Celebrating a Little Pumpkin on the Way

My sister recently had her second child, a boy, back in October. I am finally posting about her shower!

We wanted to celebrate my sister and her little pumpkin with a fun fall-themed baby shower.

My husband designed invitations and other print materials. My mom planned the games. My Great Aunt hosted and helped with the decorating. And I cannot forget to mention that I made the cake and bacon-wrapped dates – everyone else helped me with the rest of the yummy goodies!

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Waiting for my sister’s little guy to arrive was hard, but now he is finally here! I’ll hopefully make a post about us all meeting him before he turns 1 (things have been a little busy around here :-).

Oh Yeah, I Guess I’m 33 Now

My Mom started off a conversation with me at the beginning of February with, “So, you’re 33 now…” It really hadn’t occurred to me that I was a whole year older. You see, the weekend we were set to celebrate with family two of our girls came down with the stomach bug. I was really excited to celebrate too, because I had spent a few hours making a Strawberry Dream Cake like I saw on Pinterest. All that to say, I didn’t feel like I was a year older because I had not blown out candles and eaten birthday cake. So I bought myself a few more weeks of being 32.

My Dad suggested freezing the cake, which is what I did, and we finally celebrated my and my Grandma’s birthdays this past weekend.

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What’s Cooking: Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

Jonathan and I are a fan of enchiladas, but we’ve always stick to the red sauce variety. I’ve always wanted to try a white sauce enchilada and this recipe for Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas piqued my interest.

IMG_7115Modifications/Substitutions: I didn’t make any changes to the recipe, though I changed a few methods.

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To cook the chicken I popped a few frozen pieces in the crock pot for a few hours. A handy way to shred chicken is to use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. It literally takes seconds to shred the chicken. IMG_7108IMG_7110

Also, rather than add the chicken mixture and then a bit of cheese in each tortilla, I mixed the cheese with the chicken mixture and then added that to each tortilla.IMG_7107IMG_7111IMG_7112IMG_7113

The Verdict: After our first few bites we were pleased with our meal. By the time we were maybe halfway done we were honey-ed out. It was a bit on the sweet side. If I were to make this again I might cut the honey amount in half.

Is it Family Friendly? Not quite. Abigail did tell us a few times how yummy it was, and she did eat most it. Sarah wasn’t into it at all.

Would I Make it Again? I think I am more likely to try a different white enchilada recipe first.

What’s Cooking: Pulled Pork

We go grocery shopping once a week (at least). I make our weekly menu at the same time, basing a lot of what we’ll have on what’s for sale that week. A few weeks back pork butt was on sale. I didn’t know what to do with it, so I went to Pinterest for help. That’s where I found a recipe for “Best Ever Pulled Pork Sandwiches“. I saw that it involved using a slow cooker and less than five ingredients, so I was sold!

IMG_7081Modifications/Substitutions: Coke was on sale, so we went for that instead of Diet Pepsi. Plus, we don’t do diet soda here. Also, I like cole slaw with my pulled pork sandwiches, but I didn’t factor that into our grocery list. So, I made a carrot slaw with carrots in a sauce made of mayonnaise, a splash of vinegar, a drop of Dijon mustard, and a pinch of sugar. I thought it was pretty good!IMG_7070IMG_7074

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The Verdict: this was a very easy and affordable recipe to make. I thought there would be a little more flavor, but nothing really knocked my socks off. I will say though, that it was even better as leftovers.

Family Friendly? We actually didn’t even have the girls try this and gave them hot dogs instead. This may be more of an option for them when they are a bit older.

Make Again? Sure, but probably not until pork butts are on sale.

Gingerbread House Decorating

The girls were quite excited to make a Gingerbread House this year. It ended up being a two day process where we prepped and baked the dough the first day and then constructed and decorated the house the second day.

I ended up using this recipe for the dough and went to Martha Stewart for the template (thanks to Pinterest). The only problem was that the template did not come with a roof, so we had to make our own. The dough was not easy to work with, but with a little patience we managed to make a decent house.

Instead of obsessing over what candy the girls used and where they put the candy I gave them free reign over two sides of the house and half of the roof while I did the rest.

The roof “shingles” were made by rolling out gumdrops with a little sugar to prevent sticking. This was a creative idea my Mom came up with that I decided to use. I love the way it looks!

The girls did a lot of “gluing”, attaching, and licking. It got to the point where Jonathan changed his mind about eating any of the candy on the gingerbread house.IMG_6632IMG_6633IMG_6651IMG_6655IMG_6682IMG_6693IMG_6696IMG_6688