February 16, 2012

Vintage Wedding

It has taken me awhile...but I am finally posting these pictures to my blog:)  
On 11.11.11 I got to be the Wedding Planner for one of my Best Friends, Shannon.
We planned everything together...we had lots of craft days and lots of pinning on Pinterest:)
I love how everything came together and had the BEST time doing it!  
This is the sign in table and the first thing that the guest saw when they came in...we had an old, vintage door with some twin hanging from it...guests got to leave LOVE NOTES and attach it with a clothes pin. 

I think this old typewriter completely adds to the vintage look:) 

The wedding ceremony and reception all took place at Los Vaqueros Restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas.  They have this beautiful garden, which is so perfect for a wedding!   

 These plant hangers were on both sides of the isle.  We used old mason jars and filled them with baby's breath and daisy's.
This is the reception part of the wedding where everyone ate.  You can see the burlap bags...they have vintage lace and buttons on the bottom corner and we filled them with salt water taffy. 

Each little table setting was different.  We scoured all Antique stores to find all sorts of turquoise Ball jars and glass items.  Then added embellishments, like lace and keys.

 Swanky Pear Events also designed the Dessert Table.  We made all the cake stands and signs.

We were able to borrow some vintage luggage from some fabulous friends in the area. 

This was the flower girls basket that I made...it is burlap and lace doilies.  

Vendor Credits:
Photography: Jenna Marie Studios
Flowers: Swanky Pear Events (plus friends)
Dessert Table: Swanky Pear Events
Vintage Rentals: Alicesun Michael
Cupcakes: Susie's Sweet Boutique
Set up: Swanky Pear Events with help from Marcia Vigil
Signs: Swanky Pear Events
Location: Los Vaqueros

January 29, 2012

Crock Pot Ravioli Casserole

 I have to say that I am truly indebted to Pinterest!  I have gotten so many fabulous recipes, like THIS one, from there!  My family completely devoured this meal and asked for seconds.  It is just one of those recipes that you will make over and over...and I don't do that.  I usually make it once and try something else.  I get bored of making things frequently...I'm weird like that;) 

This says that it is a crock pot recipe...I have tried it both ways...with a crock pot and with out...and they taste the same either way.  So if you are running out of time...just nix the crock pot.  In fact, I will probably never use the crock pot...since I feel like there's just a lot of dirty dishes while using it!  Serve it with a salad and some hot, buttery French bread and you are in business!  

Crock Pot Ravioli Casserole

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1-2 handfuls of fresh spinach (depending on families taste..take off stems)
16 oz. bow-tie pasta, cooked
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded

Crock Pot Directions:
Brown ground beef with onion and garlic.  Put in crock pot and add sauce, tomatoes and seasonings.  Cook for 6-7 hours on low.  Add spinach, pasta, Parmesan and 1 c. mozzarella during the last 30 minutes of cooking...stir really well, turn crock pot to high.  Then add the last 1/2 cup of mozzarella to melt on the top.

Stove Top Directions:
Brown ground beef with onion and garlic.  Add sauce, tomatoes and seasonings, let simmer for about 15-20 minutes.  Add spinach, pasta, Parmesan and 1 cup mozzarella, stir really well.  When its all mixed together, plate it up and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.  Enjoy!

December 12, 2011

Vintage Wedding

Here is the sneak peak I promised you!  
I have been looking forward to showing you the whole wedding for quiet awhile now!
So...have a peak and get excited for all the pictures!
A HUGE thank you to Jenna Marie Studios for taking the pictures!  
 This is the isle.  I love the blue Mason Jars with the simple flowers.
 Dessert Table.  We used 10 different cupcakes and a little candy here and there.

And a peak at the table.  I will be posting the rest of the pictures with more details soon!

December 8, 2011

Circle Quilt

You know when you get something in your head and you can't get it out?
You think about it nonstop and finally give in a do it?
Well...that's how it was with this project.  I wanted to make a quilt.
I wanted one really bad!  
So I scoured Pinterest searching for the perfect quilt.  
I came across THIS one and knew it was PERFECT!
I cut and sewed and ironed and sewed some more till it was done.
Took forever, but totally worth it!
 I am so happy with how it turned out:)  
 For the circles, I used wonder under on them and ironed it onto the white square.  
Worked perfectly for me since I didn't have to pin the circle onto the white square...what a pain!!

