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Sharing Beauty: Mother’s Day Style

For Mother’s Day this year, I want to do something really special and I need your help.

Mother’s Day is May 11th and I want to put together a collection of your stories my friends.  Share something beautiful about your mom with us.  Tell us how she helped shape your life and why you are eternally grateful for her being the mom only she could be.  I would be thrilled if you would like to participate.  The parameters are open.  Let’s brag about our moms this Mother’s Day.  Let’s tell them thank you and show them they are so loved.

What would make this even better you ask?  If possible, please include a favorite picture of your mom.  Any image you like, it could be just her, you and her or maybe your family.  I will post all the collective pictures and stories from you on Mother’s Day.  And, if you like, you can show your mama as part of her Mother’s Day gift this year!

If you would like to participate (and I really hope you do) please comment below or on Facebook and I will email or private message you the information on where to send your writing and picture.  Please send me your submission by Thursday, May 1st so I have some time to compile them all together.  Even a couple of short, but sweet sentences and a cute photo would be wonderful.

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And, now on to the cookie challenge:  Cookie #3 – Cappuchino-Chocolate Bites

So, poor Martha Stewart occasionally gets a bad rap for creating recipes that call for very specific kitchen tools and unique, hard to find ingredients.  Since I like Martha, I’m always running to her defense.  I think if she were a man she would be revered for creating such an incredibly successful enterprise from pale turquoise paint and a simple, but pleasing aesthetic (minus the whole jail bit), but I digress.  When I read one of Martha’s recipes and it calls for something I don’t have, I like to improvise.  When Martha asks for a 1.125″ circular cutter, you know what we found?  A Smirnoff vodka cap – yep, exactly the right size and sharp enough to cut through the dough and leave perfect cut-outs.  Now you know, should you ever need a miniature circle cutter, head to your liquor cabinet.

Even though these cookies only call for 1 tbsp. of finely ground espresso beans, my children were climbing the walls at nap time… so maybe not the best cookies for little people.  But before they started climbing the walls, they really loved them.  Jamison couldn’t cram them in his mouth fast enough.  They are about the size of a quarter, so it’s hard not to pop them like candy.

The downside is, these cookies have lots of steps.  Refrigerating the dough, rolling out the dough, freezing the cutouts for 10 minutes before putting them in the oven.  The chocolate ganache also requires being in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.  And, then you pipe the ganache between the small biscuits to make your sandwich bites.  Are you still with me?  The upside, two words – chocolate ganache.  Why do I not make this everyday and spoon it up for breakfast, lunch and dinner?  Yum.  I laugh that the recipe says these are only good for 1 day.  Well, if you have a couple of friends over for a play-date or dinner, this is not a problem.  Two toddlers and two hungry moms did a decent amount of damage to one platter of tiny coffee cookies in short order.  Thank you Jack, Jamison and Ms. Amy for your help.

And this little happy… I stumbled upon this scene last week.  Big brother helping little brother get dressed.  Check out the cautious look on little brother’s face.

And, I love that we have to stand directly on top of the clean clothes pile.  Does anyone else just wear stuff out of their laundry baskets all week so you don’t have to fold and put the clothes away?  If not, me either.

Jack & I went to see the Lego movie this weekend.  And we both sound like broken records singing this song around the house: Everything is awesome!  Everything is cool when your part of a team.  Slightly annoying… but happy.

Have a lovely Thursday friends.  Everything is awesome!

Don’t forget to comment below if you want to share your mama love with us this Mother’s Day.  I can’t wait to hear what you all have to say!

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