Monday, September 26, 2011

Pintrest Recreation - Birthday Cake Rice Crispy Treats

Mr. Pete's Birthday was Saturday and a bbq and college fotball as what he wanted to do with his day.  Everyone needs a little treat on their birthday and so I went to my Bake It, Make It, Shake It board on Pinterest Tmake sure you're following me) and founf something appropriate for the occassion.  Birthday Cake Rice Crispy Treats were the winner and they were delicious.

Picture to be added soon.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tray Makeover for bedside

Our sweet basset hound Petey's kennel is beside the bed on my side and I use it as my nightstand.  The grates of the kennel don't fair well with the glass of water that I like to keep beside the bed.  I had been using a hard back book as a stabilizer but wanted something cuter and larger.  One day I would like to have a wood kennel like the below.

As I was thinking about my diliema I decided that a tray would be the perfect solution.  I went to Ross cause I knew they had inexpensive trays.  I couldn't find one that I liked but I went ahead and purchased and planned to paint it.  The tray looked like this from the store.

I mod podged a piece of scrapbook paper to the bottom and painted the rest with brown paint.  I was attempting a bit of texture but wish I would have done it smoothly instead.  All in all I am happy with the turn out.

It works perfectly and matches nicely with the decor of the room.  Since having the tray I haven't spilt my water and I can keep all my bedside items in one spot nicely.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

We've taken a hiatus...but a short one...

We've taken a hiatus from quilting...but a short one.  Last time we both finished our quilt tops.  I think next week or over the weekend is the perfect time to get back at it. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Cheeseburger Pizza

What better to make on a Friday night than homemade pizza.  Natalie recently sent out her rehearsal dinner invites and they are having it at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse.  They have a Cheeseburger pizza on their menu that is so yummy and one of the choices that we will have at their dinner.  Since I got the invite I have been craving this pizza and September 30th is too far away and so are any of the local BJ's.  So I set out to make my own.  I looked at several recipes online and put together my own.

  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • half of an onion
  • 1/4 t minced garlic
  • pizza crust, 2 individual or one large
  • 1/4 c 1000 Island Salad Dressing
  • 4 oz Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • Iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • small tomato, chopped
  • dill pickles, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Then brown your meat with the onion and garlic. Adding salt and pepper to taste.

I walked around the grocery looking for the large Boboli or the like pizza crust and could not find them.  I wasn't in my normal grocery and didn't want Pillsbury in refrigerator section.  I finally found flatbread in the bakery and thought it would be even better since it was just me this Friday night.

You then spread the dressing on to your liking.  I didn't want too much but enough to get that flavor.  Then spread half of the meat on each crust if making two.  I made one last night and the other for lunch today.  Cover with cheese.

Bake for 7 to 8 mins.  Pull out of oven and let sit for a couple minutes.  Then put lettuce, tomato and pickle.  Cut and enjoy.  Didn't taste exactly like BJ's but was still quite tasty and will make again.  Maybe for the husband next time.

And what's a Friday night without a little wine.  I had a bottle of my favorite on hand.  When I first purchased this wine I bought it because I liked the label.  That's how you chose wine, right?!?! But then I really liked it because it wasn't too dry nor too sweet and now Sam's, which is right across the street, sells it for $7.99/bottle. 

Back Label reads "Our vineyard works hard to bring you the richest, smoothest Cabernet Sauvignon from California's desirable Central Coast, where the sun drenched grapes create full and elegantly-textured wines. Scrumptious flavors of decadent dark fruits, molten mocha and toasty oak melt into a long silky finish.  In other words: Sinful.  Serve with warm baked brie drizzled with honey or petite filet mignon with a cabernet reduction."

Friday, September 9, 2011

Organization at it's simplest

In one of my nights of endless Pinterest stalking I saw a picture of a dish drying the rack that was used as a file folder holder.  Genius idea since we have one that was tucked in the top of the laundry room out of use.  We hardly have any counter space and we love the dishwasher method.  I dream of a bigger kitchen on a weekly basis.  So I set the computer down, shook myself out of my Pinterest trance and made this idea happen.

