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Two Versions Of A Mid-Week Bento Box Lunch | dreamgreendiy.com

Ahhhhh, meal planning. This weekly task is truly the bane of my existence, and one that I tend to dread way more often than not. I don’t particularly know why—I think it just always ends up being the last thing on my to-do list, and is the “piece of straw that broke the camel’s back.”

John and I do our best to make this tedious activity fun each week by settling together on the couch, pad of paper and pen in hand (and often a glass of wine, too), which certainly helps it feel more leisurely. I now also copy and paste recipe links into emails addressed to John and me as they catch my eye during daily social media scrolling. I file them away into a “Recipes” folder set up in my Gmail inbox and John does the same, that way we have a running list of yummy meals to choose from during those weekly meal planning sit-downs.

Spicy Tuna Salad Sandwich Bento Box Lunch Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com

One type of weekday meal that we’ve found ourselves going back to over and over again is the Bento style lunch. I hope I’m using that term correctly (and please correct me if I’m wrong), but I think our American-ized version of this Japanese tradition essentially compartmentalizes take-away meals into sections within a box.

“Bento Box” lunches seem to be all the rage on Pinterest, and we’ve recently started incorporating them into our routine with lots of scrumptious success, so I wanted to share a couple of the combos that really hit the mark for us.

Two Versions Of A Mid-Week Bento Box Lunch | dreamgreendiy.com

Spicy Tuna Salad Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 2 5oz. cans Solid White Albacore Tuna in water
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha Ranch (we purchased ours ready-made at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill weed seasoning
  • 1/2 cup broccoli & carrot slaw (we purchased ours ready-made, but feel free to substitute with hand-chopped broccoli and carrot)
  • 2 slices whole grain bread

Directions:

Open and drain the tuna. Dump it into a bowl, and stir in the dill weed and Sriracha Ranch. Spoon the tuna salad onto a slice of bread. Top with slaw and a second slice of bread, then cut the sandwich into bite-sized squares or triangles.

For this Bento Box lunch, we included the Spicy Tuna Salad Sandwiches, a handful of chopped celery sticks, and a dollop of creamy peanut butter for dipping. My favorite way to cleanly transfer peanut butter from the jar to a Bento Box is using an ice cream scoop that has a trigger release. I also love using paper cupcake liners as separators when my plastic Tupperware doesn’t have enough compartments for everything I want to pack in.

Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Ups Bento Box Lunch Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com

Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Ups

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 whole wheat flour tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

Directions:

Lay out the first tortilla, and spread with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. Slice the banana in half, peel, and place one half in the center of the tortilla. Roll the tortilla up and around the banana, and slice into three bite size pieces. Repeat the same steps with the other tortilla, second half of the banana, and the rest of the peanut butter.

For this second Bento Box lunch, we included Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Ups, a fresh salad topped with blueberries, a pile of chopped pineapple, and two cupcake liners filled with different types of nuts—we like almonds and cashews.

Two Versions Of A Mid-Week Bento Box Lunch | dreamgreendiy.com

By prepping these lunches ahead of time on Sunday night and popping them into the fridge, it makes the Monday morning rush much easier to handle. Have you tried Bento Box lunches out yet? If so, what are your favorite combinations so far?

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I’ve probably admitted this before, but I’m honestly not very big on over-the-top New Year’s celebrations. John, my sister (who will be in town visiting), and I are homebody sorts, and tend to prefer a cozy evening in as opposed to a raucous night out on the town. So, this New Year’s Eve, you’ll likely find us all holed up here at our house in PJs with popcorn and a good New Year’s movie or two (When Harry Met Sally and Holiday are our favorites!).

One part of the traditional “party” atmosphere that we likely will be enjoying this December 31 though is booze! The three of us are usually wine connoisseurs, but we will definitely by breaking out of our shells in honor of 2017.

In thinking ahead towards our signature celebratory cocktail menu, I’ve pulled together a list of 11 tasty liquored treats from Glitter Guide below. Oh, and in case you’re new around here and didn’t know, I actually spend half my time working by day as the Features Editor for Glitter Guide. I don’t mind admitting that I’m pretty biased towards our cocktail content. We’ve worked with countless talented creatives over the years to put together a ton of original recipes, and you’re invited to read on for a list of the 11 I’ll be choosing from this New Year’s Eve!

