Chocolate Talk, Snowball Cookies, and Halloween

I don’t know if there’s an official chocolate season, but I think the entire month of October leading up to Halloween, and probably November and December and January… well, let’s just call it October through February shall we?  Chocolate season is October through February.

That’s a lot of chocolate, y’all.

A lot of chocolate cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate cakes, chocolate candies, chocolate dipped treats, chocolate themed holidays etc…

The world consumes >+3 million tons of cocoa annually

Research your chocolate, y’all.  Find out where your cocoa comes from and whether it’s sustainable.

The other day I received a box of chocolate on my doorstep.  An actual box filled to the brim with chocolate bars.  My kids were in heaven until I told them that they couldn’t eat all of it in one sitting.  A) because Halloween is minutes away and B) because these little crunch bars are perfect to give to trick or treaters!!!

**ahem*** or it might be because I had bigger plans for those sweet little bars of crunchy, puffed rice studded chocolate.

crunchy snowball cookies … 

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breakfast - the most important meal of the day

The Importance of Breakfast

Can we share a moment?  Can I confess a little something to you? Sometimes it’s really hard to get out of bed in the morning, y’all.  There are days where I want to toss the comforter back up over my head, burrow back into my little nook, and sleep just a wee bit longer; and… 

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rum soaked banana nut muffins

Mouthwatering Mondays (Week 71)

Happy Monday! You should start your day off with some of these Rum Soaked Banana Nut Muffin Bites – they’re scrumptious! How was your weekend? Did you eat anything delicious? I feel I should go ahead and apologize to your waistlines, because this week’s features are all sweets.  Really incredibly delightful, decadent, delicious sweets.

rum soaked banana nut muffins

Rum Soaked Banana Nut Muffin Bites

Can we talk a little about kitchen magic?  The kind of magic that occurs when you take basic ordinary ingredients like flour, sugar, eggs, and spices – but what happens once those ingredients are combined is anything but ordinary; it’s kitchen magic. I firmly believe that banana bread and banana nut muffins are made of… 

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Compliment People

This Week in Happiness {Week 21}

see the original and find the printable version of this here This. This. This.  When was the last time you saw someone wearing something you liked and complimented them?  When was the last time that you saw someone doing something wonderful, or kind, or special, or ordinary; and complimented them on it? About 2 years… 

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oh how I missed their faces

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 70}

There’s nothing as wonderful as coming home to spider monkey hugs; and cuddles on the couch that include hand holding and hearing “I love you, mom.  I missed you, mom” repeated over and over again. I had the most incredible time in Utah at the Better Blog Retreat this weekend, but there’s nothing like coming… 

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Homemade Caramel Corn with Sugared Pecans

Homemade Sugared Pecan Caramel Corn

Do you have a snack that whisks you back to the sticky fingers, smudged faces, gap toothed smiles, full bellies, and pure happiness of childhood? Caramel Corn is one of those foods that immediately takes me back to baseball games, county fairs, rodeos, and lazy afternoons sharing bowls of sticky caramel coated corn with my… 

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Chex Mix Holiday giveaway

Devilishly Good Spicy Chex Mix

Do you remember your first Chex mix? I vividly remember the first salty, crunchy handful of Chex cereal mixed with pretzels and spices.  It was intoxicating and completely addicting.     Playing with Chex cereals to create different mixes, blends, holiday recipes etc… is something that I find great pleasure in, and I’ve been known… 

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ASF Cast Iron Skillet

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 69}

Happy Monday, y’all! Did you have a delicious weekend?  Did you make something incredible and share it with friends and family? There’s a lot going on behind the scenes of A Southern Fairytale right now, and one of these things is an incredible redesign with a new PERMANENT logo and easier functionality for the website…. 

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Go towards the sunshine via Pinterest

This Week in Happiness {Week 20}

via pinterest So much happiness to share with y’all. Books Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard of the fabulously delicious website, Skinnytaste. I met Gina at Better Blog Retreat last year and was immediately enchanted with her.  She’s funny, smart, lovely, friendly, energetic, and as sweet as apple pie. 

easy and delicious healthy chicken poblano soup

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 68}

 Happy Monday, y’all!  A cool front hit our corner of Texas this weekend, and it had me in baking, pumpkin, slow cooker mode. We’ve made Pumpkin Pie Cake Doughnut Bites, black bean pumpkin chili, and slow cooker roasted chicken.  Next up – more chili, taco soup, apple spice cake, some cobblers, and light chicken poblano… 

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butterscotch oatmeal cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

What cookie takes you on a trip back to childhood?   What cookie whisks you back to flour coated faces, sticky fingers, and snatching barely cooled straight-out-of-the-oven-still-too-hot-to-eat cookies? One bite of an Oatmeal Scotchie sends me straight back to my Granny’s kitchen.  Straight back to fighting with my brothers over pouring, stirring, mixing, spoon licking, and… 

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Italian Cream Cake at Moody Gardens

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 67}

Happy Monday Morning! Let’s start today out with something a bit delicious.   Moody Gardens and The City of Galveston Visitors Bureau hosted a lunch at Blog Elevated on Friday, and they began the lunch with Italian Cream Cake slices on each table.  I have oodles of respect for a place that begins the meal with… 

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Cranberry Avocado Pumpkin Bread

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread With a Twist

Perhaps I should have called this slightly tipsy, just a little bit adult cranberry avocado pumpkin bread? C’est la vie. For the past year or so I’ve been playing around with different pumpkin bread recipes, because  I adore the rich, creamy, subtle flavor that pumpkin adds to bread, and because Fall, y’all.    I have… 

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happy eighth birthday

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 66}

Happy Monday, y’all. What a weekend we had!  Monkey turned 8 on Saturday; attended 2 birthday parties on his birthday – neither for him, and had his birthday party on Sunday at our favorite gymnastics complex.  It was a Texans themed party,and I made the kids’ favorite ice cream cone cupcakes and decorated them with… 

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