Chocolate Banana Bites

I’m not going to lie, the only reason I’m writing about this recipe is so I remember to make them again!  Definitely not an original idea, but boy is it a good one!

You need…

Large bananas (I used 3)

Chocolate Chips

Peanut Butter

Melt the chocolate and peanut butter together until creamy (use whatever proportions taste good to YOU!) I had some taste testing help :)

Cut the bananas into largish chunks, and dip into your chocolate mixture

Lay chunks on parchment paper and freeze.

I also made some, and put them in the fridge.  The chocolate was hard, but the bananas were just cold instead of frozen.  Your preference!

Snack and enjoy :)

Drink Coasters

I will never, ever, buy drink coasters again.

After spending $20 on cute monogrammed coasters, ruining them, and then going through 6 more of the cardboard kind (like the kind at outback steak house), I decided, never again.  I know it’s my fault, I fill my glass with so much ice the glass sweats, and the coasters get moldy, ripped, or just super dingy.

So I’ve found a new alternative…

Head on over to the flooring department at your hardware store, and look around.  You thinking what I’m thinking? Tiles!  Costing anywhere from 39 cents, to $8 or $9, you can pick anything.

These slate tiles only cost 39 cents per tile (that’s $2.34 for a set of 6 – cheaper than any coasters you could find in the store)

Slightly more expensive, but these slate tiles are just beautiful…

If slate’s not your thing, these sea glass tiles are perfect!

The sides are finished and rounded, making them the perfect coasters!

You can even use laminate wood flooring – in pretty much any finish.

There are TONS of other options, but I think you get the point!  I picked up a few sea glass tiles for our family room, and they work great.  The sea glass tiles are actually flat and smooth on the back so I just put them on the coffee table, but if you’re afraid of scratching your furniture, buy a roll of cork from the craft store, and glue your tile to the cork.

After the glue is dry, cut with a razor blade  and enjoy!

Tie up a couple “coasters” with a cute ribbon, or some twine for a simple housewarming gift!

DIY Champagne Flutes

It’s the most, wonderful time of the year!  Since Nick and I aren’t able to go to a friend’s house-warming/New Years party, I thought I’d make a festive themed house-warming present for them, inspired by somethingturquoise.

I picked up some Champagne flutes, Martha Stewart glitter paint (it was on sale for 99 cents), and some foam pouncers from Michael’s.

Dip the pouncer into your glitter paint, and sponge it onto the Champagne flutes, thicker at the bottom, and thinning out towards the top.  I let each flute dry, and then applied a second coat over the thin spots.  I was going for a champagne bubble effect (you know how it looks bubbling up from the bottom), and picked gold so it wouldn’t turn the champagne an ugly color.

The best part is, the Martha Stewart paint on glass is dishwasher safe!  I don’t think it’d even be worth it to make something that you eat/drink out of that isn’t dishwasher safe.

I may just have to make myself a set of these!


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