Brown Sugar and Vanilla Ice Pops


School is almost out and summer is on the way.  I’m so looking forward to slowing down our family’s pace a little bit.  The kids are growing up so fast, and I just want to savor this time in my life, a hard thing to do when the every day hustle and bustle overwhelms me [...]

Homemade Cocoa Brownies


Here in the city, when the wind blows in just the right direction at just the right speed, the scent of melting chocolate fills the air.  The Blommer Chocolate Factory sits in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, but just about every part of town has been touched by its aroma.  Its sweet! Whenever I catch a [...]

Saltine Toffee Treats


I am so excited! Tomorrow the kids and I are driving to Indianapolis to meet my best friend and her daughters.  She lives in Kentucky now, and Indy is the perfect halfway point for us.  We’re staying at a hotel with a pool, so the kids will be in heaven.  Its the perfect way to [...]

Cherry Cardamom Shortbread Bars


Whenever Mack and I have some time alone, the first thing he asks to do is make cookies.  We have a steady supply of homemade chocolate chip cookies thanks to his enthusiasm, so when he asked to bake on Friday I thought it would be fun to try something different.  A sneaky jar of homemade [...]

Sorta Homemade Doughnuts


Shortly before Christmas I saw a fun idea for easy homemade doughnuts floating around Pinterest.  It involved nothing more than a can of pre-made biscuits and some oil.  At the time, I pretty much ignored the pin because canned biscuits just don’t work for me.  They contain 4 grams of heart-stopping trans fats – ewwww. [...]

Homemade Pecan Pie (without corn syrup!)


I think I’ve created a monster. My kids are not allowed to eat anything that contains high fructose corn syrup.  Its a steadfast rule in our house, and the kids pride themselves on following it.  They know that most brightly packaged foods contain it, and they generally stay away from those items. My mom requested [...]

Granmary’s Potato Chip Cookies


The other day when I drove out to my hometown to drop the car off for repairs at the most honest dealer I know, the kids and I spent some time with my mom.  She was so nice to watch Evie and Mack while Vivian and I dealt with the car issues. I can absolutely [...]

Back to (a New) School


Evie started her second year of pre-school last week.  A year ago I was very anxious about sending Evie to school for the first time.  Would she miss me? Who would she turn to if she got hurt? How would her view of the world change without me there to guide her?  She had been [...]

Chocolate Cake Mix Rice Krispie Treats


We are finally getting settled in our new home.  The move was long and exhausting – there were a few moments when I just wanted to call it quits.  But, my Army captain husband kept us on task and moving in the right direction, and on more than one occasion I looked at him in [...]

Homemade Whipped Cream


Most of the decisions I make at the grocery store directly relate to the overall healthfulness of the products.  I go out of my way to stretch our grocery budget so we are eating thoughtfully, gratefully and healthfully. I also make shopping decisions based on the kind of packaging wrapped around the product.  In consideration [...]

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