Sunday, March 10, 2013

Trey's Curious George 2nd Birthday Party!

First of all, let me just say that I cannot believe my little baby boy is 2!  He is definitely not a baby anymore and well into the toddler stage.  He has such a fun personality that I just love seeing everyday!

When deciding on a party theme I went through several options and ultimately landed on Curious George!  Trey enjoys all his Curious George books and especially likes The Man in the Yellow Hat.  I figure I only have a couple more years of being the one who gets to pick the theme before Trey starts insisting on super heroes, sports, or something else.

I again used Jen Leonardini at Top That! Designs for the part printables.  I couldn't find exactly what I wanted on Etsy so I emailed her several things I liked and she combined all the good aspects into one design.  I am telling you, this lady is good!

I kept it pretty simple with the decorations.  Thank you to Pinterest for some inspiration with the doorway decorations.  They were simply cheap plastic table cloths pinned up in the archway with some balloons on each side and a sign made by Jen in the middle!  Jen also made the printables for the Happy Birthday banner over the fireplace.  I think one of my favorites was the Curious George stuffed animal hanging on to some helium filled balloons!  You can see it a little better in the food table shot.

We also had a coloring table to keep the kids occupied for awhile.  I found this great site with printable coloring pages for just about any cartoon character!  Click here for the site.

Ok, now on to the food!  I tried to keep it somewhat themed to the overall party either by using banana flavor, monkey named, or fitting in with the color scheme of red, yellow, and brown.

Here are some close ups of the specific party themed foods....

Chocolate banana pops - recipe here

Red caramel crunch popcorn made by

Monkey tail sandwiches

Taffy skewers with red, yellow, brown taffy

Banana pudding parfaits - recipe here

Banana peanut butter chocolate chip cookies - recipe here

And then THE CAKE!  I slacked off this year and paid to have someone make the cake.  I am 7 months preggo, I needed some slacking, haha!  However, it turned out AMAZING!  So much better than anything I could have done and it was a great centerpiece for the food table.  This lady is local to our area and works from home, no store front.  I highly recommend her to anyone in the NWA area!  The middle was a chocolate chip banana flavored cake, it was yummy!

Trey loved it too!  Can you see his excitement?

Blowing out the candles

Trey had a great time at his party and thank you to everyone who came!  Below are some highlights from the present opening and guest attendance!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Reese's Cheesecake Brownies

A coworker at work was going away and as usual, we had a food day to say farewell!  I decided to make this delicious dessert that I had pinned quite some time ago.  It lived up to the yumminess I envisioned in my head!  Definitely making this one again!

Reese’s Cheesecake Brownies
Recipe from Pip and Ebby Blog
Servings: 12-18
Ready in: 3 hours

One 19.5-oz. box chocolate fudge brownie mix 
One 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened 
One 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk 
1⁄2 cup creamy peanut butter
12 oz. Reese’s Pieces candy 
One 12-oz. bag milk chocolate chips 
3 tablespoons whipping cream 
12 large Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, chopped (easiest to do if you freeze them first)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. 
2.  Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions. Spread the batter in pan and set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with hand-held mixer until fluffy. Add condensed
milk and peanut butter and beat until smooth. Stir in the Reese’s Pieces candies. Spoon the
mixture over the batter. Spread evenly. 
3.  Bake for 40 minutes or until cheesecake layer is set and edges are golden brown. Cool for
30 minutes and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
4.  In a small microwaveable bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and whipping cream for 1
minute, or until chips are melted. Stir until smooth. Spread over cheesecake layer. Sprinkle Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup pieces over top. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

I am back!  It has been a crazy couple of months and I have been MIA from posting for almost 3 months, crazy!  Well things have slowed down and I am back and ready to post.

First things first, thank you to all the soldiers past and present that have fought and continue to fight for our freedom!  Your sacrifices are greatly appreciated.

We had a Memorial Day get together with friends this weekend.  It has been awhile since we all have seen each other.  We were asked to bring a side so I decided to make red, white, and blue jell-o cups!

Patriotic Jell-O Cups
Yields 12 cups

2 small packages red jell-o
2 small packages blue jell-o
2 tubs of Cool Whip

1.  Make the blue jell-o according to package directions and use the quick set method
2.  Pour into the 12 cups in even amounts
3.  Put in the fridge to set for 30-45 minutes
4.  Make the red jell-o according to package directions and use the quick set method
5.  Pour the jell-o on top of the blue jell-o in even amounts
6.  Put in the fridge to set for 30-45 minutes
7.  Spoon Cool Whip on top of each cup
8.  Top with sliced strawberries and blackberries
9.  Store in the fridge until ready to serve

You can obviously switch up the fruits and jell-o colors to make these cups work for any occasion!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party!

