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Perfect Birthday Cake Cupcakes

Perfect Birthday Cake Cupcakes

Jack’s seventh birthday was Monday and his party was set for Saturday. It was Thursday and I needed a recipe for really yummy cupcakes asap. Jack had asked for vanilla on vanilla. “Sure you don’t want red velvet?” I asked, hoping to use my tried-and-true red-velvet recipe. “Vanilla,” he said. So I googled “I am baker vanilla cake” […]

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Printable Food Pun Valentines + Gift Ideas!

Printable Food Pun Valentines + Gift Ideas!

I’m so good at wasting time. So good. Basically an expert. Just this morning I spent over an hour thinking up little gifts to pair with my printable food-pun valentines from last year. Remember these? Can you guess them all? (Btw, figuring out food puns is not wasting time — it’s good for your brain. Shopping is also really […]

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Easy Banana Bread (With Half the Sugar!)

Easy Banana Bread (With Half the Sugar!)

I love to make banana bread. It reminds me of my Grandma, Jeannie. She was known for her banana cakes with cream cheese frosting. Her cakes, like her buttermilk biscuits, were always delicious. For the cake, Jeannie used a recipe from the Original Joy of Cooking, along with “White Icing II” from the same book. Both are […]

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Tres Leches Coconut Macaroons

Tres Leches Coconut Macaroons

My mom loves coconut macaroons, and all coconut desserts, really. So growing up we ate a lot of coconut paletas (sort of an ice-creamy popsicle), coconut cakes, and cakes covered in coconut. If you like coconut, too, you will love these cookies! They are so simple to make (just five ingredients!), and everything a coconut macaroon should be […]

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More Food Art Fun! Bitzer for Breakfast

More Food Art Fun! Bitzer for Breakfast

Happy July! We spent the past week on vacation and it was so good to get away! Unplugged. Disconnected. And completely carefree. After such a great time, we have been slow to get back in the swing of things. Thank goodness for the Fourth of July weekend, yet another excuse to laze around with the […]

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Shaun the Sheep: More Food Art Fun!

Shaun the Sheep: More Food Art Fun!

It’s all things Shaun the Sheep over here these days! I learned about the series only recently, but was quickly hooked. Why? Well, unlike most fast-moving-bright-lights-in-your-face cartoons for kids these days, Shaun the Sheep is claymation. As in, little clay figures that have to be adjusted manually — millimeter by millimeter — for every single movement. […]

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Summer Fun: Food Art & Shaun the Sheep

Summer Fun: Food Art & Shaun the Sheep

This is me every June: “Yay Summer! Woohoo!! . . . Wait, what are we gonna DO all summer?” Here are 20 ideas from last year, and 10 more here. This year, we got this sprinkler and this slip-n-slide and have loved both so far! Wanna know what else we’re doing this summer? Food art! That’s right . […]

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Easy Homemade Graham Crackers!

Easy Homemade Graham Crackers!

Now that I’m all into preschool lunches, it seemed like a good time to try out homemade graham crackers. What are graham crackers, anyway? Sure, they come in a blue box with yellow writing … but what makes a graham a graham? According to Wikipedia, graham crackers were invented by Rev. Sylvester Graham, an early pioneer of health food. […]

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School Lunch Ideas!

School Lunch Ideas!

I ran into a chef friend of mine the other day at Las Palomas. He was having dinner with his wife and I was chasing my daughter back to the table. He asked if I was still cooking. I said with a completely straight face: “Well, I’m really into preschool lunches.” Really into preschool lunches. […]

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More Summer Inspiration!

More Summer Inspiration!

So how is July treating you? Hot? So hot, I know. Well, here are 10 more ideas to cool you down and brighten up your long summer days! If you have other ideas to share, please do! Thank you and happy summer, Marie 1) Make homemade cherry limeade! Pit a bunch of cherries (10-20), and […]

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20 Things to Do This Summer

20 Things to Do This Summer

Here we are already halfway through summer! In Texas, the hottest days are yet to come. If you need inspiration, like we do, for getting through another month or two of the dog days, here are some ideas: 1) Hook up a slip-n-slide and make everyone take a turn (even mom and dad!) 2) Cut everyone […]

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Rice Krispie Treat Easter Nests

Rice Krispie Treat Easter Nests

I’m actually a little surprised it took me this long to look it up. Here I am 36 years old and I’m just now learning why we tell our children that a big bunny brings eggs on Easter. This is the explanation on History.com: According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the […]

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Angel Food Easter Bunny Cake: Step by Step

Angel Food Easter Bunny Cake: Step by Step

This is the Easter cake my mom used to make for us when we were kids. I remember being fascinated by how a few simple cuts in two circular cakes could make a bunny with a bow tie. I also remember licking the beaters after whipping the cream! I love those memories.  And even more, […]

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Whole-Grain Snack: Animal Tracks Cookies

Whole-Grain Snack: Animal Tracks Cookies

Remember that moment in Big when Josh raises his hand and says, “I don’t get it.”? I love that scene. (You can watch it here.) It so perfectly captures the 1980s, and the genius of a child’s mind. I had my own Big moment here at home the other day. Jack had asked to make cookies, and […]

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Okay, I Am Obsessed

Okay, I Am Obsessed

I can’t stop taking pictures of the baby in her homemade shark costume. I know it’s way too early for Halloween, but after we sewed on the menacing back fin a few days ago, I had to try it on her. She didn’t even realize she had it on. She just sat around and played […]

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