DIY Patchwork Letters

For baby Hudson, I wanted to make something I could use for party decor but that could also be used in his nursery at home.  I found a tutorial for making fabric covered letters and since I had a bunch of fabric I was using anyways (for the caramel party favors), I thought this would be the perfect thing.

So first, I went and bought a few different “manly” looking prints at the fabric store. I went ahead and bought 2 yards of each, but I have LOTS left over. So you could easily do this with only 1 yard, or probably even 1/2 yard of each pattern.

Using pinking shears, I cut several 2″ squares out from each pattern.  Don’t worry about making them all exactly the same.  A little variety actually helps.  But depending on the size of your letter, 2″ squares or rectangles are good.  The letter “H” I used is just a cardboard letter that can be found at Hobby Lobby or Jo-Ann’s fabrics, and only costs about $3-$4.

 

Then I started at one corner, applied a layer of Mod-Podge, then stuck my fabric down.  I continued to work my way around the edges layering the patterns.  On corners it helps to cut slits in the fabric so it lays flatter when glued down.  Be sure to go on top of the fabric (especially the edges) with a thin layer of Mod-Podge to help hold it down.

I forgot to take a final product picture, but you get the idea!  Here it is at the party…
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Baby shower RECIPES!

I made all kinds of new things for the baby shower I hosted last weekend.  And thankfully, every one of them turned out to be a hit!  The sliders recipe I got from Pinterest, and the sausage balls came from my mom and the caramel dip is from our wedding caterer.  Funny story about this caramel dip.  I made 3 batches (none of which were great) before finally just picking up the phone and begging my wedding caterer to give me her recipe.  Thankfully, she was happy to share 🙂

HAM AND CHEESE SLIDERS from The Girl Who Ate Everything

24 white dinner rolls- I used SaraLee

24 pieces honey ham
24 small slices Swiss cheese-I just used deli sliced cheese and tore them in half
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup miracle whip
Poppy seed sauce
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
1 1/2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 Tablespoon minced onion-you can actually cut up some onion slices, but I just used dried onion from the spice rack
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and miracle whip. Spread onto both sides of the center of each roll. Place a slice of ham and a slice of Swiss inside of each roll. Close rolls and place them close together into a large baking dish or heavy cookie sheet.

In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the poppy seed sauce ingredients. Brush evenly over all of the sandwiches. You do not have to use all of the sauce. Just use enough to cover the tops. Let sit 10 minutes or until butter sets slightly. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for 2 additional minutes or until tops are slightly brown and crispy. Serve warm.

SWEET CARAMEL DIP from Pat Meads (my wedding caterer)
1 (14oz) package Kraft Caramel cubes
1/2 cup evaporated milk
8 oz. sour cream

Carefully melt the caramel cubes in the microwave (on low heat setting), stirring after each minute until fully melted.  Or melt them on the stovetop on low heat stirring as needed to prevent burning.  When almost melted, add evaporated milk and stir until incorporated.  Remove from heat and stir in sour cream.  Store in refrigerator approximately 2-3 weeks.  Re-warm as desired for dipping.
*This recipe can easily be doubled if you cook on the stovetop.*

SAUSAGE BALLS from Elaine Graves
1 lb. hot or mild sausage
3 cups Bisquick
10 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded.

Let sausage and cheese come to room temperature. Mix all ingredients together by hand. Roll into bite size balls and place onto cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees approximately 15 mins until lightly browned.
*These can easily be prepared ahead of time, frozen and then baked when needed.  Set them out to thaw before baking.*

It’s a BOY!

One of Greg’s best buds, Jonathan Brough, and his wife Lindsay are expecting a baby boy (Hudson) in February.  And ever since we found out about their little bundle of joy this past summer, we have wanted to throw them a baby shower to celebrate.  Jon and Lindsay are from Louisville, KY.  So we planned for them to drive down to Birmingham, stay at our place for the weekend and we’d host them a baby shower.

It was such a fun weekend!  We cooked breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning, Greg took them out shooting (with his new shotgun I gave him for our anniversary), and to Dave’s pizza for lunch while I finished prepping for the party.  Thank goodness my friend Leah came over to help me set-up/decorate because we were scrambling to get it all done before the rest of the guests arrived.  I was popping one thing after another into the oven to cook and we were hanging banners and burlap everywhere.  It turned out super cute, if I do say so myself!

 

 We mostly just hung out for a while, eating food and watching football games.  The Notre Dame game was a huge hit, and finally after 3 overtimes, that game ended, so we took a break to let the mama and daddy-to-be open their gifts!

