How M&M’s teach self-control

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Right before Thanksgiving, I shared my super secret strategy for enjoying my hostess duties. It involved a small bowl of M&M’s, remember? Those same candies taught me a valuable lesson in self-control.

I struggle with self-control.

It’s an issue around my favorite foods (like chocolate). But it’s also a struggle when I wander through Target, or when I lay in bed long after the alarm goes off, or when I play Candy Crush instead of cooking dinner, or when I let the kids watch a Pokemon marathon instead of making them home school.

It’s bad. I realized that there were things I don’t even TRY to accomplish because I felt I lack the self-control to see them through.

And so, I began to pray.

In part, my prayers were answered with a tiny bowl of M&M’s.

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Pantry Challenge Bar Cookie Recipe

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I give up.  I don’t know what to call them.  English toffee cookies, no compromise cookies, three bears cookies.  Take your pick.  I’m calling them the pantry challenge bar cookie recipe, but I’m open to suggestions.

My mom always called these “English Toffee Cookies.”  But that’s kind of misleading.  They don’t have the layer of chocolate creamy goodness that most recipes with that name have.

As I explained earlier, I refuse to compromise my cookies.  That’s where the name “No Compromise” cookies came from.  I don’t want to compromise on ingredients OR flavor.   They could also be called “Compromise Cookies” because the one bar cookie can be made into several flavors of cookies at once.

(One bowl, one pan, four cookie flavors.  That rocks.) [Read more…]

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10 reasons this is the perfect brownie recipe

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These are my momma’s brownies. Don’t MESS with momma’s brownies.

Seriously.

I think I could make these with my eyes closed. They are the perfect brownie recipe.

Why are they perfect? Let me count the ways. [Read more…]

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