Oatmeal Pumpkin and Dark Chocolate Bars and PYURE STEVIA SWEETENER GIVEAWAY!

[WINNER ANNOUNCED BELOW] Sunday, I was walking Phoebe (5) and Soledad (8) from the car to the softball field. It was a little wet, and a little muddy, but the ground was sturdy and the wind a little breezy. I walked about 10 steps ahead of my girls, hurrying to get a good spot on the bleachers. One step in front of the other. Step over a rock. Bypass the candy wrapper. Hop over the huge hole in the dirt. Only I think I must have been so mesmerized by the hole that I actually Read more […]

Sweet Easter Craft: Sugar String Easter Baskets and Eggs

I don’t have anything silly to say today. No funny stories or crazy shenanigans. Today my brain is wrapped all around my four-year old little girl. I told her, tomorrow is your very special day. “You get to wake up and wear your pajamas to the doctor. If you want, you can bring your teddy bear and favorite blanket. They’ll give you sleepy medicine and when you wake up, we’ll go home, you get to watch whatever you want on TV and I’ll make the couch super comfy for you. If you want ice Read more […]

Monkey, Monkey, Monkey bread and Felicidades in the New Year!!!

2014 is here!!!!!! And I’ve got to tell you, I feel much the same. Which, I think is a good thing. But, there are still some things I want to take care of in 2014. . . 1. Find out whether monkey bread is one or two words and if it needs to be capitalized. 2. Stop using “…” In my blog posts so much. I think I have a problem. 3. Figure out what the heck is wrong with my bum knee and fix it once and for all (therapy or surgery, whatever). 4. Healthy eating. I’m going to return to it with a Read more […]

The Best Christmas Cookie EVER: Russian Tea Cake/ Snowball / Mexican wedding

Only two days left now. And these two days. . . are even better than the actual day. . .because the anticipation is what will make me high. Giddy. Fantastical. I keep telling myself that I’m determined to enjoy the season, watching Christmas movies with my kids, popping popcorn, baking cookies, but well. . .you know how that goes. BUT. . . I have two days left. And, excitement is high, children are well-behaved, and hot chocolate is in high supply. Today we will quickly finish Read more […]

Dough Ornaments for Your Christmas Tree.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Everywhere I go.  Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again With candy canes and silver lanes aglow. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. . . . . Toys in every store . . . . . . But the prettiest sight I’ve seen, is the holly that will  gleam, on my own front door. Psst. It’s Christmas time. I know. It’s also crazy time. But it only comes once a year, so I have to make myself put the crazy aside for a while. Last Read more […]

The Easiest Way to “Peel” a Pomegranate

I always found it odd how Santa did things differently at other people’s houses. Like why he always came through our front door (boot prints apparent) but he flew down the chimney at Jessica Quiggins house. And for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why Sarah’s gifts from Santa were always wrapped, and ours NEVER where. And stockings…..don’t even get me started on stockings…some kids got toys… Others candy…and some sugar plums….which I liken to prunes…..so for the life Read more […]

Halloween Homemade Candy: Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Seed and Candy Corn Bark and A Crazy About Chocolate GIVEAWAY!

Okay, look. If we are going to do this thing, this blogging thing. . . . This thing —-> where I type  and you read. You know. . . . .THIS. YOU. AND. ME. It might get a little rough. Like, I might say,”I PROMISE IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER TO POST EVERY SINGLE DAY BECAUSE I’M THE HALLOWEEN GURU, AND I LOOOOVVEEE HALLOWEEN. AND I LOVE YOU. . .” BLAH. BLAH. BLAH. And then you’ll be like, “Great. Fab. I’ll try and click over everyday.” But only, sometimes when you click over (like Read more […]

Halloween Breadsticks: Aunt Cinnamon Sugar’s Achy Bones

  Yesterday, my best friend brought her daughters to the ballpark to watch Bella play softball. When I saw her walking across the field, I was ECSTATIC. Completely overjoyed. OUT OF MY MIND HAPPY. I kissed the girls. Kissed my best friend and settled into the bleachers with the biggest grin on my face. We talked about books. And movies, and websites about movies that have turned into books and completely beautiful houses from those movies that were books. I know. The important Read more […]

My favortite Pumpkin BREAD/CAKE EVER. . .revisited.

it’s getting really close to halloween now. . . not even three full weeks to go. which is why i am not capitalizing any letters in this post. i’m in much too much of a rush for all of that. we’ll play a total of 6 ball games this weekend and their is laundry everywhere in this house. clearly i’m getting on the 12 year olds nerves and the 7 year old is having a nervous breakdown. the nine year old has a headache, and has turned slightly into the 12 year old with her study habits. Read more […]

Severed Finger Doorbell

I must tell you something. Today, actually tonight, I’m sitting in a hotel room at 2:16 am. Warwick and I are celebrating our 14th anniversary. Actually, its next week, but today is the day that my mom and his mom can watch the kids, so we are pretending its today. But that’s not important, that is not what I want to tell you. What I really want to say is the guy who is currently lying next to me, right now. . .the one who is snorting every 5 or so minutes. . .yes, that guy. . .he REALLY loves Read more […]