March 2012

{Easy!} Creamy Fruit Mousse

I have always had a strong emotional connection to food, in the way that it ties family, traditions, and memories together.  Since my Mom doesn’t remember a lot of things, due to some serious health challenges, my siblings and I really cling to the food-centered traditions and memories she created when we were growing up, and this is one of them.  What’s funny is just like that ‘huge’ hill you used to bike down when you were a kid, that …

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Banana Slush Punch

First of all, congratulations to entrant #1980, Bethany, who won the Blickenstaff’s Candy Giveaway! Bethany, we’ve emailed you at the email address you sent us, so please claim your prize within 24 hours lest we have to give your prize to someone else! I don’t have a lot of grandparent memories. My parents, at least by 31-years-ago standards, were older when they had me and my mom’s parents had both passed away. My dad’s parents lived about 1 1/2 hours …

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Silk-Dyed Eggs {aka TIE-Dyed!}

I posted this tutorial a few years ago and it has become somewhat of a tradition to bring it back every year!  One of our family Easter traditions is dying eggs with pieces of silk. I saw a cute lady show Martha how to do it a few years ago and I ran upstairs right then to steal a tie! It’s way cooler than those cups of neon liquid that end up all over your clothes, your furniture and your …

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Maggiano’s House Salad

So we’ve mentioned a few times that Sara and I have been traveling a lot for some speaking engagements. Well, maybe not a lot a lot, compared to how some people travel, but a weekend a month is a lot for a girl for whom a big weekend is a trip to Lowe’s and Sam’s Club. Our most recent trip was to Orlando and, miraculously, I didn’t have to fly out of our teeny tiny airport at 6:00 in the …

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Quick and Easy Thai Coconut Soup

I taught some workshops over the weekend at a local Women’s Conference for our church.  We tackled a bunch of common challenges people face when it comes to getting meals on the table and some ideas for solutions.  Two of the most common issues we hear are “I have no time!” and “I have a low budget!”  So I set off to follow my own advice and create a quick and easy meal out of some really inexpensive ingredients.  My …

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Shepherd’s Pie {in a Jar!}

There are some foods that just aren’t meant to be messed with. Updated? Tweaked? Seasoned a little more liberally than how Grandma made them? Absolutely. But the integrity of those things should never be fundamentally changed–things like Sloppy Joes or Chicken Pot Pie or Beef Stroganoff. Or Shepherd’s Pie. The kinds of things you grew up eating as a kid and you want to remember them exactly the way they were, only they never taste exactly like they did, so …

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Mint-Chip Ice Cream Brownie Squares

My love of peppermint and chocolate goes back a long way.  One of my first memories is of Christmas when I was about 5 years old.  Santa placed in my stocking the most amazing chapstick.  It was shaped like an ice cream cone, with the cap looking like a creamy mint-green swirl of soft serve which closed on a waffle cone tube.  It was like rubbing ice cream on your lips, which as you can imagine can be nothing short …

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St. Patrick’s Day Roundup!

Like we mentioned on Friday, Sara and I spent the weekend in Orlando and got home late yesterday, so, while we and our houses recover from the insanity, we’ve got a St. Patrick’s Day roundup. Now…this is gonna be a pretty liberal round-up–we get that Corned Beef is more Irish-American than Irish (the story behind corned beef being considered Irish food is actually kind of interesting, but I’m not super sure everyone finds regional food history as interesting as I …

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Posted in Cookies, Sara, Tropical
Lime-Coconut White Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

Kate and I are in sunny Orlando right now, so I thought a little taste of the tropics would be appropriate today!  White chocolate macadamia nut cookies are one of my favorites and I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect recipe for a long time now.  I recently saw a photo on our friend Tessa’s blog that caught my eye; they looked so amazing.  I was about to make them, but the moment I saw the recipe I realized that …

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Dulce de Leche Banana Toffee Pie {Happy Birthday, Our Best Bites!}

I think I mentioned recently that we moved to Louisiana 4 years ago in January. What I didn’t tell you was that our move here was part of a much bigger life transition, both in ways that we expected (we meant it when we said we’d go just about anywhere when my husband graduated from college) and ways that we didn’t expect (the months leading up to his graduation were much more tumultuous and stressful than we ever anticipated). On …

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