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Chocolate Chip Reece PB Brownies

Ready for a WOWZER of a delectable treat?

Seriously, how can you go wrong with a sweet treat that contains a

chocolate chip cookie,

a Reece PB Cup


a Brownie????

Doesn’t get much better than that friends!


They are sooooo easy!!!!

Here are the ingredients that you will need:

– Brownie Mix and the ingredients to make them
(egg, water and oil)

– Reece PB Miniature Cups

– Pre-made Chocolate Chip Cookie Squares

– A Brownie Pan (you can find these at the grocery store)
I believe a muffin pan would work too.

Step 1:

Grease your pan.

Step 2:

Break off 1 1/2 squares of the chocolate chip cookie dough.

Step 3:

Press Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough down like this:

Step 4:

Place a miniature Reece’s PB cup on each of the pressed cookie dough.

Step 5:

Prepare brownie mix (according to directions) and poor directly onto the top of each cookie/Reece cup.  Don’t fill too full!  I left about 1/4 of an inch from the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes.



GeoCaching – The Best Children’s Treasure Hunt!

I hope everyone is having a great summer.

Yesterday, I was looking at the calendar and then looking at my summer bucket list… wait, where did the summer go?? I have way too many things to do on my list and only a month left!!!

I am a mom on a mission.

No matter what,

I am finishing that list!! 🙂

One of the things on our list was to try Geocaching. I had heard about it awhile back and knew it sounded like something my boys might enjoy.  For those of you who have never heard of geocaching, it’s like a treasure hunt, using map coordinates.  I logged on to  the Geocaching website, signed up, clicked on our city, and chose our first “hunt” that we wanted to participate in – we picked the “Anniversary Cache”.   I grabbed the GPS, and we were off to find treasure!

The boys and I found our first geocache pretty easily (now looking back we must have looked pretty silly running around a church parking lot holding the GPS and going in every different direction!).  When we located the treasure “spot” (which was a bird house),  I don’t know who was more excited the boys or me to see what was inside.


Our “cache” as they are called, had a log (we got to journal that we were there) and a “treasure box”.

There were several trinkets in the box and my oldest son was thrilled to get a cool vintage gum trap – he loved it!

The boys were excited to leave a special treasure that we had purchased at the dollar store in the treasure box for the next geocache player to choose.

 My kids had the best time and my oldest son is already planning our next hunt!

I have to admit I had a great time too.

Happy boys and a treasure hunt – now that is a good day!

Thanks Mandy for having  me!

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Escaping the Heat and My Kitchen Cabinets

Hello Everyone!!!

I really haven’t fallen off the face of the earth…. just taking another short road trip and my timing couldn’t have been perfect.  We hit 108 here in Fresno for almost 3 days in a row. Miserable.

My first trip was to see my daughter, Madison in San Luis Obispo.  This is her first summer to spend away from home, stay where she goes to college, and work.  She turned 21 on the 15th.   Her sorority sisters and best friends took her on a “Pub Crawl” in San Luis Obispo.  Apparently, this is tradition.  I didn’t stick around for that one… I made sure she was in good hands and I headed home!

I was home just long enough to go to Physical Therapy (good ol’ sciatica acting up), come home, repack and my hubby and I headed up to beautiful Huntington Lake.

We had a wonderful time.

No TV or computer.

We did have cell phone coverage…

which my hubby took full advantage of….


We spent beautiful, quiet evenings on the boat, just floating….

Mia loves the boat, although, she isn’t a fan of her life jacket.

She has been known to jump in thinking she could chase a duck!

When there aren’t any ducks around…

the boat lulls Mia to sleep.

Changing gears here…

I have started on a huge project… my kitchen cabinets!!!  Here is a little sneak peek….

Yup, I’ve got my work cut out for me.  I’ll keep you updated on this project!

I have a delicious recipe to share with you this week that is AMAZING and Tracie has a great project that she will be sharing on Thursday.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer.

