Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Friday...a little late

Sorry for the late post, but here is a super cute party that I actually got to attend for a little boy who LOVES puppies! Michelle (mommy) loves to throw parties...just creates reasons to throw one! She did an adorable job keeping up with the theme everywhere! This was a few years back and she wished she had a better camera...the party was super cute focusing on the colors baby blue and brown and puppy love!!!! Hope you enjoy and get some inspiration!

Front of the invitation

Back of invite

Puppy chow...

Brother of the Bday boy holding a puppy!

Cupcakes...they had the bday boy's picture on them...super cute!

Party favor bags

Muddy buddies disguised as puppy chow

Yummy cookies

The loot in the bag

Thank you cards...lots of detail in this party...really fun! Thanks Michelle for sharing!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Weekly Menu Feb. 21-Feb. 25

I counted yesterday as a day off! So I am posting my menu today!
Roasted Chicken, Pilaf, Broccoli, Garlic Bread, Strawberries
(Picked up Roasted Chicken from Savemart last night, and Pilaf 90 sec. pouch, and put it all together as I came home from my daughter's dress rehearsal last night!)

Roasted Turkey, Brown Rice, Roasted Potatoes & Carrots
(Picked up Roasted Turkey from Savemart, Brown Rice 90 sec. pouch (on sale), and actually roasting my own veggies...makes for an easy and quick dinner!)

Lemony Penne & Broccoli

Meatball Heroes

Chicken Pasta Soup
6 Boneless Skinless Thighs (I'm using breasts)
4 Carrots, cut into small pieces
4 Stalks Cellery cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 Medium onion, halved
2 Garlic cloves smashed (or minced garlic)
2 bay leaves
Kosher Salt and black Pepper
1/2 cup small pasta (such as stellette or alphabet)
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
Crackers for serving

*In a 5-6 quart slow cooker, place the chicken, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaves, 6 cups water,1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper
*Cook covered, until chicken is cooked through, on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours
*Twenty mins. before serving, transfer the chicken in a bowl. Remove and discard onion and bay leaves. If slow cookers on low, turn to high. Add pasta to slow cooker, cover, cook until tender 15-18mins.
*Meanwhile, shred chicken, discard bone (or not if you used breasts) When pasta is cooked, stir in chicken into the soup along with parsley. Serve with crackers:)
(From Real Simple 2010)

Leftover Buffet!

Pizza...Me-N-Eds or DiGorno!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Party Time!

I have been having so much fun lately being able to do parties at The Court at Carmel Kids. Here are some of the pictures of all the fun times we are creating. Love being able to create labels and candy buffets for little people and their mommies! I don't know who is enjoying it more! Hope you enjoy the pictures. They were all taken by Kimberly Renee Photography!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Story

Today I crashed my side door into our garage. This would be shocking, but it is the third time I have done something careless in the morning on the way to school with my garage. One would say what a horrible thing! Hope your day got better. It did. But I say this to say I consider myself a blessed individual with loving friends and family surrounding me. Other than my mishap's with my car and my garage, I would say I have little to complain about. But tonight I want to share with you a blessing that I was chosen for before I was even born. You see God chose for me someone very special, someone he picked out just for me and my family. So, here is how The Story begins...
Picture it, it's a dark summer night in Greece, and a young girl about 18 years old, gives birth to a little baby girl, one she kept a secret from her family so to not disgrace their name. She never heard her baby girl cry in fear she wouldn't be able to give her away. So that night a little girl, around 5 pounds, waited to be taken by a loving family. And who was there? Stella was there and she picked up her little bundle of joy; one she tried to conceive herself, but wasn't able to for the past 10 years of her marriage. The joy overcame her; she instantaneously became a mother! She brought her bundle of joy, which she named Sophia after her mother in law, back to the States to become a family with her husband, Paul. And there the journey began. 13 month later a bigger bundle of joy came and they named her Nina (yes I say bigger, because she weighed in at almost 10 pounds! And she remains bigger then her to this day). They were now sisters, a bond so strong, but one started before they were both born. And so The Story brings us to today. 
I want to share with you my sissy. My sissy and I have gotten into fights over clothes, never boys, who is right, and who is wrong, and everything else; even to this day. But my sissy is the greatest person in the world! She has  one of the biggest hearts I know. She would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. She loves passionately and whole heartedly. She is genuine and always wants the best for others.  Whenever I have a problem, sissy always tries to fix it with a positive perspective. She always goes out of her way to make me smile and to make me feel better. When I think I can't do something, she is the first to help me do it! When she hurts, I hurt; When she is overjoyed, I am overjoyed. I couldn't imagine my life without her. She is the best Titi, the best Sissy, the best daughter, and the best mom and wife! I am honored that God chose me to be her sissy. I love you sissy, I just thought I would remind you just how much! "Love love"...(Grace Bennett)