Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ladybug Party

It's been way too long since my last post! So much has gone on...and one milestone was my daughters 1st Birthday.

Baby S was born on Christmas Day 2011 and not only was it a special day for her but also for Mommy & Daddy! S is our pride and joy and such an amazing little girl, full of smiles and giggles and already almost 1 year old. Time is going by way too fast!

As you may already know, I love to plan parties, and of course I went a little wild with this one. Since we call her our little Bug, I decided on a Ladybug Themed Party. From head to toe there was red, black and polk-a-dots and even live ladybugs flying around.

Although there was a threat of rain on the day of her party, someone was watching over us and kept the rain away. The day was perfect, everyone had a great time, the baby loved seeing all of her family and friends and of course her first taste of frosting!

Below are some pictures of the party. I hope this gives you ideas and inspiration for your next party.

The Birthday Girl enjoying her 1st Cupcake

The Cake Table

Ladybug Cake and Cupcakes by Heidelberg Pastry Shop
Party Favors - baby food jars with painted lids and tule ribbons filled with candy.

The Tables - wrapped in brown paper for kids to color on with crayons. Ornaments to decorate, and party favors.

The Birthday Girl with a sign made by Mommy to list her favorite things and milestones of her first year.

Balloons put in the ground with golf tees to line the party.

Party Shoes - Converse with rhinestones glued to the toes, and bows made with ribbons and feathers. So Cute!

Lastly, after the party was over we walked over to the Railroad Station to take the night train to see Santa. It was Baby S's first time to see Santa, and it wasn't the best experience for her. Next time we'll take her just after a nap!

The Christmas Train at Irvine Park is so cute and full of lights and holiday music!

The end to a very long day. Better luck next time!
Happy 1st Birthday to my little love bug S. Mommy and Daddy love you to the moon and back!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Flower Pot Dessert

Sunday night we went to my parents for my Birthday dinner. After our delicious BBQ taco dinner my mom pulled out dessert.

Out of the freezer came terra cotta pots with silk flowers coming out of the
middle and worms coming over the edges.

It was so yummy! My mom put a small round of pound cake in the bottom of the pots and topped it with ice cream. On the top layer she put crushed Oreos to look like dirt and gummy worms crawling throughout.

So cute and so good! I can't wait to make this for my daughter when she gets older. (We did sneak her a little bite of ice cream when daddy wasn't looking).

Try it and enjoy!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Flowers for any Occasion

Do you have a dinner party coming up or a Baby Shower, Wedding Shower, Birthday, any party really?

Here is a simple and inexpensive way to dress up old bottles for a fabulous centerpiece(s).

I know I posted these before but it was before the finished product. Here are the flowers that I did for a friends Baby Shower, and they turned out AMAZING!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Maple-Glazed Chicken

As you  know my mom and I are big fans of tasty yet simple recipes! We're both busy gals and always on the go so we're always searching for new and easy ways to dress up the ordinary chicken dinner; and here is a new one!

Maple-Glazed Chicken

2 TBSP pure maple syrup
1 TBSP reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Whisk syrup, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, ginger and pepper in a small dish and transfer to a Ziploc bag.  Add chicken and marinate anywhere from 2 hours to overnight. 

Remove chicken and grill on medium heat, approximately 6-8 minutes on each side or until thermometer in the thickest part of the breast reaches 165 degrees.  While the chicken is grilling, put reserved marinade in a small sauce pan and cook over medium heat until it is reduced by half.  Baste chicken liberally with reduced sauce and serve.   I served with rice and veggies.

Enjoy! Mama L


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

S'mores on the BBQ

Looking for a fun summer dessert? This is a good one for kids of all ages!

Foil, Graham Crackers, Marshmellows and Hershey Chocolate
Take a pice of foil and start to build your S'more

Wrap tightly and put on the BBQ for approximately 5-8 minutes
The best part about these is that they can all be made ahead of time. Make a bunch and when dinner is over and everyone is relaxing out by the pool you can pop them on the BBQ for a sweet finish to the night.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vintage Inspired Vases

With an upcoming baby shower for a friend, I was trying to think of a way to decorate the table with somthing girly, sophisticated and with a touch of vintage.

And here is what I made...

So simple! Old wine bottles and mason jars wrapped with twine, burlap, lace and adorned with a little bling.

I was then trying to think of fluffy, romantic flowers to add to the vases. I came across a wholesale flower shop in Santa Ana called Minas Flowers. I found white hydrangeas, pink lizianthus (it is a shower for a baby girl), and some pink gerber daisies (one of my favorites).

