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01.09.13

Caribbean Jerk Pork with Avocado Mango Salsa and Red Cabbage Slaw @ohbotherblog

Once a quarter, my cousins and our significant others gather for dinner at one couple’s house. This weekend was my turn.

In celebration/mourning of the end of summer, I went with a Caribbean theme. I was married in Jamaica—have I told you that? I will sometime—so I’m a big fan of jerk-flavored foods and general tropical fare. I’m also a huge fan of anything I can make in the crock pot. So the menu was this:

  • Jerk pulled pork with avocado mango salsa and/or red cabbage slaw (served with King’s Sweet Rolls)
  • Chicken pineapple skewers
  • Esquites (Mexican corn salad)
  • Caribbean sweet potato salad

Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad and Mexican Corn Salad @ohbotherblog

Everything was bangin’, if I do say so myself. If I’ve got a recipe and a crock pot, I’m golden. Bonus: these dishes were all able to be prepped in advance, so I wasn’t running around the kitchen like a nut once my guests arrived!

Here are the recipes:

I, of course, added some of my own hacks to make things easier:

  • I didn’t actually make the salsa for the pork. I purchased store-bought fresh mango salsa and just added my own avocado.
  • My grocery store didn’t sell the “fancy” purple cole slaw, so I purchased store-bought and just mixed in some red cabbage.

 

 

cheater guac!

14.06.13

Cheater Guacamole - easiest guac ever. Avocados, fresh salsa, salt, garlic, lime juice. Leave an avocado pit in to prevent from browning. @ohbotherblog

Okay, you guys will never hear me bragging about being a good cook. Obviously my baking skills need a little work from time to time. But I am going to put it out there and say that I make some damn good guacamole. Who cares if I cheat a little?

This is seriously the easiest guacamole ever. I’ve literally made it four times in the past seven days for various events. No chopping vegetables, no need to buy fresh cilantro. Making this guac takes like five minutes. And it’s so good!

Here’s all you need:

Easiest guacamole ever - avocados, fresh salsa, salt, garlic, lime juice. Leave an avocado pit in to keep it from browning! @ohbotherblog

See, buying the fresh salsa is key. It already has the tomato, cucumber, green pepper, red pepper, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, tomato juice, garlic, poblano pepper, serrano pepper and salt right in it. No need to chop.

I read somewhere to leave in an avocado pit to keep the guac from browning, so I always do that. Here’s the recipe, even though this is so ridiculously easy, you don’t need it!

Cheater Guac
No lie, the easiest guacamole ever (read: no veggie chopping). And it's delicious. My go-to for any party.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 avocados
  2. 1 container fresh salsa (16 oz.)
  3. garlic salt or powder
  4. salt
  5. lime or lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Halve avocados and scoop the meat into a bowl.
  2. Dump in the container of salsa.
  3. Sprinkle garlic and salt to taste.
  4. Drizzle the lemon or lime juice in one circle around the bowl.
  5. Mash, mash, mash with a fork.
Tip
  1. I always leave one avocado pit in the bowl because I read somewhere that it helps to prevent browning
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holden’s {colorful} first birthday party

08.06.13

A colorful first birthday party @ohbotherblog

For Holden’s first birthday party, I wanted to fill the house with color to celebrate the little girl who has brought so much joy (among other things) into our lives this past year. I started with a plan and an idea board. Here’s how it all turned out.

Colorful birthday party - rainbow color pompoms, bunting, colorful flowers @ohbotherblog

Yes, I actually made those tissue paper pompoms! I totally lucked out by finding those gorgeous rainbow-dyed flower poms (at the grocery store, no less!)

Rainbow water for a colorful birthday party; Wine bottles in a sand bucket @ohbotherblog

I added fruit of all colors to my beverage dispenser to make “Rainbow Water” (that tasted awesome, btw). Sand buckets made great impromptu wine buckets!

Have birthday party guests sign a copy of Dr. Suess' "Happy Birthday to You" as a party memento! @ohbotherblog

Guests signed a copy of Happy Birthday to You by Dr. Seuss with special messages for Holden.

