May 16, 2013

Baby Whoooo Owl~Baby Shower

My best friend is having a baby!!!!  It's been so fun because she is getting her first boy after 2 girls.  I feel that being and having a loyal friend is something precious.  I really wanted her to know how much I have appreciated her over the years and I could think of no better way than to throw her a baby shower.... and the best one I could.......
Of course I turned to Pinterest and the rest was history.  Ideas turned to more ideas and then my mind took off........
I loved the owl idea.  It probably appealed so much to me because of my love for prim.  The muted colors, the natural settings, etc......
But, I also wanted something different and not in red or blue and not dinosaurs or motorcycles.
This is the table setting!!
We had a yummy fruit pizza bar with: fig newtons, peanut butter chocolate bars, Chex Mix, Toffee covered crackers, and chocolate mints on the side.  I loved, loved, loved, the paper bag in the dough bowl idea for serving things:)

I watch this wedding show on TLC, where the brides rate each other's weddings.  Sometimes the brides say "There was nothing in the reception that had to do with her theme".  I knew my theme was owls, so I tried to make as many paper ones as I could to display with things so I wouldn't be guilty of the "theme-less party". I found this perfect paper bag owl tutorial and it was soooo easy.  Here is the Owl Tutorial if you are interested.

Toffee glazed Ritz Crackers (AKA~Cracker Crack). The first had these at my Sister-in-Law's wedding reception and I immediately went on the hunt for the recipe. They are soooo good. After I had made them I tried one and another and another. I was in heaven in my own kitchen.  Everyone asked what the recipe was at the reception as's a keeper.  Here you go..... here's the recipe.

I don't enjoy games at baby showers.  I don't know many who do.  So I opted for a few activities the ladies could do on their own time between talking.  One of them was the "wishing tree".  They write down a wish for the new baby and hang it on the tree.

I made many of these paper owls, big and small.  Each one was different and turned out soooo cute. 

A couple of Christmas's ago, some ladies in my church and I made about 30 of these tissue balls for the Church Christmas party and I swore I'd never make another again.  The love for a friend has no bounds:)  Ha ha.  They are quite easy and make things look really cute.  I had them hanging over the paper plates, cups, and drinks.

Now, this shower was a ton of work (which is an understatement).  I had never done one before so I didn't know what to expect!!!! 
But, I would do it all over again for anyone I call a Best Friend.

Wishing you all have a Hoooooot today!

May 08, 2013

Pull Apart Cupcake Dress

Sometimes, I do enter the kitchen to bake!!  I fell in love with the idea of a cake made of cupcakes.  Easy to serve everyone.  I needed a dessert for Middle's baptism dinner.
  I was so thrilled at how the pull apart dress cake turned out.  

The directions to the cake are here.......

The frosting recipe, however, is a family one.  It's to die for and everyone who tastes it asks for the recipe and then uses as their go to frosting themselves.  I will be nice and share:)

Wedding Cake Frosting
1/2 c. Shortening(white)
1/2 c. Real butter
1 tsp. Almond extract
4 c. Powdered sugar
Whip really well and then add:
2 tsp. Milk
Whip again until fluffy
* This is so yummy that I end up eating it plain.  It's also extremely delicious on top of sugar cookies.*

Thanks for letting me share.....even though it's not prim......and it's just family stuff:) 

May 06, 2013

Welcome Wreath

I am a pinterest hoarder.  Somehow I get off just by browsing and pinning, browsing and pinning.  It's like a drug.  I feel I was just shopping when I am finished.  Most of the time I have great intentions when I select a pin to post, but really, deep down, I know I will never cook it, buy it, wear it, or make it.
This baby of an idea was special though.  I knew right away it was going to get done.  It met the "criteria" which are as follows:  1. Can be made in just a couple of hours, 2. All materials can be bought at Walmart along with my groceries (I hate extra trips for things) 3. It's simple yet pretty,
4. I won't end up in tears trying to figure out how to pull it off.

A lovely welcome to my home.

Thank you for reading:)