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Recipe: How to make your own Cheese Board or Charcuterie Board for the Holidays

                       Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with your loved ones. I just got back from Indiana yesterday and had a great time back home relaxing, eating, and spending time with my family & friends. I loved every minute of it as always :) Last week, my friend Holly and I hosted a Beautycounter and Doterra party in Nashville at Holly's house and I made the food for the party (which is always so fun for me). I made a cherry cheesecake dip  (recipe coming to the blog soon) a cheese board, and sausage bites. We had a great time and turnout to our party but I wanted to share the very easy steps on how to create your own cheese or charcuterie board.

                     I wanted to share this easy "how-to" because I think this will be such a great appetizer year round but especially for the holiday season. This is so easy to do and make and everyone should know how to build one of these for your loved ones! You can really create and use any ingredients that you want. The word "Charcuterie" is french and means dry cured, smoked, or cooked meats. For this board, I used the meat in other places for the party so technically this  board I created is considered a cheese board but by adding meat it would be considered a charcuterie board! I didn't know the difference until researching before this party haha :) Good information to know! Here are the easy steps I took to create a cheese board/charcuterie board:

1. I started by grabbing my board that I wanted to use and placed the items that need to be in small bowls or ramekins and placed them throughout the board to create balance. I used almonds, apricot jam, strawberry jam, chocolate peanuts, and olives. 

2. Next, I placed my cheese throughout the board. I used swiss, brie, and sharp cheddar for the cheese and placed them throughout the board leaving space for the breads & crackers.

3. Next, I added in circle crackers, square crackers, and french bread down the center for the jams.

4. Lastly, for garnish I added in two bunches of purple grapes for color and two pieces of rosemary also for color and texture. Also, place toothpicks throughout your board or in several of the ingredients for your guests to easily pick up and navigate your board.

It's that simple! For a charcuterie board all I needed to add was some type of dry, cooked, or smoked meats. I would have added pepperoni, salami, or prosciutto to the board and that would have created the ultimate charcuterie board. 


Recipe: S'mores Dip

                   Hi Everyone! Happy Wednesday!  I hope you all are having a great week! I can't believe it is already Wednesday and next week is Thanksgiving. Time is flying! This time of year it is all about the recipes and family time and I wanted to share the easiest dip I have ever made with you all to share with your families. I made this for our community group this week and it was definitely a hit and like I said, literally the easiest recipe ever! This recipe is great for both adults and kids! This would be a great recipe for a get together, dinner party dessert, or to make on a weekend when it is cold and you are feeling like s'mores :)

                 I found this recipe on Pinterest and I am so excited to share it with you. Even if you don't bake or cook a lot, this is a recipe for you especially haha! It's really that easy! Here is the recipe and details, I hope you enjoy it! :) Thanks for stopping by xo Tesla

(I made a large batch of this, if you want to make a smaller batch for a few people then I would cut this recipe in half)
-6 Hersheys Chocolate bars 
-1 bag of large marshmallows
-1 box of regular graham crackers
-butter spray or pam spray

-Turn your oven on to 450
-Grease your dish with butter or pam spray
-Break apart all 6 Hershey bars and place those in the dish first
-Then, line up your marshmallows on top of the chocolate bars
-Then pop this into the oven at 450 for 5-7 minutes (keep an eye on this as you are wanting the marshmallows to brown on top)
Serve with graham crackers or graham sticks 
-Eat & Enjoy! :)

So easy, and so good!


Baby Product: Olive Teal Designs

                Hi Everyone! Happy Friday! The weekend is upon us and I couldn't be more excited! With two baby showers recently, and researching all the products possible for Baby Rush come January, I wanted to share one small business that I love and have had the pleasure of receiving their product. I am always drawn to small business's and local stores and love the story behind the owner and their products. I am teaming up with Teal Olive Designs today to show you their super cute animal silicone teethers that are made with 100% certificated food grade non-toxic silicone (BPA, cadmium, phthalates, PVC and lead free).

                The animal silicone teethers, come in 6 different animals and 6 color variations of each animal. And since they are silicone, they are mold-free, and easy to clean! (Mom win!) I love the high quality of this product. They are made well and built to last, and you can definitely feel that while holding the product. I am so excited for Baby Rush to have one of Olive Teal Designs teethers and I love even more that they are actually safe and good to use for baby. The owner is a momma that lives in Georgia and here is a sweet picture of her and her son. She created this brand and product when she had her little guy and I couldn't be more impressed with her brand and products. 

                This sweet gal is sharing the love today and offering all of my friends & family & readers a coupon code if you also want one of her animal silicone teethers! I am so glad you are able to get a discount on this great product! This is a great gift for the holidays or for your little one at home. From 11/9-11/12 (until midnight) you will all be eligible for a discount of 20% off your entire order on her website if you use code: TESLA at checkout!

                What a deal!! 20% off your order is such a steal for this high quality baby product! I hope you love it as much as I do and can't wait to take pictures next year of our little one using the teether in real form haha!

20% off your order at checkout:
Use Code: TESLA

I hope you enjoy this post and go to Teal Olive Designs to check out all of their products! Here are some pictures of the teether that I chose and have at our house in preparation for baby Rush! I just love this product and know you will to! Thanks for reading and come back soon! xoxo Tesla

Thank you to Teal Olive Designs 


Indiana Baby Shower

               Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I wanted to pop in and share my Indiana baby shower with you this week. We had such a great weekend and I am so thankful for our family and friends. My mom and Mam hosted the shower at my grandma's church back home and my cousin Tanisha and my aunt Trudi did the games for the shower which was a lot of fun. We had such a great time! The theme of the shower was maps and airplanes which ties into the theme of the nursery as well. I love the map and travel theme idea and wanted to incorporate airplanes as well. The shower was adorable and my mom did such a great job creating the props and details.

              We had soup and sandwiches as well as a ton of desserts and punch. My best friend Jordan was able to fly in for the weekend from California as well and we had the best weekend catching up, shopping, and enjoying time together. Reed's family was also able to make it from Memphis as well. We had a packed weekend of a lot of fun back home and I loved every bit of it. Thank you to my wonderful mom and mam for a perfect baby shower to celebrate baby Rush. We are so thankful for you and love you both very much :) Here are the many pictures and details of the baby shower and I hope you enjoy! Thank you for stopping by and reading xoxo Tesla


Memphis Baby Shower

            Hi Friends! Happy Thursday! We are one day away from the weekend and I know you are just as excited as I am! Last weekend, we went to Memphis for my first baby shower hosted by our good family friend Karen Fesmire & sister-in-law Lauren Draffin. They hosted the shower and it was beautiful. It was at Chickasaw Country Club in Memphis and it was absolutely perfect!  My mom was able to come from Indiana and I loved having her there with me. My dad also made the trip and hung out with the guys back at the Draffin household. I am always so thankful to have such great parents and in-laws that get to spend time together. 

          We had chicken & waffles, candied bacon (it was amazing), different kinds of quiche, yogurt parfait's, blue macaroons, & mimosa's. It was a wonderful time! I loved the blue details and the monogrammed napkins were the icing on the cake :) Thank you so much to Karen and Lauren for a beautiful baby shower and to Barbara and her wonderful friends and family for coming to share this special time with us. I hope you enjoy the pictures below! And stay tuned next week because this coming weekend is my baby shower in Indiana! I can't wait to share about that shower as well :) Thank you as always for stopping by! xoxo Tesla