12.18.2018

Adventure Awaits Baby Shower

Last weekend I threw a Baby Shower "Sprinkle" for my younger sister.
She is pregnant with her 3rd baby and due in January, so we had a small, low key party to celebrate her Baby Boy that is arriving next month.

Because the shower was in December, I wanted to make sure the theme went with my Christmas decorations but I didn't want it too Christmas-y of a shower.
I seriously thought about throwing a Lumberjack shower since I had literally just done that theme for Luke's 6th birthday, but I decided against because I wanted a theme that incorporated blue. 

I decided on the them Adventure Awaits, for several reasons.
First, because my sister is having her 3rd baby and that for sure is an adventure being outnumbered.
Secondly, this theme is outdoorsy with mountains/pine trees/arrows, etc so it goes well with all the Christmas decorations that are already up in my house.
Thirdly, the name they are using means "Great" and I thought it was fun to add into the theme and make the official theme "A Great Adventure Awaits"

I had the vision for the cake and planned that first and then planned all the other details.
I saw THIS cake topper and knew I wanted to put it on a bare/naked cake and put it on the wooden platter I used for Luke's birthday which I got HERE and then I added some mini bottle brush trees for an extra touch.
 
Once I had that, then I added the rest of the shower details.
Again, I kept this really simple & low key since my house was decorated for Christmas.
The drink set up:
The food menu was BRUNCH!
I made 2 breakfast casseroles...You can see the recipes HERE.
One with Bacon, Sun Dried Tomatoes & Artichoke hearts
The other was Ham & Cheese:
Fruit Salad:
 
Mixed Green Salad with pecans, mandarin oranges & dried cranberries:
 I made my banana muffins. This recipe (but I left out chocolate chips)
 And my pumpkin muffins. This recipe (but I left out chocolate chips)
All the food:
 
 This menu worked out perfectly because I was able to make most of the food the night before.
And, who doesn't love brunch foods? :)
  Loved how simple it was.
 My plate...YUM!
  And my favorite....the dessert table! 
It's a boy sign that I printed on brown cardstock:
 I did brown cardstock to make it go with the "natural/woodsy/mountain" theme:
I kept the dessert table pretty simple also.
 
For desserts, I had my usual (and my sister's favorite!) Sugar Cookie Fruit Puffs:
 
I also made my Salted Caramel Brownies:
And, of course...the cake!
 I was SO happy with how the cake turned out!
 I didn't do that many desserts since there were under 20 ladies at the shower.
 The guest of honor ready to eat some cake!
I didn't even want to cut into the cake because it turned out so cute!
Don't worry, we enjoyed the cake...it was lemon with a cream cheese frosting. So good! 
Baby Presents under the Christmas tree:
 It was a simple shower/sprinkle and we didn't even do games, but we did have an activity :)
 I set out these diapers with this sign & had people write notes/funny sayings on the diapers. There were some funny ones!
 As you know, I ALWAYS do cookie favors at my parties/showers.
 I got the cookies from the bakery in our town.
 I kept it really simple & just had her make the cookies in the shape of a onesie.
 It was a lovely afternoon celebrating my sister and her new baby boy.
My mom & sisters:
I can't wait to meet my new nephew...Kate is hoping the baby is 3 days early and arrives on her birthday!

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And, a reminder....the 12 Deals of Christmas has been extended until this Friday December 21st, so it's not too late to place your order and save big time!
Check out the post HERE with all the details & savings.
These deals are available to everyone!

12.14.2018

Cranberry & Apple Brie

Need an easy & delicious appetizer for the Holiday Season?
Look no further... This is one of my go-to Holiday appetizers!
I got this recipe from a friend over 15 years ago and I make it every December...sometimes several times the month for various parties.

Here is what you need:
- Brie Wedge (I love the Triple Cream Brie from Trader Joe's)
- 2 Granny Smith Apples, chopped & diced
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries
- 2/3 cup diced pecans
- 1 stick of butter, melted
-1/3 cup  white sugar
-1/3 cup brown sugar
-Serve with Triscuits

Directions:
I do all of this in the microwave because it's easier & faster, feel free to use the stove top if you prefer.
Melt the stick of butter.
Then, add the sugars & stir together.
Microwave for 30 seconds & stir.
Chop & dice your granny smith apples.
Add diced apples, chopped pecans & dried cranberries to mixture & stir.
Pour the mixture over the wedge of Brie Cheese:
Sometimes I will put it in mircowave for 10 seconds so that Brie is extra soft & warm. 
Serve with Triscuit crackers:
I made this last week for a group of my girlfriends. We were supposed to go to the Justin Timberlake concert, but it was postponed because he has a bruised vocal chord. We all had drinks & dinner that night anyways and I brought this as an appetizer. My friends went nuts over it and wanted the recipe, so I knew I needed to blog it for you guys also :)
If you prep this ahead of time, just add a few squirts of lemon juice to the mixture so the apples don't turn brown.
This is a true crowd pleaser. I make this during the holiday season because it's so festive.
It's SO easy to make and it's delicious! 
Enjoy!!!

12.12.2018

10 on 10 :: December 2018

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month!
{Document a snapshot of your life & find beauty among the ordinary things in your day!}
ten on ten button 
The 10th was Monday, so here is a sneak peek of my day.
 This school year, I haven't been hitting the snooze button as much, but instead I've used my "snooze" time to have a cup of coffee in bed and watch the Today show for a little bit before I start my day.
View from my classroom...it was a cold, foggy day.
During the month of December, I string up lights around my white board to make it festive :)
We are working on Inequalities & I found this perfect Holiday lights activity as a review for their quiz this week.
I got a bunch of text notifications during my lunch that my Amazon orders had arrived (Merry Christmas, kids!!!) so before I got Luke I went home to hide the boxes so they didn't see them.
Got Luke from my mom and when we got home I made him a snack and while I was doing that, he made an orange tower...he is always building things. Legos, blocks, fruit...you name it, he builds it.
I was working on finishing up the rest of our Christmas cards & I opened up the last package of our cards and included with my cards were 3 of this other couple's cards. It was so bizarre. I did a quick google search of their last name and wedding date (their first names weren't on the cards) and I found their registry on the knot and they got married here in the Bay Area.  Long story short & thanks to IG, I found this couple and found out not only does this couple live in my town but the girl works at our church and we have several friends in common!!!
I'm going to drop her cards off at church this week & I told her that I am keeping 1 to add to our 2018 Christmas card banner. I also told her I am giving her one of my cards since we are now Christmas Card buddies. So random! Such a small world. This was a highlight of my Monday :)

Another highlight was Luke wanting to sort all the clean laundry from the dryer :)
I also worked on my 12 Deals of Christmas post....if you missed it, you can see the post HERE.
These deals are good for anyone, customers & non customers. Great prices & discounts.

Then it was time to drop Claire off at her Lacrosse clinic.
She is playing Lacrosse this Spring for the first time.

Back home and dinner time....Creamy Chicken & Tortellini Soup.
Recipe HERE.

Then I got a call from my mom & she needed me to come over and help her and my dad hold up their garage because it broke and they needed to get her car out.
Listened to Pentonix Christmas album on the way there! Loving it.

Back home and time for a glass of wine & a Hallmark Christmas movie.
We watched Welcome to Christmas. 
What is your favorite Hallmark Christmas movie this year?

There you have it, a sneak peek of my 10th!
Hope you are having a good week!

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