Easy Appetizer: Goat Cheese, Apricot and Almond Balls on Gingersnap

Easy Appetizer: Goat Cheese, Apricot and Almond Balls on Gingersnap

Thank you to French Bull for supplying the beautiful platters on which this easy appetizer is being served! Thank you for reading about companies that help support this blog. 

Need a fast and easy appetizer to bring to a holiday party tonight or later this week? These slightly sweet and subtly savory treats are easy to make and perfect for the holiday. Serve alongside champagne for a really decadent treat. Store in the fridge without the gingersnap cookie. Serve on the cookie with a drizzle of honey. The flavors of the gingersnap and apricot really set off the wonderful tangy flavors of the goat cheese.

If you live near a Trader Joes you can pick all of these ingredients up in one stop. However, you are likely to find in most larger grocery stores.

Easy Holiday Appetizer: Goat Cheese, Honey, Apricot, & Almond Balls on Gingersnap Cookies - A Well Crafted Party

Easy Holiday Appetizer: Goat Cheese, Honey, Apricot, & Almond Balls on Gingersnap Cookies - A Well Crafted Party

Ingredients:

  • – 8 oz log of goat cheese
  • – 1/4 cup honey
  • – 1 cup dried apricots
  • – 1/2 cup almonds
  • – Gingersnap cookies

Directions:

  1. Take approximately 1 cup of dried apricots and 1/2 cup of almonds and pulse in a food processor until in small bits.
  2. Mix an 8 oz log of goat cheese with 1/4 cup of honey.
  3. Roll the goat cheese mixture into a ball and then roll in the apricot and almond mixture.
  4. Serve on a gingersnap cookie with a drizzle of honey.

Easy Holiday Appetizer: Goat Cheese, Honey, Apricot, & Almond Balls on Gingersnap Cookies - A Well Crafted Party

 

About French Bull: French Bull’s tableware is known for bright color schemes and beautiful designs. The holiday collection comes packaged with dangling ornaments, gift tags, and are ready for gifting.

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2016 – Fun Favorites

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2016 – Fun Favorites

This post is sponsored. All opinions and experiences are my own. As with all beauty products, read the ingredients to see if they will work for you. I only share about products I have tried and liked. 

If you are anything like me then you are just now getting around to stuffing your stockings! Before you head out for your last minute shopping (or, hey, open your computer) check out my comprehensive 2016 Well Crafted Holiday Gift Guide!

Read on to check out my suggestions for a holiday stocking stuffed of fun items.

Just Spices makes awesome stocking stuffers - 2016 Holiday Gift Guide (Sponsored) A Well Crafted Party

Just Spices

Spices are one of my favorite types of stocking stuffers. They fit perfectly in the stockings and are often a treat that someone would enjoy but not think to go out and buy themselves.  These spices from Just Spices would be a welcome surprise in any stocking.

Just Spices’ U.S. portfolio offers a diverse selection of spices – including options for sweet breakfasts and savory dinners, blends for meat lovers, vegetarians and omnivores alike. The initial 20 U.S. house blends comprise BBQ Popcorn Seasoning, BBQ Seasoning, Extra Spicy Seasoning, Flavors of Italy Seasoning, Flavors of Mexico Seasoning, Guacamole Seasoning, Hickory Rub, Oat- meal Spice Blend, Pancake Blend, Pizza Seasoning, Pork Rub, Savory Eggs Blend, Seafood Rub, Smoothie Boost, Spicy Garlic Blend, Spicy Popcorn Seasoning, Steak Rub, Sweet Potato Seasoning, Texas BBQ Dip Seasoning, and Vegetable Broth Seasoning.

Want to go beyond the stocking? Check out these fantastic gift sets including the Kitchen Essentials kit and a Just Married Wedding Bundle.

Purchase on www.JustSpices.com.

Helly Hanson Hats for the Stockings - 2016 Gift Guide (Sponsored) A Well Crafted Party

Helly Hanson Business Beanie for Him

Every year I pretty much always include beanies, scarves, and socks for my family’s Christmas. This Helly Hanson Business Beanie for Him is finding its way into the stocking of one lucky guy on my Christmas list. Helly Hanson is known for its great quality weather resistant gear.

Find a Helly Hanson Business Beanie or shop online.

