July 8, 2014

4th of July Party Details (#riberty)


Did you have a good 4th of July?! We sure did. We enjoyed a neighborhood parade, ate ribs and celebrated with friends and family. All-in-all, a successful holiday!

As part of our festivities, we enjoyed ribs from Tony Roma Ribs. Have you tried their pre-cooked ribs? So easy to prepare (Seriously: open package, heat contents. It doesn't get much easier than that!). And, really tasty, too! Everyone loved them and couldn't believe they weren't homemade. 


The party details were really simple. I just served a few side dishes and some cold drinks. I pulled out all my red, white and blue stuff (of course) and set up a buffet. Easy-breezy.


I just love July 4th, don't you?? 


Oh, and you know I had to throw a few festive touches on my mantel. Truthfully, I didn't want to overhaul it completely, so I just added some flags and redid my chalk message. Again, easy-breezy! 

**Go check out Tony Roma Ribs, when you get a chance. You can pick up their pre-cooked ribs at your local grocery store. They were kind enough to sponsor my party and this blog post, but all opinions are 100% mine. 

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June 11, 2014

DIY Patriotic Rug + 110 Red, White & Blue Ideas!


4th of July is right around the corner! What a great excuse to get crafty, don't you think?? Red, white and blue just feels like Summer to me. So, when I was invited to participate in a Red, White & Blue round-up with 100+ creative bloggers? Of course I said heck yeah!

Scroll to the bottom to get my tutorial for this quick and inexpensive DIY patriotic welcome mat. And, then go visit some of the other fun tutorials and recipes below!

DIY Painted Welcome Mat

Supplies:
*indoor/outdoor, multi-surface craft paint in red, blue and aqua (I used Martha Stewart brand)
*foam stars
*stencil paint brushes
*inexpensive, plain welcome mat


I started this project with a $2 welcome mat from Family Dollar. Can't get much cheaper than that! I added some supplies I had in my stash. And, ended up with a (very) inexpensive welcome mat. And, my little helper got to get her hands in some paint, too. So it was a win-win for us!

Steps:
1) Gather your supplies.
2) Use foam stars as stencils. Place a star on the mat and then dab paint around the border of star. Remove stencil and fill in star with paint. Use stencil brush to push paint deep into the rug fibers.
3) Repeat, alternating colors, until desired look is achieved.
4) Let rug dry completely before placing outside.

As you can see in the collage above, I let my helper paint the foam stars when I was done with them. That totally kept her occupied and happy! :)



If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my rug sneak peek last week (doesn't my daughter have the sweetest little toes?? Swoon!). We actually spent last week at my parents' house, so it was fun to have a little craft project to work on.

The pretty kelly green door is my parents' front door, in case you're wondering. Isn't it a fun color?!


I love a $2 craft project, don't you?!

Be sure and visit some of my friends above. So many awesome Red, White & Blue ideas!
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June 9, 2014

Vegetarian Oven Nachos


Back in March, I shared a delicious recipe for Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin using the Primo Picks from H-E-B. I had so much fun trying out their favorite items, I agreed to do it again with their May Primo Picks! The May picks were just as yummy and I got to try some new food products. In fact, I tried something I might never have picked on my own: Neat Healthy Replacement for Meat. With this meat replacement, I made a quick and easy dinner of meatless oven nachos. So good! 


I'll be honest, when I pulled this out of the box I groaned a little. Meatless meat?? I figured it was full of soy and chemicals. I'm glad I looked twice! The ingredient list is surprisingly short and comprised of real foods (and no soy...yay!). Pecans, garbanzo beans, GF cornmeal and some seasonings. That's it! To turn the powder into meat, you stir in water and eggs and cook it like you would ground beef. Easy!

Vegetarian Oven Nachos

(serves 4) 

6 Mixla corn & flour blend tortillas 
1 bag Neat meat replacement (cooked according to instructions)
2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 C. sliced black olives 
1 C. pinto beans, drained and rinsed
20-25 cherry tomatoes (I used golden cherry tomatoes)
handful of cilantro, to taste
H-E-B That Salsita (optional as garnish)

Place 6 tortillas in a 400 degree oven and bake for 6-8 minutes, flipping half-way through, until tortillas are crisp. Break tortillas into 4-5 pieces per tortilla and place on a foil-lined, greased cookie tray. Layer meat, beans, olives, tomatoes and cheese on top of tortilla pieces. Place in oven until cheese is melted and toppings are warm. Remove from oven and garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve warm with salsa on the side. 


Of course, you can skip the step where I baked my tortillas into chips by purchasing your favorite bag of tortilla chips. I just like saving a few calories where I can. Plus, I really like the taste of these tortillas (also from H-E-B) baked into chips!


The verdict? I really enjoyed my May Primo Picks from H-E-B! I'm so glad I got to try out a few new products. I thought the Neat meat replacement was delicious. And, because my parents live on a Pecan Orchard, I'm especially fond of pecans ;). Pecans as meat replacement?? Who would have thought!

**H-E-B provided me with products to sample for this blog post, but all opinions are 100% mine!

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