  1. Spiked Coffee Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe
  2. Ginger Spiced Cider
  3. The Sacré Sauvage
  4. Chai Tea Cocktail
  5. Strawberry Thyme Sparkler
  6. Rosé Wine Slush
  7. Spiked Peppermint Mocha
  8. Pomegranate Thyme Fizz
  9. No-Fail Party Girl Punch
  10. The Apple Sullivan Cocktail
  11. The Citrus Spritzer Cocktail

Do you have a signature New Year’s cocktail you break out each holiday season? I’m not a big fan of carbonation, so I tend to steer clear of traditional champagne drinks, but I bet a fair share of you love to indulge in some good bubbly in honor of that annual midnight celebration! Leave your tips, recipes, links, and ideas below.

A Roundup of New Years Cocktails To Try Via @GlitterGuide | dreamgreendiy.com

(Photos by Andrea Pesce for Dream Green DIY and Glitter Guide)
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How To Host A Christmas Cookie Exchange | dreamgreendiy.com

Since John and I moved away from the town where we both were born and raised, we’ve had to rethink how we keep in touch with those we left behind. We’re just an hour and a half away, so we make the trek to town pretty often for one-on-one time with our friends and family, but when things are super busy (think: the holidays) we pretty much rely on long-distance gift exchanges. Most of my closest blogger friends are scattered across the country, too, so mailing gifts is really the only way for me to get cards and presents into their deserving hands.

So, to help streamline things a bit, I decided to introduce the idea of a long-distance cookie exchange into my Christmas routine! It’s the perfect, stress-free way to treat my closest buds to a little something special this time of year, and we don’t have to feel constrained by schedules and miles. We can order and send cookies to our recipients with practically just the click of a button, and my friends still benefit from that irreplaceable tactile experience when they tear into their box of cookies.

How To Host A Christmas Cookie Exchange | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Host A Christmas Cookie Exchange | dreamgreendiy.com

Although this post isn’t sponsored by them, I wanted to suggest that you try out Milk Jar Cookies for your own long-distance Christmas cookie exchange. They sent our family a big box of sugary treats earlier this season, and John and I have been big, big fans of theirs ever since (my favorite is the Rocky Road!). The fact that they ship makes them a no-brainer for this concept of a cookie mailer. Sadly, the shipping option is currently on hold until the new year because of large holiday demand, but you should definitely bookmark Milk Jar Cookies for Christmas 2017!

How To Host A Christmas Cookie Exchange | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Host A Christmas Cookie Exchange | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Host A Christmas Cookie Exchange | dreamgreendiy.com

Of course, if you’re already a pro baker, then, by all means, break out the cookie pan, baking supplies, and sugar. All you have to do is bake your treats, wrap them in plastic, pop them into a box with a card, and seal it with ribbon and a bow before packaging it at the post office.

In case you’re looking to pull names from a digital hat to give your long-distance Christmas cookie exchange a level of intrigue and mystery, try using an online service like DrawNames.com, which allows you to secretly draw a name from your customized list of pals. You can even include a wish list where you could notate things like allergies and flavor preferences.

How To Host A Christmas Cookie Exchange | dreamgreendiy.com

Again, none of the brands that I’m mentioning in this post know that I’m writing about them, but I’ve used them all personally, and think this is truly the makings of one unforgettably tasty Christmas gift exchange. Would you try the concept out for your holiday mailers next year? It could really work for just about any holiday (or even just because), so let’s all keep this idea in our back pockets the next time we experience gift-giving paralysis!

(Photo by Carrie Waller for Glitter Guide; click that link for a list of The Ingredients And Gear You Need To Bake Your Heart Out This Holiday Season)
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*This post is a collaboration with Oriental Trading

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I know everyone says roughly the same thing this time of year, but I am crazy busy behind the scenes right now as I hurry to get all caught up (and I’m working ahead, too) in anticipation of Christmas and New Years. Like the majority of the blogging community, I’ll be taking some much-needed time off the week that lies in between the holidays, and hope that you will be able to as well, but in the meantime you’ll find me hustling like mad here in my studio.

