Entertain In Style With My Top 5 Holiday Tips!

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With the holidays finally here and big entertaining about to begin I have put together a list of my Top 5 Must Have Holiday Tips for the girl on the go and on a budget. Wow your guests with easy, quick and inexpensive DIY ideas. Learn my favorite martini recipe, how 2 repurpose xmas ornaments, how 2 dress up your napkins, how 2 label your cheeses with my chalkboard cheese plate and my personal favorite, how 2 make holiday party poppers! Click here to get all the scoop from my article in US Weekly Magazine and entertain in style this holiday without breaking the bank!

The Recipe For The Best Gingerbread Cookies EVER!

bite-me-gingerbread-manWhat says the holiday’s like gingerbread cookies. I found this recipe and it is the best one I have used so far! I found a gingerbread man cookie cut out at Michael’s Arts & Crafts for $2.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • Decorating sugar or sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, spices, baking soda, and salt; set aside. With an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until smooth.
    Beat in molasses and egg. With mixer on low, add dry ingredients; mix just until a dough forms. Place dough on floured plastic wrap; pat into an 8-inch square. Wrap well; chill until firm, 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide dough in half. Working with one half at a time (rewrap and refrigerate other half), place dough on floured parchment or waxed paper; roll out 1/8 inch thick, turning, lifting, and flouring dough (and rolling pin) as needed. Freeze dough (on paper) until firm,
    about 20 minutes.
  3. Loosen dough from paper. Cut out shapes, and transfer to baking sheets. Decorate with sugar or sprinkles, as desired.
  4. Bake until firm and edges just begin to darken, 10 to 18 minutes, depending on size. Cool completely
    on baking sheets.*Decorate with a small frosting tip, a frosting bag and the color frosting of your choice. Use food coloring and mix in with white frosting to give you your desired color.

Cook’s Note:

For the neatest edges, dip cutters in flour before cutting out each cookie.

 

Looking For The Perfect Holiday Dress 4 Less?

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With Christmas and Holiday parties everywhere we look the next two weeks it leaves every girl with one question and one question only… What to wear? If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram it’s no secret that I am obsessed with Rent The Runway. It’s the easiest, quickest and most cost effective way to always look fabulous for a fraction of the cost.

RTRHolidayWhy pay retail when you can find the perfect dress, jewelry and handbags. Wear them once and then return them without so much as a dry cleaning bill? The best part about Rent The Runway is not only their ever growing selection but each dress comes with a pre paid and pre addressed mailing envelope and 2 sizes for the price of one just incase the designer runs small or too big. The best part, if it doesn’t fit all you have to do is send it back and you get a full refund! Check out some of these fab holiday and new years dresses. To learn more about Rent The Runway and how you can look red carpet gorgeous for less go to renttherunway.com

 

Entertain In Style With Egg Nog Cocktails.

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 1.48.22 PMNothing screams holiday time like Egg Nog. I recently discovered a killer recipe from a company called Ole Moonshine. Now we all know Moonshine is 40 proof and strong so go easy on this drink. This is a quick, easy and fun way to add a little extra spice to every get together this holiday season.

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 2.19.44 PMHere’s what you’ll need:

4 parts Ole Smoky Shine Nog. 

1 part Kahlua

A splash of nutmeg to garnish

1 cinnamon stick per drink to garnish

Mix ingredients together. Server over ice. Garnish, serve and enjoy!

* You can also substitute Shine nog with 2 parts Kaluha and 2 parts Rum.

 

Celebrate National Cupcake Day With Holiday Gingerbread Bites.

gingerbreadIt seems like we have a day to celebrate everything. That’s why it’s no surprise that today is an entire 24 hours dedicated to one of the best things on the planet… the cupcake! In honor of National Cupcake Day as well as the holidays I wanted to share one of my favorite ways to combine the gingerbread into a cupcake. Without further a due… My Famous How2Girl Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe.

These spicy cupcakes have the perfect blend of ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg and are amazing when served straight out of the oven with Vanilla ice cream.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 1/4 c all purpose flower

1 tsp baking soda

1 3/4 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1/8 tsp kosher sea salt

1/2 c candied ginger

4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

1/3 c light brown sugar

1/2 c unsulfured molasses

1 large egg at room temp

1/2 c boiling water

1/2 c heavy whipping cream

2 tbsp confectioners sugar

24 slivers candied ginger

1. Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Add in the nutmeg and salt and stir to blend. Add in the chopped ginger and stir until mixed completely.

2. Beat the butter in the bowl with an electric mixer if possible, if not use a spoon until light and fluffy. Add in the brown sugar and beat until smooth.

3. In a separate bowl use a fork to beat together the molasses and egg, then add to the butter mixture.

4. Add the boiling water and beat until blended.

5. Add in the flower in 4 parts to make sure it mixes in properly using your electric mixer or spoon.

6. Fill your muffin pan and bake for 25 minutes.

7. Garnish with the slivered ginger and serve with ice cream if desired.