Friday, April 27, 2012

Game Night

I recently had a few couples over for a fun little game night and thought I would share some of my ideas, and some other great ideas I found online!

I used a little modge podge and craft paper to spruce up typical white boards

Small cups filled with papers for the games.

Amazing gummy bears infused with vodka!
One of my favorite games we played was the newly wed game! I got a list of questions off  this website. Rather than use her templates, I just printed each question on a piece of paper and we all took turns drawing a questions. Way too much fun!
 Here are some other adorable ideas I found online to inspire you to host your very own game night!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Quick and Easy Mother's Day Crafts

With Mother's Day right around the corner, it's time to get started with the crafts! I wanted to share some that I will be doing with my students. All of the crafts are super easy and can be made with basic items in most classrooms or houses.
Love this cute little book!

This newspaper craft is my favorite! You can download the printable from the Martha Steward website here.

cute hard print card.

For all of the dessert loving mothers.

How cool is this flower bouquet made out of toilet paper rolls?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Choclate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

I ran across this recipe online and couldn't be more pleased with the outcome! WARNING: pour cold glass of milk when eating finished product! The peanut butter frosting deliciousness is intense!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes
Recipe by Our Best Bites
1 Duncan Hines yellow or white cake mix
1 cup sour cream (full-fat or light, but not fat-free)
3 eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
24 unwrapped mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Chocolate Frosting:
1/4 cup melted butter (real butter, not margarine)
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 pound powdered sugar
3 tablespoons evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Peanut Butter Frosting:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup  real butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 tablespoons (or more) of milk (you can use some of the leftover evaporated milk; it’s awesome in this frosting)
Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine all the cupcake ingredients except for the peanut butter cups with an electric mixer on medium-low speed for 30 seconds, scraping the bowl frequently. Turn the speed to high and beat for another 3 minutes.
Fill each muffin cup about 1/2 full with batter. Top with an unwrapped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup , then fill the muffin cups with the remaining batter. Make sure the Peanut Butter Cups are covered and the cups are about 3/4 full. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the tops are golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the frostings. For both frostings, just combine all the ingredients for each one and whip until light and fluffy, adding additional milk as needed.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Chocolate Banana Protein Shake

This protein shake has only 4 ingredients and takes about a minute to make. It's a delicious drink packed with tons of protein and vitamins! Enjoy after a hard workout, or just as a yummy snack!
2 scoops chocolate protein powder
2 bananas
1 cup almond milk
ice to liking

Blend together and enjoy!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Grilled Breaded Chicken with Lemon Sauce

We eat chicken regularly, so it's always a challenge to find healthy ways to incorporate flavor and change into recipes. This recipe adds a ton of flavor, is so simple, and (yay!) is only 180 calories!

Ingredients for chicken:
*4 chicken breasts
* ground black pepper
*2 egg whites
*1 cup Italian bread crumbs

1. Pound chicken. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper
2. Beat egg white. Dip chicken into egg, then bread crumbs.
3. In large pan, spray generously with cooking spray. Gill chicken until cooked.

Ingredients for lemon sauce:
* juice from one lemon
*1 sliced lemon
*1/2 cup fat free chicken broth
*sliced lemon
*teaspoon butter
* parsley

1. Over medium heat, melt butter. Add lemon juice, broth, and sliced lemon. Boil, then reduce heat. Pour onto chicken, add parsley, and serve.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Katie's Closet

Blazer: Jessica Simpson from Macy's
Necklace: Vera Wang from Kohls
T-shirt: Gap

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Everything Crockpot

Why I didn't discover the wonders of the ever so magical crock pot years ago is beyond me! My crock pot is truly my best friend! This recipe is simply called "Everything Recipe" because you can pretty much just stick whatever you want in it and call it a day.  
For this specific batch, I put in carrots, potatoes, celery, mushrooms, onions, corn, and frozen chicken breasts. Then, fill up with water, about 2/3 full. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4. Add salt and pepper, and tada! A delicious and effortless meal is complete! You can add any type of vegetables or meat for this recipe.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Vacation on a Budget

With summer fast approaching, it’s time to start planning trips and activities! Here are some great ideas for planning and finding trips on a budget.

·         *Check out website like Groupon and Living Social. There are many hotel, flight, and activity discounts for children and adults.
·         *Always be on the lookout. Check out silent auctions and fundraiser events throughout the year and bid on great vacations for a fraction of the cost.
·         *Find last minute deals on travel websites such as Travel Zoo, Expedia,  Orbitz, etc.
·         *Trade with a friend! If a friend has a timeshare and you have a family cabin, switch it up!
·         *Have a birthday during summer? Celebrate your special day with discounts! Many theme parks offer discounts and many restaurants will give you a free meal!
·         *Check for coupons on cereal boxes, soda cans, and at fast food restaurants.
·         *Cut food costs by checking out for local restaurants. You can buy $25 gift cards for $2!  
·         *Many local attractions (fair, boardwalk, etc.) will offer discounts for bringing in recyclables or canned goods.
·         *Check out large chain stores like Costco and Sam’s Club. They have discounted movie tickets, local restaurant gift certificates, and vacation packages at a reduced price.
·         *Take advantage of AAA, ARP, and credit card rewards and discounts.
·         *Do your research! Print coupons online, look at forms for special promotions and discounts, and call theme parks and hotels for unknown discounts.