Spring Optimisim {Recipe: Hot Chocolate Cookies with Marshmallows}

hot chocolate cookies with marshmallows

I’m optimistically looking in my pantry and trying to figure out ways to get rid of all the hot chocolate mix I stocked up on during the frigid winter. My hope is that spring is here to stay and I won’t need to warm the kids up when they come in from playing outside with…

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Being Irish {Recipe: St. Patrick’s Day Grasshopper Cocktails}

I’m not Irish, however I married a full-blown Irish man, so that makes me what they call “Irish by Marriage”. What I have found out, through my 11 years of marriage to an Irish man, is that once you are “in” with the Irish, your entire life starts to become very Irish. Green suddenly becomes…

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Cooking Connections Sweet Treats Class {Recipe: Frozen Hot Chocolate}

Frozen Hot Chocolate

It is no secret that I love sweets. In fact, when Lent rolls around each year and I see people giving up sweets, I hide… I don’t want those kind of crazy thoughts to invade my brain. I can tell you straight up, me without sweets, would not be a pretty sight. When the folks…

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Eat.Live.Be Week 4 {Recipe: Chocolate Malt Krispie Bars}

malt crispie treats vert

Technically this… Plus this… Should not equal this… (which is down 2 pounds from my weigh in last week of 179). I did a horrible job on my Weight Watchers points this week, but made up for it with keeping up with my exercising. Even got up at 6am on Saturday to exercise… I purposely…

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Differences {Recipe: Triple Chocolate Malt Bread}

triple chocolate malt bread 2

I dropped my kids off at school today, got in the car and practically cheered. I love having my kids home, but for the past three days there has been nothing but bickering and meanness coming out of their mouths towards each other. It’s funny how when you have kids, you have the first one…

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An Ended Love Affair (Recipe: Hershey’s Toffee Bit Cookies)

Hershey Toffee Bit Cookies

It was great while it lasted… I know it was only yesterday that I was claiming my true love for all things snow. Yes, I threw around the word “Happiness” and how I was “present” with my kids. I even said “beautiful” and “Kansas” in the same sentence, which I believe is a first for…

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Gingerbread Family Christmas

Gingerbread Family Boys and Girls

I have a sick little one this week, so most of our normal Christmas traditions have gotten pushed to the wayside as we simply try and keep up with getting her well before the big man in the red suit shimmies down our chimney. One such tradition is our annual Christmas picture, which hasn’t gotten…

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Cookie Trends (Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Cookies with Vanilla Glaze)

I read an article awhile back that in 2011, Pie was going to be the new Cupcake. You can expect the cupcake trend to fade, but anticipate that Pies, in all flavors, shapes and sizes, will be peaking in 2011. I love pie… I truly do, but considering that I cannot make a pretty pie…

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Afterschool Cooking {Recipe – Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies}

Ever since I came into contact with the folks from the Quaker Chewy Afterschool Rocks program and the After School Alliance, I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more involved with my kids when they get back home from school. I took some time to search through the afterschool toolkit for parents and…

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