You’re invited: Summer Garden Party!
Midsummer…it’s magical, and a little bittersweet. The days are just zipping by on the calendar. And before you know it, we’ll all be dreaming of pumpkin spice. 😉
That’s why I always set aside some time every summer to really live in the moment and celebrate every last, sun-soaked minute of summer I can with friends and family. It’s like “seizing the day,” and I’m all about “seizing summer!”
To help celebrate the season, I’m so excited to introduce my BRAND NEW Set of 3 Nested Flower Bowls. Inspired by my garden blooms and complete with an elegant, figural flower-petal edge, these essential bowls are available in both Old World and Floral Lace.
And because they’re perfectly sized to suit a number of purposes, from prep to serving, you’ll want them gracing your table all year round. Mix and match them with my Old World Set of 6 Flower Prep Bowls to turn any table into a festive, floral feast for the senses.
And just wait until you see my latest debut in the elegant Dragonfly pattern! I designed this Figural Dragonfly Set of 4 Small Plates to serve so many purposes. Appetizers, desserts, salads, tapas…even fresh-picked fruit becomes a masterpiece when served up on these figural, sculpted plated with hand-painted flower and dragonfly details. I included a beautiful gift box, too. Just add a bow and this set becomes an instant gift for a birthday, best friend or just because.
I even whipped up some matching Dancing Dragonfly Cupcakes inspired by these gorgeous design details. They’re elegant, but oh-so-easy, too! And they’re just the thing if you’re planning a summertime tea party, complete with your Dragonfly Tea-for-One.
Of course, no Garden Party is complete without cheery, playful, COLORFUL blooms, and my newest pieces in Old World Nista-fetti are just perfect for the picking! Once I saw how much you were loving this new pattern I designed just for our most passionate fans, I promised you more Nista-fetti in your favorite temp-tations pieces. And here they are! Don’t miss my 6-pc Baking set and the NEW Set of 3 Nested Flower Bowls in Old World Nista-fetti. And even more to come this summer!
‘Tis the season: Christmas in July!
OK, ‘fess up…who gets a jingly little tingle of excitement this time of year? We’re halfway to the holidays! As of today, only 166 days left until Christmas. 😉 And plenty of new temp-tations in seasonal patterns (including NEW Festive-fetti!) to help you get a head start on the holidays.
I know plenty of people who don’t like to rush the holiday. And I agree, there’s a certain magic to the hustle and bustle and merriment of December that just can’t be duplicated.
But for me, Christmas in July has always been about changing up routines and finding little ways to celebrate the unexpected. Kind of like how I always got so excited about “opposite day” when I was little. It’s FUN to break out of the day-to-day! And, judging from all the fun Christmas in July excitement on Pinterest, there’s at least a few busy elves out there who agree.
And I’m one of them! So, even though the thermometer may be saying HOT, HOT, HOT, here are some ideas for serving up some HO, HO, HO with summertime snacks that combine the best of seasonal flavors and a festive Christmas in July twist.
A classic, any time of the year! Make this festive treat even more refreshing for summer by freezing the grapes first.
This mix makes for fun (and easy!) snacking, whether you’re gathered around the camp fire or a fireplace decked with Christmas stockings.
Try this yummy twist on traditional salsa. The flavors are delish, and I love how you can garnish it with fresh kiwi to look like a festive Christmas wreath…but not for long. This dip is always the first to disappear!
What about you? Have you ever served up a festive Christmas in July feast…or “decked the yard” for a Halfway to the Holidays BBQ? Share your stories in the comments section…I always love to hear how you celebrate the season. And Merry Christmas in July to all!
Yippee! It’s time for Christmas in July with temp-tations®
Dear Santa, I just want to say thank you for Christmas in July I mean, what could be more fun than another chance to dream about, plan and shop for such an all-time favorite holiday! And with darling new holiday-themed temp-tations® available for pre-order, you’ll be making your list and checking it twice.
First up are my whimsical Nesting Mitten Bowls in all-new Old World Festive-fetti (new red & green combo) and Old World Poinsettia, as well as Floral Lace Winter and all-new Floral Lace Festive Winter (new red & green color combo with swirling snowflakes). Similar to the Christmas Tree Stacking Bowls (that debuted last November on temptations.com and sold out almost immediately!), these new mitten bowls are cheerful and oh-so functional. Featuring 1 qt., 2 qt. and 3 qt. bowls, the set is perfect for all kinds of casseroles, sides, dips, snacks and treats, and the adorable mitten shape will charm everyone from kids to grown-up kids alike.
Another favorite new goodie is my set of Christmas Tree Measuring Sets in both Old World Poinsettia and Floral Lace Winter. Wonderful for all of your holiday baking needs, the fanciful set features little Christmas tree-shaped cups measuring 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup and 1 cup.
You’ll also love the holiday theme of my Set of 3 Nesting Prep Bowls now available in Old World Poinsettia and Floral Lace Winter, and the Old World Stack-a-Bowls in new Festive-fetti! They’re great for holding and displaying all kinds of toppings, condiments, ingredients, snacks and nibbles.
I just love the fact that we can get excited about Christmas even in the middle of summer, and these new temp-tations® are a great way to spread the joy from now through December!
Last-minute, no-bake secrets for a festive Fourth!
Happy 4th of July, temp-tationistas and temp-tationisters! Hope you’re getting your Red, White & Blue on. What’s cookin’? 😉
When I’m hosting a crowd for summer holidays, I typically try to plan my menu out days in advance so I can avoid the last-minute rush. My goal is always to spend more time with my guests than in the kitchen on party day.
“Try” being the key word there. Sometimes, no matter how well we plan, life throws us a curve ball. Maybe it’s the day of the event and it suddenly looks like you’ll have more guests than food. (Been there!) Or maybe you receive a fun, spur-of-the-moment invite from a friend and need an easy, go-to dish.