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

All this to say that I’m just going to be able to quickly pop in this morning to send you right along to Oriental Trading where I’m sharing a big and juicy feature detailing the 10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table. While there, you’ll get an in-depth breakdown of everything you could ever need to host your own mid-century inspired holiday fête—from plates and other paper party products, to cute martini cups and vintage tabletop decorations, too.

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

This at-home holiday celebration was SUCH a fun one to style and produce, and I hope that you love how it all turned out just as much as I enjoyed creating it for you.

If it hasn’t been said enough this season, I want to take a moment to wish you and yours the very best of holidays. Christmas may still be a week and a half away, but now’s the time to fully embrace all the goodness that goes along with it (think: Christmas music, holiday movies, and hot cocoa). Don’t let it slip by without at least a few more viewings of Elf, ya hear?! Thanks, as always, for following along—both here and over on Oriental Trading!

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

When it comes to the holidays in our household (and I hope in yours, too!), Christmas comes with copious amounts of family time. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, we’re constantly moving from one household to the next, enjoying tons of quality time with our two sets of parents and sisters. Suffice it to say, between the conversation and holiday meals, we spend hours and hours around our respective dining room tables depending on where we end up, and I’m positive that there’s nothing better this time of year than spending it with our very favorite people!

To make our quality time in the dining room this holiday season even more celebratory, I teamed up once again with the fine folks over at DHP Furniture. This time, I worked with the brand to put together a cozy Holiday Game Night Gathering that welcomes an extra toast or two, some friendly competition, and lots of comfortable lounging. Read on for all of the details, including hosting tips and a 4-piece dining room chair giveaway!

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

Creature Comforts

Of course any good game night starts with comfortable seating. I chose to add a set of Brisbane Dining Chairs in gray to our table, and the difference in comfort level and lounge-ability was pretty astounding. The curvy silhouette hugs your body perfectly, and the cushy criss-crossed upholstery looks and feels amazing. After rounding out the collection with a pair of Mid Century Modern Molded Arm Chairs at either end of the table, we had the perfect perches from which to play games long into the night.

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

Christmas Characters

No holiday gathering would be complete without a few festive details, so I added a second white Christmas tree to the corner of the room for added ambiant light and character, and I also set the table with a holiday-themed runner and two bottle brush Christmas trees that we already had on hand. Keep in mind that you really only need to add a few holiday-specific decorations to get the point across, so don’t feel the need to spend a lot of time and/or money on these details!

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

A Series Of Snacks

Make sure to have a few tabletop treats available to pass the time in between turns. A simple tray with cheese, crackers, and fruit might be all you need, but you’ll likely score major bonus points for having things like popcorn and chocolate within easy reach, too. Oh, and don’t forget the wine! Try having a couple of different options available so that you can suit everyone’s varying tastes.

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

Let The Games Begin!

Since it’s tough to predict what everyone will be in the mood for game-wise, it’s best to have a pile of boxed board games to choose from after everyone sits down to the table. Just pull an arm-load of family favorites (think: Uno, Password, Payday) from storage and stack them right on the table next to the snacks. Then, your guests can vote for the game they’re most in the mood for. Who knows—you might end up working your way through the entire stack before the night is through!

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

Now for the giveaway! The DHP Furniture team and I are thrilled to partner up to gift a set of four Brisbane Dining Chairs (in your choice of gray or blue) to one DGD reader. To enter, hop through the DHP Furniture site here, and follow the instructions. Contest is open to US residents only and ends Tuesday, December 13, so don’t delay!

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

How To Host A Holiday Game Night Gathering | dreamgreendiy.com + @dhpfurniture

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14 Bloggers Share Their Favorite Christmas Traditions | dreamgreendiy.com

In order to properly kick off the new month of December, I wanted to talk traditions—holiday traditions, to be exact! My little sister and I are absolute sticklers for our Christmas routines, and it’s practically like breaking the law to digress from our years-and-years-long holiday habits.

