Chocolate Pen- Gift idea for creative tweens

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The girls and I had some fun while the boys were at soccer practice last week. We took out the much-asked-for the Chocolate Pen from Skyrocket Toys that they and their friends have been seeing in commercials and have all been wishing for and had some {yummy} creative fun! We were lucky that I'd been [...]

Coq Au Vin with Root Vegetables

Coq au Vin with Root Vegetables- label

This Coq au Vin with Root Vegetables is the perfect cold weather dish- cooking it in a dutch oven just gives the flavors so much time to meld and enhance one another. The meat is delightfully moist and almost melts in your mouth! 5 lbs chicken thighs and drumsticks 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil [...]

5 advantages to shopping small business


When I was little, we lived in a pretty close knit neighborhood. A few times a week, my mom would give my sister and I $.50 (yes, that is two quarters) to spend at the corner store. This was the hub of the neighborhood. The best way to explain it is if you were to [...]

Join us for the #ChocolateHistory #TwitterParty 11/17

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This week will be full of firsts for me. I'm excited to announce that I'm going to attend the 2015 Colonial Chocolate Society meeting in Washington, D.C., along with my friend Tammilee and our friends at American Heritage Chocolate.  I'm even part of the conference- I'll be doing an "Ask the Blogger" session with Tammilee!! [...]

Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein


Two of my favorite things in the world are books and Christmas.  Naturally, when we see books relating to Christmas, we grab them.  We have a whole bin just of Christmas and December-ish holiday books that come out every year with the decorations. It's always fun to see old (and new) favorites to read come [...]

Fabulous Fall Foods Roundup

fabulous fall foods recipes roundup

  One of my favorite things about fall is all of the fun, fabulous food flavors that "come out" after a summer filled with grilled everything and light, refreshing dishes.  Fall means more comfort foods, colder weather, crisper air, and oh, so many delightful ways to enjoy foods that just seem too heavy in warmer [...]

Join us for the #AdoptLove #TwitterParty 11/13

adopted kitty

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PetSmart Charities for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. YOU are invited! Yes, you! Come in your pajamas, or your fanciest cocktail attire!! We'll be celebrating PetSmart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend (November 13-15, 2015) with the #AdoptLove #TwitterParty 11/13 from 1:00pm-2:00pm EST. Hope you'll [...]

Share a Meal to Give a Child a Brighter Future

Share a Meal to Give a Child a Brighter Future

It may be the child who sits next to your child at school, or the child who comes for a sleepover Friday night.  It might be the little ones in the nursery at church.  It might be your own child. The fact is that hunger hits close to home.  1 in 5 children in America [...]

Easy Holiday Appetizer Recipe: Crabbies


It's hard to go long between mid-November and mid- January without being invited to a gathering of one kind or another.  We've already got things on our calendar, and it's barely November! I don't know about you, but I always try to bring something along when we are invited to someone's home or gathering- some [...]

Simplifying Date Night


Date Night- So important, so hard to actually carry out. At least for us-with two that are only 7 and 4 getting time to ourselves is almost nonexistent. There is the arranging a sitter, making plans, and then getting out the door. It can also cost an arm and a leg to finance after you [...]