Corned Beef & Cabbage With Mary Helen’s Magnificent Mustard Sauce

Corned Beef & Cabbage With Mary Helen’s Magnificent Mustard Sauce – A meal so amazing you’d leg-wrestle your grandma for the last bite. As hardcore Scots, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a certain level of ferocity.  Our friend Ian from the Salt Lake Scots Pipe Band marches down the street and gives a concert […]

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The 5 Gifts Your Kid’s Teacher Really Wants

The 5 Gifts Your Kid’s Teacher Really Wants. So, it’s Teacher Appreciation Week next week at my Zoe’s school, so I’ve been looking around for some gift ideas that they’d really appreciate. (Editor’s note: If I had to teach 24 kindergartners with as much enthusiasm and grace as these two…well…it would not be with enthusiasm […]

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Two-Bite Breakfast: Bacon & Egg Cups

  (photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/elisharene/) I’m getting big into muffin-tin and mason jar cooking because it’s just weird enough for my kids to dig cooking with me, and they’re containable.  (Editor’s note: if you have boys cooking with you, you know exactly what I mean.)  Here’s a nice little breakfast that took us less than 15 minutes […]

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Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins. There’s nothing more wonderful than finding a “skinny” recipe that doesn’t taste like a “skinny” recipe. Ready for banana chocolate-chip nirvana? I present to you: Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins Ingredients 1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 ½ cups mashed bananas […]

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Chocolate Lovers! Chocolate Lasagna! You Heard Me…

Chocolate Lovers! Chocolate Lasagna! You Heard Me…there IS such a thing! I’ll be honest. I’m not a big chocolate person, which is probably the only reason I can still fit through a doorway. But at Chez Collard, a new chocolate dessert is greeted with the same anticipation as…like Christmas or winning the lottery. But knowing […]

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Heath Bar Toffee Cookies

Heath Bar Toffee Cookies. Oh, honey.  You had me at “Heath Bar.”  Bake.  Behold the Awesome.  Thank me later. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 3/4 cups chopped Heath […]

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Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes. I felt it this morning.  Bleeech.  Winter fatigue.  Snow on the ground, freezing temperatures. Why won’t it GO AWAY? And then I saw the recipe for Hot Chocolate Cupcakes, and I knew I could make it through another Sleeting Season Of Death.  (Or, winter, as it is known by more cold weather […]

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Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies. Yeah, now that I have your attention, I wanted to pass along this glorious and almost unnaturally delicious cookie recipe.  Knowing me for the perfectionist that I am (snort, giggle) you do know I made these like, 3 times to make sure they were just right for you. Because I care. […]

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Quiet Santa: A Gentle Visit For The Sensory-Challenged Kid

Quiet Santa: A Gentle Visit For The Sensory-Challenged Kid. “Quiet Santa” is a new movement to help children with special needs enjoy a moment with Santa, too. The Leonardo has graciously allowed us to extend our Quiet Santa hours, since our schedule filled up so quickly! We have a few appointments open for this Friday […]

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Peppermint Bark Popcorn

Peppermint Bark Popcorn. I’ve developed a peppermint obsession this holiday season–don’t know why, but Zoe and I have whipped up some interesting combinations. Some were great (Mint-Chocolate Brownies) some not so much (Bacon-Peppermint Almond Bark.)  But the hands-down favorite was the Peppermint Bark Popcorn.  I’ve learned to make triple batches because it will not last, and […]

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