Our Best Party Cleanup Tips

Bella Breakdown The holidays are the time for lots of houseguests, parties, and dinners – and sometimes, your home can suffer. Instead of dreading the post – party cleanup, we’d like to recommend some easy along the way tips that’ll make entertaining a breeze. Before the party, stop stains before they happen by covering chairs with washable, bleachable slipcovers. Post-Party Cleanup Hacks #1 – Set up the bar outside to avoid those dreaded red wine on white carpet stains. #2 – Double bag your trash cans so there’s always a bag in case one rips. #3 – Start with...

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This is the Only Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Bella Breakdown Don’t pick up frosting without ’em. How To Make INGREDIENTS 3 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for surface 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 2 sticks butter, softened 1 c. sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tbsp. milk DIRECTIONS Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla and beat with mixer until well combined. Slowly mix in the flour mixture until you have formed a dough. Wrap the ball of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one...

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The Perfect Holiday Office Party Picnic With A Twist!

**This post is sponsored by Lipton, the opinions are all my own.** Bella Breakdown There is nothing like a good old-fashioned picnic, especially in sunny South Florida! For nearly every major holiday our small but mighty office group typically hosts a traditional picnic, but this year we decided to switch things up a bit. Ordinarily, we each bring in a dish to share with everyone, but this holiday season instead of making your typical picnic fare we thought it would be fun to take traditional recipes, put a little twist on them, and make the food together! Caprese Stuffed...

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Glazed Holiday Pineapple

Bella Breakdown We have perfected the holiday ham, complete with pineapple slices and maraschino cherries, so we decided to switch things up a bit. Meet the Glazed Holiday Pineapple–it’s a tender, ham – infused pineapple with an apricot glaze. To make Mix 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon cloves and two bay leaves into 8 cups of water. Heat over high heat for five minutes. Next, remove the peel from your pineapple. Cut 1/2 inch-deep diamond patterns into the pineapple. Pour the sugar and salt spice mixture over the pineapple in a bowl. Take four slices of...

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10 Essential Tools You Need in Your Kitchen

Bella Breakdown Shopping for kitchen tools can be hard. There are so many out there, and when you’re just starting out you need a good foundation, which doesn’t include that electric cherry pitter or heavy pasta roller. As it turns out, all you need to sharpen your cooking skills, and stock your drawers properly, are 10 strategically selected kitchen tools. Senior food editor Rick Martinez gave us the lowdown on what you actually need when you’re building your tool kit from the ground up. The List #1 First you need a 10 inch stainless steel skillet. It won’t stain...

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These Red Velvet Cheesecake Bites are Like Little Balls of Heaven, and They’re So Easy to Make

Bella Breakdown Covered in red velvet cake crumbs, these sweet cheese balls are the perfect small bite for any party. To make , Mix cream cheese, sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla in a bowl. Stir to combine, then freeze for two hours. Take a red velvet cake and break into crumbs. Scoop the frozen cream cheese mixture into balls and roll them into the red velvet crumbs. Red...

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