Holidays – The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog by Readers.com Thu, 17 May 2018 19:59:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 //wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 //wp.readers.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Rea-newFavicon-2016-Final-32x32.png Holidays – The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog 32 32 5 Stress Free Recipes For This Holiday Season //wp.readers.com/blog/5-stress-free-recipes-for-this-holiday-season/ //wp.readers.com/blog/5-stress-free-recipes-for-this-holiday-season/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:21:39 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14526 Tis the season for holiday dinner parties. This time of year our calendars begin to fill up with holiday festivities, and while we love reconnecting with friends and family who we may not have seen in a while, the multitude of events and errands that come with the holidays can certainly add an element of […]

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Tis the season for holiday dinner parties. This time of year our calendars begin to fill up with holiday festivities, and while we love reconnecting with friends and family who we may not have seen in a while, the multitude of events and errands that come with the holidays can certainly add an element of stress. This holiday season we want you to be able to deck the halls with jolly and not stress about what you are going to bring to your sister’s white elephant gift exchange.

 

To help you start planning those festive dishes, here are five simple recipes that will dazzle dinner guests while saving you precious time.

 

Gingerbread Brownie Cutouts

These gingerbread brownie cutouts will become your go-to party dessert. Everyone loves brownies, and when they are in the form of a cute gingerbread man, no one will be able to resist. Simply make your favorite brownie box mix and use a gingerbread cutout to get the gingerbread shape, and finish by using icing and m&m’s for garnish.

 

If you find yourself as the host of the Christmas party, save yourself the time of decorating and plan for everyone to decorate their own gingerbread man. This can be a fun decorating competition or simply an easy way to keep the kiddos entertained.

Grinch Santas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


How cute are these grinch Santa snacks? All you need for these festive treats are green grapes, bananas, strawberries, mini marshmallows, and a toothpick to place your ingredients on. These snacks will not only be a crowd pleaser, but will take you no time at all to whip up.

 

Pigs In A Blanket Wreath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading to an ugly Christmas sweater party? Add to the fun with this pigs in a blanket wreath. All you need to do is wrap a small smoked sausage link or hot dog in a crescent roll and bake it in the oven. Then place the pigs in a blanket in a circle on a tray and garnish with a ribbon to give it the festive feel you’re looking for.

 

Charcuterie Christmas Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare the perfect Christmas appetizer by arranging your meat, veggies, crackers, and cheese in the form of a Christmas tree. Charcuterie is always a guest favorite and guests will love seeing the unique arrangement.

 

White Chocolate Reindeer Popcorn

This white chocolate reindeer popcorn is super quick to whip up and will be a tasty treat to munch on throughout your party. All you need is one bag of white popcorn, red and green m&m’s, pretzels, and Christmas sprinkles.

 

Now that you have your Christmas party dishes planned, you can focus on finding the perfect Christmas gifts. We might be biased, but we think eyewear makes for a pretty great gift.

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Did You Know May 18th Is Visit Your Relatives Day? //wp.readers.com/blog/did-you-know-may-18th-is-visit-your-relatives-day/ //wp.readers.com/blog/did-you-know-may-18th-is-visit-your-relatives-day/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 13:41:17 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14302   When your family is spread out across the country you start to look for any excuse to get everyone together. If you find yourself missing your family members a little extra this week we’ve found the perfect excuse for you to plan a family reunion. May 18th is designated as Visit Your Relatives Day, […]

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When your family is spread out across the country you start to look for any excuse to get everyone together. If you find yourself missing your family members a little extra this week we’ve found the perfect excuse for you to plan a family reunion. May 18th is designated as Visit Your Relatives Day, and provides the perfect opportunity to start a new family tradition!

Although Visit Your Relatives Day is outside of what we traditionally think of as family oriented holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Years, this day gives you the chance to pay special attention to the ones who have supported you and influenced you throughout your life.

Few things are more precious than family, and that is something worth celebrating. Here are a few ways you can celebrate your own family this Visit Your Relatives Day:


Send them a card

With everyone’s busy schedules, we know it can be challenging to get your family together on the same day. Sending your family members a card is the perfect way to make them feel special and show them that you are thinking of them.


Plan a group video call

If you and your family have to travel a good distance to see each other, a Skype group video call might be just the solution for you. Skype allows up to 25 people to participate in a group video call at one time. This is a great way to see everyone’s face and get caught up on each other’s lives.

