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Hello Sunshine & Happy Friday! A beautiful weekend is ahead of us all. We have April showers for us in Austin, TX. I couldn’t be happier because as we all know, April showers bring May Flowers.

Did you know that today is National Sibling Day? I am so very happy to honor my Big Brother, Anthony. I have always looked up to my brother & not just because he is taller than me. He is such a great man. He has always been so patient and wise. He has always given me such great advice and maybe since he is a big brother, he has been the best protector. When I saw the movie, Boyhood I was just so taken by the story. How they fought in the backseat of the car when they were kids and teased each other, but no matter what, they were so close. That is us!

Boyhood

Boyhood

Of course, that movie spoke to me on other levels as a parent and a wife of divorce, but that’s a different story.

My brother is a wonderful single father and will be visiting us in a few weeks and I can’t wait! Now, my nephews are growing up to be the sweetest siblings that are very loving, kind, respectable & I know that they will be able to build relationships as adults that are loving to others. I know that Family is where it begins. Family is the foundation.

Celebrate National Sibling Day. Call your siblings & let them know how much they mean to you.

Just my 2 kisses.

Lots of Love,

Lisa

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It’s Thanksgiving, Let’s Eat, Drink And Be Merry!

Have Your Buffet Inviting For Your Guests

Have Your Buffet Inviting For Your Guests

Modern Thanksgiving

Modern Thanksgiving

So, have you signed up for Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot? With all of the calories about to be consumed it may be a good idea to start the day with a nice 5 mile or 1 mile walk / run. I know when I was growing up here in Austin, I always signed up. I wonder why I stopped? I need to look into that tradition & get back into it.

Well, I wanted to let you in on the menu. If you follow my little posts, you may know that I suffered a concussion a while back and I now have daily migraines and epilepsy. It can be challenging most days and yes, it has been a ‘New Life’ to learn as my doctors and almost everyone has told me~ to live. Anyway, I don’t want to go there, just want to let you know that I myself can’t do it all and you may not want to do it all, but I do want to do some, so I like the idea of having a ‘Modern Thanksgiving.’ I buy the Perfect Turkey & a few sides from Whole Foods and my Gourmet Pies from St. Philip. Also, I am a vegetarian & I eat low carb diet and I like to introduce my guests to a little of the diet. Not because I want them to convert, but because I just don’t want my guests to overload on the carbs.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Peppers

If you have not had Cauliflower ‘Mashed Potatoes’ yet, well you are just missing out! I absolutely love them. Talk about a fooling and when you doll them up with some garlic and thyme, you will not realize they are not potatoes. It’s all about the flavor that you don’t miss the broth or the starch stuff. Don’t worry, I have the printable for you: Low Carb Cauliflower ‘Mashers’

I also like a little stuffing with quinoa. I just love anything made with quinoa! Since I am a vegetarian, I look for anyway to get protein and quinoa is a great way to get me some! Some say quinoa is a Super food. So, you can try a bit of this in your Thanksgiving menu, here is the recipe I used from Self : Quinoa Stuffing

If you follow my Instagram, @princessmousey, you may have seen one of our favorite party starters we like to make~ Stuffed Sweet Peppers. Here is the printable for those yummies: Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Ok, I am a Texan ~ Born & Raised. I love anything smoked. I would probably smoke my lipstick if my husband would think the kisses would be tasty. Ha Ha Ha! Another one of our favorite party starters is Smoked & Grilled Brie! We have this Camerons Stovetop Smoker and I use it for almost everything. So, I buy just any simple brie because I am going to flavor it myself. I smoke it in the smoker for about 30 minutes in the Camerons Smoker. Then I grill it on a Stovetop Grill Pan only for about 2 minutes, each side, just to get grill marks and melt the cheese inside the rind. Serve this with crackers and yum! I found these Fig and Olive Crisps from Trader Joe’s & they are fantastic with the Brie.

After Dinner Sitting Area

After Dinner Sitting Area

Ok, so if you are having dinner at home or if everyone is coming to a hosts home after a restaurant dinner, you may want to reserve a spot for adult beverages. Just a little sitting area if there is not anyone going to the reserved spot you made outside. Just with after dinner Brandy, Port, Scotch a few beers or even an assortment of wine & non-alcoholic beer & non alcoholic sparklers, as well. Oh, I love a Signature Drink! Something named after the hosts or The Holiday. We always have A Diaz Spritzer, A Diaz Sangria ( like we had at our wedding) or A Diaz Something! One thing for sure, have a few bottles of bubbles! Have you ever noticed that someone may make a special announcement when the family is together? An engagement, someone is expecting, someone has purchased a home or a promotion. You may want to have some champagne to celebrate! Hey, if there are not any announcements, you have champagne to relax with after all the guests leave. Of course, Don’t forget the water! I like to put little nuts and banana chips with coconut chips as snacks. It seems like this is such an eating holiday, but little snacks are good to have just in case.

