Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Garden Party

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter over the weekend.
Ours was busy, yet fun, with lots of family time.
This year we had the opportunity to host our own Easter dinner.  And since I love dessert tables, I decided to include one.
My mother-in-law shared an Easter Peeps cake with me a few weeks back, which inspired me to go with it.  So that's the theme I went with:  an Easter Garden party.

This cake was decorated by my dear husband.  Not bad, I must say.

Garland, Food Labels & Cupcake Topper Printables - vixenMade Printables
Flower Pot Cupcake Cups - Michael's
Berry Baskets - Michael's
Candy - Bulk Barn

Have a fantastic week!  
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Rainbow St. Patrick's Day Party

Because my kids love rainbows so much (as do I), I decided St. Patrick's Day was the perfect time to throw a rainbow party!  What fun!
So we had a small get together and my kids had a great time celebrating and visiting.  And the candy and treats didn't hurt.

I already had a ton of leftover candy melts from past parties.  So.. voila!  Rainbow pretzels.  

I didn't want shamrock shakes to melt, so went with mint vanilla flavoured milk.  Yum!

Both the cupcakes and cake pops were rainbow chip.. because.. of course, RAINBOW! 

Leftover rockets from Valentine's?  WIN!

Skittles are a big favourite.  And you can 'taste the rainbow'.

I've been dying to try these pistachio cookies (recipe here).  The party was the perfect excuse.

The kids saw these on Pinterest and insisted I needed to make them.  For them?  Anything.

And because I luurrvee garlands so much.  A garland for every color in the rainbow.  Plus gold and shamrocks.

Another recipe I had to try, these fun Lucky Charms treats.

We needed some healthy treats, too.  Rainbow fruit kabobs!

And the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...

I saw these cloud lanterns here.  They were too cute not to replicate.  Plus, I added rainbow ribbons on the bottom.

I set the table for the kiddos, with some cute leprechaun hats and supplies for a craft and colouring.  

We also served some yummy foods to nibble on.  Spinach dip, veggies and dip and guacamole and chips.  
It was perfect for a low key party.  And the kids were over the moon (or in this case.. over the rainbow)!

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper straws:  Pick Your Plum, Revolutionary Events by Rochelle, Bulk Barn
Gold glitter sticker paper: Dollarama
Leprechaun hats: Dollarama
Rainbow striped ribbon:  Michael's
Ribbon:  Dollar Tree
Candy:  Dollarama
Paper plates:  Dollar Tree
Green garland:  Michael's 

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Clean Cottage Cheesecakes with Strawberry Topping

Anyone else love cheesecake?  
It's my weakness (among MANY others).  So after seeing some cheesecakes made with cottage cheese, I just had to give it a try.
After searching for something low calorie, high protein and clean, I wasn't having much luck.
Ergo my own take on the cottage cheese cheesecake.  Plus these are personal size, making for the perfect little snack under 100 calories!
1 cup almond flour
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1-1 1/2 tsp stevia (or preferred sweetener)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix ingredients in a small bowl.  Press into cupcake liners and bake for 10 min.  Let cool.
3/4 cup low fat/nonfat cottage cheese
2/3 cup low fat/nonfat greek yogurt (plain, lemon or vanilla works best)
1 Tbsp oat flour
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt
4 egg whites or 2 whole eggs
juice from 1/2 lemon (omit if you are using lemon flavoured yogurt)
Place all of the ingredients except eggs into blender.  Blend until combined.  Add eggs and blend for a second or two.  Pour batter into prepared crusts.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 min.
Top with fresh strawberries or strawberry topping.
Strawberry Topping:
2 cup whole strawberries
1 Tbsp maple syrup or agave syrup
Blend strawberries with syrup until smooth.  Top your cheesecake and enjoy.
These suckers are so tasty, even my kids were asking for more.  
Have fun!!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Valentine's Day Party

Since I'm a sucker for a party for any occasion, I decided to throw a fun filled Valentine's Day party in February for some of our family and friends.  
And since everyone has kids we had to make it a blast for them with lots of goodies and activities.

Aside from a bunch of crafts for the kiddos (sadly, I was a little too busy for some shots of those), we did a 'kissing photo booth'.  Because it's only appropriate for a Valentine's Day party, am I right?

We even got a shot of each of the couples at the photo booth!

Balloons, paper straws, cupcake toppers, lip ribbon, heart garland -  Dollarama

Candy - Bulk Barn

Paper Lanterns - Michaels and Target

Goodie Boxes - Bianca Amors

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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