Category Archives: Holiday

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I’ve been working hard all year to make my Etsy shop into something I could be really excited about come the Holidays. Well friends, months of work are coming together and I’m super excited to show you everything I’ve been working on. I know you may not be ready for Holiday shopping just yet, but I wanted to make sure you know what I have to offer so that you could be planning for the coming months. I know I can’t be the only one thinking of Christmas gifts already. First there are a few things that I need to Continue Reading →

Handmade for the Holidays – Bless this Mess the Shop

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It’s the twelfth of the month already! Where, oh where, has the time gone? But do you know what that means? The 12 bloggers group! All year long on the twelfth of each month 12 bloggers are  bringing you 12 recipes with 12 ingredients or less. This month’s theme was just perfect for St. Patrick’s Day: green desserts and drinks. I’ve been eyeing the other recipes and they look delicious! You can find the links to all of the other participating blogs at the end of this post. I like to try to stick with naturally colored foods when I Continue Reading →

Pistachio Gelato

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You all are the best. I received so many kind, supportive, and just down right great comments yesterday. Thanks! In celebration of the week almost being over and Husband coming home soon, I thought I’d post a cookie recipe. I made these little gems at Christmas time and never got the recipe up, but it’s worth getting back to now. Have you ever had melt away cookies?! There are lots of variations (mint, chocolate, coffee…), but my very favorite are the deliciously simple vanilla cookies with vanilla icing. These cookies are a cross between a Mexican wedding cake cookie and Continue Reading →

Vanilla Melt Away Cookies

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It’s the twelfth of the month already and you know what that means? 12 bloggers, 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less and a whole lot of fun. This month’s theme is just perfect for Valentine’s: hearts! Here’s a little sneak peak at what all of the other bloggers brought to the party and the links to all these recipes are at the bottom of the post. Feel free to check any or all of them out. I decided to make a quick and easy Chex Mix that has lots of conversation hearts and heart sprinkles. This pink Chex Mix is Continue Reading →

Queen of Hearts Chex Mix

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I love enjoying foods in their proper season. The kids begged my to buy a watermelon last week at the grocery store and I told them no. Watermelon is not meant to be eaten in February. I explained to them that it is a “summer food” and things taste even better when you have to wait a little while to enjoy them in their proper season. Candy follows a similar pattern in my life. I love Cadbury Mini Eggs at Easter, candy corn at Halloween, English toffee at Christmas, and cinnamon lips at Valentine’s. Having to wait all year to Continue Reading →

Double Chocolate Cherry Cordial M&M Cookies

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Valentine’s is just around the corner! Today I’m sharing a lovely and delicious Valentine popcorn treat. It’s quick, easy, super cute, and makes a big batch. This is the perfect thing to bring to a party, make for your kids to enjoy after school, or divvy it up into those fun little cellophane bags to surprise your neighbors. This popcorn is sweet and sticky. It has conversation hearts and sprinkles hiding in it, and it’s a lovely shade of light pink. Things that are sweet, pink, and full of hearts are always a good thing in my book. Now all Continue Reading →

Pretty in Pink Valentine’s Popcorn

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Valentine’s is just around the corner and that means two things to me – sugary treats and chocolate (preferably together). As I was planning out the year for my blog I knew I wanted to do something centered around my love of chocolate for you all in February. Recipes are great but a giveaway is even better. I contacted my good friends at King Arthur Flour and they were more than willing to help me put on a giveaway for you guys. So today is not just lots of chocolate and treats to enjoy but a chance to win a Continue Reading →

Rich Dark Chocolate Valentine’s Cookies + A Chocolate Lover’s Giveaway from King Arthur Flour

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It’s Christmas Eve Eve! And what does that mean? Running around like a crazy person trying to finish up projects, wrap gifts, baking, figuring out what appetizers to make for Christmas Eve, and about a million other things. I know I’m not alone either… I’ve seen your busy instagram and facebook up-dates! If you are in need of a ridiculously easy, tasty, and quick dessert then look no more, this easy eggnog ice cream will be sure to please. It literally has two ingredients and practically makes itself. Plus all that spice and creaminess from the eggnog makes for a Continue Reading →