Drink Assortment

Drink Assortment

One of my family traditions growing up is to decorate the Christmas tree. It’s a perfect time because we are all together and we all do it together, especially if you have family heirloom ornaments. Memories! I have beautiful memories of us decorating the tree with my grandparents! Prior to everyone coming I usually have the tree up, but we use an artificial. And the decorations are in a box ready for us to place on the tree. If you favor a natural tree, I think there are Christmas Tree Stands up at Thanksgiving time.

Another tradition, of course is watching football! What is not to love of cheering on your favorite team. Since my husband & I dated we would always favor opposing teams just to make things interesting. Of course, having a friendly wager is always nice!

If the kids need something to do, I have a little ‘Pin The Face On The Turkey’ In the Activity Book provided, so you may want to have an eye mask or something to cover the little ones eyes. Also, have little scissors and crayons or colored pencils. I made these little activity books for you to print up: We Give Thanks Activity Book

I also have a little banner that you can print up. This is your preference. If your kiddos are better with scissors, they can cut around the leaves, if not so much, just hang up the full pages. I prefer to use clothes pins to hang this banner because it makes it so easy to hang. Simply measure enough ribbon or string to cover the area you will place the banner. Tape the Clothespins onto the back of the cut out paper leaves or pages and then simply ‘clothespin’ where you will like each ‘letter.’ Here is the printable for that banner: Give Thanks Banner

So, the best tips I can gather up for you to host an event is:

Decorate The Tree

Decorate The Tree

  • Have some outdoor activities, if your weather permits with sunscreen, bug spray & seating
  • For your menu, make sure you ask your guests (if you are hosting) Vegans, Vegetarians, Gluten-Free, Diabetics, etc.
  • Ask if you are hosting children to have a kids menu, this is not the time to battle ‘picky kid eaters’ and have kid activities for them so they are not bored when the adults are having adult talk or adult fun.
  • Have Champagne on hand just in case anyone makes any special announcements. This is the time family is together and the perfect time to let others know of happy news!
  • Have Tide Sticks or your favorite stain removers because your guests may be wearing their very best and could have a food spill from all the ‘good eats’. You don’t want them to ruin any of their new or favorite wardrobe items at your event.
  • Have lots of water available in lots of places & make it inviting to those who may not even like water so that none of your guests get dehydrated. Especially with all the talking & alcohol that may be consumed. No hangovers from your event!
  • Keep to your regular fitness schedule prior to your event. Keep to your regular sleep schedule. Take care of your body & skin, so you do not look tired.

Oh, I am sure I can think of a million & one more things, but this is good for now & you can always look back at the previous posts. The most important thing to remember~ this is the time for family & friends to be together & Give Thanks. Thanks for all we have been given. Thanks for being there for each other. Thanks for every gift we have received. The message I most believe is, Love Is Why We Are Here. We give that love to our family, our friends & we share that love with new friends also.

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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We Give Thanks

We Give Thanks

We Were Grateful

We Were Grateful

We Were Grateful

Hello Sunshine! Hope you had a fun weekend! We were busy stocking up or groceries, as usual. Seems like we always make a run to about 3 different grocery stores. I made my 2nd trip to Trader Joe’s and I found so many goodies. I guess living in Austin I am more of a Whole Foods & Central Market shopper. My husband has been doing lots of the shopping lately because of my broken ankle and my limited walking & he has grown to enjoy Trader Joe’s so he has now introduced me.

If you follow my Instagram, @princessmousey, you probably notice that I have been posting a few little snack ideas for your Thanksgiving plans. I like to give little ideas there also.

Well, over the weekend I always enjoy catching up with my family and friends. With a quick phone call or just a quick text message. These days lots of us even have Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Social media has really been a nice way to share all of our happy moments. I also love when my brother just sends me a text message with photos of my nephews. He will send me Holiday, Birthday and just any happy moments. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love when others are happy! When they are happy, I am happy. I then decided to look through those photos of the pics they shared of their happy moments, the moments they were grateful. You  can easily print screen shot from your computer and there you have it!

