Started by Tara McConnell in Kitchen & Food Talk, Recipe Swap, Temp-tations
These cupcakes look so cute as a centerpiece on a holiday table. And with two different flavors of nests, guests get to choose their favorite!
1 box vanilla or yellow butter cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 can vanilla frosting
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Nests:
1 (12-ounce) bag of chow mein noodles
1 (12-ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (12-ounce) bag peanut butter chips
Cadbury mini eggs, Whoppers mini robin eggs or jelly beans
1 (14-ounce) bag flaked coconut
Cadbury mini eggs, Who... Continue Reading
Last Reply by 4girlzmom 1GB | Started by Tara McConnell in Kitchen & Food Talk, Temp-tations, For the Home Talk
Maybe it’s the promise of sunshine in the air. Maybe it’s the glimpses of green peeking out of the thawing earth. Maybe it’s just the fact that I’ll forever be a kid at heart. But when I think of springtime entertaining, I just want to PLAY!
And the holiday table is my playground Because I’m never just serving up food. I’m sharing love and laughter with the people who mean the most to me. And I want them to look forward to sitting down at my table as a chance to relax, unwind, enjoy…and play! So here are my top 5 tips to keep your Easter and Pa... Continue Reading
Last Reply by annie1 | Started by Tara McConnell in Kitchen & Food Talk, Recipe Swap, Temp-tations
I have a confession to make. You know those people who break out the spring wardrobe at the first hint of warmth in the air? Yep, I’m one of them. Especially after THIS winter! I have all my favorite sandals lined up and ready to go! (OK, I may be shivering, but at least I’m shivering in style!)
The same thing goes on in my kitchen. After a long winter of bubbling casseroles and delicious stews that simmer for hours, I just can’t wait to switch things up a bit. Especially because some of my favorite springtime recipes are so incredibly easy, fresh and fun.
And that’... Continue Reading
Last Reply by caroleluvnqvc | Started by Tara McConnell in Recipe Swap, Temp-tations, Among Friends
You know I’m all about any holiday that gives me an excuse to whip up a batch of something totally scrumptious. And Valentine’s Day is no exception. But you might be surprised what’s on my menu for the day…Scotch Hash!
What…You were expecting some kind of chocolate-covered decadence? Of course, I always celebrate the big day with something sweet, too. But here’s the scoop on why Scotch Hash ranks as the most romantic meal on record in my book.
When my mom was just a cute, little 12-going-on-13-year-old girl, she spent her summer at White Lake Covenanter ... Continue Reading
Last Reply by cookie5523 | Started by Tara McConnell in Kitchen & Food Talk, Temp-tations
Here in PA lately, the snow just won’t let up. But a little winter weather can’t stop us! It’s a special week here at Temp-tations, with tons of upcoming shows. That means a lot of extra excitement in the air. So, move over, polar vortex. We’ve got work to do!
But, really, how can I call it work? Temp-tations has always been a labor of love for me. It’s about my mom and the memories we share together. It’s about you and giving you a way to really connect with those you love. And when I hear just how much you love Temp-tations, too, it just makes me want t... Continue Reading
Last Reply by How about frig you | Started by Tara McConnell in Kitchen & Food Talk, Temp-tations, Hosts & Personalities
You may have heard somewhere (yes…I’m looking at you, DAVID!) that it’s my birthday today. And it’s a big one! Forty fabulous years. But you won’t find me worrying about the number. The bigger the number, the bigger the party, right? AND the bigger the cake.
But milestone birthdays do make you stop and think, don’t they? Like recently, when someone said to me, “You’re handling this whole 40 thing much better than I did.” And it really surprised me. Because I really and truly do believe birthdays are something to celebrate, no matter wh... Continue Reading
Last Reply by thumtack | Started by Tara McConnell in Kitchen & Food Talk, Recipe Swap, Temp-tations
You know me. I am ALL about the comfort food! And more so than ever this time of year, when the ice and snow make me just want to curl up with something ooey-gooey and delicious. Mac and Cheese was invented for this time of year, don’t you agree?
But there comes a time – usually a week or two after all that holiday feasting - when my clothes start feeling a little more snug than they used to. And there’s nothing comfortable about that!
Add QVC’s Cook Event on top of that – with all my recipes to test (and sample) – and I might as well throw in the towel!
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Last Reply by hippie | Started by Tara McConnell in Kitchen & Food Talk, Temp-tations, Among Friends
Happy almost 2014, Nistas! We did it! I can’t believe all the pictures you’ve shared over the past week…Amazing photos of your families, your holiday tables, your yummy Christmas morning traditions. I feel so lucky. Like I was right there celebrating with you!
Now that the Christmas presents and parties are all done, I’m finally taking a moment to cozy up in front of my Christmas tree (in the glow of my magical Bliss lights…still obsessed!) to look back at what made 2013 so special. Because the only resolution I’m making for 2014 is to spend more time on ... Continue Reading
Last Reply by grandma of ty | Started by Tara McConnell in Kitchen & Food Talk, Recipe Swap, Temp-tations
Not even the Grinch himself could resist these adorable (and healthier) holiday Grinch Kabobs!
Now, let me be clear. I LOVE this time of year. The parties, the feasting, the cookie swaps…everything is all so unbelievably enticing and delicious.
But every gathering comes with some pretty tough choices. The Gingerbread Brownies or the Almond Bark? The Eggnog or my mom’s Overnight French Toast Casserole for Christmas morning? Decisions, decisions…what’s a famished foodie to do? And the toughest call of all…exactly how early do I need to set my alarm so I c... Continue Reading
Started by Tara McConnell in Temp-tations, Gift Tip Blogs, Holiday Advice
We’ve all been there: jumping into the holiday season with a calendar full of fabulous hang-outs, brunches and parties; wracking our brains for just the right hostess gift.
Now is the perfect time to plan ahead. Of course, you can never go wrong with a bottle of wine. But I’m a sucker for a hostess gift that shows I went the extra mile and added a personal touch with one particular hostess in mind.
This tradition (okay…obsession) started for me years and years ago. I was giving a dinner party, and though it wasn’t my very first, I was still a little nervous. My close... Continue Reading