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Kids in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

The variations on Rice Krispies Treats are possibly innumerable.  And they have been a favorite treat of kids for generations.  They can be made with any cereal, toppings and mix-ins galore, and can be shaped into whatever the heart desires. And the recipe is so simple that our toddler can do them with close supervision.

Surprisingly, I don’t remember eating one, much less making one until I was in high school.  I made them with a friend at a friend’s house for a bake sale (still didn’t eat one, that I can remember).  But I feel the concept of a sweet, sticky cereal bar is perfect for kids.  And I figured it would be a travesty to let our little ones reach adolescence without having made and tried one.  Plus, my husband actually likes cereal bar treats, even though he is not much on desserts. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Baby’s First 4th of July, Sensory Play

This entry is part 25 of 33 in the series Baby Days

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With Independence Day coming up, I thought it would be fun to create a fun patriotic activity for W – this will be our baby’s first 4th of July!  Babies are so interested in tasting everything we put in front of them.  And our baby REALLY loves yogurt – a LOT!  So I thought I would create a fun activity for her to experience the most basic parts of the fourth of july: red, white, and blue, and stars!  Continue Reading

Nest Building

The King’s Fudge

This post is part of the Shrimp n’ Grits Southern Style Blog Hop.  You can find more information and more Southern themed blog posts at the end of this entry.


Elvis was known for loving some down home Southern food.  He was also known for loving peanut butter and banana sandwiches.  As an icon of the South, he knew good food when he saw it!  Some years back, in celebration of his birthday, Reese’s put out a peanut butter cup that had peanut butter and banana.  My husband could not get enough!  But, since it was a limited edition kind of thing, they are not readily available.

He is always tinkering with food ideas (some better than others) so he asked me if I could make his Mamaw’s peanut butter fudge and put banana frosting on it as a sort of replacement for his beloved candy.  I finally got around to doing it and the results are amazing.  Something The King would appreciate. He might say, “Thank ya, thank ya, very much” Continue Reading


A Fresh Love

I am in love.  We were meant for each other.  We fit.  He fulfills all my needs.  He accepts all my baggage. But sometimes he is a little bit too cold (almost icy, one might say).

Should we tell my husband?

Oh, he already knows about it.  I am having a love affair with our new refrigerator.

Isn’t he handsome?


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Nest Building

Easy Weeknight Dinner

We are recovering from some poor planning this week and some unexpected events.  And as much as I love to cook; without a plan, I am almost useless in the kitchen.  So last night when it came time for dinner, I was determined not to go get take-out…again.

Our go to meal to the rescue!

When our day has been a bit too hectic or I am just craving something easy, we often have this:

Mexican Tuna Salad

  • 2 containers of tuna in water (prefer albacore)
  • 2-3 Tbsp. red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Serrano pepper, finely chopped (seeded, if necessary)
  • 2 Tbsp.  cilantro, snipped
  • 2-3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • Pepper to taste



  1. Drain the tuna (if necessary, not necessary if you have pouches) and put in a medium size bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.
  3. Chill for a few minutes if you can.
  4. Serve with a half avocado per person, with crackers, as a sandwich, or with Doritos (D recommends the ones in the purple bag).

It doesn’t get much easier than this! The above measurements are best guesses, so feel free to adjust them to taste.

Last night I made a kid friendly tuna salad (just mayo and seasoning) and a quesadilla to go with it for G.  She ate a little bit of the tuna, but goes in for cheese any day of the week.

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