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A Horse Themed Birthday Party

As mentioned in my Dora The Explorer Birthday Party post, we decided this year we were going to forgo the birthday parties and take the kids to Disneyland instead.  So, I thought I would share some of what we did for my youngest daughter’s party last year.  She was really into horses then, so I opted to do a horse themed party!  Here is some of the get up from the party.  Maybe some of these ideas will come in handy for your next rodeo!  

I didn’t go bananas in decorating for this party.  But kept it simple with some horses around the house.  We had a rocking horse that isn’t featured here.  I also picked up a stick horse too!

This is the best place in my home for banners.  It’s close to the front door and the arch really makes it pop!   

 I always make my kids a special cake to add to the top of the cupcake tower.  It’s the one thing I get to decorate a little different just for them!  This time I added pink sugar and topped it with two horse figures!

I added some fun to the cupcakes with this variety of cupcake toppers that I made.  

 After she blew out the candles, we watched her have fun playing with the horses!

Then it was time to open some gifts.  She got this miniature horse from her grandparents!  Next to a real horse, what more could a little girl ask for?  And mom didn’t have to clean up the poop!

Then we said “Thank You” to our guests with brown lunch bags filled with mini toy horses and some sweet treats! 

It was a great day!

If you’d like some of these party printables for you next shindig, please visit our shop.  

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Are You A Caterpillar Or A Butterfly?

At Simply Tangerine our goal is to bring you inspiration, joy, and creativity. Usually that is in the form of something physical we have done, but today I want to share with you a proverb a childhood friend of mine recently shared on Facebook. The message spoke to me and I had to share. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

Have you seen any inspirational quotes recently? If so, please share them in the comments section!

Wishing you a joyful and inspired day!

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Sneak Peek Saturday #4

Today I’m giving you a sneak peek of one project that’s been on my “To Do” list for a while now.  Like Dawn’s closet, I’m embarrassed to show you this.  But if you have kids, and lead a busy life like I do, then you’ll understand why I haven’t gotten to it yet.    

The project is my kitchen table and chair set that I’ve already re-done once before.  It was a hand me down from my husband’s grandparents, both are no longer with us, so it’s important to me that we continue to maintain it.  My mother in-law and I have already re-done it once, when we initially got it.  I can’t recall the color, but I want to say it was something like a green or a blue.  And since then, it’s been sprayed chocolate brown and we recovered the seats.  But the kids have destroyed it with their many spills and messy meals.

If you look close enough you can see just how yucky the seats are.  Ewww!

My intentions are to give it a good wash down, let it dry, and then go to town with spray paint.  This shouldn’t take as much time as it did the first time because the base is already brown and it just needs some serious touching up.  

This time around I’ve chosen to use outdoor fabric as it can be washed off and hopefully, it will hold up better.  The fabric is a little funner than I would havechosen, but it certainly adds a pop of color to my room and to the set.

We’ll see – fingers crossed!

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Peanut Butter Fudge With Candy Topping

It was my dad’s birthday recently and one of his favorite desserts is peanut butter fudge. Every time we go somewhere that sells fudge we buy some for him. However, it is difficult to find unless you are in a touristy type of area (TIP: Disneyland makes THE BEST peanut butter fudge.) and we live in suburbia.  So, this year I decided to overcome my fear of making fudge and try my hand at it. I was under the false impression that making fudge involved double boilers and candy thermometers, which sound intimating and time consuming, but I wanted to do something special for him. To my pleasant surprise I found that peanut butter fudge is very, very, very easy to make. If you can push the buttons on a microwave, you can make this fudge. In fact, my three year old helped with this one!

