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Graham Cracker Cookies

by Marie on February 20, 2008

This is a great treat that my mom would make us kids whenever she would frost a cake. There was always leftover frosting that got slapped on yummy graham crackers, making instant cookies. So whenever I have left over frosting, like from last weeks fun Valentine cookies, I make Graham Cracker Cookies. My kids love […]

Nutter Butter Chocolate Balls

by Marie on February 15, 2008

I love all things peanut butter. And when peanut butter is joined with chocolate, watch out! So when I saw this great recipe for Nutter Butter Balls, crushed Nutter Butters with cream cheese, I had to make them. This delicious idea is from Bakerella, a fabulous baking blog with delicious things to make and eat. […]

Valentine Juice Pops

by Marie on February 12, 2008

When I was little, I used to freeze lemonade in ice cube trays with toothpicks. I would make them all the time, taking one of the ice cube trays away from freezing regular ice (sorry, Mom). Well, I found these great heart ice molds from IKEA and had to make some good ol’ frozen lemonade […]

Candy Cane Hearts

by Marie on January 28, 2008

This is a great way to use up all the extra candy canes that are left over from the Christmas holiday. My neighbor shared this great idea for forming two candy canes into one big heart. It’s perfect for Valentines. Make sure you take the plastic off the candy canes first. Place your candy canes […]

I saw this fun idea for an ice cream treat one hungry night while watching Everyday Italian. These are a perfect little dessert for the whole family. First you will need some vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips for melting, chopped nuts – mine are walnuts, ice cream scoop, and popsicle sticks. Giada uses hazelnuts and […]

More Playdough Fun

by Marie on January 15, 2008

We made playdough! I love to make playdough. It is super soft and last quite a while stored in the fridge. I did a previous post last February with THE best Playdough Recipe. That post also tells how to make some great Playdough Placemats, helping to keep your table playdough-free. For this playdough, I wanted […]

Everyday Food Magazine

by Marie on January 14, 2008

My yearly subscription to Everyday Food Magazine has started coming in the mail. It is a like a little “food fairy” that comes every month. I love this magazine. It not only has great pictures (a must have for any cookbook), it also has great recipes. I do have to say that a few of […]

Tortilla Pizza

by Marie on January 11, 2008

I have left over pizza toppings from last weeks homemade pizza making. There’s a bottle of pizza sauce and a big package of pepperoni in my fridge that I know is going to go bad by the time we make pizza again. So as I was looking for ways to use them up, I opened […]

This brown succulent bird, living in a plastic domed palace, is just waiting for me to buy him pre-cooked and ready for eating. With a Costco right across the street from my house, how can I beat buying their rotisserie chicken? It is just too easy. At $5 a chicken, one feeds my family for […]

Homemade Pizza of the Gods

by Marie on January 2, 2008

Oh yes! Homemade pizza is the only way to go. There are a few non-chain pizzerias that compare, but there is something so yummy and homey about making it yourself. I got the recipe from my sister Sue, who got this recipe from a fabulous Chef named Jason Hess, who got it from Wolfgang Puck […]

Do You Like Nuts in Your Fudge?

by Marie on December 17, 2007

Today post is brought to you by Karen, my Mom. As I have already posted, she makes great Christmasy treats. Check out the Lollipops and the Bread Dough Wreaths we used to make with her as kids. I’m excited for her to share her own Mother’s Famous Chocolate Fudge. She has passed the how-to on […]

Christmas Lollipops

by Marie on December 10, 2007

I love to make suckers, or lollipops as some say. This is another fun treat that I would beg my Mom to help me make for friends for the Christmas season. My Mom has a lot of treats up her sleeve. My mom purchased these sucker molds many many moons ago and they look very […]

Peppermint Whip Cream Magic

by Marie on December 6, 2007

This stuff is really magic. Mostly because it is gone is seconds as your guests will pile huge dollops into their hot cocoa. My sweet sister-in-law, Jeanne, first introduced this to me years ago and I have been making it for parties ever since. Peppermint Whipped Cream Recipe: 5 peppermint candy canes – or spearmint […]

Baking a Christmas Wreath

by Marie on December 4, 2007

These treats were one of my favorite to make around Christmastime. I used to make these with my mother when I was growing up. They would be the special treat I got to give to my friends a Christmas. They are simple and fun to make, and very festive. These sweet bread trees, wreaths, and […]

Is Your Belly About to Pop?

by Marie on November 23, 2007

I know the food was out of this world, but did I have to eat at 1:00 pm and again at 4:00 pm and again at 7:00 pm? I don’t know if it is trouble or gluttony genius having lots and lots of food served at Thanksgiving. I know I gained about 10 pounds, but […]

Last Minute Thanksgiving Prep

by Marie on November 21, 2007

Did you just realized today that tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and you are having 30 people over and your turkey is still frozen solid at the bottom of the freezer? Then here are some great last minute tips and tricks to make your Thanksgiving look like you slaved for days. Dressing up store-bought products – whip […]

Living the Sweet Life

by Marie on November 18, 2007

How well do you know your Sweets? Are you a chocolate lover, pastry lover, or “I’ll eat anything with sugar” lover? Do you have the ultimate sweet tooth? Take this great quiz from and test your dessert knowledge. I got 8 out of 10 correct, but I guessed on almost all of them. I […]

Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

by Marie on November 6, 2007

I love a good pie crust. I have this great recipe for a graham cracker crust that is easy to make and yummy to eat. Once you have this recipe, it can be used with lots of delicious desserts. Homemade Graham Cracker Crust Recipe: 1 ½ c. graham crackers – 1 package of 9-10 crackers […]

I worked at Tony Roma’s when this song came out and we all sang it in the back kitchen. I don’t think the managers liked that. This job is where I learned to loooooove pork ribs. The cook would give me the extra little bits that they couldn’t serve to the guests, so ate them […]

Caramel Dipped Apples

by Marie on October 29, 2007

It’s that time of year when apple trees are full and ready for picking. When you’re looking for fun ways to dress your apples, when you’ve made all the pie you can eat, then it’s time to dip them in caramel. These make for yummy treats and are perfect for gifts. Supplies for Caramel Candy […]

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