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Is it really okay to eat Puppy Chow??

"Is it really okay to eat Puppy Chow?" This is a question my almost 5 year old son asks me anytime I make this delicious snack. He just can't get over the fact that we are eating something named after dog food, and that looks like dog food too! I wish it bothered me more because Puppy Chow is my weakness. Put a plate of cookies in front of me... I can pass. Put a box of chocolates in front of me... I can resist. Put a bowl of fresh Puppy Chow in front of me and I go nuts. I just can't stop nibbling from the bowl. Where the heck was I this week when I was reminded that I hadn't made my annual batch of puppy chow? It was someone's blog, I know, but now for the life of me I can't remember where it was. If it was you who gave me the reminder, please speak up so I can give you the credit for adding 5 pounds to my waistline. If you haven't had Puppy Chow before, you are missing out. It's not the most sophisticated of snacks, but it sure is good! Puppy Chow 9 cups Chex or Crispex cereal 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter 1/4 cup butter 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar Pour the cereal into a large bowl and set aside. Microwave the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and stick butter for 1 minute on high. Stir and then microwave for 30 seconds longer or until smooth. Add vanilla and stir. Pour the mixture over the cereal and stir until coated. Pour mixture into a large paper grocery sack. Add powdered sugar, close … [Continue reading]

Santa Clause is Watching You!

Jacob is almost 5, which seems to be the perfect age to really get into the whole Santa Clause thing. If you'll remember back to our visit to sit on Santa's lap, Kelly didn't want to have anything to do with him but Jacob was perfectly happy to sit on his lap all day long, smiling and telling him what he wanted for Christmas. We have been getting voicemails from Santa every day. It's amazing how if Santa Clause says "I hear you haven't been listening to your Mom and Dad very well" Jacob will get off the phone and turn into Golden Child. He'll listen the first time, go around helping out with extra chores around the house, etc. He has been a dream helper around the house this week, just because I will remind him that "Santa Clause is watching." This week we even received letters in the mail directly from Santa at the North Pole. Included in the letters were Christmas ornaments for our tree, made especially for the kids by the Elves in Santa's workshop. This really got Jacob's attention and now the countdown to Christmas Day has officially begun for him. He's beside himself with excitement. My countdown to the end of using Santa Clause as a bribe has officially begun to. I wonder if I could stretch out using Santa Clause is watching as a behavior modification program throughout next year. Think it would work? Anyway, the real reason for my posting today is that I wanted to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas. May the magic of the holiday season stay … [Continue reading]

Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

I am constantly making meals for people. Some people donate money, some people scour their house and pack up things to fling to Goodwill, some people volunteer their time, some people have charity auctions. I do those things as well, but what I find myself doing at least once on a weekly basis is cooking something for someone. I enjoy cooking and baking and I enjoy blessing others with the things that I make. I hope they enjoy it too. My friend Amy had a baby a couple of weeks ago and I volunteered to make dinner for her family this evening. She had a special request... chicken enchilada casserole. I was excited to not have to play the guessing game on what they would like and was pleased to make her a chicken enchilada casserole. It's a simple recipe, and one that I can make in two's so my family wouldn't go hungry. Along with the chicken enchilada casserole, I made a spring mix salad and chips with black bean dip. Things were all good until I started to think about what to make for dessert. After my day of baking on Sunday, the last thing I really wanted to conquer was more baking. If I did bake something, I sure as heck wanted it to be something simple yet different. Something that they wouldn't be getting a ton of this time of year. I decided to pull out my trusty copy of The Good Home Cookbook. Do you have a copy of this cookbook yet? If not, run out and get one today. You deserve it, as it should be a staple in any and everyone's kitchen from here on out. It is … [Continue reading]

Next time, we’re drinking!

My friend Angie came over yesterday to make our annual cookie plates. Several people who make cookie and goodie trays for friends and neighbors during the holiday's spread it out over the course of several days. Not Angie and I. We decided this year that we would knock it all out in one afternoon. Now, I've come to the conclusion that we are crazy. When we have participated in this tradition in the past, we didn't have this many kids. Yesterday it was Angie, myself, my 3 children, and her 3 children. Picture this... 6 kids under the age of 4 and the mom's attempting to actually get stuff done. We made a double batch of chocolate peanut butter star cookies, santa's surprise cookies, haystacks, gingerbread men and cut out sugar cookies with royal icing. We had planned on decorating our cut out cookies, but in the end decided just to frost and sprinkle. All of the goodies turned out beautifully, but Angie and I were completely spent by the time we were done. Between baking, caring for all 6 of the kids, nursing a huge headache from our party the evening before and cleaning up, we were quickly running out of holiday cheer. Here's our plan for next year... the dad's are going to take the kids to one house while Angie and I spend the day doing our baking at the other house. We've also decided to add some margarita's or hot chocolate and Bailey's into the tradition. That should keep the holiday cheer churning right along. One week ago today I dished about the Coolest … [Continue reading]

It’s 2pm… Do You Know Where Your Gingerbread Man Is?

Rumor has it that Gingerbread Men are pretty sneaky. I remember back in Kindergarten making Gingerbread Men cookies during class, and while they were baking in the school oven, they somehow sneaked off, leaving little clues all over the school as to where they've been and what they were doing. They had no intention whatsoever of being eaten by hungry little kids. Apparently this rumor still rings true, as Jacob came home last week after reading the Gingerbread Man story at school, insisting that we make Gingerbread men cookies. He was determined that our Gingerbread Men cookies would not get away. I found a delicious Gingerbread cookie recipe over at The Whistlestop Cafe blog, and since it didn't use molasses (which is a flavor I don't care for), I decided to give it a try. As I was mixing up the dough and allowing it to chill in the refrigerator, Jacob was going around the house blocking any cracks, spaces, crevices he could find with books, furniture, toys, etc. As we were cutting them out, he was watching diligently, making sure that none of those sneaky little creatures made if off the pan. He even went as far as putting his football helmet on and grabbing his Pirates of the Caribbean sword, to intimidate any of the men brave enough to attempt escape. It didn't work because as we were taking out the first batch from the oven, we noticed that the pan, which original held 8 gingerbread only had 7 gingerbread men left. Yes... one of our sneaky little gingerbread men … [Continue reading]