Disney Frozen Birthday Party

Monday, June 2, 2014

Even though it is not winter, it doesn't stop my newly turned 4 year old princess to be in love with the Disney Frozen Movie. Like many kids her age, she is obsessed with this movie, knows the lyrics to all the songs, and is just captivated with everything related to it. I have to say I quite liked the first couple of times I saw it, especially the music and Olaf the snowman.

So, when it was time to plan my daughter's 4th birthday party, it was 'crystal clear' that it would be a Frozen Party. It was a last minute decision, mostly because of a family spending 'freeze' we'd been working on. Sorry...can't resist the 'cold' terminology.  Seeing as how it is almost summer and the movie has been out for a few good months now, it was hard to find anything Frozen related anywhere and even though I found some cups at a party store, I wasn't about to shell out $20 for a set of 12 cups. All of this meant I had to DIY the party, all pretty much a couple of day before the party.

I tried to keep it low key, and looking back at the pictures, it doesn't seem like a lot, but it really was a bunch of work, including staying up till 1AM the night before, mostly to clean up.

For food, we had veggie and fruit trays, pigs in a blanket (which were super popular with the kids), and a couple of the giant Costco pizzas; water and pink lemonade for drinks.

 I set up a dessert table as well. I made a bunch of Elsa crowns using foam paper and had a few extra and so I made a banner to go above the dessert table. I dug out some Christmas decorations as well, but couldn't really get to many that wouldn't require serious storage room changes.

I made cupcakes, marshmallow pops and cake pop using vanilla donut holes.

We had an Olaf cake and it was made by a friend of mine. So freezing cute and oh so yummy.

For activities, we had snowman bowling. Just draw snowman faces on white paper cups and use crumpled paper for the ball. The kids absolutely loved this game and because we had about 16 kids at the party this and the other two activities were enough.

Next up was Pin the nose on Olaf. My husband drew Olaf on poster paper without a nose. I think he did such a good job. Mine would've been 3 circles, eyes and mouth and his looks just like the real one.
Sorry about the camera picture
We cut up noses from foam paper. A little tip here: use double sided tape (I couldn't find mine and ended up folding regular tape), and then stick them on the shiny side of a sheet of wax or parchment paper. Hand one to each child when it is their turn.

We also made snowmen using marshmallows, frosting to attached all the body parts, pretzels for arms, orange tic tacs for noses, and chocolate frosting for eyes, mouth and buttons.

 Then we did gifts and dessert.

My daughter loved everything and kept pointing all the Frozen things things she noticed.

Because I didn't buy any themed party supplies I found some free online printables to use as dessert toppers, labels and wrappers, here and here. I also made reindeer antlers and Elsa crowns using these patterns. I made one crown and my daughter said it was an evil Elsa crown, so I adjusted the ridges and made them all in triangles. The kids loved them, but for some reason I forgot to take a picture of them.

'Can I just say something crazy?'. If you don't do what I did and plan far enough in advance, this can really be pretty stress free, although I am not familiar with that feeling, because even if I plan in advance, I still end up actually doing everything a day or two before. So, learn from my mistakes and go have yourself a Frozen Party and don't forget 'to stuff some chocolate in your face', which of course is the one thing I did not forget to do.


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Zucchini Chicken Rice Pilaf {Gluten Free}

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Zucchini and Chicken Rice Pilaf {Gluten Free}

Difficulty: medium
Prep time:  10 min
Cooking time: 25min


Onions1 pieceyou can also use leeks, or both
Carrots1 pieceI actually forgot to add the grated carrots, but I usually do
Oil3 tbspI use Sunflower Seed oil in all my cooking
Rice1 1/2 cupsI used brown rice, but white works too
Roasted chicken1 pieceI made 3 different meals from one roasted chicken. You can also used just cooked chicken breast
Bell Peppers1 piece

2 pieces
Fresh cilantro2 tbspthese are for garnishing at the end and it is optional
Feta cheese 1/2 cupsfor garnishing 
Salt and pepper to tast
step by step

1. Gather your ingredients. Chop your vegetables.

2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat add the oil. Add onions, salt and cook, 
stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and translucent. 

