Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Settlers of Catan Birthday Party





We just celebrated our oldest boys 7 1/2 birthday.  Thats right a 1/2 birthday.  We do this cause his real birthday is Christmas day.  I don't think any of his friends would be able to join us on that day to celebrate his birthday and with so many activities happening in Dec it is just too hard to celebrate then.  So right from his first birthday we decided to always celebrate the 1/2 birthday where all his friends could come and it would be summer ;)   

Our family really loves the game Settlers of Catan. So I knew this would make a really great theme party.  

 I made the banner using my circut to cut out the shapes and letters.  The shapes should have been hexagons but all I had was octagon...close enough.  I chose the deep red and golden colors to match the color of the game box. 




For this part of his special day we went to a local church that has a gym party room filled with bouncy castles, basketballs, rock climbing wall and lots of other fun things.  So we just invited lots of his friends and family to come and play and then enjoy some delicious cup cakes. 

He loves chocolate cake so I made a couple of batches of our favorite Chocolate cake recipe.  Then I colored white frosting all the different colors that I needed to make the Catan playing board. 

Red- 3
Dark Green- 4
Light Green -4
Yellow- 4
Gray -3 
Brown-1
Blue- As many as you like.  I wish I would of had more blue ones 

For the number pieces I used little white circles that I had in my scrapbooking supplies.  I used the game pieces to help me make all mine look the same.  Then I put the cupcake board together. 




For the dark green cup cakes which represent the "trees" I did do a few piped trees so you could tell them apart from the sheep. 



 In the brown cupcake, which is the dessert and where the robber lives, I used the robber piece from the kids of catan game that we have.


We recently purchased this beautiful serving tray that an amazing friend of mine made.  So I lined it with parchment paper, set the cupcakes up in it and took it to the party...so easy for transporting :) 



As a thanks for coming gift, which I usually never do,  a friend of mine who has been making these fun creations in a jar made me these sweet little jars filled with gum balls.  Each one had a chalk board label on it that we wrote thanks for coming and the tops where all painted like the game board pieces. 






 That evening we invited our family over to have a game of settlers.  So the snacks where all based on the board game.



Bricks: Nibs


 Rock:  The birthday cake which is frozen Oreo dessert


 Sheep:  Popcorn


 Tree:  Broccoli


Wheat: Bread with dip



Roads: Cup up Twizzlers 
Settlements: Candy Bars cut up in squares 


We agreed that when they built a settlement they could eat one :) 



I also made this cute printable that I put into an 8X10 frame to use as decoration for the party. 








Thursday, June 11, 2015

Super Hero Party


What a joy it was to celebrate this little boy yesterday on his 3rd birthday!!  He is full of life and energy so we knew his birthday would be so much fun.  

When the kids woke up yesterday we had the house all decorated with balloons, banners, super hero photos and...



a comic book bunting! My two older kids are so sweet and marched right into his room to sing happy birthday to him :)  When they finished he jumped out of bed and came to find us to sing happy birthday to himself!  What a card ;) 


Our little guy loves being a super hero and can usually be found wearing either a tiger costume or his batman cape.  So it wasn't a shock when we asked him what would you like for your birthday and he quickly replied a Super Hero Cake!   So the theme for this party was born.  It was a very fun theme to pull off.  

While shopping for supplies for the party at the local grocery store we found 2 boxes for these super hero cookies on clearance!!  Thats right I bought 2 boxes for the price of 1.  They were a great addition to the party food. 




I put out the left over frosting which was delicious to dip these cookies into! 




I love getting the kids involved when doing crafts so these super hero suckers were a lot of fun to make.  I bought sicker googley eyes that Lady J put on the suckers.  Eben, J and Abe painted this egg carton black (to look like a city) which would help the suckers stand up.  And together Jaelyn and I put the capes on all the suckers.  




This Captain America fruit shield was so easy to make!!  I started with a cake tray from the dollar store and put a star cookie cutter in the centre.  Fill the cookie cutter with mini marshmallows. Next I put the big marshmallows around.  There was a circle within this cake tray so it make it easy to just follow the circle :)  Then I filled in the centre strawberries by cutting some berries in half.  Then fill in the extra space with blueberries and finish the whole thing off with big strawberries around the outside.    This awesome table cloth came from the dollar store as well...it was prefect for a super hero theme. 



