Thursday, May 27, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend

Hope everyone will have a great Memorial Day weekend! I found these on Celebrations at Home I am always up for a freebie...especially something as cute as these mini flags.  Hope your weekend is full of family, friends, and great BBQ's! And enjoy this freebie print out from Posh Pixels

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Ah Weddings!

We went to a wedding this weekend for a very special young couple. We have watched this family grow up before our very own eyes on the basketball court and have enjoyed many celebrations at their home and followed Vance's basketball career. Basketball has brought us all together to celebrate this one special moment. Every detail was covered by the birde and her family.  We had so much fun and enjoyed old faces, fabulous food, exotic surroundings, and lots of dancing! Here are some pics from a lovely wedding at Rancho Capistrano.  Congrats Jaimie-Rose and Jonathon!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Pink Purse Party

So I had the pleasure to help out a friend with her daughter's Pink Purse brithday party. And after weeks of planning and loads of fun, the birthday was a success. We took a little inpsiration from all over the Blog world. TomKat's Fairy Party (the back drop to the candy bar), Bella Grace Party Designs (pink balloons up in the ceiling and their partner tags) and many different blg sites that I visit frequently! Candy Warehouse (online) is where we got most of the candies as well as out local Winco (pink pretzels) and Powelles Candy shop in Clovis (Pink Popcorn, Pixie Sticks (sml/lrg), Lolipops) Target (pink twinkies, Orbit gum, Animal Cookies, licorice). The cake was adorable-done by only the best Frosted Bakery in Fresno. The purses were purchased from Target. Fabric from Home Fabrics and jars/cake stands/etc. my house:) My friend was a great apprentice-she did everything I said-it turned out great! Enjoy some pics and have a great weekend! Next party is a graduation party I am helping out out for that dessert bar!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Have you ever?

Have you ever visited one of your favorite blogs and see something absolutely delicious and go and bake it immediately? Well I did tonight. I was visiting Bakerella and they had made some Congo Bar. I couldn't resist...I made them and they look delcious! I am giving this to my kid's teacher's tomorrow for a little Friday/Teacher Appreciation end of the week treat....mmmmm! Go make it!

O'Brien/Jonesy Burritos

So it's baseball night and I always try to find something I can make and take since it goes from 5:15 to 7:00pm.  This recipe I found in the same Savemart insert at the grocery store.  It's originally called O'Brien Burritos because you use the frozen O'Brien Potatoes.  I added some ground turkey to make it a little more substantial and some cheese of course.  So I re-named them O'Brien/Jonesy burritos.  They turned out great! My husband had like 4 and my sister who happened to be by (shocker) helped herself as well.  It's super easy and super yummy, just the way I like it! And it's also on the healthy side since it calls for black beans. Enjoy!

O'Brien/Jonesy Burritos-to go!:
3 cups Frozen Potatoes O'Brien
1 (15oz) Black beans, drained
1/4 cup fat free sour cream
1/2 cup salsa
Fresh Cilantro-I forgot to add this but it still tasted great
Tortillas (any kind-whole wheat or not)
Pkg Ground Turkey
Shredded cheese

1. In a large skillet brown turkey and add the packet of seasoning. (put aside)
2. In same skillet cook and stir potatoes and beans for 3-5 mins. over med-high heat.  Cook until heated through. (add to ground turkey)
3. In a small bowl, mix sour cream and salsa.
4. Spread mixture, cheese, and salsa sauce, sprinkle with silantro and wrap it up in foil and off you go!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Growing up with cousins

Everyday I get the priviledge to hang out with my sissy. And this means all her babies and my babies are together pretty much everyday as well. We nap at one house, play at the other, eat at both houses all the time! I think the kids think they have two houses. And every now and then I just sit back and just think how lucky thses cousins are to be a part of each other's lives.  They will be best friends, brothers, sisters. So when they all got a hold of the highlighters and treated them like lipgloss (or make-up as Zoe calles them) it was a kodak moment and I just had to share! Enjoy your babies...enjoy your day!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day. I know I did...well I would of rathered not worked so hard setting-up and cleaning-up, but I did love seeing everyone feel special! We had around 25 people over, both friends and family, good food, and a few kids:). Enjoy our pics...and enjoy the rest of the day! Thanks TomKat studios for the free imprintables! It really added the finishing touches!

It was my mom's birthday as well so we bought her a bunch of flowers to plant. She LOVES to plant and infront of the plants are my babies...awe...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dinner tonight!

