Sunday, January 4, 2015

Transportation Themed Birthday Party

YAY!!  It's Brody's 2nd Birthday!  Even though I'm 8 months prego, have pneumonia, and haven't slept in a week - I am still very excited to host this fun party for B!!  Even though he will be so quiet and shy, I want him to always know how much we all love and want to celebrate him!!  Because he is OBSESSED with anything that has wheels / moves - decided the "transportation theme" was the way to go!
Check out the cutie INVITES :)
The fun "transportation" DECOR started pouring out of me...
How to make Pom Poms:



1. Taco Train
2. Stop n Go Toppings
3. Boulders
6. Stoplights
The CAKE!!
(My Mom is AMAZING!!  She made this and it looks exactly like his invitation!  Let's just say Brody was VERY excited about his "truck cake!"  Thanks Gma)
(My plan for each bday is to make themed "age" letters for his professional pics - this time it was a little hard to tell him he couldn't actually play with the cars super glued onto the letters)

 Birthday Boy Hat

 Party Games
Tutorial: How to make a paper airplane
Photo Backdrop
Guest Book
(My plan for each party is to have a "themed" book for each guest to sign that B can then keep and read - but is full of fun memories from that year!)
Favor Bags
Big Rig Pez dispensers
Truck / Car Stickers
Car fruit snacks
It was so worth the 9 hours it took me to make all the decorations -- hehe!!  It was a blast and we were so glad that all our family and friends were able to celebrate our favorite little man!!!  Happy 2nd Birthday Brody!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

North Pole Breakfast

Our Elf, BRoLi, paid Brody a visit this am...BRoLi and Santa made up quite the feast for B man to start his day!!!

They even thought of making mini pancakes / powdered snowman (aka cheerios dipped in powdered sugar) for BRoLi!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cheezit Chicken

Yeah, you read that right -- CHEEZIT chicken!!!  Talk about heaven in your mouth!  Might not have been the healthiest, but OH SO GOOD!!!  So glad it was cookbook tonight and we got to see our friends :)
Serves 4

8 chicken tenders
1 cup sour cream
3 cups Cheezits, crushed
1/2 cup butter, melted

Crush the cheezits by placing them in a large ziplock bag and rolling over them with a rolling pin.

Preheat oven to 375.

Roll the chicken tenders in the sour cream and then in the Cheezit crumbs.

Place them in a baking dish - drizzle with the melted butter.

Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.

Garlic and Herb Stuffed Brussels Sprouts

Mmmmm YUMMY!!!  The only way I like my brussels is FRESH - and they are even better when they are stuffed with awesomeness :)

15 very large Brussels Sprouts (need to be LARGE)!
1 Cup Whole Milk Ricotta
1 Cup Parmesan, shredded
½ Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon dried Thyme
1 Tablespoon dried Basil
1 Teaspoon dried Marjoram
1 Teaspoon dried Sage
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
A Pinch of Pepper
Olive Oil

Wash Brussels, trim the ends and then halve them.

Fill a large deep pan with water, bring it to a boil and add the sprouts. You want to add them cut-side down, since we are doing this to make coring them easier. Let them cook for 1-2 minutes and remove them and let them cool.

Core the brussels sprouts - Finely chop the cored Brussels sprouts pieces. We are going to saute them in some olive oil along with three cloves of garlic, minced, over a medium-high heat. Cook until the chopped sprouts are tender and the whole mixture is aromatic!

Mix the cooked garlic and sprout mixture along with 1 cup of whole milk ricotta, 1/2 cup of Panko bread crumbs, 1 cup of parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon of dried thyme, 1 tablespoon of dried basil, 1 teaspoon of dried marjoram and 1 teaspoon of dried sage. Add in some of the salt and taste the mixture. Ideally, you want it to taste a bit overly salted because it will be less salty once they are baked. So you’ll need to experiment a bit here.

Using a small spoon, fill the Brussels sprouts with the stuffing. Over fill them. This stuff is good!

Bake the stuffed Brussels sprouts for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees, or until the caps are crispy and burnt.  Enjoy!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Decor!

I found a perfect way to display Brody's festive Halloween costumes year to year!!!  :)

Festive Halloween Meal!

Mummy Juice Boxes & Raisins