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Thanksgiving Leftover Panini Sandwich

Thanksgiving Leftover Panini Sandwich partiesandpottytraining.com Photos by: Jasmine Nicole Photography

I love this Thanksgiving leftover recipe! To be honest, I can’t remember how we came across it- whether we came up with it on our own or saw one somewhere and decided to make it- but either way, it’s become a day after Thanksgiving staple at our house and I am so excited to share it here!

Later this week I’ll be sharing our family Thanksgiving recipes, so you can experience the same tastes we do, but for now, here is the super simple recipe for the panini.

Thanksgiving Leftover Panini Sandwich partiesandpottytraining.com Photos by: Jasmine Nicole Photography

Sliced sour dough bread
Olive oil or butter for brushing
Spoonful premade stuffing
3-4 slices of turkey
Spoonful cranberry relish
Gravy

So for this recipe, we butter or oil on side of each piece of bread. Then place your cranberry relish on the unoiled piece and smash it down. Place your stuffing on top of that and smooth it down. Then add your turkey slices and spoon some gravy on top. Place the other slice of bread on top (oiled part facing out) and place the sandwich on your panini press, closing it until it has a nice golden color on the outside. If you don’t have a panini press, you can heat a skillet and place another skillet on top to push the sandwich together. Just make sure you turn the sandwich over so it get’s heated on both sides.

Super easy and yet such a delicious sandwich! Let me know if you make it! I’d love to hear what you think!

 

Superbowl Inspired Baby Shower

Superbowl Inspired Baby Shower partiesandpottytraining.com

Last January I had the honor of co-hosting a football themed baby shower for a sweet friend. She was having her first baby- a boy- and wanted pizza served at her shower. The other co-hosts and I figured that if she wanted pizza, why not do a football theme and serve other foods you would serve at a Superbowl party- with a bit of a twist?

So the first thing we did was find out our friends favorite football team (the New York Giants) and used their colors as a starting point. We fashioned the initials of the babies name after the NY Giants logo and added it to the backdrop. I don’t think any football party table is complete without a goal post (need ideas or tutorials? Check out my Pinterest board), so another friend and her husband made that. We hung fun bunting to add visual interest. My awesome sauce hubby also made the Superbowl Trophy for the table (though we switched out the turkey for a football to make it look more authentic ;) ).

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For food we served lots of yummy dishes. Perhaps the most important was the pizza dish. We HAD to make sure that was included. To give it a different spin, we served football pizza pockets with pizza sauce.

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In addition, we served “Playbook cake” (made by DeAnna Gonzales), “Kick’n” Whiskey BBQ Sliders, “Bomb” Puppy Chow,  ”First Down” Fruit Pizzas (shaped like footballs of course!), “Touchdown Queso”, “Field Goal” Wings and Dip (from Buffalo Wild Wings- but this recipe looked yummy), “Off Sides” Guacamole and Chips, “Playoff” Subs, and veggies.

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While looking for printables to use one the table, I fell in love with the vintage ones made by Hello My Sweet. The best part about them? They will customize your colors so you can use it for whichever team you want! They were so great to work with! They also had some AMAZING ideas and tutorials that we used to pull this football theme together. We used their bleacher tutorial (with some modifications) and their turf field tutorial to help set the table and feel for the party. We also loved their idea of naming the food and drinks after football terms, we just had to do it! Make sure you check them out because they have fabulous products and ideas!

On the drinks table we served “Kick’n” Root beer, “Official” Water and “1st and 10″ Fruit Punch.

Superbowl Inspired Baby Shower partiesandpottytraining.com
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For this table we made a custom football stadium sign with “Metlife Stadium” (Giants Stadium) at the top and the babies due date across the bottom. We made the sign using the tutorial from the fabulous Beckie of Infarrantly Creative. We also made pennant banners using her tutorial but I used foam paper and then adhered the felt on top.

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It was a sweet shower for a sweet friend! So happy she let me be a part of it!

Styling and Coordination: Shannon Qualls

Photography: Greg Qualls

Cake: DeAnna Gonzales

Printables: Hello My Sweet

Food and Drinks provided by amazing friends!

 

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Soup

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Soup from partiesandpottytraining.com; photography by Jasmine Nicole Photography

Perfect for fall and full of warm creamy deliciousness is this little gem my husband and I came up with last year. Green Chile Stew is not hard to come by in New Mexico, but finding a creamy soup with green chile for those brisk fall and winter nights is a little more difficult.  I can think of only a handful of restaurants in town that serve a creamy version of soup and honestly, I just don’t want to pack up three kids and pay money for what we can make at home.

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Soup partiesandpottytraining.com Photography by: Jasminenicolephoto.com

Once again these pictures are from the lovely Jasmine of Jasmine Nicole Photography. Many, many thanks to her!

