State Fair Cookies: Alaska

A return to one of my favorite cookbooks--- Blue Ribbon USA . This time: Melodies Molasses Crinkles from the beautiful state of … [Continue Reading]

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Are Your Chores Done? Easy Chore Charts

My kids are driving me CRAZY!!! It's the dead of summer and their unadulterated laziness has kicked in-- FULL THROTTLE!!! There is a lot … [Continue Reading]

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My Summer 2014 Playlist

This summer has been fantastic for music and I have loved so many songs. The songs above are my picks for summer because they are either … [Continue Reading]

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Recipe Showdown: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, it was a Sunday afternoon and Scarlet, Wednesday Jones and I wanted to make some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but what recipe should … [Continue Reading]

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State Fair Cookies: Alaska

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A return to one of my favorite cookbooks— Blue Ribbon USA . This time: Melodies Molasses Crinkles from the beautiful state of Alaska. According to the cookbook, Melody Holbrook won a ribbon for these old-fashioned favorites at the Deltana Fair in Delta Juction.  Although I do not think of molasses cookies as a summertime treat, I gave them a try and they were fantastic! Here’s the recipe: I love serving cookies {…Read More…}

Are Your Chores Done? Easy Chore Charts

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My kids are driving me CRAZY!!! It’s the dead of summer and their unadulterated laziness has kicked in– FULL THROTTLE!!! There is a lot of wanting and not a lot of doing, so what’s this mom supposed to do?? CHORE CHARTS!!!! The beauty of these charts is when my kids ask me if they can do something, I simply tell them to go bring me their chore charts so I {…Read More…}

List of the Week: Top 20 US Summer Tourist Destinations

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My Summer 2014 Playlist

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This summer has been fantastic for music and I have loved so many songs. The songs above are my picks for summer because they are either about summer or just give me that good ol’ summertime feeling! So head on over iTunes and try out my fun playlist …

Recipe Showdown: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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So, it was a Sunday afternoon and Scarlet, Wednesday Jones and I wanted to make some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but what recipe should we try? I mean, every cookbook has an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe in it. And suddenly the idea of the Recipe Showdown was created! We took Lucinda’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe and Paula’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe and made a batch of each. {…Read More…}

Copycat: Chasing Fireflies Summer Sundress

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I have a favorite catalog- Chasing Fireflies . It’s the catalog that when it arrives, I yelp out loud and I CANNOT wait to get up to the house to start looking through it.  It’s a children’s clothing and toy catalog, but it’s heavily influenced by the seasons and it just makes my heart go pitter pat.  I read it cover to cover and dream of the upcoming season and {…Read More…}

Trader Joe’s Pick of the Month

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So for this Trader Joe’s Pick of the Month, I was on a mission to find something that screamed summer and OH BOY, did I find it!!! This month’s pick are Coconut Cashews and they are OUTSTANDING. As if a cashew isn’t just perfect on it’s own… well add a crunchy crust of sweet coconut and now it’s taken the cashew to new heights! These are the perfect snack for {…Read More…}

Cookbook of the Month: Homemade Summer

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I am OBSESSED with cookbooks. OBSESSED. I read through them like people read novels and they always make me so happy and excited. I also make stacks of them in my kitchen according to what holiday or season it is. These are my favorite kitchen decorations by far! SO- I thought I’d feature my favorite cookbooks of the season every month or so and a recipe out of them to {…Read More…}

Pom Pom Garland

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I’ve been staring at this mantle for weeks thinking that it was missing something. So before I put it all away, I decided to make a simple pom pom garland to spruce up the look.  And I’m so happy with the results! Here’s how to make one: You’ll need some yarn… and that’s all! Don’t you love this already?!?! Wrap the yarn around your palm and fingers. Wrap it around {…Read More…}

A Patriotic Playhouse

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I have been wanting to make Wednesday Jones a card table playhouse for ages now and finally got around to making one for her this week! It was very inexpensive to make($30 for the table and about $30 for the felt) and although time consuming, very easy to make. To make it, I just cut 5 squares of felt, about 1 inch larger on each side than the actual table. {…Read More…}