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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Puppy Pawty

My dog just turned one, and being the crazy dog mom that I am, I decided she needed to have a birthday party! We invited over her brothers and sisters to come join the celebration! It was a blast!


Birthday girl! Ready to "pawty" all night!

Save the date and invitations for the party.


Dog table

Dog party favors included toys, pictures, and DIY dog cookie mix.

Puppy pops aka rawhide chews.

Centerpieces

centerpieces.

centerpieces.

centerpieces.

centerpieces.

centerpieces.

birthday cookies for the puppies!



Pupcakes! These turned out so cute!

pupcakes!

Party animals

Our little girl is growing up so fast!

Yummy birthday treat!

Present time!



This is the best picture I could get of all the dogs. They were too crazy to pose for a picture!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Katie's Closet



Top: TJ Maxx
Jacket: Express
Pants: Macys
Shoes: Target

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies

Nothing makes me happier than peanut butter and chocolate. It's just the perfect combination of salty and sweet that makes my heart, mouth, and stomach oh so happy. This recipe from Better Homes and Gardens knocked it out of the park on the chocolate to peanut butter ratio. Perfection!



Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda; set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl beat together butter, the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and the 1/4 cup peanut butter with an electric mixer until combined. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. Beat in as much of the dry ingredients as you can with mixer. Stir in remaining dry ingredients by hand with a wooden spoon. Form chocolate dough into 32 balls about 1-1/4 inches in diameter. Set aside.
3. For peanut butter filling, in a medium mixing bowl combine powdered sugar and the remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter until smooth. Shape mixture into 32 (3/4-inch) balls.
4. On a work surface, slightly flatten a chocolate dough ball and top with a peanut butter ball. Shape the chocolate dough over the peanut butter filling, completely covering the filling. Roll dough into a ball. Repeat with the remaining chocolate dough and peanut butter filling balls.
5. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Lightly flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in the 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.
6. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 8 minutes or until theyre just set and surface is slightly cracked. Let cookies stand for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool. Makes 32 cookies.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sensory Wall

My precious little nephew got some new additions to his fabulous play room thanks to his creative mom!



Loving this cute chalkboard! 


This magnetic wall is awesome!

This is my favorite! It's a sensory board will tons of great items on it!



No shortage of fun going on at Easton's house! Have fun kiddo!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Desk Decor

I wanted to add a little personal touch to my desk area at work. With frames and ribbon from the dollar store, I created these fun little frames to hand on the wall.



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Baked Chicken and Spinach Flautas

I've had this recipe "pinned" for months and finally got around to making it last week. After taking one bite, I knew I should have made it months ago! These are amazing! Thanks healthy-delicious.com for this awesome recipe!



Baked Chicken and Spinach Flautas

Yields 10 flautas
Prep Time: 15 minutes; Total Time: 45 minutes

Baked flautas stuffed with seasoned, shredded chicken, spinach, and cheese are crispy, but don’t have the greasiness of fried versions. 
To shred poached chicken easily, put it into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on medium for 45 seconds. Store-bought rotisserie chicken can be substituted for the poached chicken to save time. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless Chicken Thighs (about 4)
  • 16 ounces Beer (or chicken broth)
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, minced
  • 3 cups Baby Spinach, chopped
  • 5 burrito-size Flour Tortillas (9 inches)
  • 6 ounces Queso Quesadilla or other melting cheese, shredded

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, or cooking spray
  • Salsa, for serving

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 450*F.
  2. Put the chicken thighs in a deep sided saute pan and cover with the beer and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the chicken from the liquid and shred it. Mix together the chicken and seasonings.
  3. Pour out all but 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the jalapeno and spinach and cook over low heat until for 2-3 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted.
  4. Cut the tortillas in half. Spoon 1/10th of the chicken (about 1 tablespoon) along the long edge of a tortilla. Repeat with the spinach and cheese. Roll the tortilla up, starting with the straight edge. Place seam-side down on an oiled baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  5. Brush the flautas with olive oil or spray with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn them over and bake for until 10 minutes, or until crispy. Serve with salsa.
Each flauta has approx. 180 calories, 9 grams fat, 6 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 18 grams protein

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Katie's Closet

Blouse: Old Navy
Cardigan: Target
Pants: Express
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Kohls
Watch: Michael Kors

Monday, September 3, 2012

Are You Ready for Some Football...Food?

This Sunday kicks off lazy football Sundays at our house! When I think of football, I think of food. And when I think of food, I think of quick and easy. I've complied some of my favorite football dishes to prepare and eat this season.