Mother’s Day Gift Idea: “We Love MOM” Cupcakes

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You know how much I love cute cakes. I’m not a fancy cake maker. I’ve never taken a class, nor do I know how to use a pastry bag — at least not well. But, I love to make festive cakes. Here’s a super easy one, perfect for Mother’s Day 1. Bake your favorite cupcakes, […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Dessert

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No dinner is complete without dessert. At least in my opinion. It doesn’t have to be something exotic or elaborate, just something a little sweet to end the meal. And, geek that I am, I love themed desserts for special occasions. My kids love to create birthday cakes that match their interests. And I love […]

Empty Tomb Resurrection Cake

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 He is risen! He is risen, indeed. Celebrate Jesus’ resurrection with this Empty Tomb Cake. To create your own Empty Tomb Resurrection Cake, you will need: one boxed cake mix, prepared according to package directions small Pyrex bowl 10×10 inch square pan frosting of your choice (I made a buttercream and tinted it with a […]

Freezer Cooking: A Make Ahead Holiday Dinner

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When I was a child, I loved the big dinners that my mom was able to pull off for friends and family. My kids are no different. Over the years our family has had the opportunity to welcome large groups into our home for holiday dinners. With six children and four siblings, sometimes “just family” […]

Easter Entertainment for Children

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When I was growing up, my mom was the hostess with the mostest. Today I have no idea how she pulled it off. I think she must have not slept too much near special occasions. Not only did she get five kids dressed — in Easter dresses and bonnets — but she also usually hosted […]

Holiday Dinner Helps and How-To’s

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Photo source: Per Ola Wiberg Wondering how you’re going to pull off the party of the year? Anxious about hosting your first, big holiday dinner? You’re not alone. Even if you’re just welcoming family or close friends into your home, planning and serving a large meal can be daunting. But, it doesn’t have to be. First, […]

So Thankful for My Family Man, My Sweet Valentine

As you know, last week I went out of town for four days. It was the longest time that I had been away from my husband and children. And truth be told, despite my fancy info sheet, I didn’t do the best job at setting my family up for success. Meals were not easy to put together, […]

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 […]