3. Add the peppers and zucchini. Note that I did not peel the zucchini. I find that when 
I peel them, they just turn into mush once cooked. 

4. Add rice and cook, stirring, until rice grains are opaque.

5. Add water or chicken broth enough to cover the mixture. Bring to a boil and 
then add the cooked chicken.

 I transferred into a pot because I couldn't find the lid for my large pan. Cover, reduce
heat to simmer, and cook undisturbed for 15 minutes. Turn off heat but let rice sit for 
5 minutes undisturbed. Uncover and fluff with a fork.

Serve garnished with feta cheese and parsley.

I like to make this meal with any variation of vegetables that I have in my fridge. 
It is a quick and simple but still pretty yummy. An added bonus is that it is gluten free.

Do you like zucchini? What do you like to use them for?
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8 Thanksgiving Dinner Must-Haves

Monday, November 18, 2013

As many of you know, I am European and have celebrated Thanksgiving only for a few years since I have moved to the US. Even the ones I did celebrate here, there were always prepared by my mother in law. Last year was the first time we were going to celebrate Thanksgiving by ourselves. However, I had a moldovan friend visiting and we just ended up making moldovan food. This year however, I am resolved to try a real american Thanksgiving feast and to keep myself accountable, we will probably have friends over. I had to google when Thanksgiving is and also what a traditional menu consists of.
So I put together a list of the must-haves, mostly for me, since I have no idea what I am doing. 

Thanksgiving Dinner Must Haves @Hip2Thrift

1. The Turkey!!! 
The star of the show. Lots of recipes out there and I am pretty intimidated by this part. I have the feeling I might end up just buying a ready made one. I don't know...haven't decided yet.

2. The Gravy
Not much to say here - it pulls the meal together, and anything 
with some gravy can taste extra yummy.

3. Sweet Potato Casserole
This is definitely my least favorite, but hey...it's traditional and most people like it.

4. Mashed Potatoes
I didn't grow up with Thanksgiving, but we sure had plenty of mashed potatoes. I like to think of myself as an expert when it comes to mashed potatoes. I may have to post my recipe soon.

5. Green Bean Casserole
I love this casserole and it is so simple to make.
I've made on so many other non holiday related occasions.

6. Rolls
I am still looking for a gluten free recipe for rolls, so hopefully I'll have some on the my Thanksgiving table.

7. Cranberry sauce

8. Pumpkin Pie
I am not a big fan anything pumpkin or pie related (gasp), but I am pretty sure my other guests will enjoy some. I may do some sort of variation of the classic pie...cupcakes anyone?

Do you have any yummy recipes you use for Thanksgiving? Did I miss anything? Share in the comments. 

Not to freak anyone out, but Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, 
and then we can decorate for Christmas!

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To blog or not to blog?!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

You may or may not have noticed that I've bean MIA from the blog for most of the summer. I could tell you all about the trials my family and I have been going through and how that didn't leave any time for projects, and therefore blogging on this supposedly project oriented blog; and I wouldn't be lying to you at all. I could tell you that I really wanted to take a break for the summer to spend more time with my family and serving others, and that wouldn't be a lie either. Whether that actually happened or not is enough for a whole new post. In reality, I really thought that I was done with this blogging thing, and since I wasn't having much success with it, why even try, right? Classic failure mentality, one that I have been guilty of giving into in many areas and endeavors of my life. Honestly, I couldn't even bring myself to write anything, even to say I won't be blogging or that I may return in the fall, because I really thought I wouldn't. 

The thing about failure is that I can't usually accept it easily in my life, which is why I continued to try to work on this blog in the past - probably because of how much I hated to admit to myself that I am failing miserably. Makes perfect sense, right? This may very well be the case, except I miss it so much, and even more than that, I miss crafting and doing projects. I miss using my creativity to make something to beautify my life and that of those around me. If it's only fear of failure, then why do I long to create?!

