Monday, February 27, 2012

Pinterest Party #1!

Just like everyone else, my friends in the neighborhood have become obsessed with Pinterest.  Our husbands used to get together for Monday Night Football and more recently poker night.  The girls decided it was time for us to get together and we decided to tackle a project we had all pinned on Pinterest.

Our project was inspired by this post on Make It and Love It.  We used contact paper and one of the girls had the Cricut and brought it for the party.  It made the process so much easier especially for letters.

Our first Pinterest Party was a success!  We were all so proud of our work we wanted to etch every piece of glass in our house. Can't wait til we figure out what our next project will be!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Clay Bracelets

I don't know about you, but when I was younger I had A TON of polymer clay.  I think it was only within the last few years that my mom made me get rid of a lot of the stuff that was still hanging around her house.  I was wishing I still had that collection when I came across this tutorial on Delighted Momma (super cute blog I recommend to everyone.)  I had never thought of using the clay for anything other then beads but this bracelet idea is brilliant.  Especially now when everyone is stacking various bracelet styles this is a way to add some really great color to your arm party.  

My first attempt was a little uneven.  I am hoping with some practice they will become a little more uniform.  I am planning on making a bunch more to go with my summer wardrobe.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dinner Rut

I don't know about you but sometimes I feel like I am in a rut when it comes to meals. It is so hard to come up with new, yummy and EASY ideas for dinner. Easy being the key word. I am usually making dinner while trying to occupy my one year old with mixing bowls or tupperware. Lately, I have been turning to Pinterest for new meal ideas. This week I made a few of my recent pins.

First, I have to show you all my Superbowl strawberries. My family are huge Giant fans so we planned on watching the game at my parents house (we had watched the last 3 Giant wins at their house and there was no way we were going to do anything different for the Superbowl.) The Superbowl also coincided with my mom's birthday so I wanted to make her a special treat. Chocolate covered strawberries are one of her favorite things to eat so I made up a platter for her. I think they came out pretty cute for my first attempt at footballs.

A few days ago I came across this recipe for Spicy Parmesan Shrimp and decided to give it a try last night.  At first, the recipe seemed a little strange...(Parmesan, soy sauce and brown sugar??) but I had all the ingredients and figured it was worth a shot.  I used half the amount of shrimp and pasta but the same amount of marinade and it was delicious.  I know my husband was a little skeptical when he first read the recipe but he was pleasantly surprised when he started eating it.  I will definitely be making this recipe again!

This week I also tried a new banana bread recipe.  I love muffins or breads in the morning.  When I am on Weight Watchers, most of my points are allotted to my breakfast carbs!  I came across this recipe for Banana & Cream Cheese Bread...I know..sounds amazing right?  It is delicious.  I didn't have any nuts so instead I put in a small amount of mini chocolate chips.  

The first loaf was gone within days.  It was a winner with the the whole family.  I recommend giving it a try.  My husband says it was the best banana bread I have ever made....and he is a really picky eater.