Unicorn Birthday Party

I love unicorns. I have forced them on my 2 year old daughter. She kind of loves unicorns. She’ll get there. But to help her along, I hyped up the idea of having a super cool, super sparkly, super rainbow-filled unicorn birthday party….and, in her adorably deep and raspy words,

she “y-oved it!”

No Unicorn Party is complete without these 11 things…

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1) a gold glitter unicorn 2)rainbow straws and 3) “unicorn horn” lollipop   4) temporary unicorn glitter tattoos

 

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5) unicorn headbands 6) Unicorn literature

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7) pink glitter plates 8) rainbow chevron napkins 9) a rainbow frosted cake

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10) a gold tinsel backdrop

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and of course 11) a 2nd cake with clouds, rainbow and unicorn

IMG_4437Correction…there are 12 things you need for a complete Unicorn Birthday Party…. 12) an adorable little birthday girl!

P.S…..

When having a breakfast birthday party, as we did here… don’t serve donuts with breakfast! There was no room left for CAKE!!!

Happy Birthday Lucy Lu!

 

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Rice Rice Baby…ba bump, ba bump, ba da bum bump

Remember that time I started a blog, while on a diet…then gave up on my diet because of my blog… then gave of on my blog because I was super tired from eating junk???!!.

yeah…well…i do.

SWEET KRYPTONITE strikes again!

I may be terrible at blogging, but I’m good at cooking, so here goes another recipe…a healthier one 😉 It’s my take on Persian Style Rice, not using any fancy, over priced rice, but run of the mill, cheap-o rice, made quite amazing by a few techniques that’ll up your rice game.

Here’s what I did…

get your rice...I used standard medium grain rice (the cheapest one in the store ;)

get your rice…I used standard medium grain rice (the cheapest one in the store 😉

cover with cold water and let it soak.

cover with cold water and let it soak.

this rice has sat for 1 hour...look at those starches!

this rice has sat for 1 hour…look at those starches!

rinse the rest if the starch away

rinse the rest if the starch away

meanwhile, boil enough water, veggie stock or chicken stock needed to cover the rice...i used about 4 cups. Once boiling add the rice.

meanwhile, boil enough water, veggie stock or chicken stock needed to cover the rice…i used about 4 cups. Once boiling add the rice.

boil for 2 minutes. This will cook the outside of each rice kernel so they won't stick together.

boil for 2 minutes. This will cook the outside of each rice kernel so they won’t stick together.

drain the rice again. Do not rinse!

drain the rice again. Do not rinse!

put the pot back on the stove and add some oil, then plop the rice back in.

put the pot back on the stove and add some oil, then plop the rice back in.

mound it up like so

mound it up like so

grab a stick and poke a bunch of holes in the little rice mountain.

grab a stick and poke a bunch of holes in the little rice mountain.

this will allow steam to get through

this will allow steam to get through

without catching your towel on fire...place a towel over the top and cover with a lid...beware of fire! ok...just turn it off for this step.

without catching your towel on fire…place a towel over the top and cover with a lid…beware of fire! ok…just turn it off for this step.

pull the edged of the towel up over the top so they don't catch on fire...turn your heat back on low to cook the rice mountain slowly for another hour.

pull the edged of the towel up over the top so they don’t catch on fire…turn your heat back on low to cook the rice mountain slowly for another hour.

behold...the best textured and most beautiful rice as well as incredibly flavorful!

behold…the best textured and most beautiful rice as well as incredibly flavorful!

each grain fully cooked and not sticking to another.

each grain fully cooked and not sticking to another.

What you’ll need…

Rice (4 servings)

2 Cups Rice

Cold water for soaking

4 Cups Chicken Broth, boiling

salt/pepper

parsley/seasoning of choice (for boiling water)

olive oil

pot with lid / strainer

1) soak rice in water for 1 hr and rinse thouroughly

2) boil for 2 minutes in chicken stock or stock of your choice

3) drain excess liquid then return to oiled hot pot

4) cover with towel and lid, securing towel so it is nowhere near the flame to avoid fire

5) cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour on low, without lifting the lid at all

enjoy!

(note that the rice at the bottom of the pan will be extra crunchy and can be considered the most desirable portion. You did not make a mistake if you have crunchy rice on the bottom! If you don’t like the crunchy bits, just avoid that bottom row of rice while serving)

Rummage Sale

It’s that time of year again. Grass is starting to turn green, flowers are sprouting up while trees are start blooming, and the good citizens of NJ pull out their dusty stashes of hoarded goods, with hopes of selling it to a starry eyed treasure seekers, DIYers, and the like. It’s Yard Sale Season!!!!

We officially kicked off the season with a humongous church rummage sale (hosted by my home church- whoop whoop) and its really getting me in the zone. Ever since I was a youngin’ I have enjoyed looking through other peoples junk and can always find something cool. But I tell you what, running a rummage sale is a whole different beast!

I have to wrap my mind around “the shopper” and play this crazy back and forth negotiating game in my head to land on the perfect price, one that can withstand a good haggling but is low enough to deter anyone from really thinking hard about buying it. Eventually I got into a groove and was like a pricing Jedi. Workers would just call out a item and boom, I had a price. “Hey, I got a bowling ball in a bag.” And I be like “8 dollars.” Bam. Or “What about this 1970’s standing projector?” “Does it look clean” I’d say…and to a nod of their head I’d reply “4 dollars”…Like a boss.

All in all, I had a long day looking through other peoples stuff and I got some nifty little finds for under 10 bucks. Score. Plus, all the proceeds are funding missions trip to guatemala and the women’s retreat so…double score!

my little Lu testing out the vhs player and the rocking chair

my little Lu testing out the vhs player and the rocking chair

my kid was selling himself for $2...I told him he could get way more

my kid was selling himself for $2…I told him he could get way more

the chaos of sorting

the chaos of sorting

books, books and more books!

books, books and more books!

the wooden tool caddy I didn't get but still desperately want

the wooden tool caddy I didn’t get but still desperately want

Here’s a few tips for running a successful rummage sale

  1. Get stickers, masking tape, and tie on tags to put prices on things (you never know what items will hold what kind of tag.
  2. Use tables, racks, boxes or shelves to display items so they are at eye level or easy height to pick up
  3. Group items by category…Clothing, housewares, books and movies, electronics, large items, kids/baby, boutique (for pricy stuff), etc
  4. LOTS of signage, use bright signs to communicate to shoppers
  5. Bulk pricing to save on stickering everything. i.e.. all shirts $1, or all small toys $.25
  6. Have water bottles and cocoa covered almonds on hand…yum
  7. Ask for help. It’s more fun when you can chat with others and you can bounce price ideas off each other.
  8. Have lots of change and small bills ready for the cashier.
  9. Advertise well
  10. Don’t bring your kids like I did…what was i thinking!

my loot...two cool hanging baskets, 1 pitcher, 1 homemade tablecloth, and killer boots all for $4!!

my loot…two cool hanging baskets, 1 pitcher, 1 homemade tablecloth, and killer boots all for $4!!