Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday, Autumn!! (and Meal Plan Week 36)

Today is Autumn's 6th Birthday... we had her birthday party last Saturday and it was a Frozen theme, so I am sharing photos from that today. :) For her birthday, I made her this huge tulle Elsa wreath for the party and for her room, which is getting a Frozen makeover.

CHEEEESE! Autumn is really hard to photograph these days. She hates... I mean, really HATES having her photo taken. She won't cooperate unless I bribe her most times... which, really sucks... because, this Momma LOVES pictures. Maybe that is why she hates having her photograph taken so much, because I take WAY too many photos. Oh well, she just needs to deal with it, right?!! ;) I did get some cute ones of her smiling, though.

This is one of my favorite photos of her... standing by the wreath and holding out her fingers to count out 6. I really can't believe she is 6 and I kind of hate it, I want her to be my baby always! I guess she always will be, but... 6 is getting TOO old! For her birthday, I bought her a Frozen outfit at Target... I decided upon this outfit, because she can wear the tutu with her leotard to her dance class. Her new dance studio is a lot less formal than her old one on dress.

A cute photo of Brian and Autumn before the party started. :)

Last year we did a party at Sweet and Sassy with her class, but this year we just kept it low key and did a small family party. We promised the kids a class party every other year, so it will be Nathan's turn for a class party next. This was the food table I set up and some basic decorations. I usually go ALL out for parties, but this year I just wanted it to be laid back... and, this laid back party was still a TON of work. This is why I'll never have the house decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving, with Autumn's birthday always being the week before!!

I made this delicious strawberry poppy seed salad... it is sort of a Carrie classic, as I am always asked to make this salad and will be making it again for Thanksgiving. You can find the recipe HERE. We also ordered sandwiches from my favorite meat place, Kenricks on yellow and wheat dollar rolls with ham and turkey cheese sandwiches. I also made up a crock pot full of spaghetti and we had some other sides to complete the meal.

I also made a smores station, complete with pumpkin spice chips, chocolate chips, brownie marshmallows and regular marshmallows. Yum!

Here was my yummy plate (or two)

Autumn had to eat at her own little 'princess' table.

The party boy!

After we ate, we let Autumn open her gifts. Isn't her Frozen headband adorable? I got it at a running expo a year ago and it finally fits her!

Autumn loves to watch me sew and I thought for her birthday I would get her a kiddie sewing machine. I looked around and decided to get her a kiddie one, that has the needle covered. This one just 'punctures' the fabric, therefore binding it. She just LOVES it and made all sorts of pillow that she stuffed for her AG dolls. I plan to buy her some more 'kits' for it on Amazon for Christmas.

Autumn's brother always buys her a birthday present and he selected this 'faux' hair dryer from the AG store with Grandma.

And, of course... we always get Nathan a gift so he doesn't feel left out. We got Nathan a crayon maker... oh my goodness, put this on your Christmas lists for your kids. This is AWESOME. We got one for Autumn's friend Natalie for her birthday party and it was a huge hit. Who knew that making markers was so fun! We already need to buy a refill pack for it!

We also finally got Autumn her own scooter... with a Frozen helmet, which isn't pictured. It is pink and has light up wheels. We got her one, because Nathan always throws a fit when she wants to borrow his... now they both have their own. SIGH.

Trying out her scooter in the house... because, ya know... it was snowing outside... in the middle of November (eek!).

One other gift was this trailer for her AG knock off Jeep. Both of these are from Target, but she already had the Jeep. This trailer is so cute, it has a little kitchen in it and a bed folds down for one of the dolls to sleep on. I am trying to decide if I want to get her the horse stable for Christmas... all this stuff takes up so much space. 

The night before the party, I bought this pin the carrot nose on Olaf game from Party City while I was picking up balloons for the party. Like I said, I totally did not go all out for this party... I normally would have made up a more elaborate game and had crafts... BUT, for $4.99, this game was a huge hit! So, I don't feel too bad. :)

Even Aunt Tracy got into the game, she is spinning herself around here.

Autumn 'helping' Nathan with the game.

Next up was cake. I ordered this really adorable Frozen cake from McArthurs.




Blowing out her candles... 

I love how kids always have to have a certain slice of the cake... Autumn wanted the Elsa slice, which of course was in the middle of the cake. Luckily, Brian has master cake cutting skills and got her the piece without it falling apart. Here is Autumn eating her cake... and, she is at the end of being nice and letting mom take photos! LOL!

