Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits

Tracking PixelSpending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

I attended a party that was sponsored by Minute® Rice and got together with some other local bloggy buddies to kick back and enjoy some festive food together before we do it all over again with family. I love my babies more than anything, but sometimes it’s refreshing to get out of the house and hang out with other grown people! All opinions expressed are my own.

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

These events are always so much fun – There’s yummy treats and snacks prepared just like these, and the decor was just amazing! I love a beautiful tablescape… It was almost too nice to mess up! Like this spread of yummy goodies… The ham was good, but the rice dish really gave it a nice compliment. Shhh, don’t tell – they used Minute® Rice! Such a huge time saver when you’re making lotsa little dishes for a party like this.

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

Minute® Rice is like my dirty little kitchen secret.. Nutritionally speaking, it’s got everything regular rice has and it’s nearly impossible to mess up. I’ll admit it – I’m not very good at making rice so I’m thankful that there’s a few different varieties of Minute® Rice available. I really enjoy that I can have perfectly cooked white rice, brown rice or the multi-grain in a matter of minutes.. It leaves me the extra time to focus on the main dish or another yummy side. Rice is naturally gluten free, so it’s been a key food in my diet lately.

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

…And the table looked like this:

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals I love how the hostess of the party used Minute® Rice to fill the inside of the glass that held the candle. It added some clever seasonal texture to the overall look of the decor – gonna file that idea away and use it someday..

Finally, it was time to sit down, kick back and enjoy some fun time!

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

Need an easy recipe for Thanksgiving? Try this one! Wine & Mushroom Brown Rice is easily made in less than 20 minutes. Your guests will think you’re a 5 star chef!

  • 2 cups of COOKED Brown Minute® Rice
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms (I used baby bella)
  • 3 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt

Prepare 2 cups of brown rice according to the package directions & set aside. In a separate pan, melt the butter with the olive oil on med-high. Once the pan is hot, transfer in your mushrooms, onions and garlic and let them soften for about 2-3 minutes. Add in the white wine and stir – let it simmer and cook off the alcohol for a minute. Add in the brown rice, season with salt and serve!

Enjoy :)

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.


Can’t wait to have big belly laughs this Christmas with Pie Face

This post was sponsored by Hasbro as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received a complimentary product to facilitate my review.

hasbro pie face with redi whip

Most everyone has already seen it – The grandpa and kid playing the silly game that smacks you in the face with whipped cream. Yes – its Pie Face! You just can’t help but laugh! I knew right away that this was something we were going to NEED this year for our family gathering.

When I told JP that we would be getting the Pie Face game to try, his face lit up with excitement and asked me nearly every day if it arrived in the mail. He too, saw the hilarious video and looks forward to playing it with his own Nonno when he visits for the holidays next month.

Since we can’t contain our silliness that long, so we played a little ourselves to see what it’s like to get pie-faced! It builds quite a bit of excitement when you click the dial and JP flinched each time he clicked. I had to remind him about keeping his chin on the chin rest.

Then Splat! That hilarious moment when I got pie faced..

hasbro pie face with redi whip

Pie Face from Jayna Denbow on Vimeo.

Sometimes the simplest of games are the best possible ones out there for entertainment value, and this one definitely tops the list! Most of all, I really like that’s its only a few plastic pieces to assemble together and the rules are simple enough for even a 3 or 4 year old child to participate in.

Pretty much anyone will find it funny to get pie faced – it never gets old! It’s the perfect gift for family members young and old to play together and create gut-busting memories that will last a lifetime.

Pair it together with some delicious Redi-Whip cream and you got yourself a treat to go with the laughs!

Pie Face Redi Whip Fun from Jayna Denbow on Vimeo.

Going to At Home for some holiday deals on decor

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of At Home. All opinions are 100% mine.


Halloween is here, and that means the following 2 months are going to be a blur of shopping, family, food, gifts and my favorite – Christmas decor! There’s a new store that just recently opened up called At Home, and its basically a candy store for those of us that love to decorate. I recently went in search of what I could find for the holidays and there was so much to choose from! I could literally spend days in this store – these are some of the amazing things I came across in the At Home Christmas Decor department.

behindthestudio-6 Trees, trees and more Christmas Trees! They have an entire section of the store just for trees! Its too bad we just bought us a new one last year because the quality and prices speak volumes compared to I got last year for the same price at a different store. Our little 3 bedroom house is pretty tight now with 2 kids, so as much as I want to turn my home into Santa’s workshop, I must exercise some self control and resist the urge. They do have some adorable little Tree for Me models that are much smaller, but Instead I’ve decided to put Christmas touches on things that are already in place like the coffee table and fireplace mantle. athome This year I want to keep the decor simple yet elegant. Every year, my likes change – last year I was into a colorful, sparkly green and red scheme. We always buy a few special ornaments to add to the tree collection too. This is our first year as a family of 4, so now we need a whole new set of stockings to hang over the fireplace. I didn’t find any stockings, but I definitely came back with some awesome mantle finds. The vase on the left with the blue sparkly decorations and the rhinestone deer with antlers. The vase is so versatile – and I can use it anytime of the year!


I paired the rustic sleigh and some balls with my reclaimed wood tray that permanently sits on the coffee table.


Check out At Home Christmas Decor for some great finds for the holidays!

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