Thursday, June 30, 2011

Paper Garland!

Love this 
Paper Garland tutorial 
I found at

Materials Needed:
Vintage Book or Old Sheets of Music
Circle Cutters

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Kabob Love

I will have to try this 
at my next get together...

Using a kabob skewer...

Start with a chocolate/sprinkle dipped marshmallow...

Then add a strawberry 
in the middle...

And end with a Cake Pop...


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Super Hero Party Idea

The search for the 
"perfect boy party" 
continues with...

Learn how to make this 
darling banner & check out these 
party printables from

Love this super cute tablescape 

More fun printables 

Here's some
Super Hero Cake 
Inspiration from Flickr

Want some more invitation options?
Check out this cutie from 
Paper Monkey Company

  He'll need a cape of course...
And Magic Cape has got them!

Can't you just see 
the Silly "Spider" String flying...
And the kids lifting "heavy" weights... 
Serving a "Super Juice" energy 
drink to enhance flying...
I could go on & on...


Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Centerpieces!

I love 
Here are a few of my favorites...

That Wacky Wonderful Martha,
She's So Inspiring!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sloppy Joe's

I've been on the hunt for a good homemade Sloppy Joe recipe & I think I've found a winner!


I think this recipe is particularly good because of the smoked paprika 
(but that's just my opinion :o)

Regardless, these are a real crowd please for the kids & super easy to have in a crock pot at family friendly parties.

Easy Sloppy Joes

(by Reeni)

1 yellow onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
olive oil, for sauteing
1 + 1/4 pounds ground beef or turkey
1 + 1/3 cups ketchup (like Hunts no high fructose corn syrup)
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon chile powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2/3 cup water
sandwich or hamburger rolls for serving

1. In a large skillet saute onion and pepper over medium-low heat until tender. Remove from skillet and brown beef over medium heat. Drain grease.

2. Add sauteed vegetables back in along with ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, spices, salt, pepper and water. Bring to a simmer and cook about 20 minutes or until water is absorbed, stirring often. 

3. Serve on toasted rolls. 

Serves 4-5.

And I know what you might be thinking...
Sloppy Joe's are just for kids, right?
Not so!

Try making "Mini" Joe Slidersserve as an appetizer & watch them disappear!

 I'll never go back to 
"the mix" ever again...
Thank you to 
Reeni @ 

You made my day delish!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sweet Simplicity!

I am "swooning"
over these simply perfect 
pillars from 

~ Wine Glass Candle Holders ~ 


Friday, June 24, 2011

Breakfast Casserole

You gotta try this delicious 
Breakfast Casserole
this weekend!


Breakfast Casserole
By Martha McMullin

In a large bowl mix together:
1 small can chopped green chilis
1 large 32 oz bag of shredded hashbrowns
1 Tablespoon dried onion
1 medium container (16 ounces) cottage cheese 
2 cups grated chedder cheese
2 cups cubed ham, cooked bacon, or sausage (pick you favorite, we like sausage)

12 eggs

Preaheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine everything but the eggs in a large bowl and pour mixture into a greased 9x13 pan. (Note: use a little less than the full 32 oz.'s of hash brown)

Beat eggs and pour over the mixture. Mix well. Bake at 350 uncovered for 1 hour or until set and slightly brown on top. 

*This can also be made ahead and frozen (raw) and brought out for guests. When frozen cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. 1st hour covered 2nd hour uncovered.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pudding Cups!

Does anyone else want to 
try this as much as I do???
Well I did & it was 
just too much fun...

Pudding Cups
Here's the pictorial 
step by step instructions... 

Start with water balloons, blown up, 
washed & dried completely.

Drop a spoonful of melted (not too hot) chocolate onto 
wax paper. This will be the "base" of your cup...

Spray balloon lightly with nonstick cooking spray & DIP!

Dip about 1/2 way up balloon & let excess chocolate drain off...

 Place ballon on top of the chocolate base,
 and repeat, repeat, repeat!

Place full tray into fridge to speed up the hardening process...

Once hardened, "POP" the balloons....

Remove excess balloon debris...

Fill cups with chocolate pudding...

Add whipped cream...

and sprinkles (of course!)...
If you want the full outline/tutorial, including a delicious recipe for 
homemade chocolate pudding, 
click HERE.

Thank you to
for sharing this 
ingenious idea!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Birthday Suitcase!

OMG I love this DIY idea
from the hyper creative 
Sibylle from Funky Time


 Gathering the supplies...

 It's those little details 
that make all the difference!

The addition of the cake mix is genius!

This is really stinkin' cute...
so inspiring. 
Thank you Sibylle,
you are ah-mazing!

~ BTW ~ 
I love, love, love 
Sibylle's blog Funky Time
 you really MUST check it out!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hot Dog!

With today being the 
official first day of summer,
this is my little tribute 
to the all american summertime favorite...


We have to start with
The Classic!
But I've learned that "the dog" can become so many delicious creations, here are a few...

These sensational 
"Dog Melts" by Wolfgang Puck 
as featured in Food & Wine
are amazing!

Click HERE to learn how to make 
this yummy "Hot Dog Bake"

Pretzel Dogs
Simple & tasty!
Wrap your dogs with Pillsbury Dough Bread Sticks, bake according to package directions, sprinkle with salt. Serve with spicy mustard!

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Inspired to have a 
"Dog Bar" at your next party???
Then you'll need these darling 
Hot Dog & BBQ Printables from
click HERE to get the printables...

Hot Diggity Dog
I'm hungry!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Kids are Cool!

Kids are cool...
better yet, kids like to stay cool & busy during the summer. 
Check out these cool crafts for them 
(and one for you too!)
and have a cool summer...

"Barbie Boat"
from Family Fun
Barbie never looked so good and 
this is just too stinkin' cute!

"Create a Summer Pet"
You can't imagine all of the crafting possibilities there are for an old jar... 
and you don't have to, because 
Under the table & dreaming has done it for you.
Besides this super cute "aquarium" below, click the pink link to see all the fab jar craft ideas! 

"Water Sponge Ball"
is easy, fun & a great addition to any
backyard pool...

What a fun way to cool off!

And last but not least, here's a fun 
Parent DIY Project that the kiddos will love...

"Kid Car Wash"
from Family Fun
You'll be a huge hit with the kids if you build this baby... be sure to click the pink link to get the easy step-by-step instructions!

Stay cool!
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