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Thanksgiving is so last year

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Finally got around to posting our Thanksgiving feast from… uh… last year. But it was such a wonderful day and it was quite fun to put it all together. One thing I will never forgot about last Thanksgiving was when we were done eating and going around the table saying what we are thankful for with my siblings and their spouses and my mom were sitting around the table some how we started singing old 90s and 80s songs. haha! I snapchatted it if anyone follows me and remembers how crazy my family is. But it made all the time and hours of putting this together worth it. And you guys, Collin cooks the turkey and it’s insanely good!! He uses the recipe from Gordon Ramsey on youtube and it includes putting butter and spices under the turkey skin and finishes with bacon on top. I’m literally drooling thinking about it. I wish I would’ve gotten more pics but things got crazy when all the family starts arriving and I guess I was too busy stuffing my face to take more.
Sweet Tooth Fairy had sugar cookies with all the kids names on it that as really fun for the kid table.
For the place cards I cut everyones’ names with my Silhouette and had a succulent in a gold foil box. The napkin holders, give thanks banner and giant poster above the kid table are from Caravan Shoppe and they’re so great to print on your own and decorate with.
Oh and one more thing, the crate I found by a dumpster behind a grocery store and managed to get it home (it’s huger than I thought) with part of the back open.

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TIPS for hosting:
If you are hosting this year I just wanted to share some quick tips that I’ve learned over the years.
-Set up the morning before (then you know if you are missing anything). I always think I have time the day of but it gets pretty hectic.
-Start a list of what you need at the store a week before. Then I keep adding to it and hopefully (crossing fingers) I get everything in one shot.
-Assign people things to bring. Then you don’t have to guess what they’re bringing. Assign people food out that doesn’t necessarily need to be hot or can be reheated easy.
-Have to go containers on hand.
-Use the throw away foil cooking pans for cooking so you can transfer it to something pretty but don’t have to clean the pan.
-I couldn’t find a table cloth big enough so I bought a flat sheet folded in half and it fit great.
-Have something for the kids to keep them busy the day of they love to get into everything.
Hopefully that helps a little… share some tips you have below!

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What’s for lunch hunny?

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First of all, I mess up saying “acai” every time like Myles trying to say Lola “wowah”. But I think I got the hang of it. Second of all, perks of having Collin home is he makes me food. Today and last night he made me an acai PB&J bowl. While he was traveling, on a recent trip to Washinton DC,  he ate something similar from a food truck at Union Square and has been raving about it ever since. We had most of the ingredients on hand but grabbed a few things yesterday and it’s so good! It’s called PB&J because it’s a spin off of the sandwich with the acai as the jelly and there’s also peanut butter. Which I realized peanut better makes everything better.

Here’s the recipe for ACAI PB&J Bowl:
Mix all ingredients in food processor or blender. I use a Ninja.
1 frozen banana/ 1/3 c. peanut butter/ 1/3 c. Almond Coconut Milk/ 1/2 c. Acai berry juice (the freeze dried stuff is better but we grabbed the juice at Costco)/ handful of frozen strawberries/ 1/2 c. frozen pineapple (He threw in some spinach today which messed with the bright purple color but it was still pretty!)
Toppings: Granola, blueberries, bananas, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut

Found the best seat in the house with that tree’s leaves turning yellow rn.

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Zoodles

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Here’s the deal, this whole cooking and housekeeping business is sometimes not my thing. Like yesterday I dropped a glass washing dishes and three bandaids later, that Quincey loving stuck to my foot, I was a defeated, domestic momma. But not today! Today I decided to make zoodles (zucchini noodles) and homemade pesto for the first time ever and who would’ve thought I’d be licking the bowl clean. (Which is actually really hard to do unlike a plate and I was laughing at my failed attempt and green tipped nose.)
I didn’t wake up thinking about zoodles or that I would eat 4 zucchinis for dinner. Four. I don’t even know the last time I ate 1… or a bite. Oh wait I do, it’s when my neighbor baked zucchini bread which at that point it is no longer a vegetable but basically cake. And soooo good! Anyways, today the mailman showed up with my new Kitchen Aid Spiralizer attachment and even though I’m not the best cook– I was on it like Bobby Flay and his grill. Let’s do this!
Then all the attachments and do-dads were super intimidating and I gave up in about two minutes of staring at the box. But I watched a Youtube video of a cute husband and wife team putting it together for the first time and gave it a go. Super easy and crazy to say-it’s tasty too!

