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Pecan-Oreo Fudge Bars

Eric and I went camping for the first time with our one-year-old son.  It was actually a lot more fun than I thought it would be.  (Camping with a child is a new adventure for us.)

We went floating on an inner-tube in a lazy river, played with my sister’s energetic dogs, and took lots of walks around the campsite.  (Matthew’s learning to walk but can’t quite do it on his own yet.)  We made hobo biscuits and s’mores, and ate lots and lots of junk food.  And the dogs got a little bit too.  They certainly weren’t deprived.   (No, we didn’t give Matthew’s food to Sadie the dog, but she certainly wanted it!)

Here are some pictures of the beautiful river behind our campsite.

I am not a gardener, (so I couldn’t tell you the name), but this wild flower on the bank was so lovely, I just had to take its picture.

So when we were invited over to our friends’ house for a birthday dinner the day after returning from our trip, I wasn’t sure what to make.  (It had to be easy since I was tired from all the laundry and cleaning up.)  Continue reading


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Chocolate Mint Sundae Cups

Mmmm, I love mint and chocolate. Especially warm mint and chocolate.  I bought some mint chips over the Christmas holiday and was waiting for the perfect dessert in which to use it.  And the idea came to me yesterday.  This dessert provides all the comfort of chocolate and mint in a cookie, ice cream, and syrup kind-of-way.  I was craving a comfort dessert and thought, what could be better than a baked cookie with ice cream on top? Well, nothing of course!  (Or nothing else at that particular moment.)

But the real kicker was that I was thinking about this dessert while I was walking with my baby yesterday.  Why is it that everytime I exercise hard, I have to have something sweet when I’m done?  There’s something wrong with this picture.  No baby weight is coming off as a result of this routine.  It’s cruel irony, that’s what it is.  So while I ponder why my brain and stomach aren’t communicating, here’s a great, easy, comforting dessert recipe.

You can use any chocolate chip recipe, or a refrigerated cookie dough to make this even faster.  I like to use my favorite cookie dough recipe from my grandmother.  She uses white chocolate chips, (which I normally use), but I used half semi-sweet and half mint this time.  Cream two sticks of butter in a stand mixer (about 30 seconds or so).

Add brown and white sugar.

Cream for a couple of minutes until light and fluffy. Continue reading


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