Party Pecans

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Talk about a crowd pleaser! These little gems are just perfect for any party! Great for any gathering! And they are quick and easy to make!! Even better, right?

1 12oz bag halved pecans

3 T butter

1/3 c brown sugar

1/2 t each ginger, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt

Melt butter, stir in all ingedients toss with nuts, stir well. Dump on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast at 350 tossing nuts around every 5 mins. DO NOT OVER COOK! Mine were done in about 12 mins.

ENJOY!! Mama Bird

Erin’s {best ever} Pimento Cheese

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Seriously, this is a slap your mama, yum-o, delish, I wanted to lick the bowl and made it my dinner PIMENTO CHEESE! My girl Erin who doesn’t even really love to cook, but does love to entertain made this superb pimento cheese and I have personally requested that she make it for every function! So today she has graciously agreed to share with you guys the recipe! This is originally from Southern Living (one of my personal favorite mags of all time!)

Erin’s Pimento Cheese

1 1/2 cup Duke’s mayo

1 (4oz) jar of diced pimentos, drained

1 t Worcestershire sauce

1 t grated onion

1/4 t ground red pepper

1 cup chopped pecans

1 (8oz) block extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1 (8oz) block sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Preparation:
  1. Make the mayo mixture. In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise, diced pimiento, Worcestershire sauce, grated onion, and ground red pepper until blended.
  2. Toast the pecans. Toasting brings out the rich flavor of the nuts. Preheat your oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, shaking pan halfway through.
  3. Shred the cheese.  Using the small side of a box grater, finely shred extra-sharp Cheddar cheese. Then use the large side of the grater to coarsely shred sharp Cheddar cheese. Fresh cheese makes all the difference.
  4. Stir and enjoy. Add pecans and shredded cheeses to mayo mixture, stirring until blended. You can store it in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Serve with celery sticks and assorted crackers, pretzels, tortilla chips etc…

Southern Living MAY 2010

ENJOY!!! Mama Bird

 

Kate’s Christmas Cheese Tree & Snowman

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Last week I shared a Favorite Things Christmas Party! Each girl brought a favorite app or sweet as well and Kate brought, what looked to cute to eat, a Christmas Cheese ball in the shape of a CHRISTMAS TREE & a SNOWMAN!! The pic is Kate’s handiwork and I will have to reference it as I try and make mine!

They were freaking adorbs and I immediately had to snap a pic! When I finally tasted, as I was honestly afraid to ruin the look! I was so glad I did! BEST ever! So different, so fresh tasting, so YUMMY!!!

Yeah! just in time for menu & party planning Kate is sharing her yum-o recipe!! Thanks girl!!

Kate’s Cheese Ball

6 packages of 8oz cream cheese
8 cups sharp shredded cheddar cheese ( I always grate mine off the block, it tastes soooo much better)
4 tablespoons pesto

1/2 cup chopped parsley or cilantro
3/4 cup chopped pine nuts and 4 tablespoons whole pine nuts
4 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
1 lemon
1 baby carrot (buy a bag and use them to eat the cheese ball)
Fresh thyme
1 Cucumber
Pretzel sticks

Olives

Directions:

Let cream cheese come to room temp. before trying to mix or your arm will fall off trying to get the cheese incorporated. Place the cream cheese, shredded cheddar and pesto in a large bowl and mix it together. After mixing, cover the bowl and refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm enough to shape.

When the mixture is firm divide it in half. Place half of the mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap and cover the cheese mixture. When it is covered shape it into a cone shape for the Christmas tree( You can also leave out the plastic wrap step and just use your hands, but I find it more appealing to eat something that has not had someone’s hands all over it). After you have shaped your cone roll it in the chopped parsley or cilantro and set on a serving platter.

Take the other half of the mixture and divide it into 2 parts making one larger than the other. This is to make the head and body of the snowman so just use the amount you want for the size you are going for. I used plastic wrap again for shaping the balls. After shaping the balls roll them in the chopped pine nuts. When they are done place the larger ball on the platter and the smaller ball on top of the larger ball and press together.

At this point you can start to decorate the tree. Cut off a slice of lemon peel and shape it into a star. I just free handed mine but if you have a small star cookie cutter that should work too. Use the whole pine nuts as garland on the tree and the chopped red bell pepper for ornaments.

For the snowman, wrap the thyme leaves around the head like a scarf, use a carrot for the nose, 2 pretzel sticks for the arms, pieces of olive for the eyes and buttons, red bell pepper for the mouth and cucumber ends for the hat. Serve with veggies and crackers.

It ROCKS!!!

Totally making this for my family Christmas party!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Super J’s party! {the food}

Not sure how I forgot to post about the yummy treats I made for j’s party!! I even made all my own printables! for the food and “super shot”! Pop on over to see the decor , all which I up-cycled from my garage or borrowed! And to see the invite I made!!