Not sure why I am talking so much about this stupid thing. haha! Collin is out of town and I’m too tired to walk to my bed and just keep typing instead.
Speaking of Collin, he has lost 37 pounds or something over the past couple months. Eating healthy has become a priority and something we enjoy together so I’m excited to try out more recipes. We usually ate rice a couple times a week but now I eat cauliflower rice instead and we eat salad every night. He hasn’t ate any treats since my trip to Australia. Crazy! Not sure where he gets his dedication. I’m always sneaking them when he’s not looking. heehee But I hope he likes this when I make it again. I used THIS RECIPE for the zoodles and sauce.
It was really late… almost 9 pm that’s why I didn’t make chicken or cut tomatoes so I will have to add that next time.
Oh, and if you don’t have a Kitchen Aid you can get a Spiralizer for under 30 bucks too. Have you ever Zoodled? Share any recipes if so!

 

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Christmas Eve Pajama Party

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Since the actual Christmas Eve can get busy with family we celebrated early with a breakfast. Including liege waffles topped with strawberries and cream from our favorite Waffle Love! Divine!!!

We also wrote letters to Santa and Rudolph, made Gingerbread houses and baby jesus ornaments (I’ll share those pics next).
Also matching American Girl doll pajamas. The pjs are from Kohl’s. I don’t know how much longer they will enjoy playing with their dolls and I could barely find a size that would fit Avery. She’s tall for her age and wears like 10-12 and that’s usually when they stop making matchy doll stuff.
This was so fun! Just some candy cane stripe details and a minty table cloth to tie it all together.

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Santa and Rudolph letters from Carravan Shoppe

Myles loves to get right in on the action with his sisters!
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Pancake Pops

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It’s a pants-optional pancake-pop kind of morning.
The best part about summer, for me, is not having the morning rush to get everyone out the door with matching socks and a quick brush of the bed head. This morning was quiet and we had no plans so we made some pancake pops! A cute twist to a breakfast favorite that I spotted on Pinterest and knew my girls would eat right up.
Add some sprinkles to the batter on the pan for some extra cool mom points.

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I used straws but if the pancakes don’t get eaten fairly soon (saw like 30 mins) the straws start to get floppy, just like when you are drinking from them. So I would use popsicle sticks or plastic straws to make sure they stay cute the longest.

Then little brother wanted a pic too. If he wasn’t holding a pancake, I promise his hand would be on his hip and if he hadn’t just woke up I promise he would have a frilly princess skirt on. Notice the popped knee… he’s definitely a little boy with three older sisters.

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Pic of pancake pops: via this pin
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That green holiday: Snack & Craft

St Patricks day craft

As much as I love jello, apples & Shrek it’s typically not the first color I reach for when creating… with the exception of anytime between March 1st-March 17th. Then I’m all about it. Such a cheerful color.
Here’s a quick snack to make with your kids then package them up and deliver to your friends or loved ones. All you need are pretzels, chocolate, m&m’s and you’ve got yourself an edible shamrock. Definitely good luck if you eat a few of these.

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Once the chocolate cools & hardens pop them in a bag for special deliveries.
I am including a download for the file I used to die cut the shamrock confetti, shamrocks and “you’re my end of the rainbow” phrase. I loved Oh So Pretty’s printable & did my own spin with die cutting.
The bottom left kraft bag was embossed with my Dear Lizzy embossing folder the pennant banner design is cheerful. Then I added “LUCKY” with Dear Lizzy thickers & last a Studio Calico gold heart.
Glassine envelopes or bags are something that I always try to have on hand for fun occasions.

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St Patricks Day essential scrapbooking supplies

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If you want a free download of the cutable file I used to make the shamrock confetti, shamrock cutouts for bags and the “you’re my end of the rainbow” then download here from Dropbox. It’s a file to use with Silhouette. I have never done this before so let me know how it works. Or if it doesn’t work. : ) I can email it to anyone too.  xo, Lizzy

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Yesterday we woke up to the sound of the rain and thought, this looks like a great day to stay in our pajamas all. day. long. So we did.
We cuddled in my bed and watched movies on my laptop then only got up to make cookies. Love note cookies for daddy to be exact. ♡

These alphabet cookie cutters are my favorite. I used them for Lola’s birthday party last year. Since her name is short I spelled it numerous times and the kids had fun decorating the letters.

