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Who am I? I'm a wife to my best friend. I'm 'mama' to two silly boys. I'm a full time mom, a cook, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, an errand runner, and a boo boo kisser. I'm a cake decorator and an aspiring crafter when I find time. Throwing parties are my true passion. I'm loving my life and trying to enjoy every minute with my boys!
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Marshmallow Bunny Treats

I'm in love with these sweet chocolate covered marshmallow bunnies! I was looking for a treat for my oldest son's class, and I came across the bunny ears mold at a local craft store and thought it would be perfect.  The ears and face are made out of candy melts, and the marshmallows are dipped in white chocolate.  Yum!


Aren't they adorable?!



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Sweet Chickadee No Soliciting Sign


Sorry for the lack of posts!  I've been sick with bronchitis this past week (which, I have decided, was a bad idea since Adam's been on Spring Break!).

Anyway, I thought I would share a quick craft I just whipped up.  Since the weather has gotten nicer, our house has been bombarded by door-to-door salesmen of all types!  Magazines, steaks, carpet cleaning, religious inquiries...they're all knockin' on my door.  I decided to make a cute little sign to (hopefully) deter the endless interruptions.




 Here she is!  Cute, simple, and to the point.  I found the wood birdie from this etsy site, painted it a sweet chocolate brown, used a colored pencil to write the words, and glued a ribbon on the back.





Here she is hanging outside by the doorbell; my scarecrow for salesmen.  Crossing my fingers she does her job!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Before and After: Dining Room

This will be my first in a series of before and after pictures of our house! We recently bought our first house in November last year. It's an older house (built in the early 70's), but I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. My husband wasn't so sure though...it was difficult to see past all of the ugly wallpaper and junk that the sellers had. I have never seen so much STUFF in one house before! We couldn't even walk in to two of the bedrooms because they were filled to the ceiling with stuff. Just lots and lots of stuff!

Our first project when we moved in was to get rid of all of the nasty carpet and funky wallpaper. The wallpaper proved much more difficult that we thought. It was 4 layers deep in some areas; even the light switch covers were wallpapered! Yikes! But we finally got it all peeled off (and by we, I mean hubby) and got a fresh coat of paint on the walls. I decided to go with Tobacco Road, as I fell in love with it the first time I saw it on the Nesting Place. We the replaced all of the carpet with new carpet, added new baseboards, and put down new flooring in the dining room.

It's still a work in progress, but it's slowly turning into the house I have pictured in my mind. I want to get new tile in the entryway, and then I'll post the before and after pictures of the living room. For now, here is the dining room:

Before:
This was with the seller's items.  Notice the yucky carpet and the awful wallpaper.


After:
We painted the walls Tobacco Road (though it shows more yellow in the picture than it actually is), replaced the flooring, and added new trim, curtains, and a light fixture.



So there it is!  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, especially the flooring that hubby put down himself.  Living room and playroom pictures coming soon!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Fortune Cookies

St. Patrick's Day is less than a week away (which means Easter is right around the corner)!  I wanted to make something for my son to give to his school friends, so I thought I'd try my luck (ha ha) with making fortune cookies.  I'm not going to lie, it was tough.  The first dozen cookies went straight to the trash, but it slowly improved from there.  I used this recipe because of it's simple ingredients.  If you're going to make these yourself, here are a couple tips I learned:

  • Make at least a double batch of the recipe.
  • Spray your cookie sheet with Pam after each set of cookies.
  • Spray the spatula too.
  • Only make 3 cookies at a time.  Any more, and they will harden too much before you can finish folding them all.
  • Flip the cookies upside down before you put the fortune in and fold it, it looks prettier.

After all of you're cookies are finished, set them aside to cool.  You can then dip them in melted chocolate.  I chose green candy melts (found at Michael's).  You can also add toppings- nuts, sprinkles, shredded coconut, etc.  The possibilities are endless!  I decided to keep 'em plain :).

I made two dozen of these little guys.  The fortune I added says "I'm lucky to be your friend!".  I put each one in a little cellophane bag and tied it with a cute greet ribbon.  Easy Peasy!


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Monday, March 8, 2010

Little Monster Birthday Party

I still can't believe that my little man is ONE! This past year has just flown by. To celebrate the big event, I decided to throw him a little monster party. It turned out so cute! Get ready for picture overload!


