mermaid splash cookies #summerdessertweek

Disclaimer: I was sent samples for compensation for my participation in Summer Dessert Week, however, the opinions expresses as well as the recipes are my own.  Hey Y’all! Guess whaaaaaaat?! It’s SUMMER DESSERT WEEK!!! You know what that means? Giveaways. (Awesome prizes) Recipes. (Lots of keepers!) And… updates and new recipes every day this week from yours truly. In my participation for this event, I received a wonderful box of goodies from Wilton. In it, there was a “DIY-licous” kit for mermaid cupcakes. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE how mermaids and unicorns have made a “comeback”. As a […]

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Enlarging our tent

Remember my posts about enlarging our tent? No, we don’t actually live in a tent. It’s an expression of expansion. Although, tent living is fine with me as long as there is mosquito repellent… and food. And fire to cook the food. A soap to clean up. And toilet paper. Got it? Okay, we’re good. So: if you caught up on the links above you’ll know that we began fostering, which also grew our family by adopting two little girls. But: we have one tiny problem… our bathroom. You see, there’s just one. And, a family of six with one […]

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Easter brunch recipe round up and Jord watch giveaway!

A few months ago, I told y’all about these fantastic wood watches, in this post . What happened? Where are y’all? So far there is less than THREE entries! This means: that your chances of winning are HUGE. So: head over to this site , and place your entry . It only takes a second, and…. you just might be the lucky winner of a $100 Jord Wood Watch gift card! Woo-hoo! Now: I’m not going to leave you with just that. Today I have some inspiration for your Easter brunch: This week is our Spring Break, our home is […]

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Lemon Ginger Curry Chicken Skewers #stashtearecipechallenge

Think fast: you are having a party, and you want to serve something intriguing and exotic, but not too over the top… you still want to spend time with your guests…. I really you’d like something that can be made in advance, with short preparation time to serve. I’ve got a solution for you. Grilled marinated chicken skewers with a creamy lemon ginger curry sauce. Tender chicken breasts soaked in a soy/lemon ginger garlic marinade and grilled to perfection. With a creamy lemon ginger curry sauce that is amazing… my kids have now requested it for their french fries (!!!!!) […]

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Earl GreyMojito#stashtearecipechallenge

I created this recipe for the “Not your usual tea” category in the #stash tearecipechallenge. Personally, I love Earl Grey . What gives earl gray it’s unique flavor and aroma is the addition of Bergamot; a relative of the lime plant, it has an unmistakable flavor and aroma that is unsurpassed, in my opinion. Another favorite drink of mine is the Mojito: a mint and rum infused concoction that is refreshing and light, like a vacation in a glass. I decided to marry my two favorite beverages for this challenge: my morning beverage and my favorite adult/weekend beverage. I decided […]

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Chai Chia breakfast pudding #stashtearecipechallenge

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. A huge than you goes out to Stash tea for their support in this contest. Be sure to check them out on social media for recipes,and delicious teas! AND: be sure to use this code for a special deal: THEVILLAGECOOK-SC Be sure to follow on social media for more recipes, promotions and teas: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stashtea Twitter: https://twitter.com/stashtea Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stashtea/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/stashtea/ Note: I was sent samples to participate in contest, however opinions expressed are my own.

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Tropical and avocado shrimp salad #stashtearecipechallenge

Imagine this: buttery avocado, luscious plump shrimp, all smothered in a creamy lemony ginger and dill sauce, and stuffed into an avocado shell. And: the key to creating this one of a kind flavor explosion? Tea. Yep, it’s time to think of tea in a whole new light. Of course, I love a nice spot of Earl Grey, or a tall glass of refreshing sweet tea. But: what if: we captured the essences and flavors of some of the most exotic teas and incorporated them into something new? A savory snack, or a satisfying supper? With all the thousands of […]

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The element of time…and a giveaway!

The element of time….  I’m approaching another birthday, which, for me always makes me re-evaluate where I am, what I’m doing and where I’m going… and where I’ve been.   I can mentally time travel my entire life in simple a few minutes of thought.  And, it bewilders me that all of these hours and moments days and weeks simply melt into one big memory.   When I was in college, I did a persuasive speech on this topic. Why can’t we remember time that recently passed, (like what you had for dinner last Thursday)  yet we can remember a moment when […]

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last minute ideas!

Note: This is a sponsored post, I was given compensation and giveaway merchandise ; however the opinions and ideas expressed are my own.  Here we are, on  Christmas eve, I hope that you are settled in with a cup of hot cocoa and a completed “to do” list, but  there is a possibility that’s not the case. There may be that moment that strikes in the middle of the night, where you completely forgot that your uncle Charlie is bringing his new girlfriend to dinner, and you want her to feel part of the family. Or, maybe it’s that awkward gift […]

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breakfast dumplings with maple soy dipping sauce #twindragon #chefyaki

 I love taking savory spins on breakfast… and dumplings. This time, I  have created a savory breakfast dumpling, filled with fluffy scrambled eggs and sausage, with a sweet and salty maple dipping sauce that says good morning  to your tastebuds…. This recipe was created for the Twin Dragon recipe challenge. I was supplied a collection of wraps, and this was my favorite creation thus far. Of course, my expertise in dumpling wrapping is still in progression, the end result was delicious. Filling, yet not so much as you want to crawl back in bed. And, sustaining, so you’re not going […]

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a humble request…

This is not one of my usual posts. But, wait -don’t leave. I’ve had this little blog for 9 years now. I’ve shared my recipes, joys and sorrows. Y’all were here as I learned to use a real camera, and when I made my fist wedding cake. You may have come here for the spinach burgers, and stayed for the cookie dough truffles. You were also here  here for the sorrows: when my stepdaughter left,  when my father died, and when I was in a sad dark place in life. Recently, you have been here to share the excitement of […]

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The boulder I live under

You know the expression: “You must live under a rock!” Well, my friends… I’m pretty sure I live under a boulder. And, it’s gotten even larger having two toddlers and a baby.My boulder is filled with homeschooling, diapers, bottles, toddlers, chicken nuggets and laundry. Seriously: If it’s not on Peppa Pig, I probably will not have a clue about it. For instance, the lab technician at my pediatricians office had this conversation with me: “Oh! Her nickname is Kiki? Do you sing that song to her?” Me: “Ummm, there’s a song?” On another occasion a few years ago, a friend […]

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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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New Years, 2017

This photo was snapped New Years day, 2017. It’s my daughter, at sunrise on St Augustine beach. Of course, St Augustine is not our home… we were visiting in celebration of our 10 year anniversary. Ten years. So, our mini vacation consisted of a beach sunrise, and lots of delicious nibbles here and there…. Of course, we had to stop at the macaroon shop…   And, we wondered why the girl at the counter decided to crush one of the macaroons in order to fit them in the bag, they were delicious nonetheless. Do you see that sign? DOLE WHIP! […]

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Thanksgiving Heroes

This Thanksgiving, as we embrace the calm after the storm of the presidential election, it’s time to take a step back and reflect on the things we are thankful for; aside from the standard of the individual “inner circle” of blessings, it’s time to reflect on the other people and things we are thankful for. Especially now. Our country is in a state of division; although there was a time, many years ago that we were completely united, we clung to one another and cheered each other on. That wasn’t that long ago. We embraced the first responders, we embraced […]

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