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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Southern Crawfish Boil

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 54}

Happy Monday, y’all! Did you have a nice weekend?  We had Laura and her family with us this weekend.  We went to a Crawfish Boil,  ate a LOT of Crawfish, sausage, potatoes, and corn. YUM   Sunday, I introduced them to the Coffee Malt, and while Laura and I sat working on our computers and… 

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My Taste in Music on Pinterest

This Week in Happiness {Week 19}

It’s a new week, let’s talk Happiness! This pin describes my taste in music exactly, and it makes me smile each time I see it.   So much happiness to share with y’all this week. FIRST!  June 6th marked ONE YEAR since my mom finished Chemo & Radiation.  Monday, my mom had surgery for a… 

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Camp Invention Summer Camp Day 1

Summer Camp {Invention}

For my whole life, getting ready for summer camp has meant sunscreen, bug spray, and swimsuits. Not a one of those came in to play while getting my kids ready for Summer Camp this past weekend. We did, however, poll the neighbors asking if they had any electronics that the kids could cut the cords… 

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Honey Lime Glazed Fruit Salad | Honest and Truly

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 53}

Happy Monday, y’all! Our 2013/2014 School Year ended on Thursday, so it’s officially SUMMER!!!!! The kids start a new camp today, one that involves them taking broken bits and pieces of electronics  with them.  A camp that involves them seeing bits of trash as something with potential.  I can’t wait to see what they come… 

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The first kiss

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 52}

  Happy Monday, y’all! Nathan and I are celebrating THIRTEEN years of marriage today!   I swear it’s gone by in a blink!!! We have celebrated our anniversary by having lunch at Chipotle, buying Monkey a new bat and special catcher’s mitt, and we’ll cap it off tonight at the baseball field cheering Monkey’s team… 

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Avocado and Caprese Fixings for stuffed Avocados

Caprese Stuffed Avocados with Spicy Balsamic Glaze

What do you do when you have a fresh shipment of California Avocados, some delicious mozzarella, a bursting basil plant, some fresh tomatoes and a craving for something easy and delicious?   You make the most delicious Caprese Stuffed Avocados with a spicy balsamic drizzle, of course!

Camp Invention

Camp Invention Summer Camp Giveaway

With 6 1/2 days of school left – most of the conversations I hear when around other parents start with: “What are y’all doing this summer?”  What Camps are your kids going to this summer?”  “Holy cow I have to plan something for my kids this summer!” The lazy days of summer are all well… 

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The Stars at Night are Big and Bright

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 51}

Happy Monday, y’all. God Bless and Thank You to each and every one of you who has served our country, loved someone who has served, and to each who has lost someone who has given their life in that service. Thank you.

cooking t'mates on the grill for salsa

This Week in Happiness {Week 18}

“Be an encourager.  The World has enough critics already” ~ Dave Willis One of my favorite things happening this past week has been my delivery of more del campo t’mates {for whom I am a recipe developer}.  I have been blistering and blackening them on my grill for the most ridiculously mouth-wateringly, deliciously, rich, smoky,… 

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Toasted Bacon, Guacamole, Tomato Sandwich on Asiago Cheese Bread

The Ultimate B.G.T {Bacon Guacamole Tomato} Sandwich

You can say goodbye to your BLT, because you’re never going to go back to a plain ol’ BLT after getting a taste of this Bacon Guacamole Tomato Sandwich on Toasted Asiago Cheese Bread.   I have a long standing love affair with BLT’s. When I was pregnant with Princess, I was a restaurant manager,… 

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monkey rides a dirtbike

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 50}

Happy Monday, y’all. Hope you had a tremendous weekend!  Ours was filled with the best volleyball games that Princess has played to date, a volleyball team party, Monkey’s first umpired baseball game, Goonies on the house, burgers on the grill, dirtbike riding, sleepovers, homemade buttercream (adapted from and inspired by I Am Baker’s back to… 

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Beginning Focus: a Photography e-book by Karen Walrond

This Week in Happiness {Week 17}

  It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about. Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/d/dalecarneg140941.html#hHBA0LaYEr8hTYlI.99 It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes… 

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Rice Krispies Treat Dirt Cake

Dirt Cake Rice Krispies Treats

Do you remember Dirt Cakes? Chocolate cake and pudding topped with crushed chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs and candy worms?  Both shudder worthy and totally delicious. What kid doesn’t love pretending to eat worms and dirt?

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Round-Up and How To Guide

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Collection

Is there anything more cozy and comforting than walking into a house that smells of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies? There’s a reason that real estate specialists and home stylists pop a tray of chocolate chip cookies into the oven prior to open houses and showings…. Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of the ultimate feel… 

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