Spiderman strawberries so easy to do.  Just a blob of white frosting outlined in black!  Good thing strawberries were on sale this week! 



An awesome friend made me some great super hero signs to use to decorate the food with. 






Now on to the cake!!!  I know it looks awesome but I can't take credit for the design as one of my best friends came over and did it for me.  It was so much fun watching her work while I learn some cake decorating tips myself. 



Now for the inside!  Thats right it was tie-dyed!  So simple to do and making the super hero party even more awesome!!! 




Now lets show you some awesome super heros that came to the party :)  Here is my gang ready to celebrate before any other guest arrived. 



A Nanny photobomb! 




Myself (as Robin) with the crew.


Mr M&M and Zorro's wife



Captain Vegetable and his hot wife.  If you don't know who captain vegetables is you might want to check him out! 



Batman and Robin


Captain America



Batman and Captain Vegetable




What kind of spiderman doesn't have a web??  Eben was excited to use silly string for this "webs"  But what fun would that be if everyone didn't get a can of silly string!   Silly string fight on the trampoline. 



 Don't get me...

 yup he got me! 



 Our Super Hero Family!!!  







Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chinese Dumplins





These are one of my favorite foods and it seems like I crave them a lot especially when I am pregnant.  I always like to have a bag of homemade frozen ones in the freezer for quick lunches for me.  Lots of readers commented yesterday wanting a recipe so I am going to tell you what I do and if you want a specific recipe you can google recipes and you will find lots of different ones. 



I always start with a pack of ground pork.  Then add in some chopped green onions, soya sauce, sesame oil, ginger (grated or powder), garlic, and the secret ingredient brown sugar.   Mushrooms and Nappa are also very tasty in the dumplings. 

Once the mixture is put together if you want to let it sit in the bowl in the fridge for a little while so the flavours get good and mixed up you can or if you can't wait to chow down on these yummy treats you can assemble them right away. 




To assemble the dumplings I use wonton wrappers,  these can be purchased at your local grocery store and are usually found in the produce section.  Only use a small scoop of the meat mixture because you want the dumplings to close up tight so I would say about 1 tsp.  Place the meat mixture in the centre of your wrapper.  Now dip your finger tip in a little bowl of water and wet two opposite sides of the wrapper.  Now fold up like a triangle and pinch the sides up.  Make sure the dumpling is closed tightly. 

Now you can throw them in the freezer until ready to use :)  I cooked ours two ways last night.  I boiled most and did a few batches of fried ones.  For the fried ones I got a pan nice and hot over medium heat, add sesame oil and then lay 5-7 dumplings in the pan and cover for about 5 minutes.  Flip and do the same to the other side.   

To boil, which is my favorite way to enjoy them,  bring a pot of water to a rapid boil.  Add 5-7 dumplings in your pot and cook for 5 minutes or until the dumplings float to the top.  Remove from pot and put in a bowl. I like to cook my broth separately and pour the hot broth over the dumplings when we are ready to eat.  For this broth I used homemade chicken stock, green onions, ginger, and finely chopped celery. 




The kids all had to enjoy 1 boiled dumpling with a little broth before they were allowed to get a fried dumpling!  


They did a wonderful job using chop sticks which I think made eating dumplings more appealing to them :) 




Friday, April 10, 2015

Mini Egg Cookies



Now that Easter is over and we all have WAY to many mini eggs laying around the house I have found the prefect way to use up these bad boys!   What better way to enjoy one of our favorite seasonal treats then in a delicious cookie.  

We have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe that we always use so why not replace the 2 cups of chocolate chips with two cups of whole mini egg goodness. 


The recipe made about 2 dozen delicious cookies that where gobbled up in less than two days.   And of course what goes great with these cookies...a big glass of milk :)




What are you waiting for??  Get to the kitchen and make some of these trust me you won't be disappointed. 


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