Saturday, November 30, 2013

Cyber Monday Discounts and Giveaways

Join us Cyber Monday for Discounts and Giveaways.


Visit our MintJulepsNMuddin Store and

Use discount code: cybermonday to receive 20 % off a purchase of $40.00 or more.

Each Cyber Monday purchaser will also receive a free frosted snowflake candleholder. It’s just our way of saying thank you.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Salty, Savory Sweet Broccoli Salad

Salty, Savory Sweet Broccoli Salad

My family loves this salad. Its wonderful by itself, but we usually serve it as a side dish. My little uncle, Thomas, calls it, "grass grazing good." He waits until the entire family has prepared their plates and takes the bowl of what's left. This recipe was a little strange to them,
at first, but its love at first bite.


1 lb bacon (fried and drained)
8 cups of broccoli florets
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of crushed pineapple (drained)
1/2 cup of golden raisins
1/3 cup of finely chopped onion
1 cup of mayonnaise
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
In a large bowl, toss broccoli, cheese, onions, and raisins together. Crumble bacon over broccoli mixture. Pour pineapples in mixture and toss.
In a small bowl, mix mayo, sugar and vinegar. When all ingredients are mixed well, pour over broccoli mixture, and stir.
Refrigerate over night. Stir well before serving. 

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.


Join us Cyber Monday for Discounts and Giveaways.


Visit our MintJulepsNMuddin Store and

Use discount code: cybermonday to receive 20 % off a purchase of $40.00 or more.

Each Cyber Monday purchaser will also receive a free frosted snowflake candleholder. It’s just our way of saying thank you.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cheap and Easy Thanksgiving Bread Basket

Cheap & Easy Thanksgiving Bread Basket


Basket from the Dollar Tree
Tamale Corn Husks from the Grocery Store
Hot Glue and Gun
Newspaper Rubber Band
Start by placing the rubber band around the top of the basket.

Dot hot glue up and down a small area of the basket. Place a corn husk under the rubber band, in the area you placed the hot glue, and press.

 Move to the space, right beside that corn husk, and repeat process. Be sure to dot the edge of the last corn husk, with a bit of glue, before overlapping husk. Your rubber band will help keep husks in place while the glue dries.
You will have to keep pulling your rubber band up, as you glue, to keep it towards the top of the basket.
Once your basket is completely wrapped with husk, allow to dry before you begin to place ribbons and twine.
Place a dot of hot glue on the corn husk and place your ribbon on it. Allow to dry, then tie ribbon around basket. Do the same for the twine. I chose to wrap the twine around the basket several times to give it a rustic feel. If you do the same, you will have to push the gun beneath the layers of twine and glue the twine in place.
Take a pair of scissors and cut off any excess husk, from the bottom of the basket, to allow it to sit level.
 I'm going to drape the inside of mine with a cloth napkin before using.
Now, its ready to add a festive touch to your Thanksgiving table.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Holiday Shopping Safety Tip

Holiday Shopping Safety Tip

Ladies - When you're in the large retail stores, Christmas shopping, choose a cart with a child's safety belt - whether you have a child with you or not. Simply - pull the safety belt through the handles of your purse and latch it. This will reduce the changes of you falling victim to a snatch and grab. The bad guys have already started, ripping handbags from shopper's shoulders and running.

Of course, you never want to leave your purse open in a store and never out of your sight. Doing this will make it difficult for someone to just grab up your purse and run.

Friday, November 22, 2013

DIY - Snowflake Ornaments From Drink Bottles

Snowflake Ornaments Made From Drink Bottles

Great project for kids - Adults, Please do the cutting, then give to children to decorate.
Collect several plastic drink bottles of various sizes. Rinse out bottles and allow to dry. With scissors or box blade, carefully cut off bottom of bottles. Use a hole punch to make a hole for inserting ribbons. Then, use acrylic or fabric puff paint to draw on your snowflakes. These, I sprinkled on a bit of iridescent glitter on, to give them some sparkle. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Snow Wrapped Candle Holder

Here's another project where the kids can get involved and you can upcycle those old pasta sauce jars.


