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CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. This Week: Crave Artisanal Bean-to-Bar Chocolate

September 29, 2013 in All Posts, CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT.

This week, I’m craving single origin, blended, and flavored artisanal bean-to-bar chocolate, like the to-die-for varieties we tasted at the recent Women’s Intellectual Property Lawyer’s Association networking event at Palo Alto’s The Chocolate Garage. The Habanero from Patric Chocolate was sinfully hot, sweet, and salty: If you haven’t visited The Chocolate Garage, they have tasting […]

Fancy Chocolate Cake

February 5, 2013 in All Posts, Bake

Today I’m sharing a quick and dirty way to fancy up a regular old store bought box of cake mix.  And by old, I mean literally old – as in expired for over one year.  Before I get to this easy recipe for taking your box cake from grody to gourmet, here’s the backstory of […]

Holiday Baking With Kids: Candy Cane Crush Activity

December 22, 2012 in All Posts, Motor & Physical, Preschool

Are your munchkins feeling the stress of the holidays instead of blissing out like they should be during the holidays? Have I got the BEST stress-buster for your kids – and you! Candy Cane Crush Activity Materials Candy canes Ziplog bag Rolling pin or pestle Wooden cutting board How To Fill a bag with candy […]

{Virtual Book Club For Kids} Jan Brett: Annie and the Wild Animals

December 18, 2012 in All Posts, First Grade Literacy, Kindergarten Literacy, Preschool Literacy, Toddler Literacy

Welcome to December’s Virtual Book Club For Kids blog hop! This month we are featuring book reviews, activities, crafts, and recipes inspired by the works of children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett. (All book links, including images, are Amazon Affiliate links). Let’s give a big YAY! for two months in a row that my kids and I really […]

{Bake} Quick Fourth of July Recipe: Red, White & Blue Cupcakes

July 4, 2012 in All Posts, Bake

Another Fourth of July quickie for you today: Red, White & Blue Cupcakes! All you need is box mix, food coloring + your imagination: As is always the case when we do side by side projects, mine was more organized in layers and Jane’s was wildly creative with splatters of color. It doesn’t matter how […]

CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. This Week: Crave Edible Artwork

June 16, 2012 in All Posts, CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT.

This week, I’ve been craving Edible Artwork, like this incredible edible makeup display I found on Pinterest from The Cake Mommas (TM): {Source: via Outlaw Mom on Pinterest} And this stained glass cookie art from Maggie Austin Cake: You Might Enjoy:{Bake} Meyer Madness Part I | Toddler Turbinado Lemonade and Crunchy Lemon Sugar Cookies{Bake} Meyer Madness Part II | […]

{Play} Kids Co-op Playdate #9

June 8, 2012 in All Posts, Kids Co-op Linky Playdate, Play, Toddler Activities

Happy Friday!  It’s time for our playdate! The kids were hit by a particularly nasty virus this week on top of all the busyness of late. I haven’t had much time for anything, but taking care of them, so there are about 30 one or two month old activities I have in backlog that I […]

CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. This Week: Crave Flavored Butters

April 28, 2012 in All Posts, CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT.

This week I’ve been craving flavored butters, like these homemade sweet and savory “Fancy Butters” from Elsie at A Beautiful Mess Blog: How tasty would these be with tea or on a slice of freshly baked, warm brown bread? Find out how to make these scrumptious-looking Honey Nut, Citrus, and Raspberry flavored butters here. And […]

{Play} Best of Kids’ Rainbow Art, Eats & Activities Blog Hop

April 24, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

Like I admitted to in our Rainbow Squares Activity post, I’m slightly rainbow-obsessed. In my angst-y teenaged years, I used to be an all-black lover, shunning all shades of the color spectrum, but I’m one hundred percent over that dull phase now. When we first tried doing rainbow activities, Jane did her own thing. One […]

{Bake} Buttery Brown Sugar Blondies

March 20, 2012 in All Posts, Bake

Now, of course I like my baked goods, but this Blondie recipe was a bit too much for my tastebuds. I’m still posting it for you because some of you might be able to handle all the buttery, sugary goodness even if I can’t.  Plus, I like to post my baking experiments, even if they’re […]