Luxe Towels from Pack Towel - 2016 Gift Guide (sponsored) A Well Crafted Party

Luxe Towel from PackTowl

These new Luxe towel, the most luxurious outdoor towel available, with the same quick-drying packable performance you expect from PackTowl make for great gifts for the outdoor enthusiast in your life. Soft, superabsorbent terry knit looped fabric, inspiring colors and a beautiful striped pattern on one side offer outdoor enthusiasts and travelers a feeling of home wherever adventure leads. Hang loop and zippered storage/organizer pouch included.

The prices are fantastic to boot. Grab a face towel for $12.95, body towel for $29.95, and a beach towel for $44.95. Purchase online.

Urban Market Bags - 2016 Gift Guide (sponsored) A Well Crafted Party

Urban Market Bags

I have SO many reusable bags and I am terrible about actually USING them. Enter these beautiful bags with their sleek carrying case. Urban Market Bags are bright and sleek reusable bags where fashion meets function. These bags fit in the cup holder of any car and are comfortable to carry or sling on one’s shoulder. They’re easy to pack, wash, use and reuse. For busy families, these bags make life simple and colorful. They’re awesome size and beautiful design make for great stocking stuffers.

Urban Market Bags are priced at $30 for a three-bag pack and $40 for a six-bag pack, and are available for purchase at www.urbanmarketbags.com.

glassybaby votive holders - A Well Crafted Gift Guide - Sponsored glassybaby votive holders - A Well Crafted Gift Guide - Sponsored

glassybaby Naughty & Nice Candle Holders

Beautiful handblown votive candle holders with the extra benefit of giving a portion of each purchase to great causes.  From their site, “10% from the sale of every glassybaby is donated to the glassybaby white light fund to help people, animals, and the planet heal.” 

As you can see from the photo (and from this snapshot on Instagram) these glass votives glow like none other.

Purchase online or in a glassbaby store near you.

Out of these items what would you like to see in your stocking?

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2016 – Tech

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2016 – Tech

Thank you to Verizon for sharing the following items for me on a limited basis to test and review. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the companies that help make this blog possible!

If you are anything like me then you are just now getting around to stuffing your stockings! Before you head out for your last minute shopping (or, hey, open your computer) check out my comprehensive 2016 Well Crafted Holiday Gift Guide!

My Tech Favorites from Verizon Wireless this Year

I was pleased to be able to test a few items from Verizon Wireless this year as I didn’t know that they offered much more than phones. They do though! They have phones, smart watches, tablets, and accessories. Below are some of my favorite items from Verizon this year.

FitBit Alta- Hide it in the stocking for an extra special surprise! A Well Crafted Gift Guide - Sponsored

Fitbit Alta

Fitbit® Alta™ keeps you motivated and also looking great. Change the wrist bands (sold separately) and customize the digital clock face to update your look. Track your activity and take advantage of automatic recognition and recording of select exercises via the Fitbit app’s SmartTrack feature. Easy-to-see call, text and calendar notifications from your nearby, compatible mobile device are displayed right on the wristband.

The band was slightly difficult to put on at first. But, once on, it worked like a charm and didn’t need to be charged too often. The tracking of deep and restless sleep was an added bonus!

Google Pixel for Christmas - Read a blogger's review - A Well Crafted Gift Guide (Sponsored)

 Pixel & Pixel XL

With this new phone by Google, you can be sure to document precious moments with the highest rated smartphone camera, a battery that lasts all day and a charger that gets you seven hours of battery life in 15 minutes. Stay up-to-date on customized news while also using Google Assistant to keep your daily schedule organized.

I was able to test this out for twenty days and fell in LOVE with the camera! The camera has cool features such as a double twist of the phone puts it in selfie mode, HDR+, video stabilization, lens blur, and photo sphere (yes, 360!). You can even adjust levels before taking a photo which is insanely cool control. The light the camera took in was fantastic.

Verizon Wireless

The Google Pixel is currently only sold through Verizon Wireless. I was able to test out the service while testing the phone. I had no issues with service while using it and found that phone calls were crisp and clear. There are a variety of different sized plans that are available so that customers may choose the plan that suits their needs.

Protect your tech - Kate Spade Wrap Case - A Well Crafted Gift Guide (Sponsored)

Kate Spade Wrap Case

Keep your favorite blogger’s phone safe & looking good with this beautiful wrap case by Kate Spade. Find it and other cases for the Google Pixel and other popular models at Verizon Wireless. This case was easy to put on and fit in with most of my accessories.

What tech are you hoping to find under the tree this year?

 

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