Confetti Cake Cookies

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These clever cookies capture the flavor of birthday cake in a chewy cookie because, well, who doesn’t love a good cookie? The secret to this flavorful phenomenon lies in the mix.  We’ve incorporated equal parts of flour and cake mix to create a faux-cake cookie that will blow your mind.

fiesta confetti cake cookies

Chockfull of creamy white chocolate chips and colorful sprinkles, these buttery little cookies have the unmatched ability to coax out the inner kid in us all.  Try them out as a casual alternative to fussy birthday cakes or whip up a batch for the kiddo’s next sleepover.  These treats don’t require a special occasion to be enjoyed.

Confetti Cookie Dough

While you can certainly incorporate some semi-sweet chocolate chips into this cookie as well, we felt the white chocolate chips provided the truest birthday cake flavor.  Change up the sprinkle colors to coordinate with the season too!

Fiesta Confetti Cake Cookie Dough Balls

In order for these cookies to reach their full potential, you absolutely should let the dough chill in your fridge for at least 2 hours.  At that point, take the dough out and roll it into balls.  You can return the dough balls to the fridge for a longer rest if you desire or start baking them off.  Another tip to help these cookies turn out nice and thick is to shape them to be taller rather than completely round.

Fiesta Confetti Cake Cookies

Depending on how big you make your cookie dough rounds, you will end up with about 2 to 2.5 dozen of these tasty little treats, but be warned: they go fast!

Fiesta Confetti Cake Cookies Stack

 

Confetti Cake Cookies
Yields 24
A buttery drop cookie infused with birthday cake flavor.
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Ingredients
  1. 1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1-1/4 cup boxed vanilla cake mix (just the dry mix)
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  5. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  6. 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  7. 1 egg, at room temperature
  8. 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  9. 1 cup white chocolate chips
  10. 1/2 cup sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cake mix, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg and mix until combined, about 1 minute. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and sprinkles and mix on low until they are evenly disbursed.
  3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 3 days. If chilling longer than 2 hours, roll the cookie dough into balls at the 2-hour mark. Place the dough balls on a plate, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
  4. Once dough has been chilled, preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Scoop rounded balls of cookie dough onto the baking sheet, using about 1.5 tablespoons of cookie dough per cookie.
  5. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until edges are slightly browned. The centers will still appear soft, but the cookies will set as they cool. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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Healthy New Years Eve Appetizers

New Years Eve

The Holidays are no doubt a delicious time of year. It can be hard to not feel like the Grinch when your friends, family or co-workers offer you yummy treats and sweets during the holidays, especially if they are really proud of their creations, so of course we have to do the polite thing and try out that cookie, cake or casserole! But after almost two months of indulging (That’s a lot of cookies and cake!) ourselves, we thought that it would be fun to lighten up some of our favorite dishes for NYE.

Lasagna VS. Zucchini Lasagna Rolls

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Of course you love lasagna! What’s not to love? Cheese, noodles, more cheese and zesty tomato sauce…yum. So we decided to swap out the lasagna noodles for zucchini. Then we rolled them up and baked them making for the perfect bite sized treat to have either as an appetizer or several for a little dinner treat—perfect for a NYE appetizer. We kept the sauce on the side as well to cut out any additional calories or to control your own portions and taste.

The recipe is so easy, just prepare ricotta cheese and spices as you would for regular lasagna. Bake or grill slices of zucchini with salt, pepper and olive oil before you roll them and bake them. We made ours to be a bit like the recipe from Recipe Runner, except ours are bite sized meant for appetizers and we left out the turkey sausage. We used bread trays to serve the appetizers and appetizer plates due to their perfect portion size for individual plates.

Zuchinni-on-Appetizer-Plate

 

Sriracha Shrimp Taco VS. Sriracha Shrimp Taco Bites

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Sometimes the most important thing about eating healthy is portion control. After all, we love the idea of still being able to eat what our heart desires, especially when socializing during the holiday season.

With this New Year’s Eve appetizer, we basically cut the portion in thirds compared to a regular shrimp taco by getting rid of the tortilla and switching out the sour cream for a nonfat greek yogurt and avocado sauce for the creaminess. Instead of the corn tortilla we used multigrain baked dip chips as our base to hold the ingredients. Then we assembled the little chip cup with some shredded lettuce, a small dollop of the avocado yogurt sauce (recipe at the end of this blog post) a single shrimp topped with cilantro, tomatoes and a little sriracha sauce for a kick. Trust us, it’s wonderful with the creaminess of the yogurt avocado sauce.

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Italian Sodas

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Aside from portion control, sometimes you can cut back on certain ingredients when making your favorite snack or in this case drink. Italian Sodas are a fun treat for a NYE party. They aren’t something that most people have everyday and they are so easy to make. We loosely followed this recipe from A Cozy Kitchen, but swapped out the fruit syrup for sugar free syrup and used coconut milk instead of half and half, then offered a low calorie whipped cream on the side to use at your own discretion.

