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Mother’s Day Celebration

May 29th, 2012

Photography By Arina Lanis
Big thanks to our Test Kitchen testers — Lena and Kristi 

Ahhh, Mother’s Day… I love this holiday!  When I was younger and without children, I have to admit, I didn’t pay much attention to this day.  I’m ashamed to say that I would send my mom some flowers and call it a day!  But after the birth of my children and experiencing the role of a “mom”, I realized that this day is so much more special than I could have ever imagined.  I feel blessed to have an incredible mom and privileged to experience the most important role in my life, motherhood!  Without a doubt, I have grown to honor and love this holiday.

This year, I decided to come up with some great and easy (of course) recipes that are perfect to enjoy on Mother’s Day (for those of you cooking for your moms) or to all the moms out there looking for recipes which can be enjoyed year round.  Our delicious “EASY LEMON CHEESECAKE” is absolutely unforgettable!  The “HEART BISCUITS” are super simple and will be a hit at your table.  They are great for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or anytime you want to show a little love at the table.  The “MINTY PEACH BELLINIS” will be a hit… I promise.  This drink is sweet, light, and refreshing!  The “HAIL CAESAR APPETIZERS” are always a favorite.  Last but not least, the “LAYERED YOGURT CHICKEN SALAD” is a meal in itself!  Your guests will love you for feeding them something healthy, filling, and unforgettable.  Enjoy!!

Fangtastic Dracula Dentures

May 21st, 2012

This is by far one of the most popular Halloween treats in 2012.  If you are on Pinterest, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  These are wonderful because they are SUPER easy and need little skill.  And this is why I love them.  All you need are soft cookies, red icing, marshmallows and almond pieces.

If you will make your own cookies, make sure you bake them so they are still soft and moist.  If you will buy cookies from the store, just purchase the “soft baked” ones, not the crunchy versions.  You can use any cookie flavor… it tastes great no matter which one you use.  You can also use chocolate frosting, if you don’t want the red gums.

Just break or cut the cookie in half.  Spread the red icing on each cookie.  Place the marshmallows on the bottom cookie half and sandwich the other half on top.  Then, just stick the almond pieces to create the fangs and you are all set!  Trust me, it will be a HIT at your next Halloween party!