Sunday, September 30, 2012

Dr. Seuss Baby Shower

Last weekend I got to help my friend put together a baby shower. The momma-to-be chose a Dr. Seuss theme and thanks to Pinterest we had plenty of ideas.
First up was the invite.

We wanted it to have a lot of color and some of the Dr. Seuss characters. The Sneetches is my absolute favorite story so I had to put them in there!

After the invitation was sent out we got to work on the decor and again like the invite we made sure we had a lot of color!

Here are some photos from the day.

A bib chain was made to hang across the mantle. I found some Dr. Seuss alphabet cards at Target to dress up the bibs. The Dr. Seuss bags were also found at Target. I cut out over 300 circles to make the the chains that went around the entire room.

The Cat in the Hat was found on clearance at Michaels. One thing we wanted was to use books as decor and then give them to the momma to start a baby library. 

Here's the food table with some Dr. Seuss theme goodies.
Yink Pink Ink Drink
Truffala Seeds
Horton's Clovers
Poodles eating Noodles
Green Eggs & Ham
Cat in the Hat Kabobs
Thing 1 & Thing 2 cupcakes

Before the guests left they were to sign a note in the book Oh the Places you'll Go for the family to cherish forever.

It turned out to be a great success and was a lot of fun! Momma-to-be was very happy!!!

Hope yall enjoyed the party!!! 


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Gooey Butter Cake

Go Cowboys!!!
And what better way to celebrate a much needed win than to make something yummy?
I decided that since my last post was a dinner that this post should be a very yummy dessert.

Bring on the Gooey Butter Cake!

Thanks to Pinterest I'm in the kitchen again along with Zane my "Short Chef" as he calls himself. I think he had a lot of fun putting this together.
So without Further ado...


Gooey Butter Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
3 eggs
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
4 cups (1 lb) powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 300 and spray a 9x13 dish with cooking spray. Mix cake mix, melted butter and one egg to a soft dough. Press into the bottom of the pan. Mix powdered sugar, softened cream cheese and two remaining eggs until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Pour on top of crust. Bake at 300 for 40-50 minutes until top is golden brown. 


Can you say YUMMY? Of course since it isn't chocolate the Short Chef didn't want any when it was done. The hubby barely got him to take a bite at which he admitted it was good but still didn't want any. Strange child.... We however ate our pieces and enjoyed!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken and Broccoli Over Rice

I decided the other night to make something new for dinner. I was pretty excited because what I decided to make would be done in the crock pot. Ok... so here's a confession...

I have never used my crock pot!

We got our crock pot as a wedding gift from a neighbor. Yea that was over four years ago... It has just sat in our kitchen looking pretty. I believe I've said before that I'm afraid of cooking. I want to cook -- in fact I would like to be a great cook but I'm afraid of messing up and making horrible stuff. So I stepped out of my comfort zone!

*Just to make clear- I am fully aware that crock pots are easy to use and that you just throw stuff in and let it sit. But being something I've never used made me nervous.

After a trip to Target I had everything I needed and started throwing stuff together. It was easy and


Doesn't it look yummy?

Everyone liked it including little man-- he has a very picky palette. Here's the recipe I found through Pinterest.

Creamy Crockpot Chicken and Broccoli Over Rice

3-4 boneless chicken breasts
1 14oz can cream of chicken soup
1 14 oz can cheddar soup
1 14 oz can chicken broth
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon Cajun seasoning 
¼ teaspoon garlic salt seasoning 
1 Cup sour cream
6 Cups broccoli florets, lightly steamed, just fork tender 
1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
1. Place soups, chicken broth, salt, Cajun and garlic seasoning into a crockpot over low heat. Whisk until smooth. Place chicken in, pressing to the bottom. Cover lid and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.
2. When chicken is cooked, use 2 forks to shred into bite size pieces. Stir in sour cream and broccoli.
3. Serve over steamed rice and sprinkle with cheese.
4-6 servings

*The only thing I changed was that I put in pepper instead of cajun seasoning. The hubby isn't a fan of it and I couldn't find it at the store. I also used 5 chicken breasts and in my opinion I could've added a few more. But as I said it was still delicious!!!

In conclusion-----------> GO MAKE IT!!! Let me know what you think!!!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Let's go to the beach, each -- Let's go get away!

Yes summer is over but...

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
- Dr. Seuss

We had a lot of fun this summer, we went on our first REAL vacation!!! Our son Zane had been wanting to go to the beach so we planned a trip to Galveston, Tx. We spent the first two days at the beach playing in the ocean and building sand castles.

Daddy & Chase playing
Mommy & Chase building sand castles
                                                                   Zane being silly

To make sure that we never forgot our fun times I decided to make a DIY souvenir. We collected some shells and scooped up some sand from Galveston Beach. I decided I was going to put them in a jar but put it off for a while until I stopped by Michaels and found this little apothecary jar for $16.99.

 I imagined different apothecary jars featuring all our family adventures and was sold.

Here's our sand and shells in some McDonalds cups... classy I know.

Nothing complicated here of course.

   After adding the sand and shells I got on the mean machine and made this

I printed it out and put it in the jar. Ta-Da!!!!

I love it!!! I can't wait to go on more family vacations!!!