St. Patty's Party

Posted Mar 13, 2020



St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! Whether you are Irish or not, who doesn’t love an excuse to get a bunch of friends and family together for a party? I know I do! In order to throw the best party, here are a few of the must-haves you’ll want to include in your St. Patrick’s Day festivities:

  1. St. Patrick’s Day Themed Drinks
  • You can begin the festivities bright and early in the morning with your daily cup of coffee- Add a splash of Bailey’s to your hot cup of joe for a jumpstart to the day of fun. Another Irish favorite is a simple Jameson & Ginger cocktail which can be served on the rocks with a squeeze of lime. Finally, is the infamous green beer. No St. Patrick’s Day party would be complete without having a glass of cold green beer!
  1. St. Patrick’s Day Themed Snacks
  • If you are looking to steer away from the generic, greasy appetizers that are common with parties, this is an option for you- Green veggie skewers. Cut up your fresh cucumbers, green peppers, celery, broccoli and any other green vegetable you can think of. Then, pick up some basic skewers from your local grocery store and stack the veggies onto the skew. You can display these skewers on a St. Patty’s day themed plate along with some veggie dip in a bowl and you are set. It’s really that easy!
  1. St. Patrick’s Day Themed Desserts
  • Did somebody say desserts? Often, if done right, this is the best part about a party! A classic favorite is a green velvet cake. Some make red velvet cake on Valentine’s Day so why not make green velvet cake on St. Patrick’s Day? For this dessert, you just follow your basic red velvet cake recipe but swap out the red food dye for green food dye. Once the cake is baked, coat it with delicious cream cheese frosting and garnish it with green sprinkles, candied shamrocks, or Lucky Charms. If you are feeling extra festive, add all three!
  1. St. Patrick’s Day Themed Party Supplies
  • Okay, so now you have your food and drinks covered, it is time to tackle the supplies. Go to your local store and grab all the green supplies you can get your hands on. You will need everything from green napkins, to green plates, and everything else in between. To add extra festivity to your party, ask your guests to wear something green. Even throwing on a simple green t-shirt will suffice and create a positive atmosphere for your party.


We hope you integrate one of these ideas into your St. Patrick’s Day parties and think of us while you do it! Enjoy your party shenanigans and indulge in a glass of green beer or a special cocktail on us!

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Valentine Dates

Posted Feb 14, 2020


Valentine’s Day is a special day to show your loved ones love and affection towards them. Whether you are planning on spending this holiday with your significant other or hanging out with the girls, we have you covered when it comes to your plans. Here are a few creative ideas to make your Valentine’s Day one to remember:

  1. A Paint and Sip Class
This is a great way to spend quality time with either your significant other or your friends. Let your creative side loose while sipping on a glass of wine (or two), and creating a work of art. An added bonus to this date is that you will have a memento to take home with you.

  1. Ice Skating
If you are with your significant other, this is an easy excuse to be close to each other; if you are with your friends, you are bound to have a good laugh when one of you falls flat on the ice. Once you have seen enough of the ice, head off to treat yourselves with some warm drinks. (RumChata, anyone?)

  1. Shopping
If your significant other hates going store to store with you while shopping, make it fun by turning it into a game.  Create a competition where you each have a certain amount of time to find the other a whole outfit from head to toe. If you really want a challenge, set a dollar amount to something cheap and you are bound to get laughs out of what you find for each other. Then, to end the night on a bang, you both have to go out to eat in the entire outfits you picked out for each other no matter what. 

  1. Spa Day
Who doesn’t love a relaxing spa day? No matter what the time of year, spa days are luxurious and amazing. A spa day on Valentine’s Day is even better considering most spas offer specials for couples. A spa day at a reduced price? Sign me up! Get pampered with your significant other and indulge in some much-needed self-care.