I'll start with the invitation, decorations, and favors. The colors I chose were orange, lime green, and teal.

I ordered his invitation from this Etsy store.  I loved the design she came up with!


The birthday banner. I love my cricut!

The furry monster wreath (ignore the lack of trim on the door, we're still remodeling!)

The toy room. I love the cute monster rug, and the kids loved the monster tent in the back!

This is where I set up a few of Evan's cards, as well as his invitation in a monster frame.

The favor table! This is where I had the blow-outs, hats, monster masks, and favor bags.

And each favor bag had a little monster stuffy, a jar of blue flubber, a monster sucker, tattoos, a finger puppet, and a squeaker.

Next we'll move on to the food. I'm so happy with how it turned out!

This is the food table (wish I had gotten a better picture). We had pizza, punch, pasta salad, veggie fries, cookies, fruit, and jello cubes.

Chocolate dipped marshmallows...always a favorite of the kids!

This might be my favorite thing from the party! It's a monster fruit display, I got the idea from this picture on flickr.

And, of course, the cake and smash cake! So cute :)

Now for the activities. I wanted to keep it simple, but still have something for the older children to enjoy.

This was the craft/activity table. I had foam pieces cut out for the "make a monster" craft. I also had monster books, puppets, and tattoos.

Monster bowling. The older kids loved this!

We had a pull string pinata too.

And the monster tent with the blow up balls. The babies loved this one!


Now for a few more random pics (I told you there would be a lot!)
Evan's cute little monster butt! I got the patch from this Etsy store.

Playing puppets with Evan's buddy.

Mmmm, cake!

Big brother being silly, as usual :)

Evan's future girlfriend :)

Evan's best buddy.

Well, that's it! It was such a fantastic day! Now to start thinking about birthday number 2....

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Low-Cal Baby Tiramisu

Tiramisu is one of my absolute favorite desserts (a close second to cheesecake)!  I hosted a small girl's night in a couple weekends ago, and I was searching for a yummy low calorie dessert to serve.  I found this on Eating Well, and it's definitely a keeper!  They turned out yummy and cute, and I didn't feel guilty about eating one (or two!).

Baby Tiramisu

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup nonfat ricotta cheese, (4 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 12 ladyfingers, (about 1 3/4 ounces)
  • 4 tablespoons brewed espresso, or strong coffee, divided
  • 2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate chips, melted  
Preparation:
    1. Combine ricotta, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
    2. Place 6 ladyfingers in a 9-by-5-inch (or similar size) loaf pan. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons espresso (or coffee). Spread the ricotta mixture over the ladyfingers. Place another layer of ladyfingers over the ricotta and drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons espresso (or coffee). Drizzle with melted chocolate. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.

    Twilight- New Moon Party

    Twilight Mania was in full swing this past week in anticipation of the opening of New Moon! I hosted a small Twilight/New Moon themed party at my house over the weekend with a few of my ColoradoSpringsMommies friends. We all had a blast! My favorite part of the party was the food contest. I had each guest bring a Twilight-themed food item, and the winner was judged on taste, presentation, and how it related to Twilight. The winner got a super fabulous prize made by yours truely-- A cute apron that said "I'm A Cullen-ary Genius". We had syringe jello shots, played the New Moon board game, and just had a good time.

    And of course we were at the midnight showing of New Moon on Thursday! Anyway, here are a few pics from the party, I hope you enjoy them!



    This was the food table. I had werewolf kibble, candy rimmed glasses for pina coladas, jello shots in syringes, New Moon candy bars and vampire bites. The flowers were supposed to be parrot tulips from the cover of New Moon, but I couldn't find that type of flower anywhere! So I took some red hibiscus stems, cut out the middle, and added some white paint.



    These are some decorations from the party. Yes, I had it in the kids' playroom, that's why there are toys everywhere!



    These are two of the guest entries- Cullen Cakes and Vampire Bite Cookies. The winner was the cupcakes, they were cute and yummy!




    And last but not least, the goodie bags. I used a couple petals from the flowers I made and glued them onto the bags for a three dimensional look. Inside the bags was a copy of the New Moon soundtrack, more werewolf kibble and vampire bites, a New Moon candy bar, and some gummy fangs.


    All in all it was a GREAT party and I cannot wait to do it again when Eclipse comes out in June!!