Vampire’s Blood White Hot Chocolate

Vampire's Blood White Hot ChocolateIt’s mid-October… my favorite time of the year. Apparently I’m not the only one. My son was bouncing off the walls a few days ago and I asked him why he was acting so wild… he said he can’t help it because all of this favorite holidays are coming up and he is just so excited :) I don’t blame him. We are getting very festive around here, we decorated the mantle, visited the pumpkin patch and have started watching Halloween Movies! When I came across this recipe for Vampire’s Blood White Hot Chocolate from Imperial Sugar I knew I had to make some! I love to browse Imperial Sugar’s site around the holidays because they have a ton of crafts, printables and recipes that you can make WITH your kids. This one was super fun and easy!

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

 They have the recipe on their site (with exact amounts HERE) but this is pretty much all you need:

  • Half and Half
  • Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Whipped Cream
  • Strawberries
  • White Chocolate
  • Red Food collating (optional)
  • Salt

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

 The Strawberry Syrup is made from strawberries, sugar, water and red food coloring. I added a squeeze of lemon juice because I like to add lemons to everything :)

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

Then you bring that to a boil and let it simmer for a few minutes, until the strawberries break down. Strain the strawberries out and pour the syrup into an airtight container. This was the kids favorite part! Then they started listing all of the things they would put this on haha!

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

The White Hot Chocolate is so simple… white chocolate, sugar, vanilla, half and half and a pinch of salt. This took no time at all to melt together, make sure not to let it boil! Once it’s smooth just pour it into your mug!

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

Top with whipped cream and drizzle with strawberry sauce!  This would be the hit of any party! Be sure to check out Imperial Sugar for more recipes and festive ideas. They are also having a giveaway for KitchenAid Stand Mixer so go check it out! Happy Halloween everyone :)

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

DIY Bar Cart & How to Stock it

DIY Bar CartDIY Bar CartGuess what has been on my to do list forever… a Bar Cart! Of course we couldn’t just buy one, my husband is the king of “we can make that for less” and I just like to be crafty :) I showed him the picture of the one I liked and drew up some dimensions and he worked his magic. Before you get too jealous please note that my husband is a perfectionist so projects usually take time haha. But, he started this right before Bee’s Farmers Market Birthday Party (post coming soon!) so he actually had a deadline and we made it work. He used angle iron for the corners and connected the shelves together that way. He also picked the casters out himself… bonus points! The great thing about him building it is that I had some pretty specific dimensions because it needed to fit two different walls. There is a spot I had in mind to put it when we have people over and we are using it, then a spot that it will live and look cute. Both equally important ha!

DIY Bar Cart

DIY Bar CartHere it is in the Dining Room where it will live! Speaking of looking cute, after Bryan finished it and the paint was dry I was able to do my favorite thing… style the Bar Cart!  Uncommon Goods asked if they could send some stuff so I could pretty it up and of course I accepted because everything they have is so quirky and cool. Each product has a unique design story and most of their products are Made in the USA, always using sustainable and eco-friendly practices. Uncommon Goods carries unique jewelry, designer décor, tabletop items, and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment without harm to animals or people. I’m pretty much obsessed with everything I received, can you even handle the pineapple tumblers?! When I opened the box I actually gasped because the box and packaging were so pretty. Here in the south Pineapples stand for  hospitality and friendship… how cute would these be for a housewarming gift?!

DIY Bar Cart

DIY Bar CartI wanted the Bar Cart to be cute and functional but let’s be honest, I do have three kids running around our house. They are all pretty good about staying out of the “grown up rooms” but just incase I wanted to style it with mixers and bar tools vs. actual alcohol lying around. I added a pitcher, the pineapple tumblers, some copper mugs and a cocktail shaker then some fun mixers like Topo Chico and La Croix. You can’t forget some cute drink cocktail picks and shot glasses. I am a huge tequila fan and a super cold shot is the key… if you haven’t tried soapstone shot glasses you need to get on board, they actually hurt to hold for too long they are that cold! I love this little rustic holder.

DIY Bar Cart

DIY Bar CartDIY Bar CartI like to keep a basket filled with adorable cocktail napkins that I have collected out when we are using it for drinks but I can’t leave those out with my kids… the glass they totally ignore but the napkins they love… go figure haha! I have found a ton of cute ones at local party stores and I found these watermelons bed naps on Etsy.

DIY Bar Cart

DIY Bar CartUncommon Goods also sent me this fun Animal Tracks Art Print. It is so perfect above the bar cart, it ties the modern quirkiness of the cart with the Green Buffet on the other wall and my new table runner. I’m obsessed with the wooden rails and my kids are in love with it too because the animal tracks are actual size so they stand under it and compare :)

DIY Bar Cart

DIY Bar Cart

DIY Bar Cart

DIY Bar CartThe Watercolor Table Runner is everything! It’s not only perfect in this room but it’s across from the craft room so it’s just so me. My mom and sister came over and said I love this rummer with the paint can lids, which I can totally see. Either way its quirky and colorful and crafty so its made for us!

DIY Bar Cart

DIY Bar Cart

DIY Bar Cart

DIY Bar CartI love that this room is finally coming together, sometimes it just takes 3 years :)

DIY Bar Cart

DIY Bar Cart

DIY Bar Cart

DIY Bar Cart

Festive 4th Party Mugs

If you have been a TaylorMade follow for a while then you have heard me talk about a lot about my mom. Not only is she my BFF but these crafty chops don’t come from no where, she is the original crafter… I actually come from a long line of creativity, both my dad and sister are really talented drawers. My mom sews, paints and is super creative. 
Well, we are headed to her house on the 4th (she gets stuck with us because she has the pool :) and she just whipped up these Festive Mason Jar Mugs! She had me at Mason Jar. The great thing about these is that you could do them for any holiday or occasion… we like to always be prepared for a fun and festive time around here!
Start with your mason jars and use a screwdriver or a drill to punch a hole in the lid.
Then trace the inner lid around your fabric and cut. Make sure to make a hole in the fabric where the hole in the top is. Mom used a hole punch. 
Use glue or Mod Podge to adhere the fabric to the inner lid. If you want to be able to was them later, then you could always skip this part and just let the fabric hang off of the edge a little.
Once they are dry, put them back together and feet instantly patriotic
They turned out so pretty!
Don’t you just love Mason Jars, I can never get sick of them! And they really do make a drink more exciting. Does anyone have any fun plans for the 4th? Hope everyone has a great and safe holiday :)

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White Wine Sangria

As promised, White Wine Sangria. I figured if you had to come to a two year old party, the least I could do is serve Sangria, right? And its just too hot for red wine so, White Wine Sangria it is!

This batch I made was simple, refreshing and low cal because it is made with Fresca. 
This recipe makes a ton so you can always cut it in half. Add more or less wine to make it as strong/weak as you like.

White Wine Sangria:
- 1.5 L. Bottle White Wine (I actually used Chardonnay)
- 1/2 L. Fresca 
- 1 can peach nectar
-1/2 c. limeade
-fresh fruit (I used lemons, oranges, strawberries and peaches)

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