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The Cookie War of 2016

I am a proud mother of two high school kids – a 16 year old boy and a 15 year old girl. They are both active with multiple after-school activities (baseball, softball, band, officiating games, social media, art, etc.)…so pretty normal, run-of-the-mill teenagers.

Until cookies enter the scene. Specifically, Oreos.

Every grocery store trip involves a stop in the cookie aisle. My daughter has always been the one with the sweet tooth but when it comes to Oreos my son is hands-down more possessive about the cookies.


2015 Christmas Haul

A few years ago their grandparents gave packages of Oreos as stocking stuffers to both my kids. Since then it’s a Christmas tradition – they are guaranteed Oreos in their stockings every year now. This past Christmas was the best haul yet. (The Caramel Apple Oreos were in my stocking and they are the best I have ever tasted!)

A typical sound heard in our home is one of the kids hollering, “Where are the Oreos?” Usually the other one starts giggling, either having hidden the Oreos yet again so they can keep them all to themselves or having already eaten all in the package.

As with any war, escalation was expected.  Earlier this week I found war correspondence on the kitchen table.


Declaration of war

The struggle is real in our home.  Perhaps we can call a temporary truce today of all days.


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Make Your Own Apple Chips

My kids and I love apple chips, but paying $5+ for a bag that contains the equivalent of one dried sliced apple is beyond ridiculous! (And after making my own dried apples I can assure you there is only one dried apple in that store-bought bag!) So when I came across this recipe I had to try it.

Apples and Cinnamon...Mmmm!

Apples and Cinnamon…Mmmm!


2 Large apples, cored and sliced
honey or maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon

Love my Pampered Chef Apple/Corer/Peeler/Slicer!

Love my Pampered Chef Apple/Corer/Peeler/Slicer!

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. (The instructions now state to cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with olive oil; however, I used my Pampered Chef baking stones (which are seasoned well) so skipped this step.)

Place sliced apples in a single layer, lightly drizzle with honey or syrup, then sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 2 hours or until crispy.

Before baking...

Before baking…

This recipe makes the house smell amazing!

After baking

After baking

I dried granny smith apples as well – without the honey or cinnamon. They taste delicous, too!

Granny Smith's make great baking apples, too.

Granny Smith’s make great baking apples, too.

So good!

So good!

2 Ingredient Lemon Bars – Melt in Your Mouth!

Let’s start with the end result….

I had to put powdered sugar on top so it wouldn't float away.

I had to put powdered sugar on top so it wouldn’t float away.

I saw this recipe on fb a while ago and wanted to try it right away, but when I went to the store they were all out of angel food cake! I bought two cans of the lemon pie filling and placed the recipe on hold until the store stocked up again. The following week, success! Continue reading →

That’s It, You’re Grounded!

Leftovers have never gone to waste in my house. We eat leftovers. We love leftovers. The kids actually claim first dibs on leftovers before we are even done with the meal. I had to laugh the other day when Trinity told T-Bone, “Hey, don’t eat the rest of the chicken! I want to take it to school for lunch tomorrow.”

I’m fortunate to have two kids who have never been picky eaters and have a love of all foods to rival my own. Italian, Mexican, American fair; spicy (hot!), sweet, tangy; seafood, chicken, veggies – you name it, they love it. Even their favorite TV shows revolve around food: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Man v. Food, Rachael Ray, etc. We are definitely a “foodie” family. And because I love to cook and try new recipes they are never bored with the same meals week in and week out.

Of course, we all have our favorite meals and this week they were treated to one I haven’t been able to make in almost two years: marinated grilled chicken with awesome sides! Continue reading →

Geocaching and Good Food, Too

We took advantage of another gorgeous day today. After church we headed up to Broad Ripple to search for geocaches along the Monon Trail.

The Road More Travelled

The Road More Travelled

There are tons of caches along the trail. We parked and headed up the trail to the first one. We came up to the location and searched for a while, but no luck. We headed further up the trail and couldn’t find the next one, either. I started doing a bit more research on my phone about the Monon Trail caches and discovered a lot of people consider them a bit harder than normal/for-beginner cachers. Undaunted we continued and came up to the next one. My daughter quickly located this one!

That's not gum under there....

That’s not gum under there….

We signed the log, put it back where we found it and moved on to the next. No luck. Getting hungry we turned around and headed back towards the car, searching for the ones we missed as we passed their locations again. While searching for one with a clue of “Tree”, another family came upon us and asked if we had found it yet. Aha! Fellow cachers! We ran down what we had found and what we had missed and started searching for this one together. While searching a jogger on the trail stopped and asked, “Are you guys geocaching? There’s a park up this way that has several. Good luck!” How awesome! I love how geocaching starts conversations with random people that you would normally only pass with a nod of your head. We continued searching and after about 10 minutes one of his daughters found it. We all signed the log and went our separate ways. Continue reading →

Single Chocolate Chip Cookie In Just 2 Minutes!! (A.K.A – Heaven in a Cup)

OMG!! I saw this on fb and immediately had to try it – my only regret is not having any ice cream to put on top. DELICIOUS, AND SO QUICK AND EASY (just like me when I’ve had wine)!

Heaven in a cup!

Heaven in a cup!

1 tb melted butter
1 tb white sugar
1 tb brown sugar
3 drops vanilla
pinch salt
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup flour
2 tb chocolate chips

Mix all together in a cup or bowl and microwave 40-60 seconds.

Seriously - where's the ice cream?

Seriously – where’s the ice cream?

Pumpkin Muffins – Only 2 Ingredients!


1 can pumpkin 1 box yellow cake mix Mix together, bake @ 350 for 15-20 minutes in greased muffin tin. Breakfast is done!!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

For years I’ve made my chocolate chip cookies just like the back of the butter-flavored Crisco can says to make them – and they’ve always turned out yummy! However, I love a chewy-er cookie and finally found the attached recipe that delivers exactly the right chewy chocolate chip cookie…..whenever the dough actually makes it’s way into the oven. 😉

Homemade Breakfast Biscuits – Freeze & Reheat!

My son loves those store-bought, frozen breakfast sandwiches – you know, the kind with sausage, egg and cheese on either an english muffin, bagel, or a crescent roll. Those can get pretty pricey so when I found this recipe for making them at home for a fraction of the cost I jumped on it! These can be frozen and reheated just like the store bought versions (which allows me to sleep in while he makes his own breakfast).

Try them with recipe variations, too. We tried a few with the turkey and salsa options; good for a change, but not our favorite. Leave me a comment with your variation(s) so we can try it out, too!!

Jalapeno Popper Chicken – Delicious!

Easy to prepare and delicious to eat – my kids (and their friends!) love it! This became an instant go-to recipe in my house and the kids ask for it frequently.

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