October 20, 2014

ASHER IS 2 / DIY FIRETRUCK PARTY

My big boy turned the big T-W-O on Thursday and we had a little celebration for him over the weekend. His latest obsession is firetrucks, along with stop signs, so I wanted to create a fun firetruck birthday party for him. Since we are in the mist of packing and set to move in about a week, I wanted something that was easy, simple, budget friendly and of course fun! 



For the party decor I stayed very basic and stuck to traditional firetruck colors... Red, gold, black, and white. I wanted the main focal piece to be the large gold number "2" balloon, which I found at Northstar Balloons. It was 34 inches of total awesomeness and I'm so in love with it! I picked up some fun party plates from target (the Oh Joy collection which is Ahmazing!) and the rest from the dollar tree. For the table cloth, I bought 2 yards of .99 cent fabric from Walmart and stamped it to look like Dalmatian spots. It was super easy to do and saved me a little moolah. For party favors I passed out fireman hats to the kiddos, which went over really well. As for the cake, I just decided to make one this year instead of ordering one and I'm so glad I did. I didn't intend for it to be as tall as it was (oops) but it was 4 layers of total deliciousness! I topped it with a cute firetruck cake topper I found on Etsy. I loved that the cake was simple... Just like I wanted it. 

We decided to do a burger bar and a few fun appetizers for everyone to snack on. I was only able to snap a few quick pictures because we were all starving and the food went fast! I wanted to keep the dinner pretty easy and I thought a burger bar would be a fun option. It went over really well too! 

Since the party was small we only had a few party activities aside from eating cake. Of course one of them was a piñata. I searched high and low for a firetruck piñata, but just couldn't justify spending a ton of money on one since it was going to be smashed into pieces. I improvised and took matters into my own hands and ended up making one myself! I was inspired by this piñata found here and used a few different materials and it turned out great! It was honestly pretty easy to make as well! 

We finished the party off with the delicious cake I made and let Asher dive into his gifts.... More than a day later and Im still full from party! Asher had such a great time and Im so thankful for all of our amazing friends who made Asher's big day even more special!  

You can see Asher's 1st birthday party here and I provided a party supply list with links below! 

gold balloon - Northstar balloons
paper places - Oh Joy for Target
party hats - eBay
Table cloth - DIY
cake topper - Etsy
piñata - DIY 


I hope you all enjoyed Asher's birthday party post! Big things are happening over here so be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date!

XO!







October 17, 2014

THE YUMMIEST SOUP RECIPE EVERRR

Last Fall I made this oh so very delicious soup and it was a total hit with my little family. I pulled out the recipe a few weekends ago and it was just as delicious as it was the first time so I though I would share it with you today! Enjoy!


Harvest Bean Soup





Ingredients:

2tbs. olive oil and a little for drizzling
1 1/2c. cherry tomatoes
1c. diced pancetta or bacon (should be about 4 slices of bacon)
1 jalapeño
1c. diced onion
2c. kale leaves
1 1/2c. butternut squash
1 1/2. diced carrots
6c. chicken broth
1/2tsp. cumin
1/2tsp. dried oregano
1/4tsp. cayenne pepper
fresh ground pepper (to taste)
kosher salt (to taste)
2 cans navy beans (rinsed)
fresh parmesan cheese (for garnish)


- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Place your cherry tomatoes on a cookie sheet and lightly coat them with a little olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper. Roast them until they are nice a squishy (20-30 min). Take them out of the oven and set aside.


- Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Add pancetta or bacon and cook until done. Add jalapeño, onion, squash, and carrots. Cook until soft and be sure to stir frequently. Add chicken broth, spices, and navy beans. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for 20 minutes or so. Make sure your beans and veggies are well cooked.

- Stir in your cherry tomatoes and kale. Cook until the tomatoes are warm and the kale is wilted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with shaved parmesan and serve!

This soup serves about 6 and if you need to make more simply double your recipe. I hope you all love this delicious fall soup!

What are your favorite fall soups? If you have a recipe leave it in the comments below!