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Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday Party

For my son’s 2nd and 3rd birthday we gave him a YGG Party.  He loves YGG soooo much (well did–last year, lol).  So for his 2nd birthday we didn’t do much decor but the cake was AWESOME!!  We found an image online, blew it up, added the number 2 and sent it to a local bakery.  We spent so much money on that darn thing and we threw half of it away.  It just wasn’t as good as my normal bakery but geeeee I thought it was so far that particular day.  Lesson learned…drive to the damn bakery!  But it was still a beautiful cake….$80 worth!

 

 

We had a small party.  Just family and a few friends.  Here in Texas it was still warm that early September day so we were able to get some last minute splash time in!

 

For his 3rd Birthday I had to get a little more creative….well since i’ve done it before it had to be better right?!  Well of course I googled…and I even pinterested (yup, made that word up just now!).

Yo Gabba Gabba setup

 

I LOVED the banner on this site so much I emailed her and she had sold hers on ebay recently but was sooooo kind she told me how she made it!  Our banner, we actually loved it so much we made 2!!

Gabba Banner

 

I saw these chocolate covered pretzels for a snack and didn’t want to do all the characters so I stuck with Muno only.  EVERYONE loved them and OMG they were actually tasty.  I’d never had chocolate covered pretzels like this before.  They were very simple to make too!  I melted wiltons red candy wafers in a tall cup, dipped and swirled the rods (tap excess off) and applied an eye (found a pkg at walmart el super cheapo!) while the melted chocolate was still wet, and let dry on wax paper.

Muno Pretzel Rods

 

Then I found these cutouts on the YGG friends website.  I printed on cardstock and cut out and just taped to our tile fireplace.  And of course streamers!

Gabba cutouts

More Gabba streamers

 

The cupcakes and cupcake stand!  I didn’t have a ton of extra cash to just buy the cake stand I wanted so I got this $5 cardboard one and mod podged scrapbook paper and ribbon in YGG colors and used scrapbooking sticker decals for the Happy Birthday and balloons.  Probably cost me about $7.  For the cupcakes I had Kroger make me 12 chocolate and 12 vanilla cupcakes with 2 different colors of green frosting (about $16–hell of a lot better than that darn $80 cake the year before).  Then I made the Brobee horns out of leftover candy wafers from the Muno sticks.  With all the decorating I just didn’t have time to make the cupcakes…I know bad mom!

Cupcake Stand

Yo Gabba Gabba cupcakes

 

I had to have a little bit of character wrapping paper going on too!  Easy peasy!  Green wrapping paper and the same images from the banner…..cut and tape!

Gabba wrapping

More Gabba wrapping

 

Now for one of the BEST things in my opinion!  A life size DJ Lance Rock as soon as you walk in the door!  My husband worked with a lady that just so happened to have one (weird I know!).  I got helium balloons and clipped them to his hand and gave them away along with their party favor bag (bubbles and chalk) when they left.

DJ Lance Rock

 

I LOVED this party!!  So simple, so easy, and sooooo totally GABBA!!!  We all had a blast!  Especially this lil sweet birthday boy!

Jayson age 3.

A little Potty Training excitement here today

 

Is potty training as easy as ABC 123….no it’s not!  Today is the start of our adventure with kiddo #3.

As I’ve said before my 3 yr old is Autistic…so some things he just doesn’t get right away.  Potty Training is one of them!  His teachers at school have been working with him a lot and doing a fantastic and we’ve been trying at home w/out pushing too hard.  The only time we could get him to even want to sit on the potty was at bath time.  Last night that little booger sat on the potty for 20 min and nothing!  He counted, he sang, he counted again…sang again and still nothing.  We left the room, stayed in the room, stood by the door…nothing.  Finally we were able to get him off–what kid just wants to sit there?!  Every kid i’ve potty trained never wants on the potty (worked in daycare for a good while–i’ve seen my share of those kiddies)!

 

Well this morning he said the magical words….”yellow”.  That’s how he tells us he has to potty.  We went in and voila, it happened!  We’re hoping for a continuation but who knows.  Today could have been a fluke!  Maybe not, I dunno..

Buttercream Frosting

It seems all I do around here is make cupcakes!  Well I have 2 special events coming up where I’m making cupcakes….I need practice!  Luckily most of these cupcakes I’m giving away!  It’s a funny thing…I don’t actually like sweet sweets, lol!

