Gender Neutral Baby Shower Brunch

Dec 16

Gender Neutral Baby Shower Brunch

Let me preface this post with a disclaimer: I have never really been to a baby shower, let alone hosted one prior to this. Technically I went to one shower about 14 years ago, but 1) I don’t remember much, and 2) I don’t recall any baby shower ‘stuff’ – I think it was just some appetizers and present opening, so I don’t really...

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Popcorn Box Cake Pops

Jun 11

Popcorn Box Cake Pops

I decided to make these at the last minute for a Red Carpet-themed birthday party I was throwing, and they turned out SO cute.  I was skeptical on the design as it involved a lot of drawing with a candy writer, but again, I just loved the finished product – totally worth a try regardless of your general artistic talents. Making the actual cake part of...

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Popcorn Cupcakes

Jun 10

Popcorn Cupcakes

So maybe “popcorn cupcakes” isn’t the best title for this post since it sounds a little disgusting, but I’m not feeling super creative today.  They ARE tasty, and no, there is not actual popcorn involved.  :) I recently threw a Red Carpet-themed birthday party and these cuties were part of the dessert table.  Making the...

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Red Carpet Birthday Party

May 13

Red Carpet Birthday Party

I acknowledge that I’m pretty obsessed with my dog, but in my defense, he’s really quite perfect. I rescued Parker from the Colorado Humane Society five years ago, and it was the perfect case of “the dog picks you, you don’t pick the dog”. I had been on my puppy search for a couple of weeks, and how I didn’t end up with a dog...

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Strawberry Shortcake

May 02

Strawberry Shortcake

It’s spring!  Or so I’m told…. We’re in the middle of a blizzard over here in the great state of Colorado. Yes, it’s May. And no, I am definitely not happy about this.  Well, technically the storm was yesterday (and it’s already melted) but I’m still bitter about it. With that said, I think it is safe to start posting...

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Easter Cake Pops

Apr 29

Easter Cake Pops

I don’t know what the weather has been like in your neck of the woods, but spring in Colorado has been a little rough. We’ve had at least one major snow storm every week for the past month and a half or so – and sometimes more than one. Anyway, this hasn’t exactly put me into a ‘let’s celebrate Spring’ kind of mood, so...

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Hostess Gift Ideas

Apr 01

Hostess Gift Ideas

In finding my path to domesticity, I seem to have stumbled across a fantastic new group of friends who are all already domestic. And I mean Boulder-quality domestic. Food is not just made, but made from scratch.  The vegetables aren’t just organic, rather they are organic and homegrown in my friend’s urban garden. They don’t eat foods that come...

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DIY Chalkboard Labels

Mar 29

DIY Chalkboard Labels

I have what I refer to as a mild case of self-diagnosed OCD – I just really appreciate organization and order….more than most people I would argue. With that said, my newest obsession is chalkboard labels!  I love the rustic-y look, and a label makes everything look organized. Even if the label is “Miscellaneous” and it’s a basket...

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Baked Spinach Dip in Individually Sized Bread Bowls

Mar 27

Baked Spinach Dip in Individually Sized Bread Bowls

I’ve always fashioned myself a Spinach Dip Connoisseur of sorts.  If it is on a menu, I order it about 99.9% of the time – often as an entree, but mostly because I just don’t like to share.  My absolute favorite spinach dip in the WORLD is from a bar in DC called Stoney’s – the cream cheese to spinach ratio is like 4:1, and the...

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Chicken and Mushrooms in a Garlic White Wine Sauce

Mar 11

Chicken and Mushrooms in a Garlic White Wine Sauce

Finding the motivation to cook a legitimate dinner on a weeknight still isn’t happening for me, so I solely rely on quick and easy finds to get by.  (BTW – I have no idea what I mean by a “legitimate dinner”.  I suppose I mean dinners that take forever to make…..which is most of them in my case.) This particular recipe is not only...

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Wedding Welcome Bags

Mar 08

Wedding Welcome Bags

Let me preface this post with a disclaimer of sorts: every Bride has one or two things she is allowed to obsess over, and Welcome Bags were mine. Actually, I think this was the only thing I obsessed over as I wasn’t super interested in the other details (I sort knew what I wanted, but didn’t need to micro-manage to make sure everything was...

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Dried Lavender Place Cards

Mar 06

Dried Lavender Place Cards

At some point while I was in the throws of all things wedding, I became mildly obsessed with the idea of using dried lavender for my table assignments. I quickly ruled out buying lavender because it rivals the price of gold. Seriously, everything I found was around $16 a “bunch”. I use the word “bunch” loosely though, as it would have made...

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Engagement Gift Ideas

Mar 04

Engagement Gift Ideas

I apologize for not posting anything in, well, an eternity to put it nicely.  I am full of excuses, but I even bore myself when listing them out, so I’ll spare you.  I promise to try harder this go-round, or has the Hubs says, “Do or do not. There is no try.” So yes, I’ll do that too. I have, however, been busy doing very domestic things...

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Mushroom Risotto

Apr 26

Mushroom Risotto

How does the song go?  “Rain, rain, go away…”?  I totally disagree – to me, rainy days mean warm food, guilty pleasures, a good book, and a perfectly good reason to not get off the couch. I think risotto is the PERFECT rainy day food (both warm and a guilty pleasure!)- and this recipe is low cal too (for risotto), at about 278 calories...

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Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Apr 06

Orange Creamsicle Cookies

I was over at my niece and nephew’s house the other day and heard that all-familiar anthem blaring from a truck driving down the street – it was the Ice Cream Man!  I’m so glad that some things don’t change: the song, the timing (right as you’re sitting down to dinner), and the reaction from every child that hears or sees...

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Custom Candy Wrappers

Apr 02

Custom Candy Wrappers

This is another one of those projects that really fall under the “assembly” category, but I think is worth including anyway.  I put these candy labels together for a small something to snack on (among other treats) at my friend’s bachelorette party – I suppose I just like branding things as much as possible for any special occasion (e.g. water bottles,...

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Chicken Rollatini with Prosciutto and Provolone

Apr 01

Chicken Rollatini with Prosciutto and Provolone

I am really proud of this particular recipe – it feels very grown up to me for whatever reason.  And by “grown up”, I do not mean difficult – I clearly do not do “difficult”.  :)  I’ll be honest in that I didn’t really know what Chicken Rollatini was (and I still really don’t) – maybe it is just...

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Blog Spammers

Apr 01

Blog Spammers

I just wanted to write a quick note to say thank you to all of those who are so kind to comment on my posts!  I try so hard to reply back in a timely manner, but I have to apologize that it seems to keep taking me longer and longer to do so – as my blog has become more popular (I get somewhere around 5,000 visits per day) I see more spammers commenting as...

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Personalized Wine Labels

Mar 22

Personalized Wine Labels

This is a little less “project” and little more on the “assembly” side – either way, these make great party favors or gifts (think housewarming, engagement, birthday) and are relatively inexpensive ($10 for 9 labels + wine) so I wanted to share. I went about doing this a bit backwards by buying the label first, then wandering through the liquor store to...

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Custom Water Bottle Labels

Mar 21

Custom Water Bottle Labels

I love a good a project, especially if it is something where I have absolutely no idea what I am doing.  Last summer, I offered to host a Bridal Shower for a girlfriend which was the first shower I had ever planned, but was also the first I had ever been to.  Luckily for me, the bride was the most laid back person ever, and the ‘shower’ was more...

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