0 In Christmas/ DIY/ food

Homemade Irish Cream Recipe

homemade irish cream

This homemade Irish cream is a favorite among family and friends! It tastes really yummy, makes you feel all warm and toasty inside and makes great homemade gifts.

I make this homemade Irish cream every year.  It’s something I look forward to every holiday season and my family and friends do too! In just under 5 minutes you can have your own homemade Irish cream to drink on its own or add a splash to your coffee. Plus, add a cute ribbon and you have your own homemade hostess gift

homemade irish cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups of whiskey
  • 14 oz of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional – you can also use coconut extract instead, either way both are delish!)

Directions:

  • Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  • Using an immersion blender, mix together all ingredients for about 30 seconds. (You can also blend together in a blender). Just be careful not to overmix so as not to whip the cream.
  • Pour into a glass bottle or mason jar. Keep refrigerated.

homemade irish cream

 

2 In Christmas/ decor/ farmhouse decor/ holidays

16 Items from The Hearth & Hand Holiday Line at Target you’re going to want this holiday season

heart and hand decor at target
Discaimer – This post contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission. 

It’s officially November. Halloween is over and I am ready to start prepping for Christmas and the holiday season. As you all know, I love all things farmhouse decor, Chip & Jo and Target. In case you’ve been living under a rock, yesterday Target released their new Hearth & Hand Holiday Line and your girl is over here like “take all my money!”

Classic jammies for the whole family, holiday greenery, and a cute play kitchen complete with subway tile are a few of my favorite things.

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Here are some of the items from Chip & Jo’s holiday line that you 
HAVE TO HAVE  this holiday season. 

 

simple and classic
hearth and hand holiday line

 

Deck your railings, mantle, shelves, or use to add some greenery to your table runner

 

Because I’m obsessed with all things plaid
Hearth & Hand at Target
Only $35!
Hearth & Hand at Target
Adds a nice natural element to your Christmas greens
Hearth & Hand
Set of 8 for $12.99!
Chip & Jo holiday line
I love the cute star embroidery and the classic black and white scheme
Hearth & Hand Target
I have been looking for one of these!
Hearth & Hand at Target
 Countdown the days til the big guy comes
Hearth & Hand at Target
Because hot cocoa, cider, coffee, or tea would taste better out of these festive mugs
hearth & Hand at Target

 

Serve your hors d’oeuvres in style
Hearth & Hand Magnolia at Target
Ordering these!
Hearth & Hand at Target
It’s tradition in our house we get matching PJ’s every year and these are only $13.99 each!
flannel plaid Christmas pajamas
To match your littles and for the perfect Christmas morning photo opp
family Christmas pajamas
Can we talk about that subway tile?
Chip & Jo toy kitchen
Because this is just too cute
Chip & Jo holiday
 
And this year, from November 1st-December 22nd, Target will be offering free two day shipping with no minimum purchase! (Have I told you how much I love this place?)

What are some of your favorite pieces? 

0 In fall/ family photos

How to plan for the perfect family photo shoot

A few weekends ago we had our fall family photo shoot. I was so excited to have professional photos done of the family. This was our first time having pictures done of all three of us together since our newborn photo shoot.

 

fall family photos

I am absolutely in love with the way they all came out and thought I’d share some tips along with our photos.

1.) First things first, pick a photographer

This should be obvious, but choosing a photographer can be tough. I found searching through social media to be super helpful. You can look through a photographer’s work and choose someone who has a similar look that you are going for. Also ask your family and friends for any recommendations.
For our photos we went with Emma from Bella Baby Photography. I first met Emma when she came around and did newborn shots of the babies at the hospital where I worked. You definitely want to work with someone you click with and who you can be relaxed around.

2.) Choose your location

In choosing a location for photos, not only do you want a place with some aesthetically pleasing scenery, but I think it’s also special to pick a place your family loves or that has some meaning.  We chose a nearby park that we go to all the time. For all of my readers who are local to the Albany area, we went to the Crossings Park in Colonie. Their grounds are absolutely gorgeous.

