Category Archive: Entertaining

Nov 07

Showering Baby Tuttle

One of my best friends in the universe is having a baby soon! Is it just me or is it baby season? I’m loving every minute of it and can’t wait to snuggle all of the sweet babies. I love her little guy already….you’d think I was the pregnant one judging by my excitement!

I hosted a shower for her a couple of weeks ago and had the best time. It was a perfect group of her friends who came from different parts of Kansas to shower Jenn and soon-to-be Baby Tuttle. She received some pretty awesome gifts that will definitely come in handy in a few months.

I only got a few snapshots of the day, but our smiles sum up the fun we had.

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Sep 15

It’s All in the Details

As I mentioned before, I had so much fun decorating for Charlotte’s first birthday party! I figure that this is probably the first and last party that I get to determine the theme, so I made sure to have a great time planning for it. I want to remember all that went in to that day, so I thought I’d document some of the details that went into making it so special.

 

I asked Eric’s Mom for photos of him when he was one. She sent me the sweetest snapshots! He was (and still is) such a cutie! I displayed both of our one year pictures for people to compare how Charlotte looks to us at the same age. Its All in the Details I drew inspiration from one of my favorite blogs, Sugar Bee Crafts (who also happens lives close to us! holla), for these massive prints of Charlotte’s One Year photos. I had them printed at Office Max for a whopping $3.57. They’re 24×36 prints and I mounted them on insulation board from Hobby Lobby ($2.50 each). It was the easiest and fastest project ever, and I can’t believe how well they turned out. Everyone thought they were canvas prints. Several people commented on how expensive they must’ve been. They were shocked when I told them that they were in fact quite cheap! I’ll be putting them up on the walls of her playroom soon. Its All in the DetailsIts All in the DetailsI set out the Shutterfly photo books I’ve made for her over the year, as well as the scrapbook my Mom has made of her life thus far! She is such a crafty lady! Its All in the DetailsFor food, we did snacks and drinks. I found the cute chalkboard tags at TJ Maxx (top 5 favorite places to shop!). Its All in the DetailsIts All in the DetailsThe kiddos at the party received party favors, which were coloring books, crayons and a little tag thanking them for coming to the party. Its All in the Details My Mom made this amazing Happy Birthday bunting banner. It was the perfect “vintage chic” touch!Its All in the Details Its All in the DetailsBrandon was so nice to hang out with the birthday girl while I ran around making the final touches. It was even during the Nebraska game….and if you know anything about Brandon, you know that holding a fussy baby during the game was quite a sacrifice. That’s a super guy for ya! Its All in the DetailsI printed Charlotte’s month-by-month photos and displayed them in a banner for everyone to see how much she’s grown and changed!  Its All in the Details Its All in the Details

 

Finally, i needed an extra special way to thank everyone for being a part of Charley’s big day…and her first year as a whole. I created some amazing thank you cards at Treat, a branch of Shutterfly whom I adore and use on a monthly basis for photo printing and book making. I was super excited to give Treat’s cards a try, and of course loved them!

Its All in the Details

Its All in the Details

Its All in the DetailsThey’re beautiful, personalized, and super high quality. I see lots of fun card-making in the future!

 

Hope everyone has a great week 🙂

Feb 27

Easy Weeknight Meal: Mexican Lasagna

Easy Weeknight Meal: Mexican LasagnaThis Mexican Lasagna is to die for! I’ve been seeing the recipe float around Pinterest for some time now and thought I should go ahead and try it. I tweaked it to make it my own, so I’ve included the recipe below, but it derived from this great recipe.
Personally, I love anything that can be prepped beforehand and popped in the oven when we’re ready for it. I work late one or two nights a week, so Eric gets Charlotte from daycare on those evenings. I decided to make this meal ahead of time so all he had to do was put it in the oven before I got home. It worked wonderfully and tasted great. It’s now on my list of go-meals during the week.

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First, I made the chicken in the crockpot and shredded it when it was done. You can add seasoning to the chicken while it’s cooking, but it’s not necessary.
Then, mix the chicken, corn, black beans, sour cream, salsa and spices together.
Easy Weeknight Meal: Mexican Lasagna
Spray a glass baking dish with non-stick spray, and line it with overlapping corn tortillas.

Easy Weeknight Meal: Mexican Lasagna
Then, spread on a layer of the chicken mixture over the tortillas.
On top of that, add a layer of shredded cheese.
Follow it up with a second layer of overlapping tortillas and repeat the above two steps (just like you would with regular lasagna). The top layer should be a nice helping of shredded cheese.

