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

This post has been brought to you by the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau. All opinions are mine.

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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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake {Chick Fil A Copycat}

There is finally a chill in the air and while pumpkin spice everything is still divine, there's nothing quite like the pairing of chocolate and peppermint for the holiday season.  I love to sip on a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks, but for a cool treat, Chick Fil A has THE best Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshakes!  If you find yourself craving one of these beauties on Sunday or when it's just too cold to go out, here's how to quickly and easily whip one up at home!

Copycat Chick Fil A Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake


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Order Your Holiday Desserts Now from Collin Street Bakery

Apple Cinnamon Pecan Cake

This holiday desserts post was brought to you by Collin Street Bakery. All opinions are mine.

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are such a wonderful time of year.  Spending quality time with the family, eating delicious food, and just being able to relax is a great change of pace from the every day grind.  If you're a mom or especially a grandma, you might be a little bit stressed just thinking about all of the work that has to be done during the holidays.  I know that my mother and mother-in-law both spend countless hours in the kitchen, preparing the holiday feast for all of us.  

This year, why not make it easier on yourself and others in charge of cooking by ordering your holiday desserts from Collin Street Bakery?   We have tried the luscious praline pecan cheesecake and were in awe of the exceptional quality and flavor.  A great holiday treat is the Apple Cinnamon Pecan Cake, which is pictured above.  Washington apples are sprinkled with cinnamon and folded into Collin Street Bakery's unique honey batter and THEN topped with delicious, crunchy native Texas pecans and slivered almonds.  It's a special treat that arrives in a keepsake tin and if refrigerated, can stay moist and delicious for months.

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What Are The BEST and WORST Halloween Candies For Your Child’s Teeth?

This Halloween post has been brought to you by Jefferson Dental.  All opinions are mine.

This Halloween post has been brought to you by Jefferson Dental.  All opinions are mine.

For quite some time, I tried to keep candy away from my oldest.  Ha!  With candy at every holiday, church gathering, school event, and even the bank and other stores, it was impossible.  I did think to teach him about moderation and teeth brushing, but it is a constant struggle, for sure.

The effects that Halloween candy can have on your little monster’s teeth will make you scream. Although one night of candy probably won’t hurt, prolonged snacking can cause wear on tooth enamel.  I've gleaned some great tips from Jefferson Dental for the best and worst candies for your (children's) teeth!  While you sort candy together, keep in mind these tips for picking treats that are best and worst for your bewitching smile!

Candy to Avoid

  • Hard candy that slowly dissolves in your mouth like Jolly Ranchers or suckers can be especially harmful because of the amount of time the sugars sit on the tooth’s surface.
  • Jaw breakers and other hard candies can chip teeth and dental crowns.
  • Chewy candy like taffies, toffies, gummies and caramels can get stuck in the crevices of your teeth, and continue promoting decay for hours or even days!

Candy that is "Okay"

  • Sugar-free candies and gums are best for adult and developing teeth. In fact, some of them actually encourage saliva production, which is the #1 defendant against cavities.
  • Chocolate-based sweets, especially dark chocolate, rinse from teeth easily and in some cases have even been shown to provide beneficial antioxidants when ingested.
  • Powdery candy, while sugar-based, dissolves quickly and doesn’t stick to teeth.

Alternative Halloween Treats

  • Apples with yogurt are a good “sweet” snack that doesn’t coat the teeth in sugar. Apples are thought to be good for the teeth because the natural crunch disturbs plaque.
  • Carrots, cucumbers and celery with dressing. Veggies aren’t the top choice for kids on Halloween but try out these  fun ways to serve up healthy alternatives.
  • Crackers, popcorn and savory snacks come in festive fun-size packaging like Halloween candies do, but rinse from teeth more easily than sugary snacks. Be wary of sticky, marshmallow or caramel coated treats that stick to teeth.
  • Drink water while eating candy to help rinse sugar off of teeth. Beware of chasing Halloween candy with soda or fruit juice that add another layer of sugar on the surface of the teeth.

Halloween tricks and treats will make you smile but to avoid the ghostly effects on your teeth of continuous sugar snacking, always brush, floss and rinse your mouth after eating candies. Help kids understand the healthy limitations of eating Halloween candy and the importance of good oral hygiene to ensure a Halloween full of smiles.

Take care of your child's teeth every day to avoid dental issues.  Check the infographic below for great tips!

Dental Health for Kids

FREE Halloween Pictures of Your Costumed Kids at Portrait Innovations

This Halloween pictures post has been brought to you by Portrait Innovations.  All opinions are mine.