By using Skype, you can still make your video call into an event. Send out invitations for the day and time of your call (e-invites might work best if it’s short notice), then login on the set date and enjoy the time with your loved ones!


Plan a get together

For those who have relatives that live nearby, an informal get together is always a fun option for celebrating! Request everyone bring their favorite snack, or have lemonade and cookies. Everyone will enjoy the chance to be together, and leave feeling appreciative of their close family ties.


Focus on a weak relationship

If you have a weak relationship with a specific family member that you would like to strengthen, Visit Your Relatives Day could be a good day to focus on that relationship. Let that person know you still think of them and care for them by sending them a text, card, or giving them a phone call.


Make it a family tradition

Maybe your Visit Your Relatives Day celebration went so well that you want to turn it into an annual tradition! This is a great way to set aside time to be intentional with your family and stay active in their lives.

Visit a relative


A great way to celebrate Visit Your Relatives Day is, of course, to simply drop by and visit with one of your relatives. This doesn’t have to be anything more than sitting with a relative and hearing how their day was, or phoning a relative you may not get to visit with as often. This small act has an enormous impact on the bonds you have with your relatives.

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5 Thoughtful Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day //wp.readers.com/blog/5-thoughtful-ways-to-celebrate-mothers-day/ //wp.readers.com/blog/5-thoughtful-ways-to-celebrate-mothers-day/#respond Wed, 03 May 2017 17:01:10 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14294   As Mother’s Day approaches, many are filled with nostalgia as they reflect on how they celebrated the holiday with their own mother during their childhood. When we are children Mother’s Day is often celebrated with handmade crafts, special meals, or flowers. However, as we get older the holiday becomes less about commercialism and more […]

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As Mother’s Day approaches, many are filled with nostalgia as they reflect on how they celebrated the holiday with their own mother during their childhood. When we are children Mother’s Day is often celebrated with handmade crafts, special meals, or flowers. However, as we get older the holiday becomes less about commercialism and more about time spent with loved ones and honoring the role your own mother played in your life.

This Mother’s Day keep in mind that this holiday isn’t just about people who are mothers, but it is about everyone who has a mother. This simple shift in mindset broadens our perspective on ways we can celebrate this day. Whether you are spending time with your own mother, or gathering with others to reflect and celebrate motherhood, here are 5 thoughtful ways you can celebrate Mother’s Day:

 

A get together of the generations

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than spending time with the younger and older generations within your family? This is a great opportunity to share stories about your own mothers, and experiences with motherhood. Gathering with the women in your family is a great visual of the impact mothers have had on your family and the generations to come–a great memory that will last a lifetime!


Help other mothers in need

One of the best ways you can celebrate Mother’s Day is to help other mothers in need. Mother Teresa once said, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Dedicating your time on Mother’s Day to assist a mother who could use your help is a powerful and thoughtful way to honor motherhood, even if it is as simple as taking one mother to lunch.

 

Have tea with senior women in your community

As we age we realize the value of time. A great way you can make someone’s Mother’s Day extra special is to give a community member your time. Having tea or coffee with an elder woman in your community is a great way to not only brighten someone else’s day, but also enlighten your day as well.

 

Make a one of a kind booklet for your mom

Present your mother with a booklet filled with childhood pictures and handwritten notes. This booklet will have your mother feeling special and she’ll love looking back on how her family has grown over the years.


Plant flowers together

Planting your favorite flowers side by side is a great way to enjoy the day and create memories. As you tend to your flowers you will be able to reflect on the time you spent together and celebrate your mother all over again.

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5 Simple Ways To Spruce Up Your Easter Get Together //wp.readers.com/blog/5-simple-ways-to-spruce-up-your-easter-get-together/ //wp.readers.com/blog/5-simple-ways-to-spruce-up-your-easter-get-together/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:22:25 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14265 With the arrival of April, many of us are beginning to plan our Easter meals and get togethers. As we begin to plan our menus and decor, it is tempting to turn to our tried and true recipes and decorations. However, this Easter switch things up at your table with one of these simple recipes […]

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With the arrival of April, many of us are beginning to plan our Easter meals and get togethers. As we begin to plan our menus and decor, it is tempting to turn to our tried and true recipes and decorations. However, this Easter switch things up at your table with one of these simple recipes or festive DIY decorations. Your guests are sure to be impressed and, who knows, you might just end up having a new staple decoration or recipe!