Whatever the reason, if you’re still scrambling for holiday inspiration and the clock is ticking down, I’ve got you covered with these last-minute, no-bake recipes that will make you look like a star this 4th of July!
This yummy salad makes the most of fresh-picked summer flavors, and it’s a mindful way to balance tempting apps, drinks and desserts with an option that is as good-tasting as it is good for you!
When you’re pulling a recipe together in a pinch, the simpler, the better. And this versatile app is both festive and ready in a flash! Jazz it up for the 4th with a colorful assortment of berries. Or, make the most of the short and sweet strawberry season, with a variation using super-ripe berries and mint.
Serve up star-studded style with this festive 4th of July dessert…and best of all, it’s no-bake! Which means you AND your kitchen stay as cool as a summer cocktail.
Hope you enjoyed these delish and totally-doable ideas for a festive 4th! They work well for all your summer holiday entertaining, so be sure to stock up on my select Red, White & Blue favorites. They’re 20% off from now through Monday, only!
How to pick sensational summer fruits!
There’s so much to love about summer, but fresh, juicy and delicious summer fruits are one of my favorite things about the season. I work these fresh flavors into entrees, appetizers, salads, and desserts whenever I can. But what I love best is simply snacking on them straight from the farmer’s market…or better yet, straight from the garden. A quick wash and sun-ripened summer fruits are absolutely heavenly, all on their own!
But choosing fruit that’s perfectly ripe and flavorful can be tricky. Here are some of my tips for selecting summer fruits at their very best.
Strawberries don’t continue to ripen once they are picked like some other fruits. So be sure to look for plump berries that are completely red, with fresh green leaves around the top and no white or green spots on the berry itself.
But even the most beautiful, lush, red strawberries can sometimes be deceiving and flavorless. The true test is the sniff test. Strawberries should smell even better than they look! So be sure your berries smell delish before you buy.
If you ever do select berries that are a little too tart for your liking, an easy fix is to slice them, sprinkled them with sugar and then let them sit for about 30 minutes. The juices and sugar will combine to form a natural syrup that imparts just enough sweetness to make the most of any strawberry!
I am lucky enough to live near a great local source for blueberries…right next door in New Jersey! Here’s what I look for in delicious blueberries: plump, deep bluish-black berries, with not a hint of red or pink. If your blueberries look like they have a silvery or frosted appearance, don’t let that scare you away…it’s actually a sign of freshness.
Unlike other berries, which give off a great aroma when perfectly ripe, blueberries don’t have much of a scent. So the best way to test for flavor is to actually eat a few! That’s why I love farmer’s markets…most vendors have a supply of washed samples, ready for the tasting.
Sweet or tart varieties, I love them all! (They’re the inspiration behind my Cherry Jubilee Mixing Bowl, after all!) Look for deep saturated color on the cherries themselves, whether they are solid or variegated varieties like Rainier cherries. The skin should be taut and shiny…wrinkles or loose skins are a sign cherries have been sitting out at room temperature too long. And here’s one more tip: check out the stems. Plump, unblemished cherries with supple, green stems often have the freshest flavor.
Picking the perfect peach is a sensory art. First, gently squeeze it, using your whole hand (if you pinch it with just your fingers, you’re more likely to bruise it). It should give slightly to the pressure. Then smell it; fresh peaches should smell irresistible! Finally, look it over carefully…even a tinge of green means you should steer clear.
If you can’t find a perfect peach, pick one that’ slightly under-ripe. Let it sit for a day or two in a paper bag and it will ripen to perfection in a day or two! But keep in mind this trick won’t work miracles with a rock-hard peach. Better to slice and grill under-ripe peaches to salvage sweet summer taste!
I always prefer to buy whole melons, but you really need to do some sleuthing to find the best! Otherwise, you’re stuck with a LOT of so-so watermelon. 😉
First, pat or thump a few and compare what you hear. You’re looking for a deep sound, not shallow. A muffled thud sound tells you it’s over-ripe. If you have a few contenders, choose the one that feels heaviest, for a super juicy melon. Another tip is to look for a pale underbelly…a sign that the melon has had plenty of time to ripen in the sun.
Have any tips or tricks you’d like to share about your favorite summer fruits? Add them to the comments below. Wishing you happy (and juicy) summer snacking!
Indulge in Some Cool Summer Fun with temp-tations®
Ahhhh. It’s officially summertime, and there’s no time like the present to relish all the best there is about the season. From spending as much time outdoors as possible, to welcoming a slower pace, to relaxing with family and friends, now’s the time to delight in delicious picnics, backyard get-togethers, pool parties and ice cream socials.
A great party idea for these kinds of fun gatherings is to set up a food bar and let everyone ‘make their own’ dish. For example, I like to create a make-your-own-sundae ice cream bar and let everyone top their ice cream to their heart’s content. My adorable new Nesting Prep Bowls in both Old World (hello Nista-fetti!) and Floral Lace are perfect for the job and hold all kinds of toppings, condiments, ingredients and more.
Why not try your hand at an ice cream bar or one of these other great serve-yourself ideas: a taco bar, a baked potato bar, a cupcake decorating bar, a waffle bar, a popcorn bar, and the list goes on! It’s all about using your creativity, setting out a wide array of yummy toppings, and encouraging everyone to build their own favorite dish. After the party’s over, you’ll want to use these prep bowls for everything from snacks and nibbles to meal prep and more.
Want more summer fun ideas? I know you’re loving Firework-fetti, so I’m excited to bring you more of your favorites in this awesome color combo – great for summer holidays as well as all year long. Get the popular Old World Fluted Salad Bowl (perfect for keeping cold salads cold!) and the Old World 6-pc. Baking Set that will beautifully bake your pies, quiches and fruit tarts.
