Chocolate Bowls ! Repurpose your Holiday Dessert Leftovers

[ 10 ] December 18, 2014 |

Chocolate bowls made with balloons gives a twist to holiday dessert leftovers

This ” Chocolate Bowls! Repurpose your Holiday Dessert ” post is in conjunction with a Vibrant Influencer network campaign for Marie Callender’s. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Marie Callender’s and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

How to Make Chocolate Bowls Chocolate Cups

Ahhh Christtmas. It’s that wonderful time of year when every thought turns to wonderful special desserts. My mother and grandma always made or served the best of everything. Whether grandma made or store bought, each treat laid out was a nod to a family tradition or something new and fun!

Now all the holidays are hosted at my house. I love to serve pies and cakes during the holidays! Who doesn’t? Sometimes I bake, sometimes to provide myself some stress relief I serve Marie Callender’s pies and cakes. I get homemade goodness and variety with Marie Callender’s.

Chocolate Bowls Repurpose your Holiday Dessert Leftovers

Marie Callender’s has wonderful individual carrot cakes, pecan pies, cream pies like key lime and chocolate satin, fruit pies like the hard-to-find razzleberry or apple crumb cobbler, and premium pies such as caramel apple pie. Mmmmmm!

Create a dessert buffet with your holiday leftovers and chocolate bowls

For Christmas luncheon, I serve pies and cakes warm with ice cream and whip cream. However, later on in the evening, I take a different approach. I serve the same desserts from lunch, but I make a dessert buffet. I make chocolate bowls and let everyone choose different selections of desserts. They pile them in small portions into the chocolate bowl and have a new experience then they had at lunch time. With the huge variety of Marie Callender’s desserts, you can’t go wrong with this approach.

Chocolate Bowls Repurpose your Holiday Dessert Leftovers

 

Chocolate Bowls Repurpose your Holiday Dessert Leftovers Marie Callenders

Marie Callender’s Pecan Pie and Carrot Cake ready for Buffet

How to make chocolate bowls or chocolate cups for your leftover desserts

How to Make Chocolate Bowls Chocolate Cups

  1.  Blow up balloons to the size of chocolate bowl or chocolate cup that you want to achieve.
  2. Coat each balloon with shortening to keep the chocolate from sticking.
  3. Melt chocolate wafers as directed in a bowl that will allow you to coat balloons to proper depth. Spread out wax paper or parchment paper and place a small circle of melted chocolate as the base.
  4. Quickly dip balloons in melted chocolate and place on circles.
  5. Freeze chocolate dipped balloons for 30 minutes to help the chocolate set and balloon to pull away from chocolate. Remove chocolate covered balloons from fridge. Pop balloon and peel away from chocolate bowl.
  6. Serve leftover desserts in chocolate bowls or chocolate cups.

Chocolate Bowls Repurpose your Holiday Dessert Leftovers Marie Callenders

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Holiday Cheetah: Jennifer Lopez for Kohls +$25 Kohls Giveaway

[ 156 ] December 15, 2014 |

Cheetah is the New Sparkle for the Holidays

Jennifer Lopez Cheetah Kohls Women over 45 Sonoma BootsThe Chief Blonde is wearing three fabulous holiday pieces provided by Kohls: The Jennifer Lopez Twist Front Sheath ($60, Sale $42), Sonoma Boots ($85, Sale $50), Hanes Seasonless Control Top Tights ($12). Also wearing faux shearling duster coat from Sam’s Club (similar), Monroe and Main Necklace (similar), wrap bracelet and cuff bracelet. 

You know I love “Sparkle” and sequins and Holiday Pink. I do! I do! But sometimes, I want to wear something a little wild and different for the holidays, especially during the daytime. This Holiday Cheetah outfit from Kohl’s is perfect for a brunch or lunch with your girlfriends.

Jennifer Lopez Cheetah Kohls Women over 45 Sonoma Boots

The thing I love about Kohl’s at the holidays or anytime of year is that I can find just the right outfit every time in a price that stuns my friends. I often wear clothes from their Jennifer Lopez line (here), Simply Vera by Vera Wang (here), and I adore all their DesigNation collaborations, like this recent one I modeled for Elie Tahari’s Line for Kohl’s.

Still Blonde after all these Years Kohls Women over 45 Sonoma Boots

And can we just talk for a moment about these Sonoma boots? Perfect heel height, perfect boot height and just the right amount of casual will make these my go to boot this winter. The best feature? For a Michigan winter? They are faux leather which means they will wear and wear and then wipe right off. I detest trashing leather boots with all the snow and salt, don’t you?