 For the back side, I used a light yellow and then made a strip on both sides of the quilt using all the fabrics.
A total of 19 different fabrics to be exact!  I wish I could tell you what brand of fabric I used, but its all different.  Some Michael Miller, Moda, etc.  I went to a store in Fort Worth called Cabbage Rose and got everything there.  It is a dream store for fabric lovers!

I had to leave you with this picture...this is how my little guy likes to dress.  EVERY DAY!  
The boots are a must.  But I love it:)  It just makes me laugh.

Stay tuned tomorrow because I have something pretty awesome for you!!!  I mean AWESOME!  So excited:)

October 26, 2011

Vintage Baby Shower

I have been so excited to post this baby shower!
I feel bad because 1. I'm not a great photographer and 2. My pics just don't do this justice!
It turned out pretty cute:)
I don't know about you...but I go to a baby shower for the food.  (and of course for mom-to-be...)
I love to see what everyone makes it's just hard not to try one of everything!!
So...for me...picking the food is stressful!  I want a good mix of everything!
Hopefully we did just that!!
You must use Mason jars when you use the word "Vintage".  They just go hand and hand:) 

This little cash register was my favorite part of the baby shower!  How cute is it!  
I really, REALLY did not want to give it back to my friend:) 

 I used mason jars, baby blocks and baby's breath and daisy's throughout.

 A friend of mine is getting married in a few weeks and we have been working on the wedding day and night...
These plate stands are one of those things we have been scouring every antique store for.  We find vintage plates and then some crystal candlesticks...BAM!  Cute cake stands.  

 Sugar Cookies

 I was able to borrow some vintage luggage which totally made the table:)  On top you see Raspberry Thumbprints.

 See those fabulous plates on the left??  Yeah...I found those at Goodwill for $2 a piece!!  Score!!
I also made a little banner...out of twine, clothespins and paper bags!
So easy and so fast...

Girl baby showers are just so fun to do!  The best part is Mom opening all the presents and seeing all those FABULOUS girl clothes!  So cute!!   Anyway...thanks for looking!

September 28, 2011

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

A few months ago we had a Gillis Family Reunion...All of my Dad's family was there and it was a blast!  
We came from all over the place to San Antonio:)  
You can't have a Family Reunion without a cookbook.  You have to collect everyone's favorite recipes and make the best cookbook around.  Which is what I did:)
I have had so much fun trying out all these new recipes!  This is one of them that when I ate one bite...I pretty much died!  There was a sweet spicy flavor to it that just made you want to eat more!
This came from my cousins Leah and Sharlyn...they both submitted the same recipe:)

 Your supposed to use Monterey Cheese, but the grocery store cleared out the entire cheese section and I was lucky to get cheddar.  I could only imagine how much better they would be!  
Also...I am lazy sometimes and hate to boil chicken...so I bought a rotisserie chicken and shredded it.  Too die for!!!

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

6 TBS. honey                                                 
1 TBS. chili powder (use a little less for a milder version)***
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (I used 3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed)
1 lb. chicken, cooked and shredded or a Rotisserie Chicken- shredded              
1 lb. Monterey jack cheese, shredded                       
1 c. heavy cream (I only used about 1/2 cup)
5 TBS. lime juice (approx. 1 large lime)
8-10 flour tortillas (or 12 smaller ones)
16 oz. green enchilada sauce

Mix the honey, lime juice, chili powder and garlic together and toss with the shredded chicken. Let it marinate for at least 1/2 hour (or toss together in a ziploc bag and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours).
Pour about 1/2 cup enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9X13 baking pan. Fill flour tortillas with chicken and shredded cheese, saving about 1 cup of cheese to sprinkle on top of enchiladas. Mix the remaining enchilada sauce with the cream and leftover marinade. Pour sauce on top of the enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until brown and crispy on top.

Serve with sour cream, rice and black beans.
***I used 1/2 TBS and it was still pretty spicy for us.  Beware if you have sensitive palates!

