May 24th, 2013 by Cheryl Najafi
May 24th, 2013 by Cheryl Najafi
May 17th, 2013 by Cheryl Najafi
Whether I am ordering nuts, buying a gift, renting linens for a party, or making sure my grammar is correct, I have a list of go-to websites bookmarked for when I need them! Here are a few of my faves. What are your go-to websites?
Great source for renting amazing party linens. They have everything you need. Unique chair covers, tables cloths, and everything is super organized and broken down by color. This is the perfect site for those extra special parties.
I am a total word nerd and love learning about their true meanings and history. This website not only gives you the entomology of a word and how to correctly use it in a sentence but also illustrates the nuances in meanings between two similar words like then and than or that and which.
This site offers gift subscriptions, party favors, and arts and craft supplies that make wonderful gifts. If you are looking for something to gift that is practical too, this is your site.
4. Sleepy Jones
A brand-new endeavor by marketing guru, Andy Spade (yes, Kate’s husband and David’s brother). Sleepy Jones is a brilliant collection of underwear, sleepwear and down-to-earth comfy clothing. Inspired by living life comfortably, this is a new rock star brand that is certain to be the talk of the town (and in everyone’s top drawers) in no time at all. Click through and check them out!
These ribbons are 100% natural cotton, made in the USA and inexpensive, you can do custom ribbons for whatever occasion you would like, and they have tons of colors and styles to choose from.
While some of the items are expensive, you can find great gift ideas that arrive with amazing packaging. One of my favorite products is a set of 15″ tall birthday candles. Super fun.
Great snacks and I love, love the presentation if you want to give them as gifts. They are the perfect healthy alternative snack and great to send to kids at camp or college.
My girls love this site! They go online and create greeting cards, stickers, stationary and more. 3C4G has a ton of cool stuff for camp and sleepovers, party favors, all things pink, and all things girl. It is a tween girl’s utopia.
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May 10th, 2013 by Cheryl Najafi
Graduation is a time in life to reflect on achievements and look forward to a future brimming with possibilities. My kids are not quite there yet but I imagine that when they graduate, I will be beaming with pride on the outside, and fighting back mother’s tears on the inside! Since I will probably be a little distracted, it’s a good thing I’ve worked on some fun graduation party ideas now! From easy, bite-sized menu options to delightful decorations, I hope you find the inspiration you are looking for to celebrate the grad in your life.
1. get out from behind the grill. Slow-cooked, mouth-watering beef from the Crock Pot + a display of various toppings = a delicious pulled beef slider bar sure to delight and satisfy your guests!
2. dress up your treats. Whether store bought or from scratch, cupcakes are fun and easy for any gathering. Make them even more fun by dressing up your tempting treats with these fun DIY cupcake topper and wrapper printables designed to show the class of 2013 some big love.
3. skip the soda. Why pay a fortune for sugary store bought beverages when you can easily make your own healthy flavored waters? These three surprisingly simple recipes are bursting with the flavor of naturally infused fruits, veggies, and herbs–and they look amazing too! This is an easy way to serve refreshments at any gathering.
4. a graduation cap–for your bottles! Add some unexpected whimsy to your graduation party décor with this easy-to-create template. Make these adorable and colorful bottle toppers for your condiments or beverages. These graduation cap toppers are a small detail your guests will love!
5. everyone gets a diploma! It’s all in the details, as they say, and this is one detail that will surely make your guests smile. Wrap utensils in this printable diploma template and tie with ribbon for adorable napkin wraps that are easy on the wallet too!
6. fresh, flavorful, and low carb too! Beautifully dainty and just plain delicious, these chicken salad cucumber rolls are the perfect go-to appetizers for a graduation party, or any gathering for that matter.
7. say cheese! Add a playful twist to your graduation memories with photos of your guests using these fun photo props. These are super simple to make with our free printables; young and old alike will be delighted to pose for their close up.
8. lose the utensils for this all-american favorite. Your graduation party guests will love eating these mac and cheese bites with their hands–and you’ll love the easy clean up! I added some toasted panko, bacon, and parsley for a hint of gourmet.
