Mouse Inspired Party in a Box

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 No comments
 A lot of my favorite friends are turning 40 this year (as well as myself).  I've spent a year trying to think of the 'perfect' gift for each friend based on their personality and our friendship.  I don't know what their true thoughts are, but I know I feel satisfied with the end product.
This gift box was shipped out to my Disney Loving friend, Maurine.  I can't be there to celebrate her birthday, so I've provided a little party in a box.  If she isn't spending today at the parks, I know she will be there soon, so I sent her a birthday girl baseball t-shirt I made, some mouse ears I bought on etsy.  I also sent 6 little shirts, and a onsie that said "birthday squad" for her four kids, nephew, and godson.  I found some cute little straws at target, and then made my own card and some 'confetti.'
I have one more gal in my inner circle who celebrates after me, and I have a different idea for her gift, less of a box of events since we will get to spend it together.  But big day arrives in less than two months :gulp:!

DIY Cards

Thursday, May 16, 2019 No comments

Working at an elementary school there are always a lot of babies.  I try to stock up on cards anytime I feel inspired.  These blank cards I snagged at Hobby Lobby when they were half off, and I use them for a lot of seasonal cards as well, it skips having to glue down scrapbook paper.  This go 'round I used some little star pins I bought recently, scrap fabric, buttons, and bakers twine.  I cut out the word baby with my cricut (and happy for a birthday card).  I pushed the pin through the fabric, then stapled it down to give it some personality, and then glued down the button.   I stitched a little zigzag....which I would normally sew, but I didn't feel like pulling out my machine....and.....I'm ready for babies that are headed our way next school year!  

DIY Balloons

Monday, May 13, 2019 No comments
 At the end of the week, my family will be celebrating my aunt's 60th birthday.  There, I said it.  She doesn't read my blog anyway.  So, I'm putting together a whole flamingo themed party, and I wanted some fun number balloons to throw into the mix.  I'm sure this has been done before, but I decided instead of ordering balloons in a shiny color, I wanted this specific ballet slipper pink balloon, so....I snagged some numbers....
 I actually got them on clearance, but have since seen this size at the dollar tree, but the nice thing about the clearance aisle is it didn't matter what color they were.
I blew them up and then sprayed them down.  It only took one coat and so far the spray is holding strong!  I'm going to try to add details next go 'round, but in the meantime, I'm excited for the possibilities of personalizing these balloons!

Banana Split Salad

Thursday, May 09, 2019 No comments
I use the term 'salad' really lightly here, but there are a few fruits in here, so it almost counts.  But, it's summer, which means jello desserts in my book!  I found this recipe via insidebrucrewlife and I had to give it a go.  It was delicious!  
Ingredients:  3/4 oz box of instant banana pudding, 20 oz can of crushed pineapple (don't drain), 8 oz Cool Whip (thawed), 1 c. mini marshmallows, 1/2 c. walnuts (finely chopped), 1/3 c. mini chocolate chips, 2 ripe bananas (sliced), 20 oz of maraschino cherries (drained and halved)
Instructions:  Stir together the pudding mix and pineapple until dissolved and thickened.  Fold in your Cool Whip.  Gently add marshmallows, nuts, chocolate chips, bananas, and cherries.  Place it fridge for one hour.  Add bananas right before serving (I tossed mine in lemon juice and put them in when I made the salad and they didn't brown).  

Crock Pot Ranch Corn Chips

Monday, May 06, 2019 No comments
I had a bag of Fritos that were headed toward expiration.  I bought them for the winter and the snow day that never was where I was going to sleep in and then make frito pie.  But....summer is almost here, so I'll get over the lack of snow now and look forward to the sun.  I saw this recipe via recipesthatcrock and decided to give it a go to jazz up these little corn chips.  
Ingredients:  9.75 oz bag of corn chips, 1/2 c butter (melted), 1 pkg dry ranch dip mix
Instructions:  Pour corn chips into a 6 qt crock pot.  Mix the melted butter and ranch dip.  Pour over the chips and stir as you pour (until well coated).  Cook UNCOVERED for 2 hrs, stirring every 20 minutes or so.  Spread them on wax paper or foil to cool.  Store in airtight container.  

Texas Roadhouse Rolls

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 No comments
I posted the butter recipe two days ago, and's on to the rolls.  I made these in advance.  I did all the rising steps, but then put them (covered) in the fridge overnight to stop the rise, and then put them out about an hour before I baked them the day of the anniversary party I was hosting.  I did this last Thanksgiving as well.  It's a great way to have homemade bread, but not have to add it to the workload of the day when you are hosting a big group.  I was able to make 24 large rolls out of this recipe.
Roadhouse Rolls
Ingredients: 2 c. milk, 3 T butter (melted), 1 T active dry yeast, 1/2 c. warm milk, 1/2 c. sugar (divided), 1/2 c. honey, 7 1/2 c. flour (divided), 2 eggs, 2 t. salt
1.  Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil and remove from heat.  Let cool slightly.
2.  Combine yeast, warm water, and 1 T sugar in a mixing bowl.  Allow it to sit until it bubbles.
3.  Add the rest of the sugar, honey, milk, and 3 1/2 c. flour to the yeast mix.  Mix together.
4.  Add melted butter, egg, and salt.  Mix well.
5.  Add additional flour 1/2 c. at a time until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl.  Let it rest for 5 minutes.
6.  Knead dough for 5 minutes  Add more flour by the T if it gets sticking.  Don't add so much it dries out your dough.
7.  Grease bowl, coat all sides of dough by flipping it once in your bowl.  Cover loosely with greased plastic wrap.  Let is rise in a warm spot for 45 minutes (should be doubled in size).
8.  Punch it down.  Place on lightly floured surface and roll it out until its 1/2 inch rectangle.  Fold it in half so it's 1 inch.  seal the two halves together with a quick roll.
9.  Cut the dough in 2 inch squares and place on a greased baking sheet.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap.  Allow to double in size (about 1 hour).
10.  Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.  I brushed mine with a little butter before baking, and when they were golden brown I removed them.  Serve warm.