Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wishing Everyone a Super Fabulous New Year!

Thanks for reading/following PBD! Launching this blog and site is really such a dream, and I so appreciate you all taking the time to visit and comment!

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Dessert Please...

Ok, first lets discuss... A.N.Y dessert found/discovered/shared with you on my blog is not only fat free, BUT calorie free as well! Why, because I said so!

Anyhoo, check out these fabulously delicious recipe suggestions for your New Years Menu! Oh, so you say, not hosting- well, what a lovely dessert to bring with! Your hostess will surely be thankful! Enjoy!

1. Individual Chocolate Cakes

2. Meyer Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes

3. Cowboy Cookies

4. Pecan Cheesecake Pie(aka YUM times a million)

5. Caramel-Pecan Pie(I looooove pecans)
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Simply Indulgent New Years Menu

We are hosting a small, kid friendly dinner party at our house for New Years! Nothing over the top, or fancy schmancy- paper napkins and all, I can't wait!

This years menu is centered around simply indulgent food. Food that doesn't require insane chef skills, or ingredients you can't pronounce- just good ole down home cooking! Lots of yummy apps, and for the main dish- crazy amazing pulled pork sandwiches with sweet tater fries! Check out these fabulous recipes from Emeril, my chef crush Bobby Flay, and the lovely Paula Deen, Yummmy...

Hopefully you can pull some delicious inspiration from my menu!

Baked Jalapeno Poppers
Peel and Eat BBQ Shrimp
Pulled Pork Sandwich with Black Pepper Vinegar Sauce and Green Onion Slaw
Baked Sweet Potato Fries


Monday, December 28, 2009


New Years is just days away... seriously- 2010, WOW!

2010, can it be?!? 2010 sounds futuristic, scifi-ish for sure. Regardless, it's upon us, and us party gals must be prepared to greet it! I will surely have a cocktail in hand, and one for every guest that walks through our door!

This party mama will be living it up, as next year I might find myself with a bun in the oven-lol!!!! I am not quite sure what my signature cocktail will be, but I do know it will be simple, and include champagne! Champagne is so fabulous, you really don't need much!

To kick off this week, what better way then to share some crazy simple fabulously fantastic cocktail options. Enjoy!

1. Mandarin Cocktail

2. Raspberry Chocolate Kiss Cocktail

3. Champagne and Cranberries

4. Frozen Cranberry Margaritos

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunday Night...

The Bornman Family had the most fabulous white Christmas! Our trip to Jersey was just wonderful...filled with crazy amazing food, wine, family, and friends! Back in Maryland and hoping the next 3 days fly by. New Years here we come!

Hope you all had a lovely holiday as well!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Stocking Stuffers...

I love giving crafty gifts, as they are always original and made with love. My family is very creative, so receiving handmade presents is fairly common.

My sister is a talented artist, each year she gives us a new drawing of Charlotte as our Christmas present... it's truly a treasured gift. I am so excited to see this years drawing. Will post pics after the Holidays!

Anyhoo... I decided to make a variety of gift tags as small stocking stuffer gifts this year. There are so many times I forget to buy a card to pair with a present, so I thought these tags might come in handy for a variety of gift giving occasions.

Hope the ladies of the family love these!

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Happy Holidays!

Wanted to wish all my lovely bloggy friends a fabulous Holiday and safe travels! Can you believe it's Christmas Eve-Eve?!? I surely can't.

We leave for Jersey in the morning and I can't wait!!! Lots of present wrapping, baking, and packing to do before we head out- oooh and a teeny bit of shopping! Shhhh...

I am so ready for fabulous food(dad is a superb cook), amazing wine, a couple rounds of scrabble(watch out linds), and some good ole relaxation!

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Ritz Cracker Cookies.... mmmmm

Need some last minute cookies and don't have the time... OR are you looking for something yummy to place in a pretty box and give to teachers, co-workers, etc.? Look no further...

1 lb. bx. Ritz crackers
Creamy peanut butter
1 pkg. chocolate(dark, milk choc, etc.)

Make "sandwiches" of crackers and peanut butter.
Melt chocolate in double boiler. Using tongs, dip each cracker sandwich in melted chocolate to cover. Place on wax paper lined cookie sheets to set.

Before chocolate is hardened, drizzle with melted white chocolate, sprinkle with crushed candy, or really anything festive!

Seriously Y.U.M.M.Y!

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday Night Blues..

I love Sun"DAY"... NOT, Sunday night! It just gets here way too fast! RIGHT!?!

This weekend was filled with snow, lots of it- 18 inches to be exact, some snuggle bunny family time, a fabulous cookie party, gift exchanges, and a bit of shopping!

I am soooo not ready to start the week... well, I guess it is a short one- wooofreakinhoooo!

This lady is ready for Christmas... well kinda ready!

p.s. check out these cute tags I made for our weekend gift exchange, simple- yet so cute!

