Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Star Wars Birthday Party

 My Brother & Sister had an out of this world Star Wars Party for my Nephew :)
 She went all out with the food & decorations!
 Black butcher paper covered in stars made a galaxy where ever you looked!
 The Force is Strong with this "1" Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheeseball & Ewok Cookies (Teddy Grahams)
 Leia's Buns (pinwheels, recipe at end of post),
Storm Trooper Beef & Cheeseball (I put all the beef in the cheeseball, then after Hubby formed it to the Stormtrooper shape, I covered it in whipped cream cheese. Hubby cut up olives & created the stormtrooper mask.), 
Lightsabers (Pretzel Rods dipped in colored chocolate)
& a Deathstar birthday cake!
 Luke & my Brother's birthdays are 2 days apart, so Daddy got a couple of decorations for him too :)
 It was very difficult for her to choose which pics to use, they were all so cute!!
 There was also Hutt Dogs,  Boba-Q Chips, Vaderade (Which Aunt Jen is holding), & Yoda Soda :)
Photo Booth Props! Yes, I made Leia Buns :) 2 Brown fabric flowers hot glued to a headband
 Let the party begin! Ma loves Baby Luke!!
 Are you sure about this?!
 Why have you kept this from me my whole life?!

 He's just so cute!
 This was the cleanest first cake eating I've ever seen!

 Here you go mommy, I will share!

 Got some on my arm
 That was good, let's have that everyday! ;)
 Photo booth time!!
 I'm under attack!
 Me & Princess Leah ;)
 She has things to do, no time for pictures!
 Birthday Boys!
 Happy Birthday Baby Luke & Craig!!!
 Birthday Boy's turn with Princess Leia
 Forget about the card mom, what's in this bag?!
 Let me read you a story
 Daddy got a birthday gift too!
 Attack of the lightsaber pool noodle!
 Yoda's nose :)

 Nothing is better than a birthday balloon!
 Chilling out on his new stool :)
Thanks for the great party, but it's nap time, so kiss Ma bye bye :)

Pepperoni Pinwheels
2 pkg pepperoni
1 block Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1 pkg fajita size flour tortillas
Mix together cream cheese & Salsa in a Snap. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture on a tortilla, and cover in a layer of pepperoni. Roll up & slice in about 1" slices. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve at your next party!

Ham Pinwheels
1/2 lb ham lunchmeat
1 block Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1 pkg fajita size flour tortillas
1 pkg ranch dip mix
Mix together cream cheese & ranch dip mix. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture on tortilla, and lay a slice or two of ham on top. Roll up & slice in about 1" slices. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve at your next party!

Roast Beef Pinwheels
1/2 lb roast beef lunchmeat
1 block Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1 pkg fajita size flour tortillas
1 pkg Knorr vegetable soup mix
Mix together cream cheese & vegetable soup mix. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture on tortilla, and lay a slice or two of roast beef on top. Roll up & slice in about 1" slices. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve at your next party!

Green Chile Pinwheels
1 block Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1 small can diced mild green chiles
1 can large whole black olives
4 green onions, sliced
1 pkg fajita size flour tortillas
Slice black olives (I never buy presliced because they get soggy in the can, it is better to slice yourself). Mix together cream cheese, chiles, olives, & green onions. Spread Thin layer of cream cheese mixture on tortilla. Roll up & slice in about 1" slices. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve at your next party!

I would love to know how well these go over at your next event! Enjoy!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Nephew is 1!!

One year ago, this little man changed our family forever! I am very fortunate to be his Aunt! I get it now, because I don't think he could ever never know how much I love him! How much joy he brings to my life! How much I love introducing him to all my favorite things, & being there for his special firsts! :)
His birthday party is Saturday & his mom has been working like crazy to make it the must be at party of the season! So I can assure you there will be a post about that in the near future! But for now, I just wanted everyone to know that my little nephew is growing up! Happy Birthday Luke! Aunt Krystle & Uncle Patrick love you very much!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Ghost!

