Saturday, November 21, 2009

Make-ahead Breakfast Casserole

I made this great breakfast casserole this morning for our Relief Society Birthday Brunch and posted it on our ward blog, but since that blog is private, I thought I would put it on here too. Seriously soooo good and easy to make. I'm not really sure how I am supposed to give credit for this recipe but know that it is not a Tina original.

Ham and Cheese Croissant Casserole
from Southern Living Magazine November 2009
recipe from Kimberly Denney
Makes: 6 servings Hands on Time: 15 min.
Total Time: 9Hr., 15 min.

You can substitute leftover bakes ham for chopped ham in this dish. Nutmeg is optional, but add a subtle touch of spice.

3 (5 inch) large croissants (I used the ones from Costco)
1 (8-oz.) package chopped cooked ham
1 (5-oz.) package shredded Swiss Cheese
6 Large eggs
1 cup half-and-half
1 Tbsp. dry mustard
2 Tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg (optional)

1. Cut croissants in half lengthwise, and cut each half into 4-5 pieces. Place croissant pieces in a lightly greased 10-inch deep-dish pie plate. Top with ham and cheese.

2. Whisk together eggs, next 5 ingredients, and, if desired, nutmeg in a large bowl.

3. Pour egg mixture over mixture in pie plate, pressing croissants down to submerge in egg mixture. Cover tightly, and chill 8-24 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake, covered 35 minutes. Uncover and bake 25-30 minutes or until browned and set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

This was such an easy recipe and would be great for Christmas morning cause it's all made the night before. I also think it would be really good ( I haven't tried this so if you do, let me know how it tastes) to substitute sausage and cheddar cheese for the ham and swiss. Anyway, delicious!!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Halloween 2009

Cindy and Jan Brady, Skeleton and the Grim Reaper

Yes it's true, my girls wanted to be the Brady girls for Halloween. So many people asked me if they even knew who the Brady's were, well they are a favorite in our house. I think my kids can quote more lines from the Brady Bunch than I can. I think they looked pretty darn good.

Ward Party
Justin and I dressed up in an old stand-by. I made these Dutch costumes years ago and we have really go some use out of them. It's a good thing we both got wooden shoes on our missions.
Each of the Auxiliries were asked to do a booth at the carnival so here is the girls standing if front of our bowling alley. My husband didn't even complain when I made him create this spooky bowling lane for me. Next year... Bigger and Scarier. We also had a chili cook off. Wow!!! Amazing cooks we have in our ward.

Preston decided just for his school party that he wanted to be Batman. We altered Dane's costume from last year by cutting about 12 inches off the legs and he was good to go.
This is the epitomy of my little Emma. This is how she walked by us during her school parade. It almost looks like she is doing the "Thriller" dance

I got really into decorating this year. We went very spooky this year and had a great time doing it. It took me almost the entire month to get it to look just the way I wanted.

Of course I need to have my great candy jars. Love them! I've started saving all my candy (that way we won't want to eat it next year) and I have boxes and boxes on the top shelf of my pantry. I'll take a picture of that sometime. Just remember when you come you my house not to eat the candy. It's sure to be at least a year old if not more.
I got these cool pictures at Big Lots and spray painted frames from Savers (feeling very DIY and thrifty at the same time). I had three they are totally like the ones in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Very cool addition to my decor this year.
Halloween Party
Of course I can't go through all the work of decorating without having a few friends over to enjoy it. We had Hot chocolate, cider and desserts after trick or treating.

I think next year I am going to require my friends to wear costumes. That might get me out of the party since none of them will come (except Becky). Party Poopers!!!I thought that I should probably dress up for my own party so when I saw the "Desperate Housewife" wig at the store I had to buy it. Unfortunately it didn't look quite like it did on the package, but I couldn't resist being Bree Van De Camp at my own party.

L-O-V-E, love this kid!!!

I have to say I absolutely adore this little boy. Maybe it's because he's the baby of the family, or maybe it's because he is the only one of my kids that I can still consider a baby or maybe it's because he is so stinkin' good and cute. It's probably all three. Well he turned four a few weeks ago and I just need time to stop right now. I don't want him to get any older but everytime he asks to play the wii or spells a new word for me or reads a new book, I know that he's getting bigger. sniff sniff! Enough of the sappy stuff, Preston Rules and we had a fun Monster party.

He began by saying he wanted a lego party, well after repeating the Hello Kitty parties, I wasn't about to repeat the Lego party so one day we were walking through Target (my favorite place to be) we found the cutest monster stuff and I was able to talk him into the monster party. His birthday is only one week before Halloween so I've always tried to stay away for the whole "halloween" party thing and make it "birthday" but they have so many cute things around halloween, this was the perfect solution for me. Here's how the party went.

The Invite
Designed {using digital scrapbooking} by yours truly. I love doing this kind of stuff.