Eggnog Ice Cream

20 Amazing Candy Cane Recipes

I love December baking! I love baking in general and I love seasonal ingredients, so baking with candy canes in December is an absolute must. I stock up on 4 or 5 boxes as soon as they hit the shelves and then I go candy cane crazy (say that 5 times fast…). In honor of my love of candy canes I’ve rounded up a collection of 20 amazing candy cane recipes for you. I put about 10 of them on my list to make this weekend myself. They look AMAZING! Enjoy and happy baking! Peppermint Bark Brownies from Cafe Johnsonia Continue Reading →

20 Recipes using Candy Canes

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It’s December! How did December get there?! If you are like me you are getting into the full swing of the holiday season and all of its little perks. There are cookies to bake, gifts to hand-craft, and parties to attend and host. Those three things are some of my very favorite parts of the holidays. When I think about cookies, parties, and handmade gifts I often think of the delightful smells that go with those things. The spicy sweet ginger, the rustic cedar tree we always cut from the mountain, the warm cider from our own apples we pressed, Continue Reading →

White Chocolate Bottomed Ginger Cookies

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Christmas is in the air and I know I’m not the only one thinking about what to give all the people that I love. We just moved to the tiny town that my husband grew up in. Tiny town life means two things 1) we know and are friends with nearly everyone or 2) we are related to everyone else. My list for friends and neighbor gifts is huge this year so I’ve been pondering on the perfect thing to give that won’t break the bank. That’s where this adorable hot cocoa gift set comes in. All of the jars, Continue Reading →

Hot Cocoa Gift Set

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I can’t believe that Christmas is almost here! If you are like me you are putting the finishing touches on the house, baking all kinds of treats, and buying the last of your gifts. This year I was lucky enough to snag an American Girl doll on a major sale. I paid less than $60 (including shipping!) for the doll, first book, and an extra set of clothes. I’m beyond excited to give such a wonderful gift to my six-year-old. She is going to be so excited on Christmas morning because she’s been asking for a “big doll” for months Continue Reading →

The Ultimate American Girl Acessory Guide: Buy it, Make it, Love it

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Once in a while I come across a recipe that is simply perfect and I make that recipe over and over again. That is the case with these amazing White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies. They were served at a church function by a lovely woman named Molly years ago. Everyone went nuts over them and so she handed out the recipe like a true friend. That recipe has graced my cookie plates and many holiday parties since. I’m not crazy over gingerbread but this is just the right mix of sweet, spiced, ginger, and chocolate to make an outstanding treat. Plus Continue Reading →

White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

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After getting a whopping 18 inches of snow this weekend it officially feels like Christmas. Snow makes everything so clean, bright, and well, just plain Christmas-like. I’ve gotten most of my shopping done for my family, minus the stocking stuffers, and now it’s time for me to turn my attention to friends and neighbor gifts. I love, love, LOVE to make cookie/goodie plates every year and I love to get them out to friends as early as I can. I try to beat the cookie burn-out by being the first one to have my treats in their kitchens. I start Continue Reading →

Mint Dipped Double Chocolate Cookies

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I’m so excited for today’s post! I was asked to be part of an online cookie exchange with a group of some of my favorite blogging ladies. And you know what that means for you?! You get a bunch of great cookie recipes all in one place… keep reading, your goodie plates will thank you. Today Kristy from Sweet Treats and More is here sharing one of her favorite cookie recipes – candy cane meringue cookies. I had the honor of meeting Kristy last December at a real cookie exchange. She’s very fun and kind in real life and her Continue Reading →

Candy Cane Meringue Cookies

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Hello all! While I’m enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite posts with you. Today’s post is from Erin. She’s my healthy dessert idol! She’s never met a recipe that she couldn’t improve with whole grains and my, is she good at it! If you are looking to be a little more healthy but still enjoy your desserts and baked goods, Erin and her blog are the place for you. Enjoy!   Hi everyone! I’m Erin and blog over at Texanerin Continue Reading →

Whole Grain Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake from Texanerin Baking

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Hello all! While I’m enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite posts with you. Today’s post is brought to you from Cassie over at Back to Her Roots. Cassie is a fellow Hoosier, but lucky for her, she’s still living in the grand state of Indiana, blogging about a healthy lifestyle and her newest adventures of moving to her childhood home in the middle of no where. She’s is awesome! Her blog is real and honest and full of great recipes Continue Reading →

