Archives for September 2011

Fabulous Fun Friday… from Diva Entertains

Welcome to the first of what I hope will be MANY “Fabulous Fun Friday” posts here at Diva Entertains.  It’s the kind of post where you’ll never know what I might find, but you can be SURE it will be FABULOUS… and FUN.

For my first FFF post, I want to talk a bit about Pinterest.  If you aren’t already a member over at the “pinning” site, you need to click on over and check it out.  But, be forewarned – you are likely to lose HOURS out of your weekend if you DO .

I’ve heard it described a lot of different ways, but one of my favorites is “eye-candy inspiration”.  It is basically a hundred thousand (maybe million!) “virtual bulletin boards” with lovely photos, DIY projects, recipes to drool over, creative ideas to try… oh, and so much more.

You can set up your own personal boards, and then your task (if you choose to accept it) is to add pins to these boards.  Check out the Diva Entertains Pinterest boards, if you want to see a few boards and pins in action.

So, how about a little visual motivation?  Here is a shot of the “Centerpieces and More” board I created:

centerpieces and flowers pinterest board screen shot

Isn’t that just lovely and inspiring? Each one of those images is a clickable “pin” on my Pinterest page, that will lead me to the original blog or website from which it came.

SO, I can click on the links, read more about the centerpieces, see more photos, check for tutorials or other ideas… and find more blogs to bookmark! (Because I really need more blogs to read, don’t you?)

And looks at some of the pins I added to the Cakes, Cupcakes, Cookies and More board:

cakes cupcakes and cookies pinterest board screen shoot

Makes me want to take a cake decorating class… RIGHT NOW!

So… my final word for the day?  Pinterest = FABULOUS FUN

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What do you think?  Have you checked it out already?  Do you have a Pinterest page?  Please leave a link in the comments if you do; I definitely want to see it!

 

Ch..ch..changes for the Diva Entertains Blog!

It’s about time for the new fall season… (bring on the cooler weather!)… and it’s also time for a new season here at Diva Entertains!

You will still be able to find great recipe posts on a regular basis, but it’s time for MORE!

Party tips, entertainment ideas, fabulous features, DIY tutorials… we’re going to have it all here at the DE blog.

You can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

And if you have a party or entertainment (or foodie or photography)… or…well, ANY kind of blog, feel free to leave us a comment with your link. We are looking for guest bloggers and sites to feature, and we’d love to hear about YOUR passion.

Divine Chocolate Chunk Bars

Here’s another fabulous recipe from my friend Lizzy at That Skinny Chick Can Bake blog.  Why are these chocolate chunk bars divine?  Because like Lizzy,  I’m all for recipes that go the extra step to make the result a bit richer and moister than the traditional recipe.  And this recipe achieves it by adding an extra egg yoke to the batter (I always throw an extra yoke into my cake batters) and using a combination of white sugar and granulated sugar.

Lizzy adapted this recipe from a Cook’s Illustrated recipe – I love this magazine! If you’ve never read one you may want to pick it up at a bookstore – each recipe is a cooking lesson!

Important note from Lizzy: “Instead of using 2 cups of a variety of chocolate chip flavors as called for in the original recipe, I turned these into chocolate chunk bars.  That way I could sneak some of my favorite white chocolate into the mix. I’ve always like my chocolate chip bars slightly underdone...maybe my it’s due to my love of cookie dough, but they’re just moister, chewier when not cooked the full 28 minutes.”  You, of course, can use any combination of chocolate chunks that you want – or just one type of chocolate!

Turn to Diva Entertains for your entertaining needs!  Our party favors, centerpieces and decorations are one-of-a-kind!

Mandarin Orange Cake

Although I’m normally a ‘make it from scratch’ kinda gal, this mandarin orange pineapple cake is definitely an exception.  I’ve had it many times over the years and enjoyed it every time.  It tastes light, fresh and full of citrus flavor.  Best of all, it’s a breeze to make.  Interestingly, this cake also goes by the name of Pig Picking Cake and I don’t have a clue why:)

This recipe comes from my friend Lizzy at the  That Skinny Chick Can Bake!!! blog.  She’s a great cook and baker – you won’t go wrong with her recipes!

Diva Entertains has the party favors that your guests will LOVE receiving including Birthday Favors, Wine Favors, and Chocolate Favors!