❤️ Cheesecake

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One of my favorite things to make for dessert after a ❤️ Day dinner is cheesecake. Made with reduced fat cream cheese, you can either make a graham cracker crumb or brownie base. After your cheesecake cools, the fun part is topping them. The possibilities are endless but one of my favs is a homemade Kahlua whip cream topped with chocolate stuffed raspberries. Some of my other favorites are (pictured above) fresh strawberries with a chocolate drizzle and a raspberry jam drizzled with chocolate.

ENJ❤️Y!!

xoxo,

Heather

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

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It is hard to believe that it is almost time for Valentine’s Day and what more could you want on Valentines Day than cupcakes and kisses?!  (Ok, maybe some champagne too!)  You can make your cupcakes from scratch or you can totally cheat and buy a boxed mix.  But I promise you it is worth the time and effort to make your icing from scratch.  There are tons of options to decorate the top of your cupcake, but since Mondays are always hectic and crazy, we thought it would be a good time to share with you a super simple idea…top the cupcakes with chocolate kisses!  If you want to get a little more creative, you can puree strawberries, put the puree thru a sieve to remove the seeds and blend the puree into your icing for a sweet and pink touch!

Enjoy!!

xoxo,

Heather

Happy 17 Years!

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17 years ago today, I said “I do” to Greg.  Our wedding day was a Fairy Tale.  A beautiful day celebrated with family and friends and surrounded by love.  Everything from the ceremony to the reception was as perfect as any Fairy Tale can be written.

But you see, the key to a successful marriage, I believe, is realizing that your wedding day is a fairy tale, but that doesn’t mean that everyday is a fairy tale and you automatically live “Happily Ever After.”  Your marriage is not a Fairy Tale filled with perfect days of “I Love You’s” or filled with perfect days of those butterflies in your stomach because you are just so in love.  The story of marriage is simply not found on the shelves of the Fiction section of the library.  Instead, marriage is an autobiography and a biography written by a bride and a groom in the non-fiction section.

A best friend, a partner, a husband, a Daddy…a groom has many roles to play in the story of a marriage.  The day you get married, your book starts with Chapter One that has 365 blank pages.  Each anniversary, you are given another chapter of 365 blank pages.  How you write those pages is up to the husband and wife.  There are a lot of days that the skies are so blue and the sun shines so bright and love is in the air.  There are a lot of days that love is perfect.  But there are days when the day seems stormy.  Love might seem like it is the hardest word to say.  Days when you argue.  There is health.  There is sickness.  That’s reality.  But how your chapter plays out is up to you.  How you write your autobiography/biography is a choice you make together.

Over the years, our chapters have been written to tell how we have bought 3 houses, had 3 children and have worked together in owning our own companies for many years.  Our story writes to tell about how we live, eat, breathe, work and sleep together.  We have been blessed with many things, but, we work at it.  We realize that just because we got married, life isn’t automatically “Happily Ever After” but “Together and Happy Ever After.”

So, as we celebrate 17 years and begin our next chapter, I start by writing I Love You, Greg.  I am thankful for everything we have.  I am thankful for the 3 wonderful children we have created.  I am thankful that we have each other.  I am thankful that we realize our own grass is green enough.  I am thankful that even when we disagree, we realize that we must say “I am sorry.”  I am thankful that we realize we must say “I Love You” each and every day because each day, each blank page, is a gift, a gift that we are not guaranteed to receive.

I look foward to writing many more chapters with you, Greg Suire.

Cheers to 17 years!!

