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Entertaining Made Easy with La Terra Fina


Entertaining made easy with recipes and dips from La Terra Fina | The Champagne Supernova

Lemon Pepper & Asiago vegetable dip from La Terra Fina

This post is sponsored by La Terra Fina. All opinions are my own.

Who here gets really stressed at the idea of entertaining?

Me! Me! Me!

Some people are natural born entertainers and, unfortunately, that’s just not my forte.

I stress about the idea of planning, keeping track of RSVPs and, more than anything, coming up with snacks to keep the guests’ bellies full.

Luckily, La Terra Fina has some AMAZING fruit and vegetable dips and spreads on hand to keep every host and guest happy.

These include:

  • Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Dip
  • Eureka Lemon Cheesecake Dip
  • Italian Style Tomato & Cheese Dip & Spread; and
  • Lemon Pepper Asiago Dip & Spread.

All of these (inexpensive!) dips are available at your neighborhood Publix and taste good by themselves or doctored with other ingredients.

La Terra Fina was launched in 1983 by a San Francisco area caterer who was locally famous for her dips and quiches. She created her products for grocery and club stores and now offers more chef-inspired goodies that are perfect for friends and loved ones.

La Terra Fina is committed to the environment and long-term sustainability through it’s product sourcing, packaging decisions, and production processes. The company recycles 83% of materials and use electricity reducing programs at their plant and in their offices. La Terra Fina uses locally grown ingredients and is always looking for new ways to decrease the company’s environmental footprint.

Check out La Terra Fina‘s website for a huge list of appetizer, dessert, main course, side dish, and snack recipes that take 30 minutes or less. (You can also find a coupon online for a buy one, get one free product.)

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Dip

  • One container of La Terra Fina Eureka Lemon Cheesecake Dip
  • One half of a pint of fresh blueberries
  • Five large graham crackers
  • One fresh lemon

Mash the graham crackers into small pieces and mix them with the blueberries and Eureka Lemon Cheesecake Dip. Add lemon zest to the top (for appearance sake) and enjoy with cookies, crackers, or the fruit of your choice.

Cheers to La Terra Fina for helping us simplify our lives and Happy Entertaining!

Entertaining made easy with recipes and dips from La Terra Fina | The Champagne Supernova

Eureka Lemon Cheesecake Dip, Italian Style Tomato & Cheese Dip & Spread, and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Dip from La Terra Fina.

Entertaining made easy with recipes and dips from La Terra Fina | The Champagne Supernova

Vegetable spread with the Lemon Pepper & Asiago dip from La Terra Fina

    A Charmed Christmas with James Avery


    A magical Christmas with James Avery charms | The Champagne Supernova

    My earliest memory of Christmas morning dates back to when I was five years old. My parents trekked from Florida to Pennsylvania to spend the holidays with my grandparents and other family members.

    On Christmas morning, I remember waking up early (so early that it was still dark outside) and tiptoeing downstairs with my parents, grandparents, and younger sister.

    The blue carpet around the tree was surrounded by all types of amazing gifts. There was a large rocking horse with my name on it.

    Best of all, the chocolate chip cookies we left out for Santa the night before were nothing more than crumbs.

    I’ll never forget my grandparents’ Christmas tree. It had hundreds of multi-colored lights and several ornaments. Some were vintage. Some were new. Some my grandmother, an elementary school teacher, had collected as gifts from her students over the years. The top of the Christmas tree had a white angel with a porcelain face. It had been in the family for several years and while the location of the ornaments may have changed over time, the angel was a constant.

    This Angel of Peace charm is special because it reminds me of the angel that sat on top of my grandparents’ tree.

    It symbolizes the carefree nature of childhood and loving memories of family and togetherness.

    For me, James Avery is so much more than jewelry.

    It’s a symbol of faithfulness and the comfort of strongly held beliefs.

    It’s a way to hold those traditions and memories close when loved ones are far away.

    It’s a way to say “I Love You” every day.

    James Avery is more than a store.

    James Avery is your story.

    Make this Christmas one to remember with James Avery artisan jewelry.

    For more inspiring James Avery stories and the jewelry that helps tell them, such as the Angel of Peace charm, visit the website here.

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    What is your story?

    Cheers and Merry Christmas.

      Bealls Outlet: Your Affordable Holiday Destination


      Get your holiday shopping done with great brands at Beall's Outlet | The Champagne Supernova

      My kids’ wish-list from Santa is a mile long.

      They want everything.

      Dolls.

      An electric car.

      Games.

      Movies.

      Play make-up.

      Jewelry and accessories.

      Fortunately, buying great brand name toys and gadgets for your friends and family doesn’t have to break the bank this holiday season.

