Holiday Food and Drinks for Celebrating + HM #213

Holiday food and drinks to help you celebrate the season! Plus link up at Home Matters w/ recipes, DIY, decor. #HolidayFood #HolidayDrinks #HomeMattersParty

Holiday Food and Drinks for Celebrating + HM #213

Celebrate the Christmas season with some great holiday food and drinks! The  gals of Home Matters are sharing some delicious and delectable recipes this week to make your parties and gatherings a tasty success. Enjoy!

 

Festive Holiday Drinks alcoholic + non-alcoholic for Christmas from The Chefs @ Pocket Change Gourmet

 

20 Christmas Appetizers and Party Ideas from Kellie @ Nest of Posies

 

20 Christmas Candy Recipes that Spread Holiday Cheer from Melanie @ Reasons to Skip the Housework

 

Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Syrup from Lorelai  @ Life With Lorelai

 

Holiday Food and Drinks for Celebrating Blog Hop

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A Home Matters Themed Roundup

Last Week’s Theme: DIY Ornaments and Gift Wrap Ideas

Next Week’s Theme: Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas



Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends.

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Donna @ Modern On MonticelloFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Sahana @ VikalpahFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Emily @ Domestic DeadlineFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Nina @ Vintage Mama’s CottageFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

 

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Each week, we like to feature some of the awesome posts shared at last week’s party. We hope you will be inspired by these creative and talented bloggers who share their best recipes, DIY projects, crafts, home decor, organization ideas, and more. Enjoy!

Check out this week’s features below.

 

Light Up Snowmen from Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

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How To Make a House Gift Box with Your Cricut from Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage

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Chocolate Dipped Ritz Cracker Cookies from Erin @ Delightful E Made

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Bailey’s Irish Cream Cookie Recipe from Kelly @ Live, Love, Texas

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Sugar Swirl Cookies from Lisa @ Bride on a Budget

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Thank you to all who linked up at last week’s party. We look forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us this week!

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Beverages That Beat the Heat + HM #197

Refreshing beverages to beat the heat – drink up! Plus link up at Home Matters with recipes, DIY, crafts, decor. #Beverages #Drinks #HomeMattersParty

Beverages That Beat the Heat + HM #197

Cool down, relax, and refresh yourself with these fabulous and tasty ideas for beverages that beat the heat! Find drink flavors that everyone will enjoy in this roundup from the gals of Home Matters.

Pineapple Orange Creamsicle Mimosas from Holly @ 3 Yummy Tummies

 

Homemade Raspberry Peach Lemonade from Amanda @ The Chunky Chef

 

8 Infused Water Combos to Keep You Hydrated from Cassie @ Wholefully

 

17 Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes Refreshinng Summer from Lorelai @ Life With  Lorelai

Beverages That Beat the Heat Blog Hop

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A Home Matters Themed Roundup

Last Week’s Theme: Keep Cool in the Summer Heat

Next Week’s Theme: Cool Salads That Satisfy Your Hunger



Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends.

We would love to have you visit our blogs and follow us on social media!

Hosts

Lorelai @ Life With LorelaiFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Kristen @ The Road to DomesticationFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Sahana @ VikalpahFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Nicole @ Mom Always Finds OutFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Emily @ Domestic DeadlineFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Donna @ Modern On MonticelloFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Nina @ Vintage Mama’s CottageFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Ashley @ Sweetpea LifestyleFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Jenny @ Cookies, Coffee and CraftsFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

 

Check out more posts from the Hosts and Co-Hosts on our
NEW Pinterest Board, All Things Home Matters!
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Each week, we like to feature some of the awesome posts shared at last week’s party. We hope you will be inspired by these creative and talented bloggers who share their best recipes, DIY projects, crafts, home decor, organization ideas, and more. Enjoy!

Check out this week’s features below.

 

Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf from Lisa @ Cooking with Curls

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Back-to-School Cupcakes from Miranda @ Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt

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No-Bake Peach Yum Yum from Tracey @ The Kitchen Is My Playground

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Deck Privacy Screen from Repurposed Doors from Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

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Lattes and Lipstick Glitter Makeup Bag from Randi @ Dukes and Duchesses

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Thank you to all who linked up at last week’s party. We look forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us this week!

Remember that every feature is shared on all Host’s and Co-Host’s blogs, as well as on the Home Matters Linky Party Pinterest Board! Don’t forget to follow…

Follow Home Matters Linky Party Board on Pinterest.

If you were featured this week, Please Grab our Featured Button to display proudly on your blog post, featured page, or sidebar! Share the joy…

Are you ready to Party?

The linky party starts when Friday begins and closes when Monday ends, EST.

We at Home Matters love meeting new people and discovering new blogs. Help us grow this party by sharing a link on your post or grabbing our party button for your sidebar or party page.

