Pink Lemonade Baby Shower

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What a perfect day! I had a blast planning this Pink Lemonade Baby Shower for 6 week old Alyssa and her Mommy. Check out the eye candy:

Tissue Paper Poms

The tablescape
wish I'd ironed the tablecloth :P

The banner
can no longer live without my Cricut ;)

The ubiquitous Pink Lemonade...

with lemons! :P


Remember these fab sugar cookies from here?

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes...
Find the recipe here.

Lemon Meringue Tarts... yummo!
Recipe found here.

Party Favour I
Contained handmade gift cards
Get your FREE printables here.

Party Favour II
Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub
Find the recipe here.

Thanks for checking it out! Linking to these fab parties!

Come back tomorrow for an amazing giveaway and Linky Party!

Lemon Meringue Tart Recipe

Monday, June 28, 2010

Oh... My... Gosh!!!!
You have got to try these!

I made these yummy Lemon Meringue Tarts for my Pink Lemonade Baby Shower.

 Yummy right?!

My Grandmas pastry recipe.
It's deliciously cherished:
2/3 c margarine
1/2 c brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
Combine all ingredients well.

Press the dough into your mini muffin tin as shown.

Drop dollops of lemon filling into shells.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 mins.

Make your meringue. I used a trusty recipe from my Red Rose cookbook.

Bake for 6-8 mins at 400 degrees until meringue is browned.


Pink Lemonade Party Favours II

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I found this great recipe for Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub over at Under the Table and Dreaming. The perfect addition to my Pink Lemonade Baby Shower!

I had intended to put these in the party favour bags that I made here.....

but they are just too pretty to wrap up!

I used a bunch of my CTMH letter stamps and distressing ink to create the tags.

I LOVE them! I hope that the guests do too!

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Sneek Peek - Pink Lemonade Party Labels

Friday, June 25, 2010

It's here! The weekend of baby Alyssa's Shower! I'm busy putting together the final details but here is a sneek peek of my water bottle labels.. you can get your own for FREE! Just go here!

Check back soon for more party goodies!

Baked Beef and Spinach Cannelloni

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Baked Beef and Spinach Cannelloni

Doesn't this look delish?
The goods:
1 onion, diced
500g lean ground beef
2 minced garlic cloves
1 red pepper, diced
4 med tomatoes, diced
2 tsp Italian seasoning
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1/2 c beef stock
150g frozen spinach
24 cannelloni tubes
1 Tbsp margarine
1 1/2 Tbsp flour
2 c skim milk
100 g shredded light mozzarella cheese

Spray a large pan with cooking spray. Saute onion and garlic until opaque (on medium heat).

Add beef and brown.

Add pepper, tomatoes, paste, beef broth and seasoning. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small pan melt the margarine (on med heat).

Add flower to margarine and whisk together to form... I don't know what to call them so... just check the above pic. :P

Slowly add milk until mixture thickens. Add 1/2 of the cheese and remove from heat.

Add spinach to beef mixture and stir until warmed and well incorporated. Remove from heat. Preheat oven to 350 degrees celsius.

Fill cannelloni shells with beef mixture. I used my melon baller. :P

Put filled pasta in a single layer on the bottom of your baking dish, top with remaining beef mixture.

Pour on cheese sauce and top with remaining mozza.

Bake for 40 minutes.

Wishing for smell-o-vision???? Meee toooo!

Time consuming to make but so worth it! 

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Crafting - Recycled Activities

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ever have those days when the kids are bored with the oodles of toys that they have? We sure do! Time to make something up! My friend Amy from Momma Bee Partyz always has great crafty projects. Here are my takes on a few that she has suggested:

I used an egg carton for a simple matching game. The colourful bag clips are a perfect, durable addition to this recycled activity.

I cut holes in the egg carton where the boys could insert the bag clips. They especially liked pushing the clips into the cavity of the egg carton, then opening the carton, dumping out the clips and starting over again.

On the first day they wanted to play with this all day, even to the point of fighting over it (note: got twins? Make TWO!). On the second day they were content to play with it occassionaly and by the third their interest waned.

How simple is this? A milk jug and bag clips! The boys would insert all of the clips, give the jug a shake (warning: VERY noisy) and eventually dump out the clips. Then repeat.

I would make two of these next time too or perhaps have other containers for them to try.

Do you have any other Recycled Activity ideas? Please share!

Test Kitch - Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Sunday, June 20, 2010

My family can't get enough of these! You can find the recipe here. My husband will eat anything if you just add milk chocolate chips to it! Anything? *evil laugh* I'm going to have to experiment with that statement! Ha Ha!

I want to reach right through my screen and snatch up another one... so good! The cupcake wrappers? From Paula Dean, found in the Michaels dollar bins!

I'm back on the weight watchers band wagon so you're going to see *sigh* healthier recipes from me. This one is 5 points per muffin. :D

Have any good WW recipes? PLEASE share!

Sewing - Canada Day T-Shirts

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Cameron diggin' his shirt:

Cute eh?
K here's a much better tutorial than last time. I have seen tie shirts all over the place and decided to try it two ways:

Supplies: sewing machine :P, t shirts, patterned fabric, heat n bond (for shirt #1), iron, stencil, pen, fabric pins, scissors and cute children to torture with mommy crafts.

Shirt #1
First I drew and cut out a stencil. Then I ironed heat n bond to my patterned fabric and cut out my tie shape.

I pealed the back off of the hnb and ironed my tie to the front of the shirt.

Then I zig zag stitched all the way around the tie. Details later... next shirt....

Shirt #2
I traced my tie stencil onto the back of my patterned fabric. Then I pinned the right side of my patterned fabric to the inside of the front of my shirt.

I sewed a straight stitch along my traced tie and trimmed off excess fabric.

Then I carefully cut out the white portion of my tie, being sure not to cut through the patterned material.

The finished - cut out - tie shirt #2.


The finished - ironed on - tie shirt #1.


Both shirts together... I like the cut out look better. What do you think? Oh, p.s. did you notice that I sewed my poor maple leaves upside down? :P

Isaiah sporting a tie.

I think that he likes it!!!

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