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May 7th, 2013 by Cheryl Najafi
Nothing made me closer to my mother than becoming a mother myself. It was as though I suddenly reached a whole new level of admiration for this incredible woman I had loved all my life! I enjoy making special things for my mom on Mother’s Day to show her how much I love and appreciate her. I kept her in mind this year while working on Mother’s Day ideas to share with all of you and the results are some wonderful DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas that make a personal and special gift sure to bring a smile to your mom’s face too.
1. a personal touch in just 10 minutes. I’ll bet your mom loved getting handmade cards from you when you were a kid, and I bet she’d love it just as much now! Personalizing your stationery is an easy and inexpensive way to add color and texture to your Mother’s Day greeting.
2. make mom shine from the inside out! In my opinion a homemade gift beats a store bought gift any day! Packed with vitamins A, C and E and made with a few simple ingredients, my DIY lemon citrus scrub will leave Mom feeling loved and refreshed.
3. the beauty of recycling. Why buy Mom an expensive new vase from a boutique when you can upcycle mismatched glasses and create your own? Just pick up Mom’s favorite color of puff paint, trace out a simple design and voila, a memorable and useful gift Mom will adore. Drop in a few of her favorite flowers and give her a centerpiece she’ll love!
4. recipes are traditions to be treasured. Hand-written recipes passed down through the generations are an important part of a family’s history. For Mother’s Day we created these adorable printable recipe cards for Mom to help continue the tradition.
5. does mom love a caffeine kick? Does your mom frequent the Starbucks drive thru for a daily coffee, or maybe two? Grab a Sharpie, a mug, and a gift card to her favorite coffee shop and create a personalized gift she’ll love!
6. add some décor to her garden. If your mom loves to spend time in the garden, she is going to love these thoughtful DIY garden markers. We made them out of nickel stamping blanks and inexpensive paint chips. Our garden markers will help her identify her plants without adding clutter. Gift them with a few of her favorite perennials for an extra personal touch.
7. bring the spa to mom. Busy moms don’t always have the time to schedule some well earned pampering, so I put together a spa basket for my mom this year. Watch this short video where I share some great tips on filling a basket with goodies Mom would never buy for herself.
8. all about grandma! Your mom has graduated to “best grandma ever” status in the eyes of her grandkids, so have them fill out our “all about grandma” questionnaire. Their spontaneous responses will surely get a giggle from everyone, and grandma will love it framed on her wall!
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May 3rd, 2013 by Cheryl Najafi
I just got back from my trip home to Missouri where we filmed me and my mom cooking in the kitchen where I grew up. I took my whole team, my Director of Photography and my hairstylist, Mark, that I have been friends with for close to 20 years.
I was a little nervous at first because I wasn’t certain how the trip would go. I have members of my team from all over the U.S. and while Webb City, Missouri is a slice out of the all-American pie, there really isn’t much to do in this tiny little town. And to top it off, the forecast called for pouring rain the entire time we were to be there.
Since only a couple of people were needed for the shoot, I sent most of them on a team-building exercise—this idea was Cari’s, my CBO, and it was brilliant. They were given a car, $40 and four hours to put together a tablescape for our dinner that evening. They were charged with finding a centerpiece, table runner, napkins, napkin treatment and place cards for the table but could not go over their allocated funds.
Much to my surprise, they not only managed the task beautifully (in the pouring rain, remember), but they did so spending only about $20—half of what I had given them!
The table was gorgeous. An old piece of scrap metal served as the runner, shelf paper as placemats, pieces of a pillowcase were ripped into the napkins, and coffee filters were scrunched into “flowers” as the napkin treatment. And the best part of it all was the centerpiece. They used an old vase from Goodwill and wrapped twine around it for a rustic look where it housed clipped branches of a blooming dogwood tree—Missouri’s state flower. There was such creativity and it was a perfect team-building experience. Way to go team CherylStyle!
So while the production team and I (with my Mom) gathered footage for my “going home” story, the other members of my team were enjoying a beautiful spring, albeit rainy, day in the Midwest. There was no need at all to be nervous. Everyone loved the experience. But the best part of all was once everyone returned back to our house, we all had dinner together. The CherylStyle team and my family (about 32 people) filled the living room. We laughed, told stories and played charades. The day (and night) was a huge success.
I come from a beautiful place with beautiful people who graciously open their hearts and home to strangers. I guess you can say, CherylStyle is MissouriStyle—a place to embrace what truly matters—the experience we have around the table.