  1. Amusement Park
If you are in a state where the weather permits an outdoor amusement park this time of year, this would be a super fun date idea! Eating everything from cotton candy to cheese curds, and then bouncing between all of the roller coasters would give you a chance to be a kid again and just have plain old fun together. Did I mention there is people watching available too? If you are in a state that has freezing cold tundra weather right now, you could still do all of this, except at an indoor amusement park. Hello, Mall of America!

We hope you test out one of these Valentine’s Day date ideas! Whatever you do tonight, have fun and tell someone you love them! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Winter Food Favorites

Posted Jan 23, 2020


Winter is upon us and it is time to start cooking up some comfort food for your friends, family, and of course yourself. Self-care 2020!

Start with an all-time classic, soup and biscuits. Here is a list of our top rated soups and pairing biscuits:

  1. Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. We forget how simple making a classic soup can be, check out this simple recipe for tomato soup. Not biscuits, but even better grilled cheese. Beef up your grilled cheese game by getting some fresh bakery bread and adding an array of cheese to compliant your tomato soup.
  2. Veggie Soup and Red Lobster Biscuits. This filling and warm soup recipe will make your mouth water and widen your eyes with all the color and flavor it holds. Add in some store bought Red Lobster Biscuits to this soup as well.

Now let’s mix in some Midwestern favorites:

  1. Tator Tot Casserole is one of the most popular casserole dishes and guaranteed a winner for everyone in your family, with all the cheese and tator tots it holds in one dish.
  2. Tuna Noodle Casserole, for the seafood lover in your family. Make sure you add some crushed up left over potato chips on top of your dish to add an unbeatable crunch.

Yum Yum Yum! Get cooking with your friends and family this winter season, start a tradition to cook a meal together, or even make your loved one’s dinner. Whatever dish you end up making, we hope it is shared with someone special. Have a great Winter 2019-2020!

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Hello 2020

Posted Jan 09, 2020


Happy New Year! We hope you had a great time ringing in 2020 with friends and family. The new year can be a great way to restart, make changes, and improve your life style. Finding a place to start can be overwhelming, but that is what you have us for! Here is your guide to getting prepared for 2020:

  1. Start with your living space. Deep clean not only your room, but all the rooms in your apartment, house or even dorm. As painful as it can be, take time to clean the areas you have been avoiding.
  2. Set goals. Reach for the stars, you and only you can determine what you will be doing and where you will be going. Make a visual board with all your goals and aspirations with all your friends.
  3. Capture. Grab a camera and take photos outside, at a coffee shop, of yourself, your pets. You can stay in the moment while being on your phone by not even unlocking your phone, simply take the photos and don’t look until later on. The photos will not only be in the moment, but very authentic.
  4. Forgive. Holding onto grudges and bad memories will only weigh you down. This can be a hard pill to swallow, but the act of forgiving will help you strive in the future. It’s time to stop dwelling in what someone has done to hurt you, and start moving on.

Stop procrastinating, go out and set your goals and aspirations high. 2020 is going to be your year. From all of us here at Gotcha Covered, we hope you have a fantastic New Year!

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Gift Guide

Posted Dec 18, 2019


After putting Christmas shopping off for weeks you now are panicking the night before your Christmas party, wondering what you are going to get your friend, family member, or loved one. Don’t worry, we have all been there, and we have Gotcha Covered with our Last-Minute Gift Guide.

  1. A collection of all their favorite food items. For example, if your gift receiver enjoys chocolate, try and find all the chocolate things you can at your local gas station.
  2. Date night box! Experiences and memories are always a gift that becomes forgotten. You could order tickets for you and your gift receiver to go see their favorite band or sports team play. It can be very easy to get fun with this as well, instead of giving them the ticket you could give them a shirt with the artist or team on it, and then surprise them with the real deal!
  3. Restock their everyday essentials. There is nothing worse than always having to buy tooth paste, toilet paper, face wash, lotion, paper towels, notebooks you name it… help your gift receiver out by buying them bulk quantities of their everyday essentials. Trust us, they will thank you later.
  4. A written poem or song. Gifts don’t always have to have a monetary value to them, the best things in life can’t be bought.
  5. Make them dinner or favorite dessert. Whip out those aprons and cookbooks to find the perfect dish or treat to handmake for your gift receiver. Check out our last blog “Holiday Baking Ideas” for inspiration. 

