Sunday, February 24, 2013

Hot Bridal Shower

Remember that bridal shower I told you about a few weeks ago, the one I made-up the game for?
 Today, I remembered that I hadn't downloaded the photos I took of the food & the recipe book.
So, below are a few images from the shower.
 The hot cocoa bar & the chocolate dipped spoons were a huge success. I really don't want hot cocoa without one of these spoons, it makes the cocoa so wonderful! If you've never tried one, do not wait another day, make one, buy one and then enjoy a delicious treat.  I found a recipe online that told how to make them:
A few weeks before the shower I had 24 spoons ready in less than an hour. Once the chocolate cooled, I wrapped these delicious spoons individually in little cello bags & tied them with a ribbon.

 The "Home Cooking" recipe book pictured below was a gift for the bride filled with simple recipes and a signature from all those that attended this shower.  I added a few stickers to this colorful spiral bound book and asked each guest to write down a recipe that they knew by heart.
This project only took about 15 minutes to make - once I found the stickers.
The bride needed simple things to cook since she's a college student.

Purple sugar frosted cookies - YUMMY

Chocolate dipping spoons for the hot cocoa
The pad the spoons  are sitting on was
 my thank you gift for the guests.

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Child's Voice

I just got a phone call; my cell said it was from "restricted".  I love restricted calls because they are from my son's family.  I hear a little voice on the line that says, "Hi Grandma." (It was my little grandson calling from across the world.)  He told me he was eating cookies & cream ice cream & he really likes it.  He wants Boopa to come visit him. (Boopa is his grandpa.)  I got this phone call because I just sent a box of books to them, quite a few of these books were from Rob's childhood days like: "The Velveteen Rabbit", "Ralph's Secret Weapon" and "The Mysterious Tadpole" the last two are wonderful books by Steven Kellogg - one of my favorite children's illustator - author.
Usually every morning I talk to my other grandson that lives in Tennessee...I really like it when my grandchildren want to talk to me.  My favorite thing is the sound of a child’s voice saying, I love you grandma” which of course really makes my day!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Cold Cold Winter

I cannot remember a winter this cold or one where the snow hasn't melted between storms.  It started snowing again on Friday, nice huge flakes at the mouth of the canyon & then we had snow flurries off and on all day Saturday.  Mike & I got our 3 mile runs in right after we Skyped with Rob's family when it was only snowing lightly and the day's high was around 29 degrees.  Sounds like a lot of fun, right?  It was snowing this morning too. I'm getting a little tired of this.
Reports state that the coldest winter on record was in 1949.  Really, really glad I didn't live her that year.  I'm also grateful I don't live in Logan either, that city has the coldest recorded temperatures in Utah.
Utah Cold Weather Facts - Snow and Winter Storms
  • The most snow ever recorded in one season in SLC was 117.3 inches in 1951-52
  • The average amount of snow is 64.5 inches 
  • The least amount of snow in a season was 16.6 inches in 1933-34
  • The coldest day in Utah was -69F in Peter Sinks Utah on Feb 1, 1985. The coldest day in Salt Lake was -30 on Feb 9th, 1933
  • There is a 40% chance of 1 inch or more snow on Christmas! And a 60% chance of a trace!         SOURCE:
Snow go away until next winter - PLEASE!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

No Brainer Shower Games

I'm hosting a bridal shower for my good friend's daughter tomorrow night.  I've searched and searched the internet for a different bridal shower game and didn't see any that were different from ones I've played at friend's homes. I like games at showers but I hate ones where I have to prove I'm smart - maybe because I feel like these games are tests & I hated tests in school - let's face it, I usually stressed out when I had to take a test. 
So, in despiration, I made up my own game for tomorrow night.   

Hand a copy of the following questions to your guests.  Have your guests answer all the questions then have the bride read her answers. 
The guest that has the most answers the same as the bride's answers, wins a prize.

1. Where did you receive your first kiss?
2.What color are your eyes?
3. What is your shoe size ?
4. What is your ring size?
5. Write down your initials.
6. Your birthday month is -
7. What day were you born on?
8. What state where you born in?
9. Your favorite Christmas movie is.
10. Your favorite food is.
11. What is the most romantic song ever written?
12. If you could choose anywhere to go on a honeymoon, where would you go?
13. Where did you meet your 1st true love.
14. What was / is your major in college?
15. Favorite kind of book to read for fun (historical fiction, fantasy, history, science, mystery, etc.)  
16. Place in your family – 1st, 2nd, or 3rd child, etc. 
17. Place in your family – 1st, 2nd, 3rd daughter, etc.
18. Favorite subject in school?  
19. Favorite musical instrument.
20. Favorite season.

Sugar and Spice Game (Use for a baby girl shower)
Give yourself a point for for each thing you can answer yes to - the one with the most points wins. I also gave a gift to the one with the least amount of points.
  1. Did you put lipstick on before you came to the shower?
  2. Do you have lace on your clothing?
  3. Are you wearing earrings?
  4. Are you wearing a necklace?
  5. Are you wearing a braclet?
  6. Did you comb your hair before you left to come to the baby shower?
  7. Do you have high heel shoes on?
  8. Are you wearing a bow, flower or decorative clip in your hair?
  9. Are you wearing clothes that are pink or purple?
  10. Did you put perfume on today?
  11. Are there any curles in your hair right now?
  12. Do you have fingernail polish on your fingers?
  13. Do you have nail polish on your toes?
  14. Have you had a pedicure within the last month?
  15. Have you been to a beautician within the past two weeks?
Months later, I was at another neighborhood shower and I had one of my friends come up to me and say, I made sure I put on lipstick, jewlery and combed my hair right before I left my house, look, I even wore high heels.  We both laughed because I knew she was referring to my Sugar and Spice game I made-up.

If you've read this whole post, play along with my shower guests and after the bridal shower I'll let you know her answers - who will have the most answers like the bride to be? 
This could be our little internet game of the day -

Monday, February 4, 2013

Custom Sign-in Books

As I was putting the finishing touches on my latest custom made wedding sign-in book, I was wishing I would have taken photos of all the books I've been asked to make.  I can remember making one for the following people but it seems I've made more but I can't remember who they were for.  If I made you a book, I think you should e-mail me a photo of your book. PLEASE.  Or do you still have it?  (Wedding sign-in books are one of those things you look at maybe once & never again.  Am I right? These books do make your guests feel important - I guess.)
  1. Candria Jeppesen Lusk - a super simple handmade book out of handmade paper
  2. Erin Jeppesen Stevens
  3. Brittany
  4. Chelsea Whittenburg Day
  5. Amy's roommate(s)?
  6. Corby Whittenburg
  7. Naomi Osman Glover
  8. Janae Corsi
  9. Amy
  10. Andrea
  11. Sierra Parker                                                                                                                                                                              Sierra's book is a stick journal, bound with metal rings so it'll open easier for people to sign.  This book took me about 11 hours to make. I used a lot of things from my scrapbook stash which is a good thing.           
Sierra calls me her "Auntie Joy"...because she's priceless and this simple project took about 12 hours to make, I hope she'll like it.