Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Baby Shower Favors

Cute little baby shower favors I made for a friends shower. Can you guess what candies I used??

Shower Favors

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Making TuTu's!

I recently discovered how to make adorable tutu's! It is so easy, so inexpensive, and so much fun! I made my daughter a couple for her ballet class and Melanie's niece some for her birthday. Here are a few pics of the ones for Skylie

Aren't they adorable? I plan on making many more. I have so many different colors to choose from :)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tortellini Soup

Well, I must admit. This "recipe" is so easy and simple, it's embarrassing to post! However, it has been in our regular meal rotation for years, and is one recipe every single person in the house enjoys...even my VERY picky eater, Ethan.

Tortellini Soup

You will need:

Frozen cheese tortellini
Family-size can tomato soup
Mozzarella cheese
Italian seasoning
Crushed red pepper

Make it:

Cook tortellini as directed
Drain, return to pot
Pour in can of soup
Fill the now empty can about 3/4 full of milk and add to soup
Add seasonings, to taste
(I add the red pepper when done, only to Brendan and mine. Others don't like spicy food)
Heat through
When heated, place in bowl and top with cheese


Homemade Tutu

Here is a beautiful tutu I made for Brianah to wear to dance class. <3

Pom Poms!

What a busy week! I volunteered to head up our annual Celebration of Life Dinner at church, where we celebrate all of the babies born the previous year. I knew I wanted to decorate "Melanie style", which meant lots of polka dots and color! Scouring Pinterest for ideas, I stumbled upon these adorable Pom-poms, and fell in love! How easy, inexpensive, and adorable!

I enlisted Beth's help in making these. I wanted five large ones to hang from the ceiling, as well as, several small ones to decorate the table. We began making all of these and I took a few step-by-step pictures for you all!

Here's your list of supplies-
Floral wire (or pipe cleaners)
8-10 sheets tissue paper

Unfold the tissue paper and flatten into one neat pile. Starting at the end, begin accordion-style folding into 1 inch folds

When all folded, secure with a piece of floral wire around center
Now, time to cut the ends. This will determine the overall look of the "flower petals". You can do rounded, pointed, or cut little slits into the end (to resemble a carnation). Be creative!

Now, to shape the pom-pom. Carefully begin separating the layers on one side by pulling towards the center

Continue working on the one side
Repeat the separating with the other side
Ta-Da! So easy!

To do the smaller ones, I used 5 pieces of tissue and just did one side only. That way the laid flat on the tables
The pom-poms + polka-dots I punched out for "confetti" + a photo collage I made for each baby = cute and cheap decorations

Here's a sample of the collage and pom-pomsYep, ignore the blotches of "paint". Gotta hide some stuff from the cyber-world! :)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The BEST caramel apple dip!

My to-do list this week included bringing a non-chocolate dessert to a dinner I was throwing. Hmmm....I have several go-to recipes that I love, but I was eager to bring something new as well. I already made a batch of my Cake Truffles (yum!) to bring, but headed to Pinterest to find something new.
After pinning a ton of yummy-looking desserts, I came across this Caramel Apple Dip. Score! It had my favorite elements of a dessert- very few ingredients, easy to do, and included CARAMEL! I L.O.V.E. anything caramel-related! Well, except the arguments my father-in-law and I have over the pronunciation ( I saw Car-mull, he says Care-a-mel. Tomato, toemato- it still is delicious!).

Anyway, you will need the following-
8oz cream cheese (softened)
2 tbsp brown sugar
Apples, sliced
(yes, mine look brown in the pic. I even soaked them in Sprite, but still turned slightly)
Heath or Skor bar crushed bits
(in baking aisle, by chocolate chips)

I doubled the recipe and was a good amount. I actually didn't have a measuring spoon to measure out the brown sugar, so just poured some in and guessed :)

Beat the cream cheese and sugar together
Spread on a plate
Top with a layer of caramel
Finish off with a layer of Heath pieces
Dip sliced apples in
Sit back and let the worries of the world melt away....

Friday, February 3, 2012

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Potatoes and cheese...two of my very favorite foods. When combined, I am in heaven! Beth and I were craving a good Loaded Baked Potato Soup one day at work. We found this crock-pot recipe on Pinterest and tweaked it to cook on our little electric stove top at work.
Yep- that's a paper bowl. That's how we roll at work!

You will need:

Bag of hash browns (we used diced)
3 (14oz) cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 tsp pepper
8oz cream cheese (don't use lower fat! Won't melt)
Shredded cheese
Bacon (or bacon bits)
Green onion
Sour cream

Make it:

Dump it all (except cheese, green onion, sour cream, and bacon) in a pot
Cook on medium for about an hour
Top with the cheese, green onion, bacon, sour cream
*Beth and I both thought the recipe was good, but lacked something. We added some Mrs. Dash into it and that "fixed" it!*

If you prefer to make it in a crock-pot, leave the cream cheese out until the last hour of cooking.