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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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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

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!