Homemade Chocolates

Homemade Chocolates

This is a public service announcement to the men of the world. Listen closely, boys, because I'm only going to remind you of this one time. Are you ready? Here it goes:Next Tuesday, February 14th, is Valentine's Day. DO. NOT. BLOW IT.Back in high school, performance on Valentine's Day was everything. Giant teddy bear? Check. Heart shaped balloons and bouquets of carnations? Check, check. Brian McKnight/ KC and JoJo mix tapes and folded loves notes  shoved through the vent of your locker? Might as well be the boyfriend starter kit.Once you get to college, things escalate a bit. Dinner dates, rose bouquets, and jewelry are the new gifting norms, although, if you can land a guy who opts for concert tickets and cooking classes, YOU ARE WINNING AT EVERYTHING.Unfortunately, after college and into adulthood, Valentine's Day loses a bit of its luster. Babysitters are impossible to book, restaurants are too...

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Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

It's here, it's here! Does it feel like Christmas morning, or is it just me? It's MONTH OF CHOCOLATE ! That time of the year when you get mouth-watering, ooey gooey, chocolate filled// topped// smothered// drizzled// speckled// dipped recipes ALL. MONTH. LONG. Can you even stand it? Okay, so #monthofchocolate is not exactly a thing YET, but you better believe that I'm going to do everything I can to make it one. You see, I belong to the small minority of people (outside of the folks at Hallmark) that gets really revved up about Valentine's Day and all the lovey dovey, heart shaped candy and tacky stuffed animals that come with it. So I decided to dedicate this month to the ingredient that everyone loves most throughout February and serve up all chocolate dessert, all the time. If you happen to belong to the rare breed of human that doesn't like chocolate (I'm looking at you,...

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Lavender Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

This past week on "Real Housewives of Alabama," Kate drove to the big city, hopped a plane to Orlando, and spent a kid-free weekend at the beach with her college girlfriends(!!!) Yes, it's true- for a glorious 72 hours, there were no diapers to change, jobs to clock in to, dirty boxer-briefs to pick up off the floor. Just 4 gals, the crashing waves, and a super classy box of red wine. With no deadlines to meet or tiny humans to tend to, the hours of the day passed lazily with cozy blankets and rabbit trails of conversation that usually began with "Remember when...

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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

As a mom, one of the concepts I teach on repeat to my eldest is sharing. At two years old, my daughter already knows when she's done wrong by refusing to share her toys, snacks, or even love and affection with others. I don't expect her to master such a skill for quite some time, but I keep pushing her to do so, recognizing that learning to share from an early age will only benefit her.We adults, though...

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Cheddar Cornmeal Chicken Pot Pie

Cheddar Cornmeal Chicken Pot Pie

Full disclosure- it's 65 degrees outside. I can almost promise that there's not a single person in the state of Alabama that is actually interested in eating this cheddar cornmeal chicken pot pie right now. But sometimes we do weird stuff on this blog, so let's not shy away from it. Let's just go for it.Growing up, I can remember eating those personal pot pies that came frozen in a tiny foil pie pan. I'd pick out the peas and hide them under the rim of my bowl until the dog got close enough to eat them out of the palm of my sticky little paw. Now, as an adult, I appreciate pot pie for its comfort. A thick and buttery stew, bubbling with chunks of chicken and diced veggies, all topped with a flaky pie crust, somehow feels cozier than a cable knit sweater. Pot pie dinners feel like home.This,...

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Trail Mix Cookies

Trail Mix Cookies

There's a few things I need to get off my chest today. So if you were in need of another inappropriate post about my breasts- here it is. (!!!)Let me start with a shout out to all the baby mamas out there that manage to nurse their children for extended periods of time. Ladies, how do you do it? Is there some sort of magic cream or ancient metal nipple shields that I need to know about? When the kid starts teething, do you play through the pain? Because over here, it is just NOT HAPPENING.  George is 8 months old today (Why?! How?! When?! Didn't this just happen yesterday?), and although he is still nursing, I can promise you that his days of voyaging on the Maidens of the Milk (my boobs, obviously) are numbered. Teeth, dwindling supply, and a vivacious 2 year old sister that is highly distracting every time George saddles up to...

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