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So, whether you decide to spike your Italian soda or drink it sans alcohol, we came up with a lighter version we hope you try and enjoy.

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Dessert

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We know how it starts. One cookie, leads to a bite of fudge, which leads to a small slice of cake and then just like that you’ve had multiple servings of dessert. We love this idea of fresh fruit dipped in chocolate! Of course you’ve had chocolate covered strawberries plenty of times, but how about chocolate dipped clementines with a sprinkles of sea salt? They offer the indulgence of chocolate with a bit of the salty fix mixed with fresh fruit. These sweet little dare we say healthy treats are a wonderful way to cut calories while still enjoying dessert.

This dessert was simple to make. Melt, chocolate melting chips in the microwave and stir every 30 seconds as it melts, then dip half of a clementine in the chocolate. Sprinkle coarse sea salt over the tops then pop in the fridge to let the chocolate harden, then enjoy! We placed these beauties on a small Turquoise oval platter to compliment the orange color of the clementines.

Cheers to a happy and healthy 2016!

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A Fiesta Dream Come True

 

Do you dream of Fiesta? Then we have a Fiesta dream come true for you. Fiesta has a new bedding collection and it’s here just in time to add to your holiday wish list. Wrap yourself in the warmth of Fiesta’s signature colors with comforters and duvets in a variety of pretty patterns. Complementary sheets, blankets and window treatments round out the product assortment.

The sets are available in the followings colorful patterns.

Cozumel

The Fiesta Cozumel pattern features Scarlet and Turquoise with accents of Tangerine. The comforter set is reversible and includes shams and a bedskirt.

Fiesta Comforter Set - Cozumel www.alwaysfestive.com

Torrence

The Fiesta Torrence bedding is a colorful paisley pattern featuring Turquoise, Sunflower, Scarlet, Lemongrass, and Tangerine on a crisp White background and reverses to a paisley on a Turquoise background on the reverse side. The comforter set comes with a Turquoise bedskirt.

Fiesta Comforter Set - Torrence www.alwaysfestive.com

Salaya

Bright bands of Fiesta colors will make any day a cheerful one if that’s the first thing you wake up to. Featuring Scarlet, Poppy, Turquoise, Lemongrass, and Sunflower set against a White background, the comforter set includes a Lemongrass bedskirt.

Fiesta Comforter Set - Salaya www.alwaysfestive.com

Classic Duvet Sets

Clean and classic, Fiesta Classic Duvet Sets are 200 thread count cotton in crisp White finished with bright Fiesta colors. They’re available in five different colors: Sunflower, Lapis, Scarlet, Lemongrass, and Turquoise (shown here). Each set comes with a duvet cover and shams.

Fiesta Classic Duvet Set - Turquoise www.alwaysfestive.com

Blankets

Fiesta Cotton Blankets, made of cozy 100 percent ring spun cotton, are available in the following colors: Lapis, Sunflower, Lemongrass, Scarlet, White, Ivory, Sage, and Slate.

Fiesta Cotton Blankets www.alwaysfestive.com

Fiesta window treatments, accent pillows and solid color 300 thread count sheets are sold separately.

Fiesta Curtains www.alwaysfestive.com

Fiesta Sheets www.alwaysfestive.com

Fiesta linens are available online at department and specialty stores, including Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl’s, JCPenney, Belk, Bealls, Bon Ton, and Stage Stores.

How do you plan to add some Fiesta color to your bedroom this winter? Be sure to share pictures with us!

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How to Style the Perfect #Shelfie with Fiesta Dinnerware

Portrait-Citrus

Capturing images and sharing them with our friends and family on social media is one of the most fun aspects the digital age. Afterall, we are proud and love the items we have in our lives, especially if it has anything to do with Fiesta Dinnerware. In this blog post, we decided to play around with the digital trend known as a “shelfie” — decoratively styling the shelves of your cabinets and show you our three best shelfies along with some tips on styling your own.

Color Scheme: Our first tip is to decide what your color scheme will be. Once you decide on the colors you are going to display, then you can select the items you want to have on your shelves. In our three different shelfies, we created three different looks:

 

  1. an ombre scheme of greens and blues
  2. a collection of retro mod style
  3. a citrus color theme

Fiesta Tip: Have more items than will fit on your shelves? Fret not! The idea of shelfies is that they are a fun ever-changing piece of functional art in your home that can easily be switched out.

Functionality: If you’re styling a shelfie with Fiesta Dinnerware, chances are it will be somewhere close to your kitchen or dining room. Deciding how functional you want your shelfie to be will help you decide what accessories you will want to add to the shelves. We added coffee beans, sugar and a french press to one of our shelfies because it’s close to our breakfast nook.

