Let’s Make Whoopie! err ummm Whoopie Pies!

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This Valentine's Day, I'm all about making whoopie ... Whoopie Pies that is! They're sweet, moist, incredibly indulgent and perfect for a little lovey dovey dessert with your husband this Valentine's Day. If you've never had one, you're seriously missing out! Not only are they easy to make but even kind of fun. Or perhaps I'm easily amused while squishing the whoopie cakes together over the buttercream. And new for 2011, Wilton just added … [Read more...]

M&M Cookie Cups for Valentine’s Day

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Lately I've been thinking a lot about diet, portion control and weight loss. Those three little things don't exactly mesh well with desserts. So how can I bring together my favorite sweet eats and weight loss without going overboard in either direction? Cookie cups! When a cookie is jam packed with chocolate chips, I'll surely grab a few to munch on. But when a cookie is dissected into little bites, I'm less likely to eat more than one. … [Read more...]

The Toddler Curls Have Arrived

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I picked up my camera today, for the first time in awhile, just to snap photos of the kids. These days they seem to be growing so fast I can barely keep up with all of the changes, let alone find the time to blog about them. My son, who is now 9, is well ... a 9 year old. You know, whiny, cranky, full of attitude and well on his way to spending the rest of his pre-teen years grounded. If this is just a preview of what's to come, I'm very … [Read more...]

Calphalon 7 Qt Digital Slow Cooker Review

calphalon digital slow cooker giveaway

During the busy weekdays, the one tool I reach to most often in my kitchen is my slow cooker. There are so many evenings when  food preparation and cooking becomes too time consuming for our schedule. For that reason, we love the Calphalon 7 qt Digital Slow Cooker. It allows me to prep and cook a meal without ever having to stand in the kitchen watching over it. Recently I put the slow cooker to use to prepare two of my favorite meals, Ham n … [Read more...]

Family Style Banana Split with Sara Lee Desserts

Family Style Banana Split

Disclosure - As a Sara Lee MOMent Maker, this post is part of a series on making family moments. Sara Lee has provided me with compensation and coupons in return for this post. Participation in this program is voluntary; all opinions are my own. Between work, school, household chores and all of the busy moments throughout our week, carving out time for a moment where we can really sit down and be a family can be so difficult. A peck on the … [Read more...]

10 Creative Cake Pops You Shouldn’t Miss

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Cake pops are all the rage these days! If you've missed the memo, cake pops are simple, sweet and have endless decorating possibilities. When you combine crumbled cake, sweet frosting, squish it in a ball, place it on a stick and dip it in creamy candy, you have a recipe for sweet success. The fun really starts when the decorating begins. Cake pops can be simply decorated with a drizzle of candy melt or made amazingly complex in various … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – Bigger is Better

3 kids and us family dessert

When it comes to dessert, we kinda think bigger is better, especially when you're making it for five. There's a bit more to this photo that I'll share later in the week but it's the biggest banana split that I've ever made, seen ... and eaten. And it was goooooood! I don't even want to imagine what the calorie count might have been, it's one thing I'm better off not knowing. On the upside, it was split five ways, so it couldn't be that bad ... I … [Read more...]

Lucky Little Whoopie Pies for St. Patrick’s Day

lucky charms whoopie pies

When thinking of St. Patrick's Day meals, I would guess that corned beef and cabbage comes to mind, but not for our family. I can't help but go straight for the desserts. To keep things fun, light and so very green, I came up with a fun new take on the quite popular whoopie pies. The sweet filling has a touch of mint that complements the chocolate cake perfectly. You can even add a pinch of good luck by adding Lucky Charms marshmallows to … [Read more...]

Lunch Date with My Daughters at Panera Bread

Kids lunch at Panera

Unlike most people, my favorite day of the week happens to be Monday. It's a day that my husband always has off from work, our son goes back to school and we can enjoy a little one on one time with our daughters. Being born so close together, they didn't get the quality time with us that their big brother did during the six years he had as an only child. We try to make this day special for them. Earlier this month we were introduced to Panera … [Read more...]

Conversation Hearts Cake Pops for Valentine’s Day

Conversation Heart Cake Pops

If you've visited my baking blog lately, you've probably noticed I've become a little obsessed with cake pops. Ever since the Wilton Pops book became available, I just haven't been able to contain myself. The ideas are flowing I tell you! It also helps that I have some awesome cake pop testers in the house. My kids just can't seem to get enough of these and I don't mind treating them to one or two pops every now and then. Seeing as I have … [Read more...]