And don’t miss out on these temp-tations® now available in the beautiful Eggplant color. Create a gorgeous presentation in your kitchen and on your table with lovely pieces that are both elegant and functional. Get the Old World Fluted Salad Bowl, the Old World 6-pc. Baking Set, Old World Set of Two Spoon Rests, Old World Set of 6 Flower Prep Bowls and Floral Lace Nesting Prep Bowls – all in Eggplant.
Finally, I’ve brought my fabulous melamine serveware to temp-tations.com! It’s bold and beautiful, and perfect for cookouts, picnics, BBQs and more. But better shop early, because it’ll only be available in limited colors and quantities, and you’ll want to get ‘em before they’re gone!
Cheesy Refried Bean Dip (one of our most pinned recipes!)
This Father’s Day, serve up some FUN!
Are you cooking up something special for your favorite guy this Father’s Day?
In my family, my mom always made my Dad’s favorite dish for special occasions — Scotch Hash.
Definitely delish! The flavors always bring back so many memories of my dad. And even though he’s no longer with us, I do still whip this dish up for myself any time I want to feel close to him.
I will say, Scotch Hash has a lot of flavor, but it is a little lacking when it comes to fun presentation or details. After all, this family favorite is from the B.P. era. (That’s “Before Pinterest,” of course!)
Looking for Father’s Day recipes that bring the YUM and the FUN? Here are five of my faves. I’m hoping they inspire you and help you treat Dad to a temp-tations® table loaded with fun, new family favorites!
5. Golf Cookies
Wishing you and your family a great Father’s Day!
Chill Out! Temp-tations® has you covered with easy, breezy summer recipes.
Baking may take a back seat during the warm summer months, but that doesn’t mean my temp-tations® get any less of a workout!
The reason I love stoneware so much is that it truly is a year-round kitchen essential. The same natural stoneware properties that help temp-tations® keep hot foods piping hot and bubbly right out of the oven also help to keep cold foods deliciously chilled, despite the summer heat.
Need convincing? The proof is in the
pudding ice cream! Here are three of my favorite ways to serve up temp-tations® à la mode for the summer in your favorite Old World, Floral Lace and Polka Dot temp-tations®.
1) Ice Cream FUN without the FUSS!
We’ve all been there…racing the clock to scoop out ice cream for a crowd before it turns into a melty mess. But with a little prep and my muffin pans, these Super Fun Ice Cream Scoops come to the rescue!
2) Chillicious Desserts for the Coolest Dads Around
Father’s Day is right around the corner. Show your favorite guy how much you appreciate him with a make-ahead dessert that’s super-easy…and even more delish. Start with my versatile 6 pc. Baking Set, then take your pick: Serve up these adorable, mini-sized Sugar Cone Crumb Pies, or my family sized Oh My, Ice Cream Pie!
3) Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie
If you love the combo of warm and ooey-gooey + cool and creamy like I do, here’s an easy way to indulge in a classic without turning on the oven. Try my single-serving, microwaved, Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.
Temp-tations® ramekins and heart-shaped ramekins make the perfect single-serving portion. But you may want to make more that one. I find these easy summer sweets usually attract a fair share of friends and taste testers. 😉
If you just can’t live by ice cream alone (though wouldn’t it be fun to try?) don’t miss these chilled apps, entrees, sides and desserts to help you keep cool with temp-tations® during the warm months ahead.
You asked, we listened…
Great news! When it comes to temp-tations®, you’ve always had the option to “Love it or Return it” within the first 30 days. But now, temp-tations® is offering you yet another choice.
If your temp-tations® arrive broken, missing pieces or prove defective within the first 30 days, temp-tations® will now send you a FREE replacement piece. No questions asked, NO Shipping & Handling charges!
It doesn’t matter whether you purchased from QVC or temp-tations.com. Simply call a temp-tations® customer service agent at 1-800-442-8677 within 30 days of receipt and let us know what the problem is.
We’ll ask you to email or mail a copy of your proof of purchase, such as a sales receipt or packing slip to email@example.com. Or mail a copy to:
62 Leone Lane
Chester, NY 10918
And once we verify your purchase date, we’ll ship your in-stock replacement piece out to you as soon as possible.
Can’t find your proof of purchase? If you purchased from QVC, just call QVC Customer Service at 1-800-367-9444 and request a copy.
To learn more about our replacement policies, please visit our FAQ section.
At temp-tations®, we’re always working to improve your experience, everywhere we can. And so we partnered with QVC to come up with a solution that makes it as easy as possible for you to receive and enjoy your temp-tations®.
So please keep the feedback coming. It matters!
The Perfect Curl-Up-And-Get-Cozy Mother’s Day Gift from temp-tations®
Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Are you making plans? I sure am. (Shhh…it’s a surprise for my mom, Gail!) Of course, this is the perfect time of year to show mom how much you love her, and that’s why I’m so excited to bring you these wonderful new temp-tations® that are sure to bring on big hugs and kisses Like this perfect curl-up-and-get-cozy Tea for One Set in both Old World and Floral Lace! Beautifully designed to brew and serve a single cup of tea, it’s a lovely two-in-one set where the teapot sits right on top of its teacup. Nothing says “take time for yourself” more thoughtfully; paired with a good book and some sweet treats, it’ll make mom’s “me time” more special than ever. Simply fill teapot with water, heat in the microwave, add teabag to brew, and pour into teacup to enjoy!
And then there are these absolutely charming Figural Teapot Salt & Pepper Shakers in both Old World and Floral Lace. Shaped like little teapots and delicately hand painted, they’re sure to be a welcome addition to a countertop or kitchen table, as well as make dinnertime and holiday meals extra special.
Of course, you won’t want to miss out on the Set of 2 Mother’s Heart Ornaments, only available here at temp-tations.com, and only in limited quantities! Featuring a sweet country flair, tiny purple flowers, a basket weave pattern, and a sentimental message that reads, “A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go”, it’s a wonderful item to display in a hutch, place on a mantel, or hang from a doorknob. Keep one for yourself and top off that special gift box for mom!