Birthday Party Pow-wow

Thanks for your emails, messages and reaching out to me during my blogging hiatus! I’ll share more thoughts soon but I just needed a break after working on my next Dear Lizzy collection and a book. I sure missed you!  xoxo, Lizzy


A Birthday party pow-wow came about for one reason. I wanted to make a tee-pee! Avery was thrilled for the idea because one of her favorite movies is Peter Pan and she insisted on being Tiger Lily & she knew there would be cake involved.
Here are some of the details:
-Chocolate dipped huge marshmallows topped with rock candy (nerds), gold rock sprinkles, grated cookies etc
-Jars with diecut lids and striped straws
-An arrangement of mini succulents each in a pot then in an wood Ikea candle holder
-Felt Fox stuffed toys for favors
-Made my own arrows with wood, washi tape, and felt
-A pretty plant from Home Depot. The leaves reminded me of feathers.
-Burlap Tablecloth
-Dip dyed bags with favors

ARROW CUPCAKES

PARTY HATS FOR INDIAN FRIENDS

 

THE CAKE: was my favorite part! I found a local cake extraordinaire and I told her what I wanted. Chevron stripes, flowers and make even a fox somewhere. It turned out amazing. It’s called Piece of Cake. Do you like the little pokes in the frosting from anxious, drooling indians?

RIBBON WANDS:

PARTY HEADDRESS & FRINGE

FELT FOX FAVORS AND SUCCULENTS

 

What I used to display the Roasted Marshmallows (chocolate dipped mallows) A canister that I spray painted and filled with white beans. Wrapped with fabric and added a diecut feather from Silhouette and a real feather with yarn. You can also see the diecut jar lids and straws.

Her headdress was so fun!
I cut a piece of felt. Sewed some vintage lace at the top and elastic in the back. Put washi tape around some pasta noodles and some string. Added feathers inside the noodles and along the felt.

Birthday Sundae Toppings

We kept it pretty simple for my birthday this year since Collin likes to go over the top but it was a nice, low-key night… He planned on watching an outdoor movie but it was kinda cold… instead we just hung out and enjoyed ice cream sundaes!

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Family came over and we ate Sweet Tooth Fairy cupcakes, I think there were over 40 cupcakes total and every single one was a*mazing!  Even though it is my birthday I had fun putting together these little bowls and stamped wood spoons.

 

Toppings:
Cherries, Crushed Butterfinger, Crushed Mint Oreos, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Caramel, Hot Fudge
On another plate we had Diced almonds, Crushed Pretzels and Sprinkles.

I used regular ink and some tiny alphabet stamps I’ve had for ages then stamped on the ends of the wood spoons. Spoons are from Orson Gygi in Salt Lake.

What would you top your ice cream with? I was allllllll about the caramel, almonds and whip cream!

Macaron Magic


How awesome is Collin to not only hang out with us girls all night… but film a little movie of all the fun!

It’s still unknown if I invited myself to this baking night or not but when you hear something splendid your ears perk up.

Macaron magic is what I witnessed on Saturday night because Miss Mercedes has some tricks up her sleeve for making the perfect macaron. She showed us how, then gave us the reigns and we split into groups and set to work. She was so great at explaining even our batches were beautiful. Sometimes I think that this cookie is too cute to eat but then I remember that, no matter what a cookie looks like, I will eat it.

It was a quite the delectable night with these darling ladies:

 
Our host for the night was Shelley of The House of Smiths & isn’t her home cheery?//Jen of Tatertots and Jello//Amy of The Idea Room//Lara of Less Cake More Frosting//Elizabeth of Dear Lizzy//Emily of Ruffling Feathers / Bijou Market//Mercedes White of Mercedes Macarons will be selling her macarons, pre-made mixes, and classes like Saturday’s, this weekend (18-19) at Bijou Market along with 50 other amazing vendors at Southworth Hall in Provo. The following weekend (26) will be Bijou Market’s first ever market in Salt Lake as well. Hope to see you this weekend! I will be there with bells on.