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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Baby Shower Party Favor "Bunny Bundles"





Easter is coming soon, and with Spring coming there are lots of little bundles of baby joy on their way as well! If you're throwing a baby shower and looking for a great idea for a baby shower party favor then here's the answer! These adorable baby bundles are made up of yummy baby bunny cookies wrapped up in cute little packets.  You can pass them out and hang them up for decorations so it solves that problem as well! Just click the link below to download the pattern for these cute baby 
shower party favors!


Baby Shower Party Favor "Bunny Bundles"

Clothes Line

You will need one 4" x 4" wood board cut to length desired.  (Lumber stores will do free cuts if you purchase the lumber from them.)  I cut my board 20" long.  The sides of the clothesline are 1" x 2" pine pieces cut to 11 inches long.  Drill a hole in the end of each piece.  Nail the pine pieces to the ends of the 4" x 4" wood board.  Paint the whole piece white and sand.  Stain with Early American Wood Stain.  Let completely dry.  String a piece of ribbon through the holes in the ends clothesline style.  Hang the bunnies on the ribbon. 
Optional:   You can spray paint four hinges brown  (or color of choice, pink and blue are fun) and attach to each corner of the 4”x4” wood board.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lime Chicken Tacos




Ana's Corner


Last night I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner.  I don't know if it's just me...but it seems that the hardest part of making dinner is deciding what to make! I'll make anything in the world, but please, don't make me choose what it is! For perhaps the first time ever, instead of giving me some sort of lame "whatever you want" response, he replied "chicken tacos!" Hooray! Chicken tacos it was!  I've never really made chicken tacos so I started to look for recipes online and I found this one that turned out super yummy...though I've changed it up a bit.

Chicken Tacos

2 chicken breasts--cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon agave
1.5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
pepper to taste

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pepper cut into, chopped (I use whatever I have--red/green/orange, sometimes I'll just chop up mini sweet peppers)
1 onion chopped
tortillas
lettuce
salsa
sour cream
cheese

Chop the onion into thin wedges.  Pour olive oil into a large pan, sautee onion for a couple minutes until softened, then toss in the green peppers.  Leave on medium low while you continue on to the chicken.  (I covered it to help soften the peppers faster and to hold in the moisture). 

In another large pan add olive oil on medium high heat.  Toss in chicken pieces and stir, then add in lemon juice, lime juice, agave, Worcestershire sauce, sprinkle with the onion powder, garlic salt, and pepper--stir all together.  I covered the chicken at this point and let it boil on high for a couple minutes until the outside of the chicken was completely white.  Then I uncovered it and let the juices boil dry (it just took a minute or two).  The chicken is PACKED with flavor but feel free to experiment by adding more or less of the powders/salts (you could just as easily use onion salt and garlic powder...or use both as powders and then add actual salt.   The possibilities are endless :-P) By now your vegetables should be nice and carmelized (I like my vegetables to be soft and sweet...if you prefer a little crunch then hopefully you turned your vegetables off like ten minutes ago...).  Spread salsa and sour cream in center of tortilla, add chicken and veggies, add lettuce, top with cheese! My husband was such a big fan we repeated the recipe tonight :-) 

Enjoy! 

These lime chicken tacos are REALLY yummy when topped with our Cafe Rio Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Baby quilt pattern "Bringing Home A Baby Bumblebee"





There's nothing more precious than bringing a special little bundle of joy home from the hospital! Do you know someone bringing home a little baby bumble bee? Surprise them with this adorable baby quilt pattern! The best thing about this baby quilt pattern is that it's simple enough that anyone could make it--even a beginner sewer! You can download this cute baby quilt pattern and many more by just clicking on the link below!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Buffalo Wild Wings Mango Habanero Sauce





Ana's Corner

My husband absolutely loves wings, so lately we've been on the hunt for yummy recipes.  My personal favorite recipe for wings is the classic Winger's recipe (click here), but my husband is more of a Buffalo Wild Wing's kinda guy and he loves Buffalo Wild Wings Mango Habanero Sauce.  So, if you're looking for something with more of a kick, then this is the one for you!


