Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Chiplet is 1 Year Old!

So, here we are! We made it to one year. Knowing that there is a lot going on this month, I can pretty much guarantee the Chiplet’s one year pictures will have to be shared in an upcoming post instead, but I still wanted to post about this milestone. I finally have two kids who aren’t “babies” even though they kind of still are.

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Lots of Baking

I haven’t been making as many new savory dishes recently, but have been making new baking recipes to try out. After making the World Peace cookies that I just shared, I made other cookie recipes, including this bar you see below.

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World Peace Cookies

I had seen these cookies and read about them over and over but never got around to making them. They just seemed not super special. Just a chocolate cookie. And then I saw a video where someone used this recipe to try to mimic an Oreo cookie. That got my attention and so I decided to try these. I ended up making the dough at night after the kids went to sleep and it came together really quickly.

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Pineapple-Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken Breasts

When I was looking back through my pictures to figure out which recipes I wanted to share, I had the hardest time remembering where this one came from. Normally I would have dismissed it as not memorable, but actually it was. I remembered that we all really liked it, including the Chiplet in a pureed form. So, I definitely wanted to make it again. All I needed to do was think back to which cookbooks I had been looking at for ideas and finally I remembered this one. See? Even my tired brain works sometimes. I am very happy to be reminded of this because it was fairly simple. My biggest worry at the time was if it would turn out okay with my changes. But it did and we enjoyed it.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Family Meal with Matzo Ball Soup

Last month K had to do a work trip. Since I knew about it ahead of time I asked my dad and M if they wanted to come hang with me and the kiddos to help out. Sure enough, they were able to come and we got almost a week with them! It was great. One of the nights they wanted to make matzo ball soup using M’s family recipe. The Fudgelet was super excited to help make the matzo balls. They started the soup in the morning and then after the Fudgelet had school, they made the balls. He couldn’t roll them into balls but did the scooping and filling. Earlier in the day I had the realization that I could contribute, too! I had made challah bread the previous month and it made two loaves, so I had frozen one. This was the perfect time to pull it out and share.

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Baked Ziti with Crème Fraîche and Spinach

Maybe I should be sharing a spooky recipe for today, but I wanted to share this because it is recipe you can make ahead. Basically you can follow the recipe below right up until the step where you bake it, and then just refrigerate it until you are ready to bake it. It might take a little bit longer to bake since it is cold, but I did it the day before and it was still great. So, if you’re getting kids or yourself ready for trick or treating, you can assemble this the day before or in the morning, then pop it in the oven while you get ready. Eat, then go enjoy some treats!

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Chiplet is 11 Months Old!

So, in Chiplet news, there has been some great news and much progress! I am getting a little anxious trying to plan for his birthday. I’m trying to figure out what kind of party I will do since I want to do something…but it is tricky since many of our friends have a lot going on this time of year. So, we shall see…but let me update you on what he has been doing.

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