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I'm of 2 minds about this - pinterest can be exhausting and the ideas can look unattainable, but some of us love a good handmade, put your crafty heart into it party. I'm a SAHM and having a crafty project like a party sometimes is great for me. We usually host 4 or more parties a year between 2 kid birthdays, Halloween and Christmas. Plus, we are a crafty family so we have lots of supplies on hand at all times. I also love cooking and baking. So for those who are so inclined, it's not hard to pull off pinterest worthy party without too much stress. I don't go super crazy but lots of handmade little touchs around a fun theme. I'm just saying not to judge. All of us are good at different things and enjoy putting our time into different projects. It has nothing to do with how much you love your kid. We all just express ourselves in different ways.

Throwing The \"Perfect\" Kids Party When You're Not A Pinterest-y Parent Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/22/14 11:13 AM

Barbies in a shoe organizer is one of the best storage solutions we have ever implemented. Now I don't have to brush their hair every time because the crazy hair used to drive me nuts!

Best of Both Worlds: Stylish & Organization Toy Storage
2/14/14 11:33 PM

I love baking barley too. So easy and you can add so many flavors like lemon & parmesan, sundried tomato, pesto, roasted garlic, etc., etc.

How To Cook Tender, Chewy Barley Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
2/5/14 03:07 PM

Homemade chocolate caramel nut clusters. The cheatdaycafe blog has a good recipe for caramel from her chocolate caramel pretzel rod recipe. Make caramel and then let cool for a couple minutes so when you dollop on top of a pile of nuts, it doesn't spread much at all. And you could vary the nuts and type of chocolate. I just chop the chocolate and use 2 bowls, one with hot tap water and one smaller bowl inside with the chocolate and just keeping changing out the water and stirring until it is melted and ready to dollop on top. Great Christmas hostess gifts/party dish.

What Can I Do With Lots of Nuts? Good Questions
12/9/13 12:31 PM

Cook your dressing in a casserole dish lined bottom top and sides with cabbage leaves and then covered with lid or foil. Steams like in the bird and delicious every time (and does not take on cabbage flavor). 2- 3 hours but not the whole time bird is in.

Thanksgiving 2013 Open Thread: What Are You Making? Any Last Minute Questions?
11/27/13 09:03 PM

Taste of Home garlic onion cheese spread -apricot, cheese, bacon-so delicious.

Help! What Can I Do With Too Much Bacon? Good Questions
11/14/13 12:17 AM

Ina Garten's pan fried onion dip is a great use for caramelized onions. I use far less fat than she recommends though-maybe a tsp/tbsp of each butter and evoo to several onions. It's decadent but so worth it for a great party dip.

How To Caramelize Onions Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
10/16/13 11:26 PM

I have one icebox cake recipe that my mum used to make us. I have made it for my kids but never really thought to try different flavors (it's vanilla). The Lemon Ice box cake sounds amazing and would probably be the first thing I'd make from the book (and now that you shared the recipe, I guess I could make it sooner but if she can think up that, then I think I will love a lot of her ideas).

Enter to Win a Copy of Bakeless Sweets by Faith Durand! Cookbook Giveaway on The Kitchn
5/9/13 03:18 PM

I use half butter and half olive oil, maybe a tbsp of each for 2-4 onions. I start them on medium until they are really soft and then turn the heat down to medium low and just be patient. I stir every 5 minutes or so but mostly just let them slowly cook away. It takes at least 30 minutes depending on how big you cut the onions etc.

How Do I Keep My Caramelized Onions from Burning? Good Questions
4/16/13 10:58 AM

Cheesecake "cake" balls - this recipe w/o crust scooped into balls and coated in dark chocolate.

Or homemade turtles, using this caramel and I prefer roasted almonds and dark chocolate - make a day or two ahead and they're even better.

Or these coconut macaroons dipped in white chcolate:

Make-Ahead Recipe to Win a Bake-Off in One Bite? Good Questions
3/28/13 09:53 AM

Of course, I should suggest that you could use any leftovers for this divine and simple coconut pound cake:

10 Great Meals to Cook with Coconut Milk
3/19/13 09:59 PM

I second the freezing leftovers comment. Works great, I often add it to soups to lend some dairy-free creaminess and only need 1/2 cup or 4 or so ice cubes for that.

10 Great Meals to Cook with Coconut Milk
3/19/13 09:57 PM

These cococnut macaroons dipped in white chocolate are my most requested cookie:

Also, maybe not as elegant but equally as loved are caramel chocolate pretzels:
(I have also used that caramel recipe to make homemade "turtles" with either almonds or pecans and they were a huge hit)

I agree that bars/batch recipes go further for your effort but I think individual portions like cookies, tarts, buns, pretzels, etc. are prettier and more well-received when it's not an informal house party.

Best Homemade Baked Goods for a Work Seminar? Good Questions
3/12/13 11:21 AM

I just made balls like these but with medjool dates, roasted almonds and rolled in unsweetened coconut. I love them and I told the kids they were date candy and they ate them up. I'm going to make some up for an ice fishing camp we're going to this weekend. They'll be a super handy snack. And while I would eat nuts and fruit separaetely, I have one kid that will only eat nuts if they're ground up so sometimes mixing flavors and textures just makes them appealing to the whole family.

How to Make Easy 3-Ingredient Energy Bars at Home Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
2/19/13 05:47 PM

Boiled & mashed carrots & rutabaga with honey, salt & pepper, made ahead and just warming in some crock pots would be nice, it's so simple but so good. Also, you could do a dip for a 3rd snack, easy to make a huge batch and then portion out to tables. Something like Sweet Paul's Feta Dip which I ate way too much of this holiday season. So good.

A Homey Budget Wedding Meal for 120: The Menu Homemade Weddings
1/17/13 07:55 PM

I got this for Christmas and like it so far. Love her Clean Start book too. I'm not vegan but the premise of her recipes and most of the ingredients are ones I try to use, like nut butters, maple syrup, honey, and lots of veggies to make healthier snacks and meals. I've been pleased with how much my kids like her healthier desserts too.

Clean Food by Terry Walters New Cookbook
1/16/13 04:15 PM

We did this for Christmas, mugs for Papa and Grandma. My kids are 4 and 6 and I just asked them to draw something about the person and they were really precious. You're right, only a mother (or papa, grandma, etc...) could love but still so very worth it to give something handmade and see the pride in their eyes. It was a simple and inexpensive project.

Kid-Designed Custom Ceramics Small + Friendly
1/16/13 12:16 AM

I am no expert but I know my own body and I was in a similar situation, and after doing some research and reading the JJ Virgin Diet (a book about food intolerance and how to test to see if you are sensitive to certain foods), I found there are just certain foods (even foods you think are healthy and are but maybe just not for your specific digestive system) that make me bloat and feel like crap and excluding those makes a world of difference in size and just feeling light and right. I exercise a lot, eat really clean but sometimes you just might need to find out if certain foods as opposed to calories are causing you trouble.

Help! I Eat Sensibly & Exercise, But I'm Not Losing Weight Good Questions
1/10/13 11:02 AM

These are great for getting everyone to have more greens, especially the kids. We don't follow recipes but my 6 and 4 year old love a version with pineapple, mango, spinach, and a little OJ to thin it out and I love frozen banana, PB, yogurt, almond milk, and a squirt of honey as a meal replacement on the go if I'm out running errands.

A Super Start to the Day: Green Smoothies
1/3/13 10:39 AM

Absolutely, I love our annual photos. As your children age, traditions like this are sweet and all the pictures are memories, whether they are crying in them or not. And if you prepare them and go earlier in the year, it's not unbearable at all. It's all what you make of the experience too, not just the Santa or the kid. If you're really not into the Santa thing, take an annual photo of them mailing a letter to Santa or something. Any chance to have a scheduled yearly keepsake and watch those pictures change over time is a treasure.

Pictures with Santa: A Worthwhile Tradition?
12/17/12 03:22 PM