Today is the 1 year anniversary of when we brought a 1 year old Pit Bull into our home. We were going to find his owners & return him. Now, we have a 2 year old Pit Bull who is part of our family! :)
After my Brother & sister dropped him off here, as they were walking out the door, my brother said, "One day we will tell Luke this is how Aunt Krystle got her dog". I just laughed, because obviously, someone was looking for this beautiful boy! But he was right! I am so glad that Ghost has joined our family! I'm so glad that even though they were having a baby the next morning, my Brother & Sister stopped to rescue him off the side of the road! I'm so glad Hubby volunteered for us to take him in, & let me keep him once it became apparent he had been abandoned!
 Happy Birthday Ghost!
 Happy Welcome to the Family Day!
I love you!!
 and I know you love me!
Even if I make you wear a silly hat, and take 1000s of pictures before you can have your birthday treat :)
OK, you can take it off
 Here is your new birthday toy!
Have fun completely destroying it ;)

Monday, September 29, 2014

The State Fair of Texas

A couple of days before our trip to the Fair this weekend, I found out they have a daily cooking competition! I have always known about the Arts and Crafts competitions (and have always secretly wanted to enter something!), but cooking?! That's my love! Saturday's competition was Party Foods. After much deliberation I decided to enter Hubby's Grandma's Beef & Cheeseball recipe.

OK, I'm ready, send me in!
 Sitting proudly among the competition.
I did not place, but it was a learning experience! I plan to compete again in the future! Maybe I'll even get up the nerve to enter something in the craft competition as well!

One of my new scrapbooking friends entered several things in the competition, and she got 2nd place on her Halloween mask & Flag. I love them both! She is very talented!
Butter Horses! The butter sculptures have always fascinated me!
"Howdy Folks I'm Big Tex, Welcome to the State Fair of Texas"
When I was little, Fletcher's only had regular corny dogs, & I don't like hot dogs, but I love Fletcher's breading! My brother on the other hand, only ate the hot dog. So we shared & it was perfect! Then Fletcher's decided to make me a very happy person and started making Jalapeno Cheddar Corny Dogs! Now, I crave these all year long!!
Big Tea for Big Tex fans!
We also tried, but didn't photograph :( 2 of the finalists from this years fried food challenge. The Fried Siracha Balls, and the Fried Loaded Baked Potato Bites. Both were very yummy!!
 Oh my gosh!!! A doggie Kissing Booth!!!
 That's a sweet puppy!
 Don't tell Ghost!
Thank you for the kisses!!!
 This truck wants to go home with me!
This year Chevy had different pins scattered about to find, and if you found 5 of them you got a free Big Tex pin :) of course we found all 8! They also had a pin making station, where you could draw your own pin! If you are still planning your Fair trip for this year, make sure you go pin hunting with Chevy!!
Big things are happening in Dallas!
I love this man! 
I love going to the Fair with him too! We enjoy the same things for the most part, and he puts up with my documenting every detail for scrapbooking, & blogging! ;) He spoils me!
 After the Fair all these cans will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank :)
 Me - You have to stand by Willie, you both have beards!!!
Him - Rolls his eyes...
See he spoils me! :)
 BIG Things!
"If you like to talk to tomatoes..."
Last year was the end of an era, we watched the Bird Show at the Fair for the last time. But this year Kroger did not disappoint with the Wild West Pet Palooza! Dogs, cats, birds, a pig! All rescue animals! It was very cute!
Craft Beer! This tent had all local brews, and I am a sucker for trying new beer! Hubby got Blood & Honey which is brewed in Granbury. We have had it before when visiting House of Blues, and we are really wanting to go tour the brewery sometime because it has become a favorite with us (Lacey, that means we will be coming to see ya'll!)! I tried Ugly Pug which is brewed in Fort Worth, I had never had a beer from Rahr & Sons, so I was excited to try it. Ugly Pug is a dark beer, but it was described as "a drinkable dark beer". I really liked it! Dark beers can tend to be punch you in the face stout, but this one was much smoother I thought. Hubby, however, was not a fan. I do like the stout beers, so you can trust my opinion at your face's risk ;)
 Our last event before heading home was the Ostrich Races.
 Have you ever been to an Ostrich race? I hadn't...
 This is what I thought it was going to be, ostriches running around a track, simple.
Aparently, this was just the Ostriches showing off beforehand. 
 People actually ride ostriches!!!
 And they are super fast!!
 Then they had kids volunteer to race emus
 and ducks.
 Seriously, people ride ostriches!
 I had no idea!
What do you think big guy, wanna go for a spin around the track?!