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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Granny, Monkey, and Princess

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 49}

Wasn’t it just Monday? How does this keep happening? I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend filled with delicious food, family, friends, and fun.  Ours was nice, but I’m glad to be home. I love spending time with you each week – checking out your recipes, seeing what you’re cooking, what kinds of foods inspire… 

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Saying Goodbye

Today, we say goodbye to one of the most important Moms in my life, my Granny. Mary Cecil Trew April 18, 1920 – April 16, 2014 Today, family and friends will gather in a small stone chapel in Bryan, and celebrate a woman who celebrated life and all that it had to offer.  We will… 

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DIY Rustic Mason Jar Wall Lanterns

Rustic DIY Mason Jar Wall Lanterns

Hey y’all, today’s post isn’t a recipe, but it’s definitely Southern!  I have an affinity for mason jars, DIY crafts, and making your house your home through decorating that fits your personality. I met Rae last year, and we hit it off over some drinks and our mutual love of all things Southern – hell,… 

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Kelly and The Tuxedo Men Project |Mocha Momma

This Week in Happiness {Week 16}

“Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, But Today is a Gift, That’s Why We Call it the Present.” ~ Winnie The Pooh This week has been filled with so many moments.  Moments of happiness that have involved family, friends, and virtual strangers.  Moments of beauty, and moments that have taken the breath from my… 

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Mango, Strawberry, Avocado, Habanero Salsa | A Southern Fairytale

Mango, Avocado, Strawberry, Habanero Salsa

I remember the first time I made fruit salsa – it was Recipe Girl’s Strawberry Avocado Salsa from her cookbook:The Recipe Girl Cookbook: Dishing Out the Best Recipes for Entertaining and Every Day My mom raised her eyebrows in suspicion, my neighbors raised their eyebrows in doubt, and then everyone tried it and fell head… 

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Color Fun Fest 5K in Houston

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 48}

Happy Cinco de Mayo!   How was your weekend?  Did you do anything fun? We got a bit dirty and did a 5K as a family, it was a blast! #ColorFunFest #EpicTour I can’t wait to see what you’ve been sharing with your families and friends this week!  Bring on the delicious recipes, but first,… 

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Flank Steak Street Tacos with Chipotle Avocado Slaw

Food Truck Style Street Tacos with Chipotle Avocado Slaw

I’m just a bit obsessed with Food Trucks and Street Tacos. Seriously, if there is a food truck and the possibility of Food Truck Tacos… I am there!!! While playing around with my California Avocados this past month, and wondering what to make with them – I realized Cinco de Mayo was just around the… 

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Food Photography and recipe inspiration pinterest board | A Southern Fairytale

This Week in Happiness {Week 15}

“See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see” ~Dr. Dwayne Dyer These past 15 weeks of focusing on happiness, finding the silver lining, releasing the negative, and surrounding myself with things, and people who make me happy has made it easier to find happiness, and I am a… 

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Vintage: A Novel by Susan Gloss

Summer Reading: VINTAGE {A Review and Giveaway}

I have a confession to make. When I’m browsing bookstores, libraries, garage sales – I completely 100% judge a book by the cover.  If the cover of the book doesn’t call out to me, chances are I won’t pick up the book. I absolutely love the cover of Vintage, it’s simple, stylish, and elegant. The… 

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Orange Creme Brulee Cheesecake at Blackwater Draw

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 47}

Happy Monday, to you! Happy Monday, to you! Happy Monday, Happy Monday! Happy Monday, to YOU! It’s Monday! Did you have a nice weekend?  We had a fabulous one! We went to College Station to celebrate my Dad’s birthday, and my kids got to go see my little brother at work!  He’s the executive chef… 

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Making Scrambled Eggs

Cook Me A Memory

The kitchen is the heart of our home. The kitchen has been the heart of every home I’ve ever lived in. People gathered around the island, cozied up to the countertop bar, or even crammed in the door and leaning through the little pass through in my tiny first apartment with my husband. Preparing food… 

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crawfish and burgers

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 46}

Happy Monday, y’all!  Hope your weekend was filled with deliciousness and all kinds of mouthwatering goodies! We grilled burgers, had a crawfish boil, and watched The Sandlot on the house – SO FUN!  Then there were the egg hunts – Candy GALORE!!   On to the recipes!

Rainbow Sangria | Gimme Some Oven

This Week in Happiness {Week 14}

“Let Nothing Dim the Light That Shines Within” ~ Maya Angelou These past 14 weeks of focusing on happiness, finding the silver lining, releasing the negative, and surrounding myself with things, and people who make me happy has made it easier to find happiness, and I am a better mom, wife, friend, a better me… 

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Lemon Curd Blossoms | Life With The Crust Off

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 45}

Happy Monday, y’all!  Remember Monkey’s sad Monday pic last week? Turns out he had a double ear infection!  He woke up Tuesday Morning at 1:00 AM screaming in pain.  Poor kid   He’s on medicine and on the mend, so good times! Have you ever heard the saying: “If you don’t like the weather in… 

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