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List Making, Etc.

Hello friends and Happy Wednesday!

I don’t know about you, but I have several lists going on right now…

1. Next week’s grocery list

2. Thanksgiving Day grocery list

3. List of holiday goodies to bake

4. List of folks to deliver the holiday goodies to

5. List of gifts to buy and send


I’m a list making fool these days.

Trying to pin down the treats I’m going to make this year for neighbors, teachers, office ladies, yard duties, lunch ladies, pediatrician’s office…


I think I’ve come up with a few contenders and I wanted to share them with you in case you have NO idea what to bake, either…

{cake batter fudge}

With red, green & white nonpareils, of course!

 {lumps of coal ~ no-bake Oreo/marshmallow bars}

Not that anyone has been bad this year…..

{peppermint sugar cookie bars}

And you KNOW I’m going to make these!

How’s that for narrowing down all the gazillions of holiday treats on Pinterest?


Have you entered my blogiversary giveaway yet? Tomorrow night at midnight is the cut-off, so please take a peek and enter before it’s too late!

Have a wonderful, blessed, productive, {Etc.} day!


Smooth Sailing

Hi friends!

Happy Humpday.

Hope your week has been smooth so far. Mine has been drama-free thus far and I have been able to get up to the gym the last couple nights which was always good for me and seems to make life smoother.

Last week I {invented} a little breakfast smoothie with one of my new finds via Instagram. A friend posted some {Cookie Butter} from Trader Joe’s during Lent and I immediately fetched a jar to enjoy on/after Easter! It is fabulous alone on a spoon, on bagels, Ezekiel toast and graham crackers, but I thought I’d incorporate it into a smoothie in place of peanut butter and see what happened!

{Cookies & Cream} and Banana Smoothie

You will need: 2 cups crushed ice, 1/2 cup almond coconut milk, 1/2 cup plain low fat yogurt, 1 banana, 1 tbsp ground flax {flax meal} and 1 tbsp. TJ’s cookie butter

Place all into a blender and blend ’til smooth!

Pour into a glass, add a straw and enjoy!


And speaking of {sailing}, we plan to take a quick little trip to the beach this weekend.

Last time we went to the beach {in January!} Jay captured some cute pics of the kids just frolicking in the sand…this time I wanted to plan a little better with their wardrobes and hair and have a little Nautical inspired photo shoot at the shore.

I had originally picked up the anchor tee for a gift for a little girl….when the guy rang it up, it came up as boy’s. I thought it’d be cute on Holden so I set out to find something complementary for Elliott and stumbled upon this little striped number with the big bow on the shoulder. Both of them will wear rolled up jeans and bare feet ~ I think it’ll be perfect for some fun photos to get us excited for summer.


Make the most of the rest of your week…Saturday and Sunday will be here before you know it!


PB&H Cookies

When I come across a recipe that makes my mouth water, I want to make it yesterday…

I read about these Peanut Butter & Honey Cookies here.

I had all the ingredients except for Mr. Quaker so, while strolling through Target this morning, I picked up some old-fashioned oats and couldn’t wait to get home to try these.

I brought my KitchenAid mixer out of hiding and enlisted the help of one pajama clad 4-year old. Now you know having an almost 5 year old “help” in the kitchen can wear on your patience, but we managed to get everything in the mixing bowl without too many gray hairs popping up!

I had high hopes of posting a pic of these cookies on my cute polka dot cake stand looking all beautiful and stacked nicely, but they did not look nearly as gorgeous as Heather’s! I dropped them too close together on the cookie sheet and they all had one big love fest in the oven! I HATE when that happens because you no longer have beautiful, round cookies, you have some that are square and some that are round on one side and square on the other three sides from cutting them away from their lovers! I am all about aesthetics when I cook, so this was not a good day in the cucina in the eye candy department. Note to self: next time only 9 cookies to a sheet!

But nevertheless, they were delish (square-shaped and all) ~ just like Heather said ~ “crispy on the outside & chewy on the inside”.

Here is a picture of my assistant (pajama day at school today ~ but this is not to say that somedays we don’t stay in our jammies well into the afternoon!):

Here is what you’ll need:

Here’s what they look like while waiting for the oven to come to 350:

…and here’s what they look like when you put too many on the pan too close together:

I tried to focus on the ONE perfect one…..

No matter what shape you make these, they’re “buzzing” (get it? honey) with delight!