Parmesan Salsa – A Great Topping For Pasta, Pizza and More!

parmesan salsa

Today’s recipe, Parmesan Salsa (Salsi di Parmigiano in Italian), is a great recipe to learn not only because it is so delicious (it is!!) but because it is so versatile.  As an appetizer, it’s wonderful spread on a piece of toasted baguette.  Or it’s perfect as a topping for almost any vegetable.  It’s also an incredibly easy pasta sauce that will impress any pasta lover.

The recipe, from Food Network’s Michael Chiarello, takes only minutes to make and you can easily cut the recipe in half.  Although it calls for using 1/2 each of Parmesan and Asiago cheese, I have made it several times with just Parmesan.

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Party Bites – Dessert Style!

Here at Diva Entertains, we are planning a series of “Party Bite” blog posts in upcoming weeks, and today is the first in that series… and it’s a Valentine  DESSERT “party bites” post!  So… the post is brought to you by chocolate, red velvet and truffles, with a few more yummy things thrown in just for fun!

And to save time, I’m just going to provide links and images, since the photos speak for themselves

Hot Chocolate Truffle Balls, from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.  Totally easy – totally fun!  Drop them in some hot milk for a fabulous flavor explosion.  Or eat ‘em straight up – either way these are winners!

From Smuckers, Strawberry Angel Cookies.  A very easy recipe that uses a angel food cake mix.  Although the recipe calls for sugar free preserves (which is great if your on a low sugar diet), I made them with the real deal!


From Peace of Cake, Red Velvet Cookies:  So simple (use a red red velvet cake mix)…so good!  Cream cheese is one of the 5 (yes, only 5!) ingredients so you know it is going to be good!

From Baking Bites, Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies.  Need we say more?

From The Curvy Carrot, Cherry Chocolate Kisses:

And last but not least, super, SUPER easy Heart Shaped Cupcakes.  (how to make the heart shape – use whatever cupcake recipe you’d like)

Winter Wedding (and Party) Favors

It’s party favor time!  I’ve found some fabulous winter wedding ideas and party favors and DIY projects for your WINTER event.  Snowflakes, chocolate, cookies, and more!

To get us started with tons of inspiration, a post from Chubby Cheek Photography… Winter Wonderland party.  Make sure you scroll to the end – they list where they purchased the items so that you can recreate yourself for your very own and very special winter wonderland wedding theme :

From Something Turquoise, DIY chocolate tasting party favor jars. These are SO unique and fun… who wouldn’t want a favor with THREE different kinds of chocolate! And you can purchase the adorable little jars inexpensively from craft stores – don’t forget your coupons.  Need help with the labels – we can create custom labels for you at Diva Entertains – give us a call!

Have a snowflake wedding theme? I have a couple of fab snowflake favors from our Diva Entertains shop.  Snowflake Place Card Holders:

Snowflake Votive Candle Holders:

From Style Me Pretty, DIY Macaroons…Not only does she give you the macaroon recipe and step-by-step instructions – she also tells you how to inexpensively recreate the look below!

Here’s something I haven’t seen before, but I will TOTALLY be trying…chocolate filled cookie cutter favors! Perfect for the whimsical winter wedding favor or party!  Very easy to make, delicious to eat and your guest will have adorable little cookie cutters to take home!


And one more “edible” favor idea, from Our Best Bitessingle serving pies in a jar! Perfect for the bride who is known for baking or her love of all things pastry!  Make sure you read her post in entirety – so darn helpful.  And…these would be really easy with pie crusts found in the refrigerator section of your grocery

 

Featured Customer – Petula’s 40th Birthday!

We love to showcase what our Diva Entertains customers do with the products found in our shop.  Today’s post is a feature of a recent 40th Birthday party.  And what a FAB event it was too!

Check out the GLAM and bedazzled shoe cake topper that Petula created with the toppers you can purchase in our shop:

Just look at the stunning cake…and her beautiful family.

And she also used our personalized Shoe Favor Boxes:

Such a gorgeous party, for a gorgeous glam gal!  Thank you, Petula!