1. An eye catching place setting

Place Setting

Supplies: Colored napkin, coordinating ribbon, tulip

Directions: To create this warm and welcoming place setting, simply fold the napkin and place the tulip in the center. Finish by loosely tying the ribbon around the tulip and napkin. Not only will guests love being greeted by this piece, but they will also enjoy having a sweet flower to take home.

 

2. Easter bunny bread bowl

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Your lunch guests will love this cute easter bunny bread bowl. It’s a creative and easy way to serve up soup or a veggie dish.

Supplies: One regular sized roll (can be store bought or homemade), one bread bowl (can be store bought or homemade), five toothpicks, two regular chocolate chips, pink candy for the nose, knife and kitchen scissors, and fresh parsley (optional)

Directions:

  • Cut 1/4 of the bottom off of the smaller roll, leaving a small back section of the bread on the roll — so it can hang off the back of the bread bowl. This will give it some stability. Set aside.
  • Cut the bread bowl so that you remove a small top section of the roll in a U-shape, leaving a ledge for the smaller roll to sit on.
  • Dig out the insides of the bread in a large piece if possible so you can use some of that insides of the bread bowl for the bunny’s tail.
  • Take the top of the bread bowl you removed and cut out 2 ears. You can trim the inside of the bunny ears so they are flatter.
  • Take the knife and slice a small hole where you want the nose. Push the candy nose in the bread. Poke a tiny hole for the eyes and then gently place the chocolate chip eyes in place.
  • Take the bunny head and place it on top of the bread bowl ledge and secure it in place with three toothpicks.
  • Slide the other two toothpicks into the bottom of the ears and then place them in the top of the roll for the bunny’s ears.
  • Take a small piece of the bread you removed from inside the bowl and roll it into a ball and use it as the bunny’s tail.
  • Use the fresh parsley and laid it down on the plate to serve as grass to add to the fun and festive look!
  • Store in an airtight bag until you are ready to serve. These can be made in advance as long as they are stored properly.


3. Festive centerpiece

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This layered candy centerpiece is super easy to make. The best part is that it’s great for decoration and dessert!

Supplies: Clear glass vase, artificial flowers, Easter colored M&M’s (yellows, purples, and pinks), Peep Easter Bunnies, and skewers or cake pop sticks

Directions:

  • Fill the bottom of your vase with M&M’s. Then add a row of white Peep Bunnies.
  • Continue to layer your M&M’s on top of each other in your designated color scheme until you have filled the vase.
  • Once you have arranged the candy the way you want it, add your artificial flowers.
  • Stick a couple of Peep Bunnies on your skewers or cake pop sticks and place them in the arrangement so that they are sticking up out of the flowers.

 

4. Strawberry cream mimosa

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This sparkly pink treat is perfect for an Easter brunch and is sure to match all of your Spring decor.

Ingredients: Fresh strawberries or raspberries, Sweet N’ Low, honey, half and half cream, and your favorite type of champagne

Directions:

  • Heat up your strawberries or raspberries on the stovetop until they come to a soupy consistency. Add Sweet N’ Low and a little honey to your fruit mixture.
  • Blend your mixture in a blender. Then pour your blended mixture into a fine mesh strainer to separate the juice from the seeds and the skin.  
  • Pour in half and half cream, stir, and pour your mixture into ice cube trays, and freeze until frozen.
  • Once cubes are frozen set out for about 5-10 minutes to let them soften.
  • Pour champagne halfway up the glass and add strawberry cream cubes. Enjoy!

 

5. Slow cooker pineapple glazed carrots

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For the perfect Easter side dish that adds a punch of flavor, try these pineapple glazed carrots.  

Ingredients: 2 lbs carrots peeled and sliced, 1 (540ml) can pineapple tidbits with juice (or about 2 cups), ½ cups brown sugar, 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, ¾ tsp. salt, 2 tbsp. cornstarch

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, combine pineapple with juice, sugar, vinegar, salt, and cornstarch until combined.
  • Add carrots to slow cooker. Pour pineapple over top and stir well.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours until tender. Serve.

 

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