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Thursday, September 13, 2012

White Chocolate Covered Popcorn

I promise this is the last post about anything related to a baby shower. And honestly, even if you aren't hosting a baby shower you should be making this popcorn anyway. This stuff is so good that J was eating it faster than I could put it in the baggies.
Whenever I throw a party whether it's for a birthday, baby, wedding, or anything in between, my go to party favor usually involves food. Everyone likes it and no one needs little trinkets lying around their house.

What You Need:
-Lightly buttered popcorn (you want some butter so you get the mix of salty and sweet)
-1 Bag of white chocolate chips
-Food coloring (if you want a colored popcorn)
-Clear baggies
-Ribbon (omit this if you're just making it to eat)

What To Do:
 1. Pop the popcorn and scoop it into a large mixing bowl. You want to scoop the popcorn so you get as few as kernels as possible.

2. Over low heat, melt the white chocolate chips until smooth. Add food coloring if desired. I used the paste kind (found at Walmart or Michaels). If you add the liquid kind, the chocolate is more likely to seize up. The color will also not be as vibrant. 

3. Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn and mix thoroughly. 

4. 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. If you're just making this to eat them you would skip the bagging. 

5. Fill the baggies ~3/4 full and tie with ribbon.

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 baby showers also come with 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 that I already had all the materials except for the ribbon so this cost me next to nothing to make!

What You Need:
-Burlap (I have no idea how much since I already had some left over. I would say a yard depending on how big or small you want to make it)
-1 Sheet card stock or cardboard
-Thick black sharpie
-Letter stencils
-Scissors
-Ribbon

What To Do:
1. Start by cutting out a triangle template. This is what you'll trace on the burlap and you can make it as big or as small as you want it.

2. Trace the triangle stencil onto the burlap. You'll need one triangle per letter.

3. Cut out each triangle.

4. Wipe up the table and change clothes when you realize cutting burlap causes shedding.

5. With your new clothes on, trace your letter 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.

6. Color in the outline of the letter 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.

7. 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 two places. In some places I needed to use scissors to help widen the hole.

Hang it up and you're all done. Since the banner was personalized, I let the mommy to be take it home with her. I also think this kind of banner would be absolutely adorable for a rustic outside wedding.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"Owl"dorable Cupcakes


Remember this post about the Owl themed baby shower I threw? Today I've got the tutorial so you can recreate these cute cupcakes whenever you want.

What You Need:
-1 package of Oreo cookies
-1 bag of plain M&M's
-Box of chocolate cake mix
-Can of chocolate icing

What To Do:
1. Make the cupcakes according to the directions on the box and frost when cooled.

2. Un-twist the Oreo cookies. One side of the cookie should have icing on it, the other will be plain. 

3. Break the cookie without the frosting in half. It doesn't matter if the cookie doesn't break evenly, you won't really be able to tell.

4. Stick the halved cookie into the cupcake making eyebrows. 

5. 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 trust me :)

6. Add an M&M to the middle of each frosted cookie. I used brown and blue M&M's for the eyes.

7. To complete the owl, place an orange M&M in the cupcake 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 working until 11pm Wednesday night I got to take off early on Friday. I made it home about half an hour before this. Most of the hail at our house was dime to quarter size, but other people in town saw some that were golf ball sized. The hail and rain stopped just in time for J and I to go see Sinbad Live. I won tickets on a local radio station and I just happened to be listening at the right time. Sinbad's show was hilarious and we had a great time.

Saturday afternoon we went to Ben's cousins 4th birthday party. 

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.

Easy picnic dinner and Dora.

Bathtime. 

And a 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 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:)
Friday, September 7, 2012

Only A Baby...

-Can have the fattest rolls on their thighs and people think it's cute. 

-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.
Thursday, September 6, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

We've been all about buffalo chicken lately. Over the last couple of weeks I've made buffalo chicken dip several times and the other morning J even smothered his hashbrowns and eggs in buffalo sauce.

If you like all things buffalo sauce just as much as we do, then this easy Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe won't disappoint. I got this quick and easy recipe from Jennifer over at Life in the Green House. If you haven't checked out her blog you need to! She posts so many great recipes.

What You Need:
-Shredded chicken (I used a little less than half a rotassire chicken which made two large sandwiches)
-Buffalo chicken sauce (we prefer Franks)
- Shredded mozarella cheese
-Texas Toast bread

What To Do:
1. Start by laying out your bread. I'm sure most of you know what Texas Toast bread is, but just in case you don't, it's thicker and a little larger than regular bread.
2. Shred the chicken and place it in a bowl. Add the buffalo sauce to your liking, and mix well.
3. Butter one side of each bread slice and place on a heated skillet.
4. Add enough mozzarella cheese to cover the bread, top with the buffalo chicken, and then add one more layer of cheese on top!

5. Place the other piece of bread on top and cook until golden brown and cheese is melted.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Labor Day Thru Instagram

Friday Night Pizza. We checked out one of our favorite pizza places that opened up a new location.

Playing trains at Barnes & Noble after a much needed haircut.

No trip to the mall is complete without a ride on the merry-go-round.

Love him!

Remnants of hurricane Isaac meant lots of rain and new rain boots.

A Saturday night movie at home.

Outfit of the Day

Sunday night my parents, sister and her family came over for bbq and an intense game of Yatzee. There might have been spiked lemonade and margaritas involved as well.

One final swim of the season.


Hope you all had a good Labor Day!