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jumbo marshmallows dipped in white chocolate

& super sprinkles

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“super” lunch bags

“HERO” sammies

carrots for x-ray vision

grapes for elasticity

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power shots!

lime gatorade, dash of sprite & pop rocks!!!

kids LOVED them!!! BIG HITI

the cake!!

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vanilla cake with vanilla cream frosting

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cupcakes

famous chocolate with cream cheese frosting

Everything about this food was fun and worked perfectly with the “SUPER” theme!

Fun times! xoxo, mama bird

Thanks to Heather Machut Photography for taking the great pics!! <3

Carson’s {star wars} Birthday

Carson’s Birthday cake with Yoda (all edible)

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Carson’s 4th Birthday was super fun! I loved making this Star Wars cake. His mom, Heather Machut is an amazing photographer and she took these great pics!

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adorable banner Carson’s mom made with her cricut!

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blow up light sabers and darth vader masks made the table look wonderful

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Star Wars t-shirts for party favors found at Old Navy

Wasn’t this a great party?

xoxo, Mama Bird

Owl {it’s EK’s} 1st Birthday

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My friend Jen’s little girl turned 1! I had the privilege of making her a smash cake as well as cupcakes for her friends and family! 

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How adorable is this photo banner that Jen made!

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Here is the Birthday cake & cupcakes

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Here is the Birthday girl!! How freaking cute is this bday hat?! and HER NAME!!!

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Table scape

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printables via andersruff 

What a great FIRST Birthday!!

Hope you enjoy.

xoxo, mama bird

CARS {2} PARTY ideas!!

With Cars 2 coming out June 24th!!!! I am thinking that this would be a great theme for Jack’s 4th birthday this August. I found Buckets of Grace AMAZING CARS Party!! See her FULL post HERE with all the great details. I had to highlight a few of the fantab details that I am most in love with!

THE CANDY TABLE!!!

Candy Labels – Posh Pixels

Banner – Gwynn Wasson Designs

Checkered Flag Banner and Table Skirt – Race Party Decorations

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cars bags orintal tradingcars bubblescars- crayon rolls etsycars-cupcakes toppers meri mericars-kool aid

 Mrs. Mommy Mogul did this fantab table scape. I love the centerpiece with the monogram.

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Cars 2 racing into theaters June 24th! I can’t wait to take Jack and his buddies!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Percy Jackson Birthday Soiree

percy A good friend’s daughter is having a Birthday and she LOVES the Percy Jackson book series and especially is in LOVE with Greek Mythology. I am so excited to share ideas for this party! Fun and Different!!

Invite: Parchment Scroll written in purple, tied with a gold ribbon. (the Birthday Girl is making them!)

Decor: White, gold & BLUE

Games: Make a sign “Camp Half Blood” for some “Olympic” games

1. Capture the Flag

2. Scavenger Hunt

2. Trivia Game (also printed on parchment looking paper with medals for the winner)

Favor/Craft:

1. Nature Walk at dusk, search for leaves to make Laurel Wreaths for each girl to wear a “crown”. This is the PERFECT time of year!!

Greek Menu: I get really excited about Greek Food!!

Kabobs

Greek Layer Dip w/ pita chips & carrot sticks

Strawberries  (the fav food of Camp Half Blood)

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BLUE cake, cupcakes BLUE punch, BLUE cookies (blue is the color of food that Percy’s Mom makes him for special occasions!!) I used symbols from the book, the trident, a maze and a lightening bolt to make cupcake toppers and cake decoration.

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xoxo, Mama Bird

Al’s {soon to be} Famous Greek Dip

A dear friend, Al who resides in Charleston (now) with her adorable family makes this yummy and oh so easy greek dip for all of our Girl’s Get Togethers. Al’s {soon to be famous} Greek Dip is the perfect addition to any party buffet, a great weekend snack, or just a fun app for most any occasion! It is healthy but has alot more glitz than a boring veggie plate.

10 oz Sabra Hummus (I love the Roasted Red Pepper)

1 large cucumber, peeled & diced

1-2 tomatoes, diced

4 oz feta cheese, crumbled

Tzatziki sauce (recipe follows)

Layer ingredients starting with hummus and finally topping with the tatziki. Serve with pita chips and fresh veggies. Doubles wonderfully. You can make ahead. DELISH!!

Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Sauce)

8 oz plain Greek yougart (strained for an hour or 2 to remove excess moisture)

1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded & excess moisture removed

1 t fresh dill

1 T fresh lemon juice

salt & pepper to taste

Toss everything in the food processor and blitz for a minute. Chill in fridge. ENJOY!!