April 29th, 2013 by Cheryl Najafi
My goal when entertaining is to relax and have fun with my friends and family! I like to keep things simple, memorable, and stress free–three things I had in mind while creating these festive cinco de mayo party ideas! Simple and delicious recipes, unique and refreshing cocktails, and colorful table decor will help you to set the tone for a fun fiesta everyone will be talking about!
1. muddled cherries, tequila, lime juice…yum! If the sun is shining, it’s time to break out the patio furniture and the tequila so you can indulge in one of these scrumptious bing cherry margaritas – a true warm weather favorite.
2. crockpot = set it and forget it. This recipe for savory pulled pork tacos with sweet and spicy jalapeño pineapple salsa is absolutely perfect for a crowd, and the crockpot means less time in the kitchen and more fiesta for you!
3. even a classic needs a makeover now and again. Learn how to get fresh, go grand, give 100%, and keep it young with these 4 great ways to build a better margarita.
4. turn your beer into a cocktail. Give these refreshing Cheladas a try! Freshly squeezed lime juice and salt is all you need to transform your favorite pilsner into a tasty, frosty treat.
5. it’s all in the presentation. There is no easier way to elevate your cinco de mayo centerpiece than by adding burlap and raffia to a colorful batch of flowers, and I’ll show you how in this short video.
6. there is always room for tacos – even after dinner! I had so much fun making these dessert tacos, and boy did the kids have fun eating them! Tuile cookie shells filled with bits of brownie, coconut, and strawberries – yum!
7. chunky guacamole – with a twist! Served right in the avocado shell for quick and easy clean up, my guacamole recipe replaces traditional jalapeños with chili powder for a smoky, flavorful kick.
8. sip your spicy. Freshly muddled jalapeño and crushed red pepper add a flavorful kick to this less-than-traditional jalapeño margarita. Only want a little heat? Not to worry! The recipe is easily adjustable.
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April 23rd, 2013 by Cheryl Najafi
There is nothing sweeter than celebrating the birth of a new baby. Now that my kids are teenagers, there are no signs of anything baby at our house anymore, so when I have a chance to throw a baby shower I’m super excited! This spring, I put together a boy baby shower full of tips and ideas to help create a truly unique and special day for Mom-to-be.
1. Dress up your baby shower table with this easy and creative place setting. Sometimes the simplest ideas lead to the cutest results–and what could be cuter than a onesie doubling as a placemat and a napkin folded and pinned like a diaper?
2. The journey to motherhood has one BIG bump–gussy it up! From skin care to jewelry–we’ve put together some great tips on how Mom-to-be can look and feel her very best while pregnant.
3. A multi-functional and creative baby shower game that everyone will love! Guests decorate plain white onesies and then hang them up to display at the shower. Mom-to-be then awards a prize to the artist who created her favorite, and baby gets to wear them later.
4. Create excitement for the big day with handcrafted invitations. I believe a personal touch can really add something special, and even sentimental, to an event like a shower. Be inspired to get personal with these handmade invitation designs.
5. Repurpose baby food jars to serve delicious no-bake éclairs. Equal parts easy and yummy, these low-fat éclairs will not only crank up the cute factor, but are also sure to inspire some compliments. Don’t forget the baby spoon!
6. Take a break from the punch bowl. Your guests will surely get a kick out of sipping these frothy, homemade piña coladas, especially if you serve them in baby bottles with extra wide straws!
7. Don’t leave the Grandma-to-be out! Mom-to-be is the guest of honor for the day, but crafting a sign like this is a great way to honor her mother (or mother-in-law) and to recognize the role she will be playing in Baby’s life.
8. Instead of one adorable cake, how about one for everyone? I love the idea of individual portions, and these cute-as-a-button Onesie Cakes are just perfect for a shower. The fondant can be a little tricky, so feel free to use regular frosting instead.
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April 16th, 2013 by Cheryl Najafi
I love to read, nonfiction, that is. (Well, let’s just say I only read a few historical fiction books on occasion.) And like many of you, I have 3 or 4 books going at any given time. It’s easy to keep all the books straight when the subjects are varied and the writing styles are different. It’s even easier for me these days now that I can “carry” around these 3 to 4 books with me at all times on my iPad mini. Below is a snippet of why these particular titles are of interest to me. Hope you find them interesting as well.
