Monday, February 4, 2013

Fun Times & Yummy Food!

How was your weekend?  Did your team win?  We had itty bitty ties to the Ravens, so we were happy to see them win.  A) Micheal Phelps likes the Ravens and our boys like Micheal Phelps.  B) The boys attended a Ravens practice a couple of summers ago, so there you have it.  Ravens fans.  Sort of.


The real celebration over the weekend though, was this guy.  Our oldest turned 17 yesterday.  And no his fingers aren't injured.  I keep a pair of baby socks from when each our boys were babies in a drawer.  Yesterday I pulled them out to show him just how little his now size 13 feet used to be.  Hard to believe!  His father and I are so proud of him and feel blessed to have such a wonderful son!  Happy birthday Tyler!  We love you to the moon and back!


Mr. and I spent most of the day yesterday cooking - getting ready for the birthday & the Super Bowl.  We live in the best neighborhood and enjoy the tradition of getting together with neighbors to watch the game.

First things first....


I found a recipe for salted caramel icing yesterday on pinterest.  Yowzers!  I've made caramel toppings before and the most important part is being patient by letting the sugar and water turn that rich amber color.  Sometimes it takes longer than the recipe calls for so just hang in there.


I topped a double batch of Ghirardelli brownies with this dreamy stuff and called it a birthday cake.  No one seemed to mind ;).


Next up - apps inspired by The Reluctant Entertainer.  These turkey, pesto, & swiss cheese sliders were super easy to make and quite yummy!  We used regular rolls instead of Hawaiian and a little less brown sugar than the recipe called for.  Also, we ran out of aluminum foil and used parchment paper instead.


Another hit and a "do-again".



Great times with great friends - that is what weekends are made of!  I hope you had a great one!

P.S.  I might be in over my head, but this is happening...and I am part of it.  Details coming soon.



21 comments :

  1. looks like fun times!!! needless to say we were pulling for the ravens, and such a great game it was! :)

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  2. I have always wanted to make those sandwiches! Thanks for reminding me. I saw your salted caramel icing on Instagram and have been have a sweet tooth ache that needs to be satisfied ever since!!
    Happy birthday to Tyler, wishing him a wonderful year ahead!!!

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  3. Happy birthday to your son! Looks like a super fun time... :) And I re-pinned your salted caramel frosting recipe. I cannot wait to try it!

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    1. Oh I hope you love it! It is wonderful!

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  4. this post makes me miss the old "hood!" happy birthday to tyler - reece is right behind him! can't wait to try those sliders at a tailgate next fall.

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  5. I was lucky enough to taste the goodies shown above...YUMMY! It was so great seeing you all and enjoying another Super Bowl together!

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    1. Stephanie, nothing, and I mean NOTHING beats your chicken crack. By the way, do you have any leftovers? I could walk down there in a jif :)

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  6. Tyler is seriously so darling. Cutie!! And those sliders. Yum! I really want to make those. Can't wait to see which room you are doing for the One Room Challenge. So fun.

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  7. Oh my, those sliders look delicious!!! Take care, Caroline

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  8. Happy birthday to your "little" boy. Wish I had been at your party...but my husband's chili was good.
    I need to take our my son's first baby shoe (don't think I saved any socks)...what a cute idea.

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  9. Happy birthday to Tyler...what a cutie! And a good boy to boot...fantastic!

    Looks like you had a great weekend, but I am most excited to read that there is going to be another ORC and that you're in it this time....woohoo! Can't wait for that! xo

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  10. Missed spending the Superbowl with you guys. Looks like you had some yummy food there!!

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    1. MK we missed you this year! You guys are the start to this whole fantasy football madness and I could not be more grateful (because the food and company is always outstanding)! I hope you had fun in your new surroundings last night!

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  11. One Room Challenge.....hey, you are not in over you head girl...no way, no how!

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  12. Super Bowl looks very fun at your house! Looking forward to sharing in the ORC love with you over the next six weeks! xo

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  13. Yummy menu - I'm glad you enjoyed the sliders! :) Can't wait to see what you're up to, Rene! xo

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  14. How sweet your son looks sporting his old baby socks. Arn't sons wonderful.
    Traci

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  15. Those sliders look amazing! We also are lucky to have great neighbors to hang out with!

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  16. Ahhhh...your baby is so grown up! My heart skipped a beat seeing those baby socks on your big boy's fingers. So cute, I love it! I'm going to remember to do that with my boy on his bday! Your photographs are beautiful! What camera are you using? Scrumptious, delish, your menu turned out way better than mine on super bowl Sunday. Great job!
    Cortne

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  17. Congrats on the 'one room challenge' Rene! Excited to see what you do. That first picture is so adorable. When I first saw it, I definitely thought he broke his fingers!! Now, I want to go and make sure I kept my little one's newborn socks!! Have a great week!

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