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Holiday Party-Hardy!

No, not this Hardy.

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Or even these Hardys…

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But the hardy that goes with party! Its that season & here’s a few links with themes & ideas to celebrating the Yuletide right.

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Manly Parties

HGTV Worthy Parties

Frugal Bells, Frugal Bells

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First Friday Denton Edition

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One of my favorite small towns ever (& the best in America) we host a first Friday art-tastic event each month. Pictured above is the shops participating on W Oak. If you stop by SCRAP they’ll have samples of Armadillo Ale works, Denton’s own micro brews. Get free sangria & nibble sized square delectables at Denton Square Donuts upstairs & peruse art while listening to live must at Creative Art Studio. Walk the square, open late, for all Christmas goodies & cheer! Don’t forget to Shop Small this season!

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Painting that does not Require Patience –

But is better off with Patience!

My friend & I tried somewhere new last week. While I wish I had chosen a better day for me (blood donors can not drink for 24 hours!) I still enjoyed the experience.
Groupon as I have said before makes me so happy. There was awhile back a Groupon for paint n sip in my town, so naturally I had to buy it! It was a twofer special & I knew exactly which friend I wanted to bring. Our schedules were at odds until the last day possible (pretty much the story of my life) & so the date was set for a Tuesday. I had sangria chilling & visions of blue paint daubs floating overhead that morning. Then I donated blood, which I do not regret but wish I had thought through, and the chilled bottle of sangria flew out of the figurative window. So did my boxing workout sadly enough. (Another Thursday post there.)

We went to our painting studio snugly tucked down one of our many one way streets. The owner & shop namesake Patience, introduced herself & let us choose our work stations. If you have never attended a paint n drink place (e.g. G’nosh, Painting with a Twist, Tipsy Doodles etc) let me give a brief sketch of the layout: You pay for a two-three hour class that includes paint, smock, canvas, tutelage, brushes & bottle opener. They then show you step by step how to achieve something you can hang with pride & joy & happy tree-lessness.  While your teacher is not guaranteed to have a qualifying fro, they will be able to help you succeed. Plus, the more you drink, the awesomer you are!

Patience taught us how to make our seas roll in & our beach chairs bright while her husband got us fresh rinsing chairs & more paint.

An enjoyable session & it had my friend thinking of ladies night dé arte in the near future. If you think this would be great fun for you & your friends, I suggest you look for paint n sips near you!

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Painting With Patience

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Creaky, Spooky, ooky

So, I have been sister sitting this weekend, nothing new, done it before. This house is my great grandparents house & built in the early 50s. It creaks. Sometimes a lot. Did I mention it’s off a major highway in the woods? I know of seven animal groups that like to hide around the house. Armadillos, massive raccoons, deer, dogs, hens, sheep, vicious things I don’t want to know about… & odd people I don’t trust. So when things go bump in the night & the dog goes on alert & you’re figuring out where each knife & lock are located you taste a little adrenaline mixed with fear. But thankfully this verse appeared in my mind as I double checked the locks.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NIV84)

Isn’t he just great for when things go bump?

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Free! Free! Free! (Concerts all weekend long!)

If you’re curious as to what I’m talking about then you might not be from the Dallas area. The largest free music festival I know of (Part of 35 Denton costs) hosted in a large city park with multiple venues at once is once again this weekend!
Starting Friday the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival unravels a slewof activities, booths, games, food, artists, sculptures, & of course musicians! The only thing not allowed sadly is Fido, so please leave Fido, Fluffy, & Mr. Tiddlywinks in your a/c’d house. Their festival is around the corner in June at the Dog Days of Denton.

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Live near Dart trains? Buy a regional pass & sail on up here, get off on the last DCTA stop & walk 3 blocks (or hop a bus if they’re running). Located in Quakertown Park, it’s snuggled up behind the City Hall, Senior Citizen Center, City Pool & Community City on Bell/McKinney intersection. Parking is limited so get there early or prepare for neighborhood parking options! If you need a new rug, a garden doodad, unique coffee coasters or just a finishing piece for your art collection you’ll find it here. It is a Mecca to the musically inclined & artsy alike. Kids can bang on real drums & not your good pots & pans at a kid’s magic booth (the magic being that it wears your kids out!) Or stop by a sizzling food booth spouting local cuisine. You’ll find something for everyone because two buildings filled with woodwork, grandma’s quilts, charcoal sketches done on site, framed pictures of velvet Elvis, fairy fantasies, natural nature or microwaveable potato socks meets even the pickiest gift shopper. Bring your cash & card & prepare to complete your Christmas shopping in advance!

