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Kid Friendly Charcuterie

Kid Friendly Charcuterie

Call it charcuterie, snack boards, meat and cheese boards, whatever you will, these simple platters of tasty finger foods have burst into popularity. We’ve probably always seen them as party buffet staples, but these days they have elevated to elegance. Thing is though, when have you seen a kid happy and satisfied with any elegant food? I certainly haven’t. In fact, recently my oldest attended a rather posh dining experience with myself and friends where she laughed at all “the…

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Noncustodial Parent Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Noncustodial Parent Holiday Gift Guide 2019

The holidays are shortly upon us. If you’re a noncustodial parent like me, you’re putting the final plans on those holiday child visitation arrangements and getting more and more excited. The holidays often mean a bigger visitation stretch than normal for us, and that is a gift in itself. I hope you are as lucky as I am to get to plan for special times together just ahead. As joyful as reuniting during the holidays is, gifting during these occasions…

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July 4th Cupcakes

July 4th Cupcakes

America’s birthday is one of my favorite holidays.  Family, food, fun, summer, and fireworks all together is the perfect combination.  Cupcakes, of course, make that fave list for me too.  You saw that one coming, didn’t you?  🙂  This year I wanted to represent the stars and stripes in a simply elegant cupcake way.  Here are my super simple July 4th Cupcakes. To begin your July 4th cupcakes you’ll need some solid colored red, white, or blue cupcakes wrappers.  I…

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St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow and Pot of Gold Cupcakes

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow and Pot of Gold Cupcakes

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!  Mutton better than a holiday with coordinated sweets!  Cupcakes are the perfect treat for any occasion and can be easily outfitted to suit the theme.  Irish you would try these St Patrick’s Day Cupcakes for your St Patrick’s Day celebration. Puns aside, these cupcakes are simple and splendid at the same time.  They incorporate several artistic representations we associate to this holiday: rainbows and a pot of gold.  Now, I’ll admit I had shamrock…

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Harry Potter Class Valentines Everyone Will Love

Harry Potter Class Valentines Everyone Will Love

Valentine’s Day approaches.  People’s feelings about this holiday show both love and loathing.  You either love it or hate it.  Either way, if you have a child in school, chances are they are having a Valentine’s Day party.  For that event, they will need some sweet wishes to pass out to all their friends and classmates.  What better theme to use for your child’s valentines than the classic tale of Harry Potter?  Love is such a prominent theme in Harry Potter. …

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Super Simple Jelly Cranberry Sauce

Super Simple Jelly Cranberry Sauce

It’s just not the holidays without something sweet.  Everyone agrees on that, right?  While that’s luckily the case, cranberry sauce can be a polarizing subject.  Do you get the canned style, the chunky culinary style or something else?  Most people blame their choice on a consistency factor.  So, what to do?  Make or supply both?  Not in my house.  I try to simplify things with the holidays and have found this super simple jelly cranberry sauce to be the perfect…

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Cupcake Ideas Gallery

Cupcake Ideas Gallery

Just in case you’re new to my blog, I love cupcakes!  My blog existed for a while before I incorporated my love of cupcakes, which was shocking.  Now though I’ve been more in cupcake-making-mode and am sharing my Cupcake Ideas Gallery with all of you. I do not boast being professional by any means, but I am confident saying I can turn out some great designs, displays, and taste.  Much of my inspiration came from watching Sandra Lee on her…

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The Best Christmas Gift For Kids

The Best Christmas Gift For Kids

The best Christmas gift for kids isn’t difficult to figure out, though most of us overlook it.  Put down the Black Friday ads for this one.  Yes, really.  If you don’t want to take my word for it, just ask Cornell University’s Dr. Gilovich who studied and found money spent on an experience leaves longer lasting happiness than buying things.  Sure we all remember that amazing thing we received that one year, but if you think about it now, is…

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Fabulous Fall Flavored Cupcakes

Fabulous Fall Flavored Cupcakes

Fall brings many unique sights, sounds, activities and flavors that make this season a favorite of many.  Autumnal flavors stand out and bring this wonderful season to all our senses.  Baking is a favorite pastime to bring these flavors to life.  Of course, my favorite baked item is cupcakes!  This year to commemorate Fall I made 3 fabulous fall flavored cupcakes.  Surprisingly, no pumpkin cake flavor either!  Gasp-worthy, I know.  See below for my 3 Fabulous fall flavored cupcakes. I…

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Spiderweb Cupcakes

Spiderweb Cupcakes

Halloween has always had a special place in my heart.  Whether you enjoy super scariness or simple spooks to celebrate Halloween, one thing is certain, Halloween has to have treats!  Spiderweb Cupcakes are my go-to Halloween treat for any seasonal party.  The best part of Spiderweb Cupcakes is how simple they are!  It’s spooky how simple.  Read on to make your own Spooky Simple Spiderweb Cupcakes! First, gather your ingredients and tools.  The things you will need to make Spooky…

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