Happy Birthday Sparky!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the craziest. ..

... most lovable...

... fun dog in my life! 

Spinach, Onion and Sweet Potato Pancakes

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hey all! I am so happy to finally be back doing this blog thing! I was MIA for over half a year now due to life happening. I know, it's no excuse. But sometimes when things just come up you tend to put other things on the back burner, and thus among those "other things" was my blog. But I am happy to be back! And with that, I leave you with a yummy breakfast or brunch recipe that I have been making for quite some time. I tend to make the batter the night before so all I have to do is fry them up in the morning. Takes little time to do, and I make as many as we will eat for breakfast (since they are better fresh and warm than re-heated later in the day). The rest of the batter I save for the next couple days or freeze in a ziploc bag until I am craving them again (which is pretty often!).

Don't worry if your batter doesn't really look like pancake batter, in terms of runniness. It is supposed to be basically all composed of  the veggies. The flour and milk are just there enough to help bond the veggies together. 

I love topping the pancakes with a scoop (or two!) of sour cream or Greek yogurt! Enjoy!

Spinach, Onion and Sweet Potato Pancakes
Prep time: 5 min        Cook Time: 15 min           Yield: 10-12 pancakes

- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chickpea flour
- 1 small sweet potato, grated
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 handfuls spinach, finely chopped
- Olive oil, for frying
- Sour cream for topping (optional)

1. In a bowl whisk together milk and both flours. Stir in sweet potato, onion and spinach and mix thoroughly.
2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Drop spoonfuls of mixture into pan and spread to flatten pancakes. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until browned. Repeat with remaining batter. Top with sour cream. Enjoy!

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Super Bowl/ Football Party Ideas

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I hosted my first Super Bowl party this year and wanted to make sure that everything was perfectly done and all the little touches are included! I love adding my own signature to any party or get-together that I throw, which is why I was super hyped for this party! While creating all the details from scratch was kind of time consuming, I am leaving you all with some FREE printables to use for your next Super Bowl or football party to make your party planning easy! All PDF files were uploaded to Box (in case you fear clicking on unknown links!).

Individual Snack Cups
I loved the idea I found for individual snack cups. This makes eating on the couch easy since each person gets their own snack, there is little to no mess made (unless you have a messy eater no matter what) and allows portion control and variety (who wants to eat a whole bag of BBQ chips in one sitting and be too full for some Doritos?). So with a little bit of creative thought, some dabs of blue and clear plastic cups I created these awesome individual munchie cups for everyone! It was surely a hit since everyone was able to try one cup of each snack offered!

I did these for the individual 7 layer dip as well, using the common ingredients as layers: homemade refried beans (I added taco seasoning and some chili powder for some kick), guacamole, sour cream, salsa, tomatoes, shredded cheese (I used Kraft tex mex) and chives (I had no fresh green onions on hand).

Using Powerpoint, I made these cute little labels to go on each cup. Each outer circle was made to be 4.6cm diameter while the smaller circle was made to be 4.2cm diameter. I added little words associated with football and made sure to make some labelled "7 layer dip" for my dips I was making. I also inserted a cute football from the clipart available in Powerpoint.

I bought clear plastic drink cups for the dips. While mine were a bit too deep, I would recommend ones with a wider mouth to allow room for some chip dunkin'!

With a glue gun (or any glue of your choosing), glue each label onto each cup.

And there you have it! Cute labels for individual snack cups for your next football or Super Bowl party!

Here is the jpg file of the labels I created, or you can click here for the PDF document that you can download and easily print off.

Water Bottle Labels
What better way to serve water at your party than with a customized water bottle label! These cute water bottle labels easily fit over the standard 500mL water bottles and cover nicely the width and circumference of the label. This was a huge hit at my party and everyone preferred this drink over others (at least among the ladies!).

The labels were created in GIMP photo editor (the black and white stripes) then imported into PicMonkey for the orange label and font. For a PDF of the document to download and print your free labels, click here.
Appetizer "Foam Finger" Picks
These were such a cute and fun addition to the weiner rolls that I made. Everyone loved them (and the rolls!). They were such a cute touch and with the additional "Go Team Go" label and team colours, it fit perfectly with the theme of the party!

All you need is to download the file below or by downloading the PDF document here.

Items needed: sheet printable, scissors and clear tape.

Cut around each foam finger - yes each one!

Using clear tape, tape the paper cutout to a toothpick.

And do this to the rest of the cutouts.

And there you have it! Cute "foam" finger picks!

Super Bowl 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Hey all! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Mine was spent preparing and hosting my first Super Bowl party. I am all into little touches to any party and sometimes go all out when it comes to the nitty gritty details. But hey, that's what makes a party memorable, right? All of the finishing touches and little details were made by me and printed off (not to brag or anything!). I used a lot of ideas from around the web and added my own personal detail to each idea. Starting tomorrow I will be doing a follow-up post with all of the little details including FREE printables! So make sure to come back and pin ideas for next year's super bowl party!

Food table with delicious yummies!
I found these cute little chocolate and peanut butter footballs in the bulk section at my local grocery store. Perfect for the game!
Individual 7 Layer Dip Cups
Individual Munchie Cups (check out the DIY and free printable here!)
Yummy Green Salad (keeping it healthy folks!)
Weiner Rolls (check out the foam finger picks DIY with free printable here!)
Chocolate covered football strawberries
Yummy dips, including homemade zesty dipping sauce.
Game time fuel (check out the DIY and free printable here!)
Delish wings, onion rings, salad and weiner rolls.

Super Bowl Party Checklist

Friday, January 31, 2014

The big game is fast approaching and it's easy to forget something when you have your mind thinking about food or decorations or you're just too busy with life that you won't get to prepping until tomorrow. Well fear not; here is a list so your party will be one to remember! Most importantly that I noted is to have fun! No one likes to slave around in the kitchen during a party - so keep it easy on yourself and start prepping early! Here is a list of game-friendly snacks and party ideas to help ease your prepping! I will give you all an update of my party next week! Have a great weekend!

Super Bowl Savory Snacks

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hi all! The Super Bowl is less than a week away and I couldn't be more excited! Because this is the first year I am hosting a party, I want to make sure everything looks and tastes good. Which is why I made a list of mouth watering appetizers and snack ideas for your own party! Enjoy!

Baked Zucchini Sticks
Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pizza Sticks
Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers
Chili Recipe in Football Shaped Bread
Pizza Rolls
Individual 7-Layer Dips

Buffalo Wings
Buffalo Chicken Taquitos
Individual 7-Layer Dip Super Bowls

Portobello Quesedilla

Beefy Bacon and Cheese Biscuit Cups

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip
Football Bites
Crescent Sausage Bites
Jalapeno Chicken Spirals
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