Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Frozen Mantel


Just like virtually every other young girl in America, my little girl wanted a Frozen themed birthday this year. I always struggle a little with her birthday--it is right before Christmas. How do I decorate for the holidays but still make her birthday special?

Well, this year, the Frozen theme made things easy! And the best part was that I didn't have to buy much to make this mantel happen. If you have see a Frozen party in your near future, you need to go and stock up on snowflake stuff when Christmas decorations  go on clearance! 

Now, I don't want you to think that I'm just combining my daughter's birthday with Christmas willy-nilly. Instead, I first asked her if she was willing to allow her birthday decor to also be a part of Christmas. But then, I made sure she had ownership of each part--what went on the blackboard, what projects to make, the arrangements, and of course, she did some crafting, as well, to contribute to her Frozen Mantel!
  

Here's what I had on hand:
Tree and snowflake stocking holders
Homemade blackboard with a new text that fits for Frozen or Christmas!
Colored Mercury Glass candle holders
Glittered Candle Holders
White lantern (from Ikea)
White plant pot (from Ikea)
Various faux greenery (glittery and otherwise)
Snowflake garland (originally purchased years ago from Target)
Pallet Wood


Here's what I made or purchased specifically for this mantel:
Mod Melt Snowflakes
Tulle Snowballs
Foam snowflake ornaments (from Michael's, and my daughter made them--it makes the birthday decor hers!)
Mini Vases (actually "fall" candle holders from Michael's we bought on clearance)

So when the party was done, and all the Elsa cake was eaten, all we had to do was move the snowballs and hang up stockings...and we are ready for Saint Nick to visit!


So, are you hosting a Frozen party this year?

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole

This past weekend, we celebrated my daughter's birthday. She set the menu. She wanted rice and broccoli because "We need to eat a balanced meal, mom." But because this mama was cooking all the dishes for this birthday celebration with the extended family, I decided to combine the rice and broccoli into one dish. The little princess gave me permission, of course! This Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole turned out so yummy and creamy--definitely fit for a princess's birthday.



Here's what I used:
2 cups brown rice
2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1 12 oz can of evaporated milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 rib of celery, diced
4 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
6 cups broccoli florets, steamed until just tender
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place uncooked rice into a 9x13 baking dish. In a medium sauce pan, heat up stock and evaporated milk on low heat--don't allow to boil. In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and celery and saute until onions are translucent. Add the flour and cook until the flour is golden, about a couple of minutes, stirring constantly. Add the milk mixture to the onion mixture and stir until there aren't any lumps. Turn off the heat. Add the sour cream and half of the cheese and stir until combined. Dump this mixture onto the rice in the baking dish. Stir and then cover the casserole dish with foil. Place in the oven for 45 minutes, stir, and then cook for 30 minutes more (still covered with foil). Stir in steamed broccoli . Mix together the bread crumbs and the remainder of the cheese and spread on top of the casserole. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes more, or until the cheese is melted and the bread crumbs are golden.



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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Menu Planning Monday 2014-12-15

Do you have weeks that you're just happy to survive? Last week with work deadlines and birthday parties was one of those. I have to say that I didn't stick with the menu plan much. But it's a new week with a new plan, so let's get started!


Here's the menu plan this week:

Monday: Leftover Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole (stay tuned this week for the recipe!) and Salad
Tuesday: Meatball Sandwiches, fruit, salad
Wednesday: Parmesan Chive Tilapia, Carrots, Bread


Thursday: Turkey Noodle Soup


Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Steak and Baked Potatoes
Sunday: 

What are you eating this week?

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Do You Want to Build a Snowball?

Do you suddenly have children who are fascinated with all things winter, courtesy of everyone's favorite movie, Frozen? My children take it so far that they get excited to go down the frozen food aisle at the grocery store because there are icicles and snowflakes everywhere ("It's like Elsa's been here, Mommy!") So when I suggested that we make some Frozen inspired decor to mesh with our Christmas decor, everyone was on board. So...do you want to build a snowball?


This is a super easy project. You need 6" tulle, thread, scissors and something to wrap the tulle around. You can use whatever is on hand that is a couple of inches wide or so. I personally used my iphone case...because I was on vacation and used what I had.


Wrap the tulle around the item about 20 full rounds.


Cut the tulle on either side. Cut in half so that you have 2 stacks of squares. Stack them together.


Tie around the middle of the stack with thread.


Leave a long tail of thread on one side so you can hang your snowflake, if you desire. Then fluff your snowball!


Hang up your snowball, or have an indoor snowball fight. I found the perfect spot for mine--my "Frozen" mantel--coming next week!

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