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Easter Chick & Mini Bunny Cookies

Easter Chick & Mini Bunny Cookies

I know Easter has already passed and i’m totally not on the ball — {as usual} but I thought i’d post up these cute Bunny & Chick Easter cookies I made over the weekend. I gave some away to my 11 year old primary girls at church and they LOVED them! Then we took some on our little family picnic where we had an Easter egg hunt down by the river. It was such a beautiful day–but I will post more about later, because I am adding a NEW TAB, under “Mattawa Life!” I know, it’s about time, and i’m pretty excited about it! So, just because I have even more posts to make than usual–i’m going to keep this one short and sweet, and cheat by sending a link to this recipe! LionHouse Sugar Cookie Recipe & Royal Icing Decorating Tutorial (They’re the same cookies I made on Valentines day, I just decorated them differently!)

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Mint Choc Chip Gelato & Grasshopper Sundaes

Mint Choc Chip Gelato & Grasshopper Sundaes

I am having way too much fun with my “green” theme for St. Patty’s this week, especially as i’m using it as an excuse to make mint chocolate chip gelato and grasshopper sundaes! I think mint chocolate chip has to be my favorite ice cream flavor of all time, and this gelato recipe isn’t only a lot healthier than regular ice cream, it actually tastes better too!! In fact it’s probably the BEST mint choc chip i’ve ever had, which is a problem because I just can’t get enough; but at least I have my two small kiddos to help me eat it {they’re as addicted to it as I am!} I’m pretty sure you will be too!
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Raspberry Souffle

Raspberry Souffle

For valentines day this year I made a raspberry soufflé which was one of the best desserts I have ever eaten–but I couldn’t post the recipe because I didn’t have any decent photos! Then last weekend my little family and I went on a trip to Seattle, and as we were exploring Pike’s Place Market I found a cool little store that sold herbs, spices and extracts of every kind: all for super cheap! So I was totally in my element, and I found some Rose essence, which I thought would be awesome in my raspberry soufflés, so I decided to make some more!

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Recipe for English Pancake Day

Recipe for English Pancake Day

Today is pancake day in England! The tradition comes from fasting and praying for 40 days before Easter — many people made pancakes to use up their butter and eggs which were often forbidden during lent (which starts on Ash Wednesday: tomorrow). I didn’t know this, but they celebrate Shrove Tuesday around the world–in Brazil with Carnival, and in New Orleans with Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”). I mean, I knew about the holidays, but I didn’t know they were all celebrated on the same day! So basically the world are all out having wild parties today, while the English are staying home eating stacks of delicious pancakes! I like their style… {those kind of parties scare me!}

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Easy Pain Au Chocolat “Chocolatines”

Easy Pain Au Chocolat “Chocolatines”

I could be a morning person…. if morning started at noon! Ha! But seriously, a typical day for me starts out like this: my son Braden wakes up at the crack of dawn, (okay, what’s the expression when dawn hasn’t even “cracked” yet, and it’s still dark outside? Because that’s more like it!) Then he stands by my bed, and says: “Muuuum, i’m huuuungry!” And I mutter something like: “Go back to bed Braden, It’s not time to wake up yet!” And then Braden moans: “But Muuuum, I want chocolate milk!” And then I somehow convince him to lay in our bed to get just a couple more precious minutes of much-needed sleep! But by that point my two year old, Gemma, is awake pleading for the same thing. So, we go into the kitchen–and they both ask for instant breakfast, warmed in the microwave (I know that’s weird, but I don’t ask questions at 6:45a.m). Then my husband and I grab a glass of the same thing (but cold) and that’s pretty much how lame I am at doing mornings, and breakfasts!
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