Friday, May 29, 2009

Lime Banana Nut Bread

This is one of my favorite recipes!
Banana Nut Bread with Lime Glaze...Yummy!

1/2 c butter, softened
1 c sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c flour
3 or 4 ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c nuts

2 cups powdered sugar
4 tbls lime juice

Cream butter and sugar
Add beaten egg
Add mashed banana
Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture
Add vanilla and mix
Add nuts and mix

Bake in loaf pan at 325 for 1 hour
Mini Bundt Cake pan for 35 minutes

While the bread is cooking make the glaze by mixing the powered sugar with the lime juice.
After the mini cakes or loaf is cool pour the glaze all over!

You can add coconut to the glaze mixture for a little tropical coconut lime taste!


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wipe Out Pool Party

Memorial Day was my daughters 2nd birthday and what better way to spend it than with friends and family! We had a water slide party and the kids...of all ages...had a blast! We kept the food simple since the party was at 3:30 by serving a veggie tray and fruit bowl! The kids goodie table outside had swim ring donuts a.k.a. powdered donuts, rice crispy treats, swedish fish, and of course goldfish. They even make starfish "goldfish" now! The kids filled the beach ball cups with lemonade or strawberry ice tea. All of the details are below and I hope that you to can host your own beach/pool/water themed party!

The Birthday Girl herself!

The invite.......I loved the cute little pink fish with a bikini on! They have blue fish too for all of you with boys!

Taylor's favorite Summer Treats Cake

Strawberries, Ice Cream, Popsicles,

and more Popsicles....Her true favorite!

Cake by Cooper Street Bakery!

Highly recommend if you are in the DFW metro area!

Kids table and chair backs.
I made the tablecloth from striped material I found at Joann's fabric with a cute little felt border! I tied up Lobsters, Crabs, Starfish and Seahorses with tulle to the backs of the chairs. The kids got a kick out of them and loved them so much they wanted to take them home! Who wouldn't want their own Seahorse?

I decorated the drink table with seashells and these very cute felt flip flops that I found at Hobby Lobby for only a $1! I tied up the utensils with ribbon and placed them in a decorated green tin bucket. I made a lollipop flower pot from a clay pot. I spray painted it and put foam dots all over, placed a piece of red styrofoam inside and instant lollipop pot! There was not one left! And lastly the birthday banner! This was so fun to make! There are so many cute Etsy stores that you can order these from BUT, I thought I would try it. It was easy to make an very affordable! I think I spent $5!

I found these beach ball cups at birthday in a box...
I think they were a big hit..not one left behind!!
Party favor buckets!
Gumball party favors

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Can you do me a Favor?

This is a little preview of my beach party!

Labels are from Big Day Creations

and said "Thanks for making my birthday a ball"


Each kiddo left with a jar of gumballs and a beach pail of goods! My daughter had the best time and I couldn't have asked for a better day for her! To see the entire party you will have to come back tomorrow! I will have all of the details up then!
Sorry to be a party pooper!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Graduation Day!

Well, my little girl is all grown up!
After a lots of tears, smiles, and laughs at graduation this morning,
I can truly say that I am so blessed to have such great children!
I love my girls!
Congrats Abby!
Inspired by Bakerella!
Thanks Bakerella!

Happy Tuesday!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I had a fabulous weekend with friends and family! My littlest girl turned 2 yesterday and she had a blast with her water slide party! I will be posting the party tomorrow so please come back and see me!
I am off to see my oldest daughters pre-school graduation this morning!
I just hope I can see it through all of the tears!
I made Bakerella's chocolate graduation hats
for the class party..super easy and fun!
I will post pictures later today!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Refrehing Memorial Day Drink!

Champagne Sangria

1 (750-ml) bottle Prosecco or French Champagne, chilled
1/2 cup orange juice
2 cups Mint Simple syrup, recipe follows
1 lemon, zested and thinly sliced
1 lime, zested and thinly sliced
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
5 fresh mint sprigs
Crushed ice

In a large pitcher, combine the Prosecco, orange juice, Mint Simple Syrup, lemon zest, and lime zest.
Add the sliced strawberries, lemon slices, lime slices, and mint sprigs.
Fill glasses with crushed ice and pour the sangria over the top. Serve immediately.

Mint Simple Syrup:
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 cup packed fresh mint leaves

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and mint over medium heat.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool for 20 minutes.
Strain before using.
Yield: 2 1/2 cups

Cheers and have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Smarty had a Party!

I love that name....Smarty had a Party!
I wish that was my name!
Sometimes we just need a little help!
So, I was so excited when I found this website!
Fun, Innovative and Funky serving dishes!
Check them out here!

Called the Fork Trios! I love this idea!

Called the Louve Dish!

Wouldn't this be yummy with different kinds of ice cream!

And these are so fun! They are Blossoms on Stems!
I can imagine serving up a nice Strawberry Walnut Salad
accompanied by Strawberry Shortcake! YUMMY!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Stuck on you....

I am in love with Big Day Creations!

The beach girl label is for my daughters birthday party next week!

And for only $2.50 for a sheet of 20!!

Now that is an awesome deal!

The hardest part is choosing between all of these cute designs!

Click here to find all of these cute labels!

She is not just a one trick kind of gal either. This is a one stop shop!
They offer:
Envelope Seals
Water Bottle Labels
Candy Wrappers
Hershey's Kisses Labels
Hang Tags...I could go on and on....I think you get the picture!
So just hurry on over and check out her shop!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Memorial Day Treats

Memorial Day is only one week away so, I thought I would look for some Patriotic ideas for your Memorial Day parties. Look no further....the queen herself Martha had some great ideas on her website.

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