Friday, June 28, 2013
Years ago I bought a little side table for the lawn chair on my deck....but after a hail storm, and life outside over the last few years....the glass mosaic was falling apart, but the iron stand was in great condition, so I decided to rebuild and retile.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
We also attached trail mix packs to get them through until their break-pretzels, almonds, and bliss candy (hence the name).
It always starts with a fun invite for me. I've seen lots of fun spa themed party ideas, but since this was for a massive group (and on a teacher's budget)....this was as good as it got this go 'round!
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The key is....put your dressing at the bottom of your jar, then put something like carrots, or celery (something 'sturdier' that won't wilt over night/in the cooler swimming in dressing. I put a layer of dressing/carrots/celery, cherry tomatoes, then the lettuce. You can leave a little room at the top if you want to shake it in the jar and eat it as is, or dump it on a plate and the pouring will do the work for ya. You can toss these right into the cooler...that's my kind of no stress, no mess meal.
Monday, June 24, 2013
I saw the idea for attaching all the utensils to plates and thought....duh! I adapted the original idea just a tad, but how easy...grab your utensils and some napkins and a hole punch...
I strung some ribbon through the hole and tied the utensil 'pack' to the side, and now I just have to pack a plate for each person and pass them out before we dig into the food. My napkin will be the only thing I have to chase this go round.
Friday, June 21, 2013
I created a board on pinterest with some of my July 4th post (pins housed here, can also click July 4th below under labels, or go to the pins to weed through what sounds good). I have quite a few little post....good for any summer cookout, but-clearly, a little patriotic. My favorite didn't make the screen shot, but I love these Apple Pie Cupcakes (recipe here).
July 4th is definitely one of my favorite holidays. I was in Brazil last year over the 4th....which concreted-I don't want to be gone over the 4th ever again! ...and now....I'm off to put a few more crafts together before the picnic/firecracking 4th heads this way again!
Thursday, June 20, 2013
I blame Regan for this recipe. It's so good. It's so not calorie friendly. But....some meals are worth it. This is worth it, but you should probably make it with a big crowd coming....or don't tell anyone you made it and then ate it, and sit around with your friends over coffee lamenting your inability to lose weight. Not that I'd EVER do a thing like that....but if I were going to, this is what I'd be eating, with gusto, behind closed doors. I even halved the recipe and I'm pretty sure it would have served an army....or at least a cub scout troop....or some body of people that eats a lot. And so if you have a large group, or a hankering for some really devine mac and cheese with yummy meat (pretty much the food pyramid in one dish)....here ya go...
Cheese and Sausage Mac and Cheese
Ingredients: 1 lb Italian sausae, 1 lb dry elbow noodles, 8 T unsalted butter, 1/2 c. flour, 1/2 t. kosher salt, 1/2 t. black pepper, 2 1/2 c. milk, 3 c. shredded mozzarella cheese, 1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese, 1 1/2t. Tabasco sauce, 2 c. shredded Gouda Cheese
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch dish with cooking spray.
2. Brown sausage until cooked and crumbled. Drain extra fat and set aside.
3. Cook pasta following pkg instructions, dran, and run under cool water. Set aside.
4. Melt butter in a large pan on medium. Whisk in flour, salt, and pepper until thick and bubbly. Slowly whisk in milk. Keep whisking until milk is thick. Reduce heat and stir in mozzarella and cheddar cheese until smooth and creamy.
5. Stir in sausage and cooked pasta. Place in baking dish and top with shredded Gouda cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and hot. Serve warm.
Posted by Christy Robbins at 12:00 AM
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
StarkingCrafty. She sells party supplies on Etsy. They are super cute. Her pack came with dinosaur finger puppets, adorable dinosaur shaped crayons, a book, and model, and coloring book pack, paint, and dinosaur print stamp. I bought How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? and a four pack of dinosaur puzzles (when I asked I was told that he likes books and puzzles right now-a guy after my own heart). Here is a close up of the crayons.....
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Slow Cooked Coke Chicken
Ingredients: Whole chicken, 1 lemon, 1 onion, 1 bottle of your fav. bbq sauce, 1 can coke
Instructions: Peel and quarter onion. Quarter lemon. Place chicken in the bottom of your crockpot. Toss lemon and onion on top. Pour entire bottle of bbq sauce and coke over the top. Cook all day on low, or cook on high 4 hours.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
I made these little firecracker table favors this year for July 4th.
For the pull, I attached a little piece of wrapped candy to a string with tape.
I taped it inside as well.
...and I glued these to the body of the tube.
I filled the open end with candy.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
I've seen these ideas around the net of giving baby socks/bows etc in egg cartons, and I've joined the trend. I'm egg carton obsessed. It's just how God made me. I've been felt bow crazy this past year too. Here are a bunch of tutorials for making these bows. I usually added elastic bands.
I also added some baby pearls. What girl doesn't need pearls at 3 months? Here is that simple tutorial.