Posts Tagged ‘Parties’
December 3, 2013
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
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!
Also, don’t throw away the extra mushroom pieces. Chop everything leftover up and throw it in the stuffing mixture!
Add everything to the sausage on the stove top and saute away.
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.
Bake and serve immediately!
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!
May 7, 2013
As some of you might have caught via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, I had a pretty eventful weekend with friends and family in Jacksonville. I spent the majority of last night uploading and editing photos, and could not be more excited to share pictures and adorable baby shower ideas with you today!
Ashley got married just about a month before I did. During the entire wedding planning process, we turned to each other with questions, inspiration and ideas, advice, and most importantly an open invitation to vent to each other at any time of the day.
She is one of the first of my close friends to get pregnant, and since our friendship dates all the way back to the eight grade, the news that she is going to have a baby hit me pretty (emotionally) hard!
We are married, and now we are starting to officially become mothers.
There are a lot of events I came down to Florida to celebrate, and her baby shower last Saturday was just the beginning! When I showed up a few hours early to help finish up the final touches, I had no idea how how perfectly Pinterest-y everything would be.
If you haven’t yet discovered Pinterest, I strongly encourage to give it a look. As long as you are okay with seeing a million DIY projects you are dying to attempt “some day” and accept you probably won’t have the extra cash or time to complete them… you are good to go!
I absolutely love Pinterest. The most I get out if it is inspiration for recipes and workouts, but I still like to dabble around in the crafts and home improvement sections every so often.
I have come to terms with the fact that I will not get to complete the majority of the projects I pin, but I still continue to pin away. Might as well share the inspiration to others who actually will get around to them, right?
When it comes time to plan showers, events, parties, and weddings, Pinterest might be the best tool ever. You can create secret boards that only a select few people can see, and it’s the perfect way to say “this is what I am looking for” without actually having to say it and spoil the surprise. Genius!
Ashley’s baby shower was, by far, the most Pinterest-inspired shower I have been to and I fell in love with everything there.
I have a large amount of photos (and this is only half of them!), so I am just going to get to it and only chime in when I feel like something needs an explination. Enjoy!
Get Ready for a Pinning Party
Baby Girl Bow Sonogram Picture.
Pink and White decorations – FREE -courtesy of Publix.
They were part of a Valentine’s Day display, and when one of our friends asked what they were going to do with them after the holiday, they said put them in the trash. Holla!
Pink and White Ruffle Cake.
The inside was cookies and cream, and the butter cream icing was out of this world! Oh, and that beautiful flower is also edible.
White Ruffle Cupcakes with Pink Bows.
Garter from your wedding day, wrapped around a floral centerpiece.
Heart Shaped Cucumber and Peanut Butter + Jelly Sandwiches.
Rainbow Fruit Kabobs.
(I have made these before!)
Mason Jar Glasses with cute straws + lemon slices.
Baby Name Inspired Punch.
Make Your Own Baby Headband Station.
Such a good idea!
A lot of these items, frames and flowers were purchased through Etsy.
I loved making my special headband for the baby, and even the not-so-crafty guests had fun picking theirs out and attaching a special note.
Make the couple laugh during those the first week of baby being home! Write a joke, advice, or encouraging words to lighten their mood while changing a dirty baby diaper.
Baby Shower Bingo.
Every guest gets stickers, and plays while the mommy-to-be opens her gifts. As each gift is opened, it is given a title and those with the squares on their sheets can put a sticker. This was great for entertainment when the gift opening process got a little lengthy.
Weekly Baby Bump Chalkboard.
This one had a special message for the shower, and extra art work done by an artsy friend!
Pink Nail Polish Party Favors.
This O.P.I. color is called It’s a Girl.
It was so great to be able to get down early for Ashley’s shower. I have seen her belly get bigger by the week through photos, but nothing beats getting to see her and her adorable baby bump in person!
Three cheers for Ashley’s parents, mother-in-law, and shower helpers who made Ashley’s shower Pinterest-y perfect.
If you are feeling the urge pin this entire post… I am completely for it and will probably add it to a board myself.
Pin away, friends!
Now we just have to wait to meet baby. Sigh.
Congratulations Ashley + Justin!
January 11, 2013
Scott and I wanted to make a party mix for our New Year’s Eve get together. Instead of buying a traditional small bag of M&M’s and peanut trail mix for $10, I decided to up the quantity and get the most bang for my buck by making my own.
Sweet and salty might be my favorite combination of food… ever. Chocolate covered pretzels are a complete weakness, so you can imagine how hard it was for me to stay away from the leftovers when it lived in my kitchen for a few days.
Okay fine… I admit it. There weren’t any leftovers. A few days after the party I took it upon myself to make another batch just for us. Oops!
