Thursday, June 30, 2011

Monkey Baby Shower

I had the pleasure of planning a baby shower for a friend of mine.  I was “hired” on as the planner because I want to be an event planner when I grow up.  We had a monkey theme and in my opinion it turned out so cute.  All of the decorations and printouts were original.  I am quite proud of what I came up with. 

We served chicken salad sandwiches, veggies with dip, fruit and dip, pasta salad, cheese cake bites, chocolate banana cupcakes with peanut butter cream cheese frosting, and sherbet punch.

I love planning parties! Let me know if you are interested in allowing me to plan your next party! I do design and all!

Recipe Here

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

1 can of canned chicken in water
1/2-2/3 cup lite mayo
1/4 cup red grapes
1/4 cup celery
1/8 cup almonds
1/4 cup apple
1/4 cup white onion
salt and pepper to taste

Drain chicken.  Chop all of the fruits and veggies into small bite size pieces.  Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl.  Serve on a croissant or dinner roll or your favorite crackers.  
This is always a hit at any gathering!

Recipe Here

Monday, June 27, 2011

Vintage Baby Shower- help out!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to help out with a baby shower for a sweet lady in my ward.  She is having a little girl today actually! I did the games at this shower. We played the guess how many skittles were in the bottle, a nursery rhyme game found here, and the figure out what baby food is in the jar game.  The host was my friend Emily Heitmann at The Toasted Coconut.  We had a great time! I love planning parties and events! More to come...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hanging with the Professionals

Newel K. Whitney Summit Events Team Spring 2011

I am a part of an events team who plans the Newel K. Whitney Summit for the College of Business and Communication.  We invited professionals from all different parts of business and communication to speak to the students.  We had the CEO of Franklin Covey Robert Whitman, Event planner and producer Gary Lewis, Dirk Gates, and of course the lovely Our Best Bites Ladies Sara Wells and Kate Jones. 

Today I had the privilege to host and spend the day with two of the most amazing ladies, Kate Jones and Sara Jones from Our Best Bites

Sara Wells, Kate Jones, and Me
First of all if you have not checked out their food blog you have to....Now (but come back and finish reading my post).  Second of all if you do not have their cook book please get off your little tush and go to Deseret Book or Amazon and buy it.  You will not regret it. 

 I was their personal assistant for the day and I loved it.  I felt a little like Betty from Ugly Betty, but I really think being a personal assistant or a publicist is something I would really love to do… Who knows the sky is the limit.  I told them where they needed to go, when they needed to be there, and then show them how to get to their destination. 

One of my favorite parts was the presentations.  I always feel as if I can do anything I put my heart to.  Kate and Sara presented on how they started their business, or basically how their business started its self.  They decided to start a simple food blog (without even meeting each other) and over a matter of months they increased their readership and were able to make a business out of it.  Now they make a healthy six figure income and could be the main bread winners for their families.  They never knew it would amount to this…  

I also ate lunch with them found out how I can better improve my blog, my writing recipes and cooking. expect changes soon...

As a side note Robert Whitman gave an incredible presentation about how to be successful.  His main concept was you never know what you can do until you try.  Believe in yourself.  He asked What would you try if you knew you would never fail?  What would you do? What would I do?  Do not create limitations on yourself.  I feel so empowered, like I can be successful and accomplish everything I have ever wanted. 

Kate and Sara did a book signing at the BYU-I book store.  I HAD to buy a book and they signed it...
To Lauren, The best event planner ever! Thanks for everything.  Happy Cooking.
Sara Wells and Kate Jones.

Moral of the story you never know what can happen until you try.  

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

competing with Patti Perfect

Read this and tell me if you ever feel as if you are competing with this... We read this story in my New Testament class today.  I know I feel like i have to be just like this... but in reality I only have to do my best and so do you! you can do it! Stay strong! 

Many LDS women unconsciously compete with an idealized image of the already-perfect wife and mother who successfully incorporates all the demands of family, church, and society into her life. Although we have never met such a woman, we persist in believing she's out there somewhere. We can just imagine what she must accomplish in a day ...

Patti gets up very early and says her personal prayers. She zips her slim, vigorous body into her warm-up suit and tiptoes outside to run her usual five miles (on Saturday she does ten). Returning home all aglow, she showers and dresses for the day in a tailored skirt and freshly starched and ironed blouse. She settles down for quiet meditation and scripture reading, before preparing the family breakfast. The morning's menu calls for whole wheat pancakes, homemade syrup, freshly squeezed orange juice, and powdered milk (the whole family loves it). 