Butternut Squash and Ginger Bread Pudding from Back to Her Roots

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Great things are meant to be shared. That’s what this post is… me telling you about something I think is great because I know you are going to love it too. Our family pictures were supposed to be taken today but we got rained out (and it’s way too cold to take a three-week old baby out!). But that isn’t stopping me from thinking about our Christmas cards! I adore sending snail-mail cards, especially at Christmas. Who doesn’t love real mail? And I know my grandparents appreciate getting pictures of the grand-kids to hang on their fridge. Do you take Continue Reading →

Minted + Julep

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Hello all! While I’m enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite posts with you. Thanks so much for reading and enjoy! Today’s post comes from Barbara. She’s a baking and kitchen genius who also happens to run, not one, but two blogs! I had the honor of meeting Barbara almost a year ago and I’ve considered her a friend ever since. She’s just as sweet as her baking. I know you all are going to love her too!   I’m Barbara Continue Reading →

Cinnamon Roasted Almonds from Barbara Bakes

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Today I’m over at A Southern Fairy Tale sharing a super fun (and easy) hot cocoa gift set! Rachel along a few other ladies have teamed up to bring you thirty days of holiday baking, thirty days of holiday sewing, and thirty days of holiday crafting (link to the other ladies at the bottom of the post…). It’s a really fun group of who are working with an even larger group of bloggers to share some of the cutest holiday inspiration on the web. I signed up to be part of the baking/food gift team and am so glad I Continue Reading →

Bake, Sew, Craft Along

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Happy Monday! My mom left this morning after a glorious week of hanging out with our little family to help take care of the new baby. We crafted and enjoyed precious time together. When you live thousands of miles apart, any time together is precious. I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite recipes of hers today in honor of her departure. This cheater gooey pumpkin butter cake is something I can remember her making when I was a kid. I think she first tried the recipe to take to a church activity and when she Continue Reading →

Cheater Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake

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Hello all! While I’m enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite recipes with you. First up is Emily from One Lovely Life. If you are a regular reader you know that I adore Emily. Long before I dreamed of a food blog of my own I was reading hers. One Lovely Life is the very first food blog that I ever followed and she is the one who truly inspired me to start a little blog of my own. Not only Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes from One Lovely Life

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Fall is in the air and I can think of nothing better than a cool Saturday morning munching on these decadent waffles. These perfect Pumpkin Caramel Spice Waffles with Caramel Maple Syrup are everything their name implies and more. SO good. It seems like fall is the true beginning of the holiday season because there is always something fun to do. Weekend plans like apple picking, pie making, going to the pumpkin patch, or taking long Sunday drives to go “leaf hunting” happen with as much joy and excitement as all the holidays that follow. If I know that we Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Caramel Spice Waffles with Caramel Maple Syrup

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I”m over at The Ribbon Retreat Blog today sharing a full tutorial on how to make this adorable mummy trick-or-treat bag! This bag has a secret too… you can add a glow stick over the eyes so that it glows on Halloween night. What kid wouldn’t love that! So pop over and check out the details! And thanks a bunch on all the love for my 10 Secrets to Raising Happy Kids posts. You guys are the best! Have a great day.

Glow in the Dark Mummy Bag

Red White and Blue Cheese Cake Bars 4th of July

I spent all weekend with my mom, dad, and 3 of my 5 siblings! It was awesome. Most of the time we drive to Kentucky to see them but I thoroughly enjoyed the rare event of them coming to see me! One sister is living with us this summer and Mom and Dad just dropped off my brother to live with us too. It’s going to be a really fun summer that I hope we all remember for a long time. Our poor baby sister is now the only child at home and I don’t think her or Mom are Continue Reading →

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Bars

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Hello All! I hope you had a great, long, relaxing, food-filled weekend. I spent mine mowing lawns, playing at the pool, sitting by a fire, rescuing stray chickens stuck in a pit, and all sorts of other fun and productive things in between. Summer if officially here and there is no better way than to celebrate with ice-cold red white and blue popsicles! I love having homemade fruit popsicles in the freezer, so that no matter when the kids ask for one I can feed the need. I have no problems giving my kids fruit and yogurt laden snacks that Continue Reading →

