MorganMade Corn & Bean Dip

Posted date:  November 11, 2012 Posted by:  heather 
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By pop­u­lar demand we wanted to include the very easy and super tasty Mor­gan­Made Corn & Bean Dip

1 can black beans
1 cup corn
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup cilantro
3 T. lime juice (some­times i leave this out)
8 green onions chopped (using some of the green stems also)
2 T. bal­samic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
Mix together the night before and put on the fridge.
Don’t for­get the tor­tilla chips!
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Sip & See Party {meet and greet}

Posted date:  November 11, 2012 Posted by:  heather 
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Sip and See  {Def­i­n­i­tion: A meet and greet to intro­duce your new baby to the world}

Wed­dings are won­der­ful events, fun to plan and cre­ate. But we at Muse Styl­ish Events are con­stantly work­ing on ways to turn a spe­cial cou­ple into reg­u­lar clients. We have cre­ated Baby Show­ers, Wed­ding Show­ers, Bap­tism, Dol’s, and many other impor­tant events. Recently we planned a beau­ti­ful and fun Sip & See.

A Sip & See, an Aus­tralian tra­di­tion, is a type of baby shower where par­ents invite friends and fam­ily over to ‘see’ the new­born while ‘sip­ping’ on a drink, gen­er­ally Cham­pagne, tea, cof­fee, or punch. Leave it to the Aus­tralians to turn a baby shower into a rea­son to drink! A Sip & See is per­fect for cou­ples on their 2nd or 3rd child who either didn’t have a baby shower, or want a way to intro­duce all the fam­ily to the new baby at once.

Muse Styl­ish Events designed a Sip & See party for, well, myself. As the proud mommy of a brand new baby girl I wanted to do some­thing spe­cial to wel­come her into the world. Being that this is my 3rd child, I did not have a baby shower for her. Being that I am a small busi­ness owner, I do not get paid on mater­nity leave, so the hus­band gave me a teeny tiny bud­get to work with {as if!}. Here are some the ideas the team and I created!

The cover of the invi­ta­tion, also worked as a birth announce­ment. Also framed and added to the baby nurs­ery. Cus­tom made by Heidi Jo of www.heidijoportraits.com

Alpha­bet Bunting flags free down­load wed­ding tem­plate found at  Ruffledblog.com

Flower arrange­ments from WhiteSakuras.com, home­made cup­cakes with free print­a­bles from PotteryBarnKids.com

Pink Lemon­ade Cook­ies, Gift Bags from Etsy.Com, Per­son­al­ized Rib­bon from PickYourPlum.com, Choco­late “Meet-balls” made by Great Grandma’s Kitchen, Paper Straw from Etsy.com

Game table was sub­tle with lit­tle games peo­ple could play at their leisure, with win­ners announced later. Flow­ers from WhiteSakuras.com, Lemon Maringue Cheese­cake from Great Grandma’s kitchen {secret fam­ily recipe}

Light snacks were dis­played {Hint: hold­ing your event between meal times 1:30 — 4:40 means you do not nec­es­sary have to serve lunch or din­ner,  just make it clear in the invites}. We used good ‘ol Costco for a Cheese Tray & crack­ers, a Vegi Tray, tor­tilla rolled sand­wiches, and a few other good­ies. We also like the Mor­gan­Made Corn & Bean dip, such a hit we included the recipe {click here for recipe} Also, you can’t have a Sip & See with­out some­thing to “Sip”. We had some bub­bly, some kid­die punch and some mommy punch.

Had to include a lit­tle pic of the guest of Honor. Lit­tle Avalon enjoyed the day of being held and passed around meet­ing her new fam­ily and friends.

Another part of the invi­ta­tion and birth announce­ment from Heidi Jo Pho­tog­ra­phy heidijoportraits.com. Also find lots of ideas for a Sip & See on my Pin­trest Boards



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Happy Father’s Day

Posted date:  June 10, 2012 Posted by:  heather 

My Dad & Me My Dad

I’m not a big fan of Hall­mark Hol­i­days, but this Father’s Day I found myself reflect­ing on my dad.

Here is my dad, Rick, walk­ing me down the aisle to my wed­ding. My dad pre­tends to be non-sentimental. In fact, the sun­glasses he slipped on (despite my pre­vi­ous orders) is only try­ing to cover his watery eyes. It looks as though he is giv­ing me last-minute advise on the secrets of a long mar­riage, my mother and he are cel­e­brat­ing 37 years of mar­riage. But no, not my dad. He is telling me about how he parked ille­gally on the beach and then directed the other guests to also park ille­gally. When the police approached him, he joked with them in his best God­fa­ther imper­son­ation “You gonna give me a ticket on this, day of my daugh­ters wed­ding?” They laughed, and let all my guests park in the sand.

Like most teenagers, I thought my Dad was annoy­ing and embar­rass­ing. We couldn’t go to check stand with­out him jok­ing with the Cashier “That credit card I just found in the park­ing lot worked? Oh Good!”  Every­one in the paint store was told to  “take a break, boss” when they were done assist­ing him. I always told my Dad to get new jokes. He said he didn’t need new jokes, he just needed new friends.

My Dad was in a band. A loud clas­sic rock style band with orig­i­nal songs and cover songs from Amer­ica, CCR, and the Stones. They set up a stage in our garage and rocked out the entire neigh­bor­hood. They called them­selves “Broth­er­hood” since most of the guys had grown up together, and they even wrote a song for me to sing.  I thought they were pretty cool.

Now that I’m mar­ried with chil­dren I find myself act­ing in the of the same comic relief behav­ior I picked up from my dad. My teenager thinks that I’m the embar­rass­ing one {he just doesn’t real­ize I am cooler then the other moms}. I still call on my dad for advice every time some­thing breaks around the house, and love hear­ing his weekly sto­ries of the gos­sip around the golf course.

My hus­band and I are expect­ing a daugh­ter to be born in Sep­tem­ber and we both agreed that her mid­dle name is going to be named after my dad “Ricki”.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!



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