ANYWAY, here I am laying it all out on the inter webs, in the hopes that I'll be able to figure out a way to get rid of these self imposed limitations that have left me completely unable to do something that I love so dearly.

Hope y'all are enjoying the beginning of the beautiful fall season. Lots of hugs,
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Monday, August 19, 2013

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Crochet Farmer's Market Bag {Tutorial}

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Crocheting a bag is very simple and a fairly fast project to make. It took me just one evening to make, while I was watching Arrested Development (forgive me, friends that have strongly recommended this show, I just can’t seem to get into it).  I love this bag because you can pretty much do your own thing and it’s hard to mess it up. If you use cotton yarn, it is machine washable and dryable.
It’s also pretty versatile in it’s use – take it for a stroll at the farmer’s market and it’ll fit right in with all those hipster/boho farmer’s market shopping people. It works really well as a beach bag, as all the sand can just seep through the mesh. Ok…ok…you caught me…I don’t go to the beach that often and actually use this bag for my daughter’s sand toys when we go to the play ground. Classy…I know.

  • worsted weight cotton yarn (you can use any cotton or acrylic yarn. I wouldn't recommend wool, as it will shed and get all fuzzy)
  • Size H crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in

Crochet Bag Pattern

Step 1: Start with a magic loop. Ch 3 and work 11 DC into the loop.Ch 3 counts as first DC throughout. DO NOT TURN. Do not join. Use a stitch marker and work in the round.
 Step 2: HDC in the ch3. DC in the same stitch. 2DC in next DC and all around.

   Step 3: *1 DC, 2DC* all around. Place stitch marker.
Step 4: *1 DC in next 2 DCs, 2DC in next DC* all around. Place stitch marker.
Step 5: *1 DC in next 2 DCs, 2DC in next DC* all around. Place stitch marker.
You can stop here or make the bottom as big as you want. I added a couple of more rows before working on the body.
Step 6: *1 DC in next 3 DCs, 2DC in next DC* all around. Place stitch marker.
Step 7: *1 DC in next 4 DCs, 2DC in next DC* all around. Place stitch marker.
Step 8:  Here I’m stopping the round work just for this row. To join, make a HDC, then a SC and then Sl St.
Step 9: Ch 5. Skip 2 stitches, SC in the third stitch from hook. Repeat Ch 5, sk 2st, SC in third stitch all around. (working in the round again)
 Step 10: Join with a Sl St in the beginning Sl St.  * Ch 5, SC in previous Ch 5 space* repeat all around until your bag is the desired height.

Step 11:  CH 2;  HDC in next CH5 sp, HDC in next SC  * HDC in next CH 5 sp, HDC in next SC;  repeat from * around, join with a Sl ST to top of CH 4
Step 12: CH 2; HDC  in each HDC all around, join with SL St to top of  CH 2
Step 13:  CH 1; SC in each HDC around, join with Sl ST to first SC, CH 2
First Handle
Row 1: Ch 1, SC in each of first 2 sts leaving remaining sts unworked, turn (2 SC).
Row 2: Ch 1, SC in first st leaving last st unworked, turn (1).
Row 3: Ch 1, SC in next st, turn, until Handle measures 10″ or whatever length you like. Fasten off.
Skip next 38 sts on last rnd of  the Body, sew end of Handle to next 2 sts.
Second Handle
Row 1: Skip next 38 sts on last rnd of Body after beginning of First Handle, join with SC in next st, SC in next st leaving remaining sts unworked, turn (2 SC).
Row 2: Ch 1, SC in first st leaving last st unworked, turn (1).
Row 3: Ch 1, SC in next st, turn, until Handle measures 10″, fasten off.
Fasten off, leaving tail long enough for sewing.

Make one of these and take it to the beach, since it looks like mine is getting the toddler treatment this summer.
What would you put in a crochet bag? How would you use it?
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