Fabulous Family Fun: S’mores and Chili Cookoff

Today we’re sharing some fabulous family fun ideas, especially as the weather turns colder.

First up is one of my favorites from childhood, S’mores!

Fabulous Family Fun S'mores

Make you’re own ready to go s’mores kit with these colorful robin’s egg blue paper crates that I got from the farmers market.

Fabulous Family Fun S'mores

Instead of boring plan chocolate, use Reese Peanut Butter Cups.

Fabulous Family Fun Smores

Kids of all ages enjoy the dessert making activity!

Fabulous Family Fun Smores

Chili night is another family favorite, especially come football season!

Fabulous Family Fun Chili Cookoff Make a fun night of it and have the kids help prep the chili and then after dinner make s’mores. We also like to host chili cook-offs, where you devour more than one delicious bowl of chili!

Fabulous Family Fun Chili

These are my two fabulous favorite chili recipes, the first is with ground beef, and the second is with ground turkey.  

Fabulous Chili Recipe

Ingredients: Serves 6-8

  • 1 pound lean ground round beef
  • 3 sliced and diced bell peppers (green, orange & red)
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5 Aidells Chicken & Apple sausages sliced
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper or to taste
  • 1 packet McCormick’s mild or medium chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon parsley

In a large skillet cook beef, drain accesses fat and add to large pot. Sauté chicken sausage and bell peppers in skillet and add basil, oregano and parsley. Cook on medium heat for 8 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove and add to large pot. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce hear and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. Ready to serve with Frito Lays and cheddar cheese.

To make Fabulous Turkey Chili (shown in photo #1) substitute the ground beef and follow the directions.

For more Family fun ideas check out our other posts here and here.

Credits

Styling and design – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

 

Easter Celebrations

I love this time of year because everything is in bloom and my favorite colors are everywhere, coral, blue, pink, and green! I also like when Easter is later in the calendar, which gives me more time to really enjoy the holiday and be festive for more than a few weeks.

I always reuse decorations from years past, rearrange them and add a few more décor items.  Here’s a photo from one of my previous tablescapes.

If you missed my previous posts on tablescape, decorating eggs without dye, and other festive Easter ideas you can check them out here: http://wp.me/p1s2CI-ca   http://wp.me/p1s2CI-2b

This year I decided to decorate my front entryway, family room, and kitchen.  As you can see I like using tulips and hyacinth because they come in various colors and look great arranged together.   I love walking into my home and smelling hyacinth! This particular arrangement gives the tablescape sophistication and height by using both flowers in one vase.

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Other additions to this years tablescape  include these darling bunny rabbits that I found at antique market in Belmont, NC , Target’s sparkle Easter eggs, and this twine Easter egg wreath.

Easter Celebrations

Easter Celebrations

Easter Celebrations

 

Happy Easter y’all!

Vendor Credits

Styling and design – Sarah Sofia Productions http://www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Floral arrangement and photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Jeweled Easter eggs – Sarah Sofia Productions

Robin’s Easter eggs in mason jar with burlap – Hobby Lobby http://www.Hobbylobby.com

Shiny jeweled Easter eggs – Target http://www.target.com

Pink Easter bunny – Hobby Lobby

 

 

Cocktails & Celebrations

It was a pleasure being a part of cocktails and celebrations with the lovely women of the Junior League of Charlotte.  Two events that occur twice a year are for new members, Kickoff and Graduation.  Both serve a different purpose, but are similar in making the women feel welcome as new members of the Junior League of Charlotte.

Drawing from the fresh blooms of spring, I used pinks and oranges for a clean and bright feel throughout the graduation cocktail party, which celebrated the newly active members of the Junior League.

Inspiration for the fall kickoff event held in late August came from one of my pink and blue nautical Lilly Pulitzer dresses.  Using a nautical theme, we had pinks and blues throughout the cocktail party.

Spring Has Sprung Series: Mother’s Day

 

Mother’s Day was established by Anna Marie Jarvis, following the death of her mother Ann Jarvis, to honor mothers and motherhood.  Congress officially designated the second Sunday of May as a holiday in 1914.  Today, the occasion is celebrated in more than 150 countries. 

Celebrate your mother this year with personal touches such as a simple but colorful flower arrangement, a homemade brunch, a beautiful luncheon, or dinner on the patio.  I know my  mother was touched when my husband and I hosted her and my father for dinner and took the time to have a tablescape with fresh flower arrangements.  If you have children make sure they participate in making the special meal and decorating the table with homemade cards.

Chicken Salad: Serves 6

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 7 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (2 rotisserie chicken breast to save time)
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 cups of light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh or dried dill
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 large lettuce leaves, washed and dried
  • 6 1/2 inch thick slices of tomato
  • 1 cup peeled, halved, and sliced cucumber

In a large bowl, combine chicken and celery.  In a medium bowl combine mayonnaise, dill, Worcestershire sauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and sugar. Pour over chicken mixture, stirring well to coat.  Place a lettuce leaf on plates and top each with a slice of tomato.  Spoon chicken salad onto tomato and surround it with cumber slices.  Garnish with dill and fresh pepper.  Serve with slices of rosemary focaccia bread.

Spring Has Sprung Series: Egg-stra Special Easter Tablescape

Hop on Over for an egg decorating party and turn your Easter dinner table into an elegant but inexpensive tablescape.  It’s a great opportunity to put your creative skills to the test and use fun, bright colors and items around your house.  Our tablescape costs less than $100 and items can be found at Target, Michael’s, and your local grocery store.  Make use of colorful liens, dishes, and flowers.  Instead of dying eggs, we decorated wooden eggs that come in various colors and have flat bottoms and sides for display.  We also used plastic eggs for the kid in all of us who wants a little treat!