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Outdoor Kitchens: No Plumbing or Electricity Required!

By Michaela Strathman

You don't have to go through a costly remodel of your backyard to enjoy the benefits of an outdoor kitchen. Enjoying a meal outside with friends and family, whether it was created on your stove inside or on the grill outside, is one of the finest ways to take advantage of the summer season! Gather these simple items that will be there for you every morning, noon and night, keeping you outside (and maybe even entertaining), more often!

Anti Fatigue Deck Mat
It all starts with the right space, and an outdoor rug is a great way to define that space. This Anti Fatigue Deck Mat eases back strain while standing over a hot grill.
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Breakfast Treat

By Michaela Strathman

Just printed out this recipe from Camillestyles for a will-try this weekend! No yeast or rising required!

Source: camillestyles.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Beet Chips for Healthy Snacking

By Michaela Strathman

I love beets but I'm pretty limited in knowing what to do with them (pickled on my salad, please!) This recipe turns them into chips with avocado goat cheese dip (my other two favorite things to eat.)

Source: simplywholekitchen.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Yummy! Is it summer yet?

By Michaela Strathman

What a fun idea for kids birthday parties, baby showers and more!

Source: beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Chair Sash Decoration

By Michaela Strathman

Use small frames to tie together sashes instead of a traditional bow.

Source: Uploaded by user via StacksandStacks on Pinterest


Find great tips with us for entertaining any occasion!

Granite Drink Chillers

By Michaela Strathman

Made of real granite, polished - simply cool and add to your drink - they won't water it down!

Source: stacksandstacks.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest


Love the pick, Meghan!

Tools for Valentine's Day Treats

By Michaela Strathman

These fun, unique appliances are all great for whipping up treats on Valentine's Day (or any other day of the year).

Nostalgia Electrics 3-Tier Stainless Steel Chocolate Fondue Fountain
OOOOH, Chocolate Fountain! Perfect for Parties!
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Valentine's Day Recipes

By Michaela Strathman

Chocolate CupcakeLooking for something to eat (or do) on Valentine's Day? Here are some resources from around the web to celebrate the day this year:

Cooking for the Family? Taste of Home has recipes to cover pretty much the entire day, from breakfast (Camembert Souffles!!!) to dinner (Chicken with Cherry Sauce). Since Valentine's Day is a school-day this year, I'll skip the breakfast recipes, but who says you can't have souffle for dinner?
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Soup's On - Cheddar Ale Soup Recipe - I Tried and it's True!

By Michaela Strathman

I tried out this cheddar ale soup recipe last weekend from fakeginger - it was excellent! I didn't get the pretzel bowls made but the soup was very hearty by itself. Would be great without the beer part too, and you could definitely reduce the cheese amount by 1/3 if you are watching your weight!

Source: fakeginger.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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7 Layer Dip in a Cup…Perfect for Superbowl (or any) Parties

By Michaela Strathman

I love that everyone has their own and isn't dipping their fingers into a huge casserole dish!

Source: recipelionblog.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Cold Veggie Pizza…

By Michaela Strathman

Warning: Looks like we'll covering a lot of football and food all weekend!

Source: tasteofhome.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Superbowl Wings, Slow Cooker Style

By Matt Matasci

footballThis season was the year I finally convinced my wife to give watching football for fun a try, and slowly but surely she has come around to enjoying it. It doesn’t hurt that every Sunday when we do watch the games we make an event out of it and fire up the crockpot to make our favorite game-day delights.

With the regular season long-gone (and with that my favorite team long-eliminated from the post-season) and the playoffs in full swing, it is time to think about the big event that is coming up – the Super Bowl! This year’s NFL championship game will be played on February 3rd, so there is still time to get your game-day menu all set.

As I mentioned above, our go-to for snack-making during the game is our handy-dandy crock pot.
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Healthy Football Grub!

By Michaela Strathman

appetizerJust came across this article from cooking light about healthier Superbowl Sunday food….. Rosemary Roasted Almonds? Yumm!

Cheers to Stemware Storage!

By Michaela Strathman

Cheers!I know I might be a little late on this one, but those of us who went on vacation the week after New Year's may just still be cleaning up after Christmas. This year I invested in some beautiful champagne flutes as I hosted both Christmas and New Year's eve at my house. So I'm adding to my fancy-dish storage collection a special keeper for my festive glassware. Stemware chests come in all sizes, colors and various degrees of protection. There are even special chests for balloon style wine glasses. You certainly don't have to do this for your everyday wine glasses, but it's a great idea for special-occasion glassware, and in particular, champagne glasses (because what else are they for but special-occasions, right?) For something as fragile as thin glass, I suggest a hard-shell outer box with dividers on the inside, like this fluted stemware storage chest. Stemware storage boxes do a much better job than the old cardboard and newspaper diy models, and are relatively inexpensive - a great investment to keep your glassware in great shape in between uses!

After Holiday Clean Up

By Meghan Keen

Ornament KeeperIf you enjoy the holidays but find all the clean up exhausting, this might be the year to get all your holidays decorations organized and easy to pack up. By having the right storage for all your favorite holiday decorations you can save time and energy after the holidays. There are a number of decorations that can use special storage, like artificial trees, wreaths, ornaments and gift wrap.