Clear School Glue
Paint Brush
Epsom Salt
Holiday Stickers (if you wish)

Spread out your paper to work on. Place your stickers on the jar.
 Start by squeezing some glue on the jar. 
Use your paint brush to spread the glue over the entire exterior of the jar.
 Sprinkle Epsom Salt over the exterior of the jar. If there are spots where the salt is not adhering to the jar, squeeze a small amount of glue on that area and reapply salt.
Allow jar to dry upright. 
 When its dry, apply a ribbon and drop in your votive candle.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christmas Refrigerator Magnet - Fund Raiser Idea

Christmas Refrigerator Magnet

My little niece's 3rd grade class decided they wanted to do fund raisers. These children wanted to raise money to pay for field trips for any child whose parents couldn't pay for these outings. It touched my heart to think that these young, little people cared so much about one another. They were determined to do what it took to make sure that everyone got go on these outings.

Of course, the children needed items to sell. Once they shared their story, people were willing to help by donating items. My sister-in-law, my niece's mother, and I put our heads together and we came up with this idea. It was simple, but something that can be used for the holidays.

Well, my niece and I spent an afternoon making these cute refrigerator magnet. We made about thirty for $5.00. She will turn that $5.00 into $30.00; not a bad return. In turn, she will be able to help 2 classmates go on their spring field trip. That does a heart good.


Spray Paint
Clothes Pins (Dollar Tree)
1/4" Holiday Themed or Colored Ribbon (Walmart)
Peel and Stick Sheets of Magnets (Dollar Tree)

A day ahead, remove clothes pins from plastic, but keep pinned to cardboard. Spray paint one side of pins and allow to dry. Then flip them over, and spray paint the other side. Once dry, you can begin to tie on your ribbon. I tied the first ribbon, then untied it, and gave it to my niece to cut several ribbon strips of the same size. When she had 30 cut, we tied all the ribbons to the pins. We did the same with the magnet, as we did with the ribbon. I measured the magnets, and gave her one to go by, to cut the rest. Then it was as simple as peeling off the backing and sticking the magnets to the pins.

These will be great to hang those Photo Christmas Cards on the fridge. They're cute and festive.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sparkling Snow Candle Holder - Upcycling Old Jars

Here's another way to reuse those old jars and make them festively, pretty. This is a craft that the kids can do with a little help from adults.


Old jars
Iridescent Glitter
Clear School Glue
Ribbon of any color you choose
Tea light Candle
Simply squeeze some glue into the jar and tilt at a slightly, downwards angle. Turn the jar until the entire inner surface is covered with glue. Add more glue, as needed, to cover all the jar. You may have to use your finger to wipe over any spots that are bare.
When the entire interior of the jar is covered with glue, then sprinkle in some of the glitter. You'll have to sort of shake the jar to cover all areas. Simply cover the jar with your hand and shake until 
the glitter covers all areas. Add more glitter until the entire jar is covered.
Dry upright, then insert candle. Tie a ribbon around the band and its ready to use.
These are really pretty in the light of day, but at night, when you fire up their candles . . . they put on a show.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Giveaway Update

Thank you - everyone that participated in our Veterans Day Giveaway. It was a long day, but we had a ball giving out gifts. We felt like Santa on the last leg of his Christmas Eve tour. Too bad he couldn't deliver all these packages for us.

Well, Christmas came early for those that joined in on our fun. Just wanted to let all the winners,  who have given us their mailing addresses, that your packages are hitting the Post Office tomorrow.
Yes, we've gotten them all packaged and ready to go. So keep a watchful eye out for your prizes.

We will try to do this again in about 6 months.

Thank you all again.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Giveaway Roundup

Giveaway Roundup.

Thank you all so much for your participation. The Giveaways are officially Closed!

To all our winners - Congratulations and Please remember to claim your prize within 24 hours.

The discount codes will end tonight at midnight EST. So be sure to pop by our shop and use the code before it ends.

Many of you today have purchased from us in the past; thank you so much for your loyalty and support.

We have made some new friends today, and for that, we are thankful and look forward to seeing you often. We only wish that everyone had stuck it out with us, so we could have shared with more people.

Please, pass the word along - We are going to start a new section of our blog featuring Your Weddings. If you are a bride-to-be and would like to share your wedding with us, we'd love to hear from you. Keep in mind that we will need written permission from your photographer to use your photos. We'll have that section up and running very soon.

Also, we'd love the winners to send photos of the items they won today being used in their wedding.

Thank you again, and please keep us in mind for your Christmas Shopping needs.


The Winner of the 11th item is . . .

Allison Padgett

11th Giveaway Item: Double Sided Ring Bearer Sign

Hand Painted, Double Sided, Wooden Ring Bearer Sign
(Sorry about the reflection of my coral colored shirt)
Remember to comment your name and where you follow us, below, to be registered to win this gorgeous prize.