Peppermint Mocha Cookie Recipe

Peppermint Mocha Cookie Recipe


Although I love a hot, delicious Pumpkin Spice latte, my favorite beverage this time of year is Peppermint Mocha.  Serve up a plate of these cookies, made with a special peppermint mocha cookie recipe, at Christmas parties and gatherings this year!

Chocolate Cookie Ingredients:

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Visit Texas Christkindl Market Arlington TX

Christkindl Market Arlington TX

Texas Christkindl Market Arlington TX

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Arlington 2011 Christkindl Market Day Two photographed Saturday, December 2, 2011. Photography by Bruce E. Maxwell.[/caption]

We love holiday events, but are always unsure about the best ones in our area, and if they are even family friendly.  This year we will be attending the Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington, TX and here's why!  

First of all, the event is free and parking is free.  It's not a gamble to if your family will like it and if it's "worth it," because you only spend what you want to spend.  It's an open air market where you can shop for gifts and holiday decorations, enjoy German cuisine, holiday beverages, live entertainment, events for the kids, and much more.

Christkindl Market Arlington TX

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Top Gifts for Boys 2015 (Ages 5-8)

Top Gifts for Boys 2015
Top Gifts for Boys 2015

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Are you ready for the holidays?  The boys have asked for so many different things for Christmas, but I have made a collection of gifts that I think will be the biggest, top gifts for boys ages 5-8 this year.  Some of them are NOT brand new toys, but are still loved favorites.  And, it should be noted that these toys are NOT just for boys.  Since I am a boy mom, I cannot speak for the girls, but my guess, though, is that boys and girls alike, and even grown up boys and girls will love these gifts!

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Cooking With Kids Recipes Cookbook Is A Great Gift for Grandparents or Grandchildren!

Cooking With Kids Recipes Cookbook

Finding gifts that parents, grandparents, and kids alike can be tricky.  We want to encourage quality time with the kids, both for us and the grandparents, so I know this sweet book would be loved by all.  The Berenstain Bears' Country Cookbook: Cub-Friendly Cooking With An Adult is wonderful and the perfect gift to encourage togetherness.

Even at 7 years-old, the Captain was so excited to get this book.  He thumbed through the pages and picked out a few favorites that we could make together.  He loved the idea of enchiladas and we made them that very night.  There are some truly delicious ideas in this fun book!

There are many cooking with kids recipes in this cookbook!  From "Bear-y Delicious Scones" for breakfast, to mini pizzas, chicken quesadillas, and even some delicious desserts and snacks like a mug brownie or blue-beary pie, there is so much to choose from.  The Captain wants to make these crustless tuna sandwiches together soon:

Cooking With Kids Recipes Cookbook

At the end of the book, there is a precious prayer to pray before meals.  Also, a "Sweet Facts About Honey" page and a Kitchen Measurements help sheet make the cookbook extra special.

If you have a child that loves the Berestain Bears, loves cooking with parents or grandparents, or just need a gift for a child that you love, definitely head over to Family Christian and a copy of this book.  It's utterly sweet and will provide for many delicious meals, all made with a little one.  And, enter to win one of two copies in the Rafflecopter below!

Visit the Sci Tech Discovery Center in Frisco, Texas {Giveaway, Too!}

The boys have always been go, go, go.  They want to do everything, see everything, and explore everything that there is to explore.  A few weeks ago, we took the boys to the Sci Tech Discovery Center in Frisco, Texas.  The wind was cool that day, but they needed to get some energy out, so this was the perfect family outing.  The discovery center is the perfect size for exploring different exhibits without having to walk everywhere.  It is open and spacious, and we all really had a fun afternoon there.

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Easy Pancakes, Anytime! {Giveaway For Texas Residents, Too!}

Easy Pancakes, Anytime!

Easy Pancakes

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Our family loves breakfast, it's true.  Any time of the day, we can enjoy breakfast foods!  in the morning, especially, it's essential to have quick things to cook that are ready in a snap, but most of the convenience breakfast foods are just not very healthy.  I have found a way to make delicious, easy pancakes in no time flat, and they're made with simple ingredients, too.  

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Family Dinners are Important, Even On Busy Days {Dinner Table Question Game Printable}

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Fall is a busy time of year for us. Like most families, we have school, sports, and church events, holidays, and also three birthdays!  All of the boys were born in November or December and it's a crazy time of year!  Some days are so jam packed, that we resort to quickly eating whatever we can find in the fridge or going out to eat.  I simply cannot be stuck in the kitchen for hours, although I want to always provide my family with good tasting, all natural foods.

Keeping the freezer stocked with easy to prepare foods is a must for this time of year.  I was thrilled to see the selection of homemade comfort foods by Blake's, at Walmart the other day.  And right now, there's a great deal on ibotta that will make stocking up on Blake's frozen foods even smarter.

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Throw a #StickAPic Photo Party for Teens!