 

Retro-Mod--Tall

Reto-Close-up-Top-Two

 

Horizontal and Vertical: To keep your shelfies looking visually interesting, use a variety of sizes of items and place them either in a horizontal or vertical manner. It creates interest and shows personality.

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Size: While it’s important to show off your own personal style, be practical about the extra items that you add to your shelfie to be the most aesthetically pleasing. For example, don’t add in any accessories that are bigger than the largest dish on each shelf. Extra items should generally be small to medium sized for best results.

Books: Regardless of the type of shelfie that you decide on, books always make it better. Since our shelfie consists of dishes, we decided to add cookbooks and magazines.

 

Reto-Middle-Close-up

Grouping and Layers of Colors: The idea with this rule is to create variety within the color scheme that you choose. In all of our looks, we have shown groups of like colors and/or layers of color but have varied the amount of each. By doing both, you get to show off your Fiesta collection and sense of color style.

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Plants and Flowers: Add in plants or flowers to your shelfie. It adds a soft touch and keeps your shelfie looking natural and real.

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Take A Step Back: Once you completely style your shelfie, take a step back and remove one or two items off each shelf. The idea here is that you don’t want it to look cluttered. If any item seems to be out of place, remove it and reassess. If you are pleased with what you see, you’re done! Enjoy and use #FiestaShelfie so we can see your best shelfie!

Ombre-Pieces-

The Lemongrass deep dish pie baker is discontinued (Bottom Left Corner) , however we do have some stock still available online. So if it caught your, eye get one while you can!

 

 

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Summer Fiesta Desk Makeover






Over-Shoulder-Shot

We love coming up with fun new ways to incorporate Fiesta Dinnerware into your everyday life. So we thought of several creative new ways to incorporate Fiesta into your workspace. We used new color Slate along with Poppy, Turquoise, Sunflower and Tangerine to brighten up this desk space. These colors are a great reflection of the colors of summer and bring an energetic burst to this Fiesta inspired workspace.

Entertaining-Set-in-Desk

We used the entertaining set in one side desk drawer for colorful organization of common office items. Mints, keys, highlighters, sticky notes and business cards are all organized in it’s own space with easy and clear access to items. We used a custom mix of Slate, Poppy, Tangerine, Turquoise and Sunflower. The Slate is now available in the omni tray.

Fiesta-Rectangular-Baker

Thinking outside the world of folders, the rectangular baker works perfectly to keep all your notes, documents and other paperwork in place and organized. We use the Tangerine rectangular baker pictured here.

Inside-Top-Desk

Mosts desks have a top middle drawer that usually ends up being the catch-all drawer for everything. We came up with a solution for that.

 

Turquoise and Poppy napkin holders with the small bread tray make the perfect contained spaces for journals, phones, wallets and any other larger office supplies that need the perfect home. We took advantage of the size of the Sugar Packet Caddy for rubber bands, push-pins and paperclips. The coordinating colors used are in Poppy, Turquoise and Slate.

 

Are you someone who likes having a few items right on your desk to grab and go? We thought you might need some office supply organization on top of your desk as well.

Bead-Tray

Another small bread tray in Slate is used to hold the more often used items with a Turquoise ramekin for paper clips. Having these items easily available will help you to stay more organized throughout your day. And we bet make you smile.

 

We also thought of a great way to dress up a square box planter. Perfect for bringing in some outdoor elements. You’ve probably also noticed the Fiesta Dinnerware table runner that we have used to run across the desk to add more color and texture.

Suuculents-Square-Tray

The square handled serving tray in Turquoise is layered with a Sunflower napkin holder to bring out the color of the succulents. The layering effect gives the plant a little extra oompf and helps to balance out the other side of the desk.

Umbrella

We even found a way to store your umbrella in a way that will prevent the carpet around your desk from getting wet on a rainy day. The large canister in Slate was a the perfect choice for our color combination.

Focus-Tapered-Mug

We hope you get creative and find a way to fit Fiesta Dinnerware into your deskspace at home or at work. It just may make you want to hang out at your desk and enjoy your coffee in one of our new tapered mugs, the one featured here is in Tangerine.

 

We also wanted to give you a special bonus for your workspace. Did you notice the wallpaper on the computer monitor in the images? If not you can see it and download the wallpaper below.

 

Full-Desk-Shot

The new tapered mug (available now) and Slate trivet are the perfect mug and coaster option for your deskspace. The trivet could double as a paper weight. We also love the size of the sugar bowl. It’s another great accent that can hold supplies. Unless you decide you need your personal sugar bowl for work, either way it works as a stylish functional element.

 

We hope that you enjoy using Fiesta Dinnerware in different ways. If you decide to organize your home or work office space with Fiesta, share the details in our comments section below or on our Facebook and Pinterest pages!

 

Download the wallpaper here. 

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