The birthday boy

The decorations

I guess I dropped the ball on this one and these were the only decorations that I actually took pictures of. These were just some little stuffed monsters we found at Target too then we had balloons. I have been looking at some blogs that have pretty amazing parties and am starting to realize that I need to step it up a little. I guess I'll have a lot of years to get there.


We played Monster toss where they threw the stuffed monsters into buckets and then we also played pin the eye on the monster. I was surprised at how close they all got to the real eyes. I guess they had a pretty good chance seeing as the monster had three eyes instead of just one. Well everyone except Braxton who we tried to trick. He figured it out quickly and got back on track.

The presentsHis best (girl)friend Avery. We love this girl too. They could grow up and get married and we would be perfectly happy with that.
Our neighbors and lego buddies Braxton and Carson.
Our cute cousins Mae and Elle.
Our other cousin Jaynie.

We started a new tradition because everyone at a party always wants their present to be opened first so we let the birthday child choose the first person and then we give that person a ball or something to toss, in this case it was a stuffed monster and they get to toss it to the next person. It kind of becomes a game for everyone and so far no one has gotten upset about when their present gets opened. I had a few people ask me what Preston wanted for his birthday and I don't know if I have said this before, but this kid is obsessed with learning (I finally got one of me). I told everyone that he loves to write and read and those were some of his favorite gifts. Of course he loves Legos too, but we have so many legos in this house I couldn't tell anyone to get him those. Again, took lots of pictures of Preston opening up presents with friends, but not one single thank you note has come out of them yet. The guilt is building now that I have let out my secret. Maybe next year...

The cake

So proud of this one. I didn't even do a trial run and loved the way it turned out. This was definitely a fun party theme. So many ways to go with this. We also had some extra time after cake and ice cream and I let the kids decorate their own monster cupcakes. Everyone loved doing this except Preston all he wanted to do was watch Monsters vs. Aliens (at least he stayed with the theme). The cupcakes turned out really cute and this kids loved doing this.

Our guests
Of course before the party is over I always have to take a picture of all the kids who attended. They got into their goodie bags first and accessorized for one of the pictures. I love it.

The Goodie Bags

One of my favorite parts of a party is putting together a fun goodie bag. Thanks again to Target for all the great ideas and products (I don't know why I am thanking target, they should be thanking me for all the money I spend there).
So one of my very favorite things about Preston is when he tells me "Mom, I love you never ending" Nothing can put a smile on my face like that can.
Maggie's favorite thing about Preston, their private hand shake. "High five, knuckles, skin, eskimo kisses, isses, loves"
Emma's favorite thing about Preston "he likes to watch movies with me and I like to build stuff with him and I like to play legos with him and I like to do our hand shake."

Happy Birthday little butter!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Emma Turns 6

So I am a total slacker!!! Emma's birthday was over a month ago and I haven't posted for so long it seems almost too late to do it. But if you know me, you know I can't pass up an opportunity to post about a party and since I've had Preston's too in the past month, I figured it was time to catch up.
So we had another Hello Kitty party (not so excited to do the same theme for 2 parties in one year. Maggie's was hello Kitty theme too). This one was a little more difficult because I couldn't just take them to Cowabunga Bay and let them play I actually had to come up with some activities and games to play. So here is how it went.

The Decor

The Party
When the girls arrived we gave them each some kitty ears and then my super fantastic party assistants, Maggie and Lindsey, painted their faces kitty style.We then played Musical Chairs and Hot Yarn Ball (Hot Potato). We tried to make it all kitty style, so while playing Musical Chairs, they had to crawl around on all fours like a cat. This was fairly amusing to watch. Not to mention they all meowed like kittys too.

Presents and Friends

I don't remember what Maggie and Lindsey were doing behind the camera, but it had the girls (and Preston in stitches). Well everyone except Rosalind who seemed to be able to keep a straight face through a series of 5-6 pictures
I take these pictures with good intentions. I always say I will make a cute little thank you post card from the picture and send it to their friend. I have been doing this for over 6 years now and have yet to send one thank you post card. I'm the worst at Thank You's. :(

The Cake
So I decided to do a Hello Kitty cake (big surprise) but luckily I did a trial one at our family party a few days before her real party. The first one was a disaster. I do this quite often, I have a great idea in my head and then when I go to execute it it turns out nothing like I imagined. This is the before cake.
Second time around I was much happier with the result. So glad I made mistakes so I knew what to do different.

The Goodie Bags
I so love the dollar spot at Target!!! They always have the best stuff for party goodie bags. Ours was filled with hello kitty treats and surprises.
All in all, I think Emma had a fabulously fun birthday party.

Birthday Breakfast...Pink Pancakes
Emma wanted a stroller for her birthday. She got that plus a baby and diaper bag to go with it.
She took them both to dinner with us that night and had quite a few people stop to admire her cute baby. She informed them all that her baby's name was Lizzie and that she was 6 months old. She also changed the baby's diaper at least 6 times during our dinner. I'm glad I'm not on diaper duty.