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Serving up simple food, inspiring ideas and connecting along the way.

A Breckenridge Vacation


Have you been wondering where I’ve been for the past 2 weeks?  Well, part of that time my family and I spent in Breckenridge, CO on a dream vacation.  Well, not really a dream vacation because if it were a dream – I would have stayed right on the mountain and had our own private hot tub.  But, this vacation was certainly a middle income dream which was just fine with us.

My Magazine Debut and a Yum Food & Fun For Kids Giveaway


Can you hear that scream of mine?  It’s an excited scream just in case you couldn’t tell.

You see the cover of this magazine – Yum Food & Fun for Kids – it has one of my creations on it.


See the animal pretzels on the top left?  Those are mine from a blog post last year.

And inside, you get to see the whole recipe.


I was so excited when I was contacted a few months ago to see if I would be interested in having these cute pretzels in their magazine.  I of course said “YYYYEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!”

Since this magazine has a limited distribution, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy.  When it arrived in the mail, I was so happy to see that this is a great magazine for any parent who wants new ideas on not only sweet treats but meal planning, healthy snacks, and party ideas. 

Ideas  Gadgets

I still can’t get over seeing my name in print.  It’s a pretty darn cool feeling.

Name in print

The best part of this whole deal is that I get to give away to one lucky reader, a one-year subscription to this quarterly magazine.  If you would like a chance to win this subscription, just leave a comment below telling me what your favorite magazine is.

If you aren’t the winner, you can always get a subscription here.

Good Luck!

Open to US residents only.

I will choose a comment using  The winner will be notified by e-mail and has 48 hours to respond.  If I receive no response, I will choose another winner.

Comments were open until Sunday, January 20 at 8 pm CST.

Comments need to be approved before showing up so if you don’t see it there for awhile, it’s because I’m not on my computer at the moment approving them. 


The winner was Becky, comment #14!  Congrats Becky, I know you’ll love it!

Nutter Butter Snowmen for a January Thaw Day

4 snowmen 

Snowmen.  Who doesn’t love to build a snowman?  Even at the age of – well, let’s just say – that even at MY age, I still enjoy building a snowman but the conditions have to be just right.

You know, a nice heavy snow.  About 28 degrees with no wind and some hot chocolate waiting for you inside. 

Ear Muffs

So when the conditions aren’t perfect or you’ve experienced a January thaw like we did, you have to compromise when you want some snow fun.

Turkey Wild Rice Soup in a brand new bowl!


See this bowl.

I made it.

Well, not exactly.

I painted it.

Isn’t it cool!

Monster Bars to start out a Stress Free 2013


Hey y’all!

It’s 2013 and I’m back!  I took a little vaca from the blog over the holiday and I’m rested and back to share some more yummy recipes with you in 2013.

As I was reading a bunch of other blogs these past couple of weeks, they all were sharing what they want to do with their sites and the type of recipes they were going to share in 2013.  You know, they set GOALS!

That got me to thinking.  What do I want to do? 

Actually, I said to myself “Crap, should I be setting some goals here?”