As I prepare to celebrate the long Labor Day weekend with my family, one of the first things that comes to mind is the backyard bar-b-que. Hamburgers, chicken, pork tenderloin and more....YUM! I know in our household, bar-b-que is the standard weekend fare for our family! And, I can't wait to try some new recipes and techniques this weekend; well, my husband grills and I help with the sides.....
To decorate your home just in time for Labor Day, print and assemble our country inspired star banner using scissors, a hole punch and satin ribbon,
This country inspired star banner is part of our patriotic collection which includes the star banner, an apple pie banner, paper fan templates, sparkler tags/cupcake toppers and snack cone patterns. All of these items are a great way to personalize and dress up your Labor Day meals!
Happy Labor Day!
Labor Day weekend is just around the corner, and for most, that means a long weekend spent with family, friends and neighbors. Whether you are preparing a dinner at home for your family or tasked with bringing an item to a pot-luck event, this apple pie and FREE printable "USA" bunting banner is sure to be a hit!
To recreate your own "mile-high apple pie", follow the recipe outlined below:
To make crust: In a food processor, combine flour, almonds, butter, salt and brown sugar. Pulse 6 to 8 times, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing until mixture solidifies into a ball. Remove dough from machine and shape into 2 discs; one disc should be about 1/3 larger (for the top crust). Wrap both in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 425°. Place dough on a floured board and allow dough to stand, unwrapped, until just pliable, about 10 minutes. With a floured rolling pin, roll out the smaller disc into a 13-inch circle. Move dough a quarter turn with every roll, making sure it is not sticking to the board underneath. The dough should be 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick. Line a 9-inch pie dish with dough. Lightly dust board with more flour and roll out larger disc into a 15-inch circle; set aside.
To make filling: In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Add apples and lemon juice; gently toss to combine. Place filling in crust-lined pie dish and dot with butter. Cover with large dough circle and cut a large X into the top; gently pull back the corners of X to allow steam to escape.
In a small bowl, combine heavy cream and egg yolk; brush crust with mixture. Place pie on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375° and continue baking until filling bubbles in the center and crust turns golden brown, about 1 hour. (Tenting with foil for the last 45 to 50 minutes may be necessary to prevent over-browning.) Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour; serve with vanilla ice cream.
To see our entire ice cream theme printable collection, be sure to visit our etsy store.
To see this entire collection of ice cream party printables, be sure to visit our etsy store.
Thank you to our Boston customers for sharing pics from their fun "Flashback to the 80's" dinner club party. Guests were encouraged to come dressed in 80's attire. Everything provided by the hosts, from the decor, menu and entertainment took guests back to this rocking era. Even the dog got into the evening's festivities! Photo props, inflatable electric guitars and fun over-sized inflatable microphones made this party "totally rad".
Even though my oldest child is only in pre-k (and has no idea that his sandwiches are cut into fun shapes), I still get a kick out of trying to do sweet things for him in the morning before I send him off to school! I know that one day, he will realize what mommy is trying to do and will smile and appreciate the efforts.
As you start to prepare for back to school time, download and save these FREE mommy notes of encouragement. Whenever your child needs a pick-me-up, a word of encouragement before a big day, or you just want to tell them how special they are, put one in their backpack or lunchbox. Your children will always remember the small things that you do for them!
Be sure to download all of our FREE back to school printables!
It is hard to believe that the 1st day of school is right around the corner! Our 2 1/2 year old will start his 2nd year of pre-pre school 2 days per week and our 17 month old daughter will start her first year the same number of days. We are both excited and anxious about how they will adapt to new classrooms, new teachers, new schedules and new friends!
As a room mom last year for my son, I know how important the teachers are to a child's school year.
Show your appreciation for your child's teacher on the first day of school with these simple "Happy First Day!" cards. For a simple, affordable treat, tie them onto homemade cookies or breads. They can be personalized with your child's name for a nominal fee in our etsy store.
Guests of Allison's 9th birthday party were in for a big treat!
Held at a hip-hop dance studio, guests were guided through a choreography session, led by professional dance instructors. Following their lesson, the entire group of 40 guests performed their routine on video.
Another huge party hit was the photo booth, where guests were able to dress- up using a variety of props. Photos were printed on-site for an immediate takeaway.
The main food table was decorated with bright colors, a graffiti inspired 2-tier cake, microphone cake ball pops, cupcakes set on old-fashioned vinyl records as serving platters and rock candy. The centerpiece of the table was the inflatable boom box (great party prop that can serve a useful function later).
As guests departed, they were given their favor bags full of fun gold sunglasses, and an over-sized $$$ beaded necklace, adorned with a gift tag reading "You Made my Party Totally Awesome- Allison".
-Party Style Design and Printables: Crowning Details
-Cake ball cake pops- Angie's Cakes (League City)
-Cake: Shazdeh Cakes & Pastry
-Inflatable boom box, glitter microphones, party plates and cups: Birthday Express
-Purple Gift Wrap Runner- Zazzle
It is hard to believe that it is nearly time to take the kiddos back to school!! Our almost 3 year old son is starting his 2nd year of preschool and our daughter (17 mos) is starting school for the very first time; both 2 days per week.
I am hoping that Nora loves school as much as Harrison!
While so many components make for a great school year, one of the most important are our teachers. Tell yours how much you appreciate and look forward to partnering with them this year by sharing a small treat on your child's 1st day back to school.
Here are some popular back to school treat ideas:
-Starbuck's or local coffee shop gift cards ($5-10 denominations)
-Gift cards to local donut or breakfast shops
-Gift cards to local school supply stores
-Handmade treats (i.e. muffins, cookies, breads)
Be sure to print our FREE Teacher Treat cards to give your back to school gift an added touch.