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Crack…My go to no bake dessert recipe…


I have one recipe that is my all time go to dessert recipe…The ingredients always seem to be available in my pantry.  When ever I make it and take it to a party, I am asked for the recipe…and yes I can rattle it off with no problem.  The recipe is a family hand me down…but if you look it up on the internet you will find dozens of variations on the original.  It is known by a variety of names; peanut butter clusters, trash, white trash and crack.



2 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
1 cup Chunky Peanut Butter
1 cup Mini Marshmallows
1 pkg Almond Bark



Combine Cheerios and mini marshmallows in a large bowl. Coarsely chop white bark, place in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1-1 1/2 minutes stirring once.  Stir in chunky peanut butter until mixture is smooth.  Pour over dry mixture and stir until cereal is completely coated.  Working quickly, use two teaspoons…scoop a rounded teaspoon of mixture, use second spoon to help drop the sticky mixture onto wax paper.  Allow clusters to dry before storing in an airtight container.

DSC03439Do you have a go to dessert recipe? Have you written a post on your blog about this dessert? Share your link in the comments section and join our virtual no bake dessert party!



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A Spring Day via Pinterest…

Groundhog Day is just around the corner, February 2nd.  I am almost positive that Phil will see his shadow and we are in for an additional 6 weeks of winter.

Whether Phil sees his shadow or not I am already enjoying spring time on Pinterest.  Spring colors, recipes and crafts are sprinkled across the pages…

This is one of the ways I would love to spend a spring day...

Spring outfit

Wearing a new spring outfit..from Anthropologie

Spring Lipstick.

Picking out a new lipstick..Mac Twig

Spring Peonies

Bringing home a bouquet of plump blush  peonies…

Spring Strawberry Lemonade

Making a pitcher of homemade strawberry lemonade…made with fresh strawberries, lemons and honey.

Spring Strawberry and Lemonade Layer Cake

And then making a delicious strawberry and lemonade layer cake…

Spring Balloons

And finally walking around with balloons…just because they make me happy!

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stop planning another guilt trip?

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Most days are hurried…stressed…difficult…at best.  We rush through our morning coffee, we rush off to work, we rush through our lunch, we rush from work to the gym, to pick up the kids, to drop the kids off at various after school activities.  We then rush home to rush through dinner, dishes, homework all so we can get up and start all over again tomorrow.  We are rushing our lives away.

Why are we always in such a hurry?  Why is it that when we take a moment for ourselves the guilt monster comes creeping in to what amounts to a minute or two of free time?

When was the last time you enjoyed dessert without the guilt?  When was the last time you indulged in a meal without feeling guilt or scouring the menu for the healthiest option?  When was the last time you sat down in a coffee shop and enjoyed your coffee in a ceramic cup? 

Guilt is a sneaky emotional cancer, one that most adults are afflicted with for most of their adult life. Actually guilt isn’t innate, it’s a byproduct of social conditioning.   Guilt is self inflicted.  We over commit and under plan.  There are only so many hours in the day.  Let me throw this at you.  If you only had 30 days to live, would you fill your time with …..?  Sometimes we have to say no to the good things so we an say yes to the great things. If you are so busy taking care of everyone else in your life and you neglect yourself, eventually you will not be able to take care of anyone.  Unpack your bag of guilt.  Slow down, have a cup of coffee with a friend, visit a museum and enjoy your dessert without beating  yourself up.  Life is too short to rush through it. 

So I took my own advice…I spent a guilt free day with a few special friends.  We met for an early lunch at Dolce Vita, one of America’s top rated pizzerias.  We leisurely enjoyed our incredible apps and pizzas.  From there we headed over to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts to view the exhibit by Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in space and time.  Later in the afternoon we stopped into a cafe for an afternoon coffee break and a shared dessert.   It was an enjoyable day…relaxed…comfortable…easy…guilt free! 

Why can’t everyday be a guilt free day?  

BTW, the pizza we ordered for lunch deserves a mention; authentic thin crust Neapolitan style pizza.  I ordered the Taleggio with taleggio, arugula, sliced pears and truffle oil.  My friend Emma ordered the Zucca with butternut squash, pancetta, smoked bafala mozzarella and red onions.   Tyra ordered the Salsiccia e Friarielli with sausage, rapini and pecorino.  We also enjoyed an appetizer of shaved brussel sprouts with lime vinaigrette and pecorino.  Fantastico!!!


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Christmas cookies…Sandra Lee, eat your heart out!

I really enjoy the food network show Semi-homemade.  Sandra Lee pulls her show together with all of the ingredients for entertaining!  The cooking, the presentation and the decorating.  Total eye appeal!!!

Here are a few semi-homemade ideas that I think would make Aunt Sandi  proud.  The recipes and pictures can be found on-line at Better Homes & Garden, 100 days of Holiday. 

The Cookies!!!

Three-Layer No-Bake Bars

Layers of creamy vanilla pudding and melted chocolate top a buttery graham cracker crust.

Ginger Dips

Dip store bought molasses cookies in melted white chocolate, then sprinkle on snipped candied ginger to create a sweet, fragrant dessert.

Red Velvet Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting

The Packaging!!!

And to finish it all off there must be a special beverage from Aunt Sandi’s recipe book.  The best hot chocolate ever!

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guess whos coming to dinner? no one…bon appetit!…thanksgiving recipes from my fav WordPress foodies


I was planning on having family and friends over for Thanksgiving Day dinner but the stars and planets did not align.  The new kitchen with the double oven and warmer drawer and 5 burner cooktop will  not be put to the test on this particular holiday. 
However, I love to entertain!  I love everything about it!  Especially the planning part.  So, to appease my own need to plan this holiday dinner I turned to my favorite foodies @ WordPress.   
I enjoyed planning this virtual Thanksgiving Menu mostly because there weren’t dietary restrictions or finicky children to plan around.  There weren’t vegans, vegetarians or traditionalists that required their own special dish.  The menu is all about being open to new ideas.  Being a non-conformist without completely abandoning what I love about this particular holiday.  The FOOD!


Here are my selections for the perfect Thanksgiving dinner thanks to my favorite WordPress foodies.  I am so glad you can’t gain weight from food envy!

 Happy Thanksgiving!!!
The Menu:
Salad:  Autumn Harvest Salad  provided by The Gourmand Mom
Soup:  Sweet Potato Bisque with Pan Seared Scallops and Bacon provided by Gourmand Mom
Bread Basket: Cranberry Corn Muffins with Sweet Milk Drizzle   provided by Can you Stay for Dinner?.  Pumpkin Nutella Bread provided by No Empty Chairs.  Whole Wheat Honey Pull Apart provided by  No Empty Chairs
Entrée:  Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux provided by Soupaddict. (because I love bread)
Sides: Cranberry Orange Sauce, Sausage Apple and Leek Stuffing, Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Walnuts provided by The Gourmand Mom.
Dessert: Passion Cookies provided by Can you Stay for Dinner?, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Caramel Apple Cake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Pie, Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie all provided by Gourmand Mom!

Bon Appetit!!!!


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