 

Tuesday Trend – Fondant Cupcake Toppers

Have you used fondant in your cake or cupcake decorating yet?  If not, why not?

About three years ago, I tried my hand at decorating with fondant and made a pretty fabulous (if I do say so myself) Princess Birthday cake for my daughter. (Ok, just the bodice of her dress was made with fondant, but I am still proud).

Since that time, the use of fondant and edibles for CUPCAKE toppers has grown like crazy, and this year, I plan do try again, BUT making individual princess toppers for cupcakes!

You know I found a few tutorials, right?  AND some super fab fondant artists from whom you can purchase fondant cake toppers, if you aren’t brave enough to try your own!

First off – let’s start you off with a super-easy, incredibly delicious marshmallow fondant recipe (or you can purchase fondant from a bakery or the baking aisle of a craft store).  Learning how to make cake fondant (or cupcake fondant) is fun and a money saver!

 

From Glorious Treats, a fondant tutorial, to help you get started!

From Crave. Indulge. Satisfy, one of THE best tutorials I found… how to make owl fondant cupcake toppers:

From The Crafty Penguin, a fun tutorial on ladybug cupcakes:

From Cake Journal, how to make embossed teddy bear fondant cupcake toppers (GORGEOUS!):


And remember when I said I was hoping to make some Princess cupcake toppers for my daughter’s birthday?  Well… I may just BUY them instead.  Check THESE out, from Edible Details:

And these from Parker’s Flour Patch, some rose and princess-theme toppers:

Cute, cute, CUTE!!

Red Curry Chicken & Shrimp

I had never made curry before, but thanks to an article in Fine Cooking magazine I had great success the very first time.  They teach, as I’ll show you below, how to make a flavorful curry base.  From there, simply add your choice of protein (meat, chicken, seafood or Tofu) and vegetables.  I chose chicken, shrimp, asparagus and mushrooms but it is really up to you as to what you want to use.

Let me also say upfront that I quickly gave the chicken, shrimp and vegetables a quick stir fry because I wanted them to develop more flavor (and browning does that) than just by cooking in the curry base but you definitely don’t need to do that.  If you choose not to, just add to the broth (I’ll tell you when in the recipe below) and simmer until cooked through (approximately 3- 5 minutes for the protein and vegetables).

Keys for success:  1)  Have all your ingredients prepped and chopped prior to any of the cooking.  This will make the entire cooking process much easier and organized. 2) If you are going to stir-fry your ingredients first, before adding to the curry base, make sure your pan is very hot.  You want to quickly brown them a bit – but not necessarily cooking 100% through – you can finish them off while simmering in the curry base.

Turn to Diva Entertains when looking for exceptional party favors!

FAB FRIDAY – Winter and Valentine Weddings

Today’s post will be brought to you by some fabulous shops we found!  I wrote it with the ultra-glam Winter Bride in mind, but all you maids of honor, best friends, aunts and sisters can read it (and be inspired to shop) too!

From Pickled Parlor, a Tiffany Blue Heart Wedding Garland.  These come in any colors – this is just one fabulous example!

From Lacey Claire Designs, a wedding card or money box.  They offer a huge selection of gorgeous boxes – and you can custom order!

From twigs & honey, a gorgeous crystal, pearl, and bead headband.  This shops crystal wedding headbands and headpieces are TDF!

From Creative Sugar, these divine crystal wedding shoes:  Click here to see their Full Line of Jeweled Shoes.

From Daisy Blu, a white and cream embossed wedding guest book, perfect for a winter wonderland wedding!  She has many handmade designs to choose from!

From Reserved Seating, Ribbon Place Card Holders:

And for a splash of Valentine color, a red floral bridal sash from Handcrafted Affairs:

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Make Paper Roses

Did you know there are a LOT of ways to make paper roses?  I had NO idea, until I started looking for paper rose tutorials for an upcoming Valentine project.  I was so excited by all the different tutorials I found, I decided it would make a great blog post!

