August 2011

How To: Make a Diaper Cake Centerpiece

Last month I got a text from my friend Kristen that said, “I have the best post for your blog!”  I told my husband multiple times that I was going to be at Kristen’s house working on a diaper cake and it wasn’t until about the tenth time that he finally asked, “So explain to me how this works…like, do people know they’re eating diapers, or is it like.. a trick cake?” I tried to control my hysterical laughter and …

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Candy Crayons

You want to know one of the things that gets me really excited? Well, besides chocolate,shoes, tropical vacations, Christmas presents, fall tv, and new furniture?  School supplies.  I actually love the whole “season” of back-to-school.  Maybe it’s just the fresh new start it signifies as summer comes to an end, but I think it’s more of the justifiable right to purchase new outfits, pencils, bags, calculators, notebooks, markers and binders.  Even when I was in college I’d go out every …

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Posted in Cookies, Kate
Chocolate Nutella Cookies

You know those people who stop eating and lose weight and when they’re stressed? The kind of people I kind of hate? Like my husband? I am not one of those people. I wish I were. But when I get stressed, chocolate, Vanilla Diet Cokes from Sonic, bread, and pasta suddenly become my best friends (well, maybe more “best” than they already were). When Sara and I were traveling a lot earlier this year, it was stressful. Definitely good stressful, …

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{Gluten Free} Dinner Rolls & Glazed Cinnamon Cream Cheese Rolls

Back in June we did a book signing in Rexburg, Idaho.  When we were walking into the store I noticed a sign for another cook book by a local author, about gluten free cooking.  We were in Rexburg in the first place because we were invited to speak at the annual Business summit at BYU-I.  One of the attendees at our presentation (we talked about developing web-based business strategy, aka how-to-write-a-blog-that-doesn’t-suck) was Susan Bell, author of the cook book I …

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Raspberry-Mango Smoothies

So if you’re not following us on Facebook (or even if you are), I’m kind of in the middle of remodeling my kitchen. And when I say “I,” I mean a very nice man and his crew of workers are remodeling my kitchen; I’m 100% sure if I were actually doing the work, it would never get done. I was really pushing him to start today so I could have a week to get posts and freezer meals ready before …

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Apple Pie Filling {For Canning or Freezing}

Have I ever told you how much I love fall time?  I love fall. And about this time every year I start getting antsy for it.  So it was a super great move for me to make this recipe because it was better than any candle, Scentsy bar, or scented oil I own.  The smell of fresh cut apples simmering in cinnamon and nutmeg?  Heaven.  I just ignored the fact that it was 96° outside.  You can make this recipe …

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Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce

One of the reasons I used to be scared of canning is that I assumed it was a requirement to have four hundred pounds of something or other and 10-12 hours of kitchen-trashing labor which resulted in 207 jars to put away in closet space I didn’t have.  I couldn’t think of anything I needed 207 jars of (unless there’s a recipe for canned dark chocolate out there).   Honestly, I have yet to can anything large scale yet, but …

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

I’ve been trying to get my brain around the idea of peanut butter and jelly cupcakes for awhile now. I’ve agonized over the hows and whys in my mind–where the jelly would go, what kind of jelly I would use, what flavor of cupcakes, yada yada yada. And then, out of nowhere as I was lying in bed awake and hungry, the simple solution came to me: why use jelly when you can use chocolate? I think that rule can pretty …

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Tutorial: How to Swirl Colored Icing for Cupcakes

I don’t know if the universe has it out for me or what, but I swear to you all, the second I start making a conscious effort to eat healthy, I’m suddenly inspired to make all sorts of naughty treats. And not just inspired, like, “Oh, I really, really, really want to make some caramel corn,” but my brain suddenly starts putting together evil ideas for things I’ve never even made. I guess deprivation is great for inspiration, right? I’m …

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Roasted Eggplant Spread

Every late summer and fall, I’m always so impressed/jealous of all my friends who are plucking the fruits (and vegetables) of their summer-long labors and harvesting the stuff from their gardens. So this year, I decided I would also grow a garden. I would be among my domestic and wholesome friends, picking, eating, and preserving tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, and herbs. That was in April. In late May/June, I was gone for 18 days. When I got back to Louisiana, …

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