I’m ready for it to be over with!



Corny, Corn, Corn Recipes

 Another summer time food is upon us….

Here are some yummy recipes that I have been collecting on Pinterest.

I’m making the Roasted Corn with Cilantro Butter this week.

The Out of This World Corn Dip is TO DIE FOR so be sure you pin it and remember to make it
at your next social event.  Your guests will be wanting the recipe also!

Steph from Crafting In the Rain shows us an easy way to shuck corn.
You won’t want to miss her simple tutorial.


1.  Healthy Sweet Corn Relish from Cooking Light

2.  Out of this World Corn Dip from Inspired By Charm

3.  Avocado and Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette from Shelter Interior Design

4.  Easy Corn Shucking from Crafting In the Rain

5.  Cilantro Corn Fritters with Chili Mint Sauce from Food and Wine

6.  Roasted Corn with Cilantro Butter from Skinny Taste

7.  Paula Dean’s Corn Salad from Food Network

8.  BBQ Corn with Mexican Spicy Butter and Lime from Eat Drink Daily

I’m heading to the beach for a few days of R and R and to celebrate my daughter turning 21!

I’m looking forward to getting out of the valley heat.

Temperatures here will be reaching 108 while I’m enjoying temps in the 80’s.

Oh yea!

Have a wonderful Monday!








The Sunshine Award

Wow! I’m so excited to share with you…

Lori, from Bleak 2 Unique awarded me the Sunshine Award!!!

She made my day!!!!

So here is how the award works. First, you say thanks to the person who gave you the award and link back to them (Thank you Lori from Bleake 2 Unique!). Next, answer the following questions about yourself. Then, choose 10 of your favorite bloggers and link their blogs to your post…remember to let them know you are nominating them. Finally, be sure to copy and paste the award button to your blog.
And the questions are….

1. Favorite color – this is a tough one for me!  I don’t think I have a favorite color because I like so many!  I like to wear browns, greens and navy.  LOVE Fuschia Pink (but wouldn’t want to decorate a room in my home with it) and I love “living” in black, red, green and gold.   Does this mean I’m abnormal??????

2. Favorite animal  – Definitely a cat.  I love that they are so independent.  I don’t feel guilty leaving them and going on vacation!

3. Favorite number – 21

4. Favorite drink – A Dirty Martini with 3 olives please!!!

5. Facebook or Twitter – Facebook – it’s easier for me to understand (and I can keep up with family and friends).  Still not quite understanding Twitter.  I just click on the Twitter button when I post something new… it goes to Twitter Land and from there… I have no clue!

6. Good book or good movie – Definitely a good book.  I can use my own imagination to developing the characters and scenes.

7. My passion –  Making my environment pretty and doing it for others.  As I grow older I have realized my mood is affected by the ambiance of a room.  Nothing is better to me than moving furniture around, painting a wall or a piece of furniture.

8. Giving or getting gifts – Most definitely giving gifts.  I would prefer not to receive them (unless it’s a piece from Mackenzie-Child :-))! I love the challenge of finding the perfect gift for someone, preferably something that they would never buy for themselves.

9. Favorite day – Friday – I allow myself this day for no chores and not feeling guilty!  If I want to sit and watch TV all day long, then that’s what I do.

10. Favorite flower – Hydrangeas – love the deep pink ones.

Here are 10, (out of many more), of my favorite blogs that I am giving the Sunshine award to…

Mommy and Me Journals

I came across a great idea that a “friend of a friend” had pinned on Pinterest (yes, I have become a stalker!).  Jenn, from Mama Jenn Blogs had posted about a Mommy and Me Journal.

I pinned it and thought it was such a cute idea, but wasn’t sure that my boys would think it was as special as I did.   I decided to give it a try anyway.

My oldest son had been gone for a few days visiting his grandparents.  I wanted him to know how much I had missed him while he was gone.  I found a composition book, wrote a letter to him and left it under his pillow.

