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Monday, December 21, 2015

Operation: Hostess with the Mostest

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Every year, we host our Annual Mother-Daughter Ornament party & this year was going to be our biggest yet!  Not only is the daughter or mom we're friends with invited, but all of their other daughters are welcome as well.  It's really important for me to make everyone who enters our home feel as welcome as possible, so I needed to get some dishes made & my house in order!

First things first...I was out of some cleaning essentials so I went down to our new local Costco to stock up.  I could totally get lost in this place!  Not in the "help me I'm lost" kind of way but in the "there's so much stuff in here & I want to look at every single item" kind of lost!  Costco has so many P&G necessities but this time, my list consisted of a 12 pack of Bounty paper towels & Swiffer Sweeper refills.

Once I got home, the clock was ticking so I got to work on the deviled eggs so they had time to cool before the party.  Deviled eggs are one of my all time favorite recipes to make.  They're easy, they don't take a ton of time or ingredients & if there's a family holiday gathering, you can guarantee I'll be bringing these!  Making deviled eggs is as easy 1...2...15! :-)
[1]  Cover eggs in water by 1"  [2]  Heat water to a rolling boil; continue boiling for 10 minutes  [3]  Drain eggs & hot water  [4]  Place eggs into an ice bath
[5]  Break out the Bounty & get ready to roll  [6]  Place boiled egg into a damp Bounty paper towel, crack on each end & roll lightly to crack  [7]  Carefully peel off egg shell  [8]  Shell should easily peel off in a large piece  [9]  Cut egg in half lengthwise  [10]  Yolk should have a clean cut & pop out easily  [11]  Gently break up yolk with a fork  [12&13]  Add 2-3T. mayo, 1/2 tsp. mustard, a dash of salt & a pinch of pepper  [14]  Fill a resealable bag with yolk mixture  [15]  Squeeze yolk mixture into the empty boiled eggs & refrigerate until ready to serve
[*sprinkle with paprika when ready to serve]

It wouldn't be me in the kitchen unless there was some sort of mess.  BUT as fast as the mess got there, the Bounty paper towels cleaned it up in 1 swipe!

With the eggs cooling, it was time to get started on the house.  The Swiffer Sweeper is so simple to use & even better that they can reach into those low areas like under the couch!  (Please don't ask how much dust came out from under there!  I told you I was out of Swiffer refills before going to Costco.  The important thing is that it's gone now!) ;-)

The party was a success!  I was able to feed my guests, keep things clean as I went & felt comfortable letting the kids sit on the clean floor to do their ornament exchange.

What are your go to Costco P&G essentials for party prep?  I love when things just come together & I'm able to cook, clean & prep without any fuss!

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