Red White and Blue Popsicles

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I know Mother’s Day is a month away, but you’ve got to plan ahead for this kind of event! I have an awesome pound cake recipe for you today, but that’s not the only exciting part of the post. I have not one, but two America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks to giveaway today. When I was working with ATK for the giveaway we did last month, they asked if I had any other ideas for the future and I sure did. My smart husband bought me a couple of ATK cookbooks two years ago for Mother’s Day. When I have new Continue Reading →

Perfect Pound Cake

Easter Scavenger hunt

I did a shout-out yesterday on my FB page for a little Easter scavenger hunt help. My mother-in-law had an idea but we were having a terrible time finding what we were looking for on the internet. We gave up on our search and decided to work on one of our own. It turned out great and I thought I’d share! We took the kids down into a canyon for a wienie roast and they did the scavenger hunt while we got things set up. Before they started we talked about Easter, how exciting and fun it was, and then Continue Reading →

Easter Scavenger Hunt

10 naturally green foods

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and my kids couldn’t be more excited. Last year a little Leprechaun snuck into our house and turned our toiled water green! They are still talking about that little adventure and wondering what tricks will be pulled this year. I know traditional St. Patrick’s Day food is Irish, but there’s no way I’m making corned beef and cabbage. I don’t like corned beef (long story) and I doubt it would be very high on the family’s list of gotta have foods either. So instead of traditional I thought I would make a green meal. Continue Reading →

10 Naturally Green Foods for St. Patrick’s Day

Spring Paper Rabbits

There are two things that you all know I love: my hutch and spring. Yesterday the two met in happy merriment as I decorated my hutch with spring in mind. I just have to share the pictures with you because they make me happy. That’s not the only thing making me happy today either. My good friend from Becca Marie Designs is helping me with a giveaway today! I’ve been so in love with her rabbit paper dolls that she sells in her Etsy shop lately. And lucky for us, she’s been kind enough to agree to give away some bunnies Continue Reading →

Rabbit Paper Dolls – giveaway

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I’m taking one more day to celebrate my grandpa’s life… and that celebration comes in the form of food. I’ve decided to share a piece of my heart with you by sharing part of the last letter I ever wrote to my grandpa. Grandma said that she sat on the bed and held his hand last Sunday, the day before he died, and read it aloud to him. She told me he was sleeping but she was sure he was still listening. The letter helps to explain this dish and its deep sentimental meaning for me. Grandma makes this raspberry Continue Reading →

Grandma’s Raspberry Cobbler

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Happy Love Day! Man, it’s been a crazy week for me and it’s just getting more exciting/crazy. I’ll fill you in after it is all said and done, but if driving more than half way across the country and back in a weekend sounds exciting/crazy then I’ll have a story for you on Tuesday. I do need to tell you all how grateful I am you read this here blog and support me in something I really do love. Blogging is so therapeutic and you guys can really keep me going. How about a Valentine’s Kitchen Aid giveaway as a thank Continue Reading →

Valentine’s Kitchen Aid Giveaway

20 Valentine's Day ideas worth sharing

I confessed my love of Valentine’s Day and some of my favorite (and funny) Valentine’s Day memories last week, and I thought it would be fun to bring you a collection of ideas for Valentine’s Day to get you as excited as I am. I asked some of the other ladies who are contributing at I Heart Nap Time to send me the links to their favorite Valentine’s Day posts, and boy did they deliver. Here are some of my favorite and their favorite Valentine projects. Enjoy! Valentines to Give: Felt Valentine Fortune Cookies from Love, Pomegranate House Bubbles Valentine from Bloom Continue Reading →

Collection of Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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It’s Friday, Friday, Friday… (whatever happened to that girl?!). This post ins’t quiet the perfectly executed craft with the perfect pictures to match. This is a real life post with real life pictures to match but it was something I really wanted to share with you. I love Valentine’s Day and I have my whole life. I have a few favorite memories of the day and if you’ll let me I’ll indulge in telling them to you. Memory 1: In second or third grade we were asked to make a Valentine’s mailbox to hold the valentines our friends gave to us. I Continue Reading →

Family Valentine’s Mailbox

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Remember those those red velvet cheesecake bars from heaven? Well I wanted to make them again but I was out of red dye. I think that is my beef with red velvet things; I’m not a fan of using so much dye just because. Any how, I got to thinking and decided that the recipe would be a great candidate for a bit of tweaking to make the red velvet layer a brownie layer and boy was I right. With a few changes Brownie Cheesecake Bars were born. I preferred these to the original because I love chocolate. If you Continue Reading →

