A Simple Sock Bouquet

Father’s Day is just a few days away. If you’re still struggling to come up with an idea for the Dad in your life then the sock bouquet is the way to go. It’s fun and creative, but totally practical. Kids love to help make it and Dad will love his new pairs of socks, and (if you’re like me) you’ll get perverse satisfaction in love getting rid of all the old ones riddled with holes. Also, you’ll love how easily customizable a simple sock bouquet can be to cater to Dad’s favorite colors, teams, you name it.

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Shaving Cream Colored Easter Eggs

Most holidays I’m on top of things. I have the house decorated long before it’s socially acceptable. I have itinerary’s for each holiday activity and which day would be best to do it on leading up to the main event. For some reason though, I either remember the dying of the Easter eggs, or forget until bedtime the night before they’re supposed to be dry and in the kids baskets when the bunny’s come the next morning. This year I wised up and decided to get our eggs done a few days ahead of time. I also decided to change things up. Who would have guessed that using shaving cream to make colored Easter eggs would have even the teenagers wanting to get in on the action??

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PEEPS Pudding Cups

Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, EITHER WAY, Peeps play an iconic role in Easter candy every year and for sure in my kids’ Easter baskets. My husband swears there’s nothing greater than a stale peep and they all look forward to seeing the newest creations every year. I thought the Hubs would lose his mind when he discovered orange cream Peeps, dipped in Orange Cream fudge a few weeks ago. So yeah, Peeps. I thought I’d show him and the kids a new way to enjoy their favorite Easter treats: PEEPS Pudding Cups!

Peeps Pudding Cups

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Despicable Me ‘Minion’ Easter Eggs

The sons all love the minions. Even my teens packed the couch for the newest installment of the franchise. I’ve actually had to take the fart gun away on occasion because while living in a house of dudes I can appreciate a good fart joke (obviously, I’m the one who bought them the thing), but even I have my limits some days. Still the Minions are adorable and they made the perfect little Easter egg craft, especially for the youngest son’s little hands. He though the idea was amazing, and it was simple enough for him to execute with minimal help from Mom. Any project that he can do on his own is almost always a hit, I mean who knew that 6 was the new 16? Mr. Independent!

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Steak & Guinness Pie

This is the second of this year’s recipe trilogy in honor of Saint Patrick’s day. Guinness got just about everything right with their traditional stout, but one thing my father never told me as he slowly sipped it from an ice cold mug, is that it could be so much more than just a relaxing night cap. Last year we introduced you to our Guinness beef stew. This year we built on that idea and decided to put it in possibly the best dinner pie of all time. Steak and Guinness Pie is rich, it’s hearty, and embraces one of the tastiest Irish dinners of all time. Merging a beef pot pie with the tenderizing and fortifying flavors of Guinness stout is pure genius.

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Whipped Mashed Potatoes & Dijon Stout Gravy

Every year for St Paddy’s Day we enjoy some variation of Corned Beef & Cabbage. It’s tradition. And I almost always let my brisket slow cook. When it’s done? It’s so tender it’s like slicing through butter. The cabbage and carrots are like little sponges that absorb every ounce of the magically delicious broth. We pair it with a good glass of stout, and colcannon and you might find you open your mouth to talk only to have ‘Top of the morning to ya’ tumble on out. But, if you’re looking to up the anti, trust me, and include these creamy whipped mashed potatoes topped with our thick, rich Dijon stout gravy. 

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15 Great Ideas for Valentine’s Day– Recipe Roundup

 
 Valentines Roundup
 
 Valentine’s Day is almost here again, and whether you’re looking to make a lil somethin’ for a loved one, or maybe just for yourself (hey, self love’s important too), we’ve got you covered. We have teamed up with a great group of bloggers in this recipe roundup to bring you a list of 15 ideas that are all relatively easy to make, and perfect for spreading the love to anyone of any age, even baby.
 

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Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze

Do your kids get up at the crack of dawn on special holidays and *try* to tip toe through the kitchen and *secretly* make you a 5 star breakfast that they then lovingly hand deliver to your bed side (dribbles of milk going over the side every other step or so)? Yours too?? For years it was cold bowls of cereal or plain peices of toast that then left crumbs all over my covers, but I couldn’t help smiling through every bite. As they got older, it graduated to scrambled eggs, even pancakes, and I thought I was in heaven, breaking my fast with a meal fit for a Queen (and one that created less mess was an added bonus 🙂 ). And then the older sons got even older, and under years of my diligent, often forced tutelage, they got really good at improving upon the classics. Like pancakes for example. Red Velvet Pancakes. With Glaze Frosting. Because why wouldn’t I want that hand delivered to me for breakfast any day of the year? Crumbs on the coverlet be damned!

Red Velvet Pancakes

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