Pool Party: My Nephew’s 1st Birthday

Pool Party 1st Birthday: Under The Sea Cake

I come from a very large family, and my nephew turned one last week and so we celebrated in style.  It was a collaborative effort by friends and family with ideas from everyone and Pinterest. It turned out so cute I thought I would share some of the highlights. The cake above came from the very talented Creative Wine-O, check out her facebook page here. The detail was stunning. The beach ball was the “smash” cake and even the sand dollars were edible.

Pool Party 1st Birthday: Watch Me Grow Time Line

To celebrate his first revolution around the sun my sister made a timeline, featuring a picture from each of his 12 months. Use ribbon and clothes pins to hang. Make sure you put it in a place that is easily accessible so all guest can admire it.  We also used this as the back drop when he ate his birthday cake. We placed his high chair in front.

Pool Party 1st Birthday: Fish Craft

We hung a fishing net ( available at party stores) over the main food table and attached sand molds to it. We also had a craft table so that some of the older kids could make paper plate fish to hang in the net. We also used sand buckets and shovels to serve some of the food in.

Pool Party 1st Birthday: Shark Bite Fruit Salad

Pool Party 1st Birthday: Shark Bite Fruit Salad

One of the highlights of the food table was this awesome watermelon carved into a shark by my brother-in-law. We then filled it with various cut up fruit.

Pool Party 1st Birthday: Blow Fish Fruit Platter

He also made a cantaloupe into a blow fish.

Pool Party 1st Birthday: Fish Veggie Tray

Vegetables morphed into a tropical fish.

Pool Party 1st Birthday: Octopus Spinach Dip

Spinach dip was turned into a jolly octopus using a bread bowl and pretzel sticks.

Pool Party 1st Birthday: Hummus Beach

Make your own hummus beach by spreading hummus in a shallow tray ( I used a clear lid to a casserole) and decorate with drink umbrellas and Pretzel Crisp crabs.

Pool Party 1st Birthday: Dolphin Finger Sandwiches

I found a dolphin sandwich cutter at Sweetbay, perfect to make mini sandwiches for the kids.

Pool Party 1st Birthday: Bait Bucket

Swedish fish and gummy worms turned into an edible bait bucket decoration.

Pool Party 1st Birthday: Party Favors

Each child got to take a bit of the fun home. Our good family friend made party buckets out of plain sand buckets decorated with stickers and ribbon and filled with beach themed goodies from the dollar store.

It was a true success and a joyous celebration of one of our youngest family members birthday.

Memorial Day Weekend Menu

Looking for some new recipes to celebrate your long weekend. Here are some of my favorites.

Oma's Potato Salad

Oma’s Potato Salad

Red White and Blue Strawberries

Red White and Blue Strawberries

Red, White, and Blue Salad

Red White and Blue Salad

Barbecued Orange and Jalapeno Ribs

Orange and Jalapeno Ribs

Rum Day and Bratwurst Day, Sort of a Weird Combination…

It’s hard to keep up with all of these holidays. Before I started blogging I was obviously leading a sheltered life. I had no idea all of these celebratory days existed. My waistline and liver were probably better off though. Well not to be left out, today, August 16th is Rum Day and Bratwurst day, I may not recommend having these both in one sitting but hey it’s a holiday, go for it! Click on the links for the recipes.

May I interest you in a fresh Watermelon Daiquiri ?

Or a Bratwurst with Warm Bacon, Pickle and Onion Relish ?

Red White and Blue Salad: A Fourth of July Favorite

Ok there is some green in there too, but otherwise this is a tasty and patriotic dish. This is one of my most requested recipes. Healthy, easy and refreshing it is perfect for potlucks, picnics, or summertime meals.

Red, White, and Blue Salad

2 c baby arugula

1/2 seedless watermelon cut into bite sized chunks

1 pint fresh blueberries

1 contained feta cheese crumbled

 

1/4 c olive oil

1 lime juiced

3T red wine vinegar

1 t minced ginger

1/4 t salt

1/8 t pepper

In a large bowl, add watermelon, blueberries , arugula and feta, toss together until mixed. Then in a small bowl whisk together, oil, vinegar, ginger, lime juice and salt and pepper. Pour over salad and toss before serving.

*** If you want to make it even easier, use a good store bought red wine vinaigrette and squeeze a lime over the salad instead of making the dressing.

Thinking Pink, Watermelon Daiquiris and trying to get my girly girl back.

I am not a girly girl, I don’t really enjoy shopping, I would rather be hiking. I am not one for girls night out with fruity drinks, I would rather go to the pub or brewery and have an IPA.  There are exceptions though, I love shoes, all kinds, heels make me feel pretty. I love a cute skirt and a glass of champagne, I like coconut lip gloss and straw hats on the beach. I feel like there is an even balance, or better put there was. Since I had my knee surgery in December, there have been no cute shoes, only sneakers and flats, I can barely wear flip-flops 5 months later. No pedicures, I couldn’t even get in the chair. My only accessory has been an ugly black knee brace, so who wants to show that off in a skirt? I walk like Frankenstein, its hard to feel feminine when all my grace has gone. My girly side is lost.

So we had some leftover watermelon in the fridge. Normally, I would make a salad or a salsa, but not today, today I am thinking pink. A pink drink to entice the girl in me to come out and play, even better a pink daiquiri in a fun glass. Maybe this will help, I mean heels can’t be that far down the road, and does anyone make a pink knee brace, if not they should.

Watermelon Daiquiris

2/3 c rum

1/8-1/4 c  simple syrup

juice of 1/2 a lime, plus other half for garnish

3 c seedless water melon

2 1/2 c ice

blueberries for garnish

Add rum, simple syrup, lime juice, water melon and ice to a blender. Puree until smooth. Serve in girly glasses top with a lime wedge and fresh blueberries.

Watermelon and Feta Salad

I make many versions of this salad because I love the flavor combination, it has everything, sweet, salty, acid, and bitter. This is the easiest version and a great compliment to a spicy meal.

For the Salad:

Baby arugula, washed

Cubed seedless watermelon

Feat cheese crumbled (Buy it whole and crumble it yourself, its cheaper and has more flavor and moisture)

Fresh mint, finely chopped

For the Dressing: (enough for 2 side salads)

1T extra virgin olive oil

1T champagne vinegar

1/2 t sugar

1 t fresh chopped mint

Whisk together and pour over salad right before serving