Easter Brunch Menu

*Update:  this post was set to go out yesterday, but my server went down unexpectedly... so now we're all the way to Thursday!  Oh well... :) Wednesday already and Easter is almost upon us. In our home that means BRUNCH!  You probably already know this, but I have experience feeding crowds and Easter has become one of my favorite holiday brunch occasions.  Maybe it's that spring has *usually* sprung (don't ask me about that cold front that … [Read more...]

Easy Leprechaun Pie Treat

Hi friends!  I don't normally pop in over the weekend, but I wanted to share this fun St Patrick's Day treat today so you'd have time to whip it up for tomorrow's festivities!  I stumbled across this little gem on Oopsey Daisy blog three years ago and I've whipped it up for my preschoolers to enjoy every year since then.  If you're not familiar with Alison's blog, she's got tons of kid-friendly activities and easy DIYs.  She's not posted in quite … [Read more...]

Easy Valentine Treat

Oh, rain, rain, go away... I am in serious need of some sunshine, even if it's of the COLD variety!  We've had so many gray, rainy days lately, it's taking a toll on me.  I live in the South, for heaven's sake, not the Pacific Northwest! Last weekend, I caught up on some Valentine treat-making, so I thought I'd share it here today, to chase those rainy day blues away!  Anyone else cheered by a sweet and salty treat?? This is as easy as … [Read more...]

Holiday Treat: Reindeer Food

It's Friday, friends, and the clock is ticking toward Christmas!  This week, in addition to some major re-entry issues after NYC, I made our traditional Reindeer Food treat that we give to friends and neighbors during the holidays. I'm always on the hunt for cute containers to package it.  These were all picked up on clearance after last Christmas.  Do you spy the treat spread out on the counter behind while it hardens?  This is the recipe … [Read more...]

Favorite Christmas Treat {Reindeer Food}

I started making this treat for family and friends several years ago-- a recipe torn from a magazine in the doctor's office.  I can't even remember which magazine, sadly, but it's favorite to make, share, and enjoy.  We call it reindeer food. :) Here's all you need: The cereal is either corn or rice chex (I just grabbed a bag, so I really don't know what this batch holds. :)) I use the microwave to soften the almond bark-- much easier … [Read more...]

Texas Sheet Cake Yumminess

Hi gang!  I know we're all in the midst of holiday prep and trying to squeeze in that family time, too.  I know I am!  I'm also still playing around with this incredible website that byAimee.com built for me... and learning as I go! I'm sharing a family favorite with you today-- my Texas Sheet Cake recipe.  I must confess, it's evolved over time and through various family members and friends, so I can't properly declare its origins!  All I … [Read more...]

"Nice Hooters" Cupcake Decorating Kit – 50% off retail price

WHooooooo loves these??  I'm always on the hunt for a fresh new treat for my preschool functions or to share with y'all and these {literally} take the cake!!  Perfect for a fall gathering...And best of all, the hard part of gathering supplies for this cutie-pie project is done for you!  I've always been intimidated by cake decorating projects, but even I think I could handle this one. :)Cupcake Crafts gives you the supplies you … [Read more...]

Holiday Entertaining Tip: Peppermint Treats

Crowd pleasing Peppermint MilkshakesWhile these are billed as sweet festive treats for the little ones in your life, I know a few grownups that would love these as well!  Whip up a batch that serves 8 of your favorite elves. :)Peppermint Milkshakes8 cups vanilla ice cream2 cups milk (*use less for thicker shakes)1 cup crushed hard round peppermint candies (approx 45-50)1 8.5 oz can refrigerated instant whipped cream (Reddi-whip)Peppermint … [Read more...]

Holiday Entertaining Tip: Simply Yummy!

photo by Victor SchragerThis Holiday Tip is courtesy of Real Simple!  This is the season of baking and sharing-- teachers, neighborhood functions, friends, family-- and the good folks at Real Simple are making it real simple for us.  Click HERE to access 50 Holiday Cookie Recipes, including this yummy Chewy Spice Cookie.  And then pass it on.Happy Baking! … [Read more...]

Sweet Treats to Beat the Heat

Today is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!!  Did you even know such a thing existed?  In honor of this auspicious occasion, here are some recipes to delight your family and beat the heat in the process.  Enjoy!Chocolate Wafter Ice Cream Sandwiches (from allrecipes.com)1 9oz box chocolate wafer cookies1 quart ice cream, softened1 12oz package mini chocolate chips**On a cookie sheet, place 15 chocolate wafers flat side up.  … [Read more...]