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Whatever Friday {Huge 4th of July Roundup}

Happy Friday! I hope you've all had a great week.1. I have this pipe dream, and I'd like to share it with you. I've made so many friendships while blogging. I feel like I actually know y'all. What's so weird is that so many of you are such good friends...but we've never met. Wouldn't it be totally cool to remedy that? I always hear about the "big" bloggers going to cool events or conferences and hanging out together, and I'll admit, I get jealous, because they actually have met their bloggy friends. So, here's my dream: some day we all plan a trip (not a conference, just a fun weekend) together. Somewhere in the middle of the country, since we're spread all over. Denver? St. Louis? Chicago? Utah? I have no idea where. But would that be … {continue reading}

Patriotic Nutella Cookie Dough Dipped Pretzels

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Do you ever have those weeks days where you just cannot make up your mind? Getting dressed, eating breakfast, working out. All the decisions normally so easy and effortless now make you feel like a confused teenager just willing your mom to come and tell you what to do. Yeah, last weekend I had a few of those days. Most of it centered around this treat. Or, more accurately, what this treat should be. I knew I wanted to do another patriotic post. I've known for weeks. I would say I had baker's block, but that wouldn't be true. I had way, way, way too many ideas. Pie. Cookies. Something with leftover blue buttercream. Pie again. Bananas? No. Strawberries! No. Maybe cookie pie. Marshmallows. AHHHHHH! So many times I wanted … {continue reading}

Butter Pecan Pie Ice Cream

Last week we bought a new television. The one in our family room, while still functional, was starting to have pixel problems. As in, I could read the constellations from my couch. And whenever there was a close-up of Gretchen (RHOOC, obvi) her face was covered in teensy tiny black dots, soon to turn into large white ones.So, we downsized and bought a 47" for the family room. (Yes, I like large TVs. That's all me. The bigger the better. Heck, I'd watch Andy on a movie screen if I could.)Question was, where to put the dinosaur that was the old TV? I mean, it was still functional, albeit a dot-to-dot in process. No one is going to pay money for it; the part to fix it is more than the cost of the new television.So we did what all rational, … {continue reading}

Crazy Sweet Tuesday

Hi everyone! Welcome to Crazy Sweet Tuesday, where losing a few pounds is futile.Seriously. It is. Not that I'm really trying. But all I want to do is bake. Then I eat. Then I stop baking for a few days to try and stop eating. And I read your posts and it makes me hungry. And itchy to bake.Thus creating a circular problem that never ends.Good thing this house has a pool. That way I never have to go in public in a bathing suit. Ever.So many drool-worthy links last week! You all never cease to amaze me, that's for sure.Here are a few things that made me want to forget it's bathing suit season...Banana Split Cake Bites by See Sarah Bake. These are so pretty I want to eat them all.Biscoff Espresso Ice Box Cake by Mis-Cakes Oven Adventures. This … {continue reading}

Bailey’s Pudding Pies with Thin Mint Crust

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I know. Another treat in a jar. What can I say? They're cute, portable, and single-serving. You can't get much better than that! I know I'm about a year late to the "jar craze," but hey, I never did follow trends. I never had a pair of Keds with the blue label torn off. I never had a pair of hi-top Converse sneakers. I refuse to wear flats without some sort of sock. Because, um, ew. While every one in my class was wearing Guess and 5*7*9 and Wet Seal, I was still wearing my Kmart knockoffs. Actually, the only trend I actually bought into was the pink explosion of 2003. In fact, prior to that winter, I had hated pink. And then, somehow I ended up with a pink trench coat ala Old Navy and a purse with a D on it. I still … {continue reading}

Whatever Friday {a double dose}

Happy Friday everyone! I can't believe another week has gone by.And, since I didn't really recap last week...I've got two weeks to talk about! Aren't you excited??So, strap on your dessert bag and let's get started!1. Last week I gave another treat a crust.I was also out of town, but I didn't leave you hanging!I posted something savory {gasp} at I Wash...You Dry. (Thanks Shawn, for having me!)And the fabulous Kristin from Kristin's kNook guest posted here, sharing her oh-so-awesome recipe for a Peanut Butter Brownie Cake Shake.2. Then I came home (more on vaca in a minute) and made you some more fat-free stuff!Like these.And these.And, of course, this.I'm tired now. And full.Flashback Friday will return next week!3. I need to give the … {continue reading}

Cookies ‘n Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Okay, so I couldn't let Father's Day go by without talking about my husband. He's such an awesome dad to Jordan.He's so freakin' awesome that I'm willing to overlook the fact that he can idly sit by and eat his WW desserts and fat-free Breyers instead of joining me in the "let's see who can eat the entire batch of cookies I made today" contest.Mel is a natural with kids. I remember one time he joined us at the park during a mom's club play date. All of us moms were sitting at the picnic table chatting (where else would we be?) and all of a sudden I realize it's quiet on the playground. I look around and find that all of the kids (ours and some not in our play group) had gathered around Mel and he was telling stories.Yeah, it's good I … {continue reading}

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes

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  The Fourth of July is coming up soon, which means it's summer, which means it's travel season. I love to travel. I love to stay in hotels. And I've totally passed on that love to Jordan. We don't camp. Well, Jordan and Mel probably would. To be more specific, I don't camp. That's really a whole post all on it's own, but the gist of it is, if I'm on vaca, I don't want to work to set up my room. I don't want to cook. I don't want to be dirty. I want to sleep on a comfy bed. So we stay in hotels. Another problem I have? I like to be comfortable. And comfortable, to me, is not shoving the three of us into one room. Where's the fun in that? I want to put Jordan to bed and go sit in a different place, drink wine, and watch … {continue reading}

Crazy Sweet Tuesday

Hello everyone! Welcome to Crazy Sweet Tuesday, where I talk too much and you link up some sweet treats!I'm back! I feel way behind, of course, since my kid thinks the iPad is hers, so I barely got to read any blogs while I was in Phoenix. But the most important part is that we had a great time and we got home, more on that in a minute.Before I blather on and on about stuff, let's pick a winner of the Lucky Leaf pie fillings and ice pop mold, shall we? The winner is ...  Lisa from Flour Me With Love!Congratulations Lisa! Be sure to get me your info and I will send it off to Lucky Leaf.Thanks to everyone for linking last week! Like I said before, I haven't been able to comment as much as I'd hoped. It was a fun vacation followed by a super … {continue reading}

Blackberry Cream Pies {in a jar}

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One of the earliest memories of my dad I have is of the two of us. On weekends he'd give my mom some time alone and the two of us would go on adventures. Our two adventures I remember the most, because we did them so much, were looking at airplanes, and looking at boats. My favorite boat in the dry-dock boat yard was the "naked lady boat." Because, well, she had a naked lady chalk outlined on the side. But the things I remember most about our outings were Cheetos and orange soda. And occasionally chocolate milk. I still remember the little store we'd stop and get them at. And I remember the taste of the orange soda. These Blackberry Cream Pies really have nothing to do with orange soda. Or Cheetos (ew, that would be gross. Or … {continue reading}

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