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Spring Festivals In Arizona!

Springtime is coming which means calendars will be filled with tons of outdoor events! The Phoenix area is a great place for a variety of interests and no matter who you are, you’ll be able to find some way to entertain yourself! Below you’ll find an event going on for each month this Spring that’s sure to provide fun for all. March 3/3-3/5 You don’t have to go far to find a musical festival around here. While it may not be Coachella, Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo, we think McDowell Mountain Music Festival is still pretty far up there. What makes this one stand out above the rest is that it’s 100% nonprofit. Flume, Grouplove and The Shins are just a few of the many artists that will be performing there.   April 3/31-4/2 Art, music, food, beer. What else could you ask for on a beautiful weekend day? Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts has all that in one area. The 40th annual festival will showcase over 300 artists from around the country. You’ll also be able to check out local restaurants, breweries and shops. So much to do in just a few days!   May 5/13-5/14 At Creative Hands we love to use Schnepf Farm’s peaches in some of our favorite recipes. We’re already dreaming about the amazing peaches we’ll be able to eat at their Annual Peach Festival! Peach flavored foods, peach flavored drinks, peach flavored sweets, peach themed crafts, ALL THINGS PEACH. While taking a break from the eating part (which you may never want to do) they’ll also be hay rides, live music train rides and...

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Love is in the Air!

It’s almost February, the month of love and couples and good sweets and heart shaped things and pink and red! For some, Febuary 14th is an exciting day for love and for others it’s a great excuse to indulge in foil wrapped Dove chocolates and cocktails. Either way some type of food or other Valentine’s Day themed things are somehow coordinated into the day.   Whether you’re attending a Valentine’s Day party, preparing a romantic dinner for a date or drowning in sweets and drinks here’s a little LOVEly inspiration for your February 14th wherever it may be.   Brownies and cheesecake are divine sweets but mixing the two together is simply genius. All you have to do for these Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies is make the brownie layer and add the cheesecake layer on top and that’s it! But if you want a little bit more detailed recipe keep scrolling.   – Here’s what you’ll need – For the brownie layer:                                                                     ½ cup unsalted butter, softened ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder ¼ teaspoon salt For the raspberry cheesecake layer: 8 ounces cream cheese, softened ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt 2 large eggs ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup raspberries, lightly mashed Cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar with electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix again until combined. Add flour, cocoa powder and salt and mix until combined. Spread brownie batter in 8×8 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper and set aside. Make the cheesecake layer. With electric mixer, whip the cream cheese, Greek yogurt and eggs. Add sugar, flour and vanilla and mix until combined. Fold in the raspberries. Spread cheesecake mixture on top of the brownie batter. Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool for an hour and chill for 2-3 hours before cutting the bars into squares. After those amazing cheesecake brownies you’ll probably need something to wash them down. Next up, raspberry pink champagne floats. This recipe only makes one so if you plan on sharing (or drinking a few yourself) you’ll have to double or triple the recipe!                                                   – Here’s what you’ll need –                                                   2-3 scoops raspberry sorbet 1 cup pink champagne Fresh raspberries or other berries for garnish – Place scoops of sorbet in large wine glass – Pour champagne over sorbet – Top with berries – Eat with a spoon or sip with a straw!           If you’re planning to host a party this Valentine’s Day you probably already...

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It’s Super Bowl Season!