      Mosey on over to your local Beall’s Outlet for a great selection of toys and electronics available at competitive prices.

      My girls and I went there for a morning of shopping for other family members- including young kids- and had so much luck.

      Beall’s Outlet offers high-quality brand name toys such as Melissa and Doug, Disney, and Fisher Price. These toys are available at prices that are significantly lower than retail. We walked out of the store with so many goodies and I wasn’t worried about having a terrifying credit card statement at the end of the month. (Who else has been there before?)

      Get your holiday shopping done at Beall's Outlet | The Champagne Supernova

      Beall’s Outlet also has a large selection of electronics with big name brands like Magnavox, Sharper Image, and SoundPro.

      I was able to grab noise-canceling headphones for my brother-in-law, computer speakers for my dad, and a karaoke machine for my friends. Again, at significantly discounted prices.

      While you’re knee deep in holiday parties, keep in mind Beall’s Outlet also has a great selection of bath and beauty products that would make great hostess gifts.

      These include decorative hand towels, organic bath bombs, and scented candles.

      Be sure to keep Beall’s Outlet in mind as your holiday shopping destination for great products at an even better value.

      Cheers and happy holidays!

        Make Thanksgiving Preparation Easy with Beall’s Outlet


        Thanksgiving brings many things to mind.

        Pilgrims and Indians.

        Cooler weather and colorful leaves.

        Time off from work and school.

        Hanging out with family and friends.

        Having to hit the gym twice as hard to make up for all the turkey, trimmings, and libations that will be consumed.

        And let’s keep it real… stress.

        While I love the overall feel of the holidays, all the little details that go into it can get stressful.

        Do we have enough sheets and towels to accommodate overnight guests?

        What about dinnerware- do we have table settings for everyone?

        Can Martha Stewart (or my Fairy Godmother) come over and make my house look festive?

        Do we have sufficient bakeware or should we just make reservations?

        Fortunately, Beall’s Outlet has really helped me get ahead of the eight-ball when it comes to planning for the holidays. In fact, it’s a one-stop shop for everything I need to make hosting Thanksgiving a great success. From measuring cups and baking pans to home decor, bedding, bathroom necessities, and table sets, Beall’s Outlet has enabled me and my family to get ready for Thanksgiving without spending valuable time and money.

        With products discounted as much as 70% off retail, the value is unbeatable. 

        We bought everything we needed to get us ready for Thanksgiving by making one simple shopping trip to Beall’s Outlet. This included serving dishes, pie platters, festive salt and pepper shakers, holiday decor, and a scented candle (pumpkin spice) to boot.

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        Below are photographs of me and my girls making our signature Banana Bread dish for a Thanksgiving appetizer. All of the cooking utensils featured in the photograph were purchased at Beall’s Outlet.

        How to simplify your holidays with Bealls Outlet | The Champagne Supernova

        Here is the recipe:

        • One box of banana nut bread mix from the grocery store (you could do this from scratch, but #aintnobody got time);
        • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil;
        • 3 large eggs.

        Preheat the oven to 350. Combine the vegetable oil and eggs with the mix. Stir the ingredients and pour them in a 9 x 5 bread tin purchased at Beall’s Outlet. Place the tin in the oven for 40 minutes.

        Voila!

        I even created a tablescape with items I purchased at Beall’s Outlet.

        Spreading Thanksgiving cheer with Bealls Outlet | The Champagne Supernova

        Wow, I never thought I would ever be able to get my act together and actually create my own tablescape!

        Want to enjoy even more savings on top of Beall’s already low prices? Then sign up for their One Card loyalty program. Becoming a member is easy and literally took two minutes- you can sign up directly in the store with a sales associate at the check-out counter. It’s FREE and will save you a lot of moolah in the long run. What are the rewards?

        • A $5 coupon for every 200 points you earn. That’s 1 point for each $1 you spend at Beall’s Outlet.
        • 15% off your entire purchase on Monday for those 50 and over or on Friday for those 49 and under.
        • The best customers receive exclusive offers and promotions throughout the year.

        Cheers to a great Thanksgiving, everyone, and cheers to Beall’s Outlet for making Thanksgiving easier on my mind, time, and wallet.

        Thank you to Beall’s Outlet for sponsoring this post. Although they gave me money to shop at their store, all the thoughts, styling ideas, and tips in the blog post are my own.

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          Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market 2017


          Funny Santa Pictures at the Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market 2017 | The Champagne Supernova

          He’s making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…

          Hark!

          The Junior League of Tampa‘s 14th annual Holiday Gift Market presented by Publix returns in 2017- and it’s better than ever before. (I mean, how do you top something consistently amazing?)