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Peanut Butter Fudge With Candy Topping
Delicious Peanut Butter Fudge With Candy Topping
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
5735 calories
538 g
488 g
385 g
90 g
153 g
1080 g
1691 g
468 g
7 g
209 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1080g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5735
Calories from Fat 3297
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 385g
592%
Saturated Fat 153g
763%
Trans Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 57g
Monounsaturated Fat 152g
Cholesterol 488mg
163%
Sodium 1691mg
70%
Total Carbohydrates 538g
179%
Dietary Fiber 28g
111%
Sugars 468g
Protein 90g
Vitamin A
114%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
27%
Iron
57%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of candy and/or nuts of your liking (I used M&M's, chocolate chips, and peanuts)
  2. 1 cup salted or unsalted butter
  3. 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1 pound powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Place candy and nuts in a Ziplock bag and seal. Get creative here - add as much or as little of each as you like. You can't mess this up!
  2. Place sealed bag on a flat stable surface like your kitchen counter or cutting board and crush the candy and nuts by rolling a rolling pin over it.
  3. Place butter and peanut butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap to keep splatter to a minimum.
  4. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir butter and peanut butter mixture and microwave on high for another 2 minutes.
  6. ***Be careful - the mixture will be HOT!***
  7. Add vanilla and powdered sugar to mixture, but add the powdered sugar gradually, stirring to combine. By the time you add all of the powdered sugar the mixture will be very thick and will be difficult to stir. At this point, I just used my hands.
  8. Spread mixture into a 8 x8 pan lined with parchment paper. Make sure the entire pan is lined.
  9. Sprinkle candy mixture on top and gently press it into the warm fudge.
  10. Cool in the refrigerator for approximately two hours.
  11. Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an air tight container at room temperature. Fudge will keep for up to a week.
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Katey’s Lentils

Every now and again, we do a girl’s night where we choose one person’s home to gather at and we all bring either a dessert or appetizer and a bottle of wine.  It’s the perfect time to catch up and hear about what’s going on in everyone’s life.  This time, we had a lot to celebrate:  two new babies on the way and a couple of birthdays.  I have to admit, these gatherings have become so infrequent these days due to the busy lives we are leading, but one thing that always remains are the good times and good laughs that we always manage to have.  

This is also a great time to see who’s going to bring what and to try new things.  A couple of new dishes popped up at this summer’s gathering and they deserved a good shout out!  Let’s start with Katey’s Lentils!

As a Registered Dietitian, Katey is committed to making healthy meals.  Not only overseeing her patient’s dietary needs, but also her growing family’s.  Katey brought this flavorful and delicious lentil recipe.  The lentils were Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils – you can find these in their refrigerated section of the store.   This dish was flavorful and refreshing.  And I I think the possibilities are limitless with these lentils, but here’s how Katey made her dish.  

Katey's Lentils
Serves 4
A healthy meal full of protein and rich in flavor.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
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24 calories
5 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
78 g
42 g
3 g
0 g
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Serving Size
78g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 24
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 42mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 5g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
13%
Calcium
2%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. (1) Package Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils
  2. Diced Tomatoes
  3. Chopped Basil
  4. White Onion
  5. Drizzle olive oil
  6. Chopped fresh garlic
  7. Salt - to taste
Instructions
  1. This recipe is really simple and it's one that you can add as little or as much of all the ingredients. Therefore, there are no measurements for the ingredients. You decide how much to add!
  2. Open bag, pour the beans in a bowl, add all of the above ingredients, and mix!
  3. Serve cold or hot.
Notes
  1. Lentils are super healthy and full of protein. They have no fat and are low in calories. And they can be added to soups and other dishes.
  2. If you'd prefer to make your own lentils - follow the directions on the package. Any type will do - white, yellow, or red lentils. Or mix all three! I actually made a batch of white ones for myself just to see how easy it was. I also added all of the ingredients to the beans when they were still hot so the beans would soak up the flavor of all the ingredients and then stored in the fridge overnight!
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Eat it with a fork or scoop it with a chip!  You can’t mess this one up!  I’m even thinking  I might throw these ingredients in the Vitamix and make a hummus style dip out of it!  

Katey, thanks for introducing us to this healthy delicious dish!!!  

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