Saturday, November 5, 2011

Backtracking to Sleeping Beauty's 4th Birthday Party

About a month ago we had Sleeping Beauty's 4th birthday party and it was a costume party.  It was all her idea.  She wanted to be Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" but I couldn't find the costume anywhere.  So, I talked to Nanny, Tim's mom, and she whipped one up for us.  She made Cinderella a Sleeping Beauty costume while she was at it.  The outfits were PERFECT and also worn for Halloween.

Here is Maleficent in all her wicked glory:
We made the decision to hold off on the green face make up until Halloween and I am glad we did.  By the end of Trick or Treating she looked like she was melting.  :)
Me, the Wicked Queen, from "Snow White" and my tiny, pint sized Maleficent:

My Little Prince (nephew) as a lil Mexican cutie!  (Only picture I got of him in costume.)
King of the Crazies in (partial) costume - Popeye!
Poor Sleeping Beauty was forced to "Touch the Spindle."
Her face kills me here!  (Notice her staff with the bird "Diablo" on it?)
Some of the party guests (family).  To see what we ate go here.

 With Uncle Jon (He had to come out of costume early as it scared the birthday girl.  :)  )

Opening gifts:

This picture is so cute to me:
 More to come...
*All photos with the exception of the cute lil Mexican were taken by my dad.  Thank you.  :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

HaPPy HaLLoWeeN!

From Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty!
She touched the spindle.

Here Comes the Bride...

...All dressed in white.

Sleeping Beauty's preschool did a little "candy walk" on Thursday.  She went as a bride.  Her Nanny Deb made this for her last Christmas.  Getting this dress has MADE HER LIFE.  Anyway, she couldn't wear the costume she is wearing for this Halloween because it is deemed "scary."  :)

Anyway, this is the child who has already designed her engagement ring and her wedding cake.  Fun fact:  The wedding cake will have real diamonds on it.  ?!  

She made a gorgeous bride!  It is modeled off of my bridal gown.  :)
I am planning to use some of these pictures and some other pictures I have taken of her in this dress on her actual wedding day.  Wouldn't it be precious to place these photos by her bridal portrait?!

This is the standard bride looking down photo.  HA!
These pictures are a bit haphazard and not the best I can do - but it was after school and the candy walk and she wanted lunch!   I know my girl well enough to know when she is done and she was about done in these pictures.  ;)  Getting her in her car seat after school with this on was a nightmare!  Thank goodness the bustle was removable.  :)  
The back...
Nanny also sent the bouquet and the clip with the veil.  :)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkins and the Best Pumpkin Seed Recipe

First I must share the carved pumpkins: Sleeping Beauty did Dorothy and Toto from "The Wizard of Oz" and Cinderella did an Ariel pumpkin from "The Little Mermaid."  I will have some better pictures when we take them tomorrow night.  :)
Is anyone else noticing how grown up lil Sprite looks?!

I cook the pumpkin seeds every year and have tried a ton of recipes.  Here is the best recipe I have come across.  Go here or see below for the recipe for Spiced Pumpkin Seeds from  It is so easy and yummy to the tummy!

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

1 1/2 Tablespoons margarine, salted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt (I just use garlic powder.)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds


Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
Combine the margarine, salt, garlic salt (OR garlic powder), Worcestershire sauce and pumpkin seeds.  Mix thoroughly and place in a shallow baking dish.
Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Enjoy and have a safe and fun Halloween!