Sunday, August 13, 2017
Sunday: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salads
Monday: Crockpot beef stew with carrots and potatoes
Tuesday: Tacos and Tamales
Wednesday: One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta with salad and garlic bread
Thursday: Hamburgers, broccoli and cheese, scalloped potatoes
Friday: Korean Grilled Chicken Breast, Basmati Rice, Grilled Zucchini
Saturday: Take Out Pizza
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Decorate a dog house
A great way to get free favors for your party is to hit up your local animal shelter and animal advocate groups in your area.
We wanted to spread awareness about these services as well as the importance of adopting your family pet.
Our local animal league donated stickers, plastic cups, rubber bracelets, key chains, a kid-centered animal magazine, canvas totes, and a couple care pamphlets for your new animal.
We also had kind donations from a pet sitting service of pens and magnets.
My additions to these favors were dog tattoos and rubber bracelets you can find at Party City.
Our stuffed dogs came from Amazon in a set of 12. I actually had one dog come with a small rip in its leg, but after a quick chat with Amazon they shipped me out another 12 set of dogs for free!
|Puppies in a borrowed basket|
It would be very easy to go overboard on stocking the pet shop. But being on a budget I chose to stick with the essentials -- frisbees from Party City, dog collars from Amazon, and Scooby snacks (since they look like milkbones).
|Our Donated Favors|
This station was the biggest hit out of all of them!
I borrowed the tub from my sister (she said she got it at Dollar General), filled it with 600 cotton balls which is just 3 bags, set out a grooming brush we had from a vet kit, added in a washing mitt I found on clearance for a quarter from a local grocery store, and put out a real bottle of sugar cookie scented dog cologne that we had.
I was so excited about this station! We used an old tv stand that has since been used to house play food sets as the table, keeping it all kid level.
Having an older child as well, you tend to accumulate things.
You know when you buy something on Amazon and it tells you what others bought with that item? Well, that's how I came across the gift favor boxes.
My birthday girl stayed at this station the entire time because she loves markers, but knows they're off limits for her cheeky hands.
We had this station set up outside to give the kids something else to play with in the backyard.
The 3, 4, and 5 year olds had other plans with the hoop and tunnel, and the 2 years olds loved stacking and unstacking the cones.
So here's a picture of our fire hydrants. 😄
|The Bathroom -- obviously.|
It was probably one of the biggest parties we've thrown as well as the cheapest! Clocking in somewhere under $100.
*Amazon links are affiliate links.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
This concept is just like a tissue box. Keep pulling things out until no more comes out!
Here's what you'll need:
- An old wipes box (I prefer Huggies because they have the soft middle to pull from)
- Felt squares (I bought a pack of 16 from Dollar Tree for, well, a dollar!)
And here's how you accordian fold the felt to get it to come out of the box like tissues:
- Overlap two pieces of felt.
- Pinch both pieces of felt.
- Fold the pinched part up to where it meets the top of the second fabric.
- Continue the last two steps with your remaining felt. The great thing about felt is that it sticks on itself so it's very easy to work with.
- Lastly, place it in the wipes box and feed the top piece of felt through.
And as you pull, the next one begins to come up.
Moo literally sat and played with this for an hour. She loves it!
Monday, January 21, 2013
Breakfast - Cinnamon toast and peaches
Breakfast - Blueberry muffins and cantaloupe
Breakfast - Biscuits and gravy with banana
Breakfast - French toast and an orange
Hope these menus help take the stress of what to feed your new little foodie off your shoulders some!
Here's how to make it!
- 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
- 1 clove of garlic, minced (or as much as you like :))
- 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded (I use rotisserie chicken all the time for this)
- 1 can of whole peeled tomatoes
- About 6 oz of any pasta you like (whole wheat, spaghetti, penne, rotini, whatever you have on hand)
- And any sliced veggies you have on hand (We typically always put mushrooms in this, but it can be altered to your liking. Squash, peppers, or onions would be a delicious addition to this)
- Asiago cheese (Also another place where you have artistic freedom. You can use Parmesan, Romano, or even feta and go Greek!)
- Salt and Pepper
- In a large pot, cook your pasta per package directions and then drain when done.
- While the pasta is cooking add your olive oil and veggies in a nonstick skillet.
- Cook until tender on medium high (6 on some stoves).
- Add garlic and cook for a minute.
- This next part is messy, but so worth it. Take can of whole peeled tomatoes and squish them over the skillet with your hands to get all the juice out. The hubs uses tongs to do this, but I don't think he gets enough juice out. If you would like, you can tear up the tomatoes and leave them in. I am not a big tomato person so we throw what's left away.
- Add chicken to sauce.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- When pasta is cooked and drained, add to sauce. Stir.
- Plate and top with cheese!
So delicious and super easy!
Sunday, January 20, 2013
I believe this is a Weight Watchers original recipe, but I'm not 100% sure as I got it from a friend. All I know is that these are delicious and cheap to make and gives in to that sweet tooth without the guilt!
1 tub of at Fat Free Cool Whip
2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
2 Tbsp of Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup (optional, as these are delicious without it)
12 cup muffin tin
Yields: 12 Peanut Butter Cups
Thaw the Cool Whip.
Mix in peanut butter. I use a fork for this.
Spoon Cool Whip/Peanut Butter mixture into lined muffin tin.
Drizzle with Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup.
Place in freezer. Once frozen (*the chocolate syrup will not harden) you can remove the cups from the muffin tin and store them in a gallon freezer bag.
The entire mixture would only be 7 points if you're following Weight Watchers.
See? No guilt!
Saturday, January 19, 2013
|Please excuse the dried paint under my nails.|