happy easter sundae {free printable}

happy easter sundae_jsorelle

We are planning to celebrate the upcoming Easter Sunday by first, spending time in prayer and reverence at church in our finest spring pastels, devouring a delicious brunch with family and friends {accompanied with a mimosa or bloody mary}, participating in an Easter Egg Hunt with the kiddos and then topping the Holy Day off with an Easter Sundae {beautifully and cleverly packaged, of course}.

Our FREE Happy Easter Sundae printable is available now. All you have to do is download and print the free printable here, find a cute box or bag, and get to the store to buy ice cream and all the yummy sundae fixin’s. This makes for a lovely hostess gift on Easter, and also a fun end {or beginning if you want} to the day. Vanilla ice cream covered in torn pieces of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg sounds so amazing right now!

easter sundae_jsorelle_FREEPRINTABLE

happy easter sundae_jsorelle

I bought my Kraft box at Target {$3 in dollar bins…omg, I LOVE and crave the dollar bins at Target}, and filled it with pastel paper shreds, treat bowls, colorful spoons and napkins, and chocolate syrup and sprinkle toppings conveniently stored in adorable $1 glass jars {also from the Target dollar bins}.

happy easter sundae_jsorelle

happy easter sundae_jsorelle

happy easter sundae_jsorelle

{images via j. sorelle}

gift guide for the hostess

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know we have so much to be grateful for, so it was a special day for us to be with family and friends, and enjoy the love all around us. I was the one who cried {tears of joy} as I said what I was thankful for at the dinner table. I definitely got the ‘crying’ gene as we call it in my family – actually I think all 3 of us did – the gene that has us in tears for every toast and prayer at holidays and special events. It all started with grandma.

Now, we’re in Christmas mode. Hard to believe the jolly man comes down the chimney in about 3.5 weeks. Some of you may be shopping Black Friday deals today…wish I was doing a little retail therapy!

If your shopping today, or opt for a calmer day to shop, add some of our favorite hostess gifts below to your shopping list. It’s a nice gesture to bring a little something for the host/hostess – and he or she will be sure to enjoy any of these items.

Happy Shopping.

1. Cocktail Chatter Napkins, Anthropologie
2. Personalized Placemat, EInvite
3. Jar with Chalkboard Label {filled with cookies, of course}, Pier1
4. Santa Poo Pourri {spritz before you go, and no one will ever know – it totally works}, Amazon
5. Rosemary Tree, Terrain
6. Naughty and Nice Sock by Gumball Poodle, Urban General Store
7. Mr. and Mrs. Holiday Glasses, Furbish Studio
8. Holiday Basket with Mini Candles, Crate and Barrel
9.  Winter Wonderland dish towel, Anthropologie

{images via EInvite, AmazonPier 1Terrain, Urban General StoreFurbish Studio, Crate and BarrelAnthropologie}

gf cashew hummus {recipe}


My dad loves cashews. As for me, they are ok. But, Cashew Hummus. Sign me up. Seriously, it’s so good. My lovely neighbor made some for me, and I recently attempted the recipe. Easy, delish and so healthy. Not only are cashews are full copper, magnesium, zinc and manganese, but they also contain Omega 3 fatty acids and Argenine {a non-essential amino acid good for heart health}. On top of all that, lemon juice also boasts healthy essentials such as vitamin c, calcium and phosphorus, as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a win-win.

This dish would be a lovely hostess gift served with crackers and fresh veggies in a basket, it will impress the pickiest of eaters {I know because my son is picky, and he loved it}, and one of the reasons I LOVED IT SO MUCH is because it’s the perfect appetizer for your vegan and gluten-free friends coming over for dinner. I love healthy people, but sometimes it’s hard to find a yummy recipe that will please everyone, and fit into everyone’s dietary needs. Unless you or a guest is allergic to cashews, this recipe is for you!

Gluten Free Cashew Hummus
recipe adapted from Sunfood Recipes
makes 3-4 cups homemade hummus {in other words, plenty to serve at a party…and to share with a neighbor}

Ingredients
3 cups raw cashews
3/4 cup tahini {my neighbor just roasted sesame seeds and used in place of actual tahini}
3/4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 garlic cloves
1.5 tsp fine Sea Salt
1.5 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder {my neighbor omitted this, and it was still delish}
1.5 tsp paprika

How To
Soak cashews for 3 hours.
Rinse and Drain the water several times.
Place cashews and all other ingredients in a food processor.
Puree until well blended.
It will probably be thick, so add water 1/4 cup at a time until you reach desired consistency.

{images via Tutto Bella}