A PLACE TO COOK, CRAFT, CREATE, REMAKE AND PLAN SOME FUN PARTIES FOR MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Super Bowl Fun!


Who Will WIN the SUPER BOWL on Sunday? 

Well, we have voted for our favorite teams for the SUPER BOWL game Sunday. My class seems to think Seattle Seahawks will take the day! I reminded them that the losers have to do 12 push ups. I have done my push ups many a year when I chose and voted wrong!
Are YOU going to ROOT for my team? 
This little girl LOVES BYU! GO, FIGHT, WIN! 
We had written about our favorite football teams and made little cheerleaders and football players. I wish I had time to do it this year again. It was a lot of fun!
So in honor of the super bowl, how about I make the hubs some football pancakes for breakfast to go along with his sausage and eggs.  Cute right? 
HERE is a cute Football Player Printout. that gave me the idea for these cute football outfits the kids made.

HERE are also some of my favorite football snack recipes. Gotta love a good pig in a blanket right?
I made this brie cheese baked in a puff pastry last year during the Super Bowl...it's so easy and yummy!
The recipe is on the Puff Pastry website as well as a video How To Do Puff Pastry.  

And you can't beat a Texas Caviar dip (black bean and corn salsa) . Recipes is  HERE.

What is YOUR favorite football team? Seattle Seahawks? Denver Broncos? 
 Lots of BYU BLUE represented for sure!  Rise and Shout the Cougars are OUT!
Make Your Own Wraps are always a great Party Food Option, especially for those health conscious sports fans....and guys always love any kind of mini sandwich on hogie breads. Or you can make them on white dinner rolls. 
Or make a homemade pizza or two are always appreciated...YUMM......check it out HERE.

Pizzas are always great for a Football Party Snack. You can't go wrong!  Make your own in your little cast iron fry pans! 
The girls had a "pom pom" added to their outfits.....
The boys had a football added to their outfits...... I know, I'm not very PC am I?


Gotta Love some Football chocolate cookies, now don't ya? Get a tablecloth from the dollar store or a party store. I got a bunch of stuff after the Super Bowl last year on clearance, so I'm set!

Ya just gotta love those "cleats" now dontcha? 
 A free printable of the FOOTBALL subway art is below. It's cute at the house for a football party, and it is cute on a bulletin board too! HERE is a Football Printable   Football helmet printables football helmet printables HERE
I hope the Utes don't blow us away! I'm keeping my fingers crossed. 
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Cute Football Player color and cut-out activity great for little kiddos....
One more thing I found that I thought would be a fun thing to do for my grandkids to keep them busy during the games coming up. They love to color and cut out things like paper dolls. So how about a paper football player? Maybe in team colors! Making Friends.com has the download.
Football Subway Art 
Martha Stewart had a few "Football Snacks" that looked kinda delicious to serve at your Football Tailgate Party too ! Check them out at Martha Stewart's website. I love little smokies in a piggy blanket! Yummy. Have fun with the football fanatics at your house! 


Touchdown Treats


Cute little football player cupcakes would be so fun for the kids at a Super Bowl Party.....not to mention the big, male kids who are attending the party!!! lol..... you know who you are! 
HERE at the Family Fun website I found these cute cupcake football players I thought would be super cute to make for a Super Bowl Get together......M and Ms for the eyes and yellow buttons, black skinny licorice for the facemask.  Kids would LOVE these.
Football Cupcake
But they would also love these football cupcakes! These are also from FAMILY FUN HERE.
If my son Devin were in town he'd want me to make him some Buffalo Chicken Tenders too. Check out the recipe HERE.  Well, we are going to go to a super bowl party on Sunday. I hope I picked the winner!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Valentines Decorating at Home


Valentines Day Decorations in the Front Entry....
Ever notice how Bare Naked the house looks after all the Christmas stuff is put away? Well, it has been a whole 2 weeks that the Christmas decorations have been taken down and I'm kind of missing all the glitter and tinsel. And it's only like a month till my other favorite holiday comes around, Valentines Day! I'm kindof in the mood...
Valentines Decor on an end table in the living room.....
I really love all of  the cute conversation hearts and red chocolates boxes and cupids that make up the holiday of love.  I've got a lot of cute stuff stashed away in my February decoration bins. It's time to decorate the place up again. 

Coffee Table decor for Valentines Day 
I used to always buy my kids a valentine of some sort as they were growing up. Somtimes it was just a baggie full of chocolate kisses. Sometimes it was a little toy or something. But the last few years I've mostly spoiled the grandbabies.

Cute Kitchen Table decorations....so cheery! 
I love to change the pictures and decor of my gallery wall to match the holiday. I change the black iron cones to different flowers and greenery as well as adding seasonal doo dads to them like sugared valentine hearts and red berries. And I love getting out my seasonal placemats and runners for my kitchen table.

My little grandbaby just turned one this week. She looks like a little pink and perfect sweetheart doesn't she? And she's lovin that cookie I bet. 

I like the kitchen to look cheery with a few new hearts and flowers! It helps my attitude when I have to go out into a frozen world every day. I keep this LOVE lamp lighted all month. It's a fun night light when I wake up in the night with insomnia or just coming home from work. 

