Archive for May, 2011

Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis

Thursday, May 19th, 2011 is proud to help out Team Colette in the GREAT STRIDES Walk for Cystic Fibrosis and encourage our readers to learn more and get involved…  


Great Strides - Taking Steps to Cute Cystic FibrosisGREAT STRIDES is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest and most successful national fundraising event. This year, Team Colette is walking in the GREAT STRIDES walk at the 2011 Akron – Hardesty Park walk on 05/22/2011. 

If you are interested in donating to Team Colette and the GREAT STRIDES organization your generous gift will be used efficiently and effectively, as nearly 90 cents of every dollar of revenue raised is available for investment in vital CF programs to support research, care and education.  Click here to help out Team Colette!

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a devastating genetic disease that affects tens of thousands of children and young adults in the United States. Research and care supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is making a huge difference in extending the quality of life for those with CF. However, we continue to lose precious lives to CF every day. That’s why your help is needed now more than ever to ensure that a cure is found sooner – rather than later. To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit

Who is Colette?

Team Colette - Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis!

Colette Lucia Hanna was born on June 22, 2010. In September 2010 she was diagnosed with the genetic disease, Cystic Fibrosis. Although only ten months old, she has a spirit and determination like none we’ve ever seen. Please join her father, Jeffrey; big sister, Isis; and her loving mommy, Mandy - as they take steps toward finding a cure. They would love for you to take that step with them by either joining them in the Great Strides 2011 Akron walk, or by making a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Please feel free to share this link with anyone you might know who would like to do the same.  Team Colette thanks you for your support!

Team Colette - Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis!

Team Colette t-shirts!

Mini Food Party Menu

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

mini foods party theme

Yes, it has been some time since our last post…but we are jumping back into it.  I have some parties and dishes to post from the last several months.  So here we go…

Each New Year’s we host a small party and each year I stress over the menu.  This year was no different…fancy? casual? pizza and wings? UGHHH…what to make?

After much consideration, I settled on “mini”.  I love mini themed foods – you know, miniature bites of your favorites – mini pizzas, mini burgers, mini sandwiches. The “mini” party menu theme works for several occasions including a kids parties or an upscale cocktail party.  And of course, it worked perfectly for my New Year’s party.  Your guests can graze all night and sample several of these mini treats. 

You will need to do a lot of planning and prep work to make sure you can pull it off and still have time to socialize with guests.  I suggest prepping everything ahead of time so that you can simply assemble everything before your guests arrive.  I also recommend splitting your “batches” up so that you can put out warm seconds halfway through the night.  

Mini Party Menu

Mini Taco Salads

mini taco salads

"mini" taco salads

Mini Burgers

Mini Tomato Soup with Mini Grilled Cheese

mini tomato soup

"mini" tomato soups

Mini Macaroni and Cheese

Black Eyed Pea Salad (for luck)

mini black eyed pea salad

"mini" black eyed pea salad

Mini Hot Dogs

mini hot dogs

"mini" hot dogs

Mini Potato Latkes with Corned Beef and Gruyere

mini potato latke with corned beef and gruyere cheese

"mini" potato latke with corned beef and gruyere cheese


Mini Party Desserts

Mom’s Cookie Platter

Mini Milk and Donuts

mini milk and donuts

"mini" milk and donuts

Mini Cheese Cake Bites

Plan your own “mini” food party - get ideas from the following mini food party links:

Mini versions of your favorite party foods

Martha Stewarts collection of Pint Sized Foods

The Galley Gourmets Three Cheese Mini Mac Recipe