Stop by and VISIT as many OTHER BLOGGERS as you can. Leave them a message, and share their talents on social media.

Be sure to Please USE our Registered Hashtag

 

Home Matters Linky Party Guidelines:

We are thrilled that you came by to link up today! Here are a few rules that hosts and co-hosts of the Home Matters Party follow, and we ask that you follow them, as well.

  1. Please link up no more than THREE posts each week–try to make sure that they are new links that you have not shared here previously. (Exception: Holiday/Seasonal specific posts may be shared once per year.)
  1. Please take some time to poke around and visit some of the other links.
  1. Please take some time to check out your hosts and co-hosts on social media.
  1. We appreciate the variety of blogs on the www; however, the Home Matters Party is for links on matters of the HOME. Please link accordingly.
  1. We ask that you do not add other Linky Parties, Blog Hops, or Giveaways–unless you begin the party with a new project, recipe or post.
  1. On the same note, please do not add links of an extremist, political or strong controversial nature. (The hosts and co-hosts read each and every blog post linked and will contact you directly if you have linked something that does not fit into the realm of the party.)

With your help, we can continue to grow the Home Matters Party! Thank you!

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Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017

Calling all holiday foodies to enter the Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017. Prizes and Giveaway. Find tasty recipes for the holiday season. #Recipe #Contest #Giveaway #MTCRC

Tis the season to indulge in great food for every occasion. With all the end-of-year celebrations and festivities, we are always being asked to bring a dish or goodie of some kind. So, why not share your recipes and be inspired by others? And even better, you can put on your competitive cap and have a chance at winning the recipe contest.

We have three prizes, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, so, bloggers, enter as many recipes as you would like among the various categories. You will find everything you need to celebrate the holidays with great taste.

EVERYONE is welcome to enter the GIVEAWAY! We have a $100 CASH Prize for the giveaway. That is above and beyond our recipe contest prizes. So, let’s have some holiday fun!

 

Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Syrup Recipe

A Sweet and Tangy Recipe for the Holiday Season

 

To start off this yummy event, I am sharing my Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Syrup. One recipe, two sweet and tangy holiday treats. This super easy Sugared Cranberries recipe also makes a delicious Cranberry Syrup. They are perfect for snacking, light and refreshing. They make a great takeaway gift for guests and are a fabulous addition to a holiday cookies and goodies exchange. Find the full RECIPE HERE!

Now, onto the contest and giveaway!

 

Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017

 

A big Thank You! to the co-hosts for supporting the Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017, and making this event possible. Please check out their blogs and follow them on social media!

 

LorelaiLife With LorelaiFacebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram

AlliAn Alli EventFacebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram

EmilyDomestic DeadlinePinterest / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

LeannaOf Faeries & Fauna Craft Co.Pinterest / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

AudreyThat RecipeFacebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram

JenniferSatsuma DesignsPinterest / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

AshleySweetpea LifestyleInstagram / Pinterest / Facebook

JeanneeCentsably CreativeFacebook / Instagram / Twitter

KristenThe Road To DomesticationFacebook / Twitter

LynnBack To The SouthPinterest / Instagram

 

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this delicious recipe contest. With 548 recipes entered, this is a fantastic resource for your holiday cooking, as well as all year long. So, now, it is our pleasure to announce…

The WINNERS

3rd Place: $50 Prize

Mulled Apple Cider Recipe from Jenna @ The Urben Life

 

2nd Place: $75 Prize

Sour Cream Cookies Recipe from Kris @ Big Rigs ‘n Lil’ Cookies

 

…and drum roll please…

1st Place: $150 Prize

White Chocolate Tiramisu Trifle with Spiced Pears Recipe from Deb @ Just Short of Crazy

 

 

Our GIVEAWAY WINNER is Michael Hurt — $100 PayPal CASH

Congratulations to ALL of our winners!

 

Recipe Contest Details:

  • Contest OPEN for Entries – October 15, 2017, through November 8, 2017.
  • One recipe from each category will be selected as a Finalist.
  • Finalists will be announced on November 10, 2017.
  • Winners (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place) will be announced November 15, 2017.

Prizes:

  • All prizes paid USD via PayPal.
  • 1st Place – $150
  • 2nd Place – $75
  • 3rd Place – $50

Rules for Recipe Entries:

  • Must be a Blogger to Enter.
  • Recipe must be linked to the direct blog post where the full recipe is published.
  • You may enter as many Recipes as you like.
  • You may enter in various categories. Be sure the recipe fits the category.
  • You must include your Email when linking recipes. Winners will be notified via Email.
  • If you are a winner, you must be able to accept prize via PayPal.
  • Recipe photos may be used for promotional purposes. All credits will be given to the original source.

