Super Bowl Party Popcorn


It’s officially Friday and we’re now just two days away from the most exciting night in football…not that I’m counting or anything. Do you have big plans for the Super Bowl? Mine are actually pretty low key. I’ll be hosting a small group at my home but I still have plenty of prep work ahead, so my goal is to keep the menu fairly simple. This can sometimes (or all the time) be pretty difficult for me, considering that I’m not really a simple gal, but I’m relying on many of the recipes I created at last year’s Super Bowl celebration, which will definitely make things much easier on me.

Since I’m from the PNW and a serious Seahawks fan, I want to be able to make ahead as much as possible, so I’m able to relax and actually enjoy watching the game come kickoff.  If you can relate and are looking for last minute treat and snack ideas for Sunday, I have you covered with this simple party popcorn recipe.

All you need is a few quick ingredients and M&Ms in shades of your favorite team’s colors. Warning….this will require some color sorting, but it’s totally worth doing to achieve a team themed look! If you have kids at home, sorting is a really fun job for them to take part in.

I cannot forget to mention the DIY miniature footballs. Seriously how adorbs right?! They literally take seconds to make and although tiny, they add so much festive fun to recipe and a taste that’s touchdown worthy!

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

Super Bowl Party Popcorn

Sweet and salty popcorn mix made with coconut oil, almond butter, M&Ms mixed nuts and pretzels. perfect party food and for celebrating your favorite team during Super Bowl Sunday! Go Hawks!!

Ingredients/Supplies

Popcorn Popper (I own one and love it but you can also make your popcorn on the stove or in the microwave.)

1/2 organic popcorn kernels

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tbsp orgnaic smooth almond or peanut butter (I use Trader Joes brand)

3/4 pretzel bites (TJ’s pretzel sesame squares were used in this recipe, but any pretzel will do)

3/4 cups mixed nuts

1 medium sized bag of regular chocolate M&Ms sorted (colors blue, green and brown for the Seahawks)

mini paper serving cups

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Make popcorn in popcorn maker. While popping melt your coconut oil in the microwave, or on the stove for 30 seconds. Once melted, add in your almond or peanut butter to the oil and stir until completely blended.

Mix together popped popcorn and mixed nuts until fully incorporated.

Pour oil/butter mixture over the top of your cooked popcorn and mixed nuts. Stir well until coated.

Add in pretzels and stir to incorporate.

Set aside for 30 minutes so the popcorn mix has time to set, then add your colored chocolate M&Ms.

While your popcorn is setting, you can make your mini footballs. Instructions below!

Serve your party popcorn in individual containers for your guests.

Grab and enjoy!

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

DIY Mini Footballs

Mini chocolate footballs made using brown peanut M&Ms and piped white chocolate for the laces.

1 oz white chocolate

sorted brown peanut or almond M&Ms

sheet of parchment paper

1 ziplock bag

Instructions

Place all sorted brown peanut or almond M&Ms on a sheet of parchment paper (M side down).

Place your white chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted.

Pour melted white chocolate into a ziplock bag and snip the tip. Make sure that the tip is small enough to create a thin line on each M&M.

Holding your hand steady, pipe one straight line down the center of each peanut M&M.

Complete the look of the football laces by piping 3 crossed lines over the straight center line.

Allow 1 hour to dry.

Once M&M footballs have dried, place one to two in each individual container of party popcorn for a winning finishing touch!

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Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

So honored to watch our hawks play again this Sunday! Their energy is truly incredible and I can’t wait to see them on the field! I’d love to hear what your plans are for Super Bowl Sunday and I hope you give this recipe a try.

Happy Friday and GO hawks!!

Much more to share soon.

xo

This specific recipe for Super Bowl Party Popcorn was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Cherry & Coconut Dark Chocolate Cups (V)

Hoping you all had a fabulous weekend! I’m finally feeling better and now that I am, I’m realizing that I’m a little far behind. Seriously! I cannot believe that January is almost over. Of course that means Valentine’s Day is near, so I’m wasting no time jumping in to the themed posts and breaking out the dark chocolate. Yes today’s post is all about dark chocolate and some other delightful fruit pairings to go along with it. Dark chocolate candy cups, with pink fruit filling to be exact. I really don’t think it gets more hearts day appropriate or fitting than that…but for a few extra Valentine’s day points, all the ingredients in today’s post are all natural and free of gluten and dairy, making these chocolate delights a perfect any time treat, even great for sweet gifting as the holiday approaches.

