This blog is a hodgepodge of things I want to share, from the good deals I find to my newfound cake decorating hobby and everything in between. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Little Monsters Baby Shower

Ok, so I know it's been awhile, but between taking care of my baby, going to Germany and London and planning for various events I've been SO busy.

Last weekend was my sister-in-laws baby shower. I was in charge of the Invitations and cake. For the nursery, she chose a monster theme, and I decided to follow suit with the shower.

Invitation

Cake

Diaper Cake Gift

This weekend we are going to my Aunts house for a "family reunion" type of get together. I'm making Peanut Butter Chocolate cupcakes. Stay tuned!



Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Keurig House Party

My most recent House Party was for the Keurig Vue 500. I have had a Keurig in the past, and after it broke down multiple times, I had given up on the brand. However, since this one was free, and is a little different from the older Keurigs, I was excited to try it out!

In my party pack, I got tons of cool stuff! Aside from the actual brewer, I got 6 packs of K-cups (including coffee, iced coffee, latte's and tea), mugs, cups, napkins, cookies and coupons!


 In addition, anyone that purchases a machine using our coupon code gets us $25 towards more K-cups! Hopefully a few of the people we gave the coupon to use it and we get some money, we are almost out of K-cups!

We were having a party that night to celebrate my birthday, the birthdays of two of our good friends and also the house party! We went for dinner and then back to my house for after dinner coffee drinks! It was fantastic.





Thursday, April 11, 2013

BzzAgent Pure Madness Chocolate and Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips


First, I must say I LOVE BzzAgent. I got two new campaigns!

Pure Madness Chocolate
First, I got the Pure Madness Chocolate Campaign. Pure Madness Chocolate is a curated collection of truffles, bars, sipping chocolate, toffee and seasonal bark. Inspired by a fanatical devotion to the seductive confection, the makers of Pure Madness import raw chocolate from Belgium and add an alchemy of flavors – both classic and bold – and finish with techniques that leave their luxury cocoa wares nothing short of luscious.

I got to try the 9 pack of truffles, and a chocolate bar!




Green Giant™ Veggie Snack Chips
I also got to try Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips, available in two delicious varieties. 

Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips with Zesty Cheddar are crispy tortilla chips made with real vegetables like carrot, broccoli, and tomato, plus 17g of whole grain.

Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips with Sea Salt are made with real sweet potatoes and 14g of whole grain, with 40% less fat than regular potato chips.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes

For my husbands 30th birthday, I wanted to cook him a dinner that he would really enjoy. He really likes chicken pot pie, so I looked up how to make one. It looked really complicated! Then I found this recipe for chicken pot pie cupcakes. These reminded me of my very successful meatloaf cupcakes, so I decided to give them a try.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cooked chicken breasts diced (I poached mine)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup frozen mixed veggies
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of  dried italian seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 (10 oz) cans Pillsbury Grands Junior biscuits


Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, frozen veggies, cheese, herbs and spices.
  3. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin and place the Pillsbury biscuits into each cup, pressing into the bottom and up the sides.
  4. Evenly spoon the pot pie mixture into each biscuit cup. Slide into the oven and bake for about 15 minutes. Check at the 12 minute mark.
  5. Let rest for about 3 minutes and dig in!
These were seriously SO good. I was planning to eat two (to save points for dessert) but ended up eating 5!


My husband also really loves baked apple type desserts, so I decided to try these apple maple turnovers. I thought they were pretty good, and I hope he did too! It was my first time using puff pastry- and I can't wait to try more things with it.


Friday, March 29, 2013

DIY Headbands!

The suburban crafters are at it again. This month our project was DIY headbands. I won't tell you how I made them, because their are some great tutorials here:

Nautical Knot

Lace 

DIY Name Hanger (for the new bride...)

I have always seen clothing hangers on Etsy that would make the perfect gift for a bride. They are customized with the future name of the bride such as "Mrs. Smith" and would make for some gorgeous photos with a wedding dress hanging off of them.

A friend of mine is getting married next weekend, and I really wanted to purchase one of these hangers for her bachelorette party. After looking at the price of them (you already know how cheap I am), I decided that I could easily make this myself!

Here are the supplies I used:

  • A nice wooden hanger stolen from my husbands side of the closet. (I'm sure he loves that one of his work shirts is now on a "crappy" white plastic hanger!)
  • Pretty ribbon, which I already had from wrapping Christmas Presents. (I suggest a neutral such as the white and brown I used, or ribbon using the brides wedding colors.)
  • Craft wire. (I had some leftover from a previous Pinterst project which I got in the floral section at Michaels, but I also found this example on Amazon.)
  • Screw driver and screws
  • Glue
I sculpted the wire into the new last name of the bride. This took some trial and error, but I finally got it to look how I wanted. Remember to keep measuring the name so that it fits between the arms of the hanger. Then, I took a screwdriver and used the screws to make small holes on the inside arms of the hanger. I put a dab of glue inside the holes, and then inserted the ends of the wire into the holes. Finally, make a nice bow and secure around the top of the hanger with some glue! Done!


BzzAgent Playtex Secrets Bra

Once again BzzAgent delivered. This time I got a Bra! I know- a free bra in the mail- it's awesome! The Bzz campaign I was selected for was the Playtex Be Uniquely You campaign for their new Playtex Secrets Bra.




I got the bra in nude so I could wear it under any item of clothing without it showing through. The fit is fantastic. The bra is available at Kohls.