A Valentine’s Day Beach Dinner

Our second annual beach Valentine’s Day dinner! A delicious cheese, meats and crackers plate, fried chicken, sides and cupcakes for dessert. The seagulls were totally nuts (so I couldn’t get pics of the food set up) and the sunset didn’t fully cooperate, but eating and drinking Oceanside is the best!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


An “Eggs and Elmo” Party

I love birthdays and it’s always fun to make it special for the kids. Home parties feel personal and I love to plan and cook for them! This year, my two year old had an “Eggs and Elmo” themed birthday brunch. I held myself back from going too crazy on Pinterest (can be a dangerous place!) but I did have some fun with decorations and food names. And, because we love Sesame Street, we had a lot of the things to use as decorations. The rest came from the dollar store and things I had on-hand. The decoration budget came in at under $25!

All of the food was breakfast themed and we had mimosas and coffee for the grown ups.

This is one of my favorite parties I’ve put together yet! Who doesn’t love breakfast food!?

Easy Blueberry Muffins

Sometimes simple is best! These muffins use fresh (I like best) or frozen blueberries.

1/2 c butter, softened

1 c sugar

2 eggs

1/2 c milk

2 c flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

2 c blueberries

2 T sugar, for sprinkling the tops

Cream together the butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well; stir in milk. Add all dry ingredients; stir to combine. Gently fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full – sprinkle tops with a little sugar. Bake in a preheated 375 oven for about 20 minutes or until lightly brown.

Makes 12-15 muffins