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Magic Monkey Bananas: Evidence That I Can Be a Yes-Mom

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Even though I try to plan all sorts of fun family activities, the truth is that I often tell my kids, “No.” There are only so many hours in my day. And, truth be told, dishes and laundry often pre-empt the fun stuff. I’m trying to grow in this area and redeem the days. These days of little ones will be gone before I know it, and I’m so often distracted by the busy-ness of life. So, I’m so excited to share this story with you.

White Chocolate Walnut Cookies (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Flour)

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This week over at Good Cheap Eats, we’re talking about ways to Build a Frugal Pantry. Each week will feature a different ingredient, including storage suggestions, price points to watch for, a collection of recipes, and a wealth of guest posts. And each week over here we’ll share recipes that use that ingredient. This week’s […]

How to Make S’mores Indoors

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You can make s’mores in rain or shine with this easy recipe. It’s so quick, you’ll have chocolate on your face in about five minutes. Today was a cool rainy day – a perfect day for something hot and chocolatey. FishChick was sitting at the table at lunch, looking at the box of graham crackers. […]

Heart Shaped Brownies (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Valentine’s Day)

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I have fond memories of Valentine’s Day as a child. My mother, whose “love language” is most definitely gifts and words of encouragement, always had a little something special for us to open. Recently, I came across a box full of gold heart charms, a collection that she began for me many years ago. What […]

Chocolate-Almond Biscotti: FishPapa’s Favorite Cookie

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My husband loves these Chocolate-Almond Biscotti. Perfect at Christmas! Perfect anytime you’ve got a cup of coffee handy.

Slab Apple Pie – Perfect for Fall, Perfect for Freezing

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This easy to prepare slab apple pie takes just minutes. It’s delicious and simple, and a huge hit for fall. Apple pie is probably one of my favorite foods ever. My Gramma John used to make it when she’d come to visit, but it was one of my mom’s specialties as well. Making it is […]

Homemade Pie Crust – A Finer Thing

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Some members of the FishFam have distinctly different tastes than I do. Many prefer cake to pie. But, me? Mmmm. I’ll take pie anyday, savory like Chicken Pot Pie or sweet, like Cherry Pie. It seemed appropriate to give you the low-down on homemade pie crust, for several reasons: 1. It tastes better than store […]

Creative Birthday Cake Idea: A Garden of Cupcakes

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Despite the fact that she’s oblivious to much going on in her world, I couldn’t let my BABY’s first birthday go by without a creative birthday cake. She may not have a scrapbook, but she’ll have a picture of a special cake, by golly. Since I knew I wanted to give her her own little […]