Jamaican Smile Cocktails

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When I was lounging on the beach in Jamaica at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort sipping on sweet and delicious Jamaican Smiles I was thinking of you.  I know, I am so generous, right? They were so tasty I knew that I wanted to recreate them at home to share with you all to help make it ...

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Filling

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I feel like fall needs to hurry on up and get here.  There are apples to be picked, and pumpkin delights to be baked. This series of heat waves we are having in September is not in my plans for fall baking! I want all the fall foods!  Bring on the apples and bring on ...

US Weekly’s Family Movie Night #PopcornPartyTime

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This post is sponsored by Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn Who's coming to Boston on September 12th to watch a movie with us? Come down to The Prudential Center, South Garden at 6 pm 9/12 for US WEEKLY’S FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT!  The movie night is open to the public- and who doesn't want to have a fun family outing ...

Family Homework Station

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We just redid our kitchen. Well, everything except the ceiling. The floors were redone, new cabinets, counters, kitchen sink...it's all new, it's all freshly organized...and we have so much more cabinet space. Tons more. Enough that I was able to save some space for a family homework station to have everything the kids need for ...

Cajun Sausage with Black Beans and Rice

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Today's families are often in a rush going from school, to meetings, to various activities. We need quick and easy meals that do not take a ton of time, but still offer a balanced meal for the kids and adults. Variety and flavor are the key to making them popular with the family- who says ...

Homemade Rum Cream

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Have you ever had rum cream?  No? There is a reason why, it is a specialty mix that is sold in Jamaica and unless you have had the pleasure of lying on the beaches there you probably have not had it since it is not available in the U.S. Still, even if you haven't tasted ...

Pumpkin Dryer Vent Craft

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Have you seen the adorable dryer vent pumpkins floating around?  I really wanted to try my hand at one but wanted to create something a little different and with a little more impact. I thought that a Pumpkin Dryer Vent Craft topiary was just the thing- perfect as a centerpiece on the table or and ...

College Survival Kit Care Package

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I remember my college days as some of the best years of my life. I loved venturing out on my own, discovering a new sense of independence and meeting new people. But I went to school far away from home, and I admit – there were times that I felt a little homesick. (This is ...

Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Breakfast Bowl

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If you are looking for a new fun breakfast idea that satisfies your sweet tooth, adds fiber, and  flavor to your morning, look no further.  Using the Friendship Superfood Generator I threw together this yummy Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Breakfast Bowl.  The Superfood Generator is easy to use. You can create a recipe from their suggestions ...

I’m not doing ok today.

I can't "be ok" today. It's not happening. Grief is bubbling out of me like a fountain today and I cannot fight it.  It needs to flow. The reality that both my parents are gone is just overwhelming me. The reality and the pain. The heartbreak. It sucks. My dad died on April 12. I ...