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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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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pumpkin Pocket Sandwiches

Looking for a quick and easy main dish for your kiddo's lunch box?  Try pumpkin pocket sandwiches!  Meat and cheese are sandwiched between ready made pie dough cut into the shape of pumpkins and then baked.  It’s the perfect dish for your Autumn themed lunch.

Step 1:  Thaw the refrigerated pie dough according to directions.  Cut out into pumpkin shapes.

Step 2:  Add meat and cheese on top of one pumpkin piece.  Lay the second pumpkin piece on top of the first one and seal the edges.  Cut slits for ventilation.

Step 3:  Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.

That’s it, now you have a delicious snack perfect for your lunch box!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bento Lunches: A fun way to get your kids to eat healthier!

I recently discovered the craft of making Bento lunches for my kiddos.  Basically, a bento lunch could be described at a portioned lunch.  It’s often made to look like fun characters or themes.  The best part about Bento lunches for me personally is that it gets my kids to actually eat the healthy food I give them!  They now eat their fruits, veggies, rice,  eggs, and whatever else I put in there…as long as I make it look appetizing to them.  I’m amazed at the stuff they will eat now, just because I took a few extra minutes to make it look “cute”.  Bento lunches are a great idea if you have a picky eater like mine, and they don’t take as much time as you would think.  Give it a try and see what kinds of foods you can get your child to try!  Here are a few pics of Bento lunches that I have done in the past.



Saturday, August 27, 2011

Back to School Party

It's been over a week now, and I'm still having trouble with the fact that my oldest is in Kindergarten now!  I can't believe how fast time really does fly.  To get ready for the upcoming school year we decided to have a back to school party with all of his friends.  Rather than do a long post, I thought I would just do a short recap and post the pictures. 

The food was pretty simple.  We had sandwiches, chips, applesauce, peanut butter and jelly cupcakes, apple cake pops, chocolate covered crayons, and milk.  I used a lot of decorations from the Dollar Spot at Target, including letters, numbers, and a pencil and crayon vase.  I glued letters and numbers to white tin pails to hold the apple pops.  I also made flashcard garland and poms to hang up around the house.  For activities we decorated backpack tags that I found off of Ebay.  We also listened to School House Rock and had balloon animals from a friend of mine.  For favors I had pencil boxes filled with crayons, stickers, pencils, bookmarks, etc.  I had glitter glue so each kid could write their name on their box.  I love how it turned out, and everyone had a wonderful time!













Monday, August 22, 2011

Cutie Pies

Ok, I admit it....I cannot get enough of these cute little pies in a jar!  There are lots of them out there, and I just *had* to take a stab at it for myself.  I am so happy with the outcome!  They make fantastic gifts for friends, neighbors, teachers, or just about anyone!  You can even freeze them and keep them on hand for a fresh baked pie anytime.  Here are some pics of my creations.  I've made apple, cherry, and nectarine/raspberry pies, yummm!






They are super simple to make.  Just use a pie dough recipe (or buy the premade dough in the refrigerated section with the biscuits.  If you use the premade dough, you'll get 4 pies from each box.  Use the little half pint jars (I found mine at Wal-Mart, they are the Better Homes and Gardens brand) and press the dough around the sides and bottom of the jar.  Fill with your favorite pie filling, just don't overfill or it will bubble out!  Using the lid, cut out a circle of dough to go on top.  Make sure to add a vent hole of some kind!  Use a fork to crimp the dough circle to the rest of the dough.  At this point you can either put them on a cookie sheet and bake them, or attach the lid and stick them in the freezer.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes if fresh, or for 1 hour if frozen.  Add a little ribbon, and viola- you have an easy, cute, and yummy gift for yourself or a friend!

Here they are all ready to go-




And in case you want it, here's the recipe I used for my nectarine raspberry pie.  It is SO tasty!

Nectarine Raspberry Pie

Ingredients:
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 c. sliced fresh nectarines (med. size)
1 1/2 c. fresh raspberries
1 tsp. lemon juice

Simply mix all the ingredients together (dry ingredients first) and spoon into pie crusts.  Easy Peasy!

 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pops with the Zoku!

Have you heard of the Zoku Quick Pop Maker?  I was just introduced to it a few weeks ago...and I must say that I am already a pop addict!  The Zoku is this nifty little machine that makes yummy popsicles in about 7-10 minutes.  That's right, no more waiting all day for your popsicles to freeze.....talk about instant gratification!  And it's SO super easy.  All you do is store the little machine in the freezer until you're ready to use it.  Then pop in some sticks, pour in your pop liquid, and wait a few minutes for it to freeze.  Easy Peasy!

The thing I love most about the Zoku is the huge variety of ingredients you can use with it.  I've used liquids like lemonade and apple juice, yogurt, and even pudding.  Frozen pudding pops?  Yes please!  The only thing you can't really use is sugar free ingredients, unfortunately.  But most everything else is fair game!  And the mix-ins you can add are endless.  Fruit, chocolate, candies, you name it.

So if you're looking for a cool new kitchen gadget and love yummy frozen treats, the Zoku is for you!  Here's a few of the pops I've made:


Top row:  cookies & cream, white chocolate cherry, mint chocolate chip, chocolate banana pudding
Bottom row:  cherry lemonade, lemonade with raspberries, lavender lemonade, and raspberry vanilla


*This post has not been indorsed by Zoku, and no free products were given in exchange .

