Feeding Friends

by HEAB on March 10, 2015

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Chris and I love having people over for dinner, and it’s extra fun now since most of our friends starting having babies right around the same time we did.  So, our quiet little get-togethers of a few years ago are a little louder and a lot messier, but everyone always has a good time.  Plus, now that we all need to hire babysitters to go out for dinner, it’s easier on everyone to just enjoy an earlier dinner together, kids included.

In the past, I used to spend hours cleaning the house and plan an elaborate menu (for me anyway – I never get too fancy in the kitchen), but now we keep it really simple and kid-friendly…and my house is far from sparkling.  We have a few go-to menus, including take-n-bake pizzas plus salads (Costco has the best take-n-bakes!) or a taco salad bar.  However, this past weekend, we tried something new, and I’d thought I’d share it with you if you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner party idea.

Sandwiches…

WITH BUTTER!!!

Inspired by this lovely lunch, I bought a couple loaves of French bread, slathered one half of each loaf in salted Kerrygold butter, and stuffed them with deli meat, cheese, and veggies.  We served roast beef + cheddar and ham + provolone and added sliced tomato and arugula for those who wanted veggies.  Butter is my new favorite sandwich condiment.  We served mustard and bread and butter pickles on the side along with a green salad, chips, hummus, and fruit.  Both adults and kids were happy.

Then came dessert…

A skillet cookie.

Note to self: when you make a skillet cookie, DO NOT make anything with taco seasoning in your cast iron the evening before.  Oops.  I just told everyone it was a Mexican chocolate flavored cookie and covered it in vanilla ice-cream.  Problem solved.

YUM!

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Simple Gifts

by HEAB on February 20, 2015

On the toddler birthday party circuit?  If so, here are a few simple gift ideas…

Paint some rocks.

Fill a coin purse with fifty wishes (a roll of pennies).  I found the above coin purse at Whole Foods.

When parents request no gifts, we usually just paint a card.  Summer painted the inside of the card below using this technique,

 and I used watercolor paints on the front.  I love watercolors – they are so simple and pretty and anyone can paint with them.  Seriously, you cannot mess them up.  Just add water and go!

Hope you have fun at your next birthday party! :)

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