s’mores cookie bars #summerdessertweek

“This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.” Ahhh, summertime and s’mores. Goes together like Fall and pumpkin spice, winter and peppermint, Springtime and… asparagus? Peeps? Jelly Beans? Jury is out on that one.

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Key Lime Fudge #summerdessertweek

“This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.” Whenever myself or my family takes on a commitment, something happens. Usually we have a weekend getaway planned, and bam- there is a new child entering our care. This time, I had Summer Dessert Week* planned, and Bam! A newborn lands in my lap. Well, almost. When you’re a foster parent the “stork” comes often. Thankfully, I made sweet tings happen at nap time, like this: sweet, creamy and tart lime fudge on top of […]

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when the cup overflows

Monday, at 5:52pm I found out there was a need for a home for a newborn baby girl. And,  at 8:31pm, she was in my arms. Foster care has a way of keeping you on your toes. So,  as I was preparing a meal of chicken divan, jasmine rice and corn, God was sending a baby my way. Of course, this now puts our family to four kids, three of them under the age of two; which required approval and a special waiver. I understand why- it takes a special kind of crazy to take on a crew like that, […]

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summertime…..traveling chicken pot pies

Summertime… and this summer, well… it’s different. I haven’t been all over the internet like previous summers, planning an epic-super-mom-of-the-year–crafty-life-pinterest-worthy- summer-bucket-list. I’m not sure why. Maybe because keeping a toddler, 10 year old  and a baby entertained when it’s 92F outside can be as daunting as crossing the Sahara. Or, maybe it’s because earlier in the year, I had gone through a major decluttering and simplifying process, and sometimes pinterest makes me stock pile weird things (like baby food jars) for craft projects, or-  maybe it’s because I don’t want the pressure of needing to plan anything for summer. Summer […]

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almond butter eggs #eastersweetsweek

  When I was a kid, Easter was one of my favorite holidays. As an adult, it still is, but for different reason. As a child, I loved the candy associated with only Easter. In those days Peeps were only around once a year and Cadbury Eggs only came in one variety, Nowadays, there is a Peep for every holiday, and I lost count of all the Creme egg varieties there are. I remember , my mom would dress my sister and I up in coordinating dresses, white tights, white patent leather shoes (that I was admonished not to scuff) […]

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chocolate crunch bunnies #eastersweetsweek

Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week long event, #EasterSweetsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Rainier Fruit, Anolon and Microplane! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #EasterSweetsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes. It’s bunny season! Chocolate bunnies, that is. Chocolate crunch bunnies, to be exact. Because chocolate with a crunch is just plain fun. Don’t you think? Originally this post was supposed to be homemade cream eggs, you know- the ones with […]

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peanut butter pinwheels #eastersweetsweek

Hi there! Here we are in day three of Easter Sweets Week, and today I have an easy, no bake candy for you. This is so easy even a caveman could do it. (Remember those commercials?) Anyway, these are really easy and melt in your mouth good. But first: the usual disclaimer the FCC requires:   Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week long event, #EasterSweetsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Rainier Fruit, Anolon and Microplane! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our […]

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Swedish apple cake with vanilla sauce #eastersweetsweek

    Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week long event, #EasterSweetsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Rainier Fruit, Anolon and Microplane! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #EasterSweetsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes. The house next door to us is an AirBnB, which to be honest : I loathe. I have three young kids, and I don’t like strangers showing up in such close proximity to home. Sometimes, my “mama bear” […]

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lemon truffles #eastersweetsweek

    Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week long event, #EasterSweetsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Rainier Fruit, Anolon and Microplane! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #EasterSweetsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.   I have a confession… for over a year now, everyone has told me that I have to watch “This Is Us”.  It happens every time I tell someone that we are foster parents, and (now) adoptive parents. […]

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instant pot cheesecake

Last year, my husband got me an Instant Pot for Mother’s Day. I had been using an electric pressure cooker for years; but only for homemade Cuban style black beans. I never really used it much for anything else. When I saw the instant pot craze going on I honestly chuckled to myself :”everyone is discovering a pressure cooker”, something that has been around for many many years. So what if this one a few extra built-in buttons and functions? It was nothing different to me. It wasn’t until my beloved electric pressure cooker broke and my husband replaced it […]

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enlarging our tent part 2; an adoption story

Happy New Year! I know, we are already 15 days into the new year, but fifteen days is still pretty “new” so I’ll wish you the best for the next 350 days. I have kicked off this year with some pretty major life changes. We finally adopted our little girl that we have been caring for. I wrote about her here, and here. It still hasn’t “sunk in” yet. She’s ours. We get to be her parents for the rest of our lives. It comes in little bursts in my soul, explosions of love and joy and awe. For years […]

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dinner and a drink, #steviva #sweetandeasy

I was recently allowed to opportunity to participate in the Steviva Brands Sweeteners Blogger Recipe Challenge. Of course, I accepted the challenge before a few big unexpected  events in our  life happened; a hurricane and a newborn baby. Life has a way of saying “surprise” at just the precise time. And, during the time of  chaos and construction, my mind was whirling with recipe ideas. Then, our power came back and it was testing and tasting…. and now: I have for you,  my friends: dinner and a drink. There’s dessert, too. But that’s another post. Let’s talk taco. Let’s talk […]

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san fransisco rice and other hot messes

Hello there, carby, starchy side dish. Who ever thought of combining pasta and rice? It’s kind of like combining soup and stew. But; manohman it sure is tasty. I made this the other week when we were “rowing” our Five In A Row book of Grandfather’s Journey. In the book, the chronicles of an old Japanese man are recorded as he spends lots of time in San Fransisco and Japan.  The unit study also has a cookbook to go along with each book, so I decided to make the “San Fransisco Rice” recipe. Yes, it’s like Rice-A-Roni™, aka “The San Fransisco […]

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happy taco tuesday!

Happy Taco Tuesday! Who-ever thought of food theme days, thank you. It helps us figure out dinner ideas when we are to tired to think. And, I know it’s been awhile since I have posted. Things have been happening, and y’all are way overdo for some updates. So: grab your beverage of choice (I’m currently loving Trader Joe’s pumpkin spice coffee pods) and let’s chat, shall we? IRMA This photo sums up my Irma experience: Yes,  we had a visit from Irma (I’m in southeast Florida) and she left a mess of downed trees and powerlines, debris, and loss of […]

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#summerdessertweek: baby blueberry cobblers

blueberry cobblers… had babies. And, these portion control cuties are all you need after a summer meal of lobster rolls or shrimp stuffed avocados. I love food in miniature… first of all, you don’t have to dirty up an extra dish to serve up, and- one less dish is always a good thing. My camera batteries were dead when I was preparing this so I had to utilize the phone for the images, and it was pretty aggrivationg since I had just charged them both the day before. #newworldproblems But, I’m not going to fret or complain about batteries, cameras […]

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