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July 1, 2014

Melissa’s Baby Shower

While we were in Florida, I was able to sneak away from Camp Orlando for a couple of hours in order to attend a very dear friend’s baby shower!

3 Muskateers at Missy's baby shower

Brittany (left), Melissa (middle) and I have known each other since our first dance class together at the age of three, and we have managed to remain close over the past twenty seven years!

We all currently live in different states, so it is a rare occasion that the three of us can get together. I was very thankful for the opportunity to attend her special celebration.

Since I was at camp, I was elated when Brittany offered to drive from Orlando to Lakeland and back to grab me and be my personal chauffeur for the day. If it wasn’t for her, I certainly couldn’t have attended.

The shower was held at Melissa’s mother’s inside a charming country house on a beautiful property. Her mother, step-mother and mother-in-law did a wonderful job putting everything together.

Baby Shower Punch Table

Baby Shower keepsake book

I loved the decorations, and we could all tell that there was a lot of time and thoughts put into planning out the details.

Baby Shower cake table setup

Baby Shower Desserts

There were so many things that looked like they appeared straight out of Pinterest!

Baby Shower decorations with books

Baby shower food table set up

The food was delicious, and catered by the popular Yellow Dog Eats (<- I just wrote about visiting that restaurant with the guest of honor over the weekend!) We’re not obsessed or anything.

Baby Shower food setup

Although the punch and desserts were delicious, these individual 7-layer dip cups get the most exciting party food award.

Individual 7-Layer Party Dips for Baby Shower

How cute is this with the little Tonka truck?

Individual dips for a party

As we waited for the majority of guests to arrive, we formed a circle of chairs in the living room and chatted the afternoon away. It was so great to be back in the presence of Florida friends!

Before the presents, we played a couple of shower games including this entertaining Junk in the Trunk bit I first saw on the television game show Minute To Win It. Scott sucked me into watching that show for a hot minute, and most of the challenges are ones you could repeat at parties!

fun baby shower game

We also played the guess the waistline of mommy-to-be, which some of us were a bit off on.

Baby Shower tape game

Our friend Lindsey and I tied for the win!

Baby Shower tape game winners

(Which is my first time ever coming close. I’m usually way off like the photo you see above. You’re not alone, Kristen!)

We all made our way back to our seats so Melissa could start opening her presents. To keep us occupied, we played two more games.

One was a competition to see who could be the first to name baby related objects from A-Z and the other was a fill-in-your-own Bingo card.

fun baby shower games

I just love seeing baby presents! Everything is so teeny tiny, soft and cuddly.

Missy opening presents with group

Seeing the joy on her face as she opened each one made the reality that Melissa is going to be a mother set in. I can’t believe all of my friends are officially grown ups!

Missy opening fun presents

I wasn’t able to stay too long, as I had to get back to camp for night service, but I was so thankful that I was able to attend the shower even if it was just for a couple of hours.

Missy's Baby Shower girls pic

I can’t get enough of these two!

lifelong friends at baby shower

Congratulations Melissa + Billy!

I can’t wait to meet your precious baby boy come September.


December 3, 2013

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Good afternoon! I seem to be feeling better than this morning, so to celebrate I am double dipping on posting today to share a new recipe.

I gave you all a preview of what to expect in the upcoming weeks recipe-wise, and this one kicks off a few specialties I plan to feature created by Scott’s step-mother, Kay.

She is very talented in the kitchen and I truly enjoyed having her here to show me some of her tricks last week. This stuffed mushroom recipe is one she created by taking bits and pieces of others, then sprucing it up by adding her own spices and herbs combination.

For those of you who (like me) are interested in substituting lean ground turkey instead of the regular sausage, she said it would still taste great. You might want to, however, also add 1/4 tsp. of sage for more flavor, since turkey sausage tends to be a tad less flavorful than regular sausage.

I look forward to making these again with turkey for our next dinner party or get together!

Kay’s Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

appetizer sausage stuffed mushrooms recipe


24 small white mushrooms

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 lb. mild sausage

1/2 cup yellow onions, diced

1 1/2 tsp. garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp. whole fennel seeds

1/4 tsp. dried basil

1/4 tsp. dried thyme

2 oz. cream cheese, cubed

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley


1. Prepare mushrooms by removing stems and scraping out some of the interiors with a small measuring spoon or melon baller. (I used a small dinner spoon). Brush the inside of each mushroom with melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. Chop reserved stems and scrapings; set aside.

3. Saute sausage for the filling in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook only until no longer pink, (about 8 min). Add reserved mushroom pieces, onion, garlic, and seasoning; saute 3-4 minutes.

4. Off heat, stir in cream cheese and parsley.

5. Fill mushrooms with stuffing.

6. Bake 350°F for 20-25 minutes. Serve hot.


Recipe makes 24 mushrooms.

Tips From the Chef

There’s no need to wash and scrub the outside of the mushrooms. Gently pat the outsides with a watered down paper towel to remove all organic matter.

The hardest part for me was scooping out the mushrooms to make room for the filling. When doing so, make sure to be gentle!

mushroom caps ready for stuffing

Also, don’t throw away the extra mushroom pieces. Chop everything leftover up and throw it in the stuffing mixture!

mushroom extras for stuffing

Add everything to the sausage on the stove top and saute away.

making stuffed mushrooms

When scooping the cooked stuffing mixture onto the mushroom tops, you can use a melon baller or any type of spoon that creates a ball shape. If all you have is a regular kitchen spoon, try to pack it as tight as possible to avoid crumbling.

making sausage stuffed mushrooms

Bake and serve immediately!

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Stuffed mushrooms can also be frozen before baking, then thawed, baked, and served at a later time. I can’t wait to take another stab at them!

Also, (in case you missed it) this morning kicked off a pretty stellar Reebok sneaker giveaway for those interested in free goodies. ;)

Have a great rest of your day!

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