Author Archive | Darlene


4th of July S’mores Cones

If you haven’t decided yet what you’ll be making for dessert on 4th of July, whatever you make….make it simple. If you’re like most of us, you’ll have a house full of friends & family, the grill going, kids playing, music blasting – all getting ready for the fireworks.  The last thing you need is […]

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Summer is upon us and I’m already anticipating the hot humid days ahead. Although I grew up in Texas, you would think I’d be used to the heat, but I seriously dread it. To me there’s nothing fun about sweating as soon as you step outside your door, always worrying about sunscreen, making sure everyone […]

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Bourbon Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butter Sauce

  One of my fondest childhood memories during this time of year is going to visit my grandmother, opening her refrigerator and finding Capirotada (Traditional Mexican Bread Pudding). I remember eating this every weekend during Lent. Capirotada is a bread pudding that contains cloves, cinnamon, sugar, bread, dried fruits, fresh fruits, nuts and cheese.  It’s […]

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DIY Olympic Crafts for Kids

The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies begin tonight, so we decided to do a few DIY Olympic crafts, perfect for the kids! I purchased five 9.8 inch foam wreaths from the Dollar Store to make the Olympic rings.  I had some left over crepe paper rolls from various birthday parties I was able to use for […]

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A Jeweled Tree

The loss of my grandmother almost five years ago hit me hard.  Her home was the center of many family celebrations, milestones and Sunday brunches. She was a strong-willed woman, independent, very giving and the person who held the family together. Her loss has been felt tremendously these past few years, especially during the holidays. […]

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Saying yes to “Yes Day”.

Saying yes to “Yes Day” It all started with this picture of Jennifer Garner on Instagram.  First of all, if that’s the way Jennifer looked after a “Yes Day” with her 3 children, then there’s no hope for me. That’s the way I look at the end of most days when I’m just trying to […]

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

With the weather changing and all things “fall” upon us, one of my favorite home cooked meals is a good soup. But with busy schedules during the week, I’m always looking for a quick and easy recipe. I try planning out meals for the week, but as usual work schedules get busy, things come up […]

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15th – October 15th there will be numerous celebrations throughout Central Florida for Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a wonderful way to not only enjoy various types of food, drinks and music – it’s also an opportunity to learn about the different Hispanic cultures. The 15th is the date that coincides with the […]

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Mom You're Beautiful

When a compliment stops you in your tracks

“You’re so Beautiful.” A compliment that just stopped me in my tracks. They weren’t said by my significant other and I guess that’s what caught me off guard. Usually when he tells me I look beautiful, I point out all the things that I see wrong with myself. I’ve gained weight, I look old, I […]

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Breakfast Smoothie Popsicles

Every parent knows how creative you have to be in order to make sure your kids are eating healthy. The last few week my little girl has been addicted to popsicles. I’ve even caught her going to the freezer in the morning and try sneaking one for breakfast! I didn’t even know she could open […]

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“If there’s no fire, flood or blood – work it out.”   “If there’s no fire, flood or blood – work it out.”  When I first heard my sister tell her kids that, it cracked me up. She’s 6 years younger than me but has been a mom a lot longer than I have. We […]

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