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dinosaur 5th Birthday Party

Ok, I admit it....I wasn't feeling 100% in May, so we opted to let my son have his birthday party at a party place (gasp!).  In all reality, it was a lot of fun and a lot less mess for me to worry about!  I still think I managed to put my own personal touch on it, with some help from a Paper and Cake printable party theme.  Here are the pics-

Decorations

Decorations were probably the hardest thing to accomplish since everything had to be brought from home and we were only allowed 15 minutes to set up.  I used a printable personalized birthday banner from Paper and Cake that turned out super cute.  For the table centerpieces, I used plush dinosaurs and ties balloons in the themed colors (blue, green) onto them.  I also had dishes of dinosaur eggs (robin's eggs from Easter) sitting out.



Food

For food we had pizza, chips and dip, a fruit T-Rex, chocolate dino pops, juice and water.  The watermelon dinosaur was really fun to make, and the birthday boy thought it was awesome!  For the cake, I made a small dinosaur for the birthday boy, and cupcakes for everyone else.



Favors/Misc

The favors were probably my favorite part!  I was able to score sand buckets at Michael's for only a buck, so I used those for the containers.  Inside was a "How do Dinosaurs..." board book, a dinosaur puppet stick, chocolate dino pop, dinosaur plush, dinosaur skeleton, dino crayons, and a mixed cd of dinosaur songs.  The books I found on ebay, the crayons I got from Red Elm Designs on Etsy, and the plushies, skeletons, and puppets I found on Oriental Trading.  I used a silver sharpie marker to write the kids' names on each of their buckets, and I used my Cricut with the dino cartridge to cut out different dinosaurs in red vinyl to put on each bucket.  The kids loved them!

I also have to give a shout out to a great Etsy store, Made Cute Just 4 U, for making the birthday boy's cute shirt! 



So all in all it was a great 5th birthday for my little guy, and everyone had a fantastic time :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cowboy Birthday Party

I can't believe my little buckeroo is 2 years old already!  We decided to throw him a cowboy birthday party since he is currently obsessed with Woody from Toy Story.  It turned out fantastic, and all of the kids had a great time!  (I apologize in advance for the quality of the pics, I had no idea there was a blurry spot on the lens until after the party!)

Decorations

I had a great time coming up with all of the fun decorations for this party.  I did have some help from the "Old West" cricut cartridge.  When the children first entered the party room, there was a table labeled "Cowboy Duds".  It had hats, bandannas, and sheriff badges for the kids to put on.  In the dining room I had poms hanging (yes, I DO use them for every party, lol!), and a Woody doll holding balloons for the centerpiece.  Above the food table I had the birthday banner (using a font from the cricut cartridge I mentioned).  And in the playroom I had Wanted posters with each of the kid's pictures on them.  My wonderful hubby even went as far as burning the edges of all of the posters for me.  They looked great!



Food

We kept the food fairly simple.  On the food table we had bbq chicken sandwiches (I just threw some chicken breasts and a bottle of bbq sauce in the crockpot, shredded after 6-8 hours, and they turned out GREAT!), chips, pasta salad, beans, chocolate covered marshmallows, chocolate suckers in the shape of boots and hats, sheriff star cookies, lemonade, and juice boxes.  The cake was a two tiered cake that was fairly simple.



Activities

The kids mostly just enjoyed running around and playing.  I did have a couple of games planned, but changed my mind at the last minute due to the age of the children that were coming.  But we were going to play "There's a snake in my boot" where the kids toss rubber snakes into a boot.  We did have a pony and a baby goat present at the second half of the party.  The kids loved taking turns riding the pony, and holding the little baby goat!  We also had a pinata, despite the snow that started falling.  



Goody Bags

Last but not least, the goody bags.  I lucked out and found some western themed bags on clearance at Michael's to use.  Inside each bag was a foam gun, a cowboy rubber ducky, a "hairy cowboy" magnet game, a bandanna slap bracelet, a pack of fake mustaches, and a crayon and mini color book set.  I got all of the items from Oriental trading.  Each bag had a star with the child's name on it tied to the outside with twine.  And of course they also got to take home their hat, bandanna, and sheriff star badge.






All in all, it was a great party and I'm very happy with how things came together.  Everyone had a great time, and I've already started planning my oldest son's birthday for May!  Here are a couple more pics of the birthday boy....Thanks for reading!


I've linked up with the following fabulous blogs:  Sumo's Sweet Stuff, It's Fun to Craft, Skip to my Lou

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine Light Block


Light Blocks are an easy and fun way to decorate for the holidays.  I recently made one for Valentine's Day, and put together a little tutorial to show you how easy it really is!  First, gather your supplies.


You will need:
Glass block with hole drilled in it (I get mine from Hobby Lobby)
Stickers (you could also use window clings or vinyl if you have a cricut)
Glass etching cream (found at craft stores)
Sponge brush
Small light set (also found at Hobby Lobby)
Ribbon

The first step is to "frost" your glass block.  This step is optional, but I've found that it hides the lights inside and looks much nicer.  Peel off the label on the block and clean with windex.  Be careful not to leave any finger prints on the front of your block.  Apply a generous coat of the etching cream to one side of the block, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.  Rinse off the etching cream and dry the block.

(A generous amount of etching cream)

(The frosted block)

Next, apply your stickers or vinyl to the block.  Keep the hole in the block at the top.


Then add your lights to the inside of the block, with the end coming out of the hole at the top of the block.


The last step is to add the bow around the block.  This is what will hide the cord from coming out of the top too.  And that's all there is to it!  Here's what it looks like all lit up-


I'm linking up with the following fabulous blogs: Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Craft-O-Maniac, It's Fun to Craft, Skip to my Lou