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Gumdrop Wreath for Candyland Party August 28, 2012

I made this cute gumdrop wreath for Sophie’s Candyland party.  It was a very simple project.  All you need is a foam wreath, a few bags of gumdrops, and hot glue.  Make sure to use the “low” setting on your glue gun or you might end up with some burns!  I didn’t glue the gumdrops all the way around the wreath because I’m going to display it on King Kandy’s Candy Castle table with all the sweets.  Check out the fun sign that I placed inside the wreath.  I used a few sewing pins to attach the sign to the wreath.

 

 

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727879062281/

Inspirationhttp://www.thoughtfullysimple.com/sweet-shoppe-candy-themed-party/

Time:  45 minutes max!

 

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Family Footprints in Sand 2012 August 26, 2012

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I got this idea from Pinterest, of course!  While visiting our land this summer, my family took a photo of our footprints in the sand on our lot.  We plan to hang this photo on the wall of our lake house when we build in a few years.  It will be a nice way to remember how big the girls were when we first bought the land!  From LEFT to RIGHT:  Sophie (4.5), Molly (2), JR (32), Lisa (32).

 

 

 

Rainbow Cupcakes

I’ve been wanting to try these cupcakes for a long time.  Aren’t they adorable?  I want to make these rainbow cupcakes for my daughter’s Candyland birthday party, but I wasn’t sure if the rainbow airhead would actually stay in an arch once placed on the cupcake.  The candy is very flimsy, so I wasn’t sure how they would turn out.  To my surprise, these worked out great.  I made a box of yellow cake and divided it into four bowls.  I added food coloring to each bowl and scooped one spoonful of each color to make each cupcake.  The colored batter was a fun surprise for the kids, very rainbowesque (yes, I’m making up words).  I’m definitely going to make these for the party.  Oh, and I was lucky enough to find some Funfetti canned icing that was already blue.  It saved me some time!

 

 

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727879048318/

Sourcehttp://monicajoy.tumblr.com/post/1264292112/late-post-but-i-finally-made-rainbow-cupcakes

Substitutions:  I used marshmallows for the clouds instead of icing.

 

 

August Date – Shopping, Six Flags, Dinner

I put together one year’s worth of dates (one date per month) for my husband as a Valentine’s Day present.  Our August date was “great”.  We had free tickets to Six Flags Great America that we intended to use with the kids.  I realized; however, that JR and I had never rode a roller coaster together and that it would be much more fun to leave the kids behind.  The weather was HOT, so we didn’t last the entire day.  We intended to go to the water park (attached to Six Flags) for half the day, but it was closed!  Boo!  It was fun to walk around Great America.  It really brought back memories.  I hadn’t been there in probably 15 years!  Although there was lots of new rides, we opted to ride the roller coasters that we remembered as kids (Batman, American Eagle, and Demon).

 

The date card read “We have free Six Flags tickets, so let’s be childish and have some fun!  We can enjoy the water park and roller coasters.  We can shop at Gurnee Mills, too.  Love, Lisa.”  In the August envelope, I included the date card and our Six Flags tickets.

 

 

We spent part of our day shopping at the outlet mall across the street from Six Flags.  We both purchased a few items.

 

We stopped at Lake Zurich since it was on our way home.  JR grew up in Lake Zurich and we both lived there for a few years after we got married.  We sat on the beach and relaxed for a bit before heading to dinner at Lucky Monk!  We got home just in time to tuck in the kids.  We had a really great day!

 

Until next month…

Check out our previous dates…

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

February 2012


 

July Date – Beer Drinking Lunch and Hit Golf Balls

Before we had kids, JR and I spent a lot of time at the driving range.  It was something we really enjoyed doing together.  Now that we have two amazing daughters, it’s nearly impossible to get to the driving range.  I have thought about taking the girls, but I fear they could get hurt.  There are just too many FAST moving parts.  We have often joked that one of these days we are going to have a “beer drinking” lunch.  We go out to lunch often and observe customers enjoying a beer at lunch time.  I often wonder if they are headed back to work, or if they have the day off.  It always seemed like it would be nice to sit outside on a nice day and have a few beers over lunch.

 

So our July date kind of never happened.  We had planned to go and have a long “beer drinking” lunch and hit golf balls.  The problem was that it was over 100 degrees the day we planned it.  So, we went to lunch, but didn’t sit outside.  We ended up having a quick lunch and never went to the driving range.  We hope to make it up sometime in the upcoming weeks.

 

The date card read “We’re going to spend a long lunch hour hitting golf balls and enjoying a “beer drinking” lunch.  Love, Lisa.”  In the July envelope, I included the date card and cash to spend on the golf balls.

