guarantee that your bird will be moist and flavorful. Enjoy your holiday dinner!
It is a popular custom to carry the pumpkins from Halloween through Thanksgiving. Find out more creative ways to incorporate the orange gourd into your holiday decorations. They are not just for doorsteps anymore! The pumpkin is making its way onto the table; not only as food but for serving and as table décor.
Hollow out pumpkins and use them to hold dip. Make sure you clean the inside well. The pumpkin will work for any dip; they work best containing pumpkin flavored items. If you do not want the pumpkin flavor to sink in, find a circular, clear container that will fit into the hollow in the pumpkin.
You can also use a hollowed-out pumpkin as a vase to display on the holiday dinner table. Hollow out the pumpkin and insert a large can or a cylindrical container that will keep the flowers standing upright. You can make one large arrangement for the center of the table and use the tiny pumpkins as place cards. Simply write guests name on the smaller pumpkin with a sharpie and place in front of the plate. If you do not fancy your handwriting you can use sticker decals, used for scrapbooking.
Baby pumpkins are actually quite versatile. Use them to hold tapered candles on your dinner table. Place the base of the candle on top of the pumpkin and trace a circle onto the pumpkin. Cut out the hole and make sure there is enough room to insert the candle into the top. Include small branches and other foliage to create a firm hold. Place around your table and light the candles during Thanksgiving dinner.
Smaller pumpkins can also be used as a filler. Hurricanes lanterns that are normally used to shield candles from the wind can be filled with the small pumpkins and placed around the table. These filled hurricane lanterns can be placed anywhere in the home. Outdoors surrounding the front door creates a lovely welcome for guests.
Don’t leave out this popular gourd during the Thanksgiving season. Halloween shouldn’t get all of the great decorations!
Carving pumpkins is a fun activity every Halloween. However it is not the safest for children under the age of ten. Find out many different ways to decorate a pumpkin with your small child, without losing creativity.
Do you have a “Mr. Potato Head”? The face pieces for this toy can be used to decorate pumpkins. You can buy these face pieces in kits for Mr. and Mrs. Potato head. Your child can press the pieces into the pumpkin’s surface and come up with the craziest configuration possible! They can even re-arrange the face as many times as they want. This will ensure they are having fun and making their pumpkin perfect. The pumpkin is transformed into a funny face and it will also stay fresher much longer because you are not hollowing it out.
Use a golf tee and a rubber mallet to create beautiful pumpkin luminaries. Hollow the insides out first (a job only for the parent, although removing the pumpkin innards can be left to those who appreciate messy hands!). Let your child choose a design and print it out to use as a template. Show your child how to hammer the golf tee through the pumpkin and let them go to work! Your child will be occupied for more than ten minutes and the end result is beautiful.
Let your child paint the pumpkin to create a scary jack-o-lantern, scary face or their favorite character. The choices are endless as long as you have an array of paint colors. You can even add a fun hat to the pumpkin. Paint a green witch’s face, equipped with ugly moles and top it off with a witch’s hat!
Gauze is an inexpensive item that can be used to create Mummy heads. Decide what type of eyes your pumpkin will have. You can use Mr. Potato Head parts, paint eyes or find scary eye stickers. Then once your eyes are on the pumpkin, let your child wrap the pumpkin with gauze to create a mummy head. You could even add some fake blood to the gauze, to make the pumpkin even scarier!
No matter how you choose to decorate your pumpkin, make sure everyone has a fun and safe Halloween this year!
A Halloween themed wedding isn’t for everyone of course, but some couples love the spookiest holiday of the year and they find it very romantic. If this happens to be you, bravo! The opportunities to create a splendid, memorable, and unique event are endless. The best way to go about planning a wedding with this theme is to strike a balance between elegance and tradition so it doesn’t seem too kitschy. Try some of these ideas!
- Serve water at dinner with dry ice misting out of the glass.
- Use a mini coffin box to hold the rings while the ring bearer is carrying them.
- Write your vows on vintage parchment paper, roll up, and tie with a beautiful black and purple ribbon. Have a member of the wedding party present the vows on an antique tray when it’s time to read them.
- Wrap pumpkins in black or white lace and secure at the top with a boa
- Use Dia de los Muertos figurines for the wedding couple cake topper.
- If you’re having an outdoor wedding in an area surrounded by trees hang dozens of lanterns in the tree branches to light the ceremony from overhead.
- Design the dinner table using all black chairs and table, white dishes, and black vases filled with white roses. If you’d like the theme to be slightly creepy place plastic spiders throughout the flowers.
- Decorate faux trees as you would at Christmas. But rather than green trees use black trees and decorate them with silver, black, and white ornaments. When the tree is fully decorated spray everything with silver and black glitter so it sparkles.
- On a large white pumpkin hand paint the phrase, “Till Death Do Us Part.” If possible, paint the letters in traditional calligraphy.
- Carry a bouquet of dark yellow sunflowers, and use them for table centerpieces as well.
- Have the flower girl carry black and red rose petals and yellow sunflower petals in a pumpkin pail. (Use a fancier version of those typically used by trick-or-treaters.)
- Serve the formal dinner with a Halloween theme by asking the chef to prepare the mashed potatoes to look like ghosts and to make the squash look like mini pumpkins.
- If the bride is going to walk a long path to the alter frame it with a large trellis made of multi-colored fall foliage. Line the path on both sides with candle lit jack-o-lanterns that have been carved with wedding themes.