If The Broom Fits FREE Printable

If The Broom Fits FREE Printable

With Halloween just around the corner, we’ve been decorating the house, gathering costume ideas and accumulating candy for trick or treaters… but we thought it would be fun to offer a FREE treat for you guys too!

You can get your own FREE 5×7 Printable “If the Broom Fits” sign HERE

Then just print it out, use a paper trimmer to cut it, and frame it in a standard 5 x 7 frame.  It’s simple and oh-so-adorable.

Enjoy, witches!

Halloween Details 2016

Halloween Details 2016

Decorating for Halloween is a highlight of the season – it means that fall is officially here and I can get geared up for my favorite season.  I don’t do anything super scary or gruesome because… well, I’m a wimp and can’t take it. ha!  (Truth is I’ve never even been in a haunted house because I’m certain it would give me a heart attack.)  The past few years I’ve used books and birds to decorate, and this year I did the same –  with a twist.  To keep the color palette more neutral, I only used white pumpkins, and I turned the books around so the pages faced forward.  The bird cage I use year-round but in another location and the “mirror” is one that I made look old in this DIY. A few cobwebs and plastic spiders complete the look.


img_0014smIf I have a Halloween party, I hang the “Come In My Little Pretties” sign on the front door.  And plug in the ampersand metal light.


img_0016smI use a garden gate panel in my hallway to create a witch hat rack.  Several years ago, in a magazine (I can’t even remember which one), I had seen a “witch hat check” that featured tags on the hats – so I printed up some of my own.




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Football Lockers

Football Lockers

Are you ready for football season?  Our lockers are!

{This locker redo was done using details from my Football Mantle at home – I wanted to decorate for Halloween, but I wasn’t ready for the football details to go away.  The photo is an enlargement of my dad’s high school football photo, the megaphone was mine in junior high (repainted), and the pennant was found on eBay – vintage from the 70’s but never used.  You can check out the original post for more details.}

Election-Themed Wedding Style Shoot

Election-Themed Wedding Style Shoot

Today we’re throwing it back to a style shoot we did four years ago.  It was an election year, and the upcoming Presidential election was all over the media, so I was inspired to see how a wedding could have a political twist.  After a few phone calls, I put together an amazing team to make it happen.  From the “rustic Americana” wedding invitations to All-American mini pies in mason jars, we think the details of this event have the potential to sway the vote of any party enthusiast at heart!




lsp_007smOur beautiful bride looks stunning…





lsp_025smDoesn’t a Bi-Partisan Sparkler sound like the perfect signature cocktail for this soiree?


lsp_028smMason jar pies by Simply Decadent are SO perfect.  Adorable (and delicious)!

lsp_036sm“Let’s get this party started!” napkins make a great touch – plus, guests can choose a side – which makes a great conversation starter.




lsp_056smLook at that handsome, patriotic groom…

lsp_052smSpirit Ranch is magical in the evenings… don’t you love this setting for a wedding?

lsp_058smAs part of “A Campaign for Happiness” – guests are asked to leave advice for the new Mr. & Mrs. in the “ballot box”

lsp_066smUsing this card with advice for each “side” as the couple serves a “lifelong term” together in wedded bliss…

lsp_060smEscort cards with tiny campaign buttons make a fun display AND takeaway for the guests to wear as they storm the dance floor…

lsp_062smLOVE the wording on this invitation.  Love.




lsp_074smStriking red peep toe pumps?  Yes, please!

lsp_075smBefore the happy couple speeds away, a quick photo op.  And a limo decked out – dignitary style.

Special thanks go out to the following for their tremendous help with making this style shoot come to life:

Spirit RanchLinda McMillan Photography Simply Decadent Bakery : Puttin’ on the Ritz :   First Class Tuxedo : Bella’s Bridal : Devault Floral : Gourmet Pantry : Emily Adams on Fire : Limousines of Lubbock : Haute Hair by Cristina : Host and Toast

If you want to see more, we were lucky enough to have the details of this style shoot featured here on Pizzazzerie.com

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

For our Aloha Team Dinner, I decided to keep the prep easy for BBQ Pulled Pork tacos by using a slow cooker, and this recipe turned out to be a keeper!

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork


  • 1 (3-4 lb.) boneless Boston butt pork roast
  • 1 jar Kelle B Santa Fe Apple BBQ Sauce (we also sell this at Barque)
  • 6 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 white onion, coursely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and chopped into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1  32 oz. container of low sodium chicken  broth
  • 2-3 cups of water
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • salt and pepper


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Remove the netting from the pork roast and generously rub it down with chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper on all sides.  Place it in the slow cooker and add chopped onion, jalapeno, bell peppers and garlic.

IMG_4592 smPour BBQ sauce over the top, add chicken broth and water (enough to barely cover the top of the pork).

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Cook on the high temperature setting for 2 hours, then reduce to low for 4-5 hours.  If you’re not able to change the temperature, just cook it on low for 8-9 hours.

Warning:  This pork will make your house smell AMAZING!  🙂

Once you’re ready to serve, remove the meat from the slow cooker and place it on a cutting board.  Cut away the obvious fat, and shred the meat.  If you want even more flavorful meat, retrieve some of the veggies from the pot, chop them up and add mix them into the meat before serving.

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This pork is great for tacos, sandwiches, burritos… it’s very versatile.  And for how easy it is, that’s a beautiful thing.

Meet Linda McMillan

Meet Linda McMillan

Graduating high school or college is a milestone, so it’s only fitting to have a photo session to commemorate the event.  Luckily, we’ve partnered with our friend Linda McMillan to make your life a LOT easier!  She’s a very talented photographer, and she consistently provides amazing Senior Portraits for her clients.  Linda’s most popular package is the Signature Session, which includes 3 outfit changes, 2 hours of photography, professional hair styling and airbrush makeup, plus online gallery viewing and ordering for one month… Talk about the royal treatment!  We love the idea of getting all GLAMMED up to capture your senior year.  If you’re going to document the occasion, you might as well look and feel your best!

*Like the sound of that?  Keep reading for more information on how you could WIN a Signature Session!*

Linda also gives every client a Senior Swag Bag after their session… which happens to include some personalized folded notes from Barque (wink wink).

As icing on the cake, Linda’s Senior Swag Bag also contains an exclusive coupon from us for a discount on custom graduation announcements!  It’s simple – bring in your photos from Linda, peruse our samples for ideas, visit with us about fonts, colors and paper options, and we’ll work with you to create the perfect announcement.  It’s a win-win.  Fabulous graduation photos to cherish AND custom announcements as fun or quirky as you are.  (Hey, you’re heading out into the “real world” – your big debut should make a splash!)

Honestly, we’ve been a fan of Linda’s work for awhile now, so we jumped at the chance to collaborate with her on this.  She’s our kind of people – and we think you’ll like her too.

For more information on booking a session with Linda McMillan Photography, check out her website HERE.  Then come see us – we can’t wait to help you create the perfect announcement!

*** PSSST – For a limited time, we’ve partnered with Linda McMillan Photography and Beauty by Brooke for an awesome Signature Session GIVEAWAY that ends on September 1, 2016.  See details pinned to the top of our Facebook page HERE.  ***

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