Award season concludes Sunday with the most glamorous of them all, The Oscars. I’m eager to tune in, not only for the red carpet fashion, but also because I actually made a serious effort to see the Oscar-nominated films this year. When it comes to Oscar night, I have three words: glitter, champagne and girlfriends.
How to Host an Oscar Night Party
Create a “Golden Age of Hollywood” theme in your home by using all white linens and incorporating bright pops of gold. Metallic gold confetti and white blooms create an elegant and sophisticated tablescape. Get More Oscar Party Ideas >>
Whip up these glam recipes for awards night:
Blood Orange Dates Almond Salad
Duck a L’Orange
Chocolate Panna Cotta
You’ll already be pointing out his tux choice and her OMG-worthy dress, so why not turn the night’s most memorable moments into a game? Download Our Free Printable Bingo Cards >>
If you’re as obsessed with peanut butter as I am, then I’m sure you already know that tomorrow is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day. I don’t need an excuse to eat one of my favorite foods, but it’s nice to have a day designated to eat as much peanut butter as I want. My favorite peanut butter treat is simply spreading it on a salted cracker and drizzling chocolate syrup on top — it’s the perfect salty and sweet bite!
To celebrate, try this easy, no-bake peanut butter pie or one of our other favorite peanut butter recipes below (We even have a recipe for your pooch!):
Coca-Cola Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Frosting
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Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
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Peanut Butter Pie With Pretzels and Caramel
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What is your favorite peanut butter treat? Tell us in the comments below.
So, Saturday is National Margarita Day. According to the official website, “We pay tribute and honor the margarita on this special day of celebration. We so deeply respect and value its place in our history that we have set aside February 22 of every year as National Margarita Day.” Well said.
So, whether you prefer a classic ‘rita, one with a little spice, one with absolutely NO tequila or ideas for adding a fun kick to entrees, give these margarita or margarita-inspired recipes a try. You know, for the sake of celebrating … of course.
First, Your Classic Margarita
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Then, Onto the Margarita Twists
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Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! Top off the evening with this fruity concoction from mixologist John deBary of New York speakeasy PDT (Please Don’t Tell).
1 1/2 ounce SKYY Infusions Vanilla Bean
1/2 ounce SKYY Infusions Moscato Grape
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 cup organic raspberries
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Pour into a coupe glass.
We’re all looking for ways to live a healthier lifestyle, especially when a new year rolls around and we start to assess the changes we want to make moving forward. Like many, my weakness is carbohydrates but not the good ones like beans and whole grains; I’m talking about the bad boys: refined grains, baked goods and the occasional soda. It’s a tough battle. When Yahoo! web trend expert Lauren Whitehouse shared that users were searching for healthy carb substitutes, like zucchini, I thought this was the perfect time to start bookmarking some smart recipes for myself to try at home. Here are a few favorites I’m adding to my recipe book, STAT.
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On Friday, I wrote a cocktail post called “Love Stinks, So Let’s Drink.” While at least once every few weeks I do believe that quite passionately, Valentine’s Day is so much fun to celebrate. Pink, red, hearts, Cupid, chocolate … choc-o-late — love is truly in the air right now, along with my appetite. Whether you’re a V-Day cynic or counting down the days until February 14th, we have all the crafts, recipes and design ideas you need to get ready for the sexiest holiday of the year.
Craft up something special for your sweetheart or yourself. Let’s be honest, this pillow would look fab on your sofa. Try out this easy project or one of the other 20+ ideas we have.
EASY, HANDMADE VALENTINE’S DAY CRAFTS >>
We’ve all been there: that awkward moment when you like/love someone but you don’t know how to tell them. The. Worst. That’s what handmade cards are for, and card-making parties filled with friends to talk you through it.
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Going back and forth on the perfect gift? Homemade treats are always the answer. You can’t go wrong. Try one of these delectable and from-scratch recipes.
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For some, Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love, but for others it’s a time to binge-eat chocolate and trash your ex. If you’re in the latter group of V-Day celebrators, mend that broken heart with a few delicious cocktails from celebrity caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs.
This February 14th, grab your pals and toast to being single — or single and looking — with Andrea’s fruity Bloody Valentine cocktail coupled with blood orange infusions and her Devil’s Spiked Tea, which will put any of your sweet tea concoctions to shame (the secret is in the tequila).
Devil’s Spiked Tea
4 ounces Lipton Tea and Honey Strawberry Acai Tea
1 ounce Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila
Muddle mint and strawberries in a cocktail shaker. Add iced tea, tequila and ice in a shaker. Strain into a glass. Top with Prosecco and serve.
The Bloody Valentine
3 ounces orange juice
2 ounces tequila
1/2 ounce grenadine
1/2 ounce blood orange syrup
blood orange slice, for garnish
Pour tequila, orange juice and blood orange syrup into a rocks glass with ice. Stir. Slowly pour grenadine around the inside of the glass. (It will sink and slowly rise to mix with other ingredients naturally.) Spear a blood orange slice with a toothpick and lay across the top of the glass.
Who are you rooting for in this year’s Super Bowl game? I think it’s safe to say that most people at HGTV headquarters are rooting for the Broncos since our beloved Peyton was a former UT quarterback here in Knoxville. We don’t know who’s going to win Sunday’s big game, but we can help you win over your party guests with these easy and filling recipes.
Serve a dip for everyone on your guest list. You can’t go wrong with guacamole, black bean salsa, and drunken pico de gallo (that’s infused with tequila!).
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Just in case your calendar’s not up to speed, Sunday is National Popcorn Day. Either head to a movie and give in to the aroma, or make your own popcorn snack at home. We have nine sweet and salty recipes you can make in a snap — or a pop!
Recipe: Caramel Popcorn Balls from FoodNetwork.com
Recipe: Marshmallow Popcorn Balls
Recipe: Maple-Nut Popcorn
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Tonight’s the big game! This year’s BCS National Championship game will pit the Florida State Seminoles against the Auburn Tigers at California’s Rose Bowl Stadium. Throwing a watch party? Ditch the store-bought chips and salsa and give one of these handmade recipes a try. [Prepare for nervous eating by making more than you need.]
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