Classic English Toffee

You guys, if you’ll indulge me, I’m going to complain for a moment about something that is horrifying me: I just watched an add for a bluetooth enabled stuffed animal. Yes, SERIOUSLY! Bluetooth puppies, bears, and bunnies. How ridiculous is this? I love technology as much as the next girl, in fact probably more then the average person, but even I’ve gotta say we’re over doing when we start giving our kids bluetooth capable teddy bears. For fear of sounding really old fashioned, what happened to pain old stuffed animals, dolls, action figures, and puzzles? 

This ad was actually on the Sprout channel. For those of you that don’t have kids, this channel features kid friendly shows like The Chica Show (singing chickens who own a costume shop), Justime (time traveling kid), and others in a similar vein. Naturally, the advertising is going to be kid centric and mostly about toys or products a Mom/Dad might need. Very clearly these ads are designed to make sure your child wants to buy anything and EVERYTHING they see. And they work really, really well. In addition to the various toys Aiden, my older son wants me to buy after watching their ads, he has also repeatedly told me I really really need to buy OxiClean for our laundry. You know that some seriously good advertising. Or perhaps that kids are just incredibly susceptible to advertising. Probably the later since the OxiClean commercial is really stupid. Anyhow, my point is these ads work and my kids are now going to be begging me to buy them a bluetooth bunny or something. 


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sugar cookies

Best Ever No Chill Sugar Cookies

You guys! We’re now on the serious Christmas countdown. One week left until Christmas Eve. I’m psyched. Actually, double psyched because I finally feel like I’m with the holiday program. It took a while. Our Christmas tree is finally up. I’ve been meaning to get it up/decorated since the 1st, but just couldn’t get it… 

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Parmesan and Asiago Gougère


A little while back I was goofing off on pintrest, avoiding writing, or doing laundry, or whatever. As everyone knows helping you avoid things you should be doing is Pintrest’s #1 function. Anyhow, I came across a recipe for gougère. I first wondered, gou-jer, gouger, gow-j-ère, how on Earth do you pronounce that word? (BTW it’s actually goo/zhehr. You can click here… 

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Moonshine Cherries

moonshine cherries

A while back I was at my in-laws and they pulled out a jar of moonshine soaked cherries for me to taste. They had purchased them somewhere or another on one of their rides. Maybe on the way to or from Sturgis? I don’t really remember. Boozy maraschino cherries, kind of a brilliant idea! Unfortunately,… 

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Eggnog Scones

eggnog scones

♫ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Everywhere you go. ♫ Too true, right? The stores have the trees, the lights, the endless gift possibilities. The radio is playing Christmas music. The kids are practicing for their Christmas play at church. Amazon really, really thinks I need to buy party shoes. There might even… 

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Simple Sauté: Zucchini, Spinach, and Toasted Almonds

Simple Sauté

I’ve been reading a lot lately, in one form or another, about finding balance in life. I’ve avidly made my way through, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your… 

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