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Perfectly Pear Champagne Cocktail

Pear Champagne Cocktail

While I don't get to entertain as much as I used to, I'm a firm believer in greeting guests with a festive cocktail when they walk through the door. Typically I vote for only planning to start the party with a specialty drink. You can easily switch to beer and wine but something about starting off with a cocktail just gets the party going. This pear champagne cocktail is a great way to celebrate fall flavors. The bubbles also balance so well with the delicate tastes of pear. It's easy to make and will still...

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Fall Snack, Fancy Apple Slices

Fancy Apple Slices

No matter what age they are, kids have a pretty long day when they are in school. Focusing and paying attention and doing all the things that happen at school is a lot on them from pre-school to high school. And right now in these early weeks of a new school year I try to be extra compassionate. You know how you feel after the first days of starting a new job? You're exhausted just from trying so hard to be extra nice and know your way around. Same goes for them! We start Kindergarten...

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Frozen Strawberry Pie

Frozen Strawberry Pie

Summer isn't quite over yet! I'm still loving warm temperatures and cool treats! This frozen strawberry pie, featuring Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk, is easy to make and can be made ahead and left in the freeze until you are ready to serve it to your guests. Even better is that it is easy enough that my kids were able to get in the kitchen and help make it with me. I love when that happens! Frozen Strawberry Pie Graham Cracker Crust Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of crushed graham crackers. (My kids love to help with this part!) 1/2...

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Easy Oven Fried Chicken That Kids Love

Oven Fried Chicken for Kids

My kids are pretty picky, especially when it comes to meat. For some reason they are easier on side dishes than they are the main event. They tend to choose foods that aren't overly fussy and that they recognize. Which is why this easy oven fried chicken is one that even kids love. It is truly delicious and adds a lot of flavor to another night of chicken. Yet it is simple enough to make for a weeknight meal and requires very little clean up. It's a total win! This easy oven fried chicken is...

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Stress Free Dinners with Gobble

Gobble Dinner Cards

I used to love to make dinner. And then I had two rowdy boys. I still really love to cook but it has become way more of a challenge. I'm often trying to get dinner on the table before some sort of activity (tee ball has ruled our lives lately) and my husband is commuting home. I'm sure most of you are no stranger to the scene of trying to get a healthy, good quality meal together while kids run around you asking you questions and generally being loud and distracting. It's that time of...

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16 Margaritas Perfect for Celebrating

With Cinco de Mayo fast approaching, we wanted to start getting ourselves prepared. Mexican food is such a staple in our household and among so many of our friends. It also serves as a great way to teach the kids about another culture and geography. My 5-year-old still struggles a bit with understanding North and South America and how there are several countries etc. This is a great learning opportunity! And while there are many delicious things on the menu, the one I'm most looking forward to is a nice ice cold margarita! Of course going...

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Peanut Butter Jelly Oatmeal Balls, No-Bake

Peanut Butter Jelly Oatmeal Balls

Kristin and I both have kids that we struggle to get to eat. Every mom seems to have a hard time around food in general. Whether its looking for healthy food options, food allergies, or just struggling with variety in general, food definitely seems to be a main topic of conversation among all my mama friends. It's hard being responsible for how someone else eats. And its unusual and kind of lucky that we both seem to have the same problem. Jake just doesn't want to stop to take the time to eat. He will...

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Easy Apple Snack with Nutella

Easy Apple Snack with Nutella

Who doesn't love a good snack? I sure do and I swear my kids would prefer to eat snacks all day instead of meals. Something we constantly work on. I just now serve them "snack plates" for dinner to mind trick them. I'm clearly winning at this whole parenting thing. Afternoon snack time though is something that should be fun. This easy apple snack with Nutella is a tasty treat and they can even get involved in helping assemble it themselves. I've had several friends ask me how I use Nutella. It seems as though all...

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Warm Cranberry Citrus Punch

Cranberry Citrus Punch

It's the time of year for hosting friends and family (yes I may be singing Christmas Carols in my head). Sometimes for me, it can feel a little overwhelming to get it all together between cleaning, shopping and preparing all the food. Oh and not to mention as soon as I get something clean there is a mess from my two little monkeys in another room. I still have a long way to go to perfect the art of hosting while having children. But it's still important for me that we have our friends and...

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