 

Fall family photos

 

3.) Coordinate outfits

Remember the old days when families would get all dressed up in matching khakis and white shirts for their family photos? Oh man, I do. I can’t tell you how many photos my sisters and I had with those hideous backgrounds at Jc Penney’s or Sears with all three of us girls in matching dresses. (I think that was the thing back then).
It’s nice for your outfits to coordinate somewhat, but to me, I don’t like when everyone’s all matchy matchy. Instead, choose neutrals and then some accent colors. I really wanted my son to be the focus of our photos so I dressed him in a cute plaid shirt.  I chose a nice gray sweater with a plaid button up for my husband and then a cute denim dress with a flannel scarf for me.  I went with colors that would go with the fall scenery.
family photo outfits

4.) Work around nap time, meals, and bring bribery

Ok so we all know that kids are totally unpredictable. Make sure the littles have had a nap and have full bellies so that they’re content. I am also a firm believer in bribery (whatever works right?). So pack some goldfish or M&Ms to keep those kiddos happy.

kids photography

5.) Keep it simple

And lastly, keep it simple. While you want to have an idea of what you want, try not to plan too much and just go with the flow.  You don’t need an elaborate outfit scheme or lots of props either. Honestly, I think sometimes the simpler the better. Just let them capture your family being you and having fun!

fall family photo shoot

 

 

Thank you Emma at Bella Baby Photography for capturing these treasured moments! 

To book Bella Baby Photography for your own family photos you can contact them at:

email life@bellababyphotography.com or by phone 800-863-0805

 

how to plan for perfect family photos

 

fall family photo session
planning for family photos

1 In food/ Recipes

5 tips for a winning game day spread!

This post is sponsored by Frank’s Red Hot but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

In our house, Sundays are for Sunday Funday, relaxing and kicking back with the family.  And if you know us, there’s always food involved.  During the fall season, my husband is a big football fan. (He loves his Patriots.) I’m not much of a football fan so for me, it’s basically a day of laying on the couch and eating yummy food with my family.

Today I’m sharing some of my tips for a quick and easy game day spread so that you can also enjoy time with your loved ones.

tips for game day party

1.) Keep it simple

Things like cheese, crackers, veggies, nachos and dip make for easy game day fare. And what’s game day without some chicken wings? I recently discovered Frank’s Red Hot wings in the freezer aisle at Walmart. They’re super easy to make, and come in a variety of flavors like their Original flavor, Buffalo, and my favorite Kickin BBQ.

sunday funday

 

2.) Use paper products for easy clean up

No one wants to have to do dishes afterwards. I love using paper products so that I can spend more time with my family.

 

3.) Do all your shopping in one place

I went to Walmart SuperCenter and got all of my groceries and paper products there. I also got some other household stuff we needed for the week as well. I’m all about one stop shopping to help save time.

 

4.) Serve a warm, fun, festive drink

I love to make either some apple cider or hot chocolate in the crock pot. It makes us feel like we’re having a little tailgate in our living room. 

tips for tailgating

 

5.) Think leftovers

Everyone in my family knows, when I’m in the kitchen, I cook for an army. It’s something I acquired from my dad. But the last thing I want is for someone to go hungry.  So I usually get creative with leftovers.

I take those leftover Kickin BBQ wings, cut the chicken off the bone and toss it in some quesadillas for my little dude. He loves them!

And those leftover buffalo or original flavor wings? Cut the leftover chicken off the bone and throw it in some garbage bread. I also like to take some Frank’s Red Hot sauce and mix it with a little Ranch dressing for some dipping!

 

buffalo chicken calzone



And there you have it friends! If you haven’t tried Frank’s Red Hot wings yet, go to your nearest Walmart and get some! And enjoy your next Sunday Funday!
Go Pats!

tips for tailgate party