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          Last year, I provided tips for how to hide all of your Holiday Gift Market loot from your husbands. This year, we are relishing in how to torment treat your children to photos with the Big Man Himself.

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          Great News…

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            Attention Parents: It’s Okay to Bribe Your Kids


            It's ok to bribe your kids | The Champagne Supernova

            The cutie pie in this picture is my friend’s son, Andrew. He is five years old and in Pre-Kindergarten. My friend told Andrew’s older sister she would buy her a $50 toy if she got all 300 of her sight words correct. Andrew asked if that counted for him as well, so my friend agreed. Andrew worked really, really hard to achieve his goal and got all of his 300 sight words correct. Look how proud he is in this picture. Go, Andrew, Go! And go, mama, go! You gotta do what you gotta do and figure out what works for kids.

            It’s not every day I get inspired by the MTV show My Super Sweet 16.

            For those of you who have never seen it, it’s a reality show that follows privileged fifteen year-old girls and their friends as they obsessively plan their Sweet 16 parties.

            These parties are often over-the-top and are the equivalent of hosting a wedding. Ornate invitations. Hundreds of guests. Famous DJs providing the entertainment. Hoochie mama gaudy dresses. Hairdressers and makeup artists. Behind-the-scenes drama.

            More often than not, watching the show is like watching a train wreck.

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              Dear People Without Kids: You Don’t Get to Judge Parents. Ever.


              People who don't have children of their own aren't allowed to judge parents | The Champagne Supernova

              Here’s a new rule.

              If you don’t have children and/ or never had to raise children, then absent blatant emotional or physical abuse, you don’t get to judge people who are real life actual parents.

              Like, ever.

              I recently shared an article on my blog’s Facebook page about how people who choose to not have children are not entitled to live in a child-free world. A guy named Joseph commented that “when kids are misbehaving in an intolerant manner, it is almost always shitty parenting.”

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                Family Night In: Live a Healthful Life with Earth Fare


                Healthy living at the Earth Fare grocery store | The Champagne Supernova

                This post was proudly sponsored by Earth Fare. All opinions are my own.

                Hear ye, hear ye!

                A healthy and delicious food chain is opening another location in Tampa Bay!

                Founded in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1975, Earth Fare is a specialty organic and natural foods grocery store. Their full-service philosophy incorporates the highest food quality standards in the industry with compelling value, friendly and knowledgeable service, and a superior shopping experience.

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                  Prank Calling: Joquetta Jackson and the Infamous Sheet Cake


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                  Now that the cat is out of the bag about me being immature, I want to share a story about an old and dear friend, Joquetta Jackson.

                  Joquetta works hard as the bakery manager at Winn-Dixie, a popular grocery chain in the southeastern United States.

                  While she knows how to make things like cookies and pastries, Joquetta’s real “bread and butter” (see what I did there?) is sheet cakes.

                  Joquetta’s got a sheet cake to celebrate every occasion.

                  Paternity determinations.

                  The syndication of Friends.

                  Finally removing that pesky hangnail.

                  Her creativity knows no limits.

                  Only Joquetta Jackson isn’t a real person.

                  She’s a fictional character my friends and I created for the purpose of prank calling innocent victims in college (oh God, and law school) when we should have been doing more important things like studying for exams, working out, washing our hair… the usual.

                  People were always so confused when we called.

                  I’ll begin with my now father-in-law. (I wasn’t married at the time.) It was 2007 and the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ death.

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                    Negative Body Image: One Thing I’ll Never Discuss with My Daughter


                    I was in line at the grocery store last week when the words rung out in my ears. A mother was shaming her middle school-aged daughter for wanting a Kit-Kat bar.

                    “Chocolate isn’t part of your diet,” she hissed, “and your pants are already too tight to begin with.”

                    The mother removed the candy from the shopping cart and placed it back onto the rack in front of the register.

                    Knowing I heard this exchange and probably embarrassed, the daughter looked like she was going to cry.

                    It wasn’t my place to intervene, but I was wondering what this woman said to her daughter at home behind closed doors, considering she was so nasty in public.

                    I thought about the girl on my entire drive home.

                    How I felt sorry for her.

                    How, to me, she didn’t look overweight at all. Her pants certainly weren’t tight.

                    How I was grateful for my own mother for not body shaming me and my sister when we were growing up. For not pressuring us to look a certain way.

                    Perhaps this girl’s mother, who appeared obese, was projecting her own negative self-image onto her daughter.

                    I had a friend in college we’ll call Kristy. Blond haired, olive skin, tall, and naturally toned muscles, Kristy was the prettiest girl in the room.

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