September 26, 2011

Biscuits and Honey Butter

Can I have a show of hands of who has totally given up on my blog and thought that I would never blog again??
Yeah...that's what I thought!  I'm so going to have to beg and plead for you to come back to me huh??
Well...I will do my best!
You see...I have many exciting things coming up and I just can't stand it!
One of my Besties is getting married and guess who is the wedding planner!!!
Yes...yours truly:)  
I've been busy going to a million antique stores and scouting anything and everything I can find on Vintage Weddings...its gonna be awesome!!  I hope:)

 Anyway...here is part one of getting my favorite people to read my blog again.  Biscuits and CINNAMON honey butter.  Oh yeah!  I pretty much just took a scoop of the butter and drank it.  It was that good.  Ok...I didn't really drink it...but I did douse it on my biscuit.  And yes...they really do get THAT big!  The only trick I have for you so they DO get that big is that when you are using your biscuit cutter...AKA...glass cup...DO NOT TWIST the cup.  You will be SO tempted to.  But don't.  It will make the biscuits go all weird.  Don't know why but they do.  So just push the cup down all the way.  

Big Daddy Biscuits
Source:  All Recipes

2 c. all-purpose flour
1 TBS baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 TBS sugar
1/3 c. shortening
1 c. milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal.  Gradually stir in milk until dowgh pulls away from the side of the bowl.

Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead 15-20 times.  Pat or roll dough out to 1" thick.  Cut biscuits with a large cutter or juice glass dipped in flour.  Repeat until all dough is used.  Brush off the excess flour, and place biscuits onto an ungreased baking sheet. 

Bake 13-15 minutes in oven, or until edges begin to brown.

Cinnamon Honey Butter
Source: Here

2 sticks butter (I used salted)
1 c. powdered sugar
1 c. honey
2 tsp. cinnamon

Use the whisk attachment for your mixer and whip the butter (make sure it's soft and room temperature).  Add to it the powdered sugar, then the honey then the cinnamon.  Whip it really well.  Scrape the sides and whip it again.  Then put it into one big jar or cute little 4 oz. jars (6 to be exact)...use it for yourself or give as a gift. 

August 26, 2011

Pinterest Round-up

So...have you joined Pinterest yet??  If not...WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!
My husband makes fun of me since I'm a little bit obsessed.  
There's just something about clicking the "Pin" button:)
If you are on Pinterest...don't forget to follow me!! 

Ok...so on to the good stuff.  I wanted to share a few of my favorite things from Pinterest this week.
Hope you enjoy and get get a few good ideas!
 I am TOTALLY in love with this Argyle Blanket!  It is so fab!  It looks so simple to do and would make a GREAT gift!  The holidays are coming...start thinking:)  This came from Craft Stylish.
 I want to do this so bad.  But...A.  I don't have an awesome PALLET.
and B.  I don't know where to get an awesome PALLET.  
So it looks like I am on the hunt for one!
There is a tutorial on That Village House.

I have big plans for this project...(It seems I have lots of projects...hopefully I can get to them all and have a place for them all!!)
I think it is such a good idea for a small space.
Tutorial is here.
All's I gotta say is YUM!  I love how the pie is in the jar.  Everything is cuter in a jar.
But Pumpkin Cream Pie!??  It just has to be good!  

And last, but not least...is this cute monogrammed letter.  You can put whatever words around the letter you want.  Or you could just have the initial and the name and flower...that would be so cute!  Love it all!
Tutorial is here.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  We are going to a Baseball game...at the hottest part of the day...in Texas.  I can't wait:)  I think its only supposed to be like 107 degrees.  Totally doable...right??  

August 18, 2011

Sloppy Joes

I know what your thinking...Sloppy Joes...really?
Yeah...I went there!
If you are like my kids...you cringe at the thought of Sloppy Joes...that and Meatloaf.
The second you bite into it...you forgot how much you loved it:)  
That's how it works in my house at least.  They chowed down on this meal!  All picky eaters loved them!
I found this recipe on Allrecipes awhile ago and have changed it a bit to my liking.
One thing I do to make it that much better...Toast those buns!!  And add cheese, of course:)

 This recipe is so quick and easy...you probably always have the ingredients on hand.
Just brown your meat with onion and green pepper...then add everything else!
 Hope you enjoy!  Do you have a meal your family complains about and then they end up loving it??

Sloppy Joes
Adapted from Allrecipes

1 lb. ground beef
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. chopped green pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. yellow mustard
1/2 c. ketchup
1/4 c. BBQ sauce
3 tsp. brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste

In skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef, onion and green pepper; drain off liquids.  Stir in garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and brown sugar; mix thoroughly.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve on toasted hamburger buns and put cheese on top.