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Monday, January 21, 2019

Puppy and Kitty Party


It's no secret that this family loves animals. The girls' past birthday parties have included dolphins and sea creatures for their third Under the Sea Party and a backyard petting zoo for their fourth "Party Animal" themed birthday.





When it was time to plan their sixth birthday I was not at all surprised when they asked for a puppy and kitty party! In fact, I was excited to get this "pawty" started!

We are big supporters of rescue animals and adopting, so it was only fitting that we tied this into the birthday party. The DFW area is full of many wonderful pet rescues but one that is close to my heart is Dallas Dog Street Advocates. Two of the founding members matched us up to our beloved dog, Baloo, two years ago. I have been so impressed with the organization and the work they do that I have continued to help and support them anyway I can. You can visit their page and read more about what they do here.

In lieu of birthday gifts, we asked for donations to the rescue. Over $300 was raised and two large bags packed full of dog supplies were given that day. Thank you again to all who donated! And rest assured the girls also received birthday gifts from family.

Birthday girls
Upon entering the front door, we had a table for donations and paw print stickers on the floor leading the way to the fun. You can find these paw print stickers at Oriental Trading.


The first stop was the family room where Elise from Dallas Dog Street Advocates took the stage. She talked to everyone about what the organization does and showed the girls pictures of dogs available for adoption. Elise also brought a puppy to play with! Sweet and sassy Cassie got a lot of attention from the girls, and Baloo was a polite host to her. Cassie has since been adopted, but DDSA does haveother puppies for adoption!


looking at dogs available for adoption 

After Elise and Cassie packed up, the girls headed over to our Adoption Center! Each guest chose a puppy or kitty of their very own and a balloon dog. These adorable dogs had a leash and floated right along with their new owners.




The puppies and kittens are ready to "paw-ty" too!
With the new pet, each girl received pet vitamins (jelly bellies), dog bones (Scooby Doo snacks) for the pups, and cat treats (goldfish) for the kitty owners.


Once the girls chose their pet, they decorated a pet carrier..

Pet carriers are favor boxes from Oriental Trading and stickers/markers from the Dollar Tree



....and made a collar for their pet. Letter beads allowed the girls to spell out their new pets' names....
Beads and pipe cleaners from Dollar Tree
Don't forget your kitty ears and whiskers! I considered hiring someone to do the face painting but in the end I decided to give it a shot. It was completely amateur work but the girls were happy. I did puppy dog face paint for those who wanted it after looking on Pinterest for a quick tutorial. The girls had so much fun with the face paint, they took over and were doing each others faces.

Headbands from Amazon
Lunch was simple and consisted of a hot dog bar, "paw-ta-to" chips, fruit, and veggies. Lemonade and ice tea for beverages.

The cakes turned out just the way I hoped they would and tasted fantastic! Vanilla cake with vanilla butter cream filling and chocolate cake with peanut butter filling! Puppy and kitty cake pops were on the desert table along with "dog food" (Whoppers chocolates) served in a pink dog food bowl.







puppy dog face paint on this one

Another successful party in the books with sweet friends! Thank you to all who helped celebrate with the girls! And thank you to Elise with Dallas Dog Street Advocates for coming out and bringing Cassie!






 Vendors

Photography: Johnna Anzures (thank you sweet friend!)
Cakes: Mazey Cakes
Cake Pops: Serenity Cakes
Dog Banner: Glam Fete
Balloon Dogs:Amazon
Featured Rescue: Dallas Dog Street Advocates
Party Planner and Stylist:Mrs. Party Planner












Sunday, January 13, 2019

Gingerbread House Decorating Party


This post is about a month late but planning and hosting parties during the holidays is plenty of work as it is. Not to mention everything else that goes into holiday planning. A quote from one of my favorite movies, A Bad Moms Christmas sums it up, " You're a mom, moms don't en-joy, they give joy". Okay, well I actually do enjoy the holidays but if you are a parent I'm sure you can relate! We make it all happen, mommas!!

Last month I helped sprinkle a little Christmas spirit for my girls and some of their classmates. On a cold and rainy Saturday, eight little ladies in cozy pajamas gathered in our dining room to decorate gingerbread houses. The fireplace was ablaze, Christmas music softly playing, tree lights twinkling, hot chocolate brewing, and lots of giggling echoing through the house.