Most of my practice that was needed was making the frosting.  I can make a delicious frosting but it’s never as thick as I want it to be and in the end I have powdered sugar ALL over my kitchen!  Well as of today those days are OVER!!  I have found the secret and am here to tell you what that is!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened (not melted!)
  • 3-4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt (only if you use unsalted butter)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • up to 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream

What to do

Beat butter for a few minutes in a mixer (paddle attachment works best).  TURN OFF MIXER, so the sugar doesn’t blow everywhere!  Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and then mix on the lowest speed until you have little clumpy sugar butter bits.  Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla, salt (if you used unsalted butter), add 2 tbsp of milk or cream and beat for 3-4 min.  If your frosting is too thin add more of the powdered sugar.  If too thick add more milk/cream 1 tbsp at a time.  Mix to the consistancy you want and voila.  You’ve made beautiful sweet tasty home made frosting!!

 

Tip- To make the consistency you see on this cupcake I used 3 cups of powdered sugar and 1 tbsp of milk plus all the other ingredients.

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Cowboy Taters

It’s time to talk good ole comfort food.  This side dish is so good you could eat it by itself!  It’s definitely a favorite in our house.

 

 

Recipe (this recipe is for 6 small/medium taters)

potatoes, washed (1 potato per person; with or w/out skin)

1/2 medium purple onion, finely diced

1/2 stick butter (or 4 tablespoons if using tub)

cajun seasoning (we like Pamepered Chef’s)

montreal steak (McCormick–YUMM!)

seasoning salt (Lawry’s; about 1 tablespoon)

couple dashes salt/pepper

2 pieces of foil (about 10″ each for 5-6 taters)

ketchup (for smothering them in when they’re done!)

 

What to do

Wash taters.  Peel if desired (we do 2 for the kids).  Dice taters.  Lay 1 sheet of foil down and put taters on top (leave about 1/2 inch around the edges you’ll need this later).  Finely dice your onion and add to top of taters.  Scatter your butter on top of taters.  Add a good amount of seasoning salt.  A couple dashes of salt/pepper.  And if you’d like a lil kick add a couple dashes of montreal steak seasoning and cajun seasoning.  Put your other piece of foil on your taters and roll all the sides up to create a closed pocket of taters.  Bake at 350° for about 25-35 min on a cookie sheet.  Or you can do our preferred method and cook directly on the grill for about 25 min.  When done cooking open foil (you might even have to cut open)…BE CAREFUL, the steam is super hot.  Add ketchup and enjoy!

**Remember if your making a smaller/larger amount your cook time will vary…the time and ingredients given above is based on our recipe of 5-6 small/medium taters.

 

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.  They go great with any kind of meat, sloppy joes, hot dogs, & hamburgers!  Basically anything you’d eat a french fry with, lol!.

We stole a car for Valentine’s Day…what’d you do?

So all week i’d been getting ready for Valentine’s Day…..then it came and we couldn’t wait until it left!

The morning started out FANTASTIC!  I made my hubbs egg in a hole using a heart cookie cutter and my kids cinnamon toast cutting the toast into a heart.  Super cute right!

       

Well my 18 yr old was sick and didn’t get to enjoy it but he did get Chic-Fil-A soup later that day.  Then my 3 yr old had a melt down….lasted all the way to school (20 min drive!).  He even came home all wound up, ugh!  Then the afternoon issues started.  I was trying to rush home after getting my 7 yr old from school because we were having a car delivered to the house so ours could go in the shop for repairs….for the third time!

It’s not a major repair but one that can’t really be figured out because there are so many sensors (airbag light/ding).  So they bring me a car and I get all snotty with the guy (oops).  I said well I must check the seat belts because the last car you guys gave me one of the seat belts didn’t work and that’s no good…I have 3 kids!  So when we checked I about fell over from the cigarette smell in the car.  I commented on it and he really didn’t say much.  Seat belts worked…thought we were good and he left in my car.

Well since I have an allergy to cigarette smoke my hubbs got home early to make our Vday dinner and I made him go wash/clean it out.  He didn’t even make it to the carwash before the car started acting up on him (less than 4 miles from the house!).  SERIOUSLY!!!  So after about 2 hours of arguing with the dealership (because service was closed) about getting us another loaner car I told my hubbs we have an extra key to our car and they told me they weren’t going to start working on it until the morning so I bet it’s sitting out there.  So what’d we do….drove 40 min to Arlington and stole our car!  I felt like such a criminal but man that was FUN!

The night ended with both of us all pissed off at each other because we were pissed at the dealership…man love hurts eh!  I’m sure we’ll look back at this and laugh at it all.  I LOVE YOU HONEY!!

We did wind up celebrating Vday last night…with over-marinated steaks (cause I was ready the day before!), over cooked cowboy taters, and mushy corn on the cob….yah so we didn’t really have a good Vday!  And my oldest had to work so he missed the family vday dinner too!  I’m thinking we need a redo night out!

Hope you all had a wonderful Vday!

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