Jac o' lyn Murphy

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Graduation Party Food - Celebrate your State

Cue the Pomp and Circumstance,
It's Graduation Season!
It's an exciting and joyous time where one chapter ends, and for many,
 a collegiate chapter begins.
Why not proudly wave your school's pennant flag and "celebrate the state" on the horizon? 

You can get corny for Iowa...

Go nuts for Georgia...

Say, "Hot Dog" for good times in New York...

Cheers to the Colorado home where the Buffalo Roam...

(it is called the Banquet Beer, after all,
and the colors are on point!)

Say, "Cheese" to Wisconsin...

Go Big Blue-berries...

and enjoy Michigan's favorite fruit...

Wave Aloha to Hawaii...

You say, "Potato", 
I say your party needs French Fries to honor Idaho's finest...

"Orange" you glad you'll get to visit your co-ed in Florida?
A big bowl of colorful citrus is a fun way to say, "see you later, to your Gater"...

Dare to "Mess with Texas"...

and kick it up by decorating with the Lone Star State's yellow roses...

I also love to commemorate the school with favors in the college colors.
Here we are not being "Cavaliler" as we honor the deep history of Virginias orange and blue...

and cupcakes are always a good idea, right?

Congrats to all the Grads, 

Friday, March 23, 2018

5+ Festive ways to use Chocolate Rabbits for Easter

It all started during Easter years ago.
My kids received so many adorable chocolate bunnies 
that I thought, 
there has to be something more to do with them besides nibble off the ears.
Bunny Milk became a fun tradition that we still look forward to.

It seems as though chocolate rabbits are multiplying more than ever.
The Easter aisles at every store are stocked with all shapes and sizes.
Here are a few more festively easy ways to celebrate with them.

Let's get the Easter Parade started!

Easter Bunny Bonnets

I dare you not to smile at these
fresh flower and succulent hats...

Simply use a skewer to make a stem-sized hole
and adorn with a tiny succulent...

or any other snippets from the garden.

They are the perfect touch of whimsy
for centerpiece or place setting.

Don't they look proud?!

On our Easter Menu...

Stuffed Rabbit - 2 ways

For a sweet surprise, 
make a hole in the back and fill with candy...

Or what my teenagers prefer...
Bunny Money

Rabbit Stew

All the fixings for a Spring stew make a silly hostess gift...

The ingredients include:
a pastel colander, filled with colorful tiny potatoes, fresh veggie seeds...

and one gorgeous dark chocolate rabbit.

For dessert we're serving...

Baked Rabbit (Bunny S'mores)

Small chocolate covered marshmallow bunnies...

are nestled in between graham crackers 
and baked at 350 degrees for 10 minutes...

I like mine well done!

And a decadent Chocolate Martini with a tiny bunny floater becomes a

Cheers Big Ears, 
Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Road Trip Gift - Spring Break Essentials

"Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road."
                                                                                                              -Jack Kerouac

What better gift can you give to yourself than a road trip?
Loading up the car, the open road, singing along with your favorite songs,
exploring new places, 
expanding your mind, learning life's lessons.
My daughter has big road trip plans in the coming months,
 so I'm giving her a few gifts to commemorate her adventures.

What you pack and what you pack it in is key.
You have to look cute, be colorful and comfortable and this shirt definitely fits the bill.
And we are all looking for an escape, right?
This bag says it all...

North, South, East or West?
GPS is great but a compass ring is so much cuter!

Road Trips are usually not equated with First Class travel
 but fueling up the car can get expensive.
A little gas money wrapped in a toy car adds to the whimsical adventure...

There is nothing better than rolling down the car windows 
and breathing in the clear air of the open road.  
Just in case the air inside the car becomes less than pleasant, 
festive and fragrant fresheners will come in handy...

Digital cameras are great but road trips are old school and the photos should be too.
Printing pictures on the road has never been so retro or instant...

Never stop exploring!

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