 

Until next month…

 

Check out our previous dates…

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

February 2012


 

 

Apple Theme Birthday Party August 23, 2012

My daughter turned two last week!  To celebrate, we rented a lake house in Wisconsin for the weekend.  We invited our family to join in the celebration.  Molly loves apples, so I thought an apple themed birthday party would be cute and amazing.  She LOVED LOVED LOVED it!  I felt enormous amounts of joy each and every time she would point out an “apple” at the party.  I opted to soften up the colors of the party by replacing “red” with “pink”.

 

Each guest had a sign on their bedroom door welcoming them to the lake house.

 

I used the letters “TWO” as a centerpiece on the mantle.  I hung pink and green balloons and covered the mantle with streamers.  This was one of my favorite decorations of all!

 

 

I hung streamers from the light fixture – not the best picture, sorry!

 

 

I purchased paper lanterns and made them into apples.  I scattered them throughout the house.  Another one of my favorite decorations!  This idea was inspired by an “apple of our eye party” I found on Pinterest.  You should check out the link, the apple of our eye party was amazing!

 

 

Here is the drink station.

 

The drink station included mason jars with chalkboard contact paper stickers.  I placed a piece of chalk next to the jars for our guests to label their glasses.  I lined the top of the mason jars with scrapbook paper to match the theme.

 

Duct tape comes in so many colorful and fun patterns these days.  Pinterest inspired my duct tape embellished water bottles.  I’ve always wanted to decorate my water bottles with the adorable paper printables you can purchase on Etsy, etc.  I never pulled the trigger because I figured once the water bottles were placed in a cooler with ice, the wrapper would get ruined.  The great thing about using duct tape is that it can get wet and still look cute!

 

Check out the apple jack garland!  My five year old helped me put this together.  We used pipe cleaners to string the apple jacks (much easier than yarn or string).  We tied the pipe cleaners together to make a long garland!

 

I filled clear vases with green apples, tied ribbon around the vase, and added some white flowers to the top.  I found this idea on Pinterest.

 

I covered the tables with white tableclothes.  I used 12 x 12 pieces of pink checker scrapbook paper for the place mats.  I completed the place setting with a green paper plate and green napkins filled with pink plasticware secured by a polka dot ribbon.

 

I tied the favors to the back of the chairs.  The favor included an apple peck basket filled with apple chips, apple hand soap, apple candy, and an apple cake pop.  This idea was inspired (AGAIN) by the  “apple of our eye party” I found on Pinterest.

 

I served a taco buffet for dinner.  We had beef and chicken tacos, guacamole, rice, etc.  It was delicious.  I even used a Pinterest recipe for crockpot chicken tacos.  They turned out really great.  I can’t wait to make them again!  Notice the tent labels I created for all the food items!

 

The dessert table was the highlight of the party.  I prepared a crazy amount of sweets for this party.  We had apple cupcakes, apple cake pops, apple pie, apple jacks in pails, and apple cookies!

 

We ended the party with gifts!

 

This is by far my favorite party I’ve ever planned.  Now I’m on to planning my other daughter’s Candyland party!  Do I dare top the apple party?  I will try!

 

 

Copycat Portillo’s Chopped Salad – Amazing! August 17, 2012

I love Portillo’s chopped salad.  Portillo’s is a fast food chain in the Chicago area.  If you ever visit Chicago, I highly recommend checking out Portillo’s.  Indulge in a hot dog and fries and go back a second time to try their chopped salad!  I’m pleased to share this copycat recipe with you.  It takes forever to chop up the ingredients, but it’s worth it.  I ended up quartering the recipe and I had enough for 2 HUGE salads.  Save the second salad by placing a paper towel over the salad and covering with plastic wrap.  The paper towel helps absorb the moisture and keeps the salad fresh for the next day.  This tastes just like Portillo’s chopped salad.  Also, I have tried out many salad dressings and the best match I could find was Marzetti’s Sweet Italian dressing.

 

 

RECIPE for COPYCAT PORTILLO’S CHOPPED SALAD

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 – 2 heads Romaine lettuce, depending on size
  • 1 small head red cabbage, minced or 1 bag sliced red cabbage, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2  c. ditalini pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 c. gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • Vinaigrette dressing, bottled or homemade (we used a Honey Mustard Vinaigrette)

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Wash and dry the lettuces. Finely chop until the lettuce is in small pieces. Put in a large bowl.

2. Add remaining ingredients, except dressing, and toss to combine well.

3. Serve dressing along side the salad or pour on and combine just before serving.

 

The original Portillo’s Chopped Salad includes diced chicken breast, but we opted to leave that out to make it more picnic and side-dish friendly. I think I’ll be making this for just our family very soon and including the chicken. It would definitely be hearty enough to make a complete meal.

 

SOURCE:  http://stolenmomentscooking.com/homemade-portillos-chopped-salad/

 

 

Substitutions:  I left out the red onion.  Next time I will add chicken!

Time:  It took me close to an hour to chop everything up and clean up, including distractions from the kiddo’s.

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878988426/

Weight Watchers Points:  I calculated 8 WW+ points.  I used 2 T. dressing.