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Sparkle #169: The Giant List of Christmas DIYs

Are you looking for fun stuff to do by yourself or with your family this holiday season? What better way to spend time together then to indulge in some interesting holiday DIYs. I came across a couple of very interesting DIYs for Christmas and wanted to share them with all of you. This giant activity list includes handmade gifts, greeting cards, crochet crafts and many other DIYs which you can undertake for the holiday season. I feel that this is a great way to have fun and unwind before the year ends. Which one of these are you going to try during the holidays? Tell…

December 17, 2015
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Sparkle #161: Homemade Hot Chocolate Mixes

A rich cup of hot chocolate can warm the coldest winter night and bring a smile on everyone’s face in the family. I love hot chocolate and it is probably the only dessert/drink where I indulge guilt free without wondering if healthy and fat free versions exist! Which is why, I am delighted to have stumbled upon these amazing hot chocolate mix recipes. They sound way better than the store brought versions, are easy to whip up and can be made ahead to store and use during the cold winter months. Check out two of my favorite recipes here, and share your favorite recipes via comments…

December 3, 2015
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Sparkle #157: Sample Thanksgiving Menu

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are spending time with family today and feeling grateful for all the blessings in your life. The Thanksgiving night dinner is typically a big affair and it can take weeks of preparation to get the menu right. There is no dearth of inspiration on the internet – a quick search for Thanksgiving recipes will give you plenty of options to choose from. If you are still planning your menu, check out some of my favorite recipes below. I can’t wait to try them all! Let’s start with this Roasted Sweet Potato Salad And this easy Cheese and Fruit Tray Now let’s…

November 26, 2015
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Sparkle #149: Decadent Hot Chocolate Recipes

We are wrapping up ‘welcome winter week‘ on the blog today, and what better way to do so than a food post? Food and winter go hand in hand, so this category was a natural pick for today’s post. What is that one recipe or food group which you associate very closely with the winter season? For me, nothing says winter better than a steaming cup of hot, creamy, decadent chocolate. Chocolate is God’s own food, but it really comes into it’s own during the winter season. Hot chocolate is the perfect way to fuel up for the holiday season, and it…

November 5, 2015
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Fall Decor at My Sister’s House in Virginia

I am very lucky to have two extremely creative sisters in my life. The elder one is the queen of innovative DIYs and decor while the younger one’s talent lies in baking goods of all kinds – from the healthy to the sinful. Somehow, winter and the festive season brings out the best in both of them. This weekend, my little sister made this amazing coffee cake which perfectly complimented my morning mocha. And my elder sister welcomed Fall and Halloween with quirky owl and pumpkin themed decor. My sister has really upped her DIY game over the past one year. What I love about her decor is that…

November 1, 2015