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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Supper - Super Bowl Edition!

I know, the big game is coming up.  I love staying at home for all the action.  I really love the commercials and the half time show, I will be honest!  But, the food is so important.  You want dishes that will last all night, but that you can munch on all through out the game.  As many of you know, I am sure, the game can take upwards of 8 hours from pregame to postgame.  So this is my FAVORITE go to quick and easy recipe.
It is a great dip with chips and is a great meal on it's own. 
You mix together:
1 cup of cooked rice
1 can of whole kernel corn
1 can of black beans or kidney beans
1 cup of shreded cheese
1 pound of cooked ground beef
1 container of medium salsa
Mix together and heat in microwave. 
Simple and delish!  With the salted chips, you are all set!  Feel free to change or add quantities. 
Enjoy and check out my FREE super bowl party circles!!!  Find them here...whether Steelers or Packers, I got you covered.  If you need table cards, just email me and I will send them off to you for FREE!!!! serena@ryliebooevents.com 
Nite!
Serena

Supper Sunday - Super Bowl Edition!

I know, the big game is coming up.  I love staying at home for all the action.  I really love the commercials and the half time show, I will be honest!  But, the food is so important.  You want dishes that will last all night, but that you can munch on all through out the game.  As many of you know, I am sure, the game can take upwards of 8 hours from pregame to postgame.  I love layer dip to have around the party and this one is DELISH!

Seven Layer Taco Dip Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 bunch chopped green onions
  • 1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1 (6 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, blend the taco seasoning mix and refried beans. Spread the mixture onto a large serving platter.
  2. Mix the sour cream and cream cheese in a medium bowl. Spread over the refried beans.
  3. Top the layers with salsa. Place a layer of tomato, green bell pepper, green onions and lettuce over the salsa, and top with Cheddar cheese. Garnish with black olives.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Seven-Layer-Taco-Dip/Detail.aspx
Enjoy and check out my FREE super bowl party circles!!!  Find them here...whether Steelers or Packers, I got you covered.  If you need table cards, just email me and I will send them off to you for FREE!!!! serena@ryliebooevents.com 
Nite!
Serena

Thursday, January 27, 2011

DIY Thursday - Heart Photo Ornament

Valentine's Day is almost here!!!  I was surfing around and looking at the blogs that I love and I saw this!  It is 2 years old, but I love it!    This makes the cutest Valentine's Day ornament.  Scrapper Girl did such a great job.  So unique and so original. 

Heart photo ornament (tutorial included)....
2 photo strip heart ornament
Instruction 1   Intsructions 2  Instruction 3  Instruction 4  Instructions 5  Instruction 6  Paper and photo heart ornament  2 photo strip heart ornament 
You can make this ornament with 2 photo strips or 1 photo strip and one piece of patterned paper. This ornament can be embellished however you would like and could be modified by making the strips longer and/or narrower.
2009 01 14 033  2009 01 14 013 
To make the garland: During step 4 after stapling, punch a hole 3/4 inch down from the staple line. Make your heart as in step 5 and then string your hearts!

Enjoy and send me pictures if you make these!!!

Check out the post:
http://scrappergirl.typepad.com/scappergirl/2009/01/heart-photo-ornament-tutorial-included.html

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Favorite Vendors- Jaime Mancilla

Hi Everyone!
There are a few vendors that I ADORE working with.  Jaime Mancilla is one of them.  She is kind, sweet and so so so talented.  She makes the adorable bunting that I have been using....remember these???


That is a sneak peak of the Banana Split Party that I did this weekend!  Don't you love the banners!!!

Ok..bunting can make an amazing centerpiece with something so small.  It is such a great detail that adds so much.  I was lucky to find Jaime.  She makes amazing, beautiful and VINTAGE buntings in all shapes and sizes.  Check her out here  http://www.etsy.com/shop/jaimemancilla?ref=seller_info   ....trust  trust me it is so worth it.  They are stunning.
I mean look at this one....
Cremesicle Fabric Cake Bunting Decoration

Ahhh....such beauty. 
Thank you Jaime for your gift!
Serena

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Supper - Pasta Bar!

Hi Everyone!
This weekend, I was lucky enough to have all of my husband's cousins and their wives over for a night of food, games and fun!  I decided to throw a "real" party and set up a spread!  It was sure fun.  We did a Wine and Cheese Party and have pasta bar as the dinner.  This is my favorite, because I love my warming trays.  I wish I could explain love like this...I mean LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!  I have two that look kind of like this IMAGE OF Professional Buffet Server/ Warming Tray
I use them all the time and they are perfect for pasta bar.  I make two sauces, white and red ( spicy red bell pepper) that way people can make pink if they wish.  I make two noodles, penne and spaghetti and then ravioli.  Then people can mix and match what they want for food. 
It is so much easier than a sit down and people can really eat!!!!
Ok...so here is my recipe for alfredo sauce...it was marketed as"better than Olive Garden" that is a big promise.  It is delish! 

Ingredients:

Servings:4

Directions:

Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
  1. 1 Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium/low heat.
  2. 2 Add the garlic, cream, white pepper and bring mixture to a simmer.
  3. 3 Stir often.
  4. 4 Add the Parmesan cheese and simmer sauce for 8-10 minutes or until sauce has thickened and is smooth.
  5. 5 When sauce has thickened add the Mozzarella cheese and stir until smooth. STIR FREQUENTLY.
Read more: http://www.food.com/recipe/better-than-olive-garden-alfredo-sauce-141983#ixzz1BuZuJJMy

Here is a sneak peek picture!!!  Enjoy!
Serena

Thursday, January 20, 2011

DIY Thursdays - Snowflake Hearts

I came across this on one of my favorite blogs!!!  Thank you Party Starters for letting me share with my readers! 

