Stop Lookin'. Get Cookin'.

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

Thursday’s Thoughts – Thank-you Notes

One of Stop Lookin’ Get Cookin’s sponsors is an excellent magazine that I have read for several years now periodically.  The only reason I’m not an avid reader is that it’s a little hard to come by in my neck of the woods but recently they added an online version for everyone to read.  Now, I’m still a paper, magazine or book in my hand girl, but when something good is out there and it’s only available online, I will read it there. 

Coulee Parenting Connection is a free, family focused magazine based out of La Crosse, Wisconsin with 12,000 copies in circulation.  They have won several national awards and after you read it, you will know why.  Their ads are mainly for the greater La Crosse area but the majority of their articles are written with any parent in mind in any part of the country.  And isn’t the little boy on the front cover just the cutest thing?  Doesn’t he just make you smile and know the cheerful holiday season is here?  I just want to pinch his cheeks!

Wordless Wednesday – December 7, 2011

Cookies for Santa – Chewy Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Every year we leave Santa a plateful of cookies and some carrots for his reindeer.  And every year there is at least 1 or 2 cookies missing from the plate on Christmas morning.  Do you think Santa gets tired of eating the same cut out sugar cookies he’s had at the Arch house for the past 16 years or does he look forward to them?  I have to ask, because this year, I want to leave Santa a plateful of these – Chewy Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies.


This recipe has been in my recipe box for years.  I don’t make them very often and I’m beginning to wonder why?  Actually, I know why.  It’s because they are gone faster than you can say “Chewy Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies” 3 times in a row without messing up.  Yes, they are that good.  So if I made them more often, I think the awesomeness of these cookies wouldn’t be there. 

Crock Pot Pork Roast

Has anyone else looked at their December calendar and wondered how you are going to fit everything in this month that needs to be done?  There are school concerts and sporting events.  There are company, family and church Christmas parties.  And don’t forget the decorating, baking, shopping and wrapping that you need to do too.

And then the one thing everyone in the house is still expecting with this busy schedule – dinner every night.  Well I can’t help you with the shopping and wrapping, but I can help you with what to make for dinner. 

Friday Find – Unique Gift Idea

This time of year you can spend so much money on gifts that don’t mean a whole lot to most people.  Oh sure, that 42” flat screen TV would bring many hours of entertainment but is it in your budget?   Nooooo.  Do your kids really need another toy that may be played with for a few hours and then stepped on and broken?  Nooooo.  Does your wife really need new diamond earrings (why yes, yes she does! I mean, no, not really)?  Do your parents need more stuff in their house?  Nooooo.