1. Sheryl Sandberg has reinvigorated dinner table conversations across the world about women in the workplace in her fascinating book, Lean In. Her down-to-earth confessions about “how being described as ‘bossy’ or ‘controlling’ as a young girl made her cringe” really resonates with me. It made me reflect…girls are bossy and boys are assertive. Women are bitches and men are tough leaders. Women have to juggle while men just work. I admire her fearlessness to tackle this topic. Sheryl is on my list of people I’d love to meet!
2. My historical fiction indulgence is Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. I am captivated by the story of how intermingled the church and the monarchies were in the Middle Ages, scratching each others backs, deceiving one another and desperately fighting over the same control of the lands. Rich in history and fact, the tale of a stonemason and his quest to build a magnificent cathedral is a book I’m finding terribly hard to put down. Ken Follet aficionados will not be disappointed by this radical genre shift. Pillars of the Earth is a thrill ride for anyone who is a fan of history.
3. Out of Order by Sandra day O’Connor. Arizona is so much more than Crazy sheriff Joe. And Chief Justice O’Connor is a true reflection of the rich history that this state has to offer. Since I call Arizona my home, I am thrilled to read about the stories surrounding O’Connor’s journey to the Supreme Court, her insider perspective of the evolution of the court and some fun anecdotes along the way. I was given¬†the honor of being selected as one of Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women for our State’s Centennial celebration along side Justice O’Connor. Meeting her was an extraordinary experience. And to be honored with her was a chance in a lifetime. I can’t wait to read her book.
4. I got half way through the Emperor of All Maladies when it first came out in 2010 (wow, where did those 3 years go?) and got distracted and never finished it. So, I’ve picked it up again. If you love history and the discovery of understanding how our politics, bureaucracies and wealth influence medical advancement, you’ll love this book. While Mukherjee weaves so many other layers around the history of cancer, the account of the political web surrounding its research is truly eye opening. It reveals just¬†how complicated our medical system is. I found, it reads like a novel and is so moving I just couldn’t put it down. I’m so excited to see what the other half of the book has in store.
5. What to Cook and How to Cook It is a cookbook you’ll enjoy reading as much as looking at the images. Great tips and recipes‚ step-by-step instruction and gorgeous photography. I have two hard copies as well. One for home and one for my office. Love, love!
6. Another book to quench my insatiable curiosity of religion, The Vatican Diaries, by John Thavis gives us an insider’s look at the politics inside the heart of the Catholic Church. As a Vatican reporter, Thavis gives us a unique account of the varied personalities behind this huge organization and the few powerful men that run it.
7. The world of Hollywood and celebrity is fascinating to me. The Soundtrack of My Life is an autobiography that chronicles Clive Davis’ journey from Brooklyn to Harvard to Hollywood and is an amazing story. A legend in the entertainment world and the force behind such talent as Barry Manilow, Bruce Springsteen and Whitney Houston, Davis’ story is a true testament of how hard work and grit should be at the top of everyone’s resume.
8. I have been a ‘student’ of religions and people’s motivations to kill in the name of religion since I started my bachelor’s degree at ASU. I’m so intrigued to see how Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven looks at the role violence has played in some sects of the Mormon Church.
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April 4th, 2013 by Cheryl Najafi
I have a motley crew at home–Doodles, Foxy and Annie (a goldendoodle, corgi, and cava-poo respectively) and they are beloved members of the Najafi family. Each pup has a unique, special personality and my kiddos love to spoil them every chance they get. And there are so many ways to spoil them including cushy dog beds, homemade treats, brightly covered chew toys and fanciful food bowls. It is evident that if you want to treat your pet like royalty, whatever you are looking for is only a click away.
Since the emergence of specialty stores and pet boutiques, gizmos, gadgets and contraptions have come a long way. National Pet Day is next week so I thought I’d share some fun accessories to spoil your furry friends. I tried not to be too biased being a dog lover, so I threw in some things for you cat lovers too! ☺
1. This is so awesome! Your dogs will always have fresh water with the Contech Water Dog Auto Outdoor Drinking Fountain. The Water Dog senses the dog’s approach, and automatically dispenses a cool, clean stream of fresh drinking water. No more filling up the bowls all day during the summer!