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Soup

Ingredients:

1/3 cup of butter
1/3 cup of flour
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cup whole milk (you can use the lower fat stuff but why would you? This is a cream based soup after all!)
1 1/2 cup chicken stock
1 cooked whole chicken- shredded (this is my quick and easy version- buy a rotisserie chicken from the store. Otherwise roast some chicken breasts in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 350 seasoned with salt pepper and cumin- brushed with some oil)
1 onion minced
2 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 cup green chile
1/4 teaspoon cumin
Salt to taste

In a saute pan, heat some butter (or oil) and add the minced onions. Let them cook until they are translucent and add the minced garlic letting it brown (be careful not to burn it). Set it off to the side.

Next make sure to have all of the ingredients ready for the roux.

Okay, so a roux can be one of the easiest and hardest things to make.  I normally leave it up to my lovely husband to make…in fact I’m going to let him give you the instructions.

Place a large pot on medium-high heat. Add the butter and whisk until it is melted.  Add the flour and continue to whisk. This is where it can get tricky.  It’s all about timing.  You want to brown the roux but not burn it.  The roux will start off as a light beige color.  As soon as it becomes a light brown color, you need to add the heavy cream.  The roux will quickly become very thick.  Continue to whisk and add the milk.  It will begin to thin a little, but you will need to ad the chicken stock.  Continue to whisk and add the chicken stock until the roux is nice and creamy.

Next add the chicken, onions and garlic, green chile, cumin and salt to taste.

Pour it in a bowl and enjoy the delicious creaminess.

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Soup partiesandpottytraining.com Photography by: Jasminenicolephoto.com

If you make it let me know how you like it!

 

School Lunch: Field Trip Disposable Monster Bento Lunch

Asa had a field trip last week and needed a disposable lunch. I decided to go with a monster theme since it’s October and, well, who doesn’t love a cute monster?

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I used a strawberry clamshell to pack his lunch and wrapped it with card stock. I used my Silhouette machine to cut the teeth out and attached eyes for the monsters face.Disposable Field Trip Lunch: Monster Lunch partiesandpottytraining.com

 

In his lunch I sent a “Ghost” PB&J sandwich, Carrots, TJ’s chocolate pretzel, Hummus, Annie’s Organic Bunny Crackers, Grapes (In a Wexy bag), Annie’s Organic pretzels (other Wexy Bag) and Frankin-occoli. Field Trip: Disposable School Lunch Monster Lunch partiesandpottytraining.com

 

For the Francin-occoli I pulled out a push up pop and used my Silhouette Cameo to create the mouth, scar and hair. 

We had so much fun on the trip and my little guy ate most of his lunch. Double win!

 

Albuquerque, NM Graduation Dinner Party: Black, White and Gold

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce

A modern black, white and gold dinner party we had this summer for a graduation party here in Albuquerque.

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce

I love hosting dinner parties, so when my husband suggested throwing a dinner party for some recent graduates of a training program at our church, I jumped at the chance. There is nothing like throwing a sit down dinner on a summer evening being surrounded by friends eating good food.

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce

My friend Latisha, of Latisha Lyn Photography, had mentioned to me awhile back about wanting to do a styled shoot using black, white and gold. I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to incorporate her original thought and bring it to life in a real party.

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce

We had some friends with a backyard space that was perfect for the dinner party. Thankfully they agreed to allow us to invade their backyard and we were on track for a night of fun and laughter!

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce

I knew that most of the graduates were male, and I wanted a decidedly masculine feel to the party. So we brought in black tablecloths and bold striped runners. My current obsession is gold so I knew I wanted gold flatware as well as gold chargers for the place settings. I love how it popped against the black and white linens.

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce

The amazing Amy Balsters of Amy Nicole Floral Studio did the flowers. She created the tight and tailored look we were trying to achieve with the pops of color I wanted to keep the space fresh and bright.

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce

 

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce
Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce

 

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce

Our friend Greg Mays of Simple-Cocktails.com created four signature cocktails for the event. His drinks hit all the right notes and added to the wonderful ambiance of the evening. Go here for the recipes.

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce

 

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce

 

Our incredible caterers served appetizers of individual salads in cups, roasted apricots with mascarpone cheese, and a nut and crackers platter. For the main dish we served beef wellington (or chicken for the none beef eaters) with roasted artichokes, asparagus and baby potatoes. For dessert we had butterscotch budino (Only the best dessert EVER).

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce

Latisha photographed the evening in a unique way that was appreciated by all who attended. She was able to capture moments- little snippets in time- that reveal the fun time had by all.

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce

 

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce

Need more black and white party ideas? Check out the Pinterest board I created for the event.

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography at http://latishalyn.com

Coordination and Styling: Shannon Qualls of Partiesandpottytraining.com

Floral Design: Amy Nicole Floral Studio at amydoesflowers.com

Bar: Greg Mays at http://simple-cocktails.com

Catering: Darren Berry and Natalie Slade of Cucina Veloce