I think these will look amazing down the center of a long table. With a few added votives for a twinkle of light, it will be a very posh shower for a princess in the making!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

White Chicken Enchiladas

White Chicken Enchiladas

10 soft taco shells
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (I used a little more-you can never have enough cheese)
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
2 cups ( 1 - 14 ounce can) chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1-4 ounce can of green chiles

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease or spray a 9 X 13 pan.
2.  Mix chicken and 1 cup cheese.  Roll up in tortillas and place in pan.  (I microwaved the tortillas for 15 seconds or so to soften so they would crack when I rolled them).
3.  In a sauce pan, melt butter and stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add in broth and whisk until smooth. Heat over    medium heat until thick and bubbly.
4.  Stir in sour cream and chiles.  Do not bring to a boil, you don't want the sour cream to curdle.
5.  Pour over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.
6.  Bake 20 - 25 minutes and then under high heat for3 more minutes to brown the cheese.
7.  I served with chopped cilantro and tomatoes.

From the Joyful Mamma's Kitchen

Monday, July 16, 2012

Mustard Chicken

This recipe is delicious.  You got to love mustard - its really yummy....

The World's Best Chicken

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 c Dijon mustard
1/4 c maple syrup
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  In a small bowl, mix together mustard, syrup and vinegar.  Place chicken breasts into a 9X13 baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.

Pour mustard mixture over chicken.  No need to marinate.

Bake for 40 minutes at 450 degrees.  Top with rough chopped rosemary.

It was quick, easy and delicious... 

Modified from Witty In The City

Enjoy! Mama L

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fabulous Finds on Etsy

I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE Etsy! I have found so many amazing things on there. Handmade, One-of-a-kind amazing products! And on top of that everyone that I have purchased from has had amazing Customer Service, in a world where Customer Service is a thing of the past.

Here are a few things that I have purchased....(shhhhhhhh don't tell my husband)


Adorable stylish fashion bibs! So cute and Melissa, the shop owner is fabulous to work with!

Betsy's Drawers 

Adorable for a Mother's Day Gift, Birthday, Graduation, or even a Thank You. I bought my mom one for Mother's Day and she loves it. She gets compliments on it every time she wears it. I think I've ordered 5 of them now and I'm sure to order more!

In addition to the great products, the shop owner Erika is another great one to work with. She will do her best to get your rush orders and will crop and adjust your pictures so you get the best possible finished product!


Looking to plan a party? Check out the adorable printable party supplies on BloomDesignsOnline. My daughter was recently Baptized and I used the Apple of My Eye themes supplies and it was a hit.

Jenny was so quick to respond and personalize everything I needed for Savannah's party.


My very first Etsy purchase was for my daughters nursery room bedding. I couldn't find anything I liked in the stores so I decided to order custom crib bedding...and it turned out PERFECT! Just what I wanted, fun and whimsical. Girly pink and a touch of bright blue with hopscotch patterns, little shoes and dresses and of course some pin wheels for my little princess.

Again, Kelly, the shop owner was fantastic to work with. She helped me design the perfect bedding for my daughter to grow with!

What have you found on Etsy?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Honey Sauced Chicken

Honey Sauced Chicken

3/4 pound chicken (i used 2 breasts, cubed)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 c honey
1/4 c soy sauce (I used reduced sodium)
1/8 c chopped onion (i used green onions)
1/8 c ketchup
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp minced fresh ginger (optional)

Season cubed chicken with salt and pepper and set aside.  In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes.  Pour over chicken in an oven proof dish.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes and serve over rice or steamed veggies.  It's  fast, easy and delicious!

Can be made in a crock pot.  Put all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low for 3 hours or high for 1 1/2 hours.  I thought it was actually easier to oven bake this one. 


Mama L

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Below are a few Father's Day gift ideas. 

Framed for Daddy for his 1st Father's Day in a black horizontal  frame.
Hand prints for flowers and foot prints for leaves.

What did you make for Daddy?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Apple of Our Eye

Here is the reason for the lack of posts lately. Mama L ans I were busy planning a Baptism for The Apple of our Eye, my daughter S. 

As you will see we had an apple theme that carried from the invites down to the food. It was a great success, everything turned out just as planned and our guests were amazed at all the details.

Banner purchased from BloomDesignsOnline on Etsy.
You purchase the items, they are emailed to you  as a pdf file and you print yourself. Such a great idea! 
Party favors; cupcake cups from BloomDesignsOnline filled with gumballs and chocolates, wrapped in cello and tied with green ribbon and a paper leaf to say Thank You! 
Drinks: Apple Cider  and a delicious Sangria (recipe found on Pinterest). Straw flags also from BloomDesignsOnline 

Centerpieces: Bushel baskets from Michaels's Crafts, filled with green apples, tied with ribbon and polka dot balloons  found a Party City. 

Water bottles wrapped with labels from BloomsDesignsOnline and bubbles with apple stickers for the kids. 

Dessert table: suckers, chocolate cigars from See's Candy for the dads (it was Father's Day). 
Lots of desserts: mini apple pies, cupcakes filled with apple pie filling...YUM! 
The Apple of Our Eye!
(Outfit from Smocking Bird  and headband from Cutie Butts Boutique on Etsy) 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Summer Wreath

What a fun and simple idea for summer!

