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Monday, March 2, 2015

Homemade Mall Pretzels and SO Much Snow

My daughter's favorite thing in the world are soft pretzels from the mall.

They are her favorite.

As in last summer I took her on an honest-to-goodness shopping spree because she had outgrown ALL of her warm weather clothes and the thing she cared about most when I told her we were going to the mall was not that she was going to get a bunch of new stuff- it was that she was going to get a pretzel while we were there.

Anyway, last week we went to the mall to grab some new jeans and I was in such a hurry to get home that we couldn't stop by Auntie Anne's- she was crushed.

I promised that I would do something even better than buying a mall pretzel- we would make our own!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Super Easy Super Awesome Slumber Party Invitations

Ohmygosh.

Where have I been?
I never go this long without writing.

Honestly?
I am incredibly thankful for how my Etsy shop has taken off, but between popcorn and kids I've just been ridiculously busy.

Did I mention we've had 8 snow days in the past two weeks?  Yup.  Popcorn and kids simultaneously.

I'm a mommy/homemaker/popcorn making rockstar lately...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Perfectly Pink Homemade Marshmallows

I must confess, until a couple of years ago it never occurred to me that I might be able to make my own marshmallows.

They seem like they would be complicated, right?

Is it even possible for those spongy, sweet little confections not to bring a smile to your face?

Seriously. Marshmallows rock.  Personally I like the ones that are covered in toasted coconut- mmmmm.....*drool*

Well, a couple of years ago the Allrecipes Allstars partnered with Karo® and we made all kinds of little treats for a Haloween party, including these Spooky Homemade Marshmallows.  While the only thing that was really "spooky" about them was their name, they were a total game-changer for me.

Did you know that marshmallows are ridiculously easy to make?
Seriously.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Pink Snickerdoodles for Valentine's Day

You know you're a grown-up when your mom starts asking you for recipes.
 
I think this might have been the first recipe my mom ever asked me for.  I'm fairly sure I included a batch of these cookies in a box of Christmas presents- or maybe I made them when she made a trip out to visit?

I dunno.  Like I said, I'm getting old.  Memory fails. :-)

Regardless, my mom called and asked for the recipe and of course I obliged. 
These really are the perfect snickerdoodle- they're crinkly and crisp on top and chewy in the middle.  The flavor is absolutely delicious!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Super Snacks for the Superbowl: Easy Shrimp Cocktail

My daughter begs me to buy shrimp.
She LOVES it.

As much as shrimp tends to cost these days, she doesn't get it nearly as often as she would like- but every once in a while I buy some and her face lights up as she squeals "thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!!!"

Between the her love of shrimp and her love of rib eyes (few things bring her more happiness than a good steak), my kid has good taste.

Expensive taste, but good taste nonetheless.

Anyway, I've been racking my brain trying to come up with more low-carb Super Bowl snacks for this weekend and then it struck me- is there anything easier than shrimp cocktail?

Super easy.
It will make my daughter ridiculously happy.
I can make it low carb.

A Lifechanging Haircut

Earlier last year, just as the weather was starting to warm up, I decided to chop my hair off.

My halfway down my back hair.
All trimmed up! :-)

My driving me nuts, I'm-not-a-girly-girl-and-I'm-hopeless-at-styling-it hair.

It suddenly, and spontaneously, had to go.

It may (ok, most likely) have had to do with the instantaneous feeling of freedom I felt when I took my son to his first day of preschool.

When he turned 3 he became eligible for the early intervention preschool in our school district.
Suddenly I wasn't alone.
Suddenly I had six hours a week BY MYSELF.

Six hours to go grocery shopping.
Six hours to peruse stores.
Six hours to paint my nails and actually let them dry.
Six hours to donate to a blood drive.
Six hours to make doctor's appointments.
Six hours to get my hair cut.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Super Snacks for the Super Bowl: Pulled Pork and Slaw Snackers

Remember my insatiable craving for pulled pork and slaw the other day?
Once I figured out how to make ridiculously good low carb sauce for the pork I tackled the problem of how to eat it since bread was out and I didn't want to just eat it with a fork.

I so found the best solution in the world- when in doubt, stuff it in a jalapeƱo!

Absolute, football-friendly, deliciousness!

Everyone is going to like this, whether they're low-carb or not, and in my mind that's definitely the best kind of appetizer.  It's not a weird diet-y dish, it's just delicious.

Here's the beauty of this dish- if you're not watching your carbs it's still going to be delicious and it's going to be even easier to make.