I made aprons for the girls to wear with my Cricut Air 2 machine. I ordered the red aprons from Oriental Trading and found the gingerbread decal on the Cricut Design App. If you like crafting and have never used a Cricut machine you are missing out! For the longest time I was the DIYer who would rummage around my house to find the right size circle to trace and cut by hand. This machine is a game changer! It does it all for you with precise cuts and fonts. Cards, tags,banners, iron decals, you name it!

It's all done on the Cricut app or website. You decide the size, font, image etc., cut the vinyl and stick on the mat, the machine makes all the cuts, you peel the excess vinyl away, then iron on your material. It took a little time to make eight aprons but I was surprised at how easy it really was.


With eight girls and not much patience for assembling gingerbread houses, I took the plunge and spent extra money on pre assembled houses. I found the houses at our Super Target and they came with the frosting piped and ready to go. Sometimes I take extra steps to save money and sometimes I spend extra to save steps. Many steps and headaches in this case.

Each guest brought one topping for decorations and I had some here too. Red Hots, M & Ms, marshmallows, gum drops, candy lights, Twizzlers, peppermints, and much more within arms reach for each girl to use. Cookies and hot chocolate were on hand to keep the little decorators' tummies filled.

  


After decorating we had a light lunch, appetizers (I love Trader Joe's variety of frozen appetizers around the holidays), hot chocolate bar and small mimosa bar was also available to the moms.

Note to self: white marshmallows will blend in with white bowls :)


pomegranates and raspberries for the mimosas

hot chocolate break

sweet girls!
finished products

I hope you all had happy holidays! Cheers to a healthy and happy 2019!!!

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Healthy Boneless Buffalo Wings


Baked Boneless Buffalo Wings

If you are looking for a game day snack that is also fairly healthy, I've got the perfect recipe for you! These baked boneless buffalo wings are ready in under an hour and a fan favorite in this house! I've been making these a few years now since I found the recipe on Pinterest and adapted it to my liking.

Ingredients for Boneless Buffalo Wings

*3-4 chicken breasts 
*1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
*2 eggs
*2 tsp. cayenne pepper
*2tsp. garlic powder
*2-3 Tbsp. butter
*1/2 cup of Franks Red Hot Original Sauce
*cooking spray (I like Chosen Foods 100% pure avocado oil spray)

Pre-heat oven to 350. Cut chicken into small cubes. Prepare two bowls. One for the eggs and one for the whole wheat flour (I like to use King Arthur's brand but any brand will work). Beat the eggs in the first bowl. Mix flour with the cayenne pepper and garlic powder in the second.

Dredge the chicken cubes into the egg mixture first and then toss in the flour mixture. Cover the chicken completely with the flour mixture. Put on a greased cookie sheet, I use the cooking spray to grease instead of butter. Spray a light layer of cooking spray on the chicken and bake for 15 minutes. Halfway through flip the chicken over (this is important in order to get the crispiness) and spray another light layer of cooking spray on chicken. Bake another 15-18 min. 

Meanwhile, melt 2-3 Tbsp. of butter. Once the chicken is done, put it into another bowl and coat with the melted butter and Franks Red Hot Original Sauce. Mix well and serve. I like to  add fresh veggies and blue cheese dressing for dipping.

As with any recipe you can cater to your liking. If you want more spice, add more cayenne pepper. If you like a lot of sauce, add more butter and Franks. But most of all, enjoy!!!


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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Canvas Factory Giveaway!



This is a sponsored post for which I have been compensated with a free product sample and a giveaway prize for my readers in exchange for a product review. All opinions are my own.

Calling all professional photographers, amateur photographers and those in between! We all love to take pictures and capture our favorite memories on camera, however, do those moments just stay on your camera card and social media sites? Or do you print them to display and share with family and friends?

For myself, nothing beats having real photographs around my home to view and relive that memory. Plus, photographs make great gifts! That is why I was delighted with a 16" x 20" product sample offered to me from Canvas Factory AND one to giveaway to my readers!

I am working on a new gallery wall for my freshly painted bedroom and was excited to order a canvas print for the wall. No heavy, bulky frames to deal with, and they look great mixed with other textured signs and frames. For the print, I chose one of my children on a recent family vacation to Pikes Peak, Colorado. All four of my kids were looking at the camera, the background was beautiful, and it was a memorable day of our trip. 

The Canvas Factory makes creating and ordering your prints a cinch. Simply click the "Get Started" button and choose what material and layout you would like. I did the single print but would like to order the split image for my daughters' bedrooms next time. Upload your photograph, even directly from Facebook or Instagram if you choose. However, I would personally use a JPEG like I did to ensure a quality photo. If you are unsure of the print you want or have any questions, just click on the Live Support Chat for help.