This holiday you can make even the simplest things such as toilet paper, chocolate, or a poem the gift someone will never forget. We hope this guide will help you in finding ways to show the ones closest to you how much they mean to you. Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Recipes

Posted Dec 06, 2019



The most wonderful time of the year is upon on us, so break out the decorations and baking supplies. Show your friends and family how much they mean to you by baking them a sweet treat. Take a look at a couple of our favorite holiday baking recipes.

  1. Eggnog Cookies- Now you don’t have to just drink your eggnog to enjoy the unique taste, you can eat it too!
  2. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies- These are the most ooy gooy chocolate cookies you will ever taste. If you are a chocolate lover, make sure you check this recipe out!
  3. Candy Cane Bark- Candy canes are a classic treat for all ages during the holiday season.
  4. Peanut Butter Snowballs- When you see these snowballs, nothing but mouthwatering excitement will take place. If you like anything that has to do with chocolate and peanut butter, this is the treat for you!

Just in case your family member, friend, or even coworker has a gluten-free diet, we have gotcha covered with these gluten free holiday treats.

  1. Brownie Truffles- This is a perfect recipe to get little ones involved and these chocolate balls of deliciousness only require 2 ingredients!
  2. Vanilla Bean Spice Cookies- The perfect cookie for anyone as they are not only gluten free, but also egg and dairy free.
  3. Soft Sugar Cookies- Get creative when you are decorating these classic sugar cookies.
Baking is a great way to spend quality time with anyone, and you get a sweet. Take advantage of this holiday season and bake some yummy treats. Good luck and Happy Holidays!

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Thanksgiving Checklist

Posted Nov 21, 2019


Halloween has come and gone, now it’s on to Thanksgiving! This year, you’re hosting the in-laws at your place and it’s coming sooner than you think. We are here to help you keep calm during this stressful time. Here’s a list of things to do to prepare for the big holiday.

Plan your turkey method

  • Rookie mistake: the turkey won’t fit in the oven! Make sure you have a plan on how you’re cooking the turkey, and make sure you are aware of the size before buying!

Plan out storage for leftovers

  • Make sure you have enough storage for all of the leftovers. Pro tip: lay out the dishes you think you’ll use for leftovers and label the side dish with a Post-It note to ensure you have enough dishes! *Also, clean out your fridge so you have room to store everything before, during, and after dinner.

Check kitchen equipment

  • Have the essential tools? Meat thermometer, pie dish, trussing string, enough pots and pans, potato masher just to name a few.

Delegate side dishes, appetizers, and desserts

  • Have friends who want to bring something to share? Take advantage of that! Try to avoid dishes that need to stay hot. That will only add one more thing to think about during the get together, and it will take up space on the stove.

Here’s the fun part… shopping!

  • After checking the fridge, freezer, and pantry, head to the grocery store with your shopping list. Also, don’t forget to stop by the liquor store to stock up on wine and other essentials.

The night before Thanksgiving, do some prepping

  • Chop your veggies, lay out your ingredients, and make your desserts! By getting ahead, this will help you tomorrow!

Get your turkey in the oven

  • About four hours prior to dinner, throw your turkey in the oven to ensure it will be ready to be served by dinner time. While he’s in there cooking, spend this time making your side dishes and mashing your potatoes.

Empty the dishwasher!

  • Guests will be more than willing to help you with dishes after you worked away in the kitchen all day. Make sure the dishwasher is empty so they can get everything in there!