Brownie Cheesecake Bars

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Remember when I showed you my cute hutch decorated for Valentines? Well I mentioned that my kids did the art work at the top. I thought I’d show you how in case you wanted to make something similar. This would be a fun thing to do for a decoration, with a class or preschool group, or to make a big card to send to grandma. Painted Heart Valentine’s Craft for Kids What you’ll need: Heavy card stock or cardboard Washi tape or painter’s tape Paint (we used acrylic but tempra or water color on white paper would probably work well Continue Reading →

Painted Heart Valentine’s Craft for Kids

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Thomas is teaching a training course in Provo this week and we are headed up to meet him and do some fun “big city” things like ice skating, a dollar movie, and some major thirfting. I am in terrible need of dressers, a bench for my kitchen table, and some other furniture. I sure hope the Thrift Store Gods will smile down on me. Major scores for me also mean major furniture painting posts for you, so it’s a win win situation really. While I’m out and about you can be planning your Super Bowl party or fancy Valentine’s dinner Continue Reading →

Homemade Mini Phyllo Cups

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When it comes to dessert I rarely make a recipe twice. We make our favorite chocolate chip cookies and normal old rice crispy treats over and over again, and if I make something else it is generally a new recipe. I saw these gorgeous red velvet cheese cake bars on Novice Chef last year and never made them, but I’ve thought of them often. I’m not a big red velvet fan, but they are just so pretty. So last week when we had my father-in-law, BFF Shaun, neighbor, and his nephew over working on the house plus two missionaries from Continue Reading →

Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars

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Can you believe it’s Monday already?! My weekend flew by and I’m sure yours was no different. We ordered all of the carpet for the second half of the house which is just crazy to me. Carpet is one of the very last things to go in, so if we are even thinking about the carpet then we really must be making progress. All of the drywall is now hung in the once-upon-a-time bonus room/soon-to-be master bedroom, and if you follow me on FB, then you know we are completely done tearing things out as of this weekend! We gutted Continue Reading →

Valentine’s Hutch and Orange Dreamsicle Popcorn

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Hello! Man, once again, it’s been such a busy week on the blog and I didn’t even post every day. Manually inputting all my recipes is a beast. I’ve been doing that along with reformatting each post from the last year. I took the cheap-skate route for switching to WordPress and that means I’ve needed to put in a lot of my own hours to make things look ok. Phew, it’ll be done by Valentine’s Day I hope. Speaking of Valentine’s Day, do you decorate? The kids and I normally make a few things to hang up, but I’ve never Continue Reading →

How to: Felt Heart Garland

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One more popcorn recipe before Christmas OK?!  I know my love of popcorn is bordering on addiction, but I also know that I’m not the only one who is so fond of the stuff. Popcorn lovers unite! I grew up in a big family with tons of cousins close by. We would all descend on my grandma’s house on Sunday afternoons to play and enjoy the delights of family time. In the winter grandma would stand over her stove with a stove-top popper that you turned by hand and then load metal cake pans full of hot popcorn that was a little greasy and Continue Reading →

Gooey Marshmallow Christmas Popcorn with Chocolate

I finished Christmas shopping last night! It’s so hard to get done when I normally just pack the three kids to the store with me, and honestly, I don’t really like shopping anyhow. I had to make a special trip after they were in bed, and the thing is, I forgot most of the stores in town close around 6 pm! My only choices for shopping were literally KMart, WalMart, and Dollar Tree. There’s no mall and no Target within hours of me and all the locally-owned stores were closed. Some things I’m just not used to in small town living, and Continue Reading →

Homemade Oreos with a Candy Cane Cream Filling

Popcorn! I love the stuff and eat it all of the time. I love making fancy batches of gourmet popcorn to give. This is a simple recipe that makes a non-sticky caramel corn that has cinnamon in it, and a drizzle of white chocolate really puts it over the top. I love the cinnamon because it just feels like winter and is the perfect addition to caramel corn. If you are feeling truly decadent add a few cups of  your favorite nut to the popped popcorn. I’m hitting the point in my holiday baking that is nearing burn-out. I still have so many people that I Continue Reading →