With classical music wafting through the air, Patti awakens her husband and ten children. She spends a quiet moment with each and helps them plan a happy day. The children quickly dress in clothes that were laid out the night before. They cheerfully make their beds, clean their rooms, and do the individual chores assigned to them on the Family Work Wheel Chart. They assemble for breakfast the minute mother calls. After family prayer and scripture study, the children all practice their different musical instruments. Father leaves for work on a happy note. All too soon it is time for the children to leave for school. Having brushed (and flossed) their teeth, the children pick up coats, book bags, and lunches which were prepared the night before and arrive at school five minutes early. 

With things more quiet, Patti has story-time with her pre-schoolers and teaches them a cognitive reading skill. She feeds, bathes, and rocks the baby before putting him down for his morning nap. With baby sleeping peacefully and the three-year-old twins absorbed in creative play, Patti tackles the laundry and house work. In less than an hour, everything is in order. Thanks to wise scheduling and children who are trained to work, her house never really gets dirty. 

Proceeding to the kitchen Patti sets out tonight's dinner: frozen veal parmigiana that she made in quantity from her home-grown tomatoes and peppers. She then mixes and kneads twelve loaves of bread. While the bread rises, Patti dips a batch of candles to supplement her food storage. As the bread bakes, she writes in her personal journal and dashes off a few quick letters: one to her Congressman and a couple of genealogy inquiries to distant cousins. 

Patti then prepares her mini-class lesson on organic gardening. She also inserts two pictures and a certificate in little Paul's scrapbook, noting with satisfaction that all family albums are attractive and up-to-date. Checking the mail, Patti sees that their income tax refund has arrived--a result of having filed in January. It is earmarked for mission and college savings accounts. Although Patti's hardworking husband earns only a modest salary, her careful budgeting has kept the family debt-free. 

After lunch, Patti drops the children off at Grandma's for their weekly visit. Grandma enjoys babysitting and appreciates the warm loaf of bread. Making an extra call, Patti takes a second loaf to one of the sisters she is assigned to visit teach. A third loaf goes to the non-member neighbor on the corner. 

Patti arrives at the elementary school where she directs a special education program. A clinical psychologist, Patti finds this an excellent way to stay abreast of her field while raising her family. Before picking up her little ones, Patti finishes collecting the charity fund drive. Home again, Patti settles the children down for their afternoon naps. She spends some quiet time catching up on her reading and filing.

As she mists her luxuriant house plants the school children come through the door. Patti listens attentively to each one as they tell her about their day. The children start right in on their homework, with mother supervising and encouraging them. When all school work is done, Patti and the children enjoy working on one of their projects. Today they work on the quilt stretched on frames in a corner of the family room. 

Dinner time and father arrives and it is a special hour for the whole family. They enjoy Patti's well-balanced, tasty meal, along with stimulating conversation. After dinner, Father and the children pitch in to clean up so that Mom can relax. She enjoys listening to the sounds of laughter and affection that come from the kitchen. 

With the teenaged children in charge at home mother and father attend an evening session of the Temple. During the return trip, they sit close together as in courting days. "Well dear," says Paul Perfect, "Did you have a good day?" Patti reflectively answers, "Yes, I really did but I feel I need more challenge in my life. I think I'll contact our Family Organization and volunteer to head up a reunion for August."

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday thought

At Church today this quote was in the lesson. 
I decided to make a sign and share it.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Baby Shower

As many of you know I want to be an event planner. Last weekend I offered to help plan a baby shower for a friend of mine.  Ever since then all I can do is think of how we can make this shower look adorable and have a blast on a budget.  The first step was to create the invites.
Last Semester I took a visual media class and learned how to use Adobe Illustrator.  I have fallen in love with it ever since.  I dream about what new project I can design.  I had a great time designing this one... If you would like me to design something for you I am new at this, but I am willing to learn new things... So without further ado...

The Monkey baby shower invitation:

text changed for sake of the internet... you never know what can happen 

Let me know what you think... who knows maybe I can plan your next party!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Vegetable Adventures

I have started a new adventure with vegetables.  
Last week I ordered Bountiful Baskets .  
I loved it. I love the adventure of not knowing
 what I would be getting and the challenge to use all of the vegetables.  
Lettuce, Celery, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Corn, Cauliflower
Strawberries, Grapes, Cantaloupe, Banana
So far I have made corn on the cob, roasted potatoes, chicken salad sandwiches
and tomatoes basil parmesan soup from The Toasted Coconut.

I have started another adventure...
I am growing fresh herbs and my husband was so wonderful
and made a planter box to go in my window.  

Basil, Thyme, Parsley

Now we have to pray I can keep them alive! 
And if I do I will have fresh herbs everyday.

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