Margarita Pie

I had you at Margarita right? If you know me at all you know how I feel about Margaritas. I tried to go a week without one and it wasn’t pretty. Yea… I know I went 9 months (twice) so that doesn’t count. Anyway, who doesn’t love a good Margarita? Frozen no salt, please. 

I was eating breakfast the other day (not margarita related), Greek yogurt to be exact, and on the lid was a recipe for Margarita Pie. I couldn’t say no. Not only do I love Margaritas… I also love anything made with Greek Yogurt. So, I whipped up a pie. The recipe is from Oikos (the Greek Yogurt lid), I just added some Triple Sec :) 

Ingredients:
1 graham cracker crust
8 oz low fat cream cheese
1 cup  Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Margarita Mix
3 Tbs. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1 Tbs. Triple Sec Liqueur 

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar, lime juice, margarita mix and Triple Sec and stir. Then, fold in the yogurt. Pour into a pie crust and freeze a few hours or until firm. I added sliced limes on top for funsies.

On the topic of cold food… anyone have any good recipes for “cold” dinners. I can’t think of anything to make lately because it is so hot here that a hot dinner sounds… hot. All I can think of is Greek Salad which we had tonight by the way. I can’t live of Greek Salad every night… ideas anyone?

Binky Bag

Is it baby/wedding shower season for your too? Our calendar is packed over here with showers and weddings (and I like it). 


A common phrase at my house is… “where is the binky?”. So, I actually though about making something like this months ago for Clyde and his Binky Love (more of an obsession that I will regret later). We were invited to a diaper shower a few weeks ago and I always like to add something handmade. So I made a Binky Bag. 


It is so easy I can barely even call this a tutorial- but I will :)
All you need is:
- a small piece of fabric (mine was 14″ x 10″)
- small piece of boning
-a ribbon


Basically all you do is create a pocket that is sewn on 3 sides and a 1″ hem on the 4th side so you can insert your boning inside and your bag will always be open. There are a ton of ways to modify it, here are the bare bones of the Binky Bag.

1. My piece of fabric was 14″x10″ and I folded it in half, right sides together, and stitched around 3 sides; leaving an entire side open
2. On the open side, serge around the top (or sew a hem)
3. With the bag still turned inside out, fold 1″ down
4. Sew around the fold leaving an opening
5. (the opening)
6. This is the boning that you will insert into that opening
7. Flip the bag right side out and pin a ribbon to the top of the bag
8. Make sure to leave a gap (about 1″) on the back of the bag so the ribbon doesn’t touch
9. Sew the ribbon to the bag


Lastly, insert the boning into the opening and stitch it closed.



Make sure to leave the gap in the ribbon so you can tie it to the side of the crib or changing table.

No more “where is the binky?” Happy Mommie, Happy Baby.

A Yo Gabba Gabba Invitation

It’s a Party, It’s a Party for FINN!
It’s almost here… my little baby is turning two. I know its super cliche and everyone warned me but I literally can not believe how fast he is growing up. I can remember every detail of his birth and feel like it was just a few months ago. At the same time it is hard to remember my life before he was here. If you are a parent you know I can’t begin to explain what he has taught me. I have learned to savor every moment with my 5 month old even more now. Uh enough with the “Mom” moment… :(  
On to the Par-tay!!
Please excuse the next few posts if Yo Gabba Gabba creeps you out. Finn is obsessed so naturally it is the theme for his birthday party. We are having a “friend” party the evening of his birthday and then doing family stuff separately. I finished his invitation and sent them out a few days ago. 

It is actually kind of hard to find Gabba stuff. I found some clip art and made this invitation and then I ordered some napkins, plates, streamers and balloons online. I am not going super crazy because he is only two (and wont even remember this anyway - isn’t that a bummer)

Finn loves Brobee the most so I am also making him a Brobee t-shirt. (You can see his Brobee pillow here). There are also some really cute ideas on Pinterest so I started a Yo Gabba Gabba board. I am going to do the DJ Lance Rock Radio favors. I found the wording for the invitation on Gabba Friends. Its pretty simple but if you would like to personalize it I am putting the file under  the “Freebies” menu or you can click HERE

You just need to fill in the name and info…


He is excited.

Chicken Pitas and Tzatziki

Once again, I have another recipe for you from Real Simple. I am pretty much obsessed with their recipes. I like the magazine but I love their recipes. We make something “Real Simple” at least once a week. And this is definitely simple. Here is the link to the recipe online:

Chicken Pitas with Tzatziki

 I usually amend to our liking but I pretty much follow this one exactly. I do add lemon juice to the Tzatziki Sauce. And my pitas have pockets but that is about it. You will love these! 

Chicken Pitas with Tzatziki:
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 8)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • cucumber, seeded and grated (about 1 1⁄4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 small clove garlic, finely chopped
  • flat breads or pocket-less pitas, warmed
  • small romaine heart, leaves torn if large
  • cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • (I add lemon juice)

Directions:
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with the cayenne, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Cook until cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes per side. Cut into bite-size pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix together the yogurt, cucumber, mint, garlic, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper (and lemon).
  3. Top the flat breads with the romaine, chicken, tomatoes, and tzatziki.

It makes a ton of Tzatziki and I always have leftover sauce so we use it as veggie dip for the next few days. So good! Last night I served our pitas with Couscous and Sauteed Garlic Zucchini. Lovely summer meal :)  


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