Living Favors of Gratitude

Living Favors of Gratitude

I found these perfect small frames at Michaels Craft Store that fit perfectly on a place setting. I found them in different colors and they were $2 each! Personally, I think these are great take aways for your Loved Ones because they are their happy moments captured for them. You can look for pics that they posted from the year of their vacation, of a wedding, birth of a child, a happy couple moment, new home, or I printed a pic of my nephews when they adopted their rescue kitty~ King Cesar! I absolutely love the huge smiles on their face. They had been wanting a kitty for so long and my brother finally felt they were responsible to adopt. They were grateful! Another reason why I like these frames is it’s a conversation for the table in that we can ask each other what their happy moment was. Then we it may start of about the time of when each others vacation of the year or the first adopted kitty from another member at the table and so on. I am sure my guests will want to know how my nephew came up with the name King Cesar!

Second option I have is persimmons as a table favor. I know those mini pumpkins are the usual favor, but you really can’t eat those and again, I am a vegetarian so I love to share a natural fruit snack with all. Plus, I have come to notice that many have not eaten persimmons. They are so delicious and I love to introduce them to as many of my loved ones as I can. I have found that Costco has them at their stores. They have a package of 12 for a great price, so placing 1 on each setting is perfect.

Persimmons are a great favor

Persimmons are a great favor

Ok, another option for a table favor I found these adorable mini rose bushes from Trader Joe’s! These are the priciest of the favors at $3.99, but I found that they came in different colors and they were a great size for each setting.

I guess what I am saying is I like to give living favors. Something that will bring us gratitude ahead, remind us of our gratitude from the past and show our guests how much we remember and appreciated their happy moments from the year.

Maybe you can use these favor ideas for your Thanksgiving event. Always remember~ it’s all about love & enjoying your loved ones. Love is what it’s all about.

This will be a series of posts so I do hope you come back and view Mousey’s Parties Tab for updates. Also, if you like this post, I would appreciate if you share on your social media pages with the tabs provided below. Thanks so much!  

Lots of love,

Lisa

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A Father’s Love

A Father's Love

A Father’s Love

 

Family

Family

My Brother is A Great Dad! He does everything for his boys. My nephews will always know love. My brother and nephews live in Seattle & I live in Texas, so we text or call often. When I text my brother, he often responds with, ‘The boys & I went to the beach today’ or ‘We went to see Godzilla’ . Every time I see a picture of my nephews they are genuinely smiling. They are truly happy kids.

my nephews

my nephews

 

 

My brother has sole custody of my nephews. He fought a long difficult case, but he was not going to let his boys go. He was so grateful and relieved when he won the case & he has never given any reason why he would not have fought so hard.

Family

Family

The 3 of them live together in a nice place. He takes very good care of them if you mean financially. They never want. My brother jokes about their home being a man home and the toilet seats always being left up. Boys! What I love best is the decor. My brother is a fantastic artist. I have many of his pieces in our home. Of course he encourages his boys to create as much as they want & they do. The home is decorated in the boys art. There is no stuffy framed & matted art, but the masterpieces of my nephews all over the place in every room. I love getting mail from my nephews because I get recent masterpieces to display in my card room.

my nephews

my nephews

My brother & I lost our dad in 2000. We had an awesome dad. He always encouraged us to be happy. He always spent time with us. We always felt love. I know when I see my brother with his boys, I am seeing my dad. I am so grateful that we had the greatest dad to learn love from. I know our love lessons will not stop at us, but pass down to our children and I know my dad is so happy to see us grow up with our children. I know he is proud.

A Father's Love

A Father’s Love

A Father’s Love is a great love.

Lisa

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A Father's Love

Visiting Grandpa’s Grave

 

Have A Blessed Easter

Easter

Easter

May you all have a Blessed Easter. May you all enjoy your Family & Friends. May you all have a powerful message at your Sunday Service.

May you all find The Golden Egg!

