Chocolate Mousse Recipe

The past couple of weeks, my little one has been begging me to make Chocolate Mousse. I kept telling her to remind me to pick up cream at the grocery store. It took a couple of trips, but I finally remembered. The first time I purchased half and half instead of whipping cream and guess where the cream is still sitting, not used?

This recipe can be a bit labor intensive, but a labor of love for sure. So what better time to make it than for the upcoming holiday . . . Valentine's Day. This Chocolate Mousse is the perfect end to a date night with your loved ones.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip for Game Day Celebrations

If you are anything like my husband and I, your home is a football home! Are you planning on celebrating game day? Over the past few months, we have been making the most of Sunday football and having mini parties in our home to bring the children into the football fold. I have some amazingly simple solutions for an delicious game day spread to help your family celebrate Game Day.

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A New Year With Netflix

A new year has begun. A fresh start for everyone with resolutions in full force. My family has once again cleaned up (or out) our pantries and are on the path of healthy eating and an exercise regime. We are eating loads of yummy salads! (This one is a Fried Goat cheese Spinach Salad - YUM!)

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Heart Cut-Out Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

My daughters are little violinists. Music is part of who they are, even though they are so young. They have both been playing their violins for five years and they love to share their love of music with others. They do this by playing services in our church. They share their love of music with our church music director who is also our organist, Miss Linda.

My daughters adore Miss Linda and love to bring her special gifts and treats for holidays. Miss Linda is recently widowed and retired, although she still plays every Sunday in church. She has no grandchildren of her own and my girls have adopted her so she can have them! Since Valentine's is fast approaching, we wanted to be fully prepared with treats and gifts for Miss Linda for all the time she volunteers getting my girls prepared for services.

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Roasted Blood Orange Oatmeal

The other morning I woke up to a brisk 10 degrees outdoors. Winter is finally settling in on Chicago. I wanted to get the chill out of my home, so I opened my refrigerator door looking for something to bake. I spied some blood oranges and thought, 'I must roast these this morning'.

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AD Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Bacon, Walnut and Warm Italian Dressing

My son kinda has this thing for salads. Miracle of miracles as this child of mine is quite literally the pickiest eater on the face of the planet. When he was three years old, he ate nothing but bacon and tomatoes. Every.Single.Meal. Thankfully these days he will eat a bit more. Nowadays, he eats a spinach salad every day when he comes home from school, with bacon and tomatoes of course.

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FREE Museum Days in Chicago 2016

I grew up in rural Iowa and we literally never went anywhere. Ever, Never! But, as a child, I had no clue, because I was too busy riding my horse in pastures, jumping ditches on my mini bike and snowmobiling it huge snow drifts. 

That's country life for you.

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My 2016 Weight Loss Plans

I don't know about you, but with winter officially here in Chicago, my first thought is -- I'm going to gain so much weight! I'm going to gain weight because it is too cold to be outdoors and I simply sit indoors stuffing my face with comfort foods.

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New Year's Eve Party Inspiration

Who's ready to pop the bubbly? (I would if I drank, right?) We are gearing up for an end-of-the-year celebration here filled with confetti, sparkle, sips and dips and loads of fun! I am no longer scrambling with the Silly Season; but am happily and peacefully dreaming and counting down the last few moments of 2015.

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Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Holiday Feasts #MedievalTimes

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Show highlights bravery, honor and epic battles of steel and steeds for two hours. The action packed show is filled with horses, jousting knights, kings and princesses, an amazing falcon, serving wenches and a delicious feast.

During the Silly Season (the month of December), life can be quite hectic. I don't want to forget that my kids still need to spend time with their parents, just enjoying each other.  What better place to do that than at a Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Holiday Show!

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Elf on the Shelf Brings Cards From Santa

NINE DAYS! I always have somewhere to be getting to this month, like school, or church or a holiday party, and less fun things like work and groceries and I still need to get my holiday cards out! Nine more days to shop for the lists my children have provided me. Oh, and nine more days to send out my holiday cards.

One thing I haven't been putting off is the Elf on the Shelf antics in our home. He has been very good this year and surprising my kiddos with all sorts of goodies and giggles. My youngest daughter is really loving the adventures the Elf brings this month. She is still a firm believer and I want to hold on to that magic for as long as I can.

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