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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easy chalkboard fridge tutorial

Easy DIY Chalkboard Paint Refrigerator Tutorial

I know I don’t normally share DIY’s and Crafts with y’all, but y’all went crazy over this chalkboard fridge when I was instagramming the process and so many of y’all asked for a tutorial that I felt like I needed to do this.   I feel I should note*** I am not a DIY blogger…. 

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Wham Socks

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 65}

Happy Monday, y’all! It’s week 65 of Mouthwatering Mondays! Technically it’s like week 265 or some such, but it’s week 65 of the new and improved Mouthwatering Mondays. Hope you had a wonderfully relaxing &/or productive weekend! We’re ready to kick off another week of school, football, tumbling, and volleyball!! Let’s do this! Y’all shared… 

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Boots with dresses Princess Style

Who Needs Caffeine?

Yesterday started just like every other school day this year has. I woke up, went in to wake both kids up, washed my face, brushed my teeth… went in to wake both kids up, again. After ensuring that both kids were physically out of bed, eyes open, and moving towards getting dressed and making beds;… 

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my little FO1 Texans Football player | A Southern Fairytale

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 64}

  Monday! Monday! Monday! I swear that yesterday was Monday, and then I blinked {- -} and it’s Monday again!  I guess that’s what happens when school and sports kick into gear.  Princess is trying out for a competitive volleyball league, Monkey is playing his first season of football, and we’re learning about their upcoming… 

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guacamole stuffed bacon wrapped jalapenos on the grill

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 63}

WHEW! First week of school in the books – here we are starting the second week already!  Where has the time gone? We celebrated the first week of school by taking the kids to their first High School Varsity football game at the high school we’re zoned for here in Katy, and with good food,… 

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guacamole stuffed bacon wrapped jalapenos

Guacamole Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos

You read that right. Guacamole Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos! Whenever we grill, whether it’s for a few people, a huge crowd, for a football game, a birthday party, or just because; we make cream cheese stuffed grilled jalapenos.  We’ve been making them since Moby Dick was a minnow – I’m talking 17 years or more. … 

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first day of school pics

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 62}

Today was the first day of school down here in our little corner of Texas, and it was such a great one!  I can’t believe that school’s already back in session, and that I have a FIFTH grader and a SECOND grader!  Hold me, y’all!  This is the last year they’ll be in school together… 

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mom and dad's wedding picture

42 Years: A Love Letter From My Dad to My Mom

::Today’s post has been written by my Dad, Les, it’s a love letter to my mom, Becky, for their 42nd wedding anniversary today. <3 Happy Anniversary, I love y’all!::   The days of our life OK, this doesn’t have anything directly to do with the TV show of the same name. These are a few… 

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Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Hershey's Syrup

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Hershey’s Syrup and a Giveaway!  There’s something about an ice cream sandwich that simply makes me happy. Delicious, creamy, smooth, ice cream sandwiched between two hunks of chocolate. Yes. Please and Thank You. I have so many memories that involve sitting on sun-warmed curbs licking the ice cream from the… 

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Buttermilk Brined Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

Fried Chicken is one of the most southern of all southern recipes.  There’s not a family reunion, picnic, church potluck, pool party, or southern restaurant that doesn’t include fried chicken.  Heck y’all, there are even entire restaurants dedicated to nothing but the pursuit of the perfect southern fried chicken. There is a lot of talk… 

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Strawberry Cheesecake with cocoa puffs crust, chocolate gananche and blackberry infused, white chocolate drizzle

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 61}

Happy Monday, y’all! Look at this gorgeous cheesecake that my brother made for my birthday!   That’s a strawberry cheesecake with a cocoa puff crust, chocolate ganache glaze, and a blackberry infused white chocolate drizzle.  {I know!!!} The garnish was fresh blackberries and real mint.   It was out of this world incredible.  It was… 

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First Trip to The Gulf of Mexico with Mom

Facing The World Head On

I remember every first with each of my kids. Their first steps, their first laugh, their first words – Princess’ was “yook” {look} and Monkey’s was “dada”. I feel so blessed to be able to experience so many firsts with my kids, and we still have so many firsts to go. Each first day of… 

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Simple and Delicious Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

The Perfect Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

You read that right, in honor of my birthday today, I’m sharing with y’all the last lemon drop martini recipe you’ll ever need. Last year, on my 35th birthday, a few of the ladies on the street took me to a local pub for Bingo and Beverages. {Little did I know the night would end… 

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loving sweet text message

Stealing My Heart {again}

This morning, the morning before my 36th birthday, my husband stole my heart all over again with this text.   Ben Rue – I Can’t Wait