From Scraps and Ink, roses in a lovely frame.  I love the idea of the frame, but you could also use her simple how to make roses step by step tutorial and decorate a table top or put them on a bunting or banner.

Click here to read an EASY and unique technique on how to fold a paper rose from Cut Out and Keep:

I just LOVE the look of this paper rose from totalartsoul.com… and the tutorial makes it looks so easy:

Another spiral rose tutorial, from Dozi Design:

Who knew that recycled paper roses could look so good?  Check out the pics from  Capture the Details:

This next tutorial is a little more involved, and requires a couple of tools, but the result is OH so worth it.  From Stacy Cohen, a gorgeous scrapbook layout and paper roses tutorial:

And finally, from DIY or Don’t, one final STUNNING rose tutorial… click HERE:

And just in case you want a tiny bit of help with making one of these roses, you can always click over and purchase a DIY KIT from DIY or Don’t!


The kit includes everything you’ll need to make one of these fabulous roses!

Happy paper crafting!

It’s a GLAM Baby Shower!

I have to admit, I had SO much fun with this post.  I’m not having any more babies anytime soon (or ever), but I always get a little bit of “baby fever” around the first of each year.  Probably because it’s a time for NEW and BEGINNINGS!  Thankfully, there are always plenty of lovely ladies that ARE having babies in my circles, so I thought I’d settle the “fever” by planning a fun party for one of THEM! And I found some super, super fab GLAM Baby Shower inspirations… and a few other fun extras!

First up, from Brooklyn Limestone, an incredibly glamerous baby shower!  Check out the invites and read what she did.  It’s short and has some great inexpensive baby shower ideas:

And a “Baby Shower Wishing Well”:

You simply MUST click HERE to see the rest of the photos (you’ll have to scroll just a tiny bit, but they are there!)

Next, from Kara’s Party Ideas, a rustic glam shower inspiration:  (again, click the link to see MORE baby shower inspiration images – great ideas including a hot cocoa bar)

From Pizzazzerie, another over-the-top fab shower, this time Coco Chanel inspired:


I know I keep saying it, but be sure to click over and see the rest of the photos and the post.  There are some great ideas that could be used for any theme or color scheme.  Near the end of the post is a great “quick tutorial” on how to make a baby shower wishing tree with manzanita branches.

And… for a totally DIFFERENT take on “glam”, look at this Cirque du Bebe Baby Shower post on The Hostess blog:

The photos from this event are simply stunning… who says you can’t plan a circus themed GLAM baby shower? And Click Here to get more details on how to do it yourself!

Now, you really can’t have a glam baby shower without gifts, and of COURSE I was able to find a few lovely, GLAM, gifts for a new baby-to-be.  (And I know, the boys are left out on this one, but we’ll fix that with a very BOY-themed post soon).

From Handmade With Love 4 U on etsy, a shabby chic rosette flower headband:

From Simply Irresistable, a trio floret headband:

From Delight Crochet, a simple, elegant crochet headband:

And finally, from Buttercup Baby Boutique, a sparkly vintage glam beanie (used as a photo prop only) for new baby:

Tuesday Trends – Subway Art

What exactly is “subway art”.  Well, the original “subway art” began with graffiti artists in the New York Subways over two decades ago.  In the last 25 years, it has evolved in a variety of ways, mostly with the use of fonts to make unique up decor and wall art. In case you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, I’ve got an example, and I know you’ll agree with me that it’s been one of the hottest “trends” in decorating in the last couple of years.

An example – vinyl wall sayings subway art in wall decal form, from Design Divas on etsy.  Bonus – they are inexpensive!:

But, the great thing about this kind of art expression is that it’s not JUST for posters or wall art anymore!  Check out some of the great digital invitations I found with one quick search.  All are beautiful, unique & affordable!

From emmiecakes on etsy, a baptism invite:

From Proffitt Productions, fabulous western invitations:


From the Wedding Chicks, FREE printable wedding invitations:

From Modern Day Moms, an example of  sweet pink digitatal baby shower invitations:


And from Wed Loft, a gorgeous wedding invite: