Cream de-menthe Cake

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One festive dessert for the holiday seasons is a creme de menthe cake.  For a holiday party this month, I was scheduled for a dessert.  This one is always a favorite with everyone.  This dessert also freezes really well for those weeks you need to plan ahead for celebrations. 
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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with CCTNT

I’ve mentioned a couple of times in my posts that Dan loves all things peanut butter.  Sooooo, last year at this time, I decided to try a new “cookie” for the holidays that included peanut butter and chocolate.  Who doesn’t love that, right?  These are so easy to make!  Only four ingredients and no baking.  C’mon, you know that sounds like a winner, right? [Read more…]

Homemade Coffee Creamer

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I drink one cup a coffee a day and it is a mix of half coffee and a blend of almond milk and creamer (I like it sweet). Well, the other day a co-worker stopped at my desk with a bottle of something frothy. I had no idea what was in it until another co-worker asked her if that was her homemade coffee creamer. As I love flavored coffee creamer, it definitely got my attention.

She is a VERY HEALTHY eater and believes in fresh, organic items. She then began to tell me about all the chemicals that are in regular creamer (of which I drink a good portion of daily). She said not only is her homemade creamer healthy, but delicious! Well, I was intrigued. She brought me the recipe and I decided I would give it a shot even though, as you may all recall, the kitchen is NOT my friend, but how hard could it be? [Read more…]

Quick Taco Dip

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Recently I was at my mom and dad’s house for a visit and my mom made a great taco dip.  Well, we love taco dips and I just had to have the recipe for this one.  It is SO easy, it takes about 15 minutes to make and will not last much longer than that once you start eating it!  This is an ideal recipe to have the ingredients on hand in case you have guests over or your kids want a snack for them and their friends.

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Pinterest has become a huge phenomenon over the last couple years.  I think you can find almost anything on Pinterest.  I find it is a terrific way to find some of the most awesome blogs out in cyberspace that you would never even know existed unless you had clicked your way to those sites through great pins on Pinterest boards.

One of the topics I like to check out are cleaning tips and tricks.  I am always interested in finding ways to use less harsh chemicals in my home while also saving some money.  Homemade laundry detergent is a popular pin that I decided to try.  After making a batch and using it for the last month or so, I don’t think I will go back to buying liquid or dry detergent off the shelf again.  It is easy to make, and by using ingredients that have been around for decades, you just have to think that a lot of people already realize this is a great recipe.

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Butterfinger Cake Balls

 

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It’s getting to be that time of year to start thinking about sweet holiday treats.  Last year, right about this time of the year, Dan sent me an email and recipe on these Butterfinger® Cake Balls and asked me to make them for him (because he loves all things peanut butter) “when I had some free time.”  I decided to make a bunch of them to have to serve over the holidays.  They were a big hit. [Read more…]

Santa Paintbrush Ornament

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It’s that time of year to start thinking about holiday crafts…and even better, holiday crafts that can also be given as gifts.  My daughter, Nicole, LOVES to do crafty projects.  Last year she made these adorable Santa ornaments from paintbrushes.  She also gave these away as Christmas presents. [Read more…]

Apple Cake

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When I was young my Godmother bought me a bunch of cookbooks one year for Christmas.  One of the cookbooks in particular, Kim’s Cookbook for Young People, caught my fancy.  Many a dish was cooked out of that book by yours truly.

As you know, I don’t do a lot of plugs for items (that is an affiliate link) but if you have a young kid I would definitely recommend this cookbook.  It’s out of print but still available (used) on Amazon.  The book starts out talking about kitchen safety.  It shows examples of different cooking utensils, has a dictionary to help explain terms and also has a measurement conversion.  The recipes are simple written and honestly, pretty good.  But I digress.

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Christmas Candy Making Time

20141115_111206It’s hard to believe it’s Christmas time already.  I gathered with my 4 sisters mom and dad to do our candy making last weekend.  We also added some of the men in our family. [Read more…]

FitRanX–Revolutionary Fitness Ranking System

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I just started a new workout program, through my work’s Wellness Center, called FitRanX (pronounced “Fitranks”). This is a brand new type of workout and I am excited about what it will do, especially after being idle for the last couple of months. Here is a quick overview of the system per the FitRanX site:

What is FitRanX?

FitRanX is a comprehensive and standardized ranking system used for gauging individuals’ fitness levels. This is not a system based on how long you have been at a facility or how much your trainer thinks you have improved. This is a REAL ranking system that took years to develop and perfect. [Read more…]