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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Football season ends

So, my family is kinda nutty about Super Bowl. As I sit in my recliner watching a pretty horrible football game, I'm grateful for the yummy snacks and rockin' decorations.

Super Bowl Decorations
I make team pennants every year. I stated off making the two teams that were playing in the Super Bowl but after the gazillionth time the Giants made it to the Bowl, I started just making other NFL teams.


This year I made the Broncos, Browns, and Chiefs.

I also have the football field pennants. Tutorial here.


I also have my football felt coasters. Maybe someday I'll inflate my vintage football.

Even the top of the piano gets some love. I adore the referee plates.
 

The Food
Since the game is played in New Jersey this year, our food theme is Jersey shore aka boardwalk food.
Tomato pie.

Popcorn (I make it on the stove with olive and coconut oil.)

Taffy and cotton candy (actually it's cotton candy taffy.)

Corndogs
 


Chips and salsa with cream cheese (this is more of a Grow family thing.)


And, orange and blue jell-0 jiggler helmets.

My mum's friend asked what she could bring to the party so I sent her a link to Martha and she her chocolately pretzel peanut cookie bars.
 
Oh, and lemonade served in Mason jars which originated in New Jersey.
 
 
Okay, I need to get back to the game. Have a great day. Go team!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Headline: Girl from Orange County makes Orange Dessert

I haven't shared a recipe in a while. Well, this weekend I'm sharing a yummy recipe tutorial for Orange Margarita Squares on Cindy's blog, Retro Revival. It's a fun alternative to all the pumpkin desserts this Fall.
Me in my kitchen with my cute orange sandals.
And, while you are there, you can enter to win the pillowcase apron that I made using the 10 Minute Pillowcase Apron Tutorial. I love the deep pockets.


I used a really fun pillowcase and added some cute details. Good Luck!




Wednesday, July 4, 2012

American Flag Collage

We are very patriotic at the Grow Home. Maybe you've seen how we decorate around here for the 4th of July here or here. This year my sister completed our newest American decoration.

It's a 40" x 30" collage made up of 50 stars made from items like seashells, dominos, and buttons on a blue sea of ribbon, cutlery, and paper, 13 stripes of torn patterned paper with silk flowers, beads, dice, Christmas ornaments, game pieces and more.

My mum wrote a fun little I Spy game to go with our custom collage. You can enlarge the above picture or look at the smaller photos to see details and play along.

I Spy 4th of July

I spy a mouse, a rabbit, a hog

an elephant pin and a print of a dog


I spy a knife, a spoon and three more

2 pencils, a sword and two closed yellow doors
 

I spy the queen, her guard and a bus

a bridge and a crown of silver for us


I spy santa, 2 stockings, and a present that’s blue,

An ornament, a tree and a gift bag for you


I spy a strawberry, and a measure for heat

a Band-Aid, a lion and 2 shoes for your feet


I spy a crab, a pepper, a button shell

cotton candy and a blue devil from hell

white stars against a blue night sky

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top right

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Let me know if you play along. For more fun I Spy fun, check out this website.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

OWH Memorial Blog Hop

Welcome to We Grow By Our Dreams. I made a fun card for the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Sketch Blog Hop.


I love making buntings, especially out of vintage sheets so I was so excited when I saw OWH's sketch #101. I made my card out of lots of flowery papers that remind me of vintage sheets.


Thanks again for stopping by We Grow By Our Dreams today. Check out all the other wonderful cards created using OWH sketches. Just click below.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Minnie Mouse Party For Grown Ups


No one represents fun and youthfulness like Minnie Mouse. I spent the day with her and her friends at Disneyland then had a Minnie style party at home.

I made tissue puffs, Martha Stewart style to hang over our food table.  The red, white, and polka dot tissue paper are from Target. I sewed a couple easy table runners from black and white and red and white polka dot fabrics all from Joann. Then I made a matching bunting to hang beneath the puffs.


I served red, black and white food. I found the Mickey Mouse bowls at Target a couple weeks ago.
 Fresh strawberries, red suckers, huge olives, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella balls.

For our main dish we had Minnie Mouse bows with Puttanesca sauce and garlic bread.
We had black and white cake aka Nabisco Famous Chocolate Refrigerator Roll. I found the Mickey and Minnie figures at the Dollar Tree.
 The cake is wonderful alone but the strawberries fit with our color theme. I've also made a chocolate version.

We had water from a clear pitcher with ice and frozen cherries. I also had red and black licorice on the table. Yum!

I found some cute red and white polka dot napkins at Target too. And, of course, now that my party is over I'm finding all kinds of Mickey and Minnie stuff. Sigh.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Feel free to leave a comment.

I'm playing along at Tip Junkie handmade projects

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl Open House


Super Bowl Sunday is a special day for our family. It's a lot of food, some fun commercials, family time, and oh yah, there's is a sporting event on the tv.

The Decorations

I made 3 more team pennants. I've made almost 20 now. Welcome Bengals, Dolphins, and Cowboys.

The football field banner is decorating our kitchen window.
The usual football field platters, football plates and bowls, felt football coasters, as well as our football cheese spreader and bottle opener all make a comeback this year.

The Food
Specially brewed rootbeer (regular and diet) from Brew Bakers in Huntington Beach.
Giant Football Calzone

Pretzel Sticks from Brewbakers with homemade marinara sauce.

 Knock-You-Naked Brownies from Pioneer Woman's Recipe.
 Peanut M & Ms.

 Jell-O Jigglers Helmets in sugar-free lemon and strawberry banana.

The Entertainmnt
We are playing Bingo during the game this year. I found these fun Super Bowl bingo cards online from Parade Magazine

and of course a lot of cool commercials. :)


I hope that you have a wonderful day. Thank you for vistiting We Grow By Our Dreams.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sterling Pear Photo Shoot

Sterling Pear Gold Christmas Tree Skirt
About two weeks ago my friend Janet, the co-owner of Sterling Pear asked for my help styling a photo shoot for her of some of the new products including a gold quilted tree skirt, stockings and table runner. She wanted gifts to go in the stockings and around the Christmas tree. Our friend Jeannette had picked out the most lovely gift wrap and gold silk ribbon and she needed my help wrapping the "gifts."

The papers were beautiful colors, thick and textured with multiple silk-screened layers or flocking. I wrapped each gift and then tied each bow a different way. I even used the Easiest Bow Ever Tutorial on the big present on the left. The ribbon only came in one width which would have overwelmed the smaller boxes so I cut in half lengthwise.
Sterling Pear Gold Quilted Stocking
The pictures came out lovely. Be sure to check out all the other unique items from Sterling Pear including mantle clips, keepsake storage boxes, and hand painted ornments.

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