For example, as you may know, the day after Thanksgiving is considered our first all-out Christmas celebration, where we are finally allowed to listen to holiday music and watch Christmas music. Next, we always enjoy a weekend getaway to Colonial Williamsburg for their annual Grand Illumination event. By the time Christmas Eve rolls around, each of my family members gets to open one gift, and Mom reads Twas The Night Before Christmas to us—picture my sister and I sitting cross-legged at her feet, rapt with attention like a bunch of preschoolers! Finally, Christmas morning always kicks off with a stampede down the stairs (kid style yet again) and we unwrap gifts, then finish up with a big holiday breakfast.

Since I know we aren’t the only ones who are positively smitten with our Christmas time traditions, I invited 14 fellow bloggers to share their own holiday to-dos. From recipes and favorite Christmas albums, to caroling and giving to the needy, these traditions are the perfect mental kick-off to December. So, grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and enjoy these stories from your favorite DIY and design bloggers—oh, and don’t forget to leave your own holiday traditions and stories in the comments below!

14 Bloggers Share Their Favorite Christmas Traditions | dreamgreendiy.com

Rachel Smith, The Crafted Life

My family and I do an egg nog toast every Christmas morning after opening gifts (we’ve been doing it since I was a kid). It’s such a nice way to take a moment to pause, reflect, and appreciate one another during the chaos of the season.

Kelly Mindell, Studio DIY

My mom makes hundreds and hundreds of her famous chocolate peanut butter crispy candies every Christmas to give out to everyone—from her mailman and the receptionists at her gym, to friends and family. People (*raises hand*) live for them. When I was little, I used to help lay out the candy wrappers before I graduated to helping make the candies themselves! Now, I’m following in her footsteps and doing the same for everyone I know here in LA. It doesn’t feel like Christmas until there are trays of candies filling up the fridge!

14 Bloggers Share Their Favorite Christmas Traditions | dreamgreendiy.com

Ashley Rose, Sugar & Cloth

Our favorite holiday tradition is a game night Christmas party that we host at our house every year. We usually tie it in with a cheesy white elephant gift exchange, and lots of spiked cider!

Kim Vargo, Yellow Brick Home

For as long as we’ve been married (eight years this past November!), we’ve taken a yearly anniversary trip to explore, find inspiration, and—perhaps most importantly—take a break from DIY. We’ve driven across the country on Route 66, road-tripped down Highway 1, and spent a week eating our weight in barbecue in Nashville! As we made these memories, one thing remained the same—we make it a point to choose a holiday ornament in every one of these stops. Decorating our tree always takes a little longer than usual because as we hang these ornaments we’ll say, “Remember when we…?”

14 Bloggers Share Their Favorite Christmas Traditions | dreamgreendiy.com

Caitlin Kruse, The Mama Notes

The holiday season is my favorite time of year because of family traditions! Now that I’m a mom and my daughter is able to walk and understand so much more this year, I can’t wait to create our own family traditions together. My first favorite tradition is getting our Christmas tree at the same little farm stand every year, and then going to an Irish restaurant down the street to eat—it’s so cozy and Christmasy! My second favorite tradition happens on Christmas Eve. My dad and sister make dozens of homemade raviolis and we have a big feast with our family friends, which has grown over the years to include spouses, significant others, and babies. It’s one of the most special nights of the year.

Marlene Sauer, Idle Hands Awake

Last year my husband and I found very little time to be together with just us (and the cats!) during the holidays. So, we tried something new and set aside on afternoon in December to bake a new cookie/dessert recipe together. It was so special! We played festive music, lit candles, and tried a delicious recipe for vegan chocolate crinkle cookies. My husband also is a total disaster in the kitchen, so it was a fun way to get him to feel a little more comfortable following recipes. And of course, cookies! We’re definitely doing it again this year, and it’s going to become my favorite tradition, for sure!

14 Bloggers Share Their Favorite Christmas Traditions | dreamgreendiy.com

Chelsea Foy, Lovely Indeed

My very favorite holiday tradition is my family’s Christmas Eve party. No matter where we all are, we gather with all of our extended family to be together on Christmas Eve. It’s a tradition that was started long before I was born and continues today, stretching over about 40 years. My grandmother hosted first, and after she passed it moved to my mom’s house, and I’ve been honored to host it at my own home for the last few years.

