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Friday, January 23, 2015

Cherry Bomb Truffles


Who wouldn’t like a truffle with a little surprise inside?

These truffles are the ever popular and super delicious Oreo Truffles (or the Spiked version if you’re feeling especially boozy) with a bourbon cherry hiding inside.

Seriously, what’s not to love?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hot Cocoa Cookies


Dude is guest blogging again today with Kids in the Kitchen!

Yesterday, he turned 7 years old (stay tuned next week for his awesome birthday party on Amy’s Confectionery Adventures!)

He originally planned to take Double Chocolate M&M Cookies to school as a birthday treat.  But then, a few weeks ago he spied the recipe for Hot Cocoa Cookies on the back of a container of Mini Mallow Bits and immediately changed his plan to those.

He was so proud to take his cookies and share them with his teachers and classmates!  Happy 7th Birthday, Dude!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Chicken BLT #SRC


Today I’m helping out with a Secret Recipe Club SOS.

One of the Group C members was unable to participate this month, so I jumped in to help (especially since Group B is having a month off for the holidays – I miss my SRC!)

I was assigned Sashi’s blog, Get Off the Couch and Cook!  Sashi’s blog focuses on delicious homemade meals, with no processed foods, that can be made in the time that it would take to order a pizza (45 minutes or less)!  What a great philosophy!

There is so much delicious inspiration on Sashi’s blog, I had a difficult time choosing (I’m sure I’ll be back again soon making some more of her fabulous recipes!)

Friday, January 16, 2015

M&M Chocolate Chip Heart Cookies


So remember the Best Cookies Ever?   These cookies are a sweet Valentine version of those (minus the Reese of course).

These came about because Dude wanted heart shaped M&M cookies to give to his classmates for Valentines.

To make them, I added a bit more flour to the recipe (to reduce spreading) and made this super cute heart shape! 


Aren’t they sweet?

They’re the perfect Valentine for school (or for your own Valentine!)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Two that Run, One that Flies (Angel Wings Wednesday)


Right around Sarah Catherine’s birthday last month, a good friend sent me this poem.

Source

It so perfectly captures the thoughts that go through my head when someone inevitably asks me how many children I have.  And it’s the prefect answer to the question.

I remember writing about this very topic last year around this time.  I was still in the height of my grief and I had no idea how to answer.  I would feel terrible not honoring Sarah Catherine by including her in our children, but I’d stumble over the question and awkward silence would follow.

It’s taken a lot of time and a lot of courage, but I am finally able to speak up and “count” Sarah.  In fact, just before I saw the poem above, I was with a group and someone said to me, “you have only have 2 children.”  It halted me in my tracks and I finally spoke up. 

“No, I have three.”


“We lost Sarah Catherine, but she still counts.  I have three.”

There was a slight awkward pause, the person admitted to forgetting about our loss (ouch, but understandable) and then the conversation moved on.  Thankfully with none of the pitying looks that I wrote about last time.

I stood up for myself.  I stood up for Sarah Catherine.  It wasn’t a huge thing.  It was 2 sentences, but it made a huge impact, at least for me.

It showed me that I can include Sarah Catherine when I tell people about my children.  And as long as I handle the situation with confidence, others can feel sad with me, instead of pity for me.

It’s a huge step in the right direction.

So, how many children do I have?

I have three.

I have two that run and one that flies.

Dude is 6, Spud is 4, and Sarah Catherine would be 1.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Homemade Whole Wheat Slider Buns


Sliders are the perfect game day food!  There are meatball sliders, little sandwiches, or the baked ham slider version.  No matter what, they’re delicious!

In the past, I’ve adapted slider recipes to full sized sandwiches, because I didn’t want to buy the buns.

This time, I decided to make my own slider buns!  They’re delicious and no more difficult than making regular dinner rolls…and they make a ton!

Whole wheat slider buns are also delicious alongside soup!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Slow Cooker Rosemary Pork Roast




When things get crazy with school and sports and other evening commitments, I rely on the slow cooker!

Really, I should use it more often, but I forget.

Actually, I usually forget to thaw the meat I have squirreled away in the freezer.

The roast was so succulent and flavorful we (little dudes included) could hardly stop eating!

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