Headliners are as follows:

Lee Ritenour Friday 9:00 Jazz Stage

Los Lonely Boys Saturday 9:00 Jazz Stage

Brave Combo Sunday 7:00 Jazz Stage

Honorable Mention: Denton Hand bell Choir Preforms Sunday at 1. This group of adults are a joy to hear & they use their talents to make many others happy in nursing homes & more. Please look them up while you’re there!

For more information visit Denton Arts & Jazz

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What the Wookie?!

Here’s photos (& recipes) from this weekend’s Star Wars themed fun.
I found a font online to download for free! Star Jedi

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Chilled Tauntaun Salad (chicken salad)
1 1/2 lb chicken boneless skinless
Poultry seasoning
4 fresh Basil leaves
3 Tbsp dill relish
1 tsp granulated garlic
1/4 c mayo

Bring a large stock pot of water to boil. Salt & add basil. Add chicken, poultry seasoning & boil til white through. Drain, (save for broth if you like) and shred chicken with two forks. Add dill & mayo, stir till thoroughly mixed. If too dry add more mayo. Add garlic & blend. Chill over night. Serve with Alderaan suns (round crackers). Sub miracle whip if you like. Add more mayo for a dip like quality.

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Wookie Fingers (chocolate no bake cookies)
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 c sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 milk
3 c oats
1/2 peanut butter
1 tap vanilla
Peanut halves for decoration

Bring cocoa, sugar, butter, milk to a rolling boil for 2 minutes exactly. Take off heat, add oats, peanut butter & vanilla. Stir to blend completely. On wax paper drop ‘dough’ by teaspoonfuls in thin strips. Use all ‘dough’. Before cooling place peanut halves on tips of cookies. Cool & serve.

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Lightsabers (dipped pretzel rods)
40-50 long pretzel rods
4-5 cubes white almond bark
1 tsp oil
Sprinkles or food dye

Melt bark & oil over low in a double boiler. Stir until smooth. (You can microwave in 30 sec intervals but it’s grittier.) Remove from heat & coat pretzels 3/4. Tap tip in pan to shake off extra bark. Coat in sprinkles of light saber colors & cool on wax paper. Space evenly. If bark hardens rewarm on low until smooth. If dyeing blend color after removed from heat, dip & sprinkle.

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Thanks to all who made it out & celebrated Lucas’ only good Star Wars films!

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In a galaxy far far away… we ate food

Who started playing the Star Wars opening theme in their heads? I did, but that was purposeful. I’m needing to be Star Wars ready!

This weekend I will host the first Star Wars viewing party of my life. I know, I know what took me so long right? I’ve always loved hosting themed movie nights, but I’ve mainly hosted Christmas nights in December with hot cocoa, cider & cookies or Christmas nights in July with frozen hot chocolate, slushy cider & Arctic cookies. (Can you see the running theme??)

I’m breaking my mold like Leia breaking Han Solo out of Jabba’s statue collection. (See what I did there?) This weekend we’ll have edible lightsabers, chilled tauntaun salad with alderaan moons, Wookie fingers (a delicacy for sure), mini death stars and more. I’ve found that hosting themed parties can be fun, busy, & demanding. Best way to combat fatigue is to have other party goers bring items but not tell them the party names of the items requested. Follow the below steps to a happy party:
Step 1. Admit you can’t do it all by yourself.
Step 2. Plan the function with reasonable amount of time. Brainstorm food possibilities. Some people love pintrest, others Googling themed parties. I just like testing my own creativeness.
Step 3. Decide on guest list & remember that most likely half will not attend. Either mail invites, use a site like evite.com, or social media such as Facebook.
Step 4. Request items from your guests. If need be specific items from specific people. Most guests are willing to assist with costs & materials since you offered to host.
Step 5. Prep the party. Decide what items you can make or decorate in advance. My tauntaun salad will be made Friday along with my lightsabers but the Wookie fingers can wait until Saturday morning.
Step 6. If you’re not naturally spic and span clean, count in cleaning time during the week to avoid last minute dusting.
Step 7. Day of party. Start early & start ready. Have a real breakfast; so many hosts are too busy hosting to eat! Take the time to refuel.
Step 8. Welcome guests, set up the movie snack on the food & relax. Using paper products helps with clean up & those who don’t bring food usually will help pick up afterwards.

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