Tan Rutley, Squirrelly Minds

House hopping! This was a regular tradition as a child that died out as we grew older, but now that we have our own families we’re reviving it again this year (though perhaps a scaled back version). After midnight mass, we spend the wee hours of the morning hopping from house to house where we celebrate with family by eating food, playing games, and general merriment. We eventually make our way home anywhere between 4-7am where we open a few presents, go to bed until the early afternoon, then wake up to stockings, presents, and more family celebrating fun!

14 Bloggers Share Their Favorite Christmas Traditions | dreamgreendiy.com

Molly Madfis, Almost Makes Perfect

I have two favorite traditions, both Christmas related. The moment we get our tree home, we break out the Christmas boxes and I put on the only CDs I still own—these Pottery Barn Christmas jazz compilations from the ’90s. They will forever get me so pumped. My next favorite is the morning of Christmas Eve when we stay in our pajamas and have nothing to worry about besides wrapping up gifts and watching Christmas movies. I love Christmas morning, but there’s something even more hopeful about the day before! Am I the worst Jew ever?

Amy Weir, Delineate Your Dwelling

It doesn’t quite feel like the holidays without delicious food, so as soon as December nears there are a few go-to treats my family always has to make. My favorite being a recipe from my late Grandma. Her homemade Spritz cookies were perfection, in all different shapes and colors. There is something about making them now with my children that instantly takes me back to my Christmas childhood!

14 Bloggers Share Their Favorite Christmas Traditions | dreamgreendiy.com

Summer Hogan, Simple Stylings

Christmas is one of our family’s favorite holidays and although somewhat simple there are a few traditions that we cherish. We attend Christmas Eve service at my parents’ church and afterwards the kids get to open one present each, usually from the grandparents. Then, we head home, read Twas the Night Before Christmas, and my son gets to sleep in my bed as a treat. After we wake up the next morning and open Santa’s loot, we eat a breakfast casserole that I prepare ahead of time and enjoy watching the little ones play with their toys.

Breanna Bertolini, Brepurposed

My favorite holiday tradition growing up was going with my family the day after Thanksgiving to cut down our Christmas tree. We always had real trees and would rotate each year who got to pick it out. I’ll always remember the memories we made on these trips, and it’s a tradition that I’ve started with my family as well. There’s just something about the smell of a real tree that puts me in the holiday spirit!

14 Bloggers Share Their Favorite Christmas Traditions | dreamgreendiy.com

Sara Walk, Tell Love And Party

Every year since I was a kid we have been doing the “12 days of Christmas” for someone who is struggling or just needs some Christmas cheer. We anonymously drop off gifts each night until Christmas. Keeping it all a secret, and ding-dong-ditching is my favorite part. It really keeps the meaning of Christmas alive and helps us think of others. We also always have a gingerbread house decorating party! It started when we were just married and now it’s even more fun with the kids. We have friends over, eat lots and lots of candy, and listen to Christmas music.

Cyd Converse, The Sweetest Occasion

Every Christmas morning my entire extended family piles into my grandparents’ house to have coffee, sip mimosas, and spend an hour or two together before we all go our separate ways for other family celebrations. When I say “my entire extended family,” I mean all 14 of my aunts and uncles; all 20-something of us grandkids and our spouses; and all 30+ great-grandkids. My grandmother is no longer with us, but we promised her we’d still get together every Christmas morning and we’re all committed to keeping the tradition alive for generations to come.

14 Bloggers Share Their Favorite Christmas Traditions | dreamgreendiy.com

(Photos via Instagram by Carrie Waller)
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My DIY Decorated Sugar Cookie Shortcut | dreamgreendiy.com

Well, we made it folks! We’re just one day away from Thanksgiving, and I am officially out of the office to enjoy the festivities starting TODAY. For our family, Friday marks the first day of the Christmas season, so pretty soon we’ll be indulging in Christmas movies, holiday tunes, and lots of sugary treats, too. Not wanting to be completely outdone by all of those pro bakers and cookie decorators out there, I came up with a fun and simple decorated sugar cookie shortcut that I wanted to share ahead of the extra long holiday weekend. Read on for the delicious details!

