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Movies and M&Ms Go Hand In Hand

Oscars table with MMs

The biggest movie award show of the year is here! The Oscars are filled with gorgeous people wearing beautiful clothes and at my house a nice layout of treats. What? I’m not the one trying to squeeze into those amazing dresses and get judged about it, so I can have a few M&Ms if I want.

To us here at Busy Bee Blogger, anything can be a great reason to entertain, and of course the Oscars lets us add a little glamour to the mix. I like to break out my DIY gold mercury glass mason jar candle holders, some flowers and some pretty napkins. What would be perfect to celebrate the Academy Awards is a spread in matte black and gold. Very elegant.

The one thing you cannot go without when celebrating the movies are M&Ms. These are always a good idea, even if you’re watching the movies (or the Oscars) all on your own, there is just something about pairing the chocolately goodness of M&Ms with movies, and movie stars. I have my favorite types of M&Ms for different movies: milk chocolate goes with drama, peanut pairs well with comedy, and crispy is perfect for SciFi.

Milk Chocolate M&Ms top this delicious and fun round brownie
For the Oscars, we are not only setting out the different M&Ms in festive glass wear, we have decided to go full on celebrating and make M&M brownies. For these delicious treats we just used a ready made box mix, used olive oil instead of vegetable oil, and then sprinkled milk chocolate M&Ms over the top right before placing it in the oven.

Round M&Ms topped brownie

We also chose to use a spring form pan to give it the nice round shape. Everybody loves these and having them with the M&Ms on top and in wedges is a little more fun. M&Ms make everything a little more fun.


How do you use M&Ms to celebrate?
Do you have a favorite type?

Tell us in the comments below!



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DIY: Matte Black and Gold Party Inspiration

Decorate your black champagne bottles to decorate your black and gold party.  Or have it as a fun thing to do during your next party.  DIY Black/Gold party

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If you do not have a black table like I do, stop by Target or the fabric store and pick up a runner that is black or gold. You can use gold votive holders, DIY your wine glasses with gold paint, or my favorite, go through your Christmas decorations and pull out the white twinkling lights and gold garland. Expect the DIY gold trimmed votives and wine glass blog post very soon.

Encourage your guests to wear black and gold. I know that platinum and silver are more popular for jewelry, but this will be a great excuse to break out the gold. You could even have gold flash tattoos in goody bags at the door!

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Even if you are not hosting, this Artichoke Mustard Baked Brie recipe is even great on a Wednesday night sitting on the couch. That’s how I’ll be enjoying it.

Now, this recipe is a little more involved that the ones I usually but don’t let that worry you. This is easy enough that even I can do it. Just give yourself a little time. You’re basically making a cheese sandwich and wrapping it in puff pastry. Oh goodness that sounds delicious.


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Whether you celebrate Easter or simply the return of spring after a really long and cold winter, I have a great dessert sweet treat for you. Angel Food Cupcakes!

These would be wonderful for an Easter party this weekend, with or without the kids. Add some fresh fruit, whipped cream, or just eat them on their own. Yum!

Sparkling Angel Food Cupcakes

1 box angel food cake mix
Strawberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line muffin pan with paper liners.
Replace water with Sparkling ICE, continue to follow recipe on box as listed.
Beat the cake mix and Sparkling ICE on low speed for 30 seconds.
Raise the speed to medium and beat for an additional minute. The batter will be pale pink and foamy.
Add batter to the liners and fill approximately ¾ full.
Bake according to directions on the box, approximately 15-20 minutes, or until tops of muffins are golden brown.
Serve with fresh strawberries and/or whipped cream.

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Grab Your Dipping Forks, Today Is National Cheese Fondue Day!

emmi fondue plate setting

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I remember eating fondue when I was little, and I have my own fondue pot now that I break out for fun dinners with friends, or a romantic dinner with someone special.   A chance to enjoy the wonderful-ness of cheese, and having to get in and really share your dining experience with people is my idea of a great meal.

To celebrate, Emmi Roth USA, the US division of the premier Swiss dairy company, is sharing the must-know fon-DO’s of fondue – everything from tips for when you dip to the new ways to do fondue.


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