It’s that time again, time to get together with family and friends to root on your favorite team. The 51st Super Bowl is less than two weeks away and if you need some snack-spiration you’ve come to the right place! We have some great team themed recipes to spice up your Super Bowl party and delight your Patriots fans and Falcons fans. Super Bowl parties are notorious for the amount of fun snack food and football themed appetizers. We have just a couple of our favorite h’ors d’oeurves, desserts, and drinks that we’re sure your guests will adore. Dips are a crowd favorite, but it seems that every tailgate or Super Bowl party has the same boring dips, here’s an idea if you want to “beef” up a traditional queso. Here’s what you’ll need: 8oz of ground beef 2 tbsp of fresh Cilantro 1/4 cup of canned green chilies 1/2 cup of canned tomatoes 1/4 cup of salsa verde 1/2 tsp of chili powder 1 tsp Emerils essence creole seasoning 1 tsp kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp of olive oil 1/2 tsp of cumin 1/2 cup of Monterey jack cheese 8oz of Velveeta Cook the beef first, set aside, melt the cheese, and add everything together and your queso will be done in 15 minutes! Your guests won’t be able to resist this decadent dip that you can scoop with any chip. If your guests are looking for something a bit lighter try making lobster rolls. This is a great alternative to the usual hamburgers and hot dogs that you see at every large event. These lobster rolls are also a healthy option when you’re surrounded by the usual unhealthy Super Bowl food. Here’s what you’ll need: Lobster meat Greek yogurt Mayonnaise Finely chopped celery Sea salt Boston lettuce Tomatoes Uncured bacon Depending on the size of your party you may need more or less of the yogurt/ mayonnaise base. Use half Greek yogurt and half mayonnaise. Chop the lobster meat into small easy to eat pieces along with the celery with a pinch of sea salt. You can either wrap this delectable lobster roll with lettuce or warm Texas toast, tomato and bacon are optional. Garnish with lemon or garlic salt. This is a dish New England fans are sure to love! We know that preparing for any party, let alone a Super Bowl party can be stressful for the host. We have found the perfect football themed dessert that is delicious and easy to make! These Chocolate Peanut butter Footballs can be made a couple days prior to the party, which makes it an even more desirable dessert. Go ahead, do your touchdown...

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Football Season Fun!

This upcoming Thursday kicks off the 2016 NFL Football season, and we couldn’t be more excited! Game days are the perfect time to get together with your friends and family to cheer on your favorite team. If you want some delicious inspiration for your next football party or tailgate, then read on! Throwing football-themed parties or tailgates can be so simple, yet so much fun; all you need is a great drink and some yummy snacks to make it a blast! We’ll show you some of our favorite recipes for a little bit of game day inspiration. Having your guests all eating dip out of one bowl can be messy and everyone can get congested around the bowl (and HELLO double-dippers, we see you). Single serve chips and dip cups are so easy to assemble, you can do so many variations of them, and your guests are free to grab a cup and mingle or watch the game without having to keep returning to the crowded dip bowl. Our favorite variation is so simple: just choose your favorite guacamole recipe and place it in individual cups, place a few tortilla chips into the cup, and you’re set to go! Skewers are another appetizer that is so easy and versatile and can be eaten straight off of the grill. All you need is meat and veggies that are cut up into bite sized pieces, season them with your favorite spice blend, thread onto a wooden skewer and pop them on the grill. We’ve chosen salmon skewers with red onion and multi-colored bell peppers that create a skewer that is sure to wow your guests. If you’re looking to stay on the lighter side and add some football spirit to your menu, we’re loving how adorable these chocolate covered strawberries are! Simply dip the fruit into some melted milk chocolate and then pipe on football stitching in white chocolate to make an easy desert that looks so great. Lastly, you can’t watch football without a drink in your hand! The classic ice chest full of beer is always a hit, however our recipe for caramel apple sangria is sure to impress. Simply mix together one gallon jug of apple cider, one bottle of pinot grigio (or any white wine you prefer), one cup of caramel vodka, then top it with some cubed apples!...

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Cool Down With These Refreshing Beverages!

Refreshing Beverages That Will Help You Keep Cool This Summer It’s going to be a HOT one this weekend, so we wanted to share a couple quick recipes to keep you cool! Pinot Slushies A perfect beverage to cool you off during cocktail hour Ingredients 4 oz. Pinot Grigio, chilled 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier 3 frozen orange juice cubes 4 frozen pineapple juice cubes Directions Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on the lowest setting for couple of seconds. Just until the ice cubes are broken up. Pour into a chilled glass. Serve immediately Orange Creamsicle Float Both you and the kids can enjoy by the pool! Ingredients 2 small scoops of good quality vanilla ice cream Good quality orange soda Whipped Cream Instructions Place the scoops of ice cream in a tall glass and fill the glass with the orange soda. Top with whipped cream and serve...

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