2. Rain or shine the dogs have to go out. Most have no issue getting wet but some like my first born (dog), Molly, would absolutely not step foot in the rain! Keep your pet dry and comfortable with this dog umbrella from Happy Pet Travel.
3. I thought this was hilarious when I saw it! Have your kitty cat scratch some tracks instead of the couch with the Cat DJ Scratching Deck from Fred Flare.
4. For all you cat lovers, this looks pretty interesting. The Catit Design Senses Grass Garden Kit brings the outdoors in.
5. What do you think about this? Aruliden Fishscape Fish Bowl. Now repeat Aruliden Fishscape Fish Bowl five times in a row.
6. Finally! A dog bed with the same grade of decorum you have for your home. The Chevron Dog Bed from Martha & Ash is made from ultra-durable outdoor fabric and comes in 3 different sizes.
7. Fire up a different kind of stogie while playing fetch. Doggie Cigars from Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store are fetch sticks made from solid rope and are a great conversation starter.
8. Dog paws get chapped and cracked just like ours! If your dogs walk you regularly like mine do, you should moisturize and protect their dry paws and skin. Canine Earth Awesome Apple Paw Balm is just the thing to try.
9. Whip up your own dog treats for a healthy alternative to store bought biscuits. Your four-legged pal will feel the love with treats made from wholesome ingredients. Plus, it will save money and you won’t have to worry about these treats being recalled.
April 2nd, 2013 by Cheryl Najafi
March 28th, 2013 by Cheryl Najafi
For preparing healthy snacks on the go, fun treats for the classroom, or even just a simple fix for drippy pancake batter all over the kitchen, I hope you find a tool that’s useful to you☺.
1. I always encourage my kiddos to eat their veggies, but with this vegetable shredder from Yanko Design, they might not even know the veggies exist. Shredded zucchini, potatoes or cucumbers are so much more fun to eat!
2. Spell out well wishes with stamped letter cookies. These cutouts are great to use for personalized treats, classroom birthday snacks, or practicing the alphabet. The impressions from the stamps are deep enough to frost easily and they leave professional looking designs.
3. We consume a lot of bananas in my house. They go on cereal, toast and peanut butter, in smoothies and on ice cream sundaes. With the Chef’n Bananza Slicer, I can get all the banana I need in uniform slices!
4. I don’t love a ton of salad dressing on my greens; the contents of your salad should speak for themselves! With this Tabletop Oil Mister, you can infuse olive oil with your favorite herbs and lightly mist salads and veggies with complementary flavors.
5. Freshly minced herbs are so yummy to taste but such a pain to chop! Problem solved with the Microplane Herb Mill. Perfect for baked potato toppings, seasoning meats or adding a flavorful garnish to soup.
6. I often take my breakfast to go in the form of a smoothie. With the Oster MyBlend Blender, I can whip up my favorite ingredients and swap the blender blade for a drinking lid and there’s very little cleanup!
7. Make perfect pancakes without the mess! The Chicago Metallic Batter Dispenser easily dispenses the ideal amount of batter onto the griddle or into the pan with no messy drips.
8. I drink a ton of water, and I’m always tying to encourage my kids to do the same. When they complain about having to drink water, I use the Aqua Zinger Flavored Water Maker instead of flavor packets and fitness water.
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March 20th, 2013 by Cheryl Najafi
I’m all about putting a fun, irreverent twist on springtime celebrations. As a working mom, my number one goal is to make sure my family enjoys a unique and memorable occasion–even if I don’t have time for elaborate preparations. Serving dessert that looks like a bunny rabbit’s dream, or crafting Easter eggs from buttons and twine, all give impetus to laughter and love in the home.
Nix the notion of having to “do it all”. Just pick one thing you love and make it memorable. From seedling centerpieces, Nutella nests, deviled egg chicks, and veggie desserts, I hope you find that some of our Easter spirit inspires you.
1. Ditch the dye. Alternative ideas for Easter egg decorating.
2. Bring the outdoors to your tabletop. Paper maché eggs with fresh alyssum and preserved moss.
3. Easter’s tweetings. Deviled egg hatchlings with carrots and capers.
4. A view from the bird’s nest. All Bran and Nutella Easter egg nests with mini Cadbury eggs.
5. French provincial gets centerpiece chic. Free range and freshly hatched seedlings for your Easter celebration.
6. A garden-variety basket for Easter treats. How to craft a natural-looking Easter basket with an egg carton, twine and treasures from nature.
