Monday, June 27, 2011

{Muffin Monday} Peach Muffins with Streusel Topping

We have a wonderful peach tree in our yard, and I am always looking for a great way to use the peaches besides the obvious pie, and cobbler.....
these muffins from www.ezrapoundcake.com look delicious!


Sweet Peach Muffins 

with Brown Sugar-Walnut Streusel Topping



                                                    For this scrumptious recipe click here

**Sorry for the lack of posting lately! With the little one being out of school till summer camp starts my days have been jam packed with park outings and playdates!  I hope to be back to my regular posting habits after the 4th of July Holiday!



Friday, June 17, 2011

{Have You Seen it} Friday Finds

There is so much creativity out there....I just have to share what I am loving right now! So I am introducing my new Friday series titled 

Have     You      Seen ?!
(Where I will introduce my Top 3 things I'm loving this week)

Let's get started!


These Edible Cupcake flags from Hank + Hunt are too cute! I love the fact of something that does not waste a ton of paper, I always cringe when I see all the beautiful cupcake toppers I printed, and cut go in the trash! I will be making these for my next kids event...


Have you seen or heard of Heather Bailey fabric? It is so unique and fun to work with!  I love her site, and she has a blog where she offers free patterns too! Go check her out here.
Isn't this elephant pin cushion adorable...

Number 3 on my list this week is this great free printable To-Do list from Clean Mama.  I love that I can catagorize my to-do's by person or room, or whatever !  Click here to visit Clean Mama and get your own to print.




Ok so there you have it...My top three have you seen it itmes for this week! I hope you have a great weekend and please don't forget to "Like" us on facebook, or become a follower if you want to keep up with SugarFoot, and help me reach my personal goal of 100 followers!
Thank you!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

{Theme Party Tuesday} Construction Birthday!

 I am so excited to share this easy Construction Party theme idea with you today.  These days I am looking more and more for easy/unique ideas that I don't have to spend a ton of time or money on.  This party theme is such a great idea for a park or backyard, and certainly does not have to cost a lot.  The creative mommy of this party theme held the birthday party at a local park, that also had a big sand area.  She bought caution tape and roped off a little area in the sand, and put orange cones down around it too.  The she buried plastic dinosaur bones and fun little plastic crystal bobble gems for the kids to dig up! She also brought her sons trucks and tractors for kids to play with in the sand.  Here is my little one loving digging for treasures in the sand below.



For party supplies she ordered the construction theme hats and party favor boxes from Oriental Trading, she covered the picnic tables with orange tablecloths.  The biggest hit was the chocolate rocks that were sprinkled on the table....they looked so real, the kids were in awe that they were made of chocolate!



My favorite part of the whole party was the construction scene made up of brownies and cupcakes, instead of a traditional cake.  She topped cupcakes with light brown colored frosting and dark chocolate frosting and sprinkled brown sugar and crushed up chocolate chip cookies over all of them to make it look like dirt! She used black licorice to make the tracks for a road that a tractor was placed on inside the box! She made the whole scene inside a big cardboard box lined with plastic.  So creative and amazing!!



She used varying sizes of cupcakes within the scene, and the brownies are stacked below the cupcakes! They were delicious too!


I hope you enjoyed today's theme party! Do you have any photos from a fun party? Or planning one soon? I am currently accepting submissions for Tuesday Theme Party posts! Email me some of your photos to sugarfootdesigns@gmail.com...I would love to feature you!
Oh and one teeny tiny thing....if you liked this post or my creative ideas going on here could you please "like" sugarfoot on facebook (buttons on top-right sidebar) or become a follower, still trying to reach that elusive 100 peeps! Thank you Thank you!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

{Muffin Monday} Ice-Box Muffins

I love anything that makes me seem or feel really organized! That is why I choose to feature Oprah's Ice-Box Muffins for this Monday's muffin post.   With summer coming and plans piling up, it's nice to have this in the fridge for fresh muffins in the morning anytime during the week! Plus being able to change the fruit or flavor for each batch is an added bonus!