Giveaway:

  • No Blog necessary to enter the Giveaway!
  • ENTER the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post!
  • Chance to WIN $100 USD PayPal CASH!!!

The Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists! One recipe was chosen from each category. These recipes have the chance of winning the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prize! Good luck. The Winners will be announced on November 15, 2017.

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Look below to see all the recipes entered in the contest and be inspired for your holiday celebrating!

APPETIZERS

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SALADS & COLD SIDE DISHES

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HOT SIDE DISHES

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DRINKS & COCKTAILS
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Thanks for having fun with us at the Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017. It’s great to get everyone ready to celebrate the holidays with delectable food and drink. Happy Holidays!

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17 Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes Refreshing Summer

Beat the heat with these Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes – refreshing for summer! Perfect for relaxing outdoors and entertaining adults and kids alike. #NonAlcoholicDrinks #SummerDrinks

 

Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes Refreshing Summer

Enjoying the outdoors, summer parties, and beating the heat!

 

Summer is in full swing and that means it’s time to relax on the porch with friends and family. What better way to refresh than with a nice cold drink. So, here is a collection of delicious and amazing non-alcoholic beverages perfect for summer refreshment.

I know you will love this roundup of drink recipes from some very talented bloggers. They are gorgeous and make a beautiful presentation. Plus, these summer drinks are kid-friendly. Enjoy!

Sparkling Honey Limeade from Jaclyn @ Cooking Classy

 

Disneyland’s Louisiana Lemonade from Steph @ Six Sisters’ Stuff

 

Pineapple Lemonade from Aniko for The 36th Avenue

 

Raspberry Mint Julep from Julie @ Life Straight Up!

 

Non-Alcoholic Apple Cider Mimosa from Swati and Tushar @ Watch What U Eat

 

Mock Sangria from Aimee @ Wallflower Kitchen

 

Minty Non-Alcoholic Mojitos from Rowena @ Skinny Ms.

 

Melon Ball Punch AKA Bottled Summer from Monique @ Divas Can Cook

 

Bubbly Triple-Citrus Iced Tea from Tammi @ My Organized Chaos

 

Roasted Peach and Strawberry Fizz from Anja @ Use Your Noodle

 

Thai Tea Recipe from Todd and Diane @ White On Rice Couple

 

Orange Creamsicle Float from Tara @ Noshing With The Nolands

 

Watermelon Slushie from Aniko @ Place Of My Taste

 

Non-Alcoholic Mint Juleps from Julie @ The Farm Girl

 

Non-Alcoholic Piña Colada from Serene @ House Of Yumm

 

Lavender Lemonade from Kate @ Centsational Girl

 

Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail from Katie @ The  Casual Craftlete

 

 

Looking for something fun and fabulous for your drinks? Try these DIY Bug Umbrellas For Party Drinks. Your guests will love them, and you can match whatever decor you use.

Photo: Cindy McNatt, OC Register

 

 

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DIY – Bug Umbrellas For Party Drinks

DIY Bug Umbrellas for Party Drinks – add some pizzazz to your party with this easy party decor that your guests will love and appreciate.

Bug Umbrellas for Party Drinks

Delightful, Whimsical, Playful – Perfect for your next party!

 

I saw an article in the Orange County Register about this clever little idea over the weekend.

Look at those bug umbrellas…ADORABLE! The simplicity and cuteness are perfect to brighten a table for any outdoor occasion.

Who wants a pesky fly in your drink? Here’s an easy solution… add bug-proof umbrellas!

What You Need:

  • Cupcake Liners
  • Colorful Straws
  • Scissors

How To:

  • Pinch the bottom of the Cupcake Liner in the center so that it folds.
  • Cut a small triangle, just large enough for your straw to fit through.
  • Place the straw through the hole, and invert cupcake liner to fit over the top of the glass.

End Result:

Colorful, Practical, and Fun Drink Covers! Bug Umbrellas are an easy party decor that your guests will love and appreciate.

 

Here’s a Printable just for you:

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DIY - Bug Umbrellas For Party Drinks
 
Colorful, Practical, and Fun Drink Covers! Bug Umbrellas are an easy party decor that your guests will love and appreciate.
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Type: DIY
Cuisine: Party Decor
Ingredients:
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Colorful Straws
  • Scissors
Directions:
  1. Pinch the bottom of the Cupcake Liner in the center so that it folds.
  2. Cut a small triangle, just large enough for your straw to fit through.
  3. Place the straw through the hole, and invert cupcake liner to fit over the top of the glass.
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You can find all kinds of decorative cupcake liners and straws these days.

I can’t wait for my next outdoor party! Thank goodness it’s summer; I’ll get a chance to try these very soon.

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