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Friday, October 2, 2015

Ghost Cookies #GoBoBakeSale

Have you heard about the Go Bo! Foundation Bake Sale?  It’s an enormous cookie bake sale that raises money for childhood cancer research!

You can find out more at my other blog, Amy’s Confectionery Adventures or here: 


“Love each other, help each other, have your neighbor's back. If you see someone in need — even a stranger — reach out and help. This world can be a better place if we care and help each other.”
~ Bo Johnson

I encourage you to click those links and find out more about the Go Bo! Foundation.  And if you’re near Wisconsin check out the sale!  Tag me on Facebook or Instagram if you see my cookies!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September Reads

Wow!  It’s already October!  Can you believe it?!?  Fall is so busy with back to school and sports, but there was still a little time for reading!  Here’s what I read in September – what are you reading now?

The Hobbit | My Review | ★★★★

Mary Poppins | My Review | ★★★★     (Read to my Children)

Odd Thomas | My Review | ★★★★

It Had to be Love | My Review | ★★★★

Mr. Popper’s Penguins | My Review | ★★★★★     (Read to my Children)

Treasure Island | My Review | ★★★★

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Lemon Infused Vodka #HandCraftedEdibles

In an effort to make all of her holiday gifts this year, Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla invited some of her favorite foodie bloggers to share recipes for hand-crated edibles. Over the course of the next twelve weeks, we'll be sharing recipes from libations (this week's theme) to cookie platters. Hope you'll follow along for inspiration.

libation (noun li·ba·tion \lī-ˈbā-shən\) - beverage; especially a drink containing alcohol

That’s right, we’re bringing you all of those yummy infused beverages that we’ve all come to love!  And since some of those libations take some time to infuse, we need to start now!  Side note – if you’re making homemade vanilla extract for Christmas, start now!!!

This time around, I wanted to make Lemon Infused Vodka (though you could use rum instead).  Lemon Vodka is so yummy and versatile!  And it only needs to infuse for 5-7 days, so it’s quick!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Chocolate Dipped Jalapeños #FoodNFlix

Today’s chocolaty surprise is a bonus round for this month’s Food ‘n Flix!  Heather from Girlichef is hosting the special 5 year Anniversary of the club, and we can choose any of the previous movies and make something from them!

I mentioned in my previous post that I wanted to watch Chocolat, but sentiment won me over and I watched How to Lose a Guy in 10 Daysinstead. But at Heather’s encouragement, I watched Chocolat and here I am again!

I loved Chocolat!  It was a sweet, light hearted story.  Yes, there were struggles, but they were brilliantly portrayed.  Plus there is a pre-Pirates of the Caribbean Jonny Depp…kinda playing a pirate.  Go figure!

In the movie, Vianne blusters into a small town and opens a chocolate shop - during Lent – when most of the very devout townspeople have given up sweets.   Yet her infectious personality and delicious confections slowly win people over.

One of her key ingredients in her chocolates is chili pepper, especially in her delicious hot chocolate (which you can also see in the photo – but you’ll have to wait for that recipe!)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Homemade Cheese & Potato Pierogi

Remember that bucket list I had going on the blog?  Yeah…

It’s been a loooong time since I checked anything off of there.  Or added anything for that matter.

But that changes today because I made homemade Cheese & Potato Pierogi.  Before, I’d only eaten the frozen variety (and they’re delicious!!) so I knew I needed to make them from scratch because they would be that much better.

Oh, before we go on – I grew up calling these ‘pierogies’, which, as far as I can tell, is Americanized, because pierogi is already the plural of the rarely used singular ‘pierog’.  Cue the NBC Rainbow ♪The more you know!!♪

Anyhow, as expected, the homemade pierogi were completely amazing and blew the frozen ones out of the park – it was probably the stick of butter the recipe called for (shhhhh…no one needs to know, let’s just enjoy us some pierogi).

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Baked Chicken Nuggets

A few weeks ago, Dude & I were garage sale-ing and he found a “free” box.  After digging through, he ecstatically showed me a 3-year old magazine.  It had the word “Food” on the cover and he was sold!

When we got home, he immediately started paging through the magazine.  He came running down the stairs and showed me the recipe for Baked Chicken Nuggets.

I admit, I was pretty skeptical, after all, Crunchy Onion Chicken Fingers have been declared “better than McDonald’s”.  Would the kids actually like these?  Would I? 

Monday, September 21, 2015

French Onion Soup Meatballs

My boys love meatballs, so I’m always looking for fun new flavors to stuff into those meatballs (some of my favorites are Asian Turkey, Pesto, Chicken Parmesan, and Bacon Cheeseburger!)

This time around, I wanted to play with the classic: French Onion Soup (don’t miss The Classic, The Twist, & The Grilled Cheese).  It is one of my favorite wintertime soups, but the kids won’t touch it with a 10-foot pole.  Unless of course, those caramelized beef infused onions are stuffed into their meatballs!

This is truly a match made in heaven and adds a bit of sophistication to plain old meatballs.  We will be enjoying these time and time again as the weather grows colder!



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