Kitchen counter Valentines Hearts.....hugs and kisses! 
I found this cute cookie sheet at Hobby Lobby. They already have EASTER decorations out! EEK!
The valentines cookie sheet will be a fun activity for my students at school and for my monthly family dinner at my house with all my kids. My girls will love decorating some sweet sugar cookie designs.  I'll have to be on the lookout for some really cute valentine candy.

This time of year our family also likes to make a pilgrimage down to Heber to go to the Crater there at the Homestead Resort. HERE is some info on it. It's one thing we did very soon after moving here to Utah. We went snowmobiling and then afterward bought tickets to swim in this natural hot spring where a crater top is built over it. It is so fun to go there, get into your bathing suit and run, freezing as fast as you can from the dressing rooms to get into the nice warm water.

Gotta have some silver and red chocolate kisses for the candy dishes. I just buy the clearance Christmas kisses and take out the green ones. Guess what I do with them? mmm......yup. those puppies are long gone!
This is great little pillow for a Hot Potato Game....for a kid's Valentines Party. And it's a cute door hanger too! 

I can't believe how much Valentines Day Decorating stuff I've accumulated.....

Living Room Valentines Table decor.....
 I worked at Kohls while getting my Master's Degree in Education....so I got great discounts
on lots of their fun decorations at holidays..... It's hard not to go overboard though....:D

So anyway, here's inside my front door......
My dining room picture wall....each season I change the black metal cone contents.....and
hang some new ribbons or a swag of some sort on the wrought iron bar.....
Great Room entry......I love this jingle bell heart.....
Hanging from the dining room chandelier...lots of hearts here....
Kitchen table....I love placemats and runners.....and I change out the candle colors each season....
This little plate rack in my kitchen I've got Holiday plates for every season now....
Well....except for 4th of July...Maybe I can find some red, white and blue ones....hehe....

Valentines Picture Wall of my family and grandkids....
Outside on the front door I hung a heart ornament on a beaded wreath....I'm so crafty...hehe....

Front entry table....I love this light up LOVE lamp....it stays on all season long.....

My 3 sons and my darling first granddaughter....some of my fav peeps.....
My grandkids love all of my candy dishes...only thing is....these conversation
hearts are like a year old....I buy them after the season...they are for looks only! I actually think they might break your teeth if you chomped down on one of em......

I love this little cupid lamp.....Got it at Kohls after Valentines Sale.  
Love the little glass heart box I found. NOW I've got Valentines Decorations all up now! Ye Haw! 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Snow Sledding in Utah


There are some fun places in Utah to go snow sledding. One I know of is Soldier Hollow. It is on the way to Park City  so Check it Out HERE! It's probably the best place I know of. But there are lots of parks in the Salt Lake and Sandy and Riverton area where there are sliding hills too. We went to one park near my daughter's home and just had a fun sledding afternoon with the family after meeting for lunch at Pei Wei for some Chinese food. We all had some time off the week after Christmas and it was really pretty snowy and cold that whole week.

Family sledding day. Jeff and Wendy met us for lunch at Pei Wei but then the new baby needed to go down for a nap so they missed the funnest part of the day.....snow sledding! Gary even went and got his snowboard and went for a few short runs! Caitlin snapped all these cool pics. She's an excellent photog. 


Baby Lena was sledding for the first time in Utah. She is super cute and always has a smile on her face! 

Megan is always smiling too, and eating something yummy. She's my mini-me. We went back to Tiff and Gary's house for some hot chocolate and snacks afterwards.....but this may have been some chocolate fondue we did on Christmas Eve....that was yummy too! Maybe it was chocolate with bacon and fondue and hot chocolate....no....no I'm just dreaming aloud now.....lol. 

 My little Marisa Belle in her cute ski gear. I got everybody a new funny ski hat for Christmas. It's a bummer I didn't take any pics of everybody in their new hats. Bad me. Note to family; at some point in the future you WILL have to show up for an embarrasing snow hat photo shoot. Just sayin....

Little Lena sledding for the first time. It was really cold but really puffy light snow, so it was fun. 
Best picture of the day maybe. So sweet of my son and his little happy girl.
Lena and Caitlin. They had matching tan coats...they are really, just so cute! 

Tiff, and baby Dylan on his first time sledding. I don't know if he liked it much.....

Gary and Dylan.....Yeah....he's not a fan of sledding....maybe by next year he will be....lol....
 Caitlin took these wonderful pics with her DSLR camera. I wish I knew how to work mine better. I handed it over to the hubs who took no pics. Saywhat?  Dead battery?  Yeah, aren't we just great planners?  (no, not really).

But I coulda told ya Megan would love it. She loves anything adventurous.....she is our resident water baby....someday she'll probably be doing ski jumps in the Olympics or something.  Adventure girl. I'm changing my mind. This is the best pic of the day. 
It started lightly snowing after about 2:00. And it got pretty COLD! So here I am...not much of an adventure girl anymore....but I loved going sledding with my kids and grandkids during the holiday break. Marisa and Megan and I took several runs together on the longer sleds. They are a riot! I'm going to buy a few after the season on a good clearance sale!

Megan Tremayne age 5 Snowman Picture

 I'd forgotten how much fun snow sledding can be and especially with family. Thanks kids, for showing me some more ways to have family fun.  Love you guys.

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