Blogmas Days 4-6: Easy Holiday Party Treat!

Raise your hand if you look forward to the sweets and drinks at holiday parties the most. All of us are guilty of piling our plates with cookies, toffee, barks, and more at our family holiday parties. Add a few fun drinks and we are in a food coma for the rest of the night… And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

So for this Blogmas post we are sharing with you our absolute favorite holiday treat!



Christmas Bark

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Anyone here ever have saltine toffee? Our Gigi has made it so many times over the years, but this is the first time we took a turn at making it and you know what…. IT WAS AMAZING!

Her recipe called for saltines, semi-sweet chocolate, butter, and light brown sugar. We kept the same idea, but switched a few things up. Here is what you need to recreate our Christmas Bark!

Ingredients|

  • 1 sleeve of saltine crackers
  • 2 sticks of salted butter
  • A bag of dark chocolate chips
  • 1 packed cup of DARK brown sugar
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite nuts

Directions|

Step 1| Line cookie sheet completely with foil and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

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Step 2| Place two stick of butter and your brown sugar into a large sauce pan and stir. Once the sugar is dissolved, bring your mixture to a boil and let it boil for three minutes (do not stir it for this time). While your toffee is boiling, line your cookie sheet with saltine crackers. Leave the crackers whole!

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Step 3| After three minutes, pour your toffee over your saltine crackers and spread it to the edges.

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Step 4| Place your tray into the oven and bake for four minutes. When the time is up, be EXTREMELY careful taking your tray out of the oven.

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Step 5| As soon as you take your tray out of the oven, sprinkle your chocolate chips over the top and let sit for about two minutes. Do not melt your chocolate chips and try to spread it over the top that way. It will leave you with a mess. After the two minutes are up, take a small spatula and spread the chocolate over the toffee.

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Step 6| Once your chocolate is spread out, sprinkle your coarse salt over the top and finish it off with your chopped nuts!

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Step 7| Let your bark chill in the fridge for an hour and then cut it into squares!

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This bark is not only perfect for your holiday parties, but it also is perfect for gifting to your coworkers, your nail girl, your tan artist, and more!

As always,

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Blogmas Days 1-3: Christmas on a budget at Marshall’s

If you are anything like us, you are always on the hunt for a good deal. Whether it is your favorite makeup brand at a discount or a dupe for this season’s latest fashions, we are always roaming the aisles of our favorite stores looking for the best sales.

This holiday season is no different.

For days 1 – 3 of “Four of a Kind Diaries Blogmas” we are giving you our Christmas on a Budget list from Marshall’s.

We spend more time in Marshall’s than we do at home sometimes so it was so easy to round up a few reasons why Christmas shopping there is painless and headache free, how to spot the best deals, and what to get each person in your life!



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On top of having the best gifts, Marshall’s also has the cutest and most unique Christmas decorations (like these frosted tress and glass candle holders).

Before we show you the best gifts we have found at Marshall’s, we want to give you a few tips to follow to make sure you are getting the best deals and good purchases.

  1. You may think that since Marshall’s is a discounted store that everything there is so much cheaper than anywhere else. This is not always the case. Sometimes there are things that are either just a little cheaper or exactly the same price. I always make sure I have my phone on me and I do a quick search on the product. It makes shopping a little longer, but totally worth it.
  2. Marshall’s has a vast array of makeup products ranging from high end to drugstore. Before I put anything in my cart, I make sure that these products were not previously tested. I make sure the lipsticks weren’t swatched, that eye shadow palettes don’t have marks on them, etc. The easiest way to do this is to only buy products that have the protective seals on them.
  3. If there is a brand there that I have never heard of, I always do a little search to see what their prices usually are.


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MARSHALL’S GIFT GUIDES

Gifts for the beauty lover|Marshall’s has so much to offer and makeup is definitely one of the things we are constantly getting from there. From skincare to glitter shadows, there is something there for everyone. Here are a few things that we found recently at Marshall’s that make the perfect gifts.

Yesterday we picked up this cleanser from Glamglow and this Lorac eye shadow palette for under $20.

Who doesn’t love getting the gift of flawless skin? These bareMinerals products are aimed at perfecting your complexion and are seriously discounted. The larger sets were 75% off and the serum bronzer was half of the original price. Why pick one when you can get it all and put Santa’s gifts to shame.

If the beauty lover in your life has every piece of makeup imaginable, then look into one of these skincare sets. Lotions, serums, and masks make up some of our favorites from The Body Shop and Philosophy.

After the endless holiday parties they will be attending with a full face of makeup, these products will be a heaven sent. These Glamglow products were over 50%.

Gifts for the shoe lover| Who doesn’t love a good pair of shoes? Whether your shoe lover is obsessed with this seasons cult favorite slide on loafers or they are more into the comfort of a good tennis shoe, Marshall’s has you covered. Here are a few that I found this weekend that would make the perfect gift.

These Marc Fisher boots are the perfect winter white and were under $30, these blush ankle boots were under $20, these glitter black sock boots from Jessica Simpson were under $20 on sale, and these mint and gray Nikes were only $40!

Gifts for the new home owner| Some of my best friends have bought houses this year so I have decided to get them housewarming styled baskets for Christmas. Marshall’s has everything I am going to need to fill up these baskets and make them look and feel luxe.

Warm and cozy basket| For this basket I am going to buy a few candles from my favorite Marshall’s find Maker’s of Wax Goods, a Queen sized blanket from Tommy Hilfiger, and a few bags of seasonal coffees. 

New kitchen basket| For this one you could fill the basket with these Kate Spade dishes, a cute serving tray, or if you are feeling extra generous, this KitchenAid mixer that is always on every new homeowner’s list. 

The foodie basket| While I usually head to Marshall’s for clothes and shoes, I always find myself roaming the food aisles in the back of my store. There are always seasonings, oils, salts, sauces, and more that I have never seen before. So for the foodie in your life why not fill a basket with some of these unique flavors, like this Sriracha oil. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Gifts for your favorite fashionista| From this season’s most popular chenille sweaters to camo backpacks and leather wristlets to faux fur vests and suede jackets, Marshall’s has something for every fashionista.

 

Gifts for the fitness fanatic|While I should be “shredding for the wedding”, I am enjoying every sugar cookie and home cooked meal that I can this holiday season. But your weight lifting bestie does not take a day off and Marshall’s has the perfect gifts that show how much you support their gym addiction (even if you don’t share it). Shaker bottles, water bottles, gym clothes, yoga mats, weights, and more.

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Gifts for your super professional and organized bestie|If your best friend is anything like me then they have dozens of notebooks and planners and they are always buying more. Every year I have at least three different planners and I wouldn’t change it for a thing. This weekend while I was at Marshall’s, I found the cutest notebooks, planners, office supplies, and desk decorations that would make your professional bestie, who is constantly building her empire, grin ear to ear.

 

What are some things you are picking up from Marshall’s this year for your favorite people? We’d love to see your finds!

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