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Decorating With Hearts

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Lace Heart PillowWe hope you enjoyed our heart-themed DIY projects and decor suggestions from last week, and while that theme carries into this week, today’s focus will be on decor that is versatile enough to be used for Valentine’s Day as well as throughout the year. A symbol of love, hearts are welcoming and charming accents, and they complement almost any color theme or room design.

Queen of Hearts PillowHeart Pillows
As we said in our Chair Pad article last week, dressing up furniture is a simple way to dress up any room in your home. Pillows are versatile accent pieces that you can enjoy for many holidays and seasons, especially when they are adorned with hearts. Our Lace Heart Pillow features an elegant design on red, cotton velveteen fabric. While it is a perfect Valentine’s Day gift or decoration, the lace on the pillow allows it to fit in with any rustic or antiquated home decor during the remaining days of the year. Our Queen of Hearts Pillow features a cute design for cat lovers that is unique and vibrant enough to stand out during Valentine’s Day, yetHeart & Bird Hooked Wool Pillow cozy enough to fit in with your living room or hallway furniture, as well as with other cat decor. And, if your decor is avian inspired, our Heart & Bird Hooked Wool Pillow is a great complement in any room, and the heart creates a loving atmosphere for Valentine’s Day and the rest of the year.

Heart RugBraided Hearts
We love offering a variety of braided rugs, chair pads, place mats, and other items that are durable yet decorative. For your living room, our Heart Stencil Jute Rug is perfect for placing before a table holding cherished photos, either year round or just for Valentine’s Day. Its durable jute fibers are tough enough for any high traffic areas within your home, and the red, gray, and black colors complement any primitive decor. Our Heart Rug is available in a variety of colors that are perfect for finishing any cozy theme throughout your home; whether you use it alone as an accent piece or with the Braided Heart Placemats and Braided Heart Trivets. Again, this collection adds a special, loving touch in your home throughout the year in addition to on Valentine’s Day.Heart Stencil Jute Rug

Hearty Decor
Although our heart braids and pillows fit into this category, there are other ornamental pieces that you can be a little more creative with when implementing them into your decorative themes. Lori Mitchell’s Old Fashioned Love Sculpture, for example, can be used on its own to showcase love; it can be added to your personal, year-round Lori Mitchell display; or you can put it among photos or other baubles for Valentine’s Day. The Stained Glass Double Heart can be hung from a small window in a bathroom or kitchen to reflect pretty light, or you can decorate a wreath on a door or wall. Not just for Valentine’s Day, this hanging ornament will be admired wherever you display it, even if you choose to hang it on your Christmas tree!
Heart Medallion SeatingEight Hearts MedallionThere are also more subtle decorative avenues you can go down, if you are looking for pieces that make a strong, yet soft statement in your home. Our Heart Medallion Seating incorporates a heart design in your dining room or kitchen, while maintaining a classic and sleek look. The Eight Hearts Medallion wall art complements the seating if used together, or adds intricate detail to a blank wall in any living space. While you may think of heart-shaped picture frames in relation to Valentine’s Day, our Metal Scrolled Heart Photo Frame is traditional enough to go with any ordinary photo frames and decor while featuring an elegant scrolling design you will enjoy looking at. This also makes a great Valentine’s Day gift, especially when filled with a picture of you and your loved one(s). 

Tasteful Tuesday: Pink Lemonade No Bake Cheesecake

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Decorating in pinks and reds for Valentine’s Day may not be all that difficult, and now creating a sweet confection in those colors can be easy too. Although we gave you a cheesecake bar recipe last week, we couldn’t resist this cheesecake treat – especially since its color makes it so fitting for Valentine’s Day. These are elegant enough for an exclusive party, but are also great for an after school treat or post-dinner dessert. Just grab your favorite glass dishes for serving and indulge in these Pink Lemonade Cheesecake delights (no cooking required)!

http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2014/02/pink-lemonade-no-bake-cheesecake.htmlWhat you’ll need:
Crust:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Cheesecake Mixture:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened and whipped smooth
  • 1 individualized size package (4.5g) of Crystal Light Pink Lemonade Mix
  • Pink food coloring, sprinkles, whipped cream (optional)

Directions:
Crust:

  1. Pour graham cracker crumbs into a bowl, add sugar and mix well.
  2. Pour melted butter over crumbs and sugar, mix well until combined. Divide evenly among serving dishes (no need to pack it down).

Cheesecake Mixture:

  1. Combine heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and granulated sugar in a bowl and use a mixer on low speed to start mixing. Once mixture starts to thicken, increase to high speed. Continue until mixture is fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl, whip the softened cream cheese with a mixer until it is smooth (no chunks), and then add the lemonade mix slowly. Mix until combined.
  3. Add cream cheese mixture to the whipped cream mixture (step 1) and whisk on medium speed until the combined mixture is smooth.
  4. Transfer to piping bag, if desired, or spoon into serving dishes.
  5. Place in refrigerator for at least an hour. Add sprinkles, whipped cream, or crushed cookies if desired, and enjoy!

*recipe adapted

Tasteful Tuesday: Superbowl Snacks

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

This week’s Tasteful Tuesday features three recipes, and while they are great snacks to make for the Superbowl this Sunday, they are also delicious and easy enough for any other day of the year. Put a spin on spinach and artichoke dip by making Spinach & Artichoke Bites; combine a few ingredients to create Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels that are full of flavor; or stick to a classic Buffalo Chicken Dip – and let us know how yours turned out!

Spinach & Artichoke Bites

Spinach & Artichoke Bites

What you’ll need:
2 Mini muffin tins
1 package (8 oz.) softened cream cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 tubes of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Lightly spray mini muffin tins with baking spray.
3. Combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, garlic, artichoke hearts, and spinach in a large bowl and mix well. Set aside.
4. Place crescent roll dough on a large cutting board or other work surface. Roll out and pinch pre-made creases together so you are left with one big piece of dough.
5. Cut the dough into about 12 even squares using a pizza slicer or a knife.
6. Press each square into mini muffin tin, and fill with the spinach artichoke mixture. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top, and place in preheated oven for about 12 minutes.
7. Let cool for at least 3 minutes, and then enjoy (makes about 48 Bites)!

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels

Cheddar Bacon Ranch PinwheelsWhat You’ll Need:Mason Jar Salt & Pepper Shakers
2 packages (8 oz. each) of softened cream cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup cooked bacon, crumbled (about 6 slices)
1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
5 flour tortillas (10 inches each)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients, except tortillas, in a large bowl.
2. Use an electric mixer to beat on low until creamy.
3. Divide mixture between tortillas and spread evenly.
4. Tightly roll tortillas and wrap in saran wrap. Place in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.
5. When ready to serve, cut off ends and cut into 1-inch thick slices (will make about 50 pinwheels) and enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken DipWhat You’ll Need:
1 1/2 cups cooked and shredded chicken OR 1 can (12 oz.) chunk chicken, drained
1 package (8 oz.) softened cream cheese
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce, such as Frank’s Red Hot (alter to desired hotness)
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese

Directions:Haeger Square Baker
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Heat chicken and Buffalo sauce in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through.
3. Break up the chicken to avoid big chunks; place into a 9-inch brownie or pie pan. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing until well mixed (add more hot sauce if desired).
4. Mix in shredded cheese, and place in preheated oven.
5. Bake for 15 minutes, mix again, and then bake for about 5 minutes. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.