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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Teacher Luncheon

Yesterday I was in charge of throwing the PTO teachers luncheon at school. One of my BFFs helps me do this and we have SO much fun. The teachers at our kids' school really are the BEST of the BEST so it makes it EASY for us to spoil them. For any of you party throwing fanatics - - here are some of the nitty gritty details:

I covered the tables in the teachers lounge with wrapping paper. Shocking that I chose polka dots, right? Centerpieces were white candlesticks with fake wrapped presents {courtesy of a gal in my mom's ward who hooked me up!}

We had a local mexican restaurant cater the food and it was SUPER yummy.

On the menu: mini chimis, mini tacos, taquitos, tamales, enchiladas, bean dip, chips & salsa.  I'm pretty sure the teachers left feeling stuffed. 

I whipped up some desserts...
{LOVE having a working oven again!}

And then my VERY favorite part of the lunch....

....was the RAFFLE!!

We have SO much fun with this. 
We have each teacher put their name in a bowl and then when it's all over, we draw names for the winners. I LOVE taking these into their classrooms. I LOVE the excitement on their faces when they find out they've won.

Teachers are some of the HARDEST WORKING people ever. Because my own sister teaches...I KNOW just how much effort they put into their jobs.  I am SO grateful for them! SO SO grateful!

{Also grateful for a fabulous PTO board who allows us to throw such FUN luncheons!}

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2fer Tuesday.


Sooooo funny but so true, right?!

This may or may not be me.

2 Random Holiday Things:

This song is quite possibly the CHEESIEST Christmas song I have ever heard.  I am not even kidding.
Listen for yourself HERE.

Yesterday I went visiting teaching and this adorable little snowman hat was hanging outside of her door.

Would this not be SUCH a fun Christmas craft to make with your kids? Or in a classroom?

All it is is a straw hat!
Soooooo clever.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Eggnog Punch and Eggnog Cake.

Here's the deal-io.
I don't really like eggnog.
If I HAVE to drink it - - I prefer some 7up or Sprite mixed in.
But I cannot and will not ever drink it just plain ole regular.

So if you're like me...guess what....
you'll still LOVE these recipes I'm sharing today.

It's sorta like an obligation I have to share these 2 recipes EVERY year with my readers.  

They're THE. BEST.

Make em and they're sure to be a hit at your next party.

I promise.
{And have I ever led you astray?}

Holiday Eggnog Punch

1/2 gal. eggnog

1/2 gal. peppermint ice cream, softened

2 liter 7-Up

Mix eggnog and softened ice cream until well blended.  Add 

7-Up just before.  Mixture will be foamy.  Can be served with 

a candy cane in each cup for decoration!

Eggnog Bundt Cake

1 yellow cake mix (preferably with pudding in the mix)

3 T. flour

2 c. eggnog

1/4 c. butter, softened

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/4 tsp. rum extract

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

Beat until smooth and creamy.  Pour into greased bundt pan.  

Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes.  Dust lightly with powdered sugar.

Caramel Sauce

1 1/8 c. brown sugar

1 cup butter

2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 T. cinnamon

2 cups rich vanilla ice cream

Melt together.... (yes, that includes the ice cream...I think 

that’s what makes it so yummy)......over medium heat (couple 

of minutes).  Pour warm over individual servings immediately 

before serving.  I served mine with Peppermint Ice-cream

 and it was dee-lish!

This caramel sauce I could pretty much eat by the 

spoonful.  It's sinfully delicious!