 

We hope this list of tips helps in a time of stress. Remember how grateful, thankful, and blessed you are to have a warm house, hot food, and a loving (and stuffed) family. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Slow Cooker Recipes

Posted Nov 15, 2019
Hello 

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons we have. The leaves turn color, the sun sets earlier, and the weather gets cooler. Here are some easy recipes. Just grab the ingredients, throw them in the crock pot in the morning, and come home to a hot, homecooked meal that will warm your soul:

Slow-Cooker Cranberry Meatballs

You’ll need:

  • 32 oz. frozen pre-cooked meatballs
  • 14 oz. can cranberry sauce
  • 12 oz. chili sauce

 To do:

  • Pour sauces over meatballs in crock pot and stir.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  • Serve as an appetizer, or serve over rice for a meal.

 

Dr. Pepper Pork Sandwiches

You’ll need:

  • 1 can of Dr. Pepper
  • 1 packet of Onion Soup mix
  • 2-3 pounds of Pork

 To do:

  • Throw in pork and  Onion Soup  mix and stir.
  • Pour Dr. Pepper over the top.
  • Cook on high for 4-5 hours.

 

Creamy Italian Chicken

You’ll need:

  • 1.5 pounds of chicken
  • 1 bar of cream cheese
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1 packet of Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1 tsp. canned minced garlic

 To do:

  • Toss all ingredients into the crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours.
  • Serve over noodles, rice, or make a sandwich out of it.

 

 

Did you think we were going to leave dessert out!?

Apple Dump Cake

You’ll need:

  • Can of Apple Pie filling
  • Box of Yellow Cake mix
  • 1 Stick of butter

 To do:

  • Add all ingredients to crock pot.
  • Cook on low for 4 hours.

 

We hope you try out one of these easy, tasty, and warm recipes this fall. Whatever you choose, have fun! Add your own twist to any of the recipes. Happy Holidays!

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Fall Festive

Posted Oct 15, 2019



As the seasons change, the decorations around the house change. If you are anything like us, the minute you smell the crisp cool air and you see the leaves you change, you bust out those beautiful fall decorations. Here are some ideas of decorations you can display around your home:

  1. A fall wreath
  2. Fake leaves around the TV or bookshelf
  3. Fall themed rugs
  4. Fun shaped leave bags with raked leaves from the yard
  5. Little decorative dishes
  6. Fall themed dish towels
  7. Our personal favorite fall scented candles!
  8. Fake gourds and pumpkins
  9. Fall themed blankets

Don’t forget about those fun Halloween/fall themed movies for those chilly nights in, here is a list:

  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. The Nightmare before Christmas
  3. Casper
  4. Monster House
  5. Halloweentown
  6. Beetle Juice
  7. Halloween
  8. Twitches
  9. The Haunted Mansion
  10. Tower of Terror

We hope you are inspired by these fun fall decorations and list of movies to watch this fall. Don’t forget to get a pumpkin spiced latte, and have a great Fall!

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Halloween Spirit

Posted Oct 01, 2019


Halloween is the spookiest, goofiest, and fun time of the year. On Halloween you can live out your dreams and become however you want for a night. That doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to be what you want. Here are some DIY Halloween costume ideas to get you thinking:

  1. Jelly Belly
  • Step into a clear trash bag and fill it with colored balloons and put the Jelly Belly logo on top of it
  1. Bubblegum dispenser
  • Wear red bottoms with a tank top that has hot glued colorful pompoms all over the top of the tank. Don’t forget a 25 cense logo on the front!
  1. “Cereal Killer”
  • Collect a bunch of empty snack cereal’s and hot glue them to a white shirt, let this dry overnight. Then splatter red paint all over the top to look like fake blood, you could even cut some slits in the shirt, and stab plastic knives into the boxes. You are now a “cereal killer”.
  1. Classic ghost
  • Get a white sheet or cloth and cut out two circles for your eyes, and throw it over your body! If you want to spice it up you can even add lipstick to make the ghost more girly or just a simple smile.
  1. Sandy from Grease!
  • All you need is a pair of black leggings, black top, some red high heels, right red lipstick, and bust out that crimper and tease your hair! 

We hope you try out one of these DIY Halloween costume. Whatever you choose to be have fun and be safe. Happy Halloween!

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