My DIY Decorated Sugar Cookie Shortcut | dreamgreendiy.com

Supplies

  • Refrigerated pre-cut cookies (the ones with the printed design on them)
  • Icing tubes in colors to match the printed cookie design
  • Decorating tips (the ones I bought at the grocery store screw right on top of the icing tubes—easy as pie…errr cookies!)

My DIY Decorated Sugar Cookie Shortcut | dreamgreendiy.com

My DIY Decorated Sugar Cookie Shortcut | dreamgreendiy.com

Start by following the package instructions to bake your cookies. Then, allow your cookies to cool completely on a baking rack before moving on to the next step.

My DIY Decorated Sugar Cookie Shortcut | dreamgreendiy.com

My DIY Decorated Sugar Cookie Shortcut | dreamgreendiy.com

My DIY Decorated Sugar Cookie Shortcut | dreamgreendiy.com

Next, screw the decorating tips onto your icing tubes, and use the pre-printed design on your cookies as a guide to add 3D character to your cookies. That’s it! I included a quick stop motion animation above to show you the difference this simple process makes, but I personally think it transforms a store-bought cookie into something that looks sooooo much more hand-made—don’t you agree?

It’s a festive, cost-effective way to wow your pals at this season’s cookie exchange, or you could try wrapping batches of decorated treats up to give as hostess gifts. Happy holidays and may this be the very best Thanksgiving YET!

My DIY Decorated Sugar Cookie Shortcut | dreamgreendiy.com

P.S. Don’t forget to enter to a win a couch from DHP Furniture! Contest ends Monday.
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A Recipe For Spring Roll Peanut Dipping Sauce | dreamgreendiy.com

Now, I know the following statement might be a little controversial given all of those who suffer from peanut allergies, but there’s just no denying that I am positively infatuated with anything peanut flavored in the kitchen. So, when John and I discovered how simple it was to create a tasty peanut sauce for our favorite Asian dishes, you better believe it was added to our meal planning regimen on a near-weekly basis.

To mix things up a bit so as not to overdo this savory combination of flavors, I thought I’d try my hand at making a slightly thicker version of the sauce to go with some chicken spring rolls for a quick and simple lunch. The good news is that this recipe (which can be made a thousand and one ways—just trying Googling it!) uses mostly pantry staples, so it can be a spur-of-the-moment meal practically any time you crave it. Full disclosure that I’ve “craved” today’s Spring Roll Peanut Dipping Sauce recipe about five times since I made it a few weeks ago—it’s that easy and tasty! Get the details below.

A Recipe For Spring Roll Peanut Dipping Sauce | dreamgreendiy.com

Spring Roll Peanut Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp. reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp. warm water, as needed
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Crushed peanuts or sesame seeds, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add everything except the water, red pepper flakes, and garnishes to a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of warm water to the mixture at a time, and whisk to combine until you reach the desired thickness.
  3. Pour the finished dip into a serving bowl or chip-and-dip tray (click here to learn more about my thrifted mid-century tray), and top with red pepper flakes and peanuts or sesame seeds for garnish.
  4. You may cover and refrigerate the dip for up to a week. Just whisk it again before serving!

A Recipe For Spring Roll Peanut Dipping Sauce | dreamgreendiy.com

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A Jewel-Toned At-Home Halloween Bash | dreamgreendiy.com

In honor of the spooky weekend ahead, I’m throwing things waaaaaaay back to Halloween 2014. We were still living in our teeny tiny townhouse, but I had managed to employ a few key tricks to provide our party guests with lots of treats worthy of Halloween. You might remember the big reveal of our Jewel-Toned At-Home Halloween Bash over on the Home Depot blog, but in case you’re new to the blog (or if you just want to walk down memory lane with me!) you can check out the full feature and party here.

A Jewel-Toned At-Home Halloween Bash | dreamgreendiy.com

A Jewel-Toned At-Home Halloween Bash | dreamgreendiy.com

Do you have any big 2016 Halloween plans? Rather than getting all gussied up to hit the town in costume (as I explained in detail here), John and I will be keeping things low key here at home. My dad and sister are actually coming into town to help us with a few landscaping projects, and then the four of us will be lighting up the projector in the family room to watch scary movies all night long—or at least until 10pm or so.

