A Wine-Themed Bridal Shower

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A wine-themed bridal shower for Kelly and Geoff:

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Nursery Sneak Peek

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I’m still waiting on one final piece to complete the nursery, but here’s a sneak peek at Baby Holden’s new room:

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“Mister or Miss?” Baby Shower

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Well aware of my love for mustaches (and cupcakes!), my family and friends threw me a “Mister or Miss?” themed baby shower! The gender is a surprise – will it be mustaches or luscious lips?

Chalkboard Tableware

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Looking for inexpensive tableware that looks great and makes for fun times at the table? Let me introduce you to the joy that is chalkboard spray paint.

I used the Rust-Oleum Chalkboard spray paint (from Home Depot) on some cheap-o plate chargers from The Dollar Tree and on some empty wine bottles used as centerpiece accents. Add some chalk to the table and let your guests go to town!

Crock Pot Lasagna Soup

adapted from Bobby’s Lighter Tastes Like Lasagna Soup (which I made a little less light!)

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (32-ounce) container chicken broth
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
1 bar cream cheese
4 ounces broken whole-wheat lasagna noodles (about 4 noodles)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick saucepot or Dutch oven. Add the sausage, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is crumbled and browned, 8 – 10 minutes.

While that’s cooking, add the broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, salt, and crushed red pepper to the crock pot. Add the sausage mixture when finished. Throw in cream cheese and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese. If you want your soup to be thicker, add another cream cheese bar. Finally, break up lasagna noodles and toss in.

Cook on high heat, stirring occasionally, until the soup thickens slightly and the noodles are tender, maybe a couple of hours? I let mine go for 4 hours…

Serve with shredded cheese, Parmesan cheese and chopped basil to top. And maybe some breadsticks for dipping 🙂

 

How to Make a Diaper Cake

Voila! You have a super cute diaper cake that was easy to make (no one has to know!)

Voila! You have a super cute diaper cake that was easy to make (no one has to know!)

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Diaper cakes make for a super cute baby shower decoration and gift for a mom-to-be.

I prefer the rolled diaper method, as opposed to the fanned diaper method. I usually buy a box of diapers that contains about 84-96; depending on the size of the cake you build, you may have some diapers left over to give to mom. I will usually buy size two or three diapers so that the cake can be used as a decoration for a bit before the diapers come into use.

Here’s how I build a 3-tiered diaper cake:

DIY: Stones in my Shoe [Tray]

I saw this adorable pebble boot tray from Clean & Scentsible on pinterest and had to give it a shot in my house.

Materials:

  • black rubber shoe/boot tray (previously purchased from Lowe’s)
  • assorted river rocks/stones/pebbles from the craft/floral section of Wal-mart (yuck, I know).

I didn’t bother with gluing down the stones, mostly because my tray sits underneath a table and I currently don’t have any little ones running around. Check it out: