Saturday, March 31, 2012

Shower Season: Simple Snacks & Simple Gifts

Need to Bring a Dish?
Need to Bring a Gift?

A few simple gifts and 
hors d'oeuvres recipes that you could almost make in the trunk of your car.

The gift portion of this post was inspired by watching a woman put a gift bag together from the trunk of her car in the target parking lot...I have TOTALLY been there. 
The snacks part of this post was inspired by the Thompson/Samardzija gals! 
Also, my sister pointed out today that I have made a fruit salad in my car before
Bring a big bowl and spoon with you in the into the grocery store and get mandarin orange slices, sliced pineapple, and mini-marshmallows. Dump them into the bowl...voila!


*click on the link to print this one off!
Approximate time: 5 minutes! Here is a photo of the dish that I made, as well as a snapshot of the main ingredients. I served mine with organic blue tortilla corn chips.
Another quick tip-use several baby seedless cucumbers to cut back on cutting time. When cutting the avocado, use a knife to gently pop out the seed, then scoop the insides out with a spoon to assure nice pieces vs. a mushy mess.

Recipe 2: Taco Roll-Ups
*This is my go-to appetizer that makes a big impact in little time...and the original recipe is hand-written by my husband's mother.
Approximate time: 15 minutes.
-2 packages cream cheese (I use the 1/3 less fat)
-1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
-1/4 cup chopped green onion
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-1/2 package of Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Seasoning (in the salad dressing aisle)
*Mix that all together and spread one generous spoonful evenly onto a medium sized burrito shell. Then roll it up tightly and slowly, so you don't tear the shell.
*You should get about 6 or 7 roll-ups

*Chill the roll-ups for 10 minutes uncovered in your refrigerator.
*Slice the chilled roll-ups in one inch "coins"-and eat the ends that don't look happens.

Every single time I have made these, within 24 hours someone is contacting me for the recipe!

Recipe 3: Mom's Strawberry Salad
Approximate time: 5 minutes
This is one of those recipes that once you make it, you have to make it at least once a week. I can always count on the ingredients for this to be in my mom's refrigerator!
-A bag of your favorite lettuce mix (we use a spring mix)
-craisins or dried cranberries to taste (about 3/4 cup)
-candied or glazed walnuts or pecans (about 3/4 cup)
-T. Marzetti's Strawberry Chardonay bottled dressing to taste (Wiseway usually has it, if not they will order it, wink wink...Strack's does too)
-one container of strawberries washed and thinly sliced
*Mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl...add the dressing in last so you can make sure not to add too little or too much. Enjoy, and be sure to share!


Here are a few really simple and quick gift ideas that can make a big impact with little time! If you are shopping last minute, you're sometimes stuck with the only items left on the giftee's registry. These items are usually $$$ or BORING! You might have to go off the beaten path a bit. If you are in a real bind and have less than an hour until show time...a gift card may be your best bet, however, instead of running into bed bath and beyond...SHOP LOCAL!  
*Lifestyles (gifts for the house)
*Cinnamon Tree (spa day or pedicure)
*Valley (dinner out with her future husband)
*Piper's Children's Boutique (this sassy dress and hair bow are from the local boutique)
* (you can print one off, or they have free one day shipping on gift cards that come with a card of your choosing)
*A gift card to her favorite salon, placed in a basket with some trendy make-up and nail polish.
*A gift card to so the new mom can have groceries delivered straight to her front door!
For the bride-to-be: Does your friend have a special drink? What about a gift basket with her favorite liquor and all the fixings. Don't forget to get the couple beautiful glasses to drink from! You can even add a box of popcorn, a bag of pretzel sticks, or saltines and advil in case they get too hung over. Oh, and target has liquor now!
-tanqueray, tonic water, and limes
-lemonade mix, uv blue vodka, and lemons
-champagne, bitters, and sugar cubes
For the mom-to-be: Does the idea of bringing your friend diapers not appeal to you? Me either!!! Again, let's shop local!
*A baby wrap for the mom to carry her baby around in style! My friend Hollie makes/sells some very beautiful wraps. I got this one for my friend Lana! Hollie also makes a ton of other baby friendly items. Check her out here.

*What about a basket of books for baby? If this is the option you choose, please include this book.
Yes, this really is the title of the book, and is really how you feel at the end of a long day.
*How about a sleep kit for baby and mom? This could contain items that are helpful during the sleep routine.
-a lighted mobile that plays music (my little one likes this one)
-a variety of pacifiers for desperate never know which one will do the trick (my little one likes mam's)
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-a lavender bath wash to make bath time relaxing
-extra soft bed sheets and a silky blanket
-a set of pajamas for baby and mom
-a bottle of wine for mom...she'll need it
Well, now that you have made your dish and bought your gift, celebrate the changes of life with your dearest of friends...and don't forget to eat cake.
Stay Crazy Mad!