Reindeer Cookies

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If you are looking to get your kids involved in some holiday baking, or you need something fun for them to do while you do your holiday baking, give them this super easy and super cute baking project. You can make your own sugar cookie dough and let the kids roll and cut their own circles, or you can cheat and buy the store bought sugar cookie roll of dough…just as yummy!
I used a royal icing recipe to ice the cookies…it’s the only recipe I keep under lock and key, but I am sure you can google one. Pretzels as the antlers, chocolate chips as the eyes and a red m&m as the nose and a few extras to munch on while you decorate!
Merry Baking and may your Cookies go down in History!!

xo,
Heather

Witch’s Brew

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I love martini’s but don’t love martini glasses. I find martini glasses way to hard to balance…especially if you are standing around at a cocktail party…trying to talk, balancing a martini glass…(and for us girls we are usually trying to balance ourselves in our fancy high heel shoes)…it’s just not in my realm of talent.

So, I like to serve my martini’s in more of a glass…something way easier to balance. In the spirit of Halloween, we made these Witch’s Brew Martini’s…aka chocolate martini’s. To add a little extra festivities, we melted chocolate & piped a Witch’s hat inside the glass, then filled it with vodka, Kalua & milk & topped it with a black & white straw…

Happy Halloween,

Heather

Costumes for Cupcakes

It’s Halloween so why not dress up your cupcakes too?!

We had a little fun & dressed up these cupcakes like Mermaids. We used Swedish Fish as the mermaid tale, pink jelly beans as hidden treasures and a take home ring to make all the Little Mermaids Princess collection complete!!

I’m not Super Mommy

So…I’m not super women. Never said I was and I’m never going to be.

But, as a mother of 3 children, a wife to a husband who is in the baseball business and works long hours and lots of days including weekends, I don’t have any family nearby and I don’t have a full time staff…I could really use some super hero powers some days…ok, everyday.

But…I haven’t found any super powers yet.  I still only have 24 hours in my day and extra helping hands haven’t magically appeared when homework needs to be done, a 3 year old is running around, laundry is waiting, carpools need to be driven, lovely technogy is causing your phone to ring and beep with texts and emails from school teachers pleading for you to sign-up to volunteer, school papers need to be signed and of course…it’s time to be making dinner.

So…how do I find those super hero powers or those extra helping hands to give me a few minutes of sanity so I can accomplish a few motherly tasks??  Well, I found it’s called TV.

Oh, I know…there are tons of people wanting to jump at me and tell me how awful it is too put your kids in front of a TV. How your children don’t watch TV. Or how kids should be playing or reading and not watching TV. But you see, I’m not Super Mommy. And one little side note, my children take ballet, tennis lessons, play field hockey, go to Brownie meetings, play golf, are on swim team, are in school plays, etc…so, is a little TV and quiet time for the children so mommy can stay sane and not go crazy while cooking dinner really that harmful?
No, I don’t think it is. Now, here is the point to my post today. I realized that what to watch on the TV could be an issue. My children are 3, 8 & 12…clearly the 12 year old does not want to watch Doc McStuffins. I checked out Disney Channel and realized it was full of what I consider bad attitude. Little House on the Prairie was too hard to find and I thought about old school Brady Bunch but that didn’t seem to interest them. The History Channel animals scared the 3 year old. And I wasn’t going to start letting them each sit in separate rooms to watch different channels because then that was just more rooms to be straightened up, more pillows to re-fluff…yes, I am OCD. So, here was the deal I made with my children…they could choose to watch TV together in the playroom but I got to choose the channel. They choose TV. I choose The Food Network.
Yup, the Food Network. I started with Cupcake Wars because I love to bake cupcakes. They were instantly hooked. But then they discovered the Pioneer Women. They watched 1 30 min show a day. Well, it has really worked in my favor. All 3 children LOVE to watch the Pioneer Women…but more importantly, they now LOVE to help me cook. They have even come to me and asked if they could make certain recipes.
So, in the end, I am still not Super Mommy but now, meal time isn’t so crazy. I can give them each a job in the kitchen…whether it’s scrabbling eggs, sprinkling Fairy Powder…aka Cinnamon…, peeling carrots or setting the table for “our event” and I can sanely find an extra minute or 2 to sign school papers, help with homework and go thru school folders.
Thank you Pioneer Women for making me feel like Super Women.
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