This is one recipe you do not want to miss out on!!! It smells heavenly and taste amazing!!! Cheese, pasta, meatballs, and marinara sauce! Talk about a Tour of Italy! I took a recipe out of Family Circle's April edition and tweaked it a bit. Changed it from ground turkey to ground beef only because I had that out and it needed to be cooked. Tripled the marinara sauce because it needed a lot more and you can never have too much cheese, right? What I liked about this recipe is the recipe for meatballs. This was the first time meatballs stayed together, they never fell apart during any of the it! Would try these meatballs in a sauce over spaghetti or as an appetizer at a party. Enjoy!

Baked Pasta & Meatballs

1pkg ground meat approx 1 1/2 pounds
2 cups cornflakes, finely crushed (crush first then measure)
2 eggs lightly beaten
¾ tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
1 box pasta (12oz)
2 to 3 jars (26-28oz) marinara sauce (any kind feel free to mix different sauces)
2 cups shredded mozzarella

1. Heat oven to 400 and line a jelly roll pan with nonstick foil-or spray your foil if it is not nonstick.
2. In a large bowl, combine meat, cornflakes, eggs, seasoning, salt and pepper. Shape into 12-15 meatballs, 1/4 cup each (I just made them round, and then after I cooked them and added to pasta, I cut up because my kiddos wouldn't go for the big one!)
3. Transfer to prepared jelly roll pan and bake at 400 for 15mins. Turn and bake additional 15 mins.  Meanwhile cook pasta about 1-2 mins less than you normally would.
4. Coast a 9x13 or larger baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; add pasta. Toss with the meatballs and marinara and 1 1/2 cup of the cheese. Scatter remaining 1/2 cup over dish. Bake uncovered at 400 for 25mins. Let stand 10 mins before serving! Yummy!!!!

Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos

So I made these tacos yesterday in honor of Cinco de Mayo. They were a hit, however, note to self; remove the entire shell from shrimp before marinating and cooking shrimp! Yes I left the shell on, apparently that is to be removed as well-oops! I knew I didn't work well with shrimp! Anyways, after I removed the shells from the cooked shrimp, my husband loved it and went back for more! So enjoy!
My friend at dance had a great can make this with chicken too...that would actually be super yummy, thanks Michelle!

TEQUILA LIME SHRIMP TACOS W/ CHIPOTLE CREAM Thanks Recipe Girl! Great recipe!!!!
1 ½ lbs large, raw shrimp, peeled & de-veined (tails removed)

juice and rind of 1 medium orange
juice and rind of 2 medium limes
¼ cup tequila
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar

8 ounces sour cream
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. finely chopped red onion
1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce (seeded & chopped)
1 tsp. adobo sauce (from the can)
½ tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and sliced thinly
½ red onion, sliced

8 soft-taco-size flour tortillas, warmed
½ head iceberg lettuce, shredded
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
lime wedges

1. Marinate Shrimp:
Place all marinade ingredients in large zip bag. Add shrimp, zip closed and move bag around to coat shrimp. Place flat in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, turning every so often to make sure marinade is reaching all shrimp.
2. Prepare Sauce:
Whisk together all sauce ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready for use.3.

Cook the shrimp:
Heat oil in large skillet to medium-heat. Saute bell pepper and onion until slightly charred. Drain shrimp from marinade and add to pan. Stir often, and cook just until shrimp turn pink and curl up. Remove from heat.

4. Assemble tacos:
In warmed tortillas, place shrimp, peppers & onions. Add lettuce, drizzle with chipotle cream sauce, and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Serves 4 (2 tacos per person)
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Megan's Toffee Oatmeal Cookies

So today I decided to make some cookies for a friend and thought chocolate chip, but then remembered that my friend Megan sent me her favorite all-time I thought why not try it and I hope I have all the ingredients at my finger tips! I didn't have enough toffee, but I just added more chocolate chips and no one seemed to mind. My 3rd child ate 3! (I thought is has a lot of oatmeal in it, it can't be that bad, right?) So here is her recipe and some pics to inspire you to try it too!!! Thanks Megan!

Megan's All Time Favorite Toffee Oatmeal Cookies:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1-1/3 cups (8 oz. pkg.) HEATH BITS 'O BRICKLE Toffee Bits (sometimes hard to find, but look in the baking section and/or ask!) *I only had a cup so I added 2 cups of chocolate chips dough needed some:)
1. Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. Beat butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; beat until blended.

2. Stir in oats, toffee bits with spoon. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons about 2 inches apart onto prepared sheet.

3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute; remove to wire rack. About 4 dozen cookies

Seriously...don't these look so good!