When I was growing up, my mom, Gail, made each day special with countless little gestures…like putting notes in my lunch box, extra long hugs, my favorite birthday meal. And I designed the Set of 2 Mother’s Heart Ornaments with those memories in mind. Because I appreciate all the ways she showed her love then and now. And I think every mom deserves to know how much she really means to her family.
Need more Mother’s Day gift ideas? These gorgeous temp-tations will surprise and delight on Mother’s Day, or any day of the year. The Old World 4-pc. Tea Set is one of our best-sellers year round and is another option for tea time, while the Sentiment Heart Baker in Old World and Floral Lace reminds her to “Season all things with love”. The “Recipe” for the Perfect Mother Bowl with keepsake gift box is a collectible to be cherished for years to come, as well as the Mother-Daughter Celebrations Bundle, which includes one “Recipe” for the Perfect Mother Bowl and one “Recipe” for the Perfect Daughter Bowl. And then there are the Pink Ribbon mugs with gift box featuring the caring message: live, love, hope.
In addition to all of these loving gift ideas, there’s one more way to make sure Mom feels doted on this Mother’s Day – make these fabulous brunch recipes to share with the family Delicious and full of her favorite ingredients, these recipes will simply make her day.
Gearing Up for the Final 4 with 4 Game-Changing Recipes!
Here’s a round up of my favorite game-changing recipes to help you celebrate March Madness!
Mini Pizzas are adorable and delicious. If you haven’t made and served these before, you don’t know what fun you’re missing! There are so many options available for both Mini Pizza crusts and toppings.
My nephew, John David, helps me make these. He loves chicken nuggets, so we make them and bake them to look just like the ones you get from the drive-through, only healthier! These are the crispiest chicken fingers ever, and you can’t tell the difference between these vs. fried.
I don’t know many people who can resist the allure of Mini Pigs in a Blanket – there’s just something about sausages all cozies up in warm, pillowy crescent rolls that most of us find totally irresistible! And when they’re mini in size, they’re just that much cuter.
I made these for a game-day party, and no one had any idea that they were baked instead of fried. They polished off more that I thought was physically possible! For an extra kick, try substituting smoked paprika for plain.
Hunting for adorable temp-tations® Easter eggcessories? Found!
Easter – with all the wonderful ways it’s celebrated – is just around the corner! So now’s the time to gather new Easter goodies, and create a charming presentation on your holiday table with darling new egg-shaped Nesting Bowls, egg-shaped Appetizer Plates, and Bunny and Basket Salt & Pepper Sets – all in a new twist on the Old World pattern called Egg Hunt. Featuring bright, happy colors, as well as adorable eggs with dots and squiggles, these favorites are oh so fun!
The festive egg-shaped Nesting Bowls are perfect for serving everything from candy, cookies and sweets to dips, snacks and sides. And since they nest together for easy storage, they create a beautiful display in a hutch or on a sideboard. Lovely egg-shaped Appetizer Plates are versatile enough for everything from hors d’ouevres to snacks to desserts, and they make Easter entertaining an absolute joy.
The adorable Bunny and Basket Salt & Pepper Sets will charm children and adults alike and look wonderful as part of a spring centerpiece. Whether you’re a bunny-lover or a collector of salt and pepper shakers, you won’t want to miss out on these – and they’re available in both Old World Egg Hunt and Floral Lace seasonal colors
A fanciful addition to your collection, these wonderful new temp-tations® will add a festive spring feel to holiday dinners, garden parties, Easter egg hunts and more!
And while you’re planning celebrations, don’t forget to go green this St. Paddy’s Day. Try yummy green-themed recipes that family and friends will love. The collection below includes some our most popular, most pinned recipes!
(Recipes listed are from top to bottom, and from left to right.)
Celebrate My Birthday with a New Signature Color, Free Shipping & More
Yippee! It’s my birthday, and I’m excited to share so many new things with you. First off, you asked for it, and now it’s here – a gorgeous new Eggplant color that’s wonderfully elegant. And it’s my favorite That’s why I’m so thrilled to introduce both Old World and Floral Lace in Eggplant in celebration of my birthday – for all of you who just adore the color purple like I do.
Get the look now and create a beautiful presentation on your table with new mugs, bowls, dinner plates, bakers and more. (Here’s an added bonus: since many of the new Eggplant items are available in Open Stock, you can get the number of place settings you need.)
And because it’s my birthday, I want you to have your cake and eat it, too! That’s why you’ll get free standard shipping on orders of $40 or more, now through Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.* Simply use promo code CAKE4ME in the shopping cart. But better hurry and get your favorites before this offer’s over.
I’m also eager to share new heart-shaped Floral Lace lovelies in hot colors that will warm up your kitchen and your heart in no time flat. In fact, they’re so bright and cheery, they’re the next best thing to a tropical vacation 😉 From charming measuring sets and mixing bowls, to heart bakers, muffin pans and ramekins, it’s time to get happy and brighten every day with Floral Lace favorites that are sure to make the winter blues melt away.
Also, I’ve added more goodies in the new Hugs & Kisses pattern, like this heart-shaped measuring set and mixing bowl with whisk. They complement the Hugs & Kisses mugs and nesting bowls that made their debut a few weeks ago on temp-tations.com. So adorable, they’re all sure to spread the love. Enjoy!
And finally, the Heart-Shaped Measuring Set is now available in Old World Nista-fetti, too! But if you love new Nista-fetti, better scoop it up quick. Since I launched the color combination earlier this month, it’s been one of my fastest-selling customer favorites!
*Get free standard shipping on orders with subtotals of $40 or more through Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm ET. Enter promo code CAKE4ME in the shopping cart, and select standard shipping. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Not applicable to orders shipped to Canada.
Love is All You Nista!
