Baby Sprinkle! DIY themed

I just hosted a baby sprinkle for my friend Jamie and it was so much fun!  Since it was in the evening, we had appetizers and fondue.  I had set up a thumbprint sign in and a diy headband station.  I think everything turned out really well and all the ladies had fun making baby to be something cute.

I bought a blank 9x12 canvas from hobby lobby and some mini ink pads from michaels.  I cut out a small square piece of burlap and got glued it to the bottom.  Then everyone inked their thumbs and placed a print above the burlap.  After the ink dried, everyone signed their names with a sharpie.  Jamie will fill in a few hot pink circles to make the balloon shape more obvious.  Since the baby's new room is a hot air balloon theme this will be a perfect wall decal too!

For the diy headband station I typed up directions and placed that in a frame.  I bought two spools of elastic ribbon and made some flowers.  My mom crocheted flowers while I made some fabric to yo yos.  I placed a jar of buttons, needle and thread, felt, scissors, ruler, ribbon, tags and a pen and hot glue gun on the table.  The ladies measured out their headband and stitched it together.  Then they glued together the flower and piece of felt onto the headband some with buttons and doe without.  Then they attached a tag which indicated what size their headband was and who made it.

We also made some ribbon covered hair clips.  I picked up some alligator clips from wal mart and my friend Stephanie picked up some fun ribbon from michaels.  Then we covered the alligator clips with the cute ribbons.

For favors I bought pretzel sticks and dipped them in chocolate and pink sprinkles.  I also made tags and attached those to pink nail polish bottles.  I think those turned out really cute!!

This was such a fun sprinkle but bittersweet as well since Jamie and her family are moving.  We will miss them!

Diy travel Legos!

I saw this post on how to make a travel Lego play case by using a travel wipes container.  It's brilliant!  We are about to head out on a trip and this would be perfect for my 4 year old on the plane and in the car especially since it is small and compact.

Check out her blog at:  http://www.mommytesters.com/2013/10/diy-travel-lego-case-from-baby-wipes.html?m=1


Spruce up your hair with a ribbon!

I saw this pin on pintrest and thought it was the right up my alley.  Simply spruce up your hair style with a ribbon!  

Check this out:


Make It Yourself! Vegetarian Red Quinoa Salad

My hubby picked up a quinoa salad from Costco last month and it was oh so yummy!  There was bit of crunch, a bit of salty and sour and it hit the spot.  It looked simple enough to replicate so I decided to give it a go.  This isn't the same as the Costco one but my hubby and I really like it.  I love it because this is super simple.

What you'll need:
1 c quinoa (uncooked)
1/2 English cucumber (or regular one)
1/2 onion, diced
1 tomato 
1/2 can chickpeas
1/4 c crumbled Feta cheese
1 c oil (I used grapeseed oil this time)
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice 
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

What I did:
In a small pot, I cooked my red quinoa, check your pkg instructions.  I usually use 1/2 c less water than instructed and I cook it 3 mins less than instructed.  This way there is no water left at the end.  Put cooked quinoa in large bowl and set aside.

In a small bow I whisked together my oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Then set aside and chop up the remaining ingredients.

I quartered the cucumber and cut out the  seeds and then sliced it up.  I did the same with the tomato.  Put cucumber and tomato into the large bowl of cooked quinoa.

Then I diced 1/2 an onion and stirred it into the quinoa/cucumber/tomato mixture.

Next I opened and drained out the can of chickpeas.  I added 1/2 can into my quinoa mixture.

Finally, I mixed in my oil dressing and 1/4 c crumbled feta cheese into my quinoa mixture until everything was mixed together.  

Covered and placed my bowl of quinoa salad into the refrigerator and I think it tastes best after sitting in the fridge overnight.  Hope you all like this quick and easy recipe.  Enjoy!!  


Make Ahead! Chicken Enchiladas

This is a super quick and easy meal to make for dinner or put in the freezer for a make ahead meal for another night.  I usually make two containers of 6, one for dinner and one for the freezer for another night. The one pictured below is a mini dish that a friend and I ate to test it out!  :)

What you need:
2 - 9x13 baking dish
Flour tortillas (12 depending on how many you prefer)
1 chicken or 4 cans of cubed pre cooked chicken
4 c shredded cheese
2 cans enchilada sauce
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced

What I did:
You can buy a rotisserie chicken and cut the meat into cubes, boil a whole chicken or buy pre cooked canned chicken.  Whatever your chicken preference is you'll need about 4 cups of cooked chicken.
In a frying pan over medium heat, stir fry the diced onion and garlic until cooked.

In a large bowl, mix half the onion/garlic, 2 c chicken, 1c cheese, and 1.5 c enchilada sauce.
If you are planning on baking the enchiladas for dinner immediately, pour 1/2 can enchilada sauce onto the bottom.

Scoop the chicken mixture 1/2 c chicken mixture onto a tortilla, roll up and place into baking dish.

Top of with the remaining enchilada sauce and 1 c of cheese.