The ingredients are simple:



2 cups mango nectar (one can is a cup and a half. I can't stand using just half a can...so sometimes I use one whole can, sometimes I use two whole cans, depending on if I want it to be more spicy or more mangoey.  You can find this at the Hispanic food section of Walmart for less than 50 cents)

1 tablespoon habanero sauce 

1 tablespoon corn syrup

1/4 cup pepper sauce (Frank's--if I use only 1 can of mango juice, then I use only 3 tablespoons of pepper sauce)

1/3 cup butter (melted)

This makes enough to coat 2 large chicken breasts that have been cut into tenders.


Boil the mango juice and the habenero sauce on medium high (just be careful to stir every now and then so that it doesn't boil over) for around ten minutes until it boils down to a really thick consistency (just go right ahead and boil it for as long as you like...boil, boil, boil).  Once the nectar has boiled down to be about as thick as honey, take it off the heat and add in the corn syrup, pepper sauce, and butter.  Stir vigorously.  Voila! Use to coat wings, chicken tenders--whatever you like! It is good.  It's both sweet and spicy.  The first taste is "yum", the next taste is "wow!" We like to make boneless chicken wings--the ones below we baked (sometimes we fry).  Once they were done baking, we put them in a container, poured the sauce over them, closed the container and shook 'em up real good.  This was the result:


So delicious!

Buffalo Wild Wings Mango Habanero Sauce

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Printable Banner Rock Star




The highlight to this party was this great banner that we hung from the ceiling! This printable banner is perfect if you're throwing a rock star party, or a party for your favorite rock star! You can download this printable banner by clicking on the link below!

Printable Banner Rock Star

Printable Tags, Labels "Rock Star"




If you're throwing a Rock Star party but you don't want to give a traditionally sized candy bar then these printable tags with a rock star label are perfect for you! You can fill them with candy, treats, or any sort of little surprises! You can download these printable tags, labels simply by clicking on the link below!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Party Favor Ideas "Rock Star" Goodie Bag





These goodie bags are great party favor ideas to fill with special treats for your party! We filled ours with candy bars (wrapped in matching wrappers of course), blow horns, whoopy cushions and more--they were so fun for everyone to open! Everyone was blowing their horns as we ate dinner :-) You can download these party favor ideas
by clicking on the link below!

Party Favor Ideas "Rock Star" Goodie Bag

Party Favor Ideas "Rock Star" Candy Pocket





These rocking candy pockets are perfect covers for any Hershey-sized candy bars and they are the best party favor ideas! I bedazzled mine with a rhinestone and had them inside of the goody bags--never has getting a candy bar been this cute! If you're looking for party favor ideas just click the
 link below and download these 
and several other ideas!

Party Favor Ideas "Rock Star" Candy Pocket

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Party Favor Ideas "Rock Star" Candy Box




How adorable are these little candy boxes? I just couldn't help myself! I absolutely love the cut out of the rock star sticking above the box! If you're looking for party favor ideas then this candy box is right up your alley! You can download it  by clicking on the link below :-)

Party Favor Ideas "Rock Star" Candy Box

Party Favor Ideas "Rock Star" Cookie Pocket





 For more of our party favor ideas, or to download this pocket pattern by 
clicking on the link below!

Party Favor Ideas "Rock Star" Cookie Pocket

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Creative Food "Rock Star" Mike





How can you throw a Rock Star party without a microphone to sing into? If you need a creative food idea for your themed party, then this is a tasty treat! Chocolate covered pretzels with a sprinkle covered Swiss Roll are not only creative food, but they are just tasty as can be! Everyone loved these "Rock Star" mikes, 
and the entire party for that matter! Click below to download.

Bottle Labels "Rock Star"




My daughter absolutely loves to sing and is very into the "rock" scene, so for her 18th birthday party I decided to throw the party with a Rock Star theme! With banners and microphones and these adorable bottle labels the party was a complete hit.  She scored a new Wii for her birthday and she was happy as can be! You can download these rocking bottle labels simply by clicking on the link below!


Bottle Labels "Rock Star"

Monday, February 18, 2013

Printable Cupcake Liners "Temple"





Cupcakes are cute and they make the best part favors! Need printable cupcake lingers? These "temple" printable cupcake liners are great for a Sunday lesson or for an Activity Days meeting--you can download these printable cupcake liners by clicking the link below!

Party Favor Ideas Temple Gift Box



When I was an Achievement Day leader I always had a hard time finding good party favor ideas or hand-outs--especially when it came to special things like teaching about the temple! Need party favor ideas for your next Achievement Days activity? These party favor ideas are perfect for you and your achievement day girls will love them!

