The Perfect Drink for Your Summer: Tropical Fruit Sangria!

Bella Breakdown No summer party is complete without a delightful (and preferably alcoholic) refreshment! If you’ve got a crowd, making cocktails one by one can turn from fun and festive to messy and difficult real quick. Instead, why not trying serving a pitcher make-ahead sangria for your next outdoor bash? All you need to whip up a batch is: 1 Mango 1 Pineapple 1 Cantaloupe 1 1/2 c. herbs 1/4 c. ginger 3 tbsp. lemon juice 1/2 c. orange liqueur 1 bottle of white wine Start by preparing your fruit, go for the ripest fruit you can find, don’t...

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DIY Decoupage Tray with Spring Flowers

Bella Breakdown There’s nothing like fresh flowers to welcome spring! Bring the first blossoms into your home with this wonderful DIY. All you’ll need to create a spring flower tray of your own is: White Tray Printed Image Craft Knife & Cutting mat Gloss Finish Decoupage Brush Start by choosing an image of your favorite spring bloom and print a high quality image. Next, take a sharp craft knife and start to cut all the way around all the little leaves and shapes on your cutting mat. An image with a white background works particularly well that way if...

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The Perfect Spring Canapé: Smoked Salmon in Cucumber Cups

Bella Breakdown With the warming weather comes lighter coats, brighter colors and refreshing appetizers. Out with the heavy holiday foods and in with light and delicious spring snacks bursting with fresh flavor. That’s why we adore these smoked salmon spread cucumber cups, and don’t tell anyone, but they’re the easiest thing we’ve every made. All you need to whip up a batch for your next patio party is: 6 oz cream cheese, room temperature 4 oz smoked salmon, finely chopped 1 1/2 tsp chopped capers 1 1/2 tsp minced shallot 2 tsp minced green onion tops 1/4 tsp finely...

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Make Breakfast While You Sleep: Irish Oatmeal

Bella Breakdown Martha Stewart describes how to cut down the cooking time on hearty Irish oats by soaking them overnight so you can enjoy them the following morning in no time. A Healthy Breakfast Made Easy Step 1: Right before going to bed, pour one cup of uncooked Irish oatmeal into a saucepan and cover with four cups of cold water. Step 2: Cover the sauce pan with a lid and leave the oatmeal to soak overnight. Step 3: In the morning, simply cook the oatmeal uncovered over low heat for 7-10 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Step 4: Serve...

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DIY Hugs & Kisses Wine Cork Stamps

Bella Breakdown This Valentine’s Day project could not be more thoughtful, sweet and easy! First, grab a few of those wine corks you’ve been saving for some perfect crafty moment, the time has come. Grab a marker, X-Acto and some acrylic paint, and you’ll have a sweet stamp perfect for Valentine’s Day in minutes! First, you’ll draw an “X” on one cork and an “O” on the other, then cut away the negative with an X-Acto knife on either side and paint in any kind of acrylic or fabric paint. Soon, anything in site can be transformed for the...

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