Easy Weeknight Meal: Mexican Lasagna
And this is the end product!

Easy Weeknight Meal: Mexican Lasagna
I put foil over the top, with instructions for Eric to bake it the next night. Easy peasy!

Easy Weeknight Meal: Mexican LasagnaRecipe: (derived from here)

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded (I did this in the crockpot)
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups salsa
1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 can corn
4 cups shredded cheese
Follow steps above. Cook in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

Easy Weeknight Meal: Mexican Lasagna

Dec 29

Charlotte’s first Christmas

As you can imagine, this was our best Christmas of all for one very special reason- miss Charlotte, of course! It really is so special to share the magic of the holiday with a baby. We are so grateful for a happy, healthy child!

We had lots of places to be and lots of people to meet this year…and our Christmas celebrations aren’t even over yet! Eric has a big family, so our festivities usually last for a few weeks. Charlotte is a lucky girl to have so many people who love her! We spent last weekend in Missouri with the Rinehart side. She met over 100 people in the 3 days we spent there! And boy was she was a trooper. We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with both sides of my family. And we will see more of Eric’s side in January!

This is a very picture-heavy post, so prepare yourself.

Charlottes first Christmas

Charlottes first ChristmasCharlottes first ChristmasCharley got to meet her all of her Rinehart side of the family. She is one of 16 GREAT grandchildren- Wow!

She even helped me wrap presents this year 🙂

Charlottes first Christmas
Charlotte got to meet two very important ladies too; One is her Aunt Sally! She just returned to KS and is here to stay after being away for way too long for her Army duties. But boy, do we appreciate her service! Jaime and Sally are two of my best friends whom I’ve known since I was 4 years old. I feel SO lucky to still call them dear friends and to have them around to watch Charley grow up.

Charlottes first ChristmasShe also got to meet her Aunt Michaela and Uncle Dave! They live in San Fransisco and are visiting for the holiday. Michaela and I have been friends…since birth, so I was excited to introduce them to one another! It’s so hard to believe we’re at this stage of life. After 27 years, we’re really more like family, so it felt so special to have her meet our little one!

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We spent Christmas Eve at our house this year…which was perfect. We went to Christmas Eve candlelight mass at our church. And as usual, it was amazing. I love our church so much! Charlottes first ChristmasCharlottes first ChristmasCharlottes first Christmas

The best present under the tree you ask??

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Just two of our favorite ornaments this year! Charlottes first Christmas   Charlottes first ChristmasCharlottes first Christmas Charlottes first Christmas

Meeting cousin Shannan at the Bradbury Christmas!

Charlottes first Christmas

This is one of my favorite pictures from this Christmas! Just look at the delight on both of their faces 🙂

Charlottes first Christmas

Four generations

Charlottes first Christmas Opening her stocking on Christmas morningCharlottes first Christmas  Grandpa putting Charley down for her nap…Charlottes first Christmas This girl LOVES her exersaucer! Thanks to my good friend, Erin for letting us borrow it!Charlottes first Christmas Charlottes first Christmas Charlottes first Christmas  Charlottes first Christmas

Mistletoes…Charlotte made this adorable art project at daycare! That’s another huge blessing we have to be thankful for this year- an AMAZING daycare. I thank God every day that I drop her off for helping me find such a great group of people to take care of our little girl. They love her and she loves being there! That makes going to work so much easier.Charlottes first Christmas

These adorable stockings were made by my good friend Kelsey’s Mom, Connie. So talented!! We love them!Charlottes first ChristmasJust a bit of our house this holiday season

Charlottes first Christmas

Charlottes first Christmas   Charlottes first Christmas  Charlottes first Christmas Charlottes first Christmas Charlottes first ChristmasEric got me this beautiful KitchenAid mixer! I was pretty shocked. I’ve always said that when I have a kitchen big enough to put it on the counter, I wanted one. I was definitely not expecting it this year though!! I’ve already used it several times, and I’m pretty much obsessed. Thanks, Eric!!! Charlottes first Christmas Eric took “no shave November” one month too long. He and a friend from work didn’t shave their beards until December 23! We had some fun in the trimming process. Who doesn’t love a mustache with twirlies at the end? Charlottes first Christmas

Hope you all had a very merry Christmas!

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