Party Favor Ideas Temple Gift Box

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Printable Candy Bar Pockets "Temple"




It can be so hard to find cute hand outs--especially when it comes to special religious things, like a lesson on the temple! These printable candy bar pockets are a great way to give a special treat to go along with that special lesson where you teach about the sweetness of being able to go to the temple.  Just click the link below to download these printable candy bar pockets "temple"!

Printable Candy Bar Pockets "Temple"

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"Cafe Rio" Pork


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Of all the delicacies that Utah has to offer, I don't think that there are any that are yummier or more addictive than Cafe Rio's sweet pork barbacoa, I mean, MAN...this stuff is good. The only problem is...you can't always just run to Cafe Rio.  And leftovers only last me one day. And when you're sitting at Cafe Rio, you can't stuff a handful of the pork into your mouth with your bare fingers and feel the sweet sauce drizzle down your chin without feeling that creepy sensation that someone is watching you.  Well folks, problem solved.  I give you: Cafe Rio's sweet amazing barbacoa pork.  The best part about It's just about the easiest thing to make and it stays great in the fridge.  You can thank me later.

Cafe Rio Pork
2 pounds pork (I buy a pre-packaged pork tenderloin from Walmart, pictured below)
2 cans Coke (Don't get Diet.  I just bought a liter and made it two weeks in a row.)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 cup water
1 small can diced green chiles
3/4 of a LARGE can of red enchilada sauce (or two of the 10 oz. cans)
1 cup brown sugar


 MARINATE (at least for a few hours, but I prefer to do it overnight)
-one can (or a cup and a half) Coke
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-pork



Just throw them all together in a ziploc bag and stick in the fridge.  I had closer to 2.5 pounds of pork (which cost around $8 from Walmart...and lasted my husband and me  four hearty meals)



In the morning drain your marinade and stick your pork loin into the Crock Pot.  Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt over the pork and then douse it with 1/4 cup of water and half a can (or almost a cup) of Coke. Cover your Crock Pot and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 5-6 hours.



Once your pork is done, drain the liquid and shred your pork up.  Perhaps ahead of time, or perhaps while you're waiting for the pork to cool down (or you could be like me and just shred the hot pork with two forks because you simply can't wait any longer for your Cafe Rio pork), blend together your enchilada sauce (I've done 3/4 of a big can before, but this time decided to do two small cans so I didn't get stuck with leftover enchilada sauce), the cup of packed brown sugar, the small can of green chiles, and the rest of your can of Coke (or I just use about a cup from my liter bottle).  It takes about 20-30 seconds to blend until smooth.  Return your shredded pork to the now empty Crock Pot (you drained the liquid out, remember?) and pour your blended sauce over it.  I'll warn you--the sauce itself does not taste fantastic before you put it on the pork.  The first time I made this I hadn't been super careful about measuring things so I tasted the sauce to make sure it was alright.  Blech.  It was freaking nasty.  Nevertheless, I poured it over my pork, and voila--I didn't think there was going to be any left by the time my husband got home.  It's really that good. Recover your pork and leave on warm or low until everything is warmed through.


But now that you have this whole Crock Pot of absolute delciousness, what are you to do with it?! Well, if you're me, you're going to find lots of excuses to go past the kitchen so that you can snitch a bite of it every time you walk past.  BUT, we also like to eat it:
-on salads
-in quesadillas
-in wraps with lettuce
-and, in the ever-famous Cafe Rio burrito

To make a Cafe Rio burrito, simply heat up your tortillas (sometimes I make them from scratch, sometimes I buy the raw ones from the store that you throw on the griddle--they're just so much tastier than pre-packaged tortillas).  Fill your tortilla with yummy Cafe Rio pork:



Add your beans and cheese


Close the burrito and flip seam-side down.  Cover with Cafe Rio sauce (I usually just scoop it out of the Crock Pot with a spoon or pour it from the Ziploc bag that I store the pork in if I've already refrigerated it).  Sprinkle with more cheese.  Heat. Serve with salsa, sour cream, pico, lettuce--whatever your choice of condiment may be...

So yummy, so easy, and so worth it!
Of course, if you're going to make Cafe Rio Pork, you have to make Creamy Tomatillo Dressing too!
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"Cafe Rio" Pork