Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Champagne Popsicles

I hosted a girls night at my house last Friday and it was a complete SUCCESS! I wanted to share with my friends/viewers some tips on hosting a girls night!

My particular theme was: Pinterest/Wine Night. In a nutshell, we would create cute Pinterest Crafts, drink wine, munch on appetizers, paint our nails, and do what us girls do best GOSSIP!

I researched PINTEREST [www.pinterest.com] crafts to see what particular ideas I could steal to make this night a success. As soon as I saw the chalkboard wine bottle I fell in love! This was the following that I wanted my guests to replicate:

Wine Bottle Chalkboard Vase:

  • (1) Wine bottle per guest
  • (1) Chalk stick per guest
  • Chalk Board Paint (I purchased mine from Michaels)
  • Flowers

  • Remove labels from wine bottle (soak in hot water and scrub)
  • Paint (2) coats of Chalk Board Paint on wine bottle the day before your guests arrive 
  • Give guests painted wine bottle when they arrive with chalk and ribbon- and let the decorations begin
  • Once the wine bottle vase has been decorated to their liking, add flowers
Here are some examples of Vases that my guests did:

 This craft was very easy and a ton of fun. Plus the girls had something to bring home and place in their rooms/apartments. All of the vases came out so different and unique; it was really such a fun craft. I think this would be the perfect idea to place on tables for weddings/receptions so that guests can find their table number. This is very affordable and fun!

The next thing I needed to do was to get the girls some fun appetizers and treats; what better of a place to look then my dear friend PINTEREST [www.pinterest] yet again. Take a look at the goodies that I had for my friends when they arrived:

  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Pixie Stix 
  • Ring Pops
  • Zuchinni Pizzas
  • French Bread with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Champagne Popscicles:
Give a glass of champage to all of your guests served with a 50/50 bar inside.

It tastes amazing-the50/50 bar will start to melt fast, so make sure your guests enjoy it while they can!
....and lastly don't forget to add some balloons to the decor. Who needs a pillow fight when you have a balloon fight :]
Peace. Love. Girlsnight!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cooking is THAT easy?

I was given a Crock Pot for my birthday, and I was SUPER excited to use it. My mom always made the best meals when she used the Crock Pot----now it was my turn to steal the spot light and start cooking.

I made my first meal in the Crock Pot yesterday, and let me tell you how EASY it was! I think I am going to have a great relationship with the Crock Pot.

I wanted to share the recipe with you all so that you can give it a try. The recipe is VERY easy, especially for those that are "new comers" to their new friend-Crock Pot.

Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken
    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 cup salsa 1 package reduced sodium taco seasoning 1 can reduced fat cream of mushroom soup (condensed) 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream

Add chicken to slow cooker.
Sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken.
Pour salsa and soup over chicken.
Cook on high for 6 hours OR low for 8 hours

Remove from heat and stir in sour cream.

SERVE! and ENJOY!  I served mine with rice; however, you can serve it with tortillas, chips, etc-the possibilities are endless.

The best part-------the chicken is only 157 per serving and 3 grams of fat per serving. The recipe above makes 6 servings.