May 242016

This shop and my cookie cake recipe have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CelebrateWithM #CollectiveBias

Austin has requested a cookie cake for his birthday for as long as I can remember.  So when he returned home from paratrooper school just in time to celebrate his 20th, I knew I wanted to make my cookie cake recipe for him.

Perfectly Patriotic M&M's® Cookie Cake Recipe

Birthdays aren’t the only time of year when a cookie cake is requested.  Every once in awhile I’ll get a text that says, “Hey, if you’re not busy, could you make me…”  And along with a savory dish of some kind (homemade chicken nuggets or white cheddar mac & cheese) will be a cookie cake. Continue reading »

May 292012

Before moving to Louisville, I hadn’t heard of Cost Plus World Market.  But during a shopping trip our first or second weekend in town, we stumbled across it in a new shopping area next to the malls.  They had tons of products from all over the world – including lots of art, which is what we were looking for during our first few visits.  This might sound silly, but at that time I also purchased a silicone spatula with a wooden handle for like $3 and it is still my go-to spatula all these years later.

I had wanted to do a little decorating for Memorial Day, but as there were just going to be a handful of us spending the day together (we had our big party on Sunday), I didn’t want to go all-out.  So I went online to search for some fun, yet low-key, Americana items that I could use for Memorial Day.  I wanted things that I could also keep and build on for the Fourth of July, when we usually have a big family gathering.  I saw a number of cute things on the Cost Plus World Market website, and since it’s nearly across the road from Babies ‘R Us (where I needed to go to get Bubbles a new swimsuit), I thought I would stop in and see what they had.

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May 242012

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5th, 1868 by General John Logan as a day of remembrance for those who have died in our Nation’s service.  I encourage you to observe a moment of silence for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Or if you’re feeling particularly patriotic, visit a cemetery and leave flowers on the headstone of a fallen soldier.

Vietnam Vets Memorial Wall

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