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Fabulous Finds Friday...a Feel Good Friday Kinda Find!

7 days, R.E.A.L.L.Y!?! My math is terrible, and I wish it were true with this countdown!

Anyhooo, here we are... Fab Finds Friday. Since we are upon the Holiday of Giving, I thought what better time then to highlight the best kind of giving- the kind where you really make a difference, the kind where your gift is priceless, and will change lives. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?

I am a girl power type of girl, I am a working mom, I believe in woman's rights, if you are a women who doesn't vote- that really gets me going, and I feel strongly about choice. Very strongly!

Well... thanks to the big "O", I have recently become aware of an amazing organization. The Girl Effect. The thought behind this organization gives me goosebumps and inspires me.

"There are 600 million adolescent girls living in poverty in the developing world. By giving one of these girls a chance, you start the girl effect. When girls have safe places to meet, education, legal protection, health care, and access to training and job skills, they can thrive. And if they thrive, everyone around them thrives, too."

This year, I will be giving the gift of giving. For every member of my family, I plan to donate on their behalf. I believe in the bigger picture, I believe in women, I believe in change, and I believe every little bit helps.

I hope you find inspiration in an organization this Holiday Season and help those who really need it.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

8 Days...Celebrating Love

8 DAYS... are you enjoying my 10 day countdown, or is it making your tummy hurt? My tummy hurts- lol, 8 days- ahhhhh! I have fallen into the "last minute" holiday shopper category. However, I will shop with pride... and possibly get fabulous deals!

In this life I wear many hats, many- but one I never want to go out of style, is the hat I wear as a wife. I love my husband so very much, he is my biggest fan, the most wonderful husband, a best friend, and so much more. Sometimes we get lost in life and forget how important it is to celebrate our love. I never want to forget.

During this holiday season celebrate your love. Don't let life pass you by. Gifts are special, but love is worth so much more.

Last night, after putting Charli to bed- my husband and I had a "stay at home" date night! I made freshly popped popcorn(on the stove, yummy), he set up the Monopoly board and we spent two fabulous hrs with each other.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy Hump Day...9 Days

This Holiday season has been a bit rough on the Bornmans. We have been busy with a capital B, our slate roof needs to be replaced, and Boulder, our precious Boston Terrier- needs some seriously pricey eye surgery. Needless to say, I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed. Real life has definitely thrown us some lemons.

However, this Hump Day Debbie Downer plans to make some lemonade- extra sweet!
Launching Party Box Design is a dream, and overall- life is really great. We have our health, happiness, and love- what more can you really ask for?!?

I honestly can't believe Christmas is 9 days away. This Mamma usually has her Holiday Cards mailed the first week of December, her lights up the day after Thanksgiving, and the blue spruce cut down and sparkling. Well, this year- that time line hasn't really played out. Ooooops!

Anyhoo...16 days into December and my cards are finally in their envelopes, stamped, and ready for Mr. Mailman! Here is the PROOF!

Wishing everyone a very lovely Holiday!

PS- Couldn't decide on one design- so went with two!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cookies, Cooooookies, and MORE Cookies...

The 10 day countdown has begun... wow, seriously- only 10 Days until Christmas! Gosh, I still have so much to do- so M.U.C.H!

This weekend I am attending a fabulous cookie party and wanted to share these yummy finds! Since we are 10 days away, I figured I would do a big ole cookie spread. 10 Yummy options...

1. Peppermint Meringues with Chocolate Filling

2. Linzer Sandwiches

3. Candy-Stripe Cookie Sticks

4. Chunky Chocolate Gobs

5. Peanut Butter-Candy Bar Brownies

6. Cranberry-Pecan Rugalach

7. Chocolate Wedding Cookies

8. Cheesecake Swirl Squares

9. Key Lime Bars with Macadamia Crust

10. Bourbon Balls

Enjoy! ohhhh and P.S. Party Box Design has a giiiiive a waaay coming up!!! Stay tuned! Pin It

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Marin...

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. We are! Had a fabulous night out with the hubster and friends(gramps babysat), and today we are having the most wonderful Sunday. The tree lights are on, fireplace is lit and chili is on the stove! mmmm mmmm mmmm...

Check out these cute cupcake toppers and favor tags I recently made for Marin's 2nd Birthday party! Her mommy asked me to use blue, green, red and yellow as the colors. Can't wait to see party pics!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Fabulous Finds Friday...

Dear Friday,

I love you so, however- this week I missed you more then ever. Why did it take you so long to get here?!?

Anyhoooo, let's face it, our lives are jam packed! Free moments... fleeting, our every day to do's surely get in the way. However, I have a fabulous find to share with you, a FIND that will give you a good ole "get up and go" lets start the day kind of feeling, OR a super nice way to end your day!