Jennifer Lopez Dress

This Jennifer Lopez Twist Front Sheath is so forgiving. It hides what you don’t want everyone  to see, comes in several different colors, and provides just the right amount of holiday “Look at Me” as a substitute for sparkle.

Jennifer Lopez Cheetah Kohls Women over 45 Sonoma Boots

One thing you may not know about me is how much I love a good deal. Trust me when I tell you, I am the deal hound. On this particular look, I shopped on Cyber Monday so I was able to get free shipping and 30% off. My husband swears it’s almost FREE for me to shop at Kohl’s!

Will you be wearing Holiday Cheetah or Animal Print this holiday?

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Buy these fashions and so many other cute holiday looks at Kohls.com

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Giveaway runs from 12-16-12-30 11:59 PM EST. 18+

THE PRIZE

$25 Kohl’s gift card (e-code)

This Kohl’s Gift Card  giveaway is exclusively hosted on our blog, so only those who enter here will win.  Kohl’s did not sponsor the giveaway (only the outfit post), the gift card is hosted by me.

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Hats by Madame Paulette Book Giveaway

[ 67 ] December 10, 2014 |

Hats by Madame Paulette

Hats by Madame Paulette

Hats by Madame Paulette Book Photos courtesy of Thames & Hudson. 

Paris Milliner Extraordinaire ($50.00 hardcover, 9780500517314) highlights the life and work of famed milliner Madame Paulette, whose incomparable creations were worn by such film stars as Greta Garbo and Audrey Hepburn, and such royals as Princess Grace of Monaco and the Duchess of Windsor.

The pictures in Hats by Madame Paulette are just stunning. This is not a flip through coffee table book, but  an enjoy-every-picture andspend-a-Sunday-afternoon-with-it book. When you view her creations, you will surely agree with Karl Lagerfeld, who said of Paulette:

She was the last of a line of artists of this kind. She had something in her fingers, a magic touch…

This Post is unsponsored so just enter away!

 

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Giveaway runs from 12-10 to 12-18 11:59 PM EST .  US only 18+ (where allowed by law)

THE PRIZE

$50 Brand new coffee table size Hats by Madame Paulette.

This Hats by Madame Paulette giveaway is exclusively hosted on our blog, so only those who enter here will win.

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Holiday Statement Necklaces from Cookie Lee + $125 Gift Code Giveaway

[ 124 ] December 10, 2014 |

Look at me in Cookie Lee!

Cookie Lee Holiday Statement Necklaces

Cookie Lee sent along these beautiful holiday statement necklaces and jewelry pieces that the Chief Blonde is wearing: Bold Braided Hoop Earrings ($20–currently unavailable), Indigo Mixed Chain Necklace ($38), Ivy Silhouette Bracelet ($29).

Make a holiday statement with a Holiday Statement Necklace.

Holiday Statement Necklaces Cookie Lee

It’s sometimes hard to understand where a particular obsession started. But I know just wear my jewelry obsession began. My mom left me at my neighbor’s house for an afternoon and “Aunt Viola” as we called her,  had a crazy huge jewelry collection (like boxes and boxes). So Aunt Viola decided that we would spend the afternoon sifting through her treasures and sorting them out. Yep, that’s where it all began…

Oh wow, how much fun did I have (and you will have too) browsing the Cookie Lee holiday collection. It was like I was back at my Aunt Viola’s all over again. Cookie Lee has beautiful statement necklaces and gorgeous bracelets and earrings to coordinate. What I like is the suggested pairings on the site are not “Matchy Matchy”. Instead, it’s more of a “I collected these pieces over a period of time”.  You can see how timeless these Cookie Lee pieces are.

I think you will also find the prices quite amazing for pieces of this caliber. When I was out shoppig the other day, I actually saw a Tiffany bracelet from Paloma Picasso priced at $1150 which reminded me of the gorgeous Cookie Lee Ivy Bracelet which costs just $29!

Holiday Statement Necklaces for your Holiday Gift Giving

With holiday gift giving top-of-mind, Cookie Lee has something for all types of woman, from sophisticated and delicate to chunky and statement-making. Cookie Lee offers an awesome variety of accessories, including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, scarves and sunglasses.

Cookie Lee Statement Necklaces

 The 23-year-old brand originated in the direct selling category and recently launched an e-commerce site, making Cookie Lee‘s fun, vibrant pieces available to everyone.
Cookie Lee Statement Necklaces

Can’t Wait to Win it?

To see more of their new Fall and Holiday 2014 collections, go to Cookie Lee’s Website. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

THE GIVEAWAY

The Giveaway runs from Dec. 10th-20th

THE PRIZE

$125 Cookie Lee Gift Code to the Cookie Lee Site. This Cookie Lee giveaway is exclusively hosted on our blog, so only those who enter here will win.

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