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Peach Chipotle Sauce


My beloved Peach Tree:-)

  • 8 to 10   fresh peaches blanched, peeled, pitted and chopped.
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 finely chopped Chipotle Peppers in adobe sauce ( you will find these in the mexican food section)
  • Red Pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 package liquid pectin (optional)

Once your peaches have been blanched, peeled, pitted and sliced.  Mix your peaches, lemon juice and chipotle peppers together and bring to a full boil.  Once you’ve reached this stage add your sugar and lemon juice and place over low to medium heat for 15 minutes.  You will want it to be a good simmer the entire time.  It’s time to use your immersion mixer and break down your peaches once you have done this throw in your pepper flakes.  Don’t over-mix your sauce you want it broken down but not too velvety.  It should look close to the picture above minus the shadow..

How your ready to can.  Take your sterilized jars and fill them with your sauce.  Please leave 1/2″ headspace and screw on your bands but not too tight.  I water bath mine for 15 minutes and live around 3,400 ft.  Always make sure you process your jars according to your altitude.  Once you pull your jars from your water bath you should hear a “pop” within a minute or so and that is the sound of success.


We use this sauce on Roasted Pork as a glaze.  We also use it on sandwiches and feel free to pour it over cream cheese and serve as an appetizer.


Star Wars Popcorn

DSC_0098We recently had a backyard Star Wars movie.  Any child could help make this very simple recipe.

What you will need:

2 bag popped corn
2 cups Honey Graham bears for Ewoks
2 cups of white chocolate melted
1 cup Orange sticklets
1 cup Star Wars cereal shapes


DSC_0083Pop your corn and place in tub.

DSC_0089Pour half of your melted white chocolate  over the corn.

DSC_0097Find a willing participant to add the toppings.

DSC_0098Toss everything and add remaining half of white chocolate.  Spread out on wax paper and allow to dry for min. of 10 minutes.

DSC_0102Place in ziplock bags and seal. I made these about 6 hours prior to the movie and they tasted just fine.


Island Rum Ham

DSC_0065We have made this dish for over 20 years.  It’s a great crowd pleasure.  Works well for Super Bowls or grab and eat gatherings.


1 can Pineapples Chunks
Whole cloves
1/4 cup Bacardi Rum (yes you can substitute other types)
1 cup raisins
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Allspice
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch

DSC_0060Trim fat off of your ham and cross score it with rather deep cuts. Then Place Pineapples in and around your ham but not the juice.

DSC_0056Now take your brown sugar, cornstarch, pineapple juice and start boiling until it thickens.

DSC_0061Once it looks like this add your raisins and rum and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes.

DSC_0064The pour over your ham trying to get a good portion of your sauce between the cuts. Then place your whole cloves in the scored parts of your ham.

DSC_0074Place in an oven cook for 30 to 45 minutes depending on your oven and size of ham. Make sure to baste every 10 to 15 minutes. Remember your ham is already cooked so you’re just glazing your ham and trying to absorb as much sauce as possible.





Let’s refill those Bunch O Balloons (don’t toss them out)

That’s right.  Don’t pay all that money for one use.  Let me show you how to simply and effectively refill your balloons.  Chances are you have everything that you need in your house.


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What you will need to refill them is the following.


  • Standard water balloons
  • Loom bands

Yes that’s all you will need to reload your bunch of balloons for endless summer fun.  Each bundle takes me around 8 minutes to reload.




Simply place a water balloon on the end of your empty plastic tube.


Then take a loom band and run it around the balloon and tube 4 to 5 times depending on the thickness of your loom bands.




Don’t worry about how neat they look.  Trust me they work just as well.  I have reloaded hundreds of balloons this summer and the kids absolutely love them. Mom loves how economical it has become.




Sriracha Cashews

¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1 Tablespoon Sriracha sauce
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, finely grated
1 and ½ cups raw cashews
1 Tablespoon toasted  sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a very small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, Sriracha sauce and ginger. Heat over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar melts, about 5 minutes.

Pour the cashews into a mixing bowl. Drizzle the sugar mixture over the cashews and stir well to evenly coat them. Add toasted  sesame seeds and stir again to combine.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the cashews out on the parchment paper and bake until crisp, 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Allow to cool completely before transferring to a bowl to serve.