Keep those family ornaments safe and sound the other eleven months of the year with custom ornament storage. The Ornament Keeper provides lots of storage in one compact space, with three trays each safely storing up to 20 ornaments.
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A Healthy Appetizer to Start off the New Year…

By Michaela Strathman

Fresh and yummy!

Source: goodlifeeats.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest


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Preserve Precious Pieces

By Michaela Strathman

china storageAfter a long holiday season with so many parties to go to and so many parties to host, it's finally time to put away those "fancy" dishes. Whether you have real china or, like me, you simply have a set of special dishes reserved for holidays and other special occasions, you probably have some extra-special dinnerware that you are ready to pack up and put away until next season.

  • Garage Storage - If you are storing your holiday dishes in the garage, a hard plastic or wooden trunk is a must have
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  • Pretty and Organized Dishes

    By Michaela Strathman

    For your "fancy dishes"…. a must have to keep them safe and chip-free!

    Source: stacksandstacks.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

    Find great ideas with Stacks on Pinterest-

    Cute Finger Food Dessert Idea

    By Michaela Strathman

    This is adorable and fun for kids to help with - would be great for my Christmas Dessert Buffet!

    Source: cookingclassy.blogspot.jp via StacksandStacks on Pinterest


    Find great last minute ideas for Christmas on pinterest with our fun-filled boards.

    My Go-to Appetizer (and a crowd favorite)…

    By Michaela Strathman

    ParsleyI am always asked for this recipe by at least one person at every party. It is simple to put together in just a few minutes, no cooking required!

    I call it Parsley Ginger Dip. Enjoy!
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    Last Minute Christmas Decoration Idea

    By Michaela Strathman

    This is an easy, last minute Christmas decoration you can gather in your backyard (or local park):

    Source: marthastewart.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest


    Find great Christmas decorating ideas with us on pinterest!

    For a Classy Touch on the Table

    By Michaela Strathman

    I love the clean, modern look of this Carafe -

    Source: stacksandstacks.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

    Find great ideas for Entertaining with us on pinterest!

    Christmas Songs That Don’t Drive Me Crazy

    By Emily Weigel

    MusicI gave this post that title because it’s actually the name of a Christmas playlist I created for myself. Now, if you don’t mind hearing the same Christmas songs year after year and haven’t gotten sick them, I certainly don’t mean to offend you with my pessimism. But… I can’t stand to hear the standard versions “White Christmas” or “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” one more time! This year I just got tired of them and had to find new ways to enjoy Christmas music. After a little research, I found that there are alternative versions to these songs that you don’t hear in the stores every year, and they’re quite refreshing!
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    Pretty Appetizer Wreath (and yummy too)…

    By Michaela Strathman

    This is so beautiful, you could put anything you want around the edges, even some nuts!

    Source: juliausher.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

    Find great Entertaining ideas for Christmas and beyond on pinterest!

    Ribbon Wrapped Pillow…

    By Michaela Strathman

    Such a simple yet elegant idea!

    Source: bhg.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

    Find more ideas like this for a festive look in your home this Christmas!

    One Week to Stress-Free Entertaining

    By Michaela Strathman

    CleaningChristmas is just one week away. If you, like me, are hosting family this year on Christmas day, are you ready for action? Creating a plan will help keep the Christmas-day party madness to a minimum, so you can actually enjoy some time with your loved ones. I can’t tell you how to clean your house, or even what needs cleaning. So here is a guide I use (and anyone can benefit from) for getting those extra special entertaining-related cleaning jobs done starting a week ahead of time:

      7 Days Out

  • Finalize the Menu and Shopping List
  • Shop (or send the hubby)

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    Monogrammed Napkins for your Hostess

    By Michaela Strathman

    This would make a nice hostess gift… Personalized Napkins!

    Source: stacksandstacks.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

    Find great ideas for entertaining friends and family with us on pinterest!

    Definitely on the Christmas Brunch Menu…

    By Michaela Strathman

    Raspberry Swirl Rolls - very festive with the red raspberries and white icing!

    Source: shopgirlmaria.blogspot.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest


    Find great entertaining ideas for Christmas and more on our pinterest boards!

    Battery Operated LED "Candles" for safe decorating

    By Michaela Strathman

    I love that these are pillar size, usually I just see tealight battery candles. Would make a beautiful centerpiece!

    Source: stacksandstacks.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

    Find great ideas for Entertaining with us on our pinterest boards!

    Warm Up the Table with Holiday Decor

    By Michaela Strathman

    Christmas TableThere's something about a decorated table that just makes you feel warm and ready for holiday fun. It instantly brings on that moment where the holidays feel "official". Whether you have just moved into your first apartment or you have been decorating for decades, there is no shortage of new and good ideas for your holiday table out there on the web. Here are some tips and my favorite go-to sites for decorating the holiday table, whether it is for Hanukkah, Christmas or New Years!

    Take Stock of What You Have - Even if you are ready for a new look for your table, you may be able to use some of those older items around the home. For instance, move old decorations to the hall table or even a dresser in the bedroom to make room for a new design in the dining room.

    Don't Bite Off More than You can Chew - It's tempting when you see one of those professionally tablescaped dining rooms to try to recreate the whole thing yourself, but try to keep it to one or more changes per year on your own table.
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