Happy Made-Up Holiday!
In these parts sharing the love is limited to those age 9 and under, but I do love both my readers, so I am going to share a little Pinterest love with you, mainly in the form of recipes. I've tried a lot of crap recipes (oatmeal muffins I am looking at you), but when I find a winner, it goes straight into the meal-planning rotation. If it's beloved by all, it even gets its own home in my recipe binder. Here's a few winners for you to try (sorry, no pictures. Blogger is being difficult):
Smothered Chile Colorado Burritos. SO EASY. Because my crock pot is VERY hot, I don't even bother defrosting the meat first. Stew meat + enchilada sauce + garlic salt = yum.
Lighter Tastes Like Lasagna Soup. AWESOME. I only use 1/4 of a green pepper, as I am a pepper-hater. And whole-wheat lasagna noodles are not important enough to me to make a special trip to the Walmarts, so I use what I have. Maybe not as "light", but still very tasty.
Baked Potato Soup. I am suspicious of recipes that "hide" vegetables. I think this is a hold over from childhood - after all, the primary veggies in our house were iceberg lettuce, baked potatoes, or corn. So, I was skeptical of a recipe that subs in cauliflower for half the potatoes. But it works here and is 100% delicious. I also love that I don't have to run all over town looking for ingredients. Another family favorite!
Finally, a tip: I have a panini press and have found the downside to it is the clean up. I *think* it was Pinterest where I read about wetting paper towels and laying them on the hot surface. Close the lid for about a minute to let it steam, then open and let it cool for another minute or so. Wipe away the goo & toss those paper towels. I bet this will work on my waffle maker, too!
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
After last year's mega-party, I swore that my girl would not get another party until she turned 12. Possibly 16. Yes, it was that much work. And yet I somehow allowed myself to be roped into hosting a few of her friends for a Spa Party.
I know, I am a sucker.
We invited 4 friends, and 2 came, so it was actually very manageable.
We made invitations in the shape of a sleep mask, and filled in the details with glittery pen.
As party favors, we put together a personalized "spa kit" with a dollar store container, flip flops, a wash cloth, face scrubber, nailpolish, combs, head bands, hair elastics, and a manicure kit. I bought everything at the Dollar Tree, so even though it seems like a lot of "stuff" it was totally reasonable.
I personalized each container with the girls' names - I love how they turned out!
We decorated the buffet in party style with a banner, tissue paper flowers,
personalized art, and yummy treats.
It was an afternoon party, so we had root beer and candy popcorn for treats, and of course cupcakes & ice cream.
Flower cupcake papers were the perfect girly touch!
With a spa party theme we decorated flip flops with ribbon & tulle, played musical manicure, enjoyed an all-natural face mask, and then painted toenails.
And then enjoyed those delicious cupcakes! This year's secret: Nutella frosting. I was dying.
Happy Birthday, baby girl! 9 going on 19!