Monday, April 26, 2010

Ashlyn In Wonderland

We had our latest movie night this past Saturday. We watched Alice in Wonderland and had SO much fun!! Here was our table, all set up.

I had made signs for our walls.

Ashlyn helped out by coloring a beautiful picture of Alice and the Cheshire Cat.

I used Ashlyn's tea set to create a mad tea party...

... had mini pinwheels in the vase...

... and a mouse found his way into the tea pot!

For dinner we had chicken caesar salad bites (sounded like good tea party food to me!) and some garlic & olive oil vermicelli.

For dessert we had Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies...

...and our drinks had to have tags on them. :)

I am loving these movie nights more and more each time we have one. I mean, seriously. I start asking Aaron what movie he wants to do next before we've even done the upcoming one!! I just have so much fun planning them. Especially when most of our plans for our Walt Disney World trip are already made. 5 months without Disney planning? I don't think so! I'm going to REALLY start planning Ashlyn's birthday party here shortly, too. We know it'll be a Disney princess theme and her party will probably be the first Saturday in October. Plenty of time to plan, but it's time to start looking out for sales and deals for party stuff!

In two weeks we'll be watching Monster's Inc! I have dinner and a craft planned, but am not sure about dessert and need to work on decorations! I don't really have Monster's Inc. stuff lying around. If you have any ideas, please comment! I would love to hear them. :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Hollywood Cookies

So awhile ago I got an email that said the PTO was throwing a Hollywood Extravaganza party for the kids that go to the elementary school here. They were asking for volunteers to help out as well as people to donate baked goods. I perked up at that part! Of course I would bake something to take to the elementary school! I'm always looking for a reason to bake.

Now, I couldn't just make any old cookies. Oh no! I had to do something cute. So I bought a couple of those aluminum cookie sheets (that way they could toss them afterward without having to worry about returning my pans to me). These things were FLIMSY and even with two stacked on top of each other I had to be really careful so it wouldn't just tip over. I also borrowed some cookie cutters from a good friend of mine because, believe it or not, I have very few cookie cutters! EEK!!!! I only have a few mini ones and Halloween ones. How the heck that happened, I don't know. But I am starting to collect more. My first major purchase will be a kit with the basic stuff like numbers, letters, circles, holiday themed, etc.

Anyway, I took one of these tins and some blue and green construction paper. I trimmed everything to make it look like sky and hills. Then I cut out letters to spell out "Hollywood" and put the letters among the hills. That's right.... a template for the Hollywood Hills.

I then made sugar cookies and cut them out to spell "Hollywood" and made a bunch of stars. I frosted the letters with white frosting and tinted the rest yellow for the stars. I only frosted some of the stars because, well, I was lazy. But it ended up looking really good with every other star yellow. This just didn't look like enough cookies to take, and I happened to have an extra box of cake mix on my hands, so I made a quick batch of Cake Mix Cookies (I've seen this recipe on many websites, but this is the very first place I read about it). It was the first time I made these and they were pretty good! I had strawberry cake mix sitting around but I think it would be even better with chocolate. Yum!!! Anyway, here is what it looked like once everything was done.

I was pretty proud of my creation! I wish I could have stuck around to see how the kids liked them!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Our first date (without Ashlyn!) in almost a year. Celebrating 5 wonderful years since we started dating (our 4th wedding anniversary is this November).

For more Wordless Wednesday posts, visit 5 Minutes For Mom!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I'M BACK! And Starting With Muffin Tin Monday!

I'm really glad that I took a short break from this blog. I realized that I was trying to be someone I wasn't, afraid to say something or write about something that someone else may not be interested in. Well, that made me uninterested in this blog. I want to be myself. I want to be able to write a post or two all about Disney if I want to! And it may be the caffeine talking, but if I want to be silly, well I'm going to be silly! :D The only person who was holding me back was me. I'm going to try and not let that happen again.

I'm going to go ahead and start back up with a post about Muffin Tin Monday. I may be a day late posting about it, but better late than never! This week was a Rainbow Theme. How fun!

I made Ashlyn a quick little breakfast tin yesterday morning with Trix, yogurt, and fruit. She ate all the cereal (plus seconds) and the yogurt but didn't want the fruit. Oh well, I tried. She usually will eat the fruit but I guess she just wasn't feeling it yesterday.

To see the other great tins that people made, visit Muffin Tin Mom!