In honor of all the temp-tationistas and temp-tationisters out there who love all things temp-tations, I created this exciting new Old World™ Nista-fetti color just for you! Featuring a combination of your favorite bright and lively colors such as eggplant, hot pink, and green, it brings a pop of color to your kitchen and countertops!
I just knew you’d love this color combo, and it has sold so quickly. Inventory is already limited, and I’m working on the next round of designs. Do you have a favorite temp-tations piece you’d like to see in Nista-fetti? Share your Nista-fetti Wish List in the comments below, and I’ll keep you posted when the next batch arrives!
Temp-tations lovers have been calling themselves “temp-tationistas” and “temp-tationisters” (or Nistas and Nisters, for short) for several years now, and have been gathering together on Facebook, on temp-tations.com and on QVC.com to share stories, recipes, and talk about all things related to temp-tations, food, fun and family. From the small group that started it all just a few years ago, the temp-tations love has blossomed and grown! And I just love that it’s an incredibly active, vibrant community of fans who are constantly sharing photos of their favorite dishes and collections, beautiful holiday tables and every day meals, cooking tips, and ideas for mixing and matching. All because you love temp-tations – and love is all you Nista!
I designed Nista-fetti (or Nister-fetti, if you prefer, gentlemen) in honor of all the Nistas and the wonderful men we lovingly call Nisters. You inspire me every day, so this is a bright and lovely pattern to inspire you! And for something incredibly delicious that celebrates the creation of Nista-fetti, you’ll love this Nista Berry Cupcake recipe. Yum!
From heart-shaped favorites in Nista-fetti, to everyday essentials like the new 13×9 Amoré baker in Nista-fetti, you’ll find wonderful new pieces available in Old World Nista-fetti for cooking and baking all your favorite dishes. (Your response has been incredible, and inventory is already limited! Please know that I’m working on the next round of designs – so stay tuned.)
Are you a Nista or Nister? Share your story with us! We want to know.
Top 10 temp-tations Fan Photos
It’s the final countdown of 2014! As a special thank you to all my fans I’ve compiled my Top 10 Fan Photos of 2014. It wasn’t easy…all of your photos are truly gorgeous! If you don’t find your photo, maybe you’ll find some inspiring ways to decorate with your temp-tations! Thank you all for a wonderful 2014 and I hope you all have a Happy New Year!
10. Taken by: Jennifer A.
9. Taken by: Melinda H.
8. Taken by: Jennifer S.
7. Taken by: Sherrie W.
6. Taken by: Karen S.
5. Taken by: Patricia P.
4. Taken by: Diane D.
3. Taken by: Angela B.
2. Taken by: Diane D.
1. Taken by: Kim C.
Top 10 temp-tations Recipes
The countdown continues, with my Top 10 Recipes from 2014! I just love sharing these delicious recipes with everyone. Anyone can be a great chef, with the right recipe and the perfect temp-tations baker. Let me know if you see your favorite recipe below!
10. Sausage, Egg & Cheese Puffs
1 pound ground breakfast sausage
1 (16 ounce) container cottage cheese
1 (16 ounce) bag shredded Mexican blend or cheddar cheese
1 (7 ounce) can green chili peppers, drained
½ cup butter, melted
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion or garlic powder
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Sliced green onions, chopped bell peppers, diced ham (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage all the way through. Drain, crumble and set aside.
Whisk eggs in a large mixing bowl. Stir in cottage cheese, shredded cheese, green chilies & any optional ingredients you like. (If prepping the night before, refrigerate at this point).
Stir in melted butter, flour, baking powder, salt, onion or garlic powder and black pepper.
Spoon into 24 lightly greased muffin cups.
Bake 25 – 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
9. Nutty Bacon Rollups
1 loaf sandwich bread (white or whole grain)
1 lb bacon (not thick sliced)
1 jar peanut butter – creamy or chunky, your choice!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Trim crust off bread and discard. Cut each slice in half horizontally, then set aside.
Cut bacon strips in half, then set aside. Spread each piece of bread with peanut butter and then roll up, starting with the short end. Wrap ½ slice of bacon around each roll and secure with a toothpick. Then place on your Lid-It, seam side down.
Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until bacon is cooked and edges of bread are browned.
8. Easy Turkey Taco Bites
1 package small flour tortillas
1 pound ground turkey
⅔ cup water
1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 cup shredded lettuce
2 cups finely shredded Mexican cheese blend
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Using a biscuit or round cookie cutter, cut 2-inch circles from the flour tortillas, ending up with 24 circles. Gently press each circle into your temp-tations mini muffin pan, then bake 12 – 15 minutes or until lightly toasted.
Meanwhile, in a sauté pan, cook turkey over medium-high heat until brown. Then add water and taco seasoning, and continue to cook over medium heat until thickened.
Remove from heat and spoon an equal amount of the mixture into each tortilla cup, then top with chopped tomatoes, lettuce and cheese.
7. S’mores Brownies
Nonstick cooking spray
6 double graham crackers
1 (17.6-ounce) package dark fudge brownie mix
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 3.5-quart temp-tations baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Completely cover the bottom of the baking dish with a single layer of graham crackers.
In a large mixing bowl, prepare brownie mix according to package instructions. Add vanilla extract, 1 cup of the miniature marshmallows, and 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips to the batter, gently folding in.
Pour the batter over the graham crackers, using a spatula to spread evenly throughout dish. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until set and toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.
Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the remaining marshmallows and chocolate chips over the top. Bake 5 additional minutes and then let cool for 5 minutes more. Slice into 16 squares and serve warm.
6. Cherry Kiss Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
6 drops red food coloring, optional
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
54 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a large bowl, beat butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt until blended. Beat in cherry juice, extract and, if desired, food coloring. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in cherries.
Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased temp-tations® 13×9 inch Lid-Its®.
Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into center of each cookie (cookie will crack around edges). Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
5. Cinnamon Cream Cheese Rollups
1 loaf of soft white bread
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
1 1/2 cups of sugar, divided
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsps cinnamon (or to taste)
½ cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Trim the crusts from the bread and roll the slices flat. Beat together the cream cheese, ½ cup of sugar, egg yolk and vanilla. Spread the bread slices with cream cheese mixture and roll them corner-to-corner.
Mix the remaining 1 cup of sugar with the cinnamon and quickly roll the slices through the melted butter (or brush them with a pastry brush) and then through the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack.
Best served warm. These freeze very well.
4. Lasagna Rollups
1 lb Ricotta cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, grated
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Lasagna noodles (boiled just till pliable)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together Ricotta cheese, egg, Mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. You can also add chopped spinach if you want. Spread mixture on noodles, and roll up.
In large temp-tations baker, put down a layer of sauce. Place the rolled noodles seam side down, top with sauce, sprinkle with additional Mozzarella and Parmesan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or so until hot and bubbly.
The filled noodles freeze well in a sealed ziplock bag.
3. Pizza Dip
1 lb. cream cheese, room temperature
3 cups ricotta cheese
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 cup marinara sauce
2 cups grated mozzarella
4 ounces sliced pepperoni
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add ricotta cheese and blend well. Add the Italian seasoning, garlic salt and the pepper and blend well.
Put the cheese mixture into your 2-quart temp-tations bowl, smoothing out the top. Top with the marinara sauce. Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese and place the sliced pepperoni on top. Sprinkle with a little more Italian seasoning.
Bake in preheated oven approximately 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Serve with sliced Italian bread, chips or crackers for dipping.
2. Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes
⅔ cup sugar
¼ cup pineapple juice
½ tsp vanilla
⅔ cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup butter
⅔ cup brown sugar, packed
⅛ tsp cinnamon
1 can pineapple rings
6 maraschino cherries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray your temp-tations Texas muffin pan with non-stick spray. In a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs, sugar, pineapple juice and vanilla until smooth. Then slowly stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a small saucepan, melt the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved.
Pour 1 heaping tablespoon into the bottom of each muffin cup. Top with one pineapple ring and place a cherry in the center of each ring. Then pour cake batter over each pineapple ring, filling the cups ¾ full.
Bake for 22 – 25 minutes or until centers are set. Then remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
Run a sharp knife around each one to help loosen. Lay a wire cooling rack over the top of the pan and flip it over. Set rack on a cookie sheet, allowing excess sauce to drip off.
1. Cherry Cream Danish
2 sheets puff pastry dough, thawed
1 large can cherry pie filling
2 (3.25 ounce) vanilla pudding snack cups
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tsps orange juice
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Lay puff pastry sheets on a clean surface and cut each sheet into nine equal squares. Spread one heaping teaspoon of vanilla pudding in the center of each square, on a diagonal. Top with a small scoop of cherry pie filling. Fold the side corners over the cherries, forming a cannoli shape.
Place on your temp-tations Lid-It. Continue until all 18 are done. You will need to bake these in two batches. If desired, brush the tops of each one with egg wash (egg whisked with water) for a shiny finish.
Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Once cooled, whisk together the powdered sugar and orange juice until smooth. Add more juice if necessary. Drizzle over each danish and serve.
Top 10 Words of Wisdom
The end of the year is almost here! I’m counting down all my Facebook favorites, starting with my Top 10 Words of Wisdom! These quotes have inspired me throughout the year and continue to inspire me everyday. I hope you’ll enjoy looking back on this year as much as I have. Take a look and see if you can find your favorite.
2014 Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe Winner
The Recipe for the Perfect Holiday Gift, plus *FREE standard shipping
Holiday time is upon us, and I know you’re making your list and checking it twice 😉 That’s why I’m so excited to introduce this gorgeous new Holiday “Recipe” Bowl, now in all your favorite Old World colors, including Poinsettia! This beautiful new sentiment bowl happily celebrates festive holiday traditions with a charming “recipe” for the perfect holiday, reminding us of what’s important in life, like cherished moments and family ties. What better way to show your loved ones how much they really mean. Nestled in a sweet keepsake box, the bowl makes a heartfelt holiday gift and is bound to become a treasured family heirloom!
I’m also thrilled to bring you my brand new gift picks for a festive and fanciful holiday table! Whether it’s Old World Poinsettia or Floral Lace Winter, you’ll find wonderful new pieces to bring color and style to holiday entertaining. From Old World Poinsettia & Floral Lace Winter Pitcher and Platter Sets and Floral Lace Winter Mugs, to Old World Poinsettia and Floral Lace Winter Spoon Rests, Flower Prep Bowls and more, you can outfit your dining table and countertops in style. Shop now, and get FREE standard shipping when you spend $99!
Another item you won’t want to miss is the new Oil & Vinegar Entertaining Set that includes the Old World Oil & Vinegar Cruet Set and brand new Old World Flower Prep Bowls. This new smart bundle (a combination of best-selling items + 15% savings) is as functional as it is beautiful. Use it for everything from salad dressings, dipping oils, sauces, veggies and sushi, to egg rolls, French fries and breadsticks!
And then there’s the new Celebrate the Holidays Baking Bundle, featuring a collection of best-selling items with special 15% savings. It’s truly the perfect set for festive holiday celebrations with family and friends, and includes the new Recipe for the Perfect Holiday sentiment bowl, set of two muffin pans, 6-pc. baking set with 9″ pie dish and mini pie dishes, and four dessert plates.
Shop new arrivals now.
