Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bias Tape

There's a lot you can do with bias tape, but these are some very cute ideas, and there is a detailed description of how to make each craft on Martha Stewart's website.

Tote Bags

These are all so cute and I like the idea of having a canvas bag to carry items instead of shopping bags. Check out the link for more info on how to customize your own tote bags.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Meal sign-ups

I just recently was introduced to one of these websites and could not believe what a great idea it was. I also wished that I has thought of it! These websites are free sites that help organize meals for someone who is in need of them. Whether it is someone who has just had a baby, is recovering from surgery, or just going through a tough time. Making meals for families in need is something that I am sure most of us have done before, and these sites are perfect for sign-ups without confusion. Check it out!

Food Tidings

Meal Baby

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Splash Pad

The Tempe Town Lake Splash Pad opened for the season yesterday. If your looking for a free fun activity to do with your kids this summer, this one will keep them cool. I took Hudson to the splash pad at the zoo the other day and I don't know if he is quite ready for it! Maybe we'll give it another try. Open 10am to 7pm. For more information call (480) 350-8625.

Strawberry Margaritas

I bought 4 lbs of strawberries at Costco this week and have been trying to use them up before they go bad. I made strawberry margaritas for Casey and I tonight and they turned out pretty good! Here's how I made them:

  • 1 1/2 cups of strawberries rinsed with stems cut off
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar, plus more to rim the glass
  • 2 limes, 1 juiced and use the other to slice for garnish
  • 2 shots of tequila
  • splash of orange juice
Squeeze lime juice along the rim of the margarita glasses, then dip in sugar (or salt). Place the ice in the blender followed by the strawberries, sugar, lime juice, tequila, and orange juice. Pulse to break up the ice, then blend on high until smooth. Pour into the glasses and enjoy!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Pampered Chef

Paring Knife $1.75
These are great sharp little knives.
Wonderful for cutting up a variety of food for
my 1 year old son.

Scoop $13.00
Great for scooping cookie dough,
and they come in three sizes.

Grill Press $34.00
This make a yummy panini
and can be used for lots of other cooking!

Grill Pan $135.00
I love being able to grill chicken,
fish, and sandwiches inside on the stove top.

Round Stone $21.50
These stones make some really great cookies,
they turn out perfect every time!

Kitchen Shears $16.50
I LOVE these! I use them the most for
cutting food up for my son. I cut up sandwiches, chicken, fruit,
noodles, just about anything! They save so much time and are very sharp.

Mini Whisk $9.50
I don't quite know what it is about
this whisk that makes me love it so much...
Maybe the size and the handle is heavy and sturdy...

Citrus Press $17.00
An absolute must when making Mojitos!
(Right Carley? we need to get you one of these!)

I recently hosted a pampered chef show for my friend that just started selling their products. From hosting the show I got lots of great free products. These are some of my favorite items listed above. If you see something you like or want to host a show you can check it out online.

Healthy Snacks

Rice Pudding can be a healthy alternative
to other sweet treats, such as ice cream, and only has
about 130 calories in half a cup. You can also find it with no sugar
and made with soy milk. Add some of your favorite fresh fruit
or some cinnamon on top.

It can be hard to find a healthy snack to eat on the go.
Trail mix is a great choice, especially over a bag of chips or
some other over processed snack. Trail mix provides you with lots
of healthy fat, vitamins, and minerals. You can even make your own.

Yogurt and granola with some fresh fruit
is often what Casey and I will eat for breakfast during the week.
It is quick and healthy. However, it also makes a great snack
when you're craving something a little sweet!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Free Movie in the Park

Kiwanis Park is playing movies for the whole family every Friday night. You can bring a blanket, snacks or dinner, and enjoy the movie! Movies begin at dusk (approximately 7:00 p.m.) and will be shown by the fire pit on the west side of Kiwanis Lake. Call 480-350-5200 for more information.

  • May 1 - Wall-E (G)
  • May 8 - Bolt (PG)
  • May 15 - Ratatouille (G)
  • May 22 - Tale of Despereaux (PG)