All Kinds of Sweetness, Going On.

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     Every day, my morning starts off with sweetness, when one of my triplets gets me my coffee, and delivers it right to my sleepy-self, with a kiss and a hug.  A day is bound to be good, when it kicks off with 2 of my favorite things in this world: my kids & my coffee. 

     They know just how I like my coffee too.  A small plop of light cream, and 1 teaspoon of sugar, please.
Three or four years ago, we switched from using white granulated sugar, to sugar in the raw.  If I was going to use sugar in my coffee, the raw form seemed to me, at least in some small way, to be a better choice.  The only time I use sugar at all really, is in my coffee, and while baking.  The baked goods are mostly for my kids and husband.… Read More

Valentine Chocolate Covered Spoons

Chocolate covered spoons are something we have been intending to try making, for awhile now. There really needs to be no upcoming holiday to make them. But when there is a holiday coming up, it’s another good reason to go ahead and make them!
If you have never heard of chocolate covered spoons, they are just what they sound like they are:  spoons covered in chocolate!  And then prettied up.  They can be used to to stir your coffee, hot chocolate, warm milk, etc – to add some chocolatey flavor to your drink, or make licking your spoon that much more enjoyable!  Meanwhile, if you’ve made a whole batch, they just look pretty sitting in any container in your kitchen.Read More

Banana Cream Cocoa

If you love chocolate and bananas, you just might love this hot sweet treat, in a cup:  Banana Cream Cocoa.

I do love chocolate. Don’t all women?  I also love bananas. But somewhere along the way, I saw a pattern, and realized eating raw bananas is not a good idea for me. My stomach goes to hell and back, trying to digest it.  Lots of pain involved. (Does anyone else have this issue?).  But, I can eat bananas cooked in all other forms:  banana bread, banana nut crunch, banana pancakes, Banana Hannah, (just kidding.  Wasn’t me. Swear.)  And once upon a time, I loved eating chocolate covered bananas.… Read More

Cocoa Colada

If  “sometimes you feel like a nut”, and could go for an Almond Joy, this Cocoa Colada just might be a quick fix for you.  If you bake quite a bit, you may already have all of the ingredients. Or you may not.  But the few things you need are worth running to the store for. Of course, then you could just pick up an Almond Joy, I suppose.  But, that’s beside the point.

Here’s a super simple easy recipe, for a little coco-nutty twist on hot cocoa! Like most of my recipes, this one too is ‘kid approved’ by our kids.… Read More

Serving Up a Hot Cider Drink, just as you ordered….


Many of you did indeed request the hot cider drink simmering on our stove the other day.  I must say, our kids can’t get enough of it.  We all started a WICKED FUN project out in the bitter cold and snow today. (That’ll be coming up in a few days or so, on the blog here.)  Soon after we came in to warm up, we decided to make another batch of this cider to enjoy.  It smells and tastes SO good.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Please note:  The ingredient amounts listed below must make one-big-batch!  We’ve been making it by halving the amounts, and it’s been plenty enough for at least 2 cups each, for our family of 6.  But for many more people, it might be best to make the whole batch.  This WOULD be a GREAT treat to serve, if you are entertaining a small party.  I think guests would be impressed with such a delightful warm beverage, and appreciate it coming in from the cold too.  So here it is.  If you make it, let us know what the verdict is at your home!Read More