#TipfulTuesday: From Our Thanksgiving Meal To Yours

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year to share with family & friends. A time to count your blessings in life and not the calories. This Thanksgiving we would like to share a few of our family recipes with you:

 

Cream Cheese Corn

Ingredients:

  • 3 packages of frozen corn (10.8 oz bags)
  • 2 8oz packages of cream cheese (cut into cubes)
  • 1 white onion (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • Salt & pepper for flavoring

Directions:

  1. In a medium sauce pan sauté onions and butter. 
  2. Once onions are softened add in cream cheese cubes. Allow to soften for a couple of minutes.
  3. After the cream cheese has softened stir in the three bags of frozen corn. Cover with lid and  lower heat. Stir occasionally until corn has fully cooked. 
  4. Stir in a dash of salt and pepper for flavoring.
  5. Once cooked remove from heat and place in serving dish.

 

Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melt, plus more for buttering the baking dish
  • 3 cups of mashed sweet potatoes (3-4 large sweet potatoes)
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla pure extract
  • 2 cups of mini marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Place the sweet potatoes in a Dutch oven, and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until very tender. Drain; cool slightly.
  3. Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add sugar and next 3 ingredients (through vanilla). Mash sweet potato mixture with a potato masher. Fold in 1/4 cup pecans. Scrape potato mixture into an even layer in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup pecans; top with marshmallows. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden.

 

Chocolate Pecan Pie- Paula Deen’s Recipe 

Ingredients:

  • 1 (9in) unbaked pie shell
  • 2 cups of pecan  halves
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon, good-quality
  • 3 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Cover bottom of pie crust with pecans.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and melted butter. Add the corn syrup, sugar, bourbon and the chopped chocolate. Stir until all ingredients are combined. Pour mixture into the pie shell over the pecans and place on a heavy-duty cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350° and continue to bake for an additional 25 minutes or until pie is set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Tell us about your favorite Thanksgiving dish, follow us on Facebook @sarabethevents or on Instagram @sarabethevents. Happy Thanksgiving!!

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events Team

 

#TipfulTuesday: Keeping A Fresh Face On Your Wedding Day

Summer in Texas…need we say more? We went straight to one of our favorite makeup artists, Jennifer Trotter with Lip Service Makeup, to get the inside scoop on how she keeps our brides faces looking fresh and melt-proof while beating the heat! Here are her 5 must haves for any bride or bridesmaid to keep in their clutch for the wedding day.

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Waterproof brow gel – Necessary when temps rise…you don’t want to accidentally wipe off your perfect arches! Apply Makeup Forever’s Aquabrow in short, hair-like strokes with a small angled brush for the most natural effect that won’t budge in the heat.

Satin lipstick in a summery shade – When it’s really hot and your skin already has a natural flush, a shiny gloss can make you look…sweaty. Try a satin formula instead…they’re creamy, long-lasting, but not too heavy or shiny…perfect for any bride. A pink/coral shade like Mac’s “The Fashion Flock” is perfect for warm weather months!

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Refreshing Setting Spray – Don’t skip setting spray! This final step will lock everything into place and help it last all night long. Try a liberal misting of Urban Decay’s “All-Nighter” to set your look and control oil.

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Blotting is Key – With a full face of makeup and rising temps, an oily T-zone can be a problem. Instead of adding powder on top, which can look cakey….blot excess oil with blotting sheets. Press Clean and Clear sheets lightly onto skin…they’ll pick up the oil, without disturbing your makeup underneath. (If you haven’t used these before…trust me, they’re a game changer!)

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In case of smudging….stash a Q-tip or two in your bridal bag. Not only are they great at absorbing a few happy tears, they’re the easiest and most precise way to fix any mascara or eyeliner if it should run a bit. They’re smaller and more effective than a tissue!

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Jennifer Trotter In Action

Of course last but certainly not least is to definitely have a professional makeup artist on hand to run the show when it comes to getting your face dolled up! It doesn’t hurt to have them booked for additional hours incase you have an outdoor ceremony or are taking pictures outside so they are able to do last minute touch ups!

