We Moved–and It’s Been A Little Crazy

Almost three weeks ago we moved to a new house. So that explains my absence here lately and the number of guest posts I had in the months leading up to our move. It’s been a little crazy but I’m calling a good crazy because we are loving our new house and extra big yard! That is if the boxes will ever be unpacked. I think they actually multiply overnight.

Our new house is only a couple of miles away from the old house, in which we spent nearly 20 years. Despite thinking I had been purging regularly, I have realized during packing that we have way too much stuff. There’s a lot of stuff that gets collected over 20 years, y’all.

Way. Too. Much.

I’m working to get my kitchen set up first and I’d say I’m about three quarters of the way there. It’s been challenging to figure out what will work where. I know it will be a work in progress and things might change over the next few months. We’ve had more take-out dinners in the last few months than we normally have in a year because it’s just been crazy and at the end of the day, I’m just too exhausted to even think about cooking!

Oh, and it’s also because right now, this is a lot of what I face when I walk into the kitchen:

Or this:

Or this dishelved pantry (just throwing things in there at this point–it’s smaller than my old pantry–wah!)

But at least my kitchen cabinets are starting to look a little more normal as I start to unpack:


And our new yard brought the bonus of this:

A mature Meyer lemon tree that is loaded with tons of tiny green “lemons” right now! (anyone care to share their favorite recipe ideas using lemons? Good thing we like love lemon!)

So right now, I’m going to be focusing a bit more on getting settled, trying to actually enjoy a normal-ish summer with the kids, keeping up with my volunteer commitments (that I made before we knew we decided to move) and do a little bit of blogging in between. There will still be some posts here and there and even a giveaway planned, so be sure to check back often!

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Brownie Bites With Marshmallow Cream Cheese Topping for Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’s #blogfilmfood

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When I was little, they didn’t have DVDs or even VHS (yes, I’m dating myself here). So it was a special treat when movies like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or Sound of Music came on television. We’d get to stay up late to watch those special movies. Willy Wonka has always been one of my favorites! Fast forward a couple of decades and I became a fan of Johnny Depp’s movies (who am I kidding? He had me with 21 Jump Street). So when Charlie and the Chocolate Factory came out almost ten years ago, I wanted to check it out. Indeed, it is quite different in many ways from the Willy Wonka version of Roald Dahl’s book but unique and kookie at the same time. I still prefer the Willy Wonka movie but both surely provide lots of inspiration for some delicious foods, am I right?

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This month’s Blog Film Food is being hosted by Jessica of Family Fun Journal blog and she chose Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the movie. She’s even giving a copy of the DVD away (see below for more details on that). Oh, the possibilities! One scene in the original movie that always stood out to me was how the guests to the factory went crazy in the room that had the mushrooms. All that sweet goopy goodness that they scooped up by the handful! I’m not totally sure what it was supposed to be but to me it seemed like marshmallows. So I had to include that.
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But in the Charlie movie, who could forget the chocolate river scene with Augustus Gloop? Here’s a little refresher in case you want to check it out:

All that chocolate and the Ooompa Loompas singing about it and Augustus–chocolatey goodness for sure! So I knew chocolate was for sure going to be part of my dish. But I wanted it to be something simple too, so I came up with the Brownie Bites With Marshmallow Cream Cheese Topping. I call this a cheater recipe because they are SO stinkin’ easy and with creamy marshmallow goodness, you’ll be asking why you’ve never tried this combination yourself!

Here’s the recipe:

Brownie Bites With Marshmallow Cream Cheese Topping


  • 1 18 oz. box brownie mix (or make from scratch if you prefer)
  • 7.5 oz container marshmallow creme
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Bake brownies according to package directions. I used a Wilton silicone brownie squares baking mold but you could use a mini muffin pan or just cut your brownies into about 1 inch squares.
  2. Cool brownies.
  3. Meanwhile, combine marshmallow crème, cream cheese and confectioners sugar using mixer until creamy and smooth.
  4. Using a decorators bag and large tip, spoon frosting mixture into bag and pipe dollop on top of brownies.
  5. Serve immediately so frosting maintains shape or store in refrigerator until ready to serve (also store leftovers in refrigerator).
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I used my brownie bites silicone baking pan to make the bites but you could use a mini muffin pan or just cut regular pan brownies into 1-inch squares. For the frosting, just three simple ingredients is all it takes (and I forgot to take the picture before I ripped open the cream cheese–whoops!). Piping the topping mixture on the brownies–super easy!

