Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Minnie Mouse 21st Birthday Party

Our oldest and only daughter wanted a Minnie Mouse themed party to celebrate turning 21.  I didn't want it to be a "kiddie" party, of course, and neither did she. We ordered special sugar cookies from a friend.
Her grandmother made her a Minnie cake.
I did chocolate covered strawberry marshmallows with candy shred (it was yucky, in our opinion) and melted candy squiggles.
Cherry limeade punch, which is a favorite of ours. (Braum's sells the cherry lime sherbet and just add 7up.  I also put some maraschino cherries in there and garnished with a slice of lime.)
The chandelier light was transformed into a goofy Minnie-themed light.
The cheeseball was shaped into a Mickey head, then a fruit roll up bow made it a Minnie!
I had the polka dot pots for many other occasions, but spray painted styrofoam balls and created a Minnie head with a big pink bow.  Spray paint melts the styrofoam, but it worked, still.  Just in the back where I laid them to dry, they are flattened. I should have allowed it to dry stuck into the pot, standing up.
And see the balloon wreath with the right ear showing white?  Lauren had made this wreath to take to Disney World last summer when she worked there, but it broke.  I surprised her by getting new balloons and redoing the ears.  It's such a cute wreath and lots of work!  You can find directions if you search balloon Minnie Mouse wreath.

It was such a fun party! I haven't taken the decorations down just yet.  I don't want it to be over :).

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I'm Thankful for YOU!

I wrote more about using this fall themed tableware over on my other blog HERE, but wanted to share it as a decorating post on this blog. 

We are still in the process of putting together the cookbook.  Mom is doing a lot more of the work than I am, so far.  I have lots of catching up to do, so am thankful for her help!  We hope to have them ready by Christmas, if at all possible.
Now back to fall themed tableware....
This is at Hobby Lobby.  I can't remember what the lunch-sized napkins said, but I wanted the small ones for my event because of what they said: "I'm Thankful for YOU".  I realize the tablecloths don't match exactly, but my original plan was to do burlap.
The centerpieces were going to be wood slices (as I have in the picture above), but also using sticks and mason jars, more fall printed burlap and brown jute....but it didn't happen. 
Years ago that would have bothered me that it didn't all match exactly.  Now I don't care as much.  I also don't care that it wasn't quite fall when I used it. It's close enough! :)  Happy Fall, Y'all!  Have a great day!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hobo Dinners

Last week, instead of cooking for five or six, I was only cooking for three. That's always weird!  But also, I had just gotten the whole, messy kitchen cleaned up a little while before, so I wasn't wanting to make a mess.  Hobo Dinners came to mind!
The kids have just begun liking cabbage! I'm SOOOOOOOO excited!!  No one else liked it, but me, so a big head of it often went to waste.  Now I can use it all up quickly!
I used a square piece of foil and a few pie tins for the hobo dinners (just used the pie tin for fun).  Each one had a slice off chunk of cabbage, a thinly sliced potato, a thinly sliced carrot, salt, pepper, onion powder, and one or two hamburger patties. (Sprinkle on more salt, pepper, and onion powder (or use real onion) on top of the meat.)
Bacon slices were placed over the top, then the dinners were sealed with the foil.  Some people add Worcestershire sauce, but I didn't want that.
Baked at 350* for 1 1/2 hours.....eaten in 30 minutes (only because it had to cool off before we could begin eating! ha ha!)....and clean up in 5 minutes or less!  Woohoo!!!
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Monday, August 10, 2015

Cinnamon Roll Donuts

Last week we were on vacation. Instead of having a can of biscuits like I thought I had, we had an extra can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls. I decided to fry them like donuts. The results were DELICIOUS!

Put oil in medium saucepan, filling at least half way up. Heat oil to medium-medium/high (mine was too hot at first). Make a hole in the center of each cinnamon roll. Fry a few donuts at a time, turning to brown both sides. Drain on paper towels. Scrap icing into small bowl and thin it some with milk. Drizzle over the donuts. Serve warm. 

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cookbook is Coming!

I can't believe I forgot to announce this on the blog! We've been busy with summer and are getting the recipes complied for the publisher! We will let you know more as soon as possible! 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Crafts at QMCC 2015

Coming up with crafts for a week at QMCC isn't hard, but finding some new unique ones is sometimes a challenge.  And then sometimes I provide the supplies and the campers come up with something totally unplanned! That's GREAT!
My husband's workplace had chopped down some trees.  No one realized that the insides of the trees were rotting until they came down, so a really strong wind could have toppled the trees at any moment, but much of the tree was cut into logs and for firewood and other projects. I decided to have some small logs cut into chunks to be used at craft time.  One of the campers took the inside of the log out, leaving these bark "frames".  Soon that idea caught on and others did the same! So unique!!
I also went to Lowe's and had planks of wood cut so that campers could do string art. C.J. spent several days working on his craft and will enter it in the fair!
I loved the Oklahoma that Emma and another young girls did! We made a template of the state, she nailed around the outline, and used string to fill it in. It was so cute!
Others did initials, words, shapes...anything they could think of.
Another craft project with string was using buttons and making bracelets. This one turned out really cute! The hemp string is just woven through buttons.  The anchor button is actually on top of another button.  Such a simple, but very cute and easy, project!  
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fresh Strawberry Pie

This pie was great!!  The crust was a different recipe than I usually use, and I cooked it on the wrong temperature so it was too tough, BUT my son made this crust a few weeks ago and it really is a good recipe. It was just my mistake :).

To me this is an "easy" strawberry pie to make because of the addition of the Jello.  I'll take easy when it's good! 

Strawberry Pie

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch, sifted
1 cup boiling water
 teaspoon strawberry extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (3-ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin (perhaps you could use sugar free)
2 quarts fresh strawberries, hulled and halved 

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch, whisking well. Add 1 cup boiling water and extracts. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, whisking often.  Remove from heat. Add gelatin, stirring until smooth. Let mixture cool to room temperature.

Arrange strawberries in baked pie crust.  Pour cooled filling over strawberries coating completely.  Refrigerate until set, approximately 2 hours. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

You can serve with fresh whipped cream or Cool Whip, if desired.  

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