I Love You for Being You

emma squint eyes

I love the way you snuggle into my kisses when I saturate your chubby little cheek with smooches. I love the way you remind me how precious our time together is when you squeeze into my office chair when I'm already sitting down. I love the way you say mommy and run to me when you get a boo boo. I love the way you squint your eyes knowing just how much it makes me laugh. I love the way your eyes light up when I say I need a helper while … [Read more...]

Romantic Chocolate Covered Cherry Whoopie Pies


While a red velvet whoopie pie for Valentine's Day would certainly suffice for a little dessert romance, I couldn't help but think outside the food coloring on this one. This Valentine's Day you can not only impress your special someone with a semi-homemade treat but have a little fun with him too! One of my favorite romance friendly desserts includes anything and everything that needs to be dipped. You can still with a fondue pot and some … [Read more...]

Let’s Make Whoopie! err ummm Whoopie Pies!


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


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

curly haired sisters

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


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...]