Much to my surprise, that night, under my pillow I found the notebook with this letter back to me!

He loved it!! He was giggling and so excited!!

It has been over a week and every night I have gotten a letter back from him. Because Alex is more on the quiet side and not a big talker or writer, when I write my letter to him, I ask him questions.  I have also found the cutest jokes online.  I write them in the book and HE LOVES THAT!!!

I decided to try a journal for my 3 year old.  For his,  I drew a picture and told him to draw me one back.  He was so excited.  He draws me a picture every night after he finds my picture that a drew for him, in the book under his pillow.  I have the cutest pictures all in one book!

These were so easy to make. I just got composition books (that I picked up at Walmart for under $2). I cut and glued card stock and then used scrapbook stickers for the letters and the decorations. Quick, easy and so far a big hit!!!!!!!!

These notebooks are so special and I know years from now, I will treasure all these special letters and pictures between me and my boys.

Thanks Mandy for having me!!!

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How to Prepare a Wire Planter for Planting

I thought it would be a good time to delve into the old posts and see what I could find that ya’ll might find interesting (since I’m on a bit of a summer break!).  It’s amazing to see just how far I have come along in photography pics for the blog!  I DO hope you agree with me… I’m a little better, right?? right???? :-).

These are so much fun to make.  They are all over my fence!  Hope you enjoy!

I love to find old wire/iron planters.  I have several hanging on my fence with ivy, bacopa and choleus.  I have found that if I put them in a spot that gets a little bit of morning sun and mostly afternoon shade, they do great!

A few weeks ago I was at our local nursery and was drooling over all of the iron planters.  They are not cheap!  I fell in love with the big baskets that have a handle (I know there is a name for these but for the life of me, I can’t think of what it is right now)…cost: $125!  I could not justify a wired basket (rusty, mind you) to put in my flower bed IN MY BACKYARD!

Two weeks later I was with my daughter-in-law, Karen (who by the way is the funnest and bestest d-in-law I could hope for), at the Long Beach Antique Fair and low and behold, right in front of me was the EXACT wire basket that I had seen at the nursery here in Fresno!!! The price…$25.  I couldn’t grab it fast enough.  I was sure there was 10 people behind me just waiting to pounce on this amazing, rusty, wire basket! ha! What a treasure I had found!!!  By the way….if anyone can share with me why these metal things are so expensive….I would LOVE to know!!!  Don’t they just weld and bend the wire?????

Let me share with you a very simple tutorial on how to prepare your wire basket/planter for planting a plant (tongue twister, yet again):

Here are the items that you will need:

Wire basket/planter (try to find a planter that doesn’t have too much room between the wires on the sides, as the moss will fall through and not hold your soil, I’d say no more than 4 in), plants, 5 gallon bucket filled half with water, dried green moss (I used 2 bags for this project) and Miracle Grow Moisture Control (love this stuff).

I have been able to find the dried green moss at smaller nurseries.  I believe that Michael’s and Joann’s carries it also.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to find it at Lowes or Home Depot.

1.  Fill your water bucket 1/2 full with water.  Submerge the moss  completely into the water and let it sit in the water for about 30 minutes.

2.  Gather handfuls of the wet moss from the bucket and gently squeeze (I mean gently because there are sticks in it that poke!)

3.  Once it feels fairly dry from the water being squeezed out (start on the bottom of your planter) placing a thick layer of the moss.  Continue this up the sides.  Sometimes I will place one hand outside the planter and one hand inside the planter and push the moss from each side.  Be sure to use large, thick pieces of the moss.  You don’t want any holes, otherwise the soil will fall through.

4.  Be sure to go as far up the sides of the planter as you are able to.  I go a little bit over the edge.

5.  Fill your container about 1/2 full with the Moisture Control Soil.  I have found that Miracle Grow makes the best!

6.  Add the plants.

7.  After the plants are in, cover the base of your plants with the moisture soil.  Fertilize and water.


WARNING:  These are very addicting!!!!!