Tuesday is looking better already!

<3

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Cherry & Coconut Dark Chocolate Cups (V)

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Homemade candy cups made completely free of dairy and gluten, with a crisp dark chocolate outer shell and a tart and creamy coconut cherry filling for Valentine’s Day or any day. 

Ingredients/Supplies

4 oz premium dark chocolate

1/3 cup organic cherry preserves

1 cup shredded flaked coconut

1 tbsp almond milk

20 mini paper cups

1 piping or ziplock bag

blender or food processor

Treat bags and washi tape

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Arrange your 20 mini paper candy cups on a tray.

Blend together cherry preserves, coconut and almond milk until a thick paste forms.

Place your dark chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Heat in 30 second intervals or over the stove until completely melted.

Pour chocolate into the ziplock/piping bag.

Fill the bottom of each candy cup with melted chocolate.

With your hand, pick up each chocolate filled paper cup and drop it lightly on a solid surface to distribute the chocolate evenly. Repeat this step for each candy cup.

Take 1 tsp of cherry coconut filling and form into a small ball using your fingers.

Place each cherry coconut formed round into the center of the chocolate bottomed candy cup leaving space around each side. Repeat this step for each piece of candy.

Pipe chocolate over the top of each candy cup until filling is completely covered.

Again pick up each cup and drop it lightly on a solid surface to evenly distribute chocolate.

Repeat this step for each piece of candy making sure no filling is showing.

Place in the fridge and chill for 1 hour.

Once chilled, these are ready to enjoy!

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Since I’m loving gold and metallics so much these days, I quickly decorated white treat bags with a tiny gold, silver and bronze hearts. Placed two candy cups in each little bag, and then finished them off with a piece of pink chevron washi tape. Such a cute and simple way to dress up ordinary bags for hearts day gifting.

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Have a lovely Tuesday!

I’ll have a Super Bowl XLIX related post to share here later this week!

Thanks for reading.

xo

This specific recipe for Cherry & Coconut Dark Chocolate Cups was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Fresh blooms

I can’t believe another Friday is here! Somehow I managed to pick up another flu bug so my regularly planned post for this week has been postponed, but staring at these beauties all week has been helping me keep my spirits high.
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I can’t tell you how much I love flowers and I can’t think of one thing that brightens my days more than fresh blooms especially when I’m under the weather. These tulips in shades of hot pink are helping me think ahead to Spring and reminding me that’s there’s only a few more months of Winter and hopefully only a few more sick days ahead. That is something worth looking forward and a such a lovely way to start off the weekend!

Oh and one more thing…I couldn’t post here without mentioning quickly how proud I am of our seahawks!! That miraculous win against Green bay in OT still has me excited! What a pleasure it is to watch our hawks play and as a long-time fan, such an honor to witness that moving and emotional victory. One of the best playoff moments in the history of the game. Can’t wait to see them in action in Super Bowl 49!

I hope you enjoy these pretty tulips as much as I am. I plan to have some Super Bowl and Valentines related posts coming soon! Until then you can find me on Instagram.

Have a lovely weekend!
xo

Melon & Mint Margaritas

 The weekend is here, the Seahawks beat the Panthers last Sunday and I just recently finished 2nd place in my all girls fantasy football league. That means there’s much to celebrate over the next few days and I’m looking forward to every moment of it! Now tell me, do you love football as much as I do? If so, who’s your team and who will you be cheering for this weekend? Since I’m a Washington gal it’s the Seahawks all day for me! I’m so thrilled that they made it to the NFC Championship game and one step closer to the Superbowl, as predicted!

Since today is “blue friday” (a day designated by our Mayor to honor our team by wearing hawk colors,)  I’m showing some love to the hawks by sporting my ultra glittery football nails, and concocting a new bevvy inspired by the Seahawks and the 12th Man (aka the Seahawks fans). A light and refreshing homemade Melon & Mint Margarita, finished with blue paper straws from the Posh Shop, and a festive 12th Man flag. Color inspiration blue and green.

celebrate. defeat. rePete!

