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Alternatives to Lularoe Leggings

I have gone through many obsessions since becoming a mommy. Being a mommy is lonely, and sometimes you just need a hobby. Currently, my obsession is Lularoe. It’s awful. I mean, how many pairs of Lularoe leggings do you really need?!? But, it’s also fun, and browsing through leggings sale albums helps me pass the time while I’m breastfeeding or rocking the baby to sleep. If you aren’t familiar with Lularoe, they are a direct sales clothing company. No, I am…

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Categories RecipesSweet Treats

Recipe: Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Decadent chocolate sandwich cookies can be filled with your favorite filling. I used chocolate ganache and peanut butter to fill mine. Other filling ideas are jam or marshmallow cream. The cookies are firm, but still chewy. With chocolate ganache, the double dose of chocolate make them extra rich and delicious. Cookie Ingredients 2 c plus 2 Tbsp flour 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 c. (2 sticks) softened butter 1 3/4 c. sugar…

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Categories DecoratingKitchen Tips

DIY LOVE Sign for Valentine’s Day

We really enjoy decorating for the holidays, any holiday! For Christmas, we really go crazy. My husband is a regular Clark Griswald. But once Christmas is over and we take down all those decorations, I quickly get ready for the next significant holiday. Ok, so Valentine’s day isn’t really a ‘holiday’. I really don’t get too excited or worked about the theory of Valentine’s day. But, I do love decorating for Valentine’s day. I am a sucker for red and…

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Save over $1,800 a year by cutting the cable cord

My husband and I stopped paying for cable 7 years ago after we had our first child. At the time, we considered how much we were paying versus how much we actually watched TV. We had hundreds of channels, but we only watched the same 5 or 6 channels. The baby kept us so busy {and exhausted} that we only watched TV about 1 to 2 hours a day at the most, but we were paying more than $150 per month…

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Categories BreakfastRecipesSnack Time

Recipe: Cinnamon Swirl Bread

My family loves cinnamon toast. You know, bread with butter, cinnamon and sugar, then broiled in the oven until toasty. We could eat that for breakfast and for dessert. My kids also love that cinnamon swirl bread with raisins from the grocery store. So, I decided to try making my own. This recipe is inspired by several I found on Pinterest, but I have modified it to make it extra rich and soft. Enjoy it with a cup of coffee or hot…

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Categories RecipesSweet Treats

Recipe: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

A pumpkin spice cream cheese swirl really enhances this basic brownie recipe. Perfect when the weather turns cooler and pumpkin season is upon us! The rich chocolatey brownie pairs really well with pumpkin. The cream cheese swirl adds a tartness that goes well with the sweet brownie. You will be whining for more! Ingredients ½ cup butter 1 cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 ½ tsp Kahlua or coffee liqueur 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder ½ cup all purpose flour…

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Categories RecipesSweet Treats

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Icing

Pumpkin season is here! In the fall, I always {over}indulge in anything pumpkin. These Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes are so easy. They are guaranteed to be a hit at your next Halloween party, School or church bake sale or Thanksgiving dinner. Only 3 ingredients for the cupcakes make it quick and easy. Since I am using a box mix for the cupcakes, I like to make my own cream cheese icing, but you can certainly top with store bought icing. Cupcake…

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Categories DecoratingKitchen Tips

DIY Industrial Chic Wood Beam Chandelier

This rustic chic, industrial looking chandelier light fixture was the perfect addition to our dining room. Using a pipe as the down rod and a beautiful thick length of cedar beam really adds to the industrial look we wanted. The design is simple but unique. One of the keys to making this piece look very sleek is using two construction plates on top to help hold the wires down into a wire recess in the wood. Supplies 6”x6” 8ft Long…

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Categories RecipesSweet Treats

Recipe: Rich, Gooey Caramel Brownies

Making homemade brownies is a lot easier than you might think. The coffee flavored liqueur in these intensifies the chocolate and caramel. These brownies are so rich and gooey, a little will go a long way! For this recipe, I setup a double boiler type system because I use that to melt the butter and the caramels. Start by boiling water in a medium sauce pan and then use mixing bowls as the “top” of the double boiler, make sure…

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Categories Delicious DinnersRecipes

Recipe: Juicy Whole Roasted Chicken

When I found out my husband was such a picky eater, I decided to perfect some new simple recipes that he would eat. One of our household favorites is this juicy whole roasted chicken. Whole roasted chicken is really tricky to cook. To make sure it is really done, often the breast is really dried out. But, doing an overnight dry brine keeps the chicken moist and succulent.   Ingredients 1 whole roasting chicken (between 4 to 5 lbs) 4-5…

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