Monday, September 17, 2012

What's Going On: Going Private

At the end of this week this little blog will be going private.
 
I love, love, love reading all your blogs and I hope you'll continue to read along too.
 
If you want to continue reading, shoot me an email
 
Leave a comment
 
or
Tell me in person and I'll make sure to give you access:)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

White Chocolate Covered Popcorn

I promise, last post about anything related to a baby shower:) And really, you should be making this popcorn anyway. Shower favor or not.
 
You guys, this stuff is good. Really good. J was eating it faster than I could put it in the baggies.
 
Anytime I throw a party whether it's for a birthday, baby, wedding, or anything in between, my go to party favor usually involves food.  I figure a. who doesn't like food & b. no one needs another little trinket floating around their house that they will never use. So food it is.
 
This white chocolate covered popcorn was Delicious, fairly easy to make, and packaged up nicely for guests to take with them.

What you'll need:
-lightly buttered popcorn (you want some butter so you get the mix of salty and sweet)
-white chocolate chips
-food coloring (if you want to have colored popcorn)
-baggies and ribbon (nix this if your just making it to eat it-which you should!)
 
Start by popping your popcorn. Once it's done, using your hand, remove the popcorn from the bag and place into a LARGE mixing bowl. *if you just dump the bag into the bowl you end up getting the kernels as well and no one wants to chop into a kernel while stuffing their face*

 
Over low heat, melt the white chocolate chips until smooth. Add food coloring if you desire. I used the paste food coloring (found at Walmart or Michaels). If you add the liquid kind, the chocolate will seize up.
 
Once the chocolate chips are melted, pour the chocolate over the popcorn.
 
Mix thoroughly.
And eat it up!!!
 
Unless these are party favors:(
 
Once the popcorn is coated evenly, place it on a large greased cookie sheet. I put mine in the fridge for about 15 minutes for the chocolate to harden which made it easier to put in the baggies.
 
Fill the baggies and tie with ribbon.
 
And your party favors are complete!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

DIY {Burlap Banner}

Want to know the great thing about baby showers? Besides the soon to be born baby and teeny tiny clothes...projects. Lots and lots of projects and recipes. So without further adieu, here's another one:)

Once again, Jennifer was my inspiration for this DIY banner. The best part was I already had all the materials except for the ribbon so it cost me next to nothing to make!

What you'll need:
-burlap (I have no idea how much to tell you to get since I already had some left over. Let's say a yard just to be safe:)
- 1 sheet card stock or cardboard
-Thick black sharpie
-Stencils
-Scissors
-Ribbon
 
Start by cutting out a triangle template. This is what you'll trace on the burlap. Make it as big or as small as you want it.

 
Next, trace the triangle onto the burlap. You'll need one triangle per letter.
 
Cut out each triangle.
 
Wipe up the table and change clothes when you realize cutting burlap causes it shed worse than any fur covered creature you've ever met.
 
With your new clothes on, or not if you prefer to craft in the nude, trace your stencil onto the burlap. I used re-usable store bought stencils, but you could also make your own on the computer or with a cricket.
 
Fill in the stencil with a thick black sharpie. In Jennifer's original post I think she used paint, but I found the sharpie to be way easier and less messy.
 
Once all the letters are colored in, it's time to thread the banner. Burlap is a pretty loosely woven fabric so I just strung the ribbon through the top of each triangle. In some places I needed to use scissors to help widen the hole.(TWSS)
 
Hang it up and you're all done.
 
Since the banner was personalized and I probably won't use it again, I let the mommy to be take it home with her. You never know when they'll be able to use it again!
 
I also think this kind of banner would be absolutely adorable for a rustic outside wedding.
 
Are you as in love with burlap as I am?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

DIY {Owl Cupcakes}

Can a recipe be a DIY? This is less of a recipe and more of food craft so what the heck, DIY cupcakes it is!
 
Remember this post about the Owl themed baby shower I threw? Well here's just how to make those little owl cupcakes!
 