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

Melon & Mint Margaritas (12th Man)

Honeydew melon paired with tart lime, mint leaves, patron and cointreau. Refreshing, and lightly sweetened with no added sweeteners. Party perfect with rePete’s necessary!

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies:

2 cups fresh honeydew melon, cut into chunks or removed with a melon baller if you’re fancy like that.

1.5 ounces (1.5 shots) fresh squeezed lime juice

2 ounces (or 2 shots) premium tequila

4-6 mint leaves

a splash of cointreau

lime wedges for garnish

sea salt for the rim

Navy paper straws

12th Man flags (I simply made mine in photoshop using creating rectangles in Seahawk blue and adding the #12).

tape

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Place 2 cups of melon into the freezer and allow to chill for an hour

Once chilled and frozen, place in a blender with the next 4 ingredients.

Blend together until smooth.

While blending, rim each glass with the wedge of lime and dip into sea-salt.

Pour your blended margarita into each glass and garnish with lime.

For the paper straw flags, simply print your flags and cut them out, then wrap 1 piece of tape around the straw, leaving enough of an edge to adhere each 12th Man flag.

Place 1 in each melon margarita and enjoy!

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

This is a super simple and delish beverage option for your football parties this sunday. These could also be made for other teams by changing the fruit and paper straws, but I’m a hawks fan so I’m not even gonna go there.

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

Is it Sunday yet?!

Go Hawks!

Cheers and thanks as always for reading!

Nail color: Essie’s Lots of Lux + white decorating art pen for details.

This specific recipe for Melon & Mint Margaritas (12th Man) was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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TGIF + Eggnog French Macarons

Celebrating the fact that Friday has arrived with a warm mug of tea and sweet macarons, because well, it’s just been one of those weeks. An extra long one to be honest, so I’m looking forward to the weekend ahead and kicking it off with a few of my favorite little things.

It truly is all the little things that I love to get lost in, even if only for a few moments, until it’s back to business as usual.  Little things like this gold monogram mug from Anthropologie which is perfect for holding my oversized serving of decaf chai (with extra almond milk.) The Little book of Chanel from Zgallerie, and some delightful homemade Eggnog Macarons, which I pulled from my frozen holiday stash!

TGIF + Eggnog Macarons | Posh Little Designs

The recipe for the Eggnog Macarons was found on South each Primal and I’m super thrilled about it! The instructions are simple and straight forward with measurements already converted, for those of us who don’t already own scales (like myself). If you’re still learning the ins and outs of French Macarons (like myself),  I would highly reccommend this recipe! I will admit, the more practice you have with the macarons, the less difficult they become, but I have to credit the recipe for the way they turned out. No cracks, good sized feet and a pretty circular shape too. So major!!

And for the filling…I swapped out the regular butter for vegan butter and eggnog for coconut milk eggnog to make them dairy free. Yes, I know they are eggnog macarons, and holidays are over but this recipe is so worth holding onto, or of course making and stashing away in your freezer as I have.

TGIF + Eggnog Macarons | Posh Little Designs

I’ve actually gotten into a habit stashing away macarons in the freezer since they pretty much happen to make everything better! Wouldn’t you agree?!

What’s your favorite way to celebrate the arrival of the weekend? Are you a football fan? I definitely am and I’m looking forward to watching the hawks beat the panthers Saturday evening! Yes, I gotta rep my city!! And if they win, I’ll plan some type of celebratory treat or beverage on the blog for their next playoff game.

TGIF!

 Thanks for reading friends!
xo

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Hello 2015

I hope you all had a fabulous end of year celebration! I’m spending my first Monday of 2015 working on business goals and brainstorming new ideas, and products for the blog and shop. It’s hard to believe I’m going into my 3rd year of blogging and 2nd year as an actual business. I remember when I first started and I hadn’t a clue what I was doing. Looking back I do feel like there’s been plenty of growth, but I’d like to spend time in 2015 working on enhancing my photography and styling, learning more about SEO and creating a new line of products! How about you? What business goals and plans are you focusing on for the 2015? I’d love to hear them!