Throwing a StickAPic Photo Party for Teens

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Throwing a Photo Party for Teens

Hubby is a youth minister and has events for the youth group often.  Yesterday, he threw a big area wide event for our youth group and five other churches.  Over 80 teens and pre-teens joined together to eat, worship, and have fun together!  Events like this are always a huge undertaking, but so much fun and well worth it.  I received a great StickAPic party supply box around the time he was planning the event, so we planned a fun photo party for the teens!  In the party box was HP ink, HP social media snapshots sticky photo paper, glue, decorations, plates, napkins, snacks, craft supplies and embellishments, and a Michael's gift card for purchasing extra craft supplies.

At first, I was not sure that the teens would be up for this idea, but it turned out great and they LOVED it!  I mean really, what teen doesn't love taking pictures?  The theme of the night was "Not Alone," about how even when we aren't with anyone, God is with us.  So the instructions were simple…find a friend or more and I'll take your picture for you.  (No selfies!)  We got a few props, which some used and some didn't:

Throwing a StickAPic  Photo Party for Teens

A friend made a vibrant backdrop out of PVC pipe, colored tablecloths, and decorations:

Throwing a StickAPic  Photo Party for Teens

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Garlic, Garlic, Garlic! A Collection of Delicious Garlic Recipes {Plus An Awesome Gift for Cooks This Year!}

Garlic is the pungent, flavorful clove that has been a staple in many cuisines for years.  It has also been used for medicinal purposes, and is known as having antibacterial properties.  Sure, you may need a breath freshener after you eat it, but man, is it delicious!  My boys LOVE garlic.  We use garlic powder and dried garlic often, but really, there is nothing like the taste of freshly pressed garlic.

Garlic bulbs are easy to grow year round and also store for a long time.  If you love to grow garlic, Farm Fresh Feasts has tips on roasting and freezing garlic.  

I have collected some wonderful garlic recipes in this post, and I hope you will find some new ones that you love!  And make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for a great gift idea for cooks and garlic lovers this year. 

Garlic Kale Hummus – Strength and Sunshine

Fire Roasted Game Day Salsa – DFW dad

Tomatillo Salsa – Life With Captain Fussybuckets

Garlicky Dill Dip – Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats

Homemade Hot Sauce – Ann's Entitled Life

Quick Garlic Seafood Appetizer – A Lady in France

Tomatoes Farcie – A Lady in France

Chicken Tajine – A Lady in France

Coriander Garlic Grilled Chicken and Green Goddess Sauce – Strength and Sunshine

Roasted Garlic Artichoke Pasta with Chicken – Ann's Entitled Life

Asian Lettuce Wraps – Life With Captain Fussybuckets

Garlic Chicken with Fettuccine and Kefir Sauce – Life With Captain Fussybuckets

Salami and Ham Stromboli – Life With 4 Boys

Paleo Paprika Cauliflower Rice – Life With 4 Boys

New Orleans Style Shrimp and Grits – Life With 4 Boys

Chicken, Shrimp, and Sausage Paella – Life With 4 Boys

Savory Cinnamon Slow Cooker Chicken – Life With 4 Boys

Asaparagus with Butter Garlic Sauce – Recipes To Make

Homemade Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks – Recipes To Make

Bimbimbap – Recipes To Make

Southwest Chicken Soup – Recipes To Make

I recently found, what I believe, is the best garlic press!  I't s a great price on Amazon right now, too, less than $15 when it is regularly $25.  I love using this garlic press, which can also be used as a ginger press.  It's a mincer, chopper, grater,  and you can use garlic with or without peel, which I love because I hate peeling garlic!  It's just sturdy and constructed well.  It feels like an expensive kitchen tool, but it is inexpensive while being very high quality.  Best thing, it's dishwasher safe and won't rust.  It would make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook or just loves garlic.  It's one of the best gifts for cooks this year!best price for garlic press best price for garlic press

VeggieTales Live! Little Kids Do Big Things! Coming to Verizon Theatre, DFW!

If your kids love "Veggie Tales" and you're in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Texas area, you should definitely take them to "Veggie Tales LIVE!" on November 28th at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie!  Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and all of their Veggie friends will be there for the VeggieTales Live! Little Kids Do Big Things tour.

Fans of all ages are sure to love this show.  Join the crew in a musical review that celebrates kids and the fact that with help and faith, they can do big things, too!  This all new production features live performances of Veggie silly song favorites like The Hairbrush Song and I Love My Lips as well as songs that inspire like Big Things Too.  This high-energy show is jam packed with VeggieTales greatest hits.

VeggieTales provides wholesome, quality entertainment that promotes values and lessons kids use for a lifetime such as telling the truth, sharing and forgiveness.   

Tickets to VeggieTales Live!  Little Kids Do Big Things tour can be purchased at, by phone 1-888-929-7849 or at the theatre box office.  A limited number of VIP tickets are available, which include premium seating and a special meet and greet with your favorite VeggieTales characters!

For the most up to date tour itinerary and additional ticket and tour information please visit