Of course, the famous rainbow cupcakes made their debut:

Rainbow cupcakes at a colorful first birthday party @ohbotherblog

While the rainbow cupcakes were a win, my attempts at making Holden’s smash cake were a big ol’ fail. Luckily, my favorite cupcakery saved the day: their huge cupcakes make the perfect-sized smash cake. Holden, it turns out, is a big fan of the sweet stuff:

First Birthday Smash Cake @ohbotherblog

Overall, I’d say the day was a huge win. It was a lot of work (and a lot of fails in the process) but a lot of fun. Even Sal was pooped out:

Dog in a teepee @ohbotherblog

Oh, I forgot the cutest part—check out her adorable rainbow romper from IAmDezigns (etsy)!

Rainbow Romper for a colorful first birthday @ohbotherblog

Happy Happy Birthday, Holdy!

a sesame street birthday party

23.04.13

I may be kicked out of Florida for posting this while I’m in Disney World, but I wanted to share the cutest Sesame Street-themed birthday party my friend threw for her daughter, Grace, for her 2nd birthday.

Sesame Street-themed birthday party @ohbotherblog

Sesame Street-themed Birthday Party. Elmo veggie tray. @ohbotherblog

I’m loving the Elmo and Oscar veggie trays! And the bow wreath is so cute–and looks easy enough for even me to make!

Happy Birthday, Grace!

a wine tasting bridal shower

08.04.13

wine bridal shower wine tasting

To celebrate a girlfriend’s 1) upcoming wedding at a winery 2) love of wine, we held a wine-themed/wine tasting bridal shower.

The centerpiece of the shower was the wine tasting table. Each bridesmaid presented her choice of wine with an explanation of the taste and pairings. The cards were held up by corks that had one side cut off to make them flat (which was a real pain in the butt to do). The super cute “Wine Tasting” banner came from Expressions in Design on etsy.

For the bride’s gift, we bridesmaids gifted her with a wine fridge and each gave her a bottle of “our” wine to be opened on special occasions: first house, first baby, first dinner party, first fight, etc.

wine shower cake balls

Instead of cake, we went with cake balls laid out in a bunch of grapes formation.

wine bridal shower wishing well

Guests wrote wishes or advice on slips of paper and put them in the bottle, to be opened on an anniversary (that’s one of their wedding invitations wrapped around the bottle!).

The wine tasting was a great ice breaker and the bride loved it!

a tea party baby shower

06.04.13

tea party baby shower

I attended the cutest baby shower today with a tea party theme. Invitations announced that a “baby is brewing…” We dined on cupcakes, scones and eclairs and drank tea out of adorable mismatched teacups and saucers (that I’m told came from the Salvation Army at 20 cents a piece!) For favors, we received custom Showers of Happiness teabags! It was tea-lightful (that’s right. I said it.)

first birthday party idea board

05.04.13

colorful birthday party idea board

Holden’s first birthday is just a few months away (ack!), so I’ve begun thinking about her party details (oh, who am I kidding? I’ve been pinning things since she was 3 months old!).

I’m not one to adhere too strongly to a “theme,” so rather than saying we’re having a Rainbow Birthday Party, I’ll say we’re going with a colorful party in general, since Holdy has brought such color and joy to our lives.

This is what I’m thinking:

Also, how tough is it to create a manageable invite list? Our first list was almost 60 people long! Mr. B put his foot down and made me prune the list to a (reasonable?) 25 people: close family and some friends. I can’t wait to celebrate one year with our little girl!

easter centerpiece in a pinch

30.03.13

Easter centerpiece in a pinch

Tomorrow’s Easter dinner at my house just went from a party of four and a half to a party of eight and a half. When it was just my parents joining us, I wasn’t too concerned about setting a nice table. Now that there are in-laws involved, I need to step it up a notch.

I’ve seen all the cute Peeps centerpieces on Pinterest, but I don’t have: two perfectly concentric nesting vases, tons of jelly beans, perfect fresh-cut flowers or time to get these things. What I do have is a convenience store down the street that sells Peeps and has a pop-up flower market in the parking lot. Done.

  • One trifle bowl or similarly sized vessel (mine is Pampered Chef)
  • Three boxes of Peeps (actually 32 Peeps. Eat the extras or pawn them off on someone who actually likes Peeps.)
  • One basic potted tulip from a convenience store, grocery store, flower market, etc.

Sure, the ones with the jelly beans and gerbera daisies on Pinterest are cuter, but this one’s good enough for me.

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