Day 20. Bright. Today I baked Frozen cupcakes for Autumn's birthday treat for school tomorrow. I just love how BRIGHT and vibrant this aqua blue vanilla icing is from #pillsbury ! We found Olaf and snowflake candies to put on them at the party store, Froz
Today I'll be up at school volunteering, so I can spend a little time with Autumn on her birthday. I made these cupcakes to bring to her class for her little birthday party at school. I was SO happy with how they turned out! I got everything at Party City, including the Olaf and snowflake candies, Frozen toothpick decor and Frozen cupcake liners. I am sure they'll be a big hit!

And, now for this weeks meal plan!

This Weeks Meal Plan:

Sunday - Movie Night with Pizza OR Leftover Food from Auttie's Birthday Party
I really want to watch Maleficent, SO it is a perfect time to have a movie night.

Monday - German Pancakes with Bacon, recipe HERE
I haven't made this in awhile, but we all love breakfast for dinner! This is also a really easy dish to whip up and the kids love seeing it rise in the oven.

Tuesday - French Onion Soup Casserole, recipe HERE
This just looks really, really, REALLY good. I mean, really! Bread topped with mozzarella baked over french onion soup? I die.

Wednesday - Pasta con Broccoli with Crust Bread, recipe HERE
Another one I haven't made in awhile... this is the best recipe for Pasta con Broccoli out there.

Thursday - Thanksgiving Feast at Autumn's School

Friday - Dinner Out
Today is Autumn's birthday, SO we are going to let her pick where she wants to eat for dinner. :)

Saturday - Dinner Out
Dinner out, because it is Saturday!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What Wives Wear Link Up #29 - Plaid and Aztec Patterns

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Do you like to mix and match different patterns? Sometimes when I am getting dressed in the morning, I have an idea in my head for an outfit, but it doesn't work out. Then, I start tearing apart my closet to figure out a way to get it to work. Well, that is how I came up with this outfit that I am sharing today. I knew I wanted to wear my aztec cardi and red Hunters, but I wasn't sure what bottoms, top or necklace/scarf to wear together with it.

I decided to try out my new blanket scarf from Old Navy with the outfit and WOW... I loved how it pulled the whole outfit together. For a shirt under the cardi, I wore my favorite polka dotted chambray shirt from Forever 21. And, for leggings... I wore my favorite pair, the leather lined pair I purchased from Stitch Fix late last winter.

Outfit Details:

Aztec Cardi - Stitch Fix
Leather Lined Leggings - Stitch Fix
Red Hunters - Nordstrom
Blanket Scarf - Old Navy, purchase HERE
Polka Dot Chambray Shirt - Forver21
Earrings/Bracelets - Charming Charlie
Purse and Watch - Michael Kors

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cornucopia Blessing Mix

I needed to bring a snack for Daisy scouts this week and I thought it'd be fun to bring something that is Thanksgiving themed. I looked around on Pinterest and really liked the idea of doing a 'blessing mix', but I wanted to add a spin on it. I have seen where people twist ice cream cones into cornucopias, but I didn't see one on Pinterest that had the blessing mix inside it. SO, I thought... why not combine the two for a beautiful presentation for a treat! And... ta-da, you have the Cornucopia Blessing Mix!

The supplies are pretty simple... the regular blessing mix has nuts in it, but I thought... who adds nuts to anything these days that is for kids with all of the nut allergies going around?! So, I omitted the nuts...

To curl the tips of the ice cream cones, you'll need to dip the tip of each one in warm water for 20 seconds.

The tip of the cone will be soft, wrap it around a clean pencil for 20 seconds. The shape should stay and harden after an hour or two.

Here are all of the cones, bent and drying. Aren't they the cutest?!

To make the trail mix, you'll want to get all of your ingredients out. You'll want about the same amount of everything, except I added in extra bugles and pretzels. Reserve the hershey kisses, because you'll just put one of those at the bottom of each ice cream cone.

Mix it all together, and you have a tasty blessing mix! I couldn't stop snacking on this mix, because we had A LOT leftover... I just left it in the bowl on the table. I just love sweet and salty!

Since I omitted the nuts, I had to make my own blessing mix cards to go with the bundle. I really love to design cards and graphics in Photoshop, so I had fun with it and you can download the cards I used for free HERE.

Ok, not to brag... but, aren't these the cutest cards? I found the turkey on Pinterest under 'clip art' and 'turkey'.

Once the cornucopia/ice cream cones are dry, put one hershey kiss on the bottom of each cornucopia and then stick 3 or 4 pretzel sticks in. Then, fill it with the rest of the blessing mix. I wrapped it in a cellophane bag (I had to cut the bag in half, otherwise it was too long) and tied it with a ribbon. I added the blessing tag to each one, too.

Here is a side view...  I could eat this all up right now! I hope that Autumn and her daisy scouts enjoy this yummy treat tomorrow!

I even put everything in a little wire basket from Crate & Barrel, so that it is easier for Autumn to hand them out at her meeting.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! Gobble, gobble!

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