Holiday Hosting Ideas: Celebrating the Season with Flair
As you busily prepare for the holidays by planning menus and family get-togethers, you’ll want to celebrate the season with flair. And a wonderful way to do that is with a brand new serving piece that promises to bring on big smiles. The adorable Winter Whimsy Cheese Tray Set with matching cheese markers and knives combines all-out fun with function, helping you happily serve snacks and appetizers at holiday gatherings big and small
Featuring the sentiment ‘Joy!’, cute little Christmas trees, polka dots that feel like snowflakes, and a charming black and white striped trim, it just doesn’t get any cuter than this! Plus, a little black pen comes with the set, so you can customize the cheese markers (1 snowman, 1 penguin, and 1 Santa!) based on what you’re serving, and the markers easily wipe clean, to be personalized again and again. The set also includes a spreader for soft cheeses, a knife for breaking up hard cheeses, and a fork for transferring portions to appetizer plates. Makes a wonderful holiday gift too, if you can part with it 😉
Holiday Hosting Tip #1: A Hearty Appetizer Assortment with Something For Everyone
Create a beautiful Cheese Tray presentation, and round it out with the perfect assortment of nibbles and crudités! Surround the tray with other temp-tations® ramekins and bowls (I used red Floral Lace here – love how it looks with the set) filled with crostini, crackers, crunchy almonds, fruits, and salty olives.
That way, you combine textures and flavors that complement each other, and give everyone a choice of things to sample and savor. Plus, a cheese tray is the ultimate party dish – whether you’re having friends over for drinks, planning a cocktail party menu, or whetting appetites before sitting down to dinner. It’s easy, attractive and pulls together quickly – even at the last minute!
Holiday Hosting Tip #2: Rosemary Place Cards, A Delicious Hint of What’s to Come
It’s often the small touches that make each guest feel welcome. So when you’re hosting a seated dinner, consider a fresh, lovely way to create place cards! Use card stock and a pretty, script font to print each guest’s name. Then take a sprig of rosemary and poke it through the card stock, so that it lays simply across the top. The look is classic, the aroma is wonderful, and it can’t help but be a delicious hint of what’s to come!
Holiday Hosting Tip #3: Candied Grapes for Decorating & Eating
Incredibly easy, delicious and beautiful ideas are what I look for during the holidays, and these Candied Grapes are just the ticket. Serve alongside other appetizers, put them in bowls to add edible, sparkling décor to your holiday table, or use them to decorate a turkey on a platter. So easy to make! Simply rinse grapes in a colander, and sprinkle with your favorite flavor of Jell-O gelatin mix (I used strawberry). Toss gently and refrigerate for an hour to set. Serve in temp-tations 😉
I hope your holidays are full of festive food and wonderful times spent with family and friends!
Holiday Hosting Ideas: Delicious Recipes for Your Holiday Table
Hosting holiday get-togethers can be joyful, especially when you discover those simple and delicious holiday hits that everyone loves! That’s why I’m so excited about my brand new Holiday Cookbook, featuring over 200 Taste of Home holiday recipes that are easy, elegant and customized to fit temp-tations ovenware
And to give you a taste of what I’ll be serving for the holidays, I’m sharing a couple of my new cookbook recipes with you here. Plus a few sneak peeks of fabulous new holiday sets that’ll be available on Black Friday, only at temp-tations.com!
First up is bubbly Broccoli Cheddar Spread, a delicious hot appetizer to serve with pita chips, crackers or crostini. A welcome change from the classic spinach dip, you won’t believe how fast and easy it is to make, and how much everyone will love it. And of course, you’ll want to serve it in these adorable Christmas Tree Stacking Bowls!
Next is a wonderful side dish that combines the best of fall fruits and vegetables! Sweet Potato Stuffed Apples are made special by the addition of brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, cinnamon and slivered almonds, and this recipe complements any holiday entree – from chicken to turkey to ham. (Hint: both Jonathan and Cortland apples are tart with a bit of sweetness and hold up well in the oven, making them good choices for baking!) And the Sleigh Set Baker in Poinsettia is the perfect way to bake and serve them at your holiday table.
And finally, a luscious condiment recipe that can be spread on warm dinner rolls, croissants, biscuits, sweet potatoes and more. Cranberry Honey Butter makes a great holiday gift from the kitchen and features dried cranberries, honey, and grated orange zest – yum! (In this version, I added cranberry sauce to the recipe to get this beautiful pink hue.) Shown served in a temp-tations ramekin nestled inside a new Sleigh Set Baker in Poinsettia! What a beautiful look for your holiday table.
Enjoy the recipes from my new Holiday Cookbook, be on the lookout for these new sets on Black Friday, and may your holidays be merry and bright!
My New Holiday Cookbook with Over 200 Taste of Home® Recipes!
It’s here! My New Holiday Cookbook – Over 200 Taste of Home Recipes, Customized for temp-tations® Ovenware.
So many of you have asked for a temp-tations® holiday cookbook, and now it’s finally here. But it gets even better…for my third cookbook, I teamed up with my friends at Taste of Home® and hand-picked over 200 recipes. Then, we customized each recipe to fit temp-tations® ovenware.
The result: easy and elegant holiday recipes that look as good as they taste!
Just like temp-tations®, Taste of Home® helps busy families make the most of mealtime with amazing, tried-and-true recipes created by home cooks around the country. These are the recipes I reach for in my own kitchen time and again, because the flavors are just like the ones I grew up eating around my mother’s table.
And this brand-new Cookbook brings all of them together in fresh and festive new ways…perfect for planning holiday menus!
Here’s a sneak peek at the yumminess inside.
Delicious Holiday Recipes
You’ll find over 200 easy and achievable recipes for every holiday occasion, from formal dinners, to brunches, to casual buffets. And every recipe has been specially developed in the Taste of Home ® test kitchens for a specific size temp-tations® dish, so there’s no guessing which dish to choose.