Although we won’t be hosting a sophisticated-yet-spooky fête this holiday weekend (complete with a balloon ceiling and glittery spiders), it’s still satisfying to look back on our big bash of 2014. See a few outtakes from the party here, and hop over to the Home Depot blog for the full breakdown, including planning tips and DIY tutorials, like that calligraphy pumpkin centerpiece. Happy Halloween, everyone, and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday with a recipe for Spring Roll Peanut Dipping Sauce—YUM!

A Jewel-Toned At-Home Halloween Bash | dreamgreendiy.com

A Jewel-Toned At-Home Halloween Bash | dreamgreendiy.com

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How To Style A Seasonal Candle Centerpiece | dreamgreendiy.com + @woodwick

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With my black, blush, and gold fall dinner party all wrapped up and captured on camera, it’s time to share a couple of the tabletop details that really brought the party together—namely the centerpiece. I’m certainly no pro when it comes to arranging petals, but with a couple of budget-friendly shortcuts, you and I can both put together seasonal centerpieces that look natural and Instagram-worthy!

Read on for my 3-step centerpiece breakdown in collaboration with WoodWick, plus enter to win a set of candles for yourself this fall.

How To Style A Seasonal Candle Centerpiece | dreamgreendiy.com + @woodwick

How To Style A Seasonal Candle Centerpiece | dreamgreendiy.com + @woodwick

Step 1: Greenery

Begin by laying down a bunch of greenery, and I mean a bunch! This leafy base manages to take up a ton of tabletop square footage, but costs very little at the grocery store. Better yet, if you happen to have some ivy or cool leafy branches on a tree in your yard, just snip off a few lengths and lay them in the middle of your table for a completely free focal point.

How To Style A Seasonal Candle Centerpiece | dreamgreendiy.com + @woodwick

How To Style A Seasonal Candle Centerpiece | dreamgreendiy.com + @woodwick

Step 2: Small Bud Vases Of Flowers

You’ll also want to pick up a small bouquet of flowers from the grocery store. Bring them home and snip off the statement flower buds. Then, layer them in small bud vases alongside more leafy green clippings. In total I spent $10 on the fresh cut elements of my centerpiece, but the inexpensive materials still managed to bring the entire look together. Don’t skip these two steps!

How To Style A Seasonal Candle Centerpiece | dreamgreendiy.com + @woodwick

Step 1: Candles

Another step not to be overlooked? The candles! Just place them right on top of the greenery in the center of your table. I used medium hourglass versions of WoodWick’s Mint Truffle and Ginger Flower candles, plus a large Wood Smoke candle to nestle inside my collection of Geometric Candle Holders. The edgy black and gold shape of the holders themselves actually served as the starting point for my black, blush, and gold tablescape! I love that the bold shapes and sizes of the candles and holders were able to anchor the centerpiece, and they offered a sweet-smelling finish to my party table, too.

A Black, Blush & Gold Fall Dinner Party | dreamgreendiy.com + @hewlettpackard

How To Style A Seasonal Candle Centerpiece | dreamgreendiy.com + @woodwick

Now for the extra fun part: a giveaway! The WoodWick team and I are thrilled to partner up to give one DGD reader a $50 gift certificate to enjoy at www.woodwick.com this fall. To enter, hop through to Instagram here, and follow the instructions. Not on Instagram? Not a problem! Just leave a comment below telling us which scented candle from the collection you’d love to burn in your home. I’ll make sure that your name is entered for a chance to win the prize.

Contest is open to US residents only and ends Thursday, October 27 at 12:00 a.m. EST, so don’t delay. Oh, and if you just can’t wait, shop all regular priced products with a 20% off discount (expires 12/31/16 and can’t be combined with other offers) using code “DGD20″—enjoy!

How To Style A Seasonal Candle Centerpiece | dreamgreendiy.com + @woodwick

How To Style A Seasonal Candle Centerpiece | dreamgreendiy.com + @woodwick

Resources:

Plates (via HomeGoods) // Linen napkins // Matte black Flatware // Drinking glasses // Bud vases // Candles in Mint TruffleGinger Flower, Wood Smoke scents // Geometric candle holders
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