These are not too hot to eat.  I prefer to cry when I eat spicy food next time I will add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes!

Children’s Superhero Party

If you have a boy at some point you will have to throw a Super Hero party.  This is what we did for Garrett’s #5 Bash.


These Super Hero Capes were very easy.  There is no sewing required, all you do is cut out the shape you desire.  Use your child as a template to ensure your length is in the ball park and then pull some images of the web for the Super Hero Logo’s and start cutting.  I used fabric glue to add the logo’s.  These can and should be made way in advance and make sure you have a couple extra’s for those moms that don’t rsvp.  Note to all modern day moms.  None of the little girls knew who Wonder Woman was.  Let’s hope the up and coming Movie changes that!


The city scape was very easy.  Just purchase some poster paper at any walgreens or target and start cutting shapes that you like.  Now for the hard part….Grab some sticky papers in different colors and add them for windows.  HAHA!  Yes it was that simple.  The Red and black building were those cardboard building blocks that tons of children have.  A neighbor was tossing them and I said toss them my way.

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These cups I picked up and Target and simply printed out some Super Hero sound effects.  Very easy and everyone loved them.


You know hose 99 cent pastic table covers..  Yep they can be made into huge Super Hero Capes to hang in the hallways.  The Super Hero Logo was made out of felt and simply glued to the plastic.





These we had hanging around from dress up and halloween, we simply used some 3m and made a showcase of them.


Keep it simple!  This cake was 20.00 from Dairy Queen.  Look at the detail.

Last but not least the costumes.



Remember at the end out the day your little Super Hero is going say his favorite part was “when the bird flew by” Thank goodness you will have the photos.



Beach Themed Party

Thank you AQUA Magazine for publishing  our arch in your September issue!

My son is all about and has always been about the beach.  This last year we did a beach theme party.  Here are a few of the high-lights.

Beach Ball Entrance.  These beach balls were just 3.99 at our local grocery store and are 42 inches.  After we were finished with them they found a home in our trampoline.  You simply use some 3m tabs man these are so wonderful.  Run fishing wire from floor to ceiling off of the 3m tabs.  We also used some double sided tape in between the balls to help with balance.  We had twenty-five children and many parents to our surprise the arch wasn’t toppled.





The food; keep it simple.  Mercy me I have spent days and days prepping for parties to just ensure that ziploc’s stock continues to rise.

These individual salad cups really help.  They take the work out of placing salad on your childs plate and having things prepackaged keeps big party lines moving.





Some mother out there.  I’m sure she considers herself and A+ mom started the darn goodie bag.  Now all of us mothers run around half-crazy trying to find junk for other parents to step on and sneak into trash at a later date.  This of course ends in our child crying for their favorite 25 cent item that they simply cannot live without…  Mercy Me!  Here were the goodie bags I used.


I purchased them on Oriental Trading and placed  inside with these homemade surfboard cookies.



I am not good at games and get so tired of the ordinary ones.  Children’s parties can be very painful for adults.  I purchased inflatable mini balls and wrapped them in saran wrap.  The kids had to unroll the saran wrap to get their mini balls.  They loved it!


The rest was up the kids since they had to beat up Mr. Piñata to get their final items for their parents to loath.

I also did a small collage of Garrett’s last year.



and strung some mini balls above the tables.  This is Arizona so we also had a large water slide to top off the party.  DSC_0011



Giant Balloon Party


I’ve been knowns to throw a few over the top parties; kids parties that is…

This requires some advance prepping however you can break it down to 20 minutes an evening since the balloons can stay inflated days in advance.


You can order these balloons on line.  We used 700 during this birthday but have used up to 900 in past.  The large ones are 36 inch rounds and are amazing.  We have a compressor and try to blow up 100 each night for one week.  DSC_0030

The first think you need to do is remove all furniture from a dedicated room and make a home depot of lowes run.  Go to their paint isle and purchase enough painters plastic floor drops to cover your floor.  This helps give the children a safe and clean area to slide around on.  You will tape the pieces together.  My husband does all the heavy lifting and takes very good direction.


Now that you have become the MOM of the year with this great idea.

2009-09-11_17-41-18Let the kids create their own cupcakes.  That’s right your plastic is protecting your floors so let them go crazy with toppings frostings and more.

2009-09-11_17-16-10YOU GO MOM!