Friday, March 28, 2008

Spring Fling Swap

So I finally participated in my first blog swap! It was called "Spring Fling" and was hosted by Haley Wood. I was assigned Erika Allison so I got to know her through her blog and sent her the gift above. She has the cutest boy/girl twins, hence the reason for the rubber duckies. I designed her some monogrammed gift enclosure cards, picked up a few pink & green kitchen staples from Williams-Sonoma, and couldn't resist adding a Hillary Heffelflopper chocolate bunny for something sweet. I use to get one of these every year in my Easter basket growing up!

To my surprise, Haley actually drew my name and sent me the perfect Easter gift below from Swoozie's. Thank you so much Haley! I just love everything from this place! And I especially love a festive serving plate and spreader combo because I'm always serving this easy appetizer:

1/2 jar Harry & David's Pepper Onion Relish (Mom and I have a tradition each summer to buy a case on sale from the outlet store in Destin while we're on vacation)
8 oz cream cheese (I use Low Fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese and keep stock in the fridge for last minute apps.)
Chips, cracker, or veggies (I use Low Fat Wheat Thins)

Soften cream cheese in microwave for 30-45 seconds.
Add relish and mix together with hand mixer until creamy.
Serve chilled with chips, crackers, or veggies.

OR you can just pour the 1/2 jar of Pepper Onion Relish on top of the cream cheese block, like I do. Voila! Yes, it's that easy. It literally takes less than 2 minutes to prepare. I often times just whip it up right in front of my guests. I'm sure Martha would not approve. Oh, and I don't really have a name for it. Hubby just calls it "Harry & David's."

Oh, and I'm also signed up with Connecticut Charm for her Preppy Spring Swap coming up soon. I can't wait to see whom I'll be shopping for! There are a few rules for this one:

Sign up by: March 26
Post partners on: March 29-30
Send out items by: April 18

Budget: $20 (not including shipping)

Theme: Preppy Spring with a color theme of pink and green.

Details: You will send your partner 6 items (somewhat preppy, springy) in the colors pink and green. Items can be homemade, secondhand, candy, thrift store find, whatever.

Each item must represent 1 letter in the word SPRING.
Example (but not limited to):
S - stickers
P - pencils
R - really pretty picture
I - interesting Spring recipe
N - note cards
G - green ribbon

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