Lots of Love,

Lisa

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Our Favorite Fruit Salad

 

Our Favorite Summer Salad

Our Favorite Summer Salad

I posted this in the summer, but this makes a great Pot Luck Super Bowl Dish. This will also make a great Super Bowl Snack if you are having your own little party at home! You can make it without the Water Mellon. I make it with just the Berries during the Colder Months often. This is perfect for Low-Carb Diets and Low Sugar Diets!
Ingredients:
Fresh Strawberries
Fresh Mint Leaves
Fresh Lemons (juice)
Fresh Watermelon
*Sweetener (optional)*

Any Other Fresh Fruits of your preference. Pineapple, kiwi, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.
Slice your Strawberries. I slice mine in in 1/4” slices.
Cut up your Watermelon. Remove seeds, if any. I like to slice in the same 1/4” bite size slices as the strawberries.
Pull fresh leaves of mint and stack a few leaves. It makes it easier and faster to slice into thin slivers.
Juice Large Lemon or small Lemons. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Let set in the refrigerator for at least a half hour. Serve in dessert bowls & enjoy!

Can be served with Creme fraiche & sweetener may be added upon taste preference.

One of the best things about this salad is that the ingredients are so fresh and colorful. That of course, makes it look so delicious & irresistible.

If you are serving this to your guests, any large bowl will do. The larger the better, because it will go fast & the more it is admired, the more it will disappear!

If you are giving this salad away as a gift, you can find a great bowl to gift it in. Sometimes when welcoming a family to our neighborhood or to the Hard Working Hostess of any of the Summer Parties we attend, I like to give this salad in a nice bowl from any of the shops that I frequent, like maybe a vintage bowl from a vintage shop like: www.etsy.com/shop/rarebirdboutique or a hand crafted bowl from: www.etsy.com/shop/GrannyGoodFish or www.etsy.com/shop/SKPotteryArt . Always include the shops information, so that your new neighbor or your hostess can now visit your favorite treasured shops. The best way to make a new friend is to share your favorite Shop Treasures.

Of course, always include your recipe for your delicious salad. I love using my ‘From our home to yours’ Princess Mousey Cards. I love to name this salad for the occasion, such as: Summer Fun Fruit Salad, The Diaz Fresh Fruit Salad, Welcome Friends & Family Fruit Salad, If you have a neighborhood name, call it The ‘ Neighborhood’ Fruit Salad, etc. Have fun with it, make it personal. Make it from the heart!

Please leave a comment if you have questions or let me know if you try our favorite recipe.

Our Favorite Fruit Salad

Just eliminate the Water Mellon in The Colder Months

Just eliminate the Water Mellon in The Colder Months

Prepare the ingredients

Prepare the ingredients

Serve!

Serve!

Lots of love to all!

Lisa

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Welcome To The Neighborhood Fruit Salad

  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Fresh Lemons (juice)
  • Fresh Watermelon
  • *Sweetener (optional)*
  • Any Other Fresh Fruits of your preference. Pineapple, kiwi, blueberries, blackberries, etc.

Slice your Strawberries. I slice mine in in 1/4” slices.

Cut up your Watermelon. Remove seeds, if any. I like to slice in the same size bites as the        strawberries.

Pull fresh leaves of mint and stack a few leaves. It makes it easier and faster to slice into thin slivers.

Juice Large Lemon or small Lemons.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Let set in the refrigerator for at least a half hour. Serve in dessert bowls & enjoy!

Can be served with Creme fraiche & sugar or sweetener may be added upon taste preference.

Lisa

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Happy Thanksgiving

Sincerely Give Thanks

Sincerely Give Thanks

Wishing You All A Sincere Happy Thanksgiving!

It is Thanksgiving Week & I know there are delicious menu’s planned and travel plans made. Thanksgiving is such a great time to be with family, friends and give thanks.

I am a vegetarian, so I am usually having a non-traditional meal. The ‘non-turkey like’ product is usually a little undesirable. This year, we decided to have a non-traditional Thanksgiving Lunch. We are going to have a normal meal. A meal that we would have any other day. The only request is for me to make ‘Dirt Cups‘. Yes, even with the gummy worms! I do remember making them when Jeremy was in elementary school. I would make them for the class and take them during the lunch. He loved it. It must have meant a lot & he must have been grateful for them, because he at age 18, he wants me to make them for him again. Since we are not having a ‘Traditional Thanksgiving’ Lunch, we have donated one in monetary donations to charity. We do understand that a family does share a meal and hold hand in prayer and share smiles and Praise God for all with a delicious Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce & all things tasty(yummy), we just do it around a different meal & a smaller family. We Praise God for all that he has given us. We Praise God for our love for each other and grateful for our Faith. We are grateful for our extended family, our health, our daily bread & then some.
Thank you & enjoy your Thanksgiving. Enjoy your Family & Friends.

Lisa
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