Homemade Hot Cocoa (with free printable!)

Homemade Hot Cocoa. Who doesn’t love a little hot cocoa? My family’s favorite hot cocoa is the kind I make. It’s my the recipe my mom used when I was a kid. Now that my hot water comes to me caffeinated (coffee)… I love to add this hot cocoa mix to a cup of coffee. […]

Taking Snacking to the Next Level #SimplyNice

*I was asked to participate in the the #SimplyNice campaign, sponsored by Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. Food. It’s a big deal in my house. Taking Snacking to the Next Level I have two teens and one almost-teen, and there is almost always one or more friends over (usually […]

Italian Chicken Meatballs with Barilla Rotini in Tomato and Basil Sauce

*This is post is sponsored by Barilla (at Walmart). Though I have received compensation, all opinion is my own. I do not know of a mom (or dad!) who would turn their back on a delicious, family-friendly dinner plan. Dinner happens every day, and let’s face it – and as much as we know the […]

barkTHINS: A Snacking Happy Place

RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU LOVE A GOOD SNACK!!! Snacking FTW! (I am totally raising my hand, btw…) *I was asked to participate in the #MyHappyPlace campaign, sponsored by Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. Do you have a snacking happy place? I don’t discriminate when it comes to when […]

Make Your Own Italian Soda!

Yep. You too can make your own Italian soda! Sure, it’s not like solving a complex equation or walking a tight rope, but I’m still excited about it. Italian sodas are yummy, and festive, and easy to make, and they make people happy. Maybe that’s just the sugar high. But I digress. They are a […]

36 Donut-y Inspirations for National Donut Day

It’s National Donut Day, my friends! THIS IS SUCH AN EXCITING DAY!  Find this tank here.In celebration of today I have spent hours drooling over some of the creative-est of all donut ideas and I want to share them with you. Because as they say, “GO DONUTS OR GO HOME.” Hitherhencetofore, here are 36 ideas […]

Like Eating A Baby Angel: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup CAKE

Bless my husband’s heart… Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup CAKE He had to share his birthday with the observance of the Resurrection of The King. And Easter baskets. I figured since I didn’t plan him a party, or get him a present (OK, I kind-of did… I found some habaƱero sauce at World Market… so I […]

Valentine Drink: The Sparkling Valentini

Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day. VALENTINE DRINKS Valentine’s Day a big deal to some. Not a big deal to others. And others blame commercialism, grumble, and ignore the day altogether. I approach Valentine’s Day with a healthy dose of, “OOOOH HEARTS!” and “CRAP. I GOTTA THINK OF SOMETHING.” I like the idea of it… […]

Valentine Drink feat. Whiskey: Whiskey Me Away

Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day. VALENTINE DRINKS Hello Valentine. HELLO, WHISKEY. When you bring together whiskey and San Pellegrino’s Blood orange beverage (and a cherry) on Valentine’s Day you get a… Whiskey Me Away! I am so clever with naming things. CLEVER. An aside: You can use maraschino, but I recommend Luxardo cherries – DO […]

The Monday Minute: National Croissant Day

Happy Monday, friends! Not only is it Monday, but it it National Croissant Day! So all you croissant lovers out there (is there anyone out there who doesn’t?), today YOUR day! Let me break-down the other days we have to look forward to this week.. – Tuesday (the 31st): National Backwards Day – Wednesday (February […]