Sunday, April 18, 2010

More flip flop art

I had left overs from the flip flop project, so I added them to our radio station's studio door.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The flip flop factory exploded in my living room!

I am the After Prom decorating committee chair for my son's high school with prom and after party just a few weeks away-2 weeks actually-but who is panicking?!

Anyway, this year's After Prom theme is "Surf's Up!" with Hawaiian luau flare-complete with grass skirts, loud shirts, fun and games. Each year we come up with a senior souvenir - a themed remembrance of the night for each graduating senior. I'm currently in production of this year's Senior Souvenir-a colorfully decorated flip flop!

Each senior gets one flip flop, so we bought 125 pairs of various size/colored flip flops at Hobby Lobby. Yes, we made a spectacle of ourselves with two carts filled with flip flops in the middle of winter! I bought a cheap hibiscus flower curtain decoration and tore it apart to separate the flowers. I also purchased a bag of long skinny balloons to use to tie the flowers onto the toe spacer. The balloons are pretty long so I cut them in half and took off the ends.

Once all the flowers were attached to each flip flop, my son's girl friend (bless her!) and I started hand printing every one's name on a flip flop. At this point I still have a few to go but at least they are all corralled into boxes and not in a giant ball in the middle of my living room!

Chances are that some seniors won't care about this souvenir and it will end up in the bottom of their car mixed in with fast food bags, thrown away or they won't even come to After Prom because "it's lame and run by lame parents." I don't do it for them, I do it for all of those who do come, find their souvenir amongst the decorations, have fun at the event and appreciate our hard work and the keepsake.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Another yummy recipe to try

(sorry it's a link to purchase book-it's the only way to to show you the cook book)

Pound Cake in a Hurry
Serve with fresh strawberries, raspberries or blueberries
18 1/4 oz pkg. white cake mix
8 oz sour cream (I used the low fat version)
3 1/2 oz pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
1 c. oil
In a large bowl, cream all ingredients together and pour into a greased and floured Bundt pan. (I used cooking spray and no flour and it still came out fine) Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Makes 10 servings

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Thirsty Thursday!

A few weeks ago, some close friends hosted a St. Patrick's Day poker party. Since the party is themed, everyone wears green and silly St Pat's hats, glasses and anything else we can find to add a festive touch. We all bring something to eat or drink and play poker all night. This year I decided to extend the green theme to my adult beverage concoction and made up a variation on the classic bridal shower punch. Here is this week's Thirsty Thursday Drink:

Dirty Leprechaun Punch

2 liters ginger ale
1 can frozen lemonade concentrate slightly thawed
1 can frozen lime concentrate slightly thawed
1 bottle of dry champagne (Brut)
1 container lime sherbet
lemon and lime slices and ice ring for garnish
punch bowl and ladle (use bigger cups than come with bowl-it's so tasty!)
Bundt pan (for freezing ice ring)

Pour water into a Bundt pan and freeze for several hours (this will be your ice ring) Assemble punch right before party for best results. Loosen ice ring from Bundt pan and place in punch bowl, curvy side facing up. Add all ingredients, lemon and lime slices for garnish. Float small spoonfuls of sherbet into punch bowl or in individual cups as served. Have extra ginger ale, champagne and sherbet to mix in as this punch will not last! Even the men liked it.

I'm sorry I don't have a picture of the punch in all its glory-When all the ingredients mix together it really is kinda of a "dirty green" hence the name. Feel free to experiment with different colors of sherbet, use a white soda if you don't like ginger ale and you can certainly cut a few calories by using diet versions of ingredients. You could use this at any event-give it a try!