Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Beer Cake (The Mister's Surprise Birthday) Part 1




So I never had the opportunity to share the Mister’s surprise birthday/graduation party. I never realized the lack of party décor ideas there are for men. Yeah, they have themed ideas for major milestones. However, it was really hard for me to find inspiration. 



So of course I just went on a whim… 


(The cake was later placed in the center of the table. However, it was too hot outside during the time I took pictures. )


I remember seeing a beer cake idea floating around the internet.  However, I could not remember the measurements and directions.

 I remember being parked outside of the store watching a YouTube video making sure I had the right amounts for everything.

I opted to just use the beer cakes as a visual. AKA, they cannot be moved. 

All of the little décor around the table was purchased at Michael’s as well on clearance. I purchased the little bottles of liquor at my local liquor store and added the graduation ribbon around them. 



The beer cake topper and base tray was purchase at the Dollar Tree. The ribbon that went around the cake was purchased at Michael’s on clearance.

The signature picture frame was also purchased in the clearance department. I believe it was under $20.00 and it was a huge hit at the party. 

Executing this party was defiantly an experience I will never forget. It’s amazing how things come together at the last minute. 



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Monday, September 8, 2014

Meal Planning Week of 9/8/2014



Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I had my Girls Leadership Academy over the weekend so it went by super-fast. However, I had so much fun!! Michael had a game yesterday, which we were home by early afternoon, which is a change from the norm of late afternoon/early evening.

I’m happy to say that my menu plan went as scheduled for the most part last week. I plan on staying away from fried foods and eating large meals after 7pm.

Anywho… what’s on the menu this week?


 Monday: Shrimp Taco’s

Tuesday:  Baked Potatoes with Cheese, sour cream and bacon bits

Wednesday: TBD

Thursday: Shrimp Grilled Cheese

Friday: Veggie Pizza

Saturday: Taco’s

Sunday: TBD


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Saturday, September 6, 2014

In Search of... #BlamePinterest



Happy Saturday everyone!! 

So Pinterest has my mind going. Yesterday while over my sisters house I noticed these cute dinning room chairs. At first I suggested that my sister give them to a family member. Of course the light bulb went off. "I want them for myself, I could put them in my living room. They match my decor. " Blurting this out to my sister. I confessed to her that I have a love for chairs sigh. However, these chairs do match the decor in my living room, lol

I'm not sure how the chairs went from my living, room to my kitchen...I remember seeing this super cute DIY Kitchen ideas on another blog. ( I will reveal the idea once I have started purchasing the items needed) of course I started going on Pinterest for more ideas. Within 24 hours I have a design plan. 

Ok, so now we get to this table. Hint, hint... 


I've come to the conclusion that I am so over the table that is in my kitchen. That I have had since my first apartment. (Many, Many years ago.) I want a round table that I can pant over as many times as I want. :)  I plan on going to my local thrift stores to see if they have something similar. ( the item above is from Craigslist and the seller wanted $30.00, this was posted over a month ago so I doubt it's still available. 

Currently: I'm not sure whats on my color palette. I'm trying to avoid painting my kitchen over again. 

Also, I may use wallpaper :) have you seen the selection at Target?


I can't wait until it goes on sell!!


Anywho, I'm rambling :) I will keep you ladies posted!!


Any new projects?  

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Menu Plan: Week of 9/1/14

Happy Hump Day Wednesday!


How was your holiday weekend? My weekend was really low-key. Last weekend was the last weekend that I will have off until the end of football season. So yes, all I wanted to do was relax. I tied a couple of difference recipes… I am determined to master making homemade pizza dough at home. I have tried several recipes in the past. However, the dough just doesn't come out right…

Anywho… what’s on the menu this week?


Monday: Homemade Veggie Pizza

Tuesday:  Fried Fish Sandwich & French Fries 

Wednesday: TBD

Thursday: Stuffed Clams 

Friday: TBD

Saturday: Veggie Pizza (hope to try a new dough recipe) 

Sunday: Veggie Lasagna 




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Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!


I hope everyone is having a great day! I will have my meal plan up by Wednesday. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Our Week at A Glance

(Picture captured with my Canon DSL Camera)


We made it!!! This week kicks off the first week of the school year. YAY, Unlike some parents, this was a bitter sweet moment for me. As many of you know Michael is my only biological child and he's 11. ( SN: where did time go?) I find myself now just holding on to ever moment. 

I will never again feel the moments of a child entering into middle school again (sigh). 



Anywho, I decided that I want to start this year off a little different. I usually take care of my business matters first, and than take care of the home ( cleaning,washing, dinner etc.). Nope, this idea hasn't been working. So now my goal is to have dinner cooked by noon or at least before they get home. Also, take advantage of more crockpot meals and do the prep work at night if possible. ( SN: the mister doesn't like the idea of freezer cooking, :()   



I want to spend more time with homework instead of worrying about cooking dinner when my not so little guy gets home. 


( picture above is from a gourmet brownie a made the first day if school that my four year old nephew did not want to wait to cool down. )

As most of you know, baking is therapeutic for me ( besides shopping) so, I would love to cook a homemade dessert at least once during the school week. 


Well, are you changing things up this school year? any tips? 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cinnamon Waffles?


Hey Everyone,

I hope you’re having an amazing day! So last week I finally had the chance to try the Cinnabun Waffles. At first I was a little worried due to seeing the epic fail pictures, smh. However, I knew the only way I would know if I like it or if it is something that my waffles maker could handle would be by trying (I have a cheap waffle maker, nothing fancy at all). My first attempt was successful. So successful that I wanted to go back to the store and get another can. I also used the generic brand, and they came out delicious. I made sure I used a good amount of cooking spray to properly cover my waffle iron.
I also noticed that I became really full by the second bun. Which I was happy about; my family loved them as well. I can’t wait to have the cinnamon buns in stock in my home.

Anywho, Please find below the recipe I used as a guide. 

Recipe Click HERE

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