Unfortunately I’m still recovering from a flu virus that I caught over Christmas. It’s been a pretty rough 10 days to say the least. My oldest came down with the illness on Christmas eve with a high fever that kept her up most of the night. Certainly not the best way to spend the holiday, but I’m glad it’s nearly over! I was actually sick most of the month of December, so many of my plans for the blog and shop have been put on hold. Because of that, there’s much for me to prepare for in the year ahead. Staying on top of my health and getting more rest is a top priority! I need to build my immune system so I can be the best version of myself for my family and business and I’m starting that today with a simple detox green smoothie, as I journal my goals.

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I’ve blended a mix of power greens, cucumber, banana, lemon, ginger, chia seeds and almond milk hoping to ward off the remnants 2014’s illnesses. All of these ingredients are rich vitamins A, C & K, potassium and antioxidants to build immunity, detox the body, help with disease protection and cold and flu prevention. Exactly what I need! In addition to all the immunity boosts of the ingredients, the banana adds a touch of natural sweetness to this smoothie that I’m so loving right now! I can also taste the ginger and lemon with a subtle hint of greens.

Detox Smoothie | Posh Little Designs

Detox Smoothie | Posh Little Designs

Green Detox Smoothie

Ingredients/Supplies

1 cup power greens (baby kale and spinach mix)

1 small peeled banana cut into large chunks

1/3 cup cucumber with peel cut into chunks

juice from 1/2 a lemon

2 inch piece of ginger peeled and cut into pieces

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 cup almond milk

1/2 cup ice cubes

a few thinly sliced cucumbers for garnish

blender or magic bullet

Instructions

Soak chia seeds in 1/4 cup almond milk for 5-10 minutes, allowing them to expand in size.

Pour soaked chia seeds into blender with the remaining ingredients.

Blend on high until smooth.

Pour in a pretty glass, garnish with a few thin slices of cucumber (optional) and enjoy!

Detox Smoothie | Posh Little Designs

I plan to drink these green smoothies all week, and with much-needed rest I know I’ll be back to myself in no time. If you’re feeling under the weather you’ll surely enjoy this boost to kickoff the first work week of the new year!

Detox Smoothie | Posh Little Designs

I’m looking forward to sharing with you all many of the ideas that I’ve come up with for the blog and shop in 2015! Please check back soon for more and as always, thank you for reading!

xo

This specific recipe for Green Detox Smoothie was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2012-2015.

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Farewell 2014 + Frozen Berries & Champagne

Raising a glass to 2014 as the year comes to a close. There were so many highlights and bright moments I experienced and I’m incredibly grateful for them all! Thank you to all of you for your continued support of Posh Little Designs! All of my lovely friends and peers in the blogging community, my customers and those I’ve had the honor of meeting and getting to know thru social networks. I have nothing but happiness in my heart for each and every one of you!
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I am so looking forward to all that 2015 has to offer, but what we’ve created in 2014 is completely worth celebrating!

Cue the champagne!

literally!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

I can’t think of a more fitting time to share this quick and simple champagne cocktail with you guys. Complete with fresh fruit, blended and frozen into cubes for an easy and last-minute beverage, if you will be hosting a little NYE party this evening. This recipe will take just a few minutes to make and serves as a nice alternative to champagne by itself.

I hope you enjoy!

Frozen Berries & Champagne

Ingredients/Supplies

1 ice-cube tray

Champagne glasses or coupes

1 bottle of your favorite bubbles ( I chose Sofia Blanc de Blancs mini’s because they’re pretty, pink and I had them on hand)

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries and strawberries (or fruit of your choice)

2 tbsp organic fruit juice

strainer

saran wrap

blender

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Instructions:

Blend fruit with organic fruit juice of your choice until liquified.

Pour blended fruit through a strainer to catch seeds.

Fill each cavity of your ice-cube tray with blended fruit mixture and cover with saran.

Place in the freezer for at least one hour or until completely frozen.

When ready to enjoy, remove the cubes from the tray and place 1-2 in each champagne glass.

Pour bubbles over top the frozen berry cubes and allow them to slowly melt into the champagne.

Then propose a toast!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

I have to admit, this post was actually supposed to be happening a few days ago, but unfortunately I have come down with the flu so I’ve been a little slow at getting it published. My New Years Eve plans for this evening have been canceled but I’m happy to be ringing in 2015 with one of these!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2015!

Cheers!

I’ll have much more to share here soon!

xoxo

Brandi

This specific recipe for Frozen Berries and Champagne was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.