hilarious

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Lori at Allred Designs shared this blog in the things that make her laugh and I couldn’t stop looking… so very many train wrecks. So bust a gut while you view some really bad-um-crafts at Handmade Gone Wrong and you can thank me for wasting your morning later.

cute girlies

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I have been working on some mask prototypes for summer camp I am helping with and the girls just had to join in the fun. I noticed them hard at work at the kitchen table this morning and Megan was quick to inform me that they are making masks too. After a teeny bit of help, she finished this very creative number.

Emily preferred to dictate while I cut. She mournfully told me that if I don’t do it; it will “look ug-a-wee.” It took me a while to figure out what she wanted when she ordered a “Barbie curly thing on the side.” Turns out, she was looking for Barbie’s trademark ponytail. That kid!

these things make me smile

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I love my girls (what mother doesn’t right?) I try to play it cool most of the time, but if I didn’t fear eye rolls; I would end up gushing about these girls pretty much all of the time. The other times would be days like today when they are hungover from a weekend of fun and late betimes and I need a little reminder of why they are so wonderfully cute.

The other night we had some of our favorite friends over for dinner. Here are 3 serious cuties sporting chocolate goatees.

When I was getting ready for bed later that night I found these treasures laid out on my dresser.

There is a sparkly rock, some berries, a spring, and a golf marker that Megan found on a hike with her Dad and wanted to share with me. Emily left me a handful of trumpet vine flowers. Who says Moms don’t get paid anything?

mexican pizza

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I tried this for the first time last night and we all loved it; so I thought I’d share. It is loosely based on the Taco Bell version, and is super easy to throw together and quick. You could certainly spice it up a little more, but I kept it cool for the girlies. They thought it was so funny to have a pizza/taco combination. Feel free to be a better cook than me and make any of the canned ingredients from scratch. (I like it easy, don’t judge.)

ingredients:

small (fajita size) tortillas

ground beef

1 can enchilada sauce

1 1/2 Tbs. taco seasoning

1 can refried beans

olives, chopped

tomatoes, chopped

sour cream

salsa and/or hot sauce

directions:

1. Brown the beef in a skillet and drain. Then add enchilada sauce and taco seasoning and let simmer.

2. Place 2 tortillas per pizza in the oven and broil on low for a few minutes until just lightly toasted. Turn them and toast the other side as well.

3. Warm beans in the microwave (I never said this was gourmet) and spread over one tortilla, top with a bit of the beef mixture.

4. Place the second tortilla on top and add more beef, then top with olives and cheese. (You could also add green onions and the tomatoes if you like them warmed.)

5. Place back under the broiler to melt cheese; then cut into 4 slices. (I used my 7″ santoku for this, so I didn’t have to drag a knife through it. It worked well.)

5. Top with a little sour cream and salsa or hot sauce. (I would have liked some cilantro too–you know, if you’re into that.)

You can certainly tweak the seasonings and toppings. Black beans and green chilies would be good. I served these with corn and applesauce. A salad would have also been good; we just can’t have salad too often in a week–it makes the troops disgruntled. (And I want barbecue chicken and black bean salad for dinner tonight. The recipe will soon follow, I’m sure.)

purses

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You can tell a lot about a woman by the contents of her purse. My little women love their purses. They run to pack them up whenever they get notice that we are heading out. After a trip to Target a few nights ago, I was curious to see what they were lugging around in their bags.Emily keeps it simple, with just the essentials: a couple of princesses, accessorized with Prince Charming and a handful of change (about $4.00  total).

Megan was a lot more thoughtful with her choices. She counted out $6.00 in quarters (and was very disappointed when she didn’t get to spend it). As well as a couple of books (in case she has downtime?), a toy for Amanda, a puppy, and Sleeping Beauty.

And what do I have in mine?

Ugh, a lot. A lot, a lot. But at least it is fairly organized.

…Hey, you have to haul a lot of junk around if you are aspiring to be a (somewhat) supermom.

sporty birthday cake

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My wonderful nephew turned 8 on Saturday. Michelle and Brad threw an impressive party to celebrate his birthday and baptism. Here is the cake I made for him. To give you an idea of the scale, the balls were almost life-size. It was a monster! We had a great time and I was very happy to get my kitchen back after 3 days of work on this baby.

I made the skate board by constructing a form out of thin cardboard; and lining up Jolly Ranchers and a few hard candies to make the design. Then I just microwaved it for about 30 seconds (like the butterfly wings on Emily’s cake). I really like the look, but have to warn you that it did start to sag a little in the crazy summer heat. Everything else is pretty straight forward. I did have to laugh when I heard a few people clamor for the football and its supposedly chocolate frosting. It was just brown frosting. However the girls enjoyed stealing a few tastes from the bowl and flatly refused to believe me when I told them it wasn’t chocolate. Emily informed me that I was wrong because “it is so chocolatey.” Hehe

I thought I’d share a couple of the blogs that I have been stalking since the CBC in May. It is so worth checking out Loralee’s Looney Tunes which is just very funny and the super talented Allred Designs (who I honestly wanted to just attach myself to and say “Now you will be my friend!” She was so fun and vivacious at the conference and has so many great ideas.) as well as cute Adrian’s Crazy Life. I am also loving Ladies Learn.com there is SO MUCH on there! Okay, I am going to bed now.

butterfly garden birthday party

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Emily went through 176 ideas before she settled on a butterfly/flower/pink theme for her party. (We edited that down to a butterfly garden party to limit eye-rolls from less girly friends. Anyway, this turned out to be one of my favorite parties to throw. Here is a run-down on what we did in case you have a little girly-girl that might enjoy something similar.

When the girls (and our one brave boy) arrived, they were bedecked with a set of butterfly wings. (Find them, among other things for a great price at Halo Haven.) Then the girls were asked to help decorate a birthday banner while we waited for the rest of our friends to arrive. Kids get pretty excited about coloring/painting on a big piece of paper. You can buy a strip of it (for around 15 cents/foot) at any craft store.

Then we played a couple of games (the favorite was bug, bug, butterfly, aka duck, duck, goose.) The girls were so excited to paint that we quickly moved to making tissue butterflies (instructions on those to come).

Actually, these were such a hit that we barely had time for cake and ice cream and gifts before it was time to head home. Emily was so happy with everything. Look at her making her darling little wish.

Then we sent the kids home with little bags filled with butterfly goodies and clipped closed with a butterfly hair clip. It doesn’t get much more girly than that. Boys, eat your heart out.

cake decorating: butterfly garden cake

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Here is a little cake decorating tutorial for you. I have to warn you though, for all of my good intentions, this was a slightly quick and sloppy undertaking. If you know me, I am often pulling things off “by the seat of my pants.” (Good thing that seat is pretty big.) Hopefully you can get something out of it anyway.

To make the fondant flowers:

This should be done at least the day before. You can purchase ready to roll fondant, or try the marshmallow fondant recipe I use. (Which is found on the very helpful Peggy’s Baking Corner.)

Now use the flowers to put the cake together.

(…in my typical crazy-lady style. Hey, I am just keeping it real. Don’t worry; I will never pretend that I am professional and polished.)