New Blog!

So, I have decided to blog under a new name Sticks and Spoons!

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Same kind of stuff as before, I just wanted a new name. I will be posting more knitting content than the shugamama blog, so if you like knitting, diy, sewing, and kid crafts, hop on over and follow me there!

Chuck E Cheese, the flu, and a break

So, before I ever wrote a post, I followed a bunch of other blogs. And from time to time I would read a post that said, “Wow, I’m sorry I haven’t posted in so long!” Or, “I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since I posted!” Or something like that.
And I always thought….really? I had no idea they had missed a post!

Now I’m in their position. I haven’t posted in a while, and I feel this silly inexplicable urge to explain myself. As if anyone has noticed I’ve been “gone” from blogland lol.

It began when my kids and I caught a yucky flu bug a couple of weeks ago at Chuck E Cheeses. No surprise there, right? I mean the strange thing is when you come back from the Chucksters and everyone is still healthy.

And then when the household returned to normalcy and I had the chance to work on bloggy stuff again,…I just…didn’t. Didn’t want to, so I didn’t. I mean, I’m not under obligation to post, but the fact that I felt obligated made me rebel. I have a mile wide little streak of contrariness that makes me, for example, put down my pen when the professor would say, “write this down…” during a lecture.

I will decide if what you have to say is worth writing down thankyouverymuch.

Likewise, when I felt like I had to keep up with this little blog, I balked (even though it was all in my head).

Instead I’ve been spending more time knitting in the evenings. Baking with my kids and not stressing about taking pictures. Treasuring the little extra moments of time with my oldest as I know they will nearly disappear once soccer and school start in a couple weeks.

But now enough time has passed that I miss it. After all, I blog because I like to! I don’t imagine I will post as regularly or frequently as I was. And if life gets crazy and I don’t post for periods of time that’s ok with me. Hopefully what I have to say will be interesting enough for ya’ll to keep up with me : )

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Knuckles yo! Have a fabulous weekend!

Smore’s Fudge Bars

Smore's Fudge Bars

Seriously. Seriously people. You have to make these. You might remember that I shared them on a Hooray for Saturday a couple weeks back. Then I made them. And wow…It’s like smore’s for a crowd, and without the mess!

I blame my mother. She wanted to make these for her bunco party coming up, so naturally we had to test them out. We make a mean team. If she keeps cooking with me I’m going to need to rename this blog ShugaMama and her Mama : ) Actually that’s pretty cute.

Well, I have a couple other recipes on deck that I’m in the middle of writing, but as soon we made these bars, I couldn’t share them fast enough. The mastermind behind this insanely delicious treat, Shelley, says it’s one of her best creations to date. I have to agree. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you should! It’s where I turn whenever I want to make an over the top, out of control, tasty sweet!
First off you make an amazing graham cracker crust. In the past I’ve only ever made GCC’s with graham crackers and butter, but this has sugar and salt added to it too. Oh man I could eat this by itself.  Then you make an easy fudge layer- just chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. I so appreciate the simplicity of the layers. Whenever I’m making a dessert with multiple steps, I like each step to be as easy as possible! I’m lazy but I want extravagant desserts, what can I say?
Then my friends, you make your own marshmallow fluff. It is easy, beautiful, and sinfully good. Naturally you could use store bought stuff here, but it’s the star of the dessert, and if you have a mixer and 10 minutes you should try making your own! Continue reading

Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Ok. This title has so many awesome things going for it. Gorgeous in-season fruit: check. Buttermilk, aka the “moist maker” (stole that from Ross): check. Cake acceptable for breakfast: double check. You can’t lose with this recipe. Plus it has the benefit of being one of the prettiest and easiest cakes you can make.
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Baked Tilapia with a Sundried Tomato Crust

Baked Tilapia with a Sundried Tomato Crust

I went over to my mom’s house the other day and we whipped up this fantastic meal. With four kids running around underfoot.  Not a big deal.

We’ve gotten in the habit of trying out new dishes whenever we get together and it’s so fun. I love to cook with her : ) Well when she discovered the recipe on pinterest she knew it was right up our alley. I have never had a dish with sun dried tomato that I didn’t love…if that makes sense. This fish has the one-two punch of sun dried tomatoes + parmesan, which is also killer in this pesto.

Now those flavors get friendly with some super crunchy panko crumbs and salty Parmesan cheese. I think I could bread just about anything in this and it would be delicious. Seriously. Try me.

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Easy Wall Art: summer update

Remember that Easter Wall Art I had my preschooler do? I mentioned that I planned to update it throughout the seasons, and then I actually did. So I thought it might be a good idea to share it with you before summer is over and it’s time for autumn decor!

Now, I’m a very low maintenance decorator. Not like those crazy awesome people you see on pinterest who have entire wardrobe changes for their houses for every holiday and season. I’m lucky if I remember to change my front door decor… Actually as I write this I just remembered I never put up our metal patriotic star wreath for the 4th…Oops! Case in point.

Anywho, this kind of decor is more my style:

Easy Wall Art- Summer update

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