Oprah's Ice-Box Muffins, click here to print recipe

Yummy Yummy! Enjoy

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I was Featured! and a tasty Black Bean Cake recipe


 A big Thank you to Calico and Cupcakes for featuring my DIY Pinwheel and Pearls invitations! I was very excited to find out that I had been featured! Head over to Calico and Cupcakes and soak up some of her yummy ideas and posts! 

Yesterday I posted about the summer kick-off party I hosted, and I had some requests for the Black Bean cakes appetizer that a party-goer brought...so I tracked down the recipe and am sharing it here today! They were amazing and such a great appetizer to bring to an event!

Black Bean Cakes
{recipe adapted from Food & Wine, click here to print recipe}


INGREDIENTS

    1. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for frying
    2. 1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
    3. 1 large garlic clove, minced
    4. 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    5. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
    6. Two 15-ounce cans black beans, drained
    7. 1 1/4 cups plain dry bread crumbs
    8. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
    9. 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    10. 2 large eggs, beaten
    11. Sour cream, avocado, scallions and lime wedges, for serving
    12. DIRECTIONS
    13. 1. In a medium skillet, heat the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook over moderate heat just until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the cumin and cayenne and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Scrape the onion mixture into the bowl of a food processor. Add 1 1/2 cups of the beans and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped but not smooth. Scrape the mixture into a medium bowl. Mix in the remaining whole beans and 1/2 cup of the bread crumbs and season with salt and pepper. Form the mixture into twelve 1/4-cup patties, about 1/2 inch thick.
    14. 2.Put the flour, beaten eggs and the remaining 3/4 cup of bread crumbs into 3 shallow bowls. Dust each black bean cake with the flour, tapping off the excess. Dip the cakes in the egg and then in the bread crumbs, pressing so that the bread crumbs adhere.
    15. 3.In a very large skillet, heat 1/8 inch of oil until shimmering. Add the cakes and fry over moderate heat until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Serve the black bean cakes with sour cream, avocado, scallions and lime wedges




Sunday, June 5, 2011

{Real Party} Summer Kick-off

I'm Back!!  I know I have been MIA way to long. I just seem to have so much to do and not enough time to blog it all! You may remember in a previous post here, that I had a Summer Kick-Off party for my Husbands work, celebrating 2 Engagements, & 2 babies on the way! That's a whole bunch of celebration packed into one event.  I wanted to keep things super simple, but throw in some nice special touches. I stuck with a theme of Yellow and Aqua.  My hubby grilled up his famous Chicken and Rice, and everyone else brought side dishes, drinks, or dessert.  It was low key and fabulous! I also made sure to have my special Orange-Vanilla infused water for the mommas to be to drink.  I craved the stuff while I was pregnant with both my girls, it tastes like a dreamsicle! 


Event Details 

1. I saw this cute idea to use lemon slices in vases with flowers (top left). You put a smaller vase inside the bigger one to hold the flowers. I have a very large lemon tree in my backyard and I am never short on lemons, so this was easy and cheap! I also found yellow and aqua glass juice tumblers in the $1 aisle at Target, I slipped some votives into them and put on the tables. I also found the very nice tablecloths at Walmart for $3! They were by Better Homes and Gardens.

2.  I made 2 Diaper Cakes! One for baby boy to be, and one for baby girl to be.  I LOVE making diaper cakes and after years of perfecting them I can whip them out fast. I will be posting a tutorial soon :) 

3. For the engaged couple I made the personalized wine bags from my tutorial a couple weeks ago, click here to go to that post.  

4. I found these great free printables (bottom right) at Gartner Studios.  You can buy their premade labels and such at Michaels and then go to their website and customize them.  I just actually printed these out on White cardstock paper.  The yellow circle design was free and then I edited in the text using my computer picture software.  I also just printed out blank ones, so people could write what they brought to share (See Below).


I am finding a happy medium to entertaining and providing unique touches.  You don't always have to go over the top. Little touches such as color coordinating tablecloths and dinnerware, flowers, and a few unique printables or decorations will make your party pop at a low cost! How about you? Have any great summer party planned? I would love to hear about them, leave a comment below.  Oh, and don't forget to "like" us on facebook, or become a follower if you dig my stuff!

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