Thursday, December 31, 2009

Frogs and Princesses

I went to see the movie Princess and the Frog a few days ago with my daughter, son in law, and my two grandchildren. The movie although very cute was a bit of a let down to me as I am so spoiled on 3D animation that a regular animated movie just didn't quite measure up. That said, my two year old granddaughter seemed a bit bored with it about halfway through, which wasn't surprising as she has a difficult time staying still that long, also, it's only the second movie she's ever seen at the theater. My grandson who just turned six seemed to like it quite a lot however. The movie does have some cute frogs, and the princess kisses a frog theme was there along with a bit of a twist! For those of you who love frogs and princesses, we have the T-shirts, mugs, keychains, tote bags, and other princess and frog theme items at Peacock Cards!

Princess Froggie mousepad
Princess Froggie by girl_stuff
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Carnival Theme Birthday Party

My grandson has just recently celebrated his sixth birthday. My daughter, his mom, spent countless hours preparing a party that my grandson and all his friends will remember for some time. The theme of the party? A carnival. And what a carnival it was!
The party was held at a hall as quite a few of his friends from school were invited along with other playmates and friends of his and his parents. A big bounce was rented which supplied entertainment for the 27 or so kids who attended from start to finish. But that wasn't all the entertainment. A Raffi CD set the atmosphere for a cheery time and various carnival type games were set up in the gymnasium where the party was held. A fishing game, ring toss, pick a duckie game, and three or so other games were run by various family members. Each child was given a white paper bag with handles with their name on it at the start of the first game and each time they got a prize from the various games they could easily drop it into their bag. Prizes were awarded for each game whether they actually were successful at the feat or not. Throwing a ring on a pop bottle netted them a can of soda. Picking up a duck netted them from one to four lollipops depending on the number under the duck. They also got to keep the cute little duck! The fishing pole had a clothes pin on the end which a treat bag complete with trinkets and candy was clipped to, an I Spy book was given as the prize at the game where they had to throw a ball through a hole, and various other prizes awarded at the other games as well. These kids ended up with a lot of loot!
The food was amazing and very much like that you would find at a carnival. There was plenty of hot dogs for everyone served in festive hot dog holders, a crock pot full of calico style baked beans, little cups of fresh carrots and dip, nachos with cheese and salsa, frosted animal cookies, carnival striped bags with popcorn, individual bags of chips, and cello bags of cotton candy in various colors. My daughter made cute little signs labelling what each of the items was and had polka dot paper covered boxes to hold the bags of popcorn and cotton candy.
The cakes were amazing. One was a chocolate cake, frosted with chocolate and white icing with various carnival decorations and big bright striped candles. Another cake was a marble cake with a rainbow of colors, big plastic balloons, and candles that spelled out "Happy Birthday". And then there was the coolest cupcakes ever! My daughter made yellow cupcakes, frosted them with white canned frosting, then slid the cupcake already in it's paper into a second paper cup of white with red stripes and a little lable that read "Popcorn". Topping each cupcake was a bunch of miniature marshmallows which had been sliced halfway through horizontally,then vertically, fluffed up a bit and piled onto the cupcake. A small spray with yellow canned spray icing gave it the shimmer of butter on freshly popped popcorn. Ingenious and oh so cute!
There was a tub of juice boxes as well as soda served in big plastic red cups.
My grandson's other grandma made a huge, bright red, yellow, and white carnival tent entrance out of a huge refrigerator box and lots of colored paper on rolls. She cut out a door which the children entered through, hung little red print curtains on the door, and put up a sign welcoming all to my grandson's 6th birthday!
There was also a tattoo booth which the kids seemed to love. We started out being the tattoo artists, giving the children their choice of tattoos which was basically either spiderman, cars, or princesses...temporary tattoos applied with a damp sponge. The kids enjoyed being the tattoo artists too!
There was plenty of balls, basketballs, balloons, and the like and a big area where they could run around and play.
If it wasn't already enough, each child also got to take home a big plastic red and white stripe popcorn container full of yellow paper shreds with lots of cute treats inside. The very young toddlers got a box of animal crackers instead.
And to make it even more fun and exciting for all, family members dressed up in clown costumes, wigs, hats, ties, and more. What a special sixth birthday it was for my grandson!
Take a look at some of the cute party creations!