7. Plant a faux veggie garden. Chocolate dipped strawberries in Oreo crumbles and terra cotta pots.
8. Shepherd your flock. Marshmallow and Cheerios sheep treats for the entire family.
March 12th, 2013 by Cheryl Najafi
You will always catch me salting my chocolates. Because I’m so enamored with the sweet and salty combination, I couldn’t wait to experiment with sea-salted potato crisps dipped in chocolate.
Irish whiskey is too bold for some to sip comfortably. Instead, celebrate the year’s biggest Irish holiday with a potato vodka cocktail!
Try a healthier alternative to cheesy potato skins. Potato bites sprinkled with the right amount of salt is the perfect combination with a pint of Irish brew.
You may not have the luck of the irish, but our pot o’ gold jello is just as fun as finding a treasure at the end of a rainbow. This dessert is as delightful for adults as it is for the kids.
Mid-march, it’s still pretty nippy out. Get warm and dish up hearty twice baked potato soup in honor of the Irish. I love to top mine with cheddar cheese and scallions.
My kiddos used to have so much fun creating their own versions of Mr. Potato Head. Create a fun twist on the idea using real potatoes and veggies, then bake them for dinner!
St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just a night out on the town. Kick off the day’s festivities with a hearty breakfast of hash brown nests and deviled eggs.
It’s so much fun to enjoy beers of all flavors from around the world. Just like red and white wines have particular glasses for serving, beer should be served in complimentary glasses to enhance your sipping experience. If you’ve never tried Guinness, I strongly urge you to do so. It has a surprisingly nutty flavor and smooth texture. I love Guinness floats with vanilla ice cream. I know, who knew, right?
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January 15th, 2013 by Cheryl Najafi
It’s January 15th, so how are you doing on all those grand New Year’s resolutions? Don’t worry if you’ve already cracked, you’re not alone. In fact, research says that nearly eight out of 10 people will give up on their resolutions within six months.
So this year, instead of a resolution to change, why not pledge to become a little better at something you already do well—a better wife, mother or friend to the people you love?
This year I’m making a commitment to adjust my sensibilities and make the people around me feel more loved not only among my friends and family, but in my professional life as well. It’s time for me to embrace the fact that CherylStyle is now bigger than I am personally, and let my talented staff have command of their individual spaces and roles. I am going to get a little better at being a leader and role model. That’s my goal. No big changes, just a simple fine-tuned adjustment.
I really feel 2013 is going to be a pivotal year for me and my team. So hold onto your hats, guys. This year is going to rock! Thanks for coming along on the ride.
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Found the great quote above, here.
October 11th, 2012 by Cheryl Najafi
Ok, I have to admit, I’ve got a bit of a problem. On one hand, I am extremely disciplined with what I eat and try to avoid sugar. But on the flip side, I LOVE, LOVE sweet and salty things together. In fact, chocolate-covered almonds with sea salt is one of my all-time favorite things.
So here’s my dilemma: chocolate bars are everywhere and come in many varieties, but I cannot open one without eating the whole darn thing. So I went in search of a sweet and salty box of chocolate bites. However, I cannot find a box of sugar free, salted chocolate covered almonds anywhere! I’ve scoured the web and I cannot find it. Really? I’m the first person in the world that wants this combination?!!
What’s a girl to do? WELLLL, I got creative. See’s Chocolates has a box of sugar free chocolate covered almonds. And what I do is spritz the chocolates with water from a spray bottle to moisten the tops. Then I sprinkle the chocolates with my yummy rock salt. Voila! In about 20 minutes they are dry, I have a perfect box of sugar free salted chocolate covered almonds! But the yum doesn’t stop there…if you are a sweet-and-salty-aholic like I am, try adding rock salt to the top of fresh, baked chocolate chip cookies or brownies….delish!
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Disclaimer: There’s just one caveat for eating sugar free products…Don’t eat more than three pieces at any given time if you don’t want your tummy to rebel against the sugar substitute! You’ll thank me later! Ha!