What you'll need:
-1 package Oreo Cookies
-Plain M&M's
-Chocolate Cupcakes and Chocolate Icing (I used a box mix and store bought frosting)
 
If you didn't get already made and iced cupcakes, do the darn thing and make em and frost em.
 
Next, un-twist the Oreo. All the frosting stuck to one side of the cookie so the picture below is actually two cookies, each separated (make sense?)
 
Break in half the frosting-less side of the cookie.
*Note: I tried cutting the cookies and found that breaking them caused much less crumbling.
 
Stick the halved cookie into the cupcake to make eyebrows. It doesn't matter if the cookie doesn't break evenly, you won't really be able to tell.
 
Next, place the frosted cookies directly under the eyebrows. It'll look a little weird and you'll start to doubt that this will look like an owl, but stick with it.
 
Add an M&M to each cookie. I used brown and blue for the eyes.
 
To finish it off (TWSS) place another M&M for the nose.
 
My favorite part was arranging the eyes in different directions:)
 
There you have it. Owl Cupcakes!
 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Weekend Recap

After getting home from work at 11:00 on Wednesday night I got to take some flex time on Friday. I made it home about half an hour before this. 
Lots and lots of hail. Most of the hail at our house was dime to quarter size, but other people in town had golf ball sized. 

The hail and rain stopped just in time for J and I to go see the comedian Sinbad. I won tickets to his show on the radio the other week. It was a station I hardly ever listen and I just happened to tune in. And be at a red light with my phone out. And be the 5th caller. I like to call it fate:) Sinbad was hilarious!

Saturday afternoon we went to a birthday party for Ben's cousin. He turned the big 0-4. Isn't he adorable?

Saturday night we watched our nieces and the littlest one stayed the night. With 3 kids 3 and under things got a little loud and wild but it wasn't nearly as crazy as I thought it would be. 
Uncle J chased them around the house with the nerf gun.


Picnic dinner and Dora.

Bath time. 

And a little late night game of hide and seek.

Sunday we went to lunch and ate outside since the weather was so beautiful. The storm on Friday brought temperatures in the 70's and a little taste of fall. 

After lunch Ben and I took laid in bed and took a nap together. For 2 1/2 hours. It was the first and best nap I've had in a while:)


What did you do this weekend?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Funfetti White Chocolate Brownies

It's no secret Funfetti deserts are all the rage. And why shouldn't they be? Any desert that tastes amazing and can be made from a box cake mix should receive an award. So when Whitney posted a recipe for Funfetti brownies I knew I needed to recreate that asap.

Unfortunately mine didn't turn out as I had expected. Now, these still tasted pretty darn good, but my brownies turned out to be more cake-like than dense like brownies. Maybe it was the pan I cooked them in? cook time? I'm not quite sure.

Anywho, maybe you'll have better luck or maybe you prefer your brownies more light and fluffy. If so, this recipe is for you!

What you'll need:
-1 box Funfetti cake mix
-1/4 c vegetable oil
-1 egg
-1/2 cup milk
-1/2 cup white chocolate chips


Place cake mix in large mixing bowl. Break up any large lumps with a fork.

 
Add egg, oil, and milk. Mix well.
 
Add in white chocolate chips and use those arm muscles mixing.
 
Pour batter into a greased 8 X 8 pan. I doubled the recipe so I used two pans.
 
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until it is a golden brown.
Wait at least 20 minutes (more like 30) for it to cool down before removing the brownies from the pan.
 
Enjoy!!!

As a note...this is what happens if you don't wait until it is completely cooled to remove from the pan.
My bad.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Only A Baby

Can have the fatest rolls on their thighs and no one tells them to cover that shiz up.
Can get away with dropping little bits of food under the table at a restuarant without the wait staff thinking their an ahole.
 
 
Can get away with wearing bears, lions, and elephants on their butts.
 
 
Can give toothless grins that are adorable instead of disgusting.
 
 
Can make speghetti fashionable.
 
 
Can give wet, slobbery kisses, and still be allowed in the bed to cuddle.
 
 
Can fill your life with a love you never thought possible.