The Monster at the End of this Blog Post (Recipe: Monster Cookies)

Warning…there is a monster at the end of this blog post… One of my favorite books as a child was The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone and illustrated by Mike Smollin. Do any of you remember that book? Furry, lovable, Grover from Sesame Street reads the front cover of the…

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Beringer Great Steak Challenge Giveaway (Recipe: Strawberry Mint Gelato)

Every summer, I say I’m going to throw a Summer Solstice party, and every summer Summer Solstice sneaks up on me and I totally miss it. Summer flies faster than any other season of the year. Winter tends to crawl along, Spring flows along at a normal pace, Fall kicks in and always seems to…

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Summertime Memories (Recipe: Cherry Chocolate Float)

Summertime… when the living is easy. Or at least it was when I was a kid. I have fond memories of playing Red Rover, having dance contests to politically incorrect songs, working lemonade and brownie stands on 30th Drive, playing Wonder Woman in my underoos. Life was easy and carefree. As I got older, playing…

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For the Love of Bars (Recipe: Sugar Cookie Bars)

I married into a family of bar lovers. No – not the “let’s go out to the bar” lovers (although there are a few of those)… the other kind. The kind that you bake and eat. For every occasion or non-occasion when we are all together, you can bet that there are at least a…

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The Reluctant Entertainer (Recipe: Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake)

I have a guest post up over at the beautiful blog, The Reluctant Entertainer. If you haven’t been introduced to Sandy and her blog yet, now is the time for you to head over and take a look around. Her blog is full of simple and effective entertaining tips, wonderful stories, and scrumptious photographs. Plus,…

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Two Types of Cooks (Recipe: Triple-Decker Decadence Cookies)

I firmly believe that there are two types of bakers in the world… the “lickers” and the “scrape it clean”ers. I will admit, I am a licker. I think I consume the majority of the calories when I am baking from the dough and batter, typically preferring that to the finished product. My kiddos always…

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Lure Them With Chocolate (Recipe – Annetta’s Hot Fudge Sauce)

The very talented Amy, from the blog Living Locurto, recently tweeted a link to a blog post from CopyBlogger titled “The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers“. This post outlines some of the key habits that successful bloggers have maintained which have launched them into successful blogging fame. I thought, surely after blogging for 3…

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Sequence of Events (Recipe: Paula Deen’s Cookies & Cream Cupcakes)

Paula Deen and I appear to have something in common. We both believe that if you are going to make dessert, you might as well just go all out. Bring out the butter, pour on the sugar… none of this Splenda and light this and that business. Everyday cooking, you need to lighten up, but…

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Cake Decorating Woes (Recipe – Millie’s White Wedding Cake)

A little under 8 years ago, I took a cake decorating class. It was my first foray into domestication after my first child was born. I was determined that as the perfect mom I was sure to be, all of my kids’ cakes would be extra special and decorated by me. Well, to do that,…

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