Aveda Caribbean Therapy Body Scrub

"Our island-inspired scrub transforms skin and transports the senses: exfoliating with salt and Caribbean cane sugar; softening and conditioning skin with coconut, avocado and passionfruit oils; uplifting with island aromas."


Honestly, it's rare I find a product I love so very much... somewhat picky- BUT THIS is wonderful. Simply WONDERFUL! Pin It

Thursday, December 10, 2009

So EXCITING... Fabulous Feature!

Just had to share this exciting news!!! PBD was just featured on Mammalicious Finds! MF is FILLED with "fun, funky, and fabulous finds for your family". It's simply fantastic...go check it out!

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Where has the time gone...

Today I took a few cute pics of Charlotte, and thought- wow, really- are you 18 months old?!? 1.5 YEARS... seriously??? Where my precious love, has the time gone?

I know all mothers go through this, but gosh she is growing up so fast-too I type this I have tears in my eyes. Before I know it, she will be off to college!

Time to go make a new one- ahahaha, lol! Just joking mom!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cupcake Party Favors...

Now, we all know I love cupcakes... but how about this idea for ya!

Giving the gift of cupcakes as a party favor, OR even for the Holidays, a perfect stocking stuffer! Sometimes you are in the mood for a cupcake and don't want the temptation of so much deliciousness, or feel like baking that many!

Basically all you really need to do is buy mason jars, pre-boxed cake mix, and divide into thirds. Then layer with your yummy goodies... maybe hot pink morsels, or a different cake base, coconut, candy cane crunch, pecans, etc.

I do suggest writing small instructions on the back of your favor tags, this way people will know how many eggs to add, bake time, etc.

To sweeten the deal even further, attach a little bag of sprinkles!


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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Birthday Present Tags...

Quicky post...

Just wanted to share this cute birthday present tag! Instead of using a birthday card, how about a tag?!? Signature on reverse side!
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Survived first trip to the ER and Christmas Tree Cut

Well... this has certainly been an eventful weekend for us! Bright and early Saturday morning we found ourselves rushing out the door to the Emergency Room- yes the E.R! Our very first trip...made it just shy of 18 months.

Charli had some new found interest in our holiday stockings and decided to give one a B.I.G ole yankeroo off the fireplace mantel! Well, along with the stocking came a super heavy cast iron stocking holder- which landed right on her "little" big toe!!!! Well... off we went, wet hair(just showered), mismatched clothes, and no make-up! Just enough time to grab a sippy cup and her blanky!

Thankfully- NO BROKEN BONES, just a pretty bruised up, cut up, little big toe! Oh and the stockings... are now being hung with masking tape.

We did end the weekend on a good note by going to a gorgeous tree farm and finding a lovely blue spruce!

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! Supppper super sad its already Sunday night!

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Gosh, its just been one of those weeks- sick hubby, sick baby, lots to do- so little time. BUT guess what, now I am relaxing!!! Charli is sleeping, hoping Brad gets home soon, the dogs are snuggled up next to me, all is well.

I could be working, ahh no thanks!

While relaxing I found myself searching for some new cupcake inspiration and found THESE.. gosh Martha I heart you and your creative team!
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Fabulous Finds Friday...

I love Fridays, well who doesn't? However, this Friday is not so fab...

The hubster is sicko, Charli is just getting over being sick, and I feel poopy! So, I just made myself some nice hot mint tea... ahhhh, um yeah totally burnt my tongue! Don't you just love that!

Anyhooo... I just had to share this fabulous find with you all! Its such a neat kids toy. Charli LOVED playing with it at her kids play group! Betcha add this one to your Holiday List!
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Banner, Lady Bug Accents!

Just finished this super cute Happy Birthday Banner! The client wanted holiday inspired colors... red, green, and brown with ladybugs! I hope they just love it! Can't wait to see party pics!

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Holiday Cocktails!

Every event deserves a gorgeous signature cocktail- any excuse to celebrate! Gosh, even after a long day of holiday shopping- treat yourself, really!!!

Soooo, if you are in need of some holiday cocktail ideas check out these fantastic options from Martha! Seriously fabulous as always!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Cupcake Toppers

If you follow this blog- then you are well aware of my obsession...CUPCAKES! My best friend is hosting her annual Holiday Cookie party in a few weeks, but I don't know if I can bring myself to make cookies, when you can just make cupcakes! lol...

If I were to make cupcakes, they would certainly need toppers!

Inspired by my recent holiday cards(below post), are these ubbbber cute "Holiday Cupcake" Cupcake toppers! I plan to make more creations with these lovely cupcakes!
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Featured on The Party Dress

If you have yet to check out this site, make sure you do! The Party Dress is just simply lovely, and filled with loads of party planning inspiration!

This morning I woke up to a fabulous feature! Thanks Kelly!
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