Cinnamon Caramel Corn

I’ve been “fancy” blogging for just over a year now and this is one of the very first recipe I ever put up on Bless This Mess. It’s a great recipe that needs repeating and the pictures have improved a bit this year too. I hope you don’t mind a repeater. You can’t go wrong with a quick caramel over pretzels all covered in chocolate. I made this for my goodie plates and packages last year and I made it again this year, so definitely worth repeating in my book!   Print Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark Ingredients1 bag of pretzels (sticks, knots, Continue Reading →

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

Are you ready for something so easy it’s practically cheating? Ok, here we go. What if I told you that you could spruce up store-bought cookies easily and no one would even notice they weren’t completely homemade? Well you can. Sure, we all love beautiful hand-crafted from scratch cookies, but we don’t always have time for that now do we? This is a perfectly tasty way to cheat but still fulfill your inner domestic goddess. I was in the cookie aisle the other day and noticed the top shelf was lined with all kinds of wonderfully foreign cookies. It popped into my mind that Continue Reading →

Dark Chocolate Dipped Cookies with Crystallized Ginger

Is it too early to post about gift wrapping? Part of me says yes, and the other part of me wants to give you the heads-up on great ideas so that you can be thinking of what you like and then collecting the things you’ll need. Sometimes I like a little time to ruminate on ideas before I need to put them into action. You too? The same day that I taught a class on four of my favorite cheese balls and how to make them to the ladies at church, I also taught a little class on Christmas gift Continue Reading →

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

I’m sharing these little gems over at Honey Bear Lane today. I’d take a look if I were you… Psst! Don’t forget. I’m giving away a few little things that I love. You can enter until the end of the week. Enter at the bottom of the post on DIY Sewing Kits in a Jar. Roger. Roger. Over and out.

Honey Bear Lane Day

Can you believe it’s already December?! It’s such a fun month and the perfect way to start it off is with  these double dark candy can crunch cookies.  Chocolate and mint are such a natural and easy combination to work with this time of year, so this probably won’t be the only recipe you see of the merriment this month. Husband doesn’t like the combo. He always says “it’s like eating a candy bar after you just brushed your teeth”. So I rarely make it because I’ll be the one eating it all. I just happened to need a batch of Continue Reading →

Double Dark Candy Cane Crunch Cookies

I love to make gingerbread houses and have been doing it for years. I have a vivid memory of the fourth or fifth grade when a classmate’s mom brought in two gigantic, immaculately decorated gingerbread houses. I was in childhood heaven. We were allowed to eat them the day before Christmas break, and I can still remember how vivid those gumballs were along the roof line.School wasn’t the only place I remember gingerbread houses. My mom helped us kids make, bake, assemble, and then decorate a house almost every year that I can think of. I can remember one year my older sister made one Continue Reading →

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Cheese ball season is here! Are you as excited as I am?! A few weeks ago I did a cheese ball making demonstration for the ladies at church and it was a big hit. We got to eat all of the wares with lunch and I was in cheese ball heaven. My love of cheese balls came from my first job working at a deli in Columbus, Indiana. Two of the cheese ball recipes are actually from that deli and I’ve been making them for years. The other two are just as amazing (cue the bacon). I actually made mini Continue Reading →

Very Merry Cheese Ball Recipes

My kids love to craft; I’ve trained them well. I wanted them to make some fun things for a friend we visit at the care center in town, for grandma, to send my mom in the mail, and to hang on our fridge. We ended up with a couple of different fun projects that I wanted to share. I also like to have a few fun crafts ready for all of the cousins to work on while dinner is coming together on Thanksgiving Day, so some of these were our trial run for Turkey Day. A few weeks ago I Continue Reading →

5 Easy Turkey Crafts for Kids

I shared this fun recipe for Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whipped Cinnamon Icing over at Honey Bear Lane a few weeks ago and thought I’d post it here in case anyone missed it. Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! I just can’t get enough of the stuff this time of year. Pumpkin cupcakes with a whipped cinnamon icing should probably make it onto your to-do list for the weekend. Now, I’m not eating sugar until Thanksgiving (you can read my meal plan for tasty healthy eating here), so you enjoy one of these for me, OK? Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whipped Cinnamon Icing Adapted from Joy of Baking Printable Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whipped Cinnamon Icing