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Wilton Level 1 Cake Decorating Class – Week 2

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I signed up with a co-worker, Margie, to take the Wilton cake decorating (level 1) class this month at Joann Fabrics. It’s a four-week class and teaches the basics of cake decorating, making your own decorating icing, and creating the famous Wilton flower. Easy peasy, right? Well…almost. Once we get to class, it’s fun and […]

Penny Pincher: April 29 or May 15- Eat Chicken Free at McD’s!

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McDonald’s now has a chicken sandwich that is very comparable to Chick-Fil-A! Since we do not have Chick-Fil-A anywhere near us, we were extremely anxious to try out this new Southern-Style Chicken Sandwich. We went through Wheaton’s drive-thru yesterday after church, ordered our sandwiches, then noticed an unbelievable sign on the window that said: “Tuesday, […]

Daring Bakers Challenge: Cheesecake Pops

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Cheesecake, Chocolate and Graham Crackers…oh my! The day is finally here! I couldn’t wait to post this recipe, and I almost posted at midnight last night, but I was just SO tired from spending the entire last two days with my mom and little sister in Chicago. Don’t get me wrong…it was a blast, since […]

Guest Post: Dr. Ben on Milkshakes

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[From Nikki]: I haven’t had much time to cook/bake blog-worthy recipes lately, so I asked my husband, Ben, to serve as a guest writer and post about his expertise…milkshakes. Anytime we go out to eat, Ben searches the menu to see if the restaurant offers a milkshake. I’ve learned, from observation, that he has acquired […]

Penny Pincher: Eat. Drink. Save Money. by Restaurants.com

At Restaurant.com you can buy a $25 gift card for $10! Or, a $10 gift card for $3! There are thousands of restaurants to choose from nationwide. We used this website the other day and bought a $10 gift card to one of our favorite local BBQ joints, Uncle Bub’s. It was only $3, so […]

We’re Bored Cupcakes

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Ben and I were in Tennessee visiting a couple of our best friends for the weekend. One couple is pregnant with their first child (it’s a girl!) and both couples have new homes. So, it was a lot of fun to see Kristin’s pregnant belly and see the new homes. One evening us three gals […]

Mini Twice Baked Potatoes

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I made these potatoes for my friend’s Memories Illustrated party.  They were a big hit!!  Read about the party here. Mini Twice Baked Potatoes Printable Recipe 1 lb. gourmet red potatoes (about 1- 1 1/2 in in diameter) 1 c. medium cheddar, finely grated 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely […]

Memories Illustrated Party

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Two Saturdays ago I hosted a introduction party for my friend, Jamie’s, new business called Memories Illustrated. I have posted about her business before and how much I love her work. She creates handmade notecards, recipe cards, business cards, and comic illustrations of memorable events. Anyone can custom order pretty much anything for these products, […]

Spiced Mini Burgers with Coucous Salad

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I made this meal a few weeks ago, and finally getting around to posting it. So sorry to keep this prize-winning meal from you until now! This is delicious and quick! The couscous salad is awesome and lasted us for days because it made so much. I’ll actually make the couscous salad for a potluck […]

French Breakfast Puffs (aka Mini Cinnamon Muffins)

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Sunday morning I was craving something sweet out of the oven. I decided to search my friend’s food blog, Stacey’s Kitchen, to see what she had. Right away I found these under her breakfast label. I’m glad she described them as cinnamon rolls, because the name “French Breakfast Puffs” just didn’t sound like what I […]

Hello, Cupcake!

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I bought a new book this weekend that I’m pretty excited about. Ben and I were at Barnes & Noble, and it caught my eye. What’s even more exciting is that this same book was featured on Martha Stewart today! That means I have good taste! I can’t wait to learn some good tricks and […]