I loved the combination of the teddy grahams, chocolate and marshmallows. It gave the mix a little bit of a S’more taste and I made sure to include all three of those items in every bite. Hey, everyone deserves a little treat once in a while. Let’s break it down!
1 bag pretzel squares
1.5 cups raw almonds, original or chocolate flavored
1 box teddy grahams, honey flavored
1 cup raisins
1 mini bag of popcorn, I used SmartPop! Kettle Corn
1 mini bag of mini marshmallows
1 bulk bag of original M&M’s
prep time: 5 minutes
servings: enough for a party!
1. Pop popcorn according to package directions.
2. Mix all ingredients in a large gallon sized freezer bag. You may need to do this more that once to fit everything.
3. Shake it up, until everything is mixed together.
4. Serve in a large bowl and store all leftovers in an airtight container.
(Simply for extra tips and ideas.)
Choose your party mix ingredients.
When I ran out of original unsalted almonds, I finished my second batch off with these Blue Diamond Mint Dark Chocolate Almonds. It was dreamy.
Pop popcorn according to package directions.
Mix everything in a large gallon sized freezer bag. You may need to do this more that once to fit everything.
Give it a good shake and mix it up!
Pour into a bowl and mix further, if smaller pieces fall to the bottom.
Serve, and store all leftovers in an airtight container.
Two things to know…
1) There might not be any leftovers.
2) You might become dangerously addicted.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Now go on and get your party mix on!
December 15, 2012
Yesterday was a rough one. Not only for me, but all of America after the devastating shooting that took place in Newtown, Connecticut.
I planned on sharing this post yesterday afternoon, but soon found myself unable to concentrate on anything. I was in such shock and could not stop thinking of the families and loved ones affected by this tragic disaster. Our prayers are certainly with them!
Today is a new day, and I think we are all in need some holiday cheer to keep our chins up. I just so happen to have a handful of fantastic holiday photos that might do the trick!
We had a company Christmas party for the Detroit Pistons Thursday night. After I bought a cute little sparkly number, I found out the dress code was going to be a little more casual. Apparently to some, that translated as wearing a variety of spectacular Christmas sweaters and accessories.
Oh, my husband. I know, and I am sorry… he is officially off the market.
We rounded up the troops at our house to ensure that all of the Christmas sweaters arrived together. When the guys started showing up with bows and shiny 3D objects hanging from their sweaters, I was pretty impressed.
Each one had it’s own fantastic style, and there was no way I could have chosen a favorite ensemble. They all won.
While waiting on the others, we opened a fun gift from a fellow former Floridian friend of ours. “Welcome to a Michigan winter!” Mike said, as we tried to figure out the ins and outs of this Trac-ball Snowball Slinger.
Upon first glance, I thought it was a Chuck It ball launcher for Roadie. That just goes to show how familiar I am with snow and snowballs!
A few minutes later, we had the full group and were ready to rock. Ladies and gentlemen, I think Detroit has a new boy band in the works…
(The one in the bottom left corner was too excited to stay still.)
Before leaving, I wanted to grab a quick photo by the tree to possibly be the star of our Christmas card this year. I guess I forgot what my husband was wearing when I made this request.
Company Holiday Party
We arrived to The Palace a little after 6 p.m. and I was not too sure what to expect of a holiday party at an arena.
I found a few of my friends on the concourse and hung with them while Scott and the boys made their rounds in their festive attire.
The set up was better than I even expected. The two NBA Championship trophies were displayed on the bottom floor center court, and we were able to take a professional photo with it. The concourse floor and main gathering areas were filled with hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and holiday decorations.
It would be impossible to describe my favorite food item, because everything was dreamy. There was a taco bar, a make your own pasta bar, a sushi station, and plenty of other food to go around. There were a few different dessert stations on each floor, and I found this one the most intriguing.
Mini desserts + popcorn. Talk about a divine salty and sweet combo!
After a taking a lap, Ashley and I started to wonder where our boys wandered off to. It did not surprise us to find them at the caricature station… getting a photo drawn together.
They are precious.
We had a great time mingling around with game night and arena staff we do not always get to talk to. I met a lot of new faces, and almost every one linked me related to “the guy in the glasses and snowman sweater.” Not just related to, but named his wife. Wife of the snowman sweater guy. Perfect.
Regardless of who I was, I had a great time and I think everyone else did too!
After an entire night of looking at them, I am thanking my lucky stars that Christmas sweaters are not considered fashion forward in 2012…
Wearing one does some funny things to you, like being okay with people applying chap stick on you in public.
I really do not think I can get embarrassed of Scott anymore. That ship has sailed, friends!
Whatever your plans are to celebrate the holidays, I hope you find some time to break away from the madness and enjoy them.
Happy Sweater Spectacle Holidays!