Saturday, November 24, 2012

Just For Me

Don't bother to read this.  I needed to Pin It and I couldn't cause the page had no pictures.  Soooo problem solved. <3  Just planning planning planning.  I'll be back with a real update soon...I swear.

How Much and of What?

Increase amount for dinner parties and gatherings longer than 4 hours.
It's always good to go with a lot of champagne during the holidays.
5 bottles13 bottles25 bottles50 bottles
When in doubt: Pabst Blue Ribbon
20 bottles per hour50 bottles per hour100 bottles per hour200 bottles per hour
Don't know what to buy? See our bar guide, below.
1.5 bottles per hour3 bottles per hour6 bottles per hour12 bottles per hour
Go heavy on tonic water. And don't forget diet soda.
4 liters per hour9 liters per hour17 liters per hour33 liters per hour
Chop some; leave some whole.
Useful and delicious.
1 jar each3 jars each5 jars each10 jars each
Everyone runs out of ice. Don't let this happen to you.
5 lbs13 lbs25 lbs50 lbs
Reduce this number if you are offering plates for food.
40 per hour100 per hour200 per hour400 per hour

Shopping List

  1. GIN
    What a real martini is made with.  We like Junipero, Hendrick's, and Boodles.
    You're not in college anymore; buy something decent, like Herredura or Don Julio.
    If your crowd is of the bourbon-and-Coke variety, go cheap.  If not, opt for something like Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve, or Old Dip Van Winkle.
    The other half of a Manhattan.
  5. RUM
    Should you want to break out the muddler for mojitos, you'll also need a bottle of this.  Try Appleton Estate.
    The other half of a martini.
    Bushmills and Jameson are both good staples.
    Don't skimp on this one.  The Macallan Cask Strength is a good option.
  9. VODKA
    The clear stuff always goes first.  Buy lots and buy well.  Grey Goose and Belvedere are both solid.
    It's a tool, not a toy.  Keep anyone with a Tom Cruise complex away.
    The ones not used in drinks will be eaten by guests.
    Someone will spill.
    For those who prefer their drinks stirred, not shaken.
    Skip the umbrellas and plastic swords. But never skip the lemons and limes.
    Tongs don't work.  Use a large spoon instead.

Friday, October 5, 2012

It's been long time, I shouldn't have left you...

I know, its been a hot minute since I posted anything.  Stuff around here is...well...going.  Busy all the time, between kids, homework, Dave's retirement, spending time with friends and family, and general laziness, there just isn't enough hours in the day.

I wanted to post about some recent things Dave and I have been doing to the house.  We repainted downstairs, added some clever DIY and just updated the look of our home a little.

We saw the top one at World Market for 70 bucks.  We decided to make it for WAY less using some wooden letters from Michaels and a map from Staples.

Then we painted downstairs a BRIGHT yellow color.  (that I adore!!)

We got this little sign for our bathroom door...

And here are the letters on the grey wall with our cruise pictures underneath.  

Soooooo simple and looks AWESOME!  I am so very happy with the turn out!!

Anyhooooo, just wanted to write *something for the sake of writing...hoping that everyone is well xoxox

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Stellar week

This has been a great week so far. Not only has Timmy said some funny stuff but now we have Katie here so I'm sure the laughs will keep coming!!

But the real reason you all read is to know what crazy stuff came out of Timmy's mouth this morning.

Timmy: mom lemme guess. Today is Wednesday.
Me: yes. Today, is indeed, Wednesday Timmy: yes!! Victory is MINE!!!!

That really just happened. Seriously? Victory is mine? Where does this kid come up with this stuff?!?

Hope you are having a good summer. Much love all around...

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Pinterest #7

Its almost summer.  Dave is home.  This means impromptu BBQs and me pulling stuff out my ass.  So today's Pinterest trial was simple easy stuff...a rainbow fruit tray and salsa.  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!!!  

Salsa was SOOOO simple!!  Followed the instructions from the pin and blended it all up in the blender.  I doubled the recipe and instead of the original Rotel that the recipe calls for, I used one hot can and one original. Next time, I'll stick to all original.  Its REALLY good and so easy, I will DEF make it again!!

fruit tray--Again, this was a no brainer people. I used strawberries, mandarin oranges, pineapple, kiwi, red grapes and black grapes. =)  

Happy Eating!!!

Rainbowy fruits <3

easiest salsa EVER!!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Pinterest #6

I saw this and IMMEDIATELY wanted to make it. I thought it would be perfect for our vacay for Sydney on the beaches on Cozumel. Last week I stopped by Michael's and picked up a bunch of bandanas for Rachel and myself and made a Bandana Quilt. It was super easy, you basically buy a bunch of bandanas and put them right sides together and sew. I am think after vacation I am going to add a few more squares, I want to make a "quilt" big enough to be a picnic blanket. I think a 3x3 would work... Anyhow, here's a pic of my completed masterpiece.

Pinterest #5

My friend Maggs is getting hitched soon. She comes over one day and tells me about this NIGHTMARE she had about spilling stuff all over her wedding dress. She said she needed me to make her an apron/bib for her big day so she can actually grub at her reception.

We went off to Hobby Lobby last week and found some fabric in her wedding colors. I found a tutorial on Pinterest and then googled some other ideas. So we could make it more tailored to what she needed/wanted out of her very unique "Bapron". I finished up the project yesterday morning.

Maggs in the finished product
pinning the layers
after the layers were gathered to make the ruffles
laying out the top "bib" piece

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Even Timmy's Friends Say Funny Things

Today, while waiting for school to start, I was talking to Timmy's best friend's grandma. I was telling Rose how Timmy told me that Vinny could not say "yellow", instead pronouncing is "lellow" and the other day in class he said "Yellow" so the whole class cheered for him. She and I were laughing about it as Timmy and Vinny came over to where we were sitting.

Rose: he has problems with certain words. Vanilla and refrigerator are 2 that we are working on.
Me: Awww Nik used to call a refrigerator a "fridgey ridgey".
Rose: Vinny, what kind of ice cream did you have yesterday?
Me: good job dude!!
Rose: and what's the thing called where we keep milk?
Vinny: :::blank stare::::
Rose: you know where the milk and juice is... What is it called??
Vinny: ::eyebrow raise:: Target??
Me: OH!!!! ::::dies laughing::::

I swear I started to cry. I was laughing so hard. Who knew Timmy's friends were funny too!!

From Laura

Just a note to thank you for reading and laughing with me at the ones who make my life what it is!