All you need is the following:

A wreath form
Netting and/or ribbon
Flip Flops
Glue Gun

1. First add the netting/ribbon in big loops to the wreath form. You can either hot glue it to the wreath form or you can use floral pins.
2. Glue on your flip flops
3. Add in the flowers and glue in place
4. Tie a ribbon to the top to hang on your front door


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sentimental Roses

Do you need a way of remembering or celebrating someone special? Here is a great idea.

Plant a rose bush to celebrate the birth of a child or grandchild or for the death of a loved one. Soon you'll have a beautiful rose garden that not only smells great but also has so much more meaning than anyone will ever know.

Mama L has planted an Avery Rose bush, a Savannah Rose bush and for the newest addition to her grand kids an Iyla Rose bush. All little granddaughters that now have their roots planted at Grandma and Grandpa's house.

Hope you start your own Sentimental Rose Garden to enjoy!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Asian Slaw

An amazing Asian Slaw that will brighten up any BBQ!


For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (I like Skippy Natural No Need to Stir)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha sauce (Thai hot sauce - optional)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced

For the Slaw

  • 4 cups prepared shredded coleslaw
  • 2 cups prepared shredded carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup cooked and shelled edamame
  • 2 medium scallions, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts (or you can leave them whole)
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Make the dressing by combining all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir until the peanut butter is dissolved. Set aside.
  2. Combine all of the slaw ingredients in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss well. Let sit at least ten minutes so vegetables have a chance to soak up the dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary (I usually add a bit more salt.) Serve cold.
Recipe found on Pinterest (link below)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Little Prints

This past Mother's Day was a special was my first! And this is what Mama L and S made for me. So cute and so special. Mama L picked up a small canvas at the local craft store. She mixed some paints, painted it on her feet and made the prints. She then went back and made the black lines of the butterfly and lastly signed it with love.

I will keep this Mother's Day gift forever to remember how little and precious Miss S is.

Thank you Mama L!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Perfect Ribs

Slow Oven Cooked BBQ Ribs

2 pounds of pork baby back ribs
Your favorite BBQ rub
1 can of regular  Coke
1 onion cut into wedges
1 bottle Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce

Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
Rub ribs with your favorite BBQ rub several hours before baking.  Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with PAM.  Place onion wedges on the bottom of the dish.  Lay ribs on top of the onions.  Pour Coke around the ribs.  Top ribs with
Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce.  Cover with foil and bake 4-5 hours at 225 degrees.  The meat falls off the bones.  They are really yummy.


Mama L

Friday, May 25, 2012

Every Little Girl Needs Some Bling!

Every little girl needs some bling - so I made my daughter some extra sparkly high-top Converse.

A friend of ours bought S a pair of high-top pink Converse, which were super cute, but I felt they needed more pizzaz! So I had some extra pink ribbon lying around so I decided to lace her shoes with it. I also had a bunch of extra rhinestones from my hat business, so I decided to start gluing. 15 minutes later she had the cutest pair of Converse around!

All it took was a little ribbon, some glue and rhinestones and now her shoes turn heads!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cheesy Chicken

This recipe is really easy and the chicken was really moist.

8 chicken tenders
3 cups of Cheese-its  crushed (put in Ziplock baggie and roll with rolling pin)
1 cup sour cream
1/2 c butter (melted)

Roll chicken tenders in sour cream then roll in the crushed Cheese-its.  Lay in a baking dish sprayed with PAM or the like.  Drizzle with melted butter.  Bake at 375 for 45 minutes.  This recipe was super easy and the chicken comes out so moist.  A great, quick weeknight dinner.

Mama L

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blueberry Maple Refrigerator Oatmeal

Blueberry Maple Refrigerator Oatmeal

1/4 c uncooked old fashioned oats
1/3 c skim milk
1/4 c low fat Greek yogurt
1 1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
       I didn't have this so I substituted wheat germ
2 tsp maple syrup (or a little more if you like it sweeter)
1/4 c blueberries (I added a few raspberries)
I topped the jar off wih some walnuts I had on hand.

In a half pine (1 cup) mason jar add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds and maple syrup.  Put lid on jar and shake until well combined.  Remove lid, add blueberries and stir until mixed thoroughly.  Put lid back on and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days.  Eat chilled. 

Mama L

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My mom, referred to as Mama L, and I have been talking about starting a blog for quite some time now. We are always trying new recipes and making new crafts - always being told by friends and family that we need to sell our creations. Instead of selling them we've decided to share our crafty ideas, yummy recipes along with our funny adventures here on our blog. Please follow us and enjoy. We are always trying to find new places to explore, new recipes to cook for our families and most of all we're just having fun!