And it was perfect.  I even think my crafting buddy liked it.  He told me so!!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Natalie's Bridal Shower - the card

I'm all about making my cards to go along with my gifts since I have a) gotten the Cricut and b) been gifted and purchased some great paper.  I saw this post, Wedding Dress, on one of the blogs I follow and knew that I had to try my hand at it and Natalie's shower was the perfect reason to make it.  It took me several trys to get the lace to shape to a dress.  I started it and put it down cause I got so frustrated.  But I think after the many attempts it came out too cute. 

A closer look.  I loved the addition of the little bling because every bride needs a little.

I borrowed the wording for the inside from a card that I got at my bridal shower.

"The perfect gown, the perfect day, the perfect bride-to-be, a shower of wished for everything you need to go with you perfect man!"

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Natalie's Bridal Shower - the food table

The theme for the food was all of her favorites.

Each item on the table had a place card with what the dish was and what Natalie's favorite is.  Some of her favorites we had to reinvent to party / finger foods.  For instance, she loves chicken enchiladas and so we made a enchilada ring.  The place cards were simple blue paper wrapped with same green ribbon from cork board that held favors and then a white card printed with menu item.

I still had extra fabric after making invitations and cork board and we were serving cupcakes even tho Natalie said she didn't like cupcakes. She's said they are messy to eat.  So I made cupcake picks.  I covered a 2" circle with the fabric in a button / rosette type look.  Then covered the front fabric bunch with a 1 1/2" white circle that I glued a 1" M and stamped with the mini J & N.  The J & N stamps were from a mini stamp set that I got in the $1 bin at Michael's. Steal!!

How pretty were the flowers.  Tina bought them a couple days in advance so they would be open day of.  Her MIL shared a neat trick tho that if you don't purchase in advance no worries use a blow dryer to coax open.

We had two dishes that were rings or circles and of course one had to be a giant diamond ring.  I printed a diamond clip art on white card stock, painted glittery clear glue over it, cut a slit in side of ham ring (Natalie's fav was honey baked ham) and stuck it in.  Simple and cute.

The other rav of the party was the mashed potato bar.  Again very easy to put together and served in martini glasses (shhh don't tell but the glasses were from the dollar store and the perfect green).  They made for a stellar presentation and yummy fav.

Everything turned out perfect and there wasn't too much food left.

Menu :

  • Buffalo Chicken Dip (there are many variations of this dip.  Tina had her own that included blue cheese)
  • Olive Cheese Spread (Tina's MIL made this and was delicious.  Want this recipe)
  • Mashed Potato Bar
  • Ham Ring (she told how to make this. seemed fairly simple. will have to get the recipe and will share once I do)
  • Veggie Tray with dip made from Greek yogurt and ranch dry dip mix
  • Chicken Enchilada Ring (recipe here)
  • Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes (unfortunately just a box but were good.  I had made peanut butter filled chocolate cupcakes out of Martha Stewart cupcake cookbook but they were a fail )
  • Cocktail weenies (that simple recipe that has been around awhile that is made with 1 c grape jelly and 12 oz of chili sauce)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Natalie's Bridal Shower - the favors

A little while back I shared the invitations for Natalie's bridal shower (Natalies Bridal Shower Invites).  Today I wanted to share the favors and the display for them. 

The favors were Paula Deen jar openers that I purchased from Michael's and I needed a way to display them.  I had leftover fabric from the invitations so I covered a cork board with it, attaching it with mod podge.  I covered the edges with an inch ribbon in the same green color.  Put in a few clear pins, used alligator pins and voila.  I made the sign using the cricut and stamp used to make the invitations.

The theme of her shower was cooking so we asked the guest to bring recipe cards with their favorite recipes as well as their recipes for a successful marriage.  The recipe cards were put in this box that was purchased from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Natalie's favorite treats are Reese's peanut butter cups and so I made them homemade using the recipe found here.

The guests were greeted to this display when they came in...Natalie and Joe's engagement picture plaques were above the table.

Next time I will share the food table and decorations for that area of the party.