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Crazy Sweet Tuesday

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Welcome to Crazy Sweet Tuesday, where we shimmy for sugar! {I have to thank my friend Shannon for that saying. I wish I'd thought of it on my own!} Before we start the party, I want to share with you what we did this past weekend. I have been saddened and awed (not in a good way) at the images of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. It's at times like these that I feel helpless; I can't very well pick up and go to the front lines and help people, but I want to. Sure, I can text to donate to the Red Cross...but still. While it's helpful, I still feel like I need to DO something. So last weekend, with the help of some wonderful friends, we did. We hosted a bake sale to raise money for the Red Cross and Hurricane Sandy victims. I … {continue reading}

Hostess Cupcake Football

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hostess Cakes for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. {We interrupt your pie programming for the following football treat! Pies to resume after Crazy Sweet Tuesday. Pinky swear!} Sometimes I feel like blog world does things weirdly. Like, we post pumpkin recipes in August and start baking for Christmas in September. It's just strange. Back at the beginning of football season, a few football-themed things came through my reader. But the big "football blogging event" is at the end of the season, for the Super Bowl. But here, in my house, football kind of rules the day. My husband, as you know, is a fantasy football player. There is a football game on at least 3 … {continue reading}

Pumpkin Bread Pudding Pie & Giveaway!

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If you were stranded on a dessert island and could only take two things, what would they be? I've always had such a hard time answering that question. I mean, let's just first rule out people. The point of being stranded on a dessert island is to be alone, not wiping noses or driving carpool, am I right? Okay, so once we stop feeling guilty for not saying our wonderful children should go with us, we still need to decide. Food? Comfort? Technology? I would probably be driven mad without my phone. Or a TV. But, what it all comes down to, for me, is food. I think I could survive if I had a book and some bread and some dessert. Wait. That's three things. Just bread and dessert...I'd get bored. I need a book (or four). What's a girl to … {continue reading}

Thankful Series Blog Hop

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We are so excited that you joined us for the Thankful Series! If you missed a post be sure to check them out and be ready to get inspired! Sunday, November 4th Uncommon Designs - Felt Thanksgiving Placemat Monday, November 5th Cheerios & Lattes - DIY Thanksgiving Tree Tuesday, November 6th Mom on Timeout - Ten Tips for Organizing the Holidays Wednesdays, November 7th Crazy for Crust - Coconut French Silk Pie Thursday, November 8th Sarah's Cucina Bella - Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Onions & Cranberries Friday, November 9th Live Laugh Rowe - Thankful Printable So, now that you've had a chance to catch up are you ready to meet some fabulous ladies?! The Thankful for Our Community Hop is all about finding your new … {continue reading}

Whatever Friday

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Happy Friday! It feels weird being Friday night, doesn't it? Please still read this post even though it isn't here on Friday bright and early, mmkay? 1. This week was week one of the two weeks of pie. I've had SO much fun making pies. Have you had fun looking at them? Yes? Good, because we have a whole other week to go! Here are the pies I brought you this week: Snickers Peanut Butter Brownie  Pie {Rich, indulgent, and GOOD.} Coconut French Silk Pie {The crust is like crack.} Cherry Ice Cream Pie {Ice cream is perfect for Thanksgiving, BTW.} and, mini pies! Turtle Brownie Pies, to be exact. I also added a fourth post into my week. Thanks for reading!! 2. This week, all the classes at Jordan's school performed a … {continue reading}

Turtle Brownie Pies

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These Turtle Brownie Pies are the perfect bite for any party! Well, hello. Something seems strange. Is the air different? Or...maybe you have a new haircut? Oh wait, I know what it is. I'm posting a new recipe on a Thursday night! I've decided I want to post more recipes. Because I'm not fat enough making you sugar, I want to make you more. And that means I get to talk to you more too! Aren't you, like, super excited? {crickets} Anyway, I'm here for an extra day. I'm thinking mostly it'll be recipes...but sometimes I'll do round-ups too. Like, next week for the end of the #2weeksofpie I'm planning a massive pie round-up. It's gonna be epic. {I really just like saying epic.} But wait, you cry. What about … {continue reading}

Cherry Ice Cream Pie

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Yesterday I talked about some of the things I'm thankful for. But I forgot one. I forgot about this blog; and how thankful  I am for it. I was Facebook chatting with Ashton the other night about how happy we are to be out of the "rat race" of employment. I used to be a teacher, and while I loved it, I was a statistic: burned out after 5 years, totally disillusioned and disgusted with the hoops, red-tape, and parental and student entitlement. This is not to say I'll never have an office job again, but I am SO thankful that, right now, I am able to have a job that is my bliss. This blog has opened up so many opportunities for me. I'm thankful for the friends that I have made. I'm thankful that I get to spend my days in my workout … {continue reading}

Coconut French Silk Pie

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And the #2weeksofpie is back! Here, without further adieu, is pie #2... I have noticed on Facebook this month that people are posting something they are thankful for each day. I think it's such a great idea for the month of November (or anytime, really). Now, if only I could remember to do things like that everyday, we'd be golden. Like, I remember to shower and stuff. And eat, I never forget to do that. But I'm horrible at things like status updates and Instagram photo-a-day challenges. Heck, I barely remember to do the dishes everyday. {Or, maybe my "forgetting" is subconsciously so that my husband gets to the sink first?} Anyway. This post is part of the Thankful Series at The NY Melrose Family. Each day this week a … {continue reading}

Crazy Sweet Tuesday

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Well hello! It's Crazy Sweet Tuesday, where we are taking a short break from the #2weeksofpie to celebrate all YOUR sugar! First...how did it get to be November? I was thinking in my head about the next few weeks and realized Thanksgiving is sooner than I want it to be. At least I'm not cooking this year. Are you? Well, get yourselves ready. Some awesome dessert ideas coming your way! And I'd like to say a huge congrats to Sara from Tasty Sweet - she won the disposable bakeware from last week! I can't wait to hear what she makes with them. Let's talk features...shall we? Chocolate Caramel Crunch Whoopie Pies by The Kitchen Prep Blog Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffins with Chocolate Streusel by Heather's French … {continue reading}

Snickers Peanut Butter Pie

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I hope you guys like pie. Because you're going to see a lot of it over the next few weeks. Why? Because it's the Two Weeks of Pie! (#2weeksofpie) November is all about getting ready for Thanksgiving, and pie is the star of Thanksgiving. {What? You think the star is Turkey? Pfft.} So, to get you ready for Thanksgiving and all things wonderful and pie, I'm going to share (at least) 6 pie recipes with you! Aren't you excited? First up: Snickers Peanut Butter Pie. But wait. Before we get into talking about how amazing this pie is, I have an announcement. Jordan started a blog. {Really, I wonder why it's taken so long.} It's called Let's Do This Kids and I really have no idea what direction she'll take it in. I don't … {continue reading}

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