Every. single. year, I always forget to take pictures of the boys in their costumes until the very last minute on Halloween, when they're out the door, itching to go trick-or-treating.  Sometimes it turns out, and sometimes, it just does not.  Taking a picture of a toddler is always difficult, but this was the best picture of all three boys I have from last year: Get a GOOD, free Halloween pic this year!That's the very reason why I LOVE this idea from Portrait Innovations.  Dress your kids up in their costumes on Monday, October 26th, head to a Portrait Innovations near you between 4-6 PM.  Each family will receive a FREE 5×7, 3 digital images, and the kids will get candy.  Win-Win, no?  (There will be no sales or appointments during this event.)  Every Portrait Innovations Studio across the country is hosting the event. To find the studio closest to you, visit:  The DFW area locations include:  Plano, Fort Worth, Arlington, and Cedar Hill.

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Homemade Mini Caramel Apple Suckers – A Sweet Treat for Halloween!

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Homemade Mini Caramel Apple Suckers

One of my absolute favorite Halloween candies is caramel apple suckers.  I adore these sweet, sour, sticky suckers, but do I really need a whole bag?  Noooo!  I had some of these yummy caramel bits on hand from our Mickey Mouse caramel apples and mini silicon candy molds, and I was surprised with how easy it was!  They're small enough to be satisfyingly sweet, but perfect for portion control and little ones!


  • about 10 green apple Jolly Ranchers candies
  • about 30 Kraft caramel bits

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Mummy Letters – Halloween Craft For Kids {Cute, Not Scary!}

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Mummy Letters craft for kids

Since it is already September, I guess it is time to start thinking about Halloween.  It’s not my favorite holiday, but it’s in my favorite season and the day before the Captain’s birthday, so I have learned to love it.  It really is a lot of fun to see the boys dress up in their favorite costume and get candy and little toys.  They love it, so I guess I must, too.  I sound like a hater, but I just don’t like adults trying to scare kids who don’t like to be scared.  Halloween doesn’t have to be full of scary things to be fun!  Maybe I’m just bitter because I was a very sensitive child who scared easily and I have bad memories of Halloween.  ha!

The boys love to make decorations for different holidays, and I like to keep it fun and cute for Halloween.  I came up with the idea to cover cardboard letters with cheesecloth and attach the always adorable googly eyes .  D had the idea to attach a nose on his mummy, so he added a pom pom and it’s pretty cute, I must say.

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Mickey Mouse Caramel Apples to Celebrate Fall!

Mickey Mouse caramel apples

October is my absolute favorite month of the year.  I am not in love with Halloween, but Fall!  The smells, colors, and flavors of Fall are my amazing and so are the cooler temperatures.  I had only made caramel apples once, but I wanted to try and make some Mickey Mouse caramel apples and while the craftier folks could really put mine to shame, I think they turned out pretty cute and the boys loved them, too.  And of course, they were delicious! [Read more…]

Father’s Day Crafts for Kids – Great Gifts For Dad

Gifts For Dad That Kids Can MakeFather's Day is in a few weeks (June 21, 2015 to be exact.) My boys always love to make things for Daddy, all throughout the year.  Sometimes, they could use a little direction, because really, how many pictures can Daddy hang on his office walls?  This year for Father's Day, I hope to give hubby something meaningful and from the heart, that his children spent time on and created with love.

If you want to get the kids involved in making a great gift for Dad, look no further than this collection of some of the cutest gifts that kids can make.  These Father's Day crafts for kids are adorable and have varying levels of difficulty.  There's something for the toddler or the more advanced artsy teen.

Let's celebrate dads everywhere on this special day!

DIY Drinking Glass

No Sew Upcycled Fabric Bookmark – Creative Green Living

Father's Day Shrinky Dink Cufflinks – Creative Green Living

"My Dad Rocks" Jar – Creative Green Living

Toddler DIY – Personalized Gift for Dad – Thinking Outside The Sandbox

DIY Father's Day Cards – KidPep

DIY Necktie Gift Bag – KidPep

Personalized Insulated Mugs – Simply Kelly Designs

"I Love You To Pieces" Picture Frame – Simply Kelly Designs

"Dad Rocks" Paperweight – Artsy Momma

Father's Day DIY Magnets – Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Salt Dough Dad Magnets – Crafts by Amanda

Father's Day Bookmark – Hi! It's Jilly

Quick Father's Day Card – Organized 31

What will you do for that special dad in your life?  Do you have a cute craft for Dad that kids could make?  I would love to see it, so I encourage you to leave a link in in the comments section!