How to Cure Cabin Fever with Kids

AHHHHHH!Did ya hear that all the way from my house in IL? I wouldn’t be surprised… it’s my frustration with THIS WINTER. I hate the cold anyway, but this winter has been especially brutal. Days when the city basically goes on lock-down and you aren’t supposed to leave the house. Days when Ryan’s preschool is cancelled (again… and again). Days when it snows so much, we can’t get out of our driveway.

We’re all going a little stir crazy over here! Not just me, but the kids, too. Some days there just isn’t

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Easy Chocolate Pecan Pie

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is baking! I hate to cook, but I will bake any day… I have strong feelings for anything chocolate 😉 But just because I love it doesn’t mean I’m always great at it; I’ve ruined my share of recipes.

Once, I frosted some dessert bars before they were cool and they got soggy and gross. Of course I’ve left things in the oven too long and burnt them. But the most

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Chunky Pumpkin Spice Cookies with cream cheese icing

When October hits, I’m one of those people that run out to get everything ready for fall, including pumpkin, pumpkin, and MORE PUMPKIN. I decorated for Halloween at the end of September. Pumpkin spice latte? Yes. Pumpkins on the front porch? Yes. Bowls full of fall-colored Hershey’s kisses, Reese’s pumpkins, caramel apple suckers, and Pumpkin Spice kisses?! YES. Hershey’s sent me a BOX full of candy and I was in HEAVEN.

Before the bowls of candy disappear (they are going quickly around here, haha), I decided to get creative and make something fun. You

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I. hate. meal. planning.

~I received meal planning services from eMeals to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own!

You’d think this far into my “wife” and “work-at-home-mom” career thing I’d be used to planning dinners and cooking. Nope. Not a fan. When I cook, I HAVE to have a recipe, I’m terrible at throwing things together… so for me, the hardest part about cooking is figuring out what in the world to make! I realized that if I sat down every weekend and figured out meals for the next week–and then went to the store for

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easy coffee cake crumble… in a cup!

So awhile ago I saw something on Pinterest about a brownie in a cup. Say whhhhhat?! I mean, the idea is so totally simple, yet I never ever would have thought of it. Maybe because I will always prefer making an entire tray of brownies to eat instead of just one, haha. But for real, how cute is a brownie in a cup?! So much fun for your kids to make or to serve at a dinner party!

Oh and it’s made in the microwave. Yea, EASY.

So we all know I’m a coffee

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pumpkin muffins with cream cheese

Pumpkin Muffins with a Cream Cheese Filling

Soooooooo good! When fall rolls around I love all things pumpkin! And I’ve been known to eat cream cheese straight from the container with a spoon…. yep. I said it. So combine two of my favorite things?!

They’re pretty easy to make, you just need to plan them a bit in advance because the cream cheese filling needs to be frozen. And next time? MORE TOPPING, nom nom nom.

And to give credit where credit is due… I saw these on pinterest (of course) and

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sweet and salty halloween treats

The first time I saw this simple and delicious treat was at Christmas time years ago. My great friend Jacalyn always made them. Then I started seeing them for fall or halloween treats with candy corn instead of red and green M&Ms.

Well… I went to the store to make these for the fall… I got excited by the cooler weather and our trip to northern Wisconsin… but it seems I was a bit ahead of the game. The grocery store didn’t have any candy corn out yet!!! AHHHHHHHHH!

I was totally bummed, but

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