This past Saturday was the big day, Trey's 1st birthday party!  I was so excited for this! I have been planning it for several months now.  I decided to go with The Very Hungry Caterpillar theme because it quickly became one of Trey's favorite books.  He sits there through the whole thing and lets you read it to him.  This turned out to be such a FUN theme for a party, I am so glad I picked it!  So much to show you from the party, let's start with the invitation.......

I found this awesome seller on Etsy (Jen Leonardini at Top That! Designs) who will do custom designed invitations and party printables for VERY reasonable prices.  And her turn around time?  SO FAST!  I had all my stuff back in less than 24 hours!  If she doesn't have exactly what you want she will create it for you!  I highly recommend her for your next party! 

Now on to the decorations:
Coming up the driveway was a balloon path caterpillar (my idea). Inside we had a caterpillar made out of paper lanterns (idea from here), and a Happy Birthday Trey caterpillar banner (printable from Jen).

On the doorway was this super fun balloon wreath (idea and tutorial here), a photo wall of pictures of Trey from the last year, Hungry Caterpillar signs (printable from Jen), and a banner with Trey's monthly onesie photos.

I had Trey's cake smash picture printed as a 20x20 and then used Mod Podge to create this DIY canvas. Photo credits to Alicia, she is awesome!

Now the food!  Because the book is all about what foods he eats each day I decided to replicate that!  They made for perfect party munchies.  Monday through Friday was pretty straight forward.

On Saturday he ate TONS of fun food so I created the "Saturday" table.

I've got to give a few of these some close up!

I didn't want to deal with cake cutting so I did chocolate whoopie pies instead!  They were yummy and easy to make.  Recipe here!

Since putting ice cream out wasn't very practical I needed to find a solution.  I have seen this all over Pinterest and decided they would be perfect!  There is not a specific recipe I used for this, just made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, poured the mix into the cone (only about half way full), and baked them!

The cherry pie pops turned out so good!  This was my first attempt at this and definitely won't be my last!  Recipe here!

And then the cupcake tree!  With awesome personalized cupcake picks, once again from Jen!

What did we serve all this on?  Colorful plates of course!  I searched online for Hungry Caterpillar plates and napkins but could not find any, so I decided to tie into all the fun colors!  And, I wanted to make sure I got some of those fun paper straws.  They just look so cute!  I found this great site with reasonable prices and lots of fun stuff, Shop Sweet Lulu.

And finally, the give aways!  Little treat boxes with gummy worms for the kids, personalized Trey koozies for the adults, and water bottles for everyone!  All files for the printables again came from Jen!

Here is a picture of us with our birthday boy!  The shirt and hat (very first pic) were Etsy finds!

And here is some of the kiddos trying to figure out what the heck to do in the jump house!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Happy Birthday Trey!

Could it really have been a full year already?  Surely not!  I scheduled this to post at Trey's exact birth time, 11:07 pm.  That's right, 1 year ago he barely made it in time to be a March 5th baby!  Going into it, I thought full well I was going to have a March 4th baby.  We had an appointment at the hospital for induction to begin at 6pm on the 4th.  Silly, naive, first time mom me thought it was a short process.  Hahahahaha!  29 hours later, here came our sweet baby Trey!

This past year has been amazing!  Roy and I continue to manage our way through this new thing called parenthood and figure things out as we go.  It has been quite the adventure.  And our sweet little boy has made this so easy on us.  I could not have asked for a better baby if I tried!  Sleeping for 12 hours straight since 1 month old, eating all his new foods like a champ, being a mild tempered baby we can take everywhere.  I could go on about how perfect he is but I won't bore you with my blabber!

Trey, you continue to amaze me everyday with how much you learn and grow all the time.  You bring a smile to my face every time I see you.  You are so sweet and perfect.  Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!  We love you!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Happy March!

It's been awhile since I've posted.  I've been busy getting things ready for Trey's 1st birthday party next weekend!  More to come on that later.  For now though, I thought I would share some St. Patrick's Day Cake Balls!

I love making cake balls, they are so easy and look so great!  These were chocolate cake, cream cheese frosting, and white Almond Bark coating.  Go here for the how to!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Day Cookie Bars

Holiday food day at work only means one thing, time to bake!

Valentine's Day Brown Sugar Blondies
makes a 9x9 pan
*Double the recipe if you would like to make it in a 9x13 pan.*
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 c. butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 - 1 1/2 c. Valentine's Day M&M's
  1. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Melt 1/3 c. butter. Place it in a mixing bowl then add 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar; mix well and cool slightly. Add egg and vanilla and blend well.
  3. Add the flour mixture a little at a time, mixing well. Mix in about 2/3 c. of the M&M's.
  4. Spread in a greased 9x9 pan. Sprinkle more M&M's on top (about 2/3 c. more, or desired amount).
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees. 
Recipe from Cupcake Diaries

And of course, here is the picture of the fearless foursome all decked out for the holiday!  Love these kids!  Brynn's Daddy took the picture, great work Anthony!