Category Archives: Monday

Ideas to “Organize” Gift Opening Moments

Gift opening moments should be wild and fun and disorganized. But even in that disorganization, a little organization helps to make the disorganization run smoothly. Really, it does. Here are a couple of tips to organize gift opening moments… For me, having wee ones at holiday time was busy, verrryyy busy on Christmas morning. I started out mixing all of […]

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Make Ahead Nuts & Spices

The holiday season is a wonderful world of flavors and smells and tastes but it is also a busy world with everything that we add to our plates. One of my “plan-ahead” moments is to toast up a batch of various nuts and coconut and keep them separately in jars on my counter, that way I can add the extra […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas

I think it is always fun this time of year to get some ideas for my gift giving moments, so I thought I would share some holiday gift ideas of my own with you. I bet the peeps on your list “who have everything” don’t have holiday Kleenex!! This particular brand came in sets of two that you can either […]

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Plan for the After-Thanksgiving Meals Too

I spend so much time creating my Thanksgiving Dinner moments that every year, I forget that there are three days after Thanksgiving that require some meal planning too. Not this year! I am ready for the After-Thanksgiving Meal time too. The stars have aligned and I am able to take some free moments to get some foods prepped and into […]

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Toaster Oven Trick

I love my toaster oven. It is a multi-functioning being in my home and who wouldn’t love that? Often I will bake, roast and broil dinner in it and that is especially handy in the summer months when you really do not want to turn on the oven. This past week, the heating elements in my toaster oven stopped working […]

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Mentor + Mentee = Mentos

or something like that… I made it to the Pioneer Woman’s (Ree Drummond’s) book signing in the Chicago area! I made it, I really did. But it is not without a story, of course. Refresh your coffee, tea or beverage of choice and sit with me for a spell while I regale you with my adventures in visiting my “Wizard” […]

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“I’m Off to See My Wizard”

“I’m off to see my ‘Wizard’, because she gave me the answer that I had been searching for a very long time.” I know that doesn’t fit into the Wizard of Oz tune very well, but work with me. The Pioneer Woman, AKA Ree Drummond, has just released a new cookbook and I have big plans to go to a book […]

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Thanksgiving Dinner Gift Ideas

It’s November, and even though our Midwest weather is in the 70’s and it feels like early spring with our warm lake mist in the air, it is heading toward winter holiday time. Believe the calendar people. It’s true. Whether you are hosting dinner or guesting at someone else’s dinner table for the Thanksgiving holiday, these adorable holiday-themed candles will […]

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Easy Apple Morning Pies

Somewhere along the way I saw a recipe for making homemade Pop-Tarts and I thought I would like to try it. But Pop-Tarts are so sugary and having grown up in a house with a nurse, I can’t shake the feeling that Pop-Tarts are “Bad”. “Bad, bad, bad”. I like to be bad once in a while. The closer I get […]

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I’m Very Funny In Bed

At least I always think that I am very funny in bed. My best writing thoughts happen when I am driving and when I am in bed. It’s mostly because that is when I have the most “free” time to think and am not doing 18 other things. It also used to happen when I was in the bathroom, but […]

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Homemade Croutons – A “Look & Cook”

I have not been doing many “homemade” cooking moments lately because my free time has been spent organizing toys and clutter. Again. It’s my Fall nesting time. But yesterday, I decided that some rolls, who have been around too long, needed to become homemade croutons. After the wee ones went to bed, I set out to toast some up. Oh […]

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Cherry Cobbler Breakfast Cake

This pan of heaven came about because I had leftover cream cheese filling from making Fruit and Cream Cheese Turnovers. And because I bought a can of cherry pie filling since I did not have one on hand but had been needing a cherry pie filling pastry bad, real bad. So, my mind got busy and created Cherry Cobbler Breakfast […]

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“Just Me, My Coffee & My Dreams…”

This morning it was “just me, my coffee and my dreams”…and a blanket. One of my favorite coffee cups has that saying on it, minus the blanket, and I love it. I have been waking early to have some quiet time before my day begins since the school schedule has started, which has included me and my coffee outside to […]

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A Cricket in My Kitchen

(Based on a true story…)   There’s a cricket in my kitchen I can hear it. It stops chirping every time that I get near it.   There’s a cricket in my kitchen that I just can’t seem to find. Where is that sneaky tricky cricket? I am starting to lose my mind!   Where’s that cricket in my kitchen? […]

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Summer Ain’t Over

It’s September 1st but summer ain’t over. I am cramming in moments, relishing moments, making moments and creating moments all over the place. For us, school has started and one more wee one has joined the ranks with kindergarten this year. Another sniff, sniff. Those of us left at home, who have aged out of school or who are not […]

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Making Memorial Day Moments That Matter, Pulled Pork & Other Ideas for Picnics

Say that 10 times fast!! Take a quiet moment this Memorial Day to remember those who have served us and protected us. And to thank and pray for all of those who lost their lives doing so, and the families that they left behind. We wouldn’t be what we are today without their sacrifice and bravery. Because Memorial Day is a […]

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Because it is spring and because bathing suit season is around the corner, I decided to share a deliciously easy healthy sandwich option that is loaded with freshness for my “Open House” celebration here on my semi-new website. Is it still new after a month and a half? It still feels like new to me! I love foods that are […]

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Carrot Mango Pineapple Smoothie

I love Smoothies and so do my wee ones. They fit right into my cooking style – easy, flexible and fuss-free. This Carrot Mango Pineapple Smoothie would be a fun treat for your Easter weekend festivities. I hesitated telling my children that this was a carrot smoothie because I was not sure that they would try it. I was right, […]

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Vanilla Bean Butter

While looking for something else in the baker’s section at my local Michaels craft store, I stumbled upon Vanilla Bean Paste. I love vanilla extract and thought I would see what this was all about. It’s fun! It is thicker than vanilla extract and has the vanilla bean flecks in it so it also produces a nice looking result. If […]

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Marshmallows & Sprinkles Krispy Treats

I have a bake sale this weekend and I am so excited to bring a few different goodies. The biggest question I had to ask myself was, “What catches my eye when I see goodies?” Rice Krispy treats came to mind immediately. Even better, they are so easy to make and can be made in so many ways – wonderful! […]

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Easy Lemon Pudding Pound Cake with Strawberries & Bananas

This is a delicious and super easy make-ahead cake to put together for a summertime dessert. It is light and creamy with all of the fresh fruit flavors layered inside. I made it to go with a Shrimp Scampi Pizza (I am working on getting that recipe together), which was a rich garlicky-buttery yummy dinner. That kind of dinner calls for a […]

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