 

Snowflake Hearts {Tutorial Tuesday}



With Valentine's Day right around the corner I wanted to create a fun projects that all of my kids could help me create. The collaboration of paper snowflakes and hanging hearts popped into my head! My older kids had no problem with cutting these, but my 6 year old had a hard time cutting through all of the layers. I had her point out where she wanted me to cut and when we were finished she got to open it up and see the design "she created"! Here is how I did it...


 

Step 1. Using a piece of 8.5" x 11" copy paper pull one corner over to the opposite side, create a triangle


Step 2. Cut off excess strip of paper. when you unfold your triangle you will have a perfect square

Step 3. Take your triangle, holding onto the folded side cut a large tear drop shape. When you open up your paper you will have a heart shape.


Step 4. Take the point of your tear drop and fold your paper upwards a little over half way and crease.


Now Flip your paper over


Step 5. Flip over your paper and fold your paper in half vertically.


Step 6. Start cutting out small tear drop shapes along the sides of your "cone shaped paper". 
Make sure not to cut off your folded sides completely or your heart will fall apart.

Step 7.  Open up your paper and check out your design! 

Cut out different shaped hearts each time in a variety of colors. Then using ribbon or fishing line hang your hearts at different lengths from the ceiling to create a fun mobile. These would also be an adorable decoration taped to windows, walls and doors OR made into a fun bunting.


Pam said "The best part is that all of those little tear drops you cut out, make great heart confetti to put in with your Valentine cards! I hope you try out this fun and easy project."
Thank you so much and send me your pictures of snowflaked hearts!!!  
Check out Party Starters here! 
Enjoy!
Serena

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Paris in January?

As many of you know, I am planning a Paris shoot in less than two weeks! Although I love all the stuff that is out in the marketplace, I want to create something special for the table. I have some ideas, but wants some more! Please share your favorite Paris inspired diy craft!
Nite!
Serena
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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Supper January 16th

Ok...so this is not really a "dinner" post, but if you are like me, dinner is not really dinner without dessert.  So maybe I will just call this post, Sweet Sunday!

1 yellow cake mix
1 egg
1/3 c. butter
1 (14 oz.) Eagle Brand milk
1 c. chopped pecans
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1/2 c. Heath Bits O' Brickle
 
 
Mix first 3 ingredients until crumbly. Pat into 9x13 pan. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and pour over cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Cool and cut into squares.
 
Delish!  I found this on http://kellyskornerrecipes.blogspot.com/ so check it out!  They look so good!
 
Enjoy the holiday tomorrow!  I get to go shopping!
 
Nite,
Serena

Saturday, January 15, 2011

2 Features and a little DIY love!

Hi everyone...
I know that Thursdays is suppose to be DIY night, but with the posting of my Crush Party things got a little mixed up!
So...I was thinking, on a long weekend, Saturday is still plenty of time for you to get crafting!
I wanted to make these for my Valentine's shoot, but ran out of time.  Martha takes simple things and makes them so unique.  I will be doing these for my spring collection in March!

Bonbon-Filled Hearts
Surprise a loved one by hanging a heart-shaped container filled with candy on his doorknob or near his computer.

1. Fold and unfold a square of plain or patterned lightweight card stock to score it as pictured.

2. Fold the card stock in half vertically, and open.

3 Fold it horizontally.

4. Open.

5. Draw two opposite corners of the square inward, tucking in the other two corners.

6. Trace the heart template, below, and cut out.

7. Slide fold A behind fold B.
8. Hold in place. Then use a hole punch to pierce both; thread a ribbon through, and tie. Fill both sides of the heart with candy.


All the "as seen as" can be found here!  I love me some Martha!
 
Check out my Crush Party Features....I am so blessed! Thank you ladies!
follow their blogs for great party pictures and ideas!

Enjoy your long weekend and look out for Sunday Supper...it is a delish new dessert!!!
Serena

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Valentine's Party!

I am thrilled beyond belief to share with you the Valentine's Party that we did this weekend!  I had so many great vendors that helped with the goodies on the table!!!!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way that this turned out.  Let me get to the goods...

































Don't you love the details!  I have been saving those bottles for the perfect party and I love the way the flowers accented it! 
Ok..let's talk details...I was able to work with alot of wonderful vendors, you should check them out and I really think that they helped to make the table come alive.

Table Scape and printables – Rylie Boo Events

Cupcakes and cakepops –Sugar Co Cakes
Didn't you love the inside of the cupcakes!!! So pretty with the swirls of red and pink

Bunting – Jaime Mancilla
 Jaime is so talented and her new "baby" bunting is ADORABLE

Fabric Rosettes
 These made such a statement and were so perfect for this shoot full of love.  I wish I got these instead of fresh ones, they last longer.

Banner, Twine and Olive Juice Cards – Pig Castle
 Miss Mary is awesome.  She makes the CUTEST banners and cards.  She is so talented and so nice to boot, which makes her a dream to work with.  Don't you love the little clothes pins on the banner?!?!?

Soap – Pink Bow Bath Boutique
Amy makes delish bath products.  And they are so pretty and smell wonderful.

Frame – Creative Flair Art
These frames are going to be on a few tables coming up.  So talented and true works of art.  You will see more up close details of this later!

Ballons - Polka Dot Market
http://www.polka-dot-market.com/

Poms - Pom Love
http://www.etsy.com/shop/PomLove?section_id=6138589

Hope you love!!! 
Serena