Monday, December 28, 2015

Perfect Fondue & Only 5 Ingredients!

This is a perfect fondue for any party or event!  We only get this once a year at Christmas from mom and it's always a tradition we look forward to! This year we switched it up a little by my brother and I making it. Usually my mom does it in a double broiler and it seems like she is always having to stand by it and tend to it. This year we used my brothers new 3 hole crock pot to keep it warm. We still had to stand by it initially to get it to the right thickness but then it seemed to be a little less maintenance.

5 Cups processed cheese (2.5C Swiss & 2.5C American)
2 Cups Riesling
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Butter
1/4 tsp Accent
Your choice of dipping items. We like to use loads of bread (sourdough and rye).

Tear apart the cheese. Bring wine, butter, and seasoning to a boil.  Add cheese and either set in a double broiler or crock pot. Stir until all is blended together. 

NOTE: if it is too thick add wine OR if it is too thin add more cheese.

Here is ours in the crockpot. We won't even talk about the other fondue my brother tried to throw together. Let's just say next year we will stick to moms recipe! 

Friday, October 16, 2015

How to tie a bow for your hand sanitzer thank you gifts

I have had a few people ask me how I tie the tag onto my gifts.  Here is a step by step guide, hopefully it helps :).

Start with the Supplies

Tie a knot (or double knot) around the top

Gather together BOTH of the ends

Pull both ends through the hole

Pull your tag all the way through so the original knot is through the hole

 Tie a bow 

You will end up with extra on both ends

 Use scissors to cut the extra off

 And there you have a bow for your tags!

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Babies 1st Year Picture Frame Collage

My little baby is 1! He has already had his:
1st day

1st bath

1st trip to the beach

 1st St Patricks Day

1st Easter

1st Halloween

1st Thanksgiving

1st Christmas

 1st 4th of July

1st Haircut

1st Birthday

 Here it is! A year or firsts!

I sure love that little stinker!  It has been an amazing year and I can't wait for many more!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

The Big ONE first year birthday theme party! Elk Head ~ Rustic ~ My Baby Boy is The Big ONE today! Danner's First Birthday

I can't believe it! My baby boy is 1 today!

Everyone said the year would fly and boy how it did!  I love looking back at all his firsts throughout the year!
First Day - 11 Months

First day, First bath, First trip to the beach, First Halloween, First Thanksgiving, First Christmas, First St Patty's Day, First Easter, First Forth of July and One Year Old! There were so many other ones too, I just love taking pictures of him! :)

We celebrated his birthday a couple days early this weekend:

We did "The Big One" theme with deer / elk heads instead of fish :).

The colors were baby blue, brown, and white :)

My wonderful sweet husband picked me up these wood letters from Joann Fabrics and I painted them baby blue and added the deer / elk head image all over! 

I've been saving soup / bean tin cans hoping to find a use and here we go!  Washed, label removed, scrap piece of burlap glued on with a blue lace ribbon wrapped around an elk head image. 

We covered all the tables with dark brown burlap that we got for 50% off at and also got the white crates there at a different time for $9.99 with an additional 20% off your total purchase coupon.  I love these crates for so many things! :)  The candy jars were from the $1 store and the candy was from  I just layered the blue and the grey candy,  The wood letters were from and painted with a blue paint from this set of paints.  The wood crate holding the 1 and the elk head logos can be found at

Here is the backside of the table.  The metal tins can be found on  The larger tins are 12" and can be found here.  The smaller one is 6" and can be found here.

Here are some close ups

For snacks we did Pistachios (from Costco), 

Pub mix (from Costco),

Peanuts (from Costco),

and Pretzels (from Costco).

For the drink bar we used another cute wood berry crate from to hold all the drink glasses (Starbucks bottles that have been washed and labels removed).  The drinks were water bottles in a 15" tub from amazon and blue hawaiin punch in my glass pitcher :).

Straws can be found here.

We did a popcorn bar :)

I made him a I am 1 banner for his highchair


After :)

We had a cake for everyone else :).  It didn't turn out exactly like I was envisioning but it worked :)

And then Mason Jar Thank You Gifts for everyone to take home :)

There were a few bumps along the way but overall everything turned out AMAZING and I couldn't have asked for a better day for his 1st birthday!