Gorgeous Recipe Photos
Just wait until you see the 70 breathtaking color photographs with recipes like Hash Brown Nests with Portobellos & Eggs, Hot Apple Pie Sipper, Cranberry Swirl Loaf, Bacon and Fontina Stuffed Mushrooms, Pizza Macaroni & Cheese and Fudge Temptation Cake. I spent many, many delicious hours in the kitchen, exploring Taste of Home’s amazing collection of recipes to find the ones that I would be proud to serve at my own holiday table. And I can’t wait to hear which ones become favorites on your own holiday table.
Tara’s Tidbits™, Gift Ideas, Menus and More!
Browse through eight festive chapters, including Joyful Brunches, Jolly Sides, Merry Entrees and Heavenly Desserts. I’ve even included a whole chapter devoted to delicious Gifts From the Kitchen. And, of course, you’ll find plenty of Tara’s Tidbits™ throughout – my very own helpful tips, substitutions and recommendations for how to make the most out of your time in the kitchen. So you can spend more time with the people who matter most. Sharing great food and creating new memories…that’s what temp-tations® – and the holidays – are all about! And, through this cookbook, I hope temp-tations® will become part of your family’s holiday traditions for years to come.
So, from my family to yours, may you create wonderful memories around your table, this holiday season, and always!
Wishing you and your family festive holiday feasting.
Enjoy this yummy holiday recipe from the new cookbook: Molten Chocolate Cherry Cakes
Floral Lace Winter Pattern Background Downloads!
Give your desktop, mobile phone or cover photo a holiday look with temp-tations Floral Lace Winter pattern.
It’s a beautiful new way to add the colors of the holiday season to your collection and your desktop
Seasonal Pattern Downloads!
Add temp-tations seasonal flair to your mobile phone, desktop or facebook cover photo. Click the links below for beautiful pattern downloads in Harvest, Fallfetti, Poinsettia and Floral Lace Winter! Enjoy!
Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day!
Celebrate national chocolate chip day with these delicious temp-tations chocolate chip recipe favorites.
Happy National Nista Day!
I am so overwhelmed with gratitude for the incredible community that has sprung up around temp-tations. You’re more like family, really. Whether you’re on Facebook, Pinterest, chatting in-person, on-line or on-air, your enthusiasm and ideas are what keep me going.
Temp-tations is, and will always be, inspired by you, and for you. You’re the reason I keep pushing myself to develop new patterns and pieces designed to make mealtimes easier and family memories more enjoyable for all.
Still, there are times I’ve had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Like the first time I heard a fan call herself a temp-tationista…I was floored! Then the male fans joined the bandwagon (as a temp-tationisters, of course). Before I knew it, there were thousands of fans proudly declaring themselves Nistas or Nisters.
And that’s why we’re celebrating National Nista Day today! Because without you, temp-tations would never be what it is today – not just a way to prep, cook and serve beautiful meals, but a way to celebrate life, family and the good times we share together.
In Honor of National Nista Day, I asked all our temp-tationistas and temp-tationisters to send in their best dessert recipes. Meghan Schnetzler submitted my favorite, so I crowned her Honorary Head Nista. One peek at her winning Butter Pecan Heath Bar Cake recipe and I think you’ll see why!
I can’t think of a yummier way to celebrate 11 years of great food, great memories and the amazing people who inspire it all. Here’s to many, many more years ahead!
Great Springtime Recipes
Serve an eggcellent feast with these great springtime recipes!
40 Favorite Fan Photos on Pinterest, from temp-tations®
On February 1st, I’m turning 40! And as I reflect on this big birthday and all I have to be thankful for, I want to take the time to thank you – for all of the amazing ways you continue to offer support, encouragement, ideas and inspiration So in your honor, I’ve gathered together 40 of my favorite fan photos and added them to a special temp-tations® Pinterest board called 40 Favorite Fan Photos.
Some are yummy dishes you’ve whipped up, some show the ways you love to mix and match different temp-tations® patterns and colors, some are displays of your beautiful collections and some are simply artful ways to use individual pieces.
Re-pin your favorites and keep posting your own photos to Pinterest and my Facebook page. Let’s all enjoy them together!
A Big Birthday, Valentine’s Love & Beautiful New Sentiment Bowls from temp-tations®
On February 1st, I’m having a birthday….yes, I’m turning the big 4-0! And I want everyone to get in on the fun of celebrating it. Of course, it couldn’t come at a better time – because I think you’re going to fall head over heels in love with these gorgeous new Sentiment Bowls. They happily celebrate the women in our lives with charming “recipes” written for the perfect daughter, mother and grandmother.
The warm and whimsical recipe sentiments featured in the bottom of each bowl remind us what’s important in life, love, and in the kitchen. And how lucky we are to have family ties. What better way to show your mom, daughter or grandmother what she really means to you? Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, her birthday, Mother’s Day, or any day of the year – when you give her one of these bowls, you can be sure she’ll be tickled pink.
And there’s no shortage of great gifts on temp-tations.com! Here are just a few:
temp-tations® Pinterest boards and pins – Tara McConnell’s official Pinterest board
Do you love Pinterest as much as I do? I use it to pin all kinds of great ideas for delicious recipes, new products, fun ways to decorate and entertain, and wonderful gift suggestions, just to name a few! And I think you’ll enjoy looking at temp-tations Pinterest boards when you’re planning menus and holiday celebrations of all kinds!
Temp-tations® Best of Baking Pinterest Board
Temp-tations® Chocolate Lovers Pinterest Board
Temp-tations® Cozy Fall Coking Pinterest Board
You’ll find temp-tations Pinterest boards that are dedicated to Holiday Time, Most Popular Recipes, The Best of Baking, Cozy Fall Cooking, Easy Party Dips and Movie Night Treats, as well as Great Ideas for the Pitcher & Platter Set, Game-Day Munchies, Chocolate Lovers and so much more!
Follow temp-tations Pinterest boards, get inspired and re-pin your faves to your own Pinterest boards. But be forewarned, it’s a pastime that can keep you looking, smiling and clicking for longer than you intended 😉