Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

We have a picky eater in our house.  A really picky eater.  My three year old likes maybe 5 foods in this whole world.  Okay, I’m probably exaggerating.  He will eat maybe 12 things.  On a good week.  Peanut Butter is one of them.  Since he refuses to eat all meat, dairy and Peanut Butter are important foods for him.  The other day, the Monkey told me that he had a “great idea.”  What if, we made a Peanut Butter and Jelly “Cuh-Ee!”  I wondered why it wouldn’t be possible to make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie using a variation of the basic Peanut Butter Blossom recipe, and adding Jelly to make them a PB&J Thumbprint cookie.  Rarely do I get a baking challenge from my enthusiastic helper, so I decided to do a little digging for a recipe.

My Mom Made That: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
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Frosted Mint Brownies


I have this obsession with finding the perfect mint brownie.  I’m sure that it’s out there– in fact, I know it is because there is a restaurant in Pittsburgh that used to serve it while I was in graduate school.  It wasn’t a restaurant, really, but a coffee shop.  However, their mint frosted brownies were to die for along with they veggie reuben (but that is for another day!)  I actually found a pretty good, easy-to-make substitute for the frosted mint brownie, that uses a Betty Crocker brownie mix.  Without a doubt, mix brownies, in my opinion, compete with the best homemade brownies.  I personally like the gooey and fudgier brownies myself.

My Mom Made That: Frosted Mint Brownies
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Holiday Shopping At Goodwill

This post brought to you by Goodwill of North Georgia. The content and opinions expressed below are that of My Mom Made That.

About two years ago, I met a wonderful woman who was a professional thrifter and junker.  Isn’t that a cool job?!  She’s a picker, like one of those guys from American Pickers.  She goes into barns, and sheds and all of the state of Georgia looking for rusty, junky treasures.  And she finds them, and is able to create gorgeous home decorations, tablescapes and mantels.  I am always amazed by her style and creativity.  About a year ago, I asked her to take me with her, and she agreed.  You know where we started– Goodwill of North Georgia.  Yup, our local Goodwill, and she showed me all of the wonderful treasures that I could find shopping there.  And since that trip, the Goodwill Stores of North Georgia have become some of my go-to locations for household supplies and home decor.  In fact, while many people were hitting the standard retail stores on Black Friday, my sister-in-law and I traveled to Goodwill to see what we might discover in the store’s aisles.

My Mom Made That: Goodwill Christmas Decor

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At Home Christmas Dining Room Decor

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of At Home for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s that season, isn’t it? Is your tree up? (Ours is undecorated in its stand.) I have a friend who puts her tree up the day after Halloween– it’s obviously an artificial one, but she wants to make sure that she getting to thoroughly enjoy her Christmas season..   This year, I’m trying to be deliberate and thoughtful in my decorating, and taking time to enjoy the process. I want to make sure that it captures the feelings and sentiment of Christmas that I am going for. I want a homey, comfortable feeling in my home this holiday season. I want this period of waiing to be filled with a sense of coziness and family.

My Mom Made That: At Home Christmas Dining Room Decor
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Easy Goat Cheese Stuffed Kalamata Olives

Is there any food that you love that no one else in your house will eat? I bet there is. For me there are three foods— mushrooms, pickles and olives. I love olives. In fact, Kalamata olives are probably one of my favorite snack foods of all times, and my favorite pizza includes feta cheese, Kalamata olives, mushrooms and pepperoni. Sadly, no one else in my house enjoys olives. That just means more for me! Luckily, during the holiday season, I am able to make things that wouldn’t otherwise go over in my house because there are a lot of people in this world who do like olives (are you one?) As I said, my favorite type of olive is the Kalamata olive, which is a large, purple Greek olive.

My Mom Made That: Easy Stuffed Kalamata Olives
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