This month, my fellow Blog Film Food bloggers have cooked up some delicious treats for our event! I hope they inspire you to watch the movies (again, perhaps!) with your family and bake up something delicious to go with. Enjoy!

Samoa Caramel Corn from Family Fun Journal
Chocolate Covered Macaroon Bars – The Grant Life
Homemade Chocolate Bars – Kirsten Oliphant Blog
Chocolate Ice Cream – Moms Confession
Blueberry Truffles – The Involuntary Housewife
Salted Caramel Fudge - Eat Pray Read Love
Darkest Chocolate Cake with Red Wine - Gleeful Gourmet

And fun, fun! You can enter to win a copy of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory DVD by entering the giveaway below! Hurry, it ends June 27, 2014 at 12:00 am (midnight, y’all)!

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Eating A to Z Roundup – Letters I and J #EatAtoZChallenge

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It’s the 15th of the month and that means it’s time for another Eating A to Z Healthy Recipe Challenge. This month, I’m bringing you another round up of recipes from bloggers all over the web. The letters I and J are tricky! Lots of recipe including jalapenos but also a few with different ingredients […]

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Planning a Perfect Picnic {Guest Post}

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I’ve got another guest post for you this week and I think you’re gonna like it. Kirsten blogs over at Kirsten Oliphant: An Eclectic Celebration of Chaos. She’s writes a bit about food, a bit about home stuff, a bit about kids and family and a little in between. Today, Kirsten is sharing some tips […]

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Spring Herbed Brie Quiche Recipe {Guest Post}

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Today I’m welcoming another guest post from Tara of Noshing With the Nolands. I know Tara through various blogging groups and especially through the Sunday Supper movement that shares recipes weekly to encourage bringing families back to the table together at least once a week. Today, Tara is sharing a tasty spring recipe for quiche. […]

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Bulk Cooking with the Slow Cooker: Cook Once, Eat Four Times!


Today I’m happy to welcome another guest post! Kristen from The Slender Kitchen is sharing her ideas on how to make the most of bulk cooking. There are so many things to love about bulk cooking: saving money, saving time and saving sanity on busy weeknights are just a few of my top favorites! And […]

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Easy Shrimp and Pork Spring Rolls a la Karate Kid for #BlogFilmFood

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Hey y’all! Remember, last month when I introduced you to the #BlogFilmFood series featuring some of my favorite bloggers’ recipes and the movie Steel Magnolias? Well, this month (the third Friday of each month), it’s my turn to host! There are SO many great movies out there to choose from! Last year, I got on […]

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Simple Garlic and Green Beans Recipes #EatAtoZChallenge

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In general, my family is not a fan of green beans. Not even in the famous green bean casserole that makes an appearance at holiday tables every year (which is fine with me because that means more for me, right?!) But I like green beans so I wanted to find a recipe that would hopefully […]

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Planning the Perfect Summer Picnic PLUS Free Printable Checklist! {Guest Post}

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Today I’m excited to welcome another guest poster for you all! Kristi with Moms Confession. I met Kristi at a local Houston Bloggers group a couple of years ago and she is lots of fun! She blogs about all things lifestyle related: recipes, home care tips, insights on family and more. She’s also super organized! […]

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Meal Plan Mom Has Lost Her Mojo

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This Meal Plannning Mom has lost her mojo. Her drive. Her enthusiasm. Her magic. Yep, it’s probably something you all thought would never happen, but it has. I just don’t even feel like making a meal plan. Winging it seems to fit in better these days with our life. I’ve mentioned before that I have […]

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