Once your photo is uploaded you select which wrap you want for your canvas. The options are gallery-where the print continues around the sides or mirrored-where the images mirror onto the sides. I first chose gallery but a message popped up that I would have blank space on my canvas edges so I went with the mirrored effect and love it. (You can see that in the picture below.) Lastly, you can choose to add text and colored effects if you would like. I didn't add either for my canvas this time.


I was provided with timely emails on the status of my order and received my well packaged canvas about a week later.  My favorite part about this canvas print is the quality. The picture is clear, the colors are vibrant and accurate. The corners are smooth and there is a nice backing with two sturdy hanging clips. A canvas print I had previously ordered from another company didn't come with an enclosed backing. I am very happy with my canvas and cannot wait to get my gallery wall started!

Now the fun part. Leave me a comment describing your favorite photograph, one that brings a smile to your face every time you look at it - one you would love to see on your very own Canvas Factory print. I'll randomly choose one winner on Monday, May 14th, 2018 and announce it here. Open to residents of the United States and Canada only. If you reside in Canada please use this link to Canvas Factory.

Thank you for stopping by and good luck!!

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Seafood Boil


The lobster dish from Market Street inspired this seafood boil
It had been awhile since I last hosted a seafood boil, and I was anxious to have another. A couple of wonderful families invited us to their Greek Easter celebrations complete with lamb on the spit, LOTS of traditional Greek food, and egg hunts for the kids so I thought this would be a great way to reciprocate.

First, the table. I covered it with white drawing paper (you could also use butcher paper) which fit perfectly width wise so I didn't need to cut it. I added the red and white checkered table cloth from the Dollar Tree, my favorite seashell sand and candle display from Pottery Barn, and paper towel. At each place setting there was a personal bucket for shells lined with super cute state of Texas paper I found at Paper Affair (here in Dallas). The bucket also contained a plastic lobster bib, crackers, a wet nap, silverware, and a mini bottle of white wine.




The guys loved it and did a great job helping drain those heavy buckets of seafood greatness!
Now that we moved south, I don't have all the delicious New England seafood at my fingertips. A majority of the seafood here comes from the Gulf and is Cajun inspired. Catfish, crayfish, and po'boys are what you will find on a typical seafood menu instead of Haddock, Cod, Maine lobster, and king crab legs. I'm not thrilled about it but I have tried them. I have also found the places that fly in seafood from Maine around here! The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck, The keeper, Seabreeze, and Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen are a few of my favorites.

For this boil, I used Dungeness crab from Costco in place of lobster and was very happy with the results! They were sweet and delicious. In fact, he's almost too cute to eat...almost!


In addition to the Dungeness crab, I added large shrimp, clams, andouille sausage, red potatoes, corn, and onion. For the seasoning I use a combination of Old Bay and Old Bay Hot, butter, garlic, red pepper flakes and black pepper. For garnish I set out lemons, melted butter, and cocktail sauce.

Over the years I found that cooking a seafood boil for a large crowd on your stove is easier when you cook the corn and potatoes separately from the meat. I use the exact same seasoning combination and then just mix them all together when everything is dumped out onto the table. You could use multiple pots but be careful not to overcook the crab and clams if you have a couple pots going at the same time. If you are making a boil for 4-6 adults you could easily use one large pot.

The fun part of a seafood boil is that you cover the table and pour out the food for everyone to enjoy with their hands. However, the temps here were in the mid-90's that evening and the husbands were kind enough to let the wives enjoy a relaxing dinner while they watched the kids in the pool first. Because of that I choose to pour the boil out on cookie sheets and keep in our air conditioned, fly free kitchen.

 



In addition to the seafood I served fresh bread, traditional Greek salad and watermelon. Hamburgers, chips, and dessert of cheesecake and ice cream were also available.

I would say this seafood boil another success from all the empty plates and smiles! It left my husband begging for another so I'm already planning for this coming summer!

One of the best things about a seafood boil besides being delicious and easy to make is that you can prepare it anyway you want. Add  only shrimp, potatoes, sausage, corn and seasoning. Make it a crayfish boil. Or go all out and load it up with lobster, king crab legs, and clams. Serve it on newspaper and picnic tables or fancy plates indoors. Enjoy it at the lake or your own backyard. It's a fun meal to share with family and friends while catering it to your own needs.

Check out my Pinterest board crab,shrimp,lobster boil to see more fun ideas you can use to host your seafood boil this summer!

Thank you for stopping by! ❤
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