 
 

The guys all chipped in together and bought Brough a really nice pocket knife.  Greg got it engraved with “Brough” and “Live for the moment.”  The idea is that one day, Jon will pass it down to Hudson when he’s older.  It was a great night hanging out with friends, and of course we always love seeing the out-of-towners every chance we get! 

 
 

Later, I’m going to post some recipes from the baby shower and a DIY tutorial for a mod-podge letter!  So check back for those!!

loving NOLA

After the half marathon, the runners wanted to rest for a little bit and shower.  So we went back to the hotel, while Greg’s parents, Jordan and Eric went to hang out at the pub next door.  We met up with them for lunch at a restaurant near the boardwalk.  It was so yummy!! I got a burger which was seriously SO GOOD.  We ordered some crocodile hushpuppy-type appetizers, and get this…I actually ate one!  And it wasn’t terrible 😉  But one was enough.  And we just had so much fun together!  I’m so thankful that I love spending time with Greg’s family.  I can’t imagine having “the dreaded in-laws.”  Thank goodness that is not how either of us feel about each other’s families.  We just laugh and have a good time.

 After a while, Greg’s legs and feet were really starting to hurt again, so he headed back to the hotel to rest some more.  Kendall wanted to hit up the casino again, so her and Mr. Boggs hopped on a rickshaw and got a ride back to Herrahs.  So then it was just Jordan, Eric, Callen, Houston and me, and we decided to walk to Cafe du Monde for some delicious beignets.  And I don’t want to speak for everyone, but I know I was certainly a little tipsy at this point…and I’m pretty sure we were all having a good time 😉

 

Once we sufficiently enjoyed out beignets and made a total mess (although who doesn’t at Cafe du Monde), we walked to the other side of the French Quarter to stop in a fancy bar for a quick potty break.  Well that quick stop, turned into 4 hours hanging out in this river walk bar.  It was so nice because the main bar was downstairs and pretty typical, but there was an upstairs bar that had huge doors that opened up onto a patio that overlooked the river.  And there was hardly anyone up there. So we decided to stay and have a drink, and then decided we would just stay forever!  The breeze was blowing in off the river, football games were playing on a few tvs, and we had no agenda.  So we just made ourselves comfy, and eventually Greg and his parents met up with us to eat dinner.

It couldn’t have been a better weekend!

I’m So Proud!

I’m way late with this post, but I wanted to write about our trip to New Orleans 2 weekends ago for the Jazz Half Marathon.  Callen (my sister-in-law) ran it last year, and challenged more of us as a family to run it with here again this year.  So around the end of this summer Greg started training to run the half marathon.  He ran several days a week for about 3 months (and lost about 25 pounds in the process!!).  And at the end of October we all headed down for a little family bonding weekend in NOLA!  I realized once we got down there that I had never hung out with Jordan and Eric without the kids.  It was so fun!

The first night we all rolled into town, checked-in to our hotel, and started out grabbing appetizers at a pub next to the hotel.  We were still waiting on Jordan and Eric to get into town so we could all have dinner together.  After appetizers we headed over to the casino so Kendall could have a little fun at the Black Jack tables 😉  How many times do you go to a casino with your in-laws??

 Once Jordan and Eric arrived, we all went to a really nice dinner at a steakhouse (really wish I could remember the name!).  We had so much fun.  Mr. Boggs actually got the reservation by telling them it was to celebrate an anniversary (total lie!).  So of course when we arrived they congratulated the Boggs and even took a celebratory picture of them once we sat at the table.  Too funny!

The next morning it was race time.  Greg was sooo not thrilled about doing this, but he did a GREAT job.  When we saw him at the half-way point, he didn’t even look that exhausted yet.  I was so proud!!  Callen and Houston were trucking along too doing great at their own paces.  We caught all of them at the half-way point which was in a park, and then we caught Callen and Greg at the finish back downtown.

 There goes Houston!

 These firemen did the whole run in their full uniforms and even had a tank on their back, AND carrying flags!
Here comes Callen, and then we saw Greg!!

 After the halfway point we headed back downtown to catch them at the finish line.  Since it was Halloween weekend, there were several funny costumes that the runners came up with.

 

HE DID IT!!!
They all three did such a good job!  I’m seriously so proud of my husband.  He put his mind to it, trained for 13.1 miles, and made it to the finish line!!!  Now I just need to get MY butt in shape 😉