If you love birthdays and theme birthdays for kids, you can get over 60 theme birthday design T-shirts, bodysuits, tote bags, and other birthday items for baby's first birthday through 7th birthday at Peacock Cards!

Monday, November 30, 2009


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Happy Snowman stamp
Happy Snowman by christmasshop
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Families, Thanksgiving, and Food!

It's almost Thanksgiving.
What is Thanksgiving to you? For me, it's about giving thanks for the simple things in life. Good health, happy kids and grandkids, income, a warm comfortable home. I'm pretty basic. I don't need riches and jewelry and cool cars to be happy. Good thing because I'm not rich! I have always found that my happiest moments come from knowing those I love are happy and well.
Of course, I do love a good meal and good food, and love that about Thanksgiving as well. This year I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my daughter and her family, with my son present as well as my two beautiful grandchildren who are the sunshine in my life. We will eat turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, broccoli casserole, pumpkin pie, and cranberry sauce like so many people around the U.S. will be doing. We all have our family favorites. Some people make bread stuffing, some make cranberry stuffing, wild rice stuffing, or in our case a pork sausage stuffing that my mom first started to make quite a number of years ago and has become a family favorite at holidays or any time when preparing a turkey or large chicken that will be stuffed.
Today I offer to you a few recipes that I have made and that I love to eat. They are all recipes that I have made many times over the years, all recipes that my family and I love. I hope you will enjoy them as well.
Here's a recipe that I make for dinner on occasion and has become a favorite. My son's friend who is in the Navy just recently asked me to pass the recipe along to him as he remembers having it at our home a few times and loves it.

Chicken Casserole

Cover the bottom of a 9x13 inch glass baking pan with cooked, diced chicken. Over this put a layer of broccoli (one bag frozen broccoli steamed and drained). Cover with about 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. Over this spread one can undiluted cream of celery soup. Prepare one pkg. of Stove Top turkey or wild rice stuffing mix as usual and spoon over entire top of soup. Bake 30 mins. at 350 degs. Serve and enjoy!

Pork Sausage Stuffing

1/2 pound pork sausage meat, fried and drained
1 1/2 c. chopped celery
1 med. chopped onion

Fry above.

In big bowl mix:
10 cups. cubed bread (Italian or French)
1 clove minced fresh garlic
1 T. each of lemon juice, sage, thyme
1/2 T. salt
1 can Campbells beef consomme.

Mix all ingredients and stuff turkey as usual. This stuffing is SO good!

Copper Country Spanish Rice

Fry 3 large onions and one large green pepper and one stalk of diced celery til soft in a small amt of oleo.
Add 1# ground beef and fry til mixture falls apart. Stir in 2 cups can tomatoes, 1/2 cup uncooked long cooking rice, 1 tsp. chili powder, 2 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, and 1/4 cup ketchup.
Pour into greased casserole dish, cover, and bake 1 1/4 hr. at 350 degs.

Cottage Cheese Jello

1 pound small curd cottage cheese
1 3 oz. pkg. jello or pistachio instant pudding mix
small can well drained crushed pineapple
1 8 oz. container Cool Whip
1 16 oz. can fruit cocktail or mandarin oranges

Sprinkle the dry jello or pudding mix over the cottage cheese. Add rest of ingredients. Mix well and refrigerate.
Ideas: orange jello and mandarin oranges
pistachio pudding mix and fruit cocktail
raspberry jello and fruit cocktail

And for those who love to cook, check out some of the cute aprons we have for sale at Peacock Cards!

B is for Baker apron
B is for Baker by stick_figures
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Holiday Gifts

With the holiday season arriving so quickly it's a good time to think about Christmas shopping. Finding the perfect gift for special people is often daunting, tiring, frustrating, and after hours of navigating icy roads and cold winds from store to store, battling the crowds and long waits in the checkout line, you still feel that the gift you purchased doesn't reflect the person they are. That's what's so great about Zazzle and Peacock Cards! You can pick just about any topic in the world and find a design with that topic on a T-shirt, mug, tote bag, magnet, or other apparel and gift item. Does your grandma love to knit? Aunt Janet loves scrapbooking? Your cousin Steve loves rock climbing, or basketball, or tennis? You can find sports, hobbies, professions, and just about any other topic design on T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, tote bags, and many other items that make perfect Christmas gifts! Browse our stores and see some of these items!