Posts Tagged ‘napkin’

Yesterday I had a baby shower for my neighbor Tracie who is expecting in June. She is having a baby boy, Jasper William! Our neighborhood is really close and often throws parties and showers for one another, so it is my kind of place! A few of my neighbors brought food so it wasn’t too much cooking!

The centerpiece and my duck cake in the background:


Close up of the cake I made:


The napkins:


Chicken salad croissants on a bed of lettuce, complete with pansies!


Easy, tasty cucumber sandwiches:


Maggie’s Guac:


Kellly’s fruit and AMAZING dip:


Hummus and veggies:


Cheese and Crackers:


Champagne Punch:


Duck cookies and onsies, of course:


I love baby showers!! The clothes are so cute and everyone is so excited! 🙂


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Last night for Brady’s birthday we had people over! A few people came for dinner but most just came to celebrate after dinner! We had a great time playing WII and Partini while managing to consume a LOT of beer and wine!

Napkin of the night:


B-Day cupcakes:


I wanted to make something easy and fun for dinner since people were coming over right after. Paninis seemed like the perfect thing because Brady loves sandwiches!

We had an assortment of choices:

  • grilled chicken we cut into strips
  • bacon
  • smoked turkey
  • Colby-jack cheese
  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • pickles
  • avocado
  • apple
  • black bean spread (just pureed black beans with red pepper flakes)
  • roasted red pepper spread ( pureed roasted red peppers)
  • mustard
  • mayo



Plus a salad:


And some DELICIOUS roasted veggies (zuc, squash, and potatoes) that Brady made and I somehow missed. 😦

Such a fun night!!


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For dinner tonight we had Brady’s parents and our friends Dave and Jean over for dinner! Everything on the menu was light and healthy! These recipes are easy and will be fun to put into the dinner rotation because they are classic winter time food and they make great leftovers.

Napkin of the Night!

Healthy Cheese Potatoes (Party Potatoes to some) 🙂

  • 1 bag hash brown cubes
  • 1 can 98% FF healthy request cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 c. 0% Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 c. low fat cottage cheese
  • 2/3 c. 2% reduced chedder cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • corn flakes for a topping (with a few sprays of butter)

Mix all ingredients together and bake for at least 1 hour at 350. Top with corn flakes and spray butter and reheat for another 10 min. or so!

Classic Green Bean/Mushroom Casserole

  • 1 can healthy request cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cans green beans
  • 1 small can of French’s onions

Mix beans and soup together and bake until boiling. Add onions and bake for another 10-15 min. at 350.

Chicken + Zucchini Kabobs

  • chicken breast cut into skewerable pieces
  • zucchini cut into pieces
  • garlic wine seasoning
  • lemon/pepper marinade
  • salt and pepper

Marinate chicken in lemon pepper seasoning overnight in the fridge. Cut veggies and sprinkle with seasoning. Skewer and Grill!

No Guilt Apple Crisp

  • 6 McIntosh apples cut into pieces
  • cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Splenda
  • 1 tbsp flour

Mix all together and begin baking at 350.

  • 1/2 c. oats
  • 1/4 oat bran
  • 1/4 wheat bran
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla

Mix topping together and cover apples once they have cooked half-way through. I served this with fat free cool whip, but I think vanilla ice cream would be even better!!

I have been swamped lately with family in town this weekend, school, starting grad school, finishing my nutritionist certification and trying to live a normal life (working out and cooking :). Sorry for the inconsistent posts! I am keep you informed of anything interesting though, and leaving out the more boring stuff that there isn’t time for (delicious oats usually inspired by Kath! sandwich ideas from Tina)

And many more great bloggers, that I will be mentioning soon!

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