a NEW taste Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday!  You know, it seems like every time I need to take a treat to an event or activity, my day is just booked solid. Meaning I have to choose really quick and easy recipes to try! (I could just go buy store-bought cookies or something, but ewww! :o)

Anyway…this S’mores Crack Candy recipe is very quick and very easy and EXTREMELY sweet!!! Don’t say I didn’t warn ya! I got the recipe HERE.  Truly, more elaborate desserts are on my culinary bucket list:  Baked Alaska, Baked Brie, etc.  And one day I’ll have an entire day with nothing to do – an empty schedule – free time to do as I please – a day to experiment with elaborate dessert making.  Hmmm…am I dreaming, or what?

Have a great day!  Learn or bake something NEW!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


OK…I’m getting REAL CHEAP these days!  I was in the checkout line at Walmart and the peppermint patties were calling my name.  I picked up the bag and checked out the price.  I would’ve gotten four…maybe five MINIATURE peppermint patties for $1.  I thought to myself – What a RIP-off!…and then I remembered I’d seen a recipe for homemade peppermint patties online….somewhere…oh yeah…HERE!  So, I assume you can tell what I did.  I made a HUGE batch of peppermint patties for about $1-2 dollars!  They taste exactly like store-bought patties…but mine weren’t so perfect-looking.  But I think if I practice, their looks could improve. :o)

And…another thing I’ve gotta share…which I think is a BRILLIANT tip:  Take a power strip on vacations! GENIUS!  You know, hotel power outlets are few and far between, right?!?  So, with the whole family’s phones, and iPads/Pods etc. needing charging every night, that is one tip I hope to implement on our next trip! I discovered that tip HERE.

I hope you all have a fabulous day!  Do or learn something NEW!

NEW photos of my week #40


I finally remembered to take pics for Scavenger Hunt Sunday!  {Amazing!}  The list this week was: See, Sea or C  (I chose candy!); Chair, Symmetry (feathers are amazingly symmetrical)!;  Blanket and Giggle.  It’s nice to go hunting for shots this time of year, because beautiful shots don’t just pop out of this frozen tundra on their own…its not as photogenic as some might assume! Ha! :o)

I’m linking to Scavenger Hunt Sunday and Mosaic Monday

a couple of NEW recipes


OK…next time you have your oven on,  try this yummy {EASY!!!!} treat.  The longest preparation for these pretzel-rolo-m&m treats is unwrapping the Rolos!  Four…(4!!!) minutes in the oven and then smash them babies down with an M&M…and DONE!  Sweet but salty, chewy but crunchy deliciousness!  Actual recipe HERE.


AND….next time you buy a bunch of parsley, for whatever reason….and you have tons left over, try this NEW twist:  Green Beans with Walnut Parsley SauceYUM!  And it looks quite gourmet, don’t you think?   Both NEW recipes were quite delicious!  If you try them, please let me know what you think!

Have a great day!  Try or Learn or Do something NEW!

NEW Recipe…Almond Joy-ness


I love, loVE, LOVE coconut!  YUM!  So when I noticed this recipe for Almond Joy Bites at Will Cook For Smiles, I had to try it!  I also had  to share some of these delicious morsels with a neighbor…simply because it was just too dangerously fattening to have all these sitting on MY kitchen counter!  Spread the JOY, right?!?

Have a terrific day everyone!!!  Learn or DO something NEW today!

a NEW way to send birthday cash


Happy Friday!  Well…although my son is turning 21 (yikes!)….he is out of state and really only wants money….so this is what I’m mailing him!  Noise makers, candy, twisty straws, crete-paper birthday streamers…AND cash.  Trust me!…when the cute-sie HAPPY BIRTHDAY label gets put on, it’ll look adorable…kind of like this:

bdaybottle {source}

AND the birthday boy will wonder how I magically stuffed everything through the small opening at the top, right?  (Click on the source for a link to the tutorial).  If you’re sending cash as a gift, try a NEW and different method!  Have a great day!