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Happy Valentine’s Day!

sugar cookie base + sweetened cream cheese + strawberries = perfection!



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When you buy what we, as Americans, know as “jell-o” over here in the UK, you get what they call “jelly.”  It’s not powdered, it looks like it’s already made and ready to eat…

The first time we had “jelly” I didn’t know I was supposed to melt it, add water, and re-refrigerate it.  So I cut it into slices and handed the kids each a piece.  They didn’t complain, so how was I to know any better?

A couple days later I learned that you prepare it by putting it in a “jug” (glass measuring cup), adding water, and microwaving it until melted.  Stir it up, then add the rest of the water.  Seems pretty simple, right?  Lesson learned. 😉

Anyway.  To make the strawberry fizz jelly (jell-o)… prepare the jelly-jello as you would, melting either the above gel blocks, or dissolving the powder.  At this point, add a can of carbonated lemonade (that’s how we roll back here).  Gently stir, pour into a bowl, and refrigerate until set.

My kids claim it tastes like lotion, but they all ate it without any prodding!  I found the fizziness to be a bit odd, but nothing I couldn’t get used to!


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When we first moved to Bristol, we were staying in a hotel across the street from a Starbucks – so you know where we went for breakfast in the morning!  The kids wanted some juice, and I think by accident Scott grabbed them this water.  It’s basically water, fresh-squeezed juice, and a little sugar.  The kids loved it!  So we decided once we got into our house, we’d make our own…

Squeeze 1 large lemon and 2 small limes into a pitcher.  Fill with water, stir.  Add a few spoonfuls of sugar to sweeten to your liking.  Slice some lime and lemon circles to make it pretty, and serve over ice.  Delicious!

variation:  use sparkling water to make it fancy!

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1 pkg devil’s food cake mix

1 pkg (4 serving) instant chocolate pudding mix

1/2 cup butter, softened

4 eggs

1 cup water

*Preheat oven to 325.

*Combine cake mix, pudding mix, butter, eggs, and water (just until moistened).  Beat for 2 minutes until light and thick.

*Drop by heaping tablespoon – 2″ apart on greased cookie sheet (should make 40 halves).  Bake 10 minutes.  Cool.


1 1/2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup marshmallow creme

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

*Combine ingredients and beat until light and fluffy.

*Spread filling on flat side of half of the “pie.”  Top with another “pie” to make a sandwich (should yield 20 sandwiches)


Note:  these are actually much better if you freeze them first between layers of wax paper and eat straight out of the freezer.  Don’t ask, just trust me on this!


from grandma’s kitchen


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1 pkg chocolate cake mix

1 pkg (3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding

1 stick butter, melted

1/2 cup cold milk

6 squares baker’s semi-sweet chocolate, chopped & divided

1 cup peanuts, divided

1 cup creamy peanut butter


*Heat oven to 350.  Line 13×9″ dish with foil & spray with cooking oil.

*Mix first 4 ingredients until blended (will be pretty thick).  Press half of the cake mixture into the prepared pan.

*Bake for 10 minutes.  Sprinkle half each of the chocolate and nuts over the crust; spread with peanut butter.  Cover with layers of remaining cake mixture, chocolate, and nuts.  Press gently with spatula.

*Bake for 15 minutes.  Cool for 1 hour.  Refrigerate 4 hours before cutting into bars.


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Pretzel rods dipped in melted almond bark, and then sprinkled.

The kids love them!

stolen from Ally’s kitchen

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I made these for the 4th of July last year (but used red and blue sprinkles), and never posted!  I was thinking of something fun for Chasen to take in to his classroom for his birthday, and remembered what a *hit* these were last summer.

Smear large marshmallows in a powdered sugar glaze and sprinkle.  Easy as that!

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