Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Family Reunion Photo Booth

What would summer be without an family reunion to attend? Last weekend we had a family reunion on my mother's side that was a three day event full of catching up with extended family, playing a competitive game of "Minute to Win it", a photo booth and lots of kids running around.

Eric won us a gift card for winning the Minute to Win It challenges (he's very competitive). Way to go honey!

I was in charge of the putting together the photo booth. I really wasn't sure what to do for a family reunion type crowd. In the end I went with making some fun props I downloaded from a website called Oh Happy Day. She has lots of cute printables! Then I did a free standing back drop using PVC pipes.

*A little note on this...I never knew PVC pipes were so cheap! You can buy one that is 10 feet long for under $2! I will definitely be experimenting more with this stuff in some other future projects.*

Anyway, then I just pinned a plain white sheet over it and hung a banner that I already had. It turned out super cute and everyone were great sports about it.

Beside when we all go out to Ely for Arts in the Park, this is one of the last times in awhile my whole family will be together before my sister and her family move to Oregon and my brother and his family move to California.

It's always fun to be with family!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer Fun = Blog Neglect

So my crazy summer and overwhelming "to-do" list is in full swing which has led to a little bit of neglect to the blog. I have been crafting, cleaning and studying like a maniac while at the same time having fun with family.

The latest family fun was over the 4th of July. My parents and little brother came in and stayed with us for the holiday weekend. Since we had already broke the tradition of going out to Ely for the 4th of July we decided to stick with that theme and some other new things to celebrate the holiday as well.

Instead of the traditional BBQ with all the trimmings we decided to try a southern dish we got from one of Eric's aunts who served a mission in New Orleans. I like to think of it as a Shrimp and Sausage Boil but it's official name is Frogmore Stew. Try to overlook the fact that the name sounds kind of unappetizing and give it a try! This dish is as casual as it gets, but super tasty at the same time and it's fun to do with a group of people.

Frogmore Stew

red potatoes - cut in half
polska kielbasa sausage - cut in about 2 inch lengths
corn on the cob- broken in half
uncooked shrimp- with shells on and de-veined
Tony Chachere's Famous Creole Seasoning
Styrofoam cooler

*The amount of each thing just depends on how many people you are feeding and how much of each thing would want.

First get the biggest pot you can find and boil the potatoes until they are almost soft. Then add your corn and boil for a couple of minutes and then add your sausage and shrimp. Continue to boil just until the scrimp turns pink (this is really takes less then 3 minutes). Once the shrimp is cooked, drain that water and then start layering the stew in the styrofoam cooler. Over each layer sprinkle the creole seasoning. The more you add the spicier the dish is. Then let it set in the cooler with the lid on for no more than 15 minutes. Dump everything out on some newspaper and dig in with your fingers with a roll of paper towels near by and enjoy!

After this yummy dinner we dropped Livy off with some friends and headed down to Provo for the Stadium of Fire! In summary, it was such a fun way to celebrate the free country that we live in and honor those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom.

Mia loved watching the sky divers they had, the dancers and after taking a couple rounds to warm up to them she in the end loved the fireworks too! And I of course loved Kelly Clarkson :)

Awhile back we were talking with someone about how we use to go to all the BYU football games and it came out that I never had a "Cougar Tail" aka a 2 ft long maple doughnut so obviously it was necessary to have one this time around. Can I just say...DELICIOUS!

It was a great 4th of July weekend for the Caldwell's!
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