Special thanks to Jennifer Trotter with Lip Service Makeup for bring us this Tipful Tuesday!

Jennifer Trotter | 972-345-0655 | Email: lipservicemakeup@gmail.com

Tell us about your summer wedding and what makeup items you know you can’t leave out of your clutch to stay refreshed! Follow us on Facebook @SarabethEvents or Instagram @SarabethEvents.

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events

#TipfulTuesday: Cutting Down Your Wedding Guest List

When planning a wedding your guest list is one of the first places you need to start. In order to pick a venue you need to be sure your guest size fits. Guest list can get out of hand real quick depending how big your family is or depending how close you are to your coworkers. When making your guest list here are some people to rethink before putting them on the list

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  1. If you come from a large family with extended cousins you sometimes feel like you need to invite them all but with children that might be your entire list. Truly you need to invite only your immediate family, this includes your aunts, uncles, and first cousins. When it comes to second and third cousins that depends how close you are to them.
  2. Co-workers, of course you see most of these people on a daily basis but who do you really communicate with while at work? If you see this co-worker outside of work then they should certainly be on the list.
  3. Who gets a plus one, do not feel like every single person needs to have a plus one. If the best man usually has a new girlfriend every other month than it is best to just invite him. Think about your wedding pictures and who you want to see looking back at them years to come.
  4. Families with children, this is certainly up to the bride & groom if they want to invite children. An easy way to get away from this is to address the invitation to just the parents or state it will be an adult reception on the invitation. Of course you may want your niece & nephew there because they are your flower girl & ring bearer that does not mean you have to extend the invite to all other families with children.
  5. Parents guest list; give both sides the same amount of guest they can invite but go through the list with them. Sometimes you might have the same person already on your list as well.
  6. Childhood friends; if you have not seen or talked to them besides social media over the past two years then you can exclude them from the list. Although if their parents are invited due to being our your parents list then they will need to be included.
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You can also create a A & B list; the A list would include all your close family & friends people you would be so sad not to see on the biggest day of your life. The B list would be for example the co-workers you see every day but do not necessary have the closest relationship with. When sending out your invitations send the A list first and a couple weeks earlier than normal. Once you get some of the responses as a “no” you can start to send the B list.

We hope these suggestions help you when creating your wedding guest list. Tell us all about your wedding guest list, did you have problems cutting it down? Follow us on Facebook @SarabethEvents or Instagram @SarabethEvents.

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events

#TipfulTuesday: Tips For Your Wedding Day!

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Photo Credit: Brant Smith Photography

It’s the morning of your wedding and you’re gearing up to walk down the aisle!! Of course before you do, here are a few tips to start off your day!

  • Don’t skip breakfast! It’s so easy to want to jump into your wedding itinerary, but make sure you take a moment to take care of your appetite! And that goes for lunch too!
  • Stay comfy! Wear something easy that can be easily removed once it’s time to put the dress on. We love a simple robe and flats!!
  • Put your phone away! Give it a good charge and assign it to one of your bridesmaids.
    Your wedding day only happens once so actually be in the moment!!
  • Spend time with family! Make sure to share some extra special time with your parents and thank them for getting you here to this day! Include your mom when getting ready and share a first look moment with your dad!
  • Write a love note! Take a moment to send some love to your hubby to be. Whether it’s a card, a love letter or a simple post it, share in your excitement for when you will finally see each other later on!
  • Sing going to the chapel with your bridesmaids or watch “Father of the Bride” while getting ready!
  • And finally take a moment to reflect! You have worked so hard in all the preparations to make this day what it is. Don’t fret over the details (that’s what a planner is for wink wink) now and take it in as you make your way to the alter!

Tell us how you plan to start your wedding Day! Follow us on Instagram @SarabethEvents or Facebook @SarabethEvents.

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events