Jan 30

Back in Action (with a new addition)!

Hi, hello there, haven’t seen you in a while. I wasn’t planning on just up and leaving you, but I kind of had this thing that snuck up on me 2 and a half weeks early called . . . a baby! Baby number two to be exact and to be more exact, he decided to make his appearance on Christmas Day of all days :) 

Welp, sorry for the lack of notice, but I had planned this super cute post to tell you guys about our new addition that should be coming soon and have a super fun Mommy-rita drink for all those preggos for the new year but the baby didn’t want anything to do with that and surprised us all with the gift of himself for Christmas! I love how “plans” never end up actually happening when kids are involved :)

Here’s my cute little #2 


I hope you forgive me for up and leaving you without notice but I’m back and ready to win your hearts and stomachs over with some new delicious and yummy recipes coming soon. . . however my plans of coming back with yummy recipes might not actually happen because, ya know, the kids thing :) So hang in there and I promise it will be worth the wait

So I’m in full swing with the whole two kid thing and I feel like there is no way anyone could have prepared me for it

All I’m going to say is that I’ve never valued silence more in my life than I have in the past month

Seriously, on the two or three occasions that both my kiddos were sleeping at the same time during the day felt like I had taken a vacation to the nearest deserted island and I never wanted to leave, I’ve even valued time by myself in the bathroom or even the short amount of time that I get to walk outside when the hubby gets home to get the mail. Silence is wonderful

I never understood the advice from other parents of, “Sleep while you can” or “Get all the sleep you can now cause that’s gonna change” It’s not like you can store up sleep!?! And what preggo with a two year old running around has any chance to rest or even able to sleep at all? I really started to hate all the “expert advide” that said all you need to do is rest. Really!! You are not an expert, if you can tell me how to successfully sleep while massively pregnant while caring for a two year old, then maybe you deserve the “expert” title but just telling me to rest isn’t enough. I would tell every preggo to just take in and cherish every silent moment you have, even if that is when your baby finally gives in and rests his head on your chest and sleep. Cherish silence. 

I am definitely loving the crazy. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. 





Dec 18

Eat. Create. Party! Farewell

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Happy last party! We are saying “farewell” to this amazing party that you amazing bloggers have been apart of for a little over a year! With the holidays in full swing and the busy lives of your co-hosts we have decided to say goodbye. We will definitely miss this part of our week and would still love if you all came by and said hi but for now we are no longer going to host a weekly party! Still bring your latest and greatest this week and we will be sure to highlight our favorites this week! Thank you for all your awesome posts every week! 


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Dec 15

Polish Teacakes

Polish Teacake CookiesI seriously LOVE anything and everything to do with cookies! 

So participating in the 4th annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is easily in my top 5 favorite blogging events of the year! This is my second year participating and I’ve fallen in love with it

I have always loved doing cookie exchange parties with all my friends but sending cookies via mail feels much more special, I mean who doesn’t love getting mail that isn’t a bill or junk? And not just any mail…COOKIES!

This year I really wanted to make a special cookie and so I settled on a cookie that has lots of memories; Polish Teacakes

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This beautiful cookie was introduced to me my freshman year in college by my dear friend, Monica

We both were in college athletics and she drove me and my roommate to weight lifting/conditioning every morning at an hour of the day that just shouldn’t exist, I barely spoke full sentences to her for a full semester

After our sport seasons were ending I ended up showing up one morning to her church and she ran across the building to greet me, from then on we became great friends and are always speaking full sentences with each other ;) She was my first small group leader and taught me a lot of what it looks like to follow Jesus and have true God-loving friends

We hung out quite a bit that first year and during Christmas one year she was kind enough to share one of her families’ cookie recipes with me, these Polish Teacakes are by far one of my favorite Christmas cookies every year and I can’t make them without thinking of the first time we made them together at her big blue house :)

Thanks Mojo for letting me share this special recipe!

Polish Teacake Cookies by I Want Crazy

 Now tell me that doesn’t look to die for!!

These Polish Teacakes have a shortbread/sugar cookie base that is rolled in tons of chopped pecans and then filled with raspberry jam and topped with a buttercream frosting

I mean COME ON!! I love them and hope you find just as much joy making and eating these little gems as I do

Do you have a cookie recipe that evokes lots of memories when you bake them? 








Polish Teacakes

Polish Teacakes


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten (SAVE THE EGG WHITES)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/2 jar red raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. Cream together butter, sugar and egg yolks
  3. Mix in flour, salt and vanilla until fully incorporated
  4. Roll together tablespoon sized balls of dough and dip them first into the reserved egg whites and then into the chopped pecans
  5. Place on greased baking sheet and slightly press and flatten and make an indent with your thumb or back of a wooden spoon to make a well in the middle
  6. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes until slightly golden, they will still look soft. Reform the well in the middle of the cookie and let cool
  7. While cookies are cooling, make the buttercream frosting by combining butter, vanilla, powdered sugar and milk until smooth
  8. Once cookies are cooled put about a teaspoon of red raspberry jam in the center of each cookie
  9. Finish by topping with the frosting, it's easiest with a piping bag or sandwich baggie but you can also just dollop the frosting on top of the jam to seal in the jam - it will still taste AMAZING!


Dec 12

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Dec 04

Eat. Create. Party! #51

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Eat. Create. Party! is LIVE! Welcome and hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving last week, I know I had so much fun! Let’s get back to the wonderful party and all your latest creations! Can’t wait to see what you guys have been up to! Did anyone do anything exciting over Thanksgiving?

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Nov 29

Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Granola Bars

Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Granola Bars

Sorry about this yummy post is a little late, I wasn’t able to post this yesterday with the rest of my wonderful #MysteryDish bloggers because I got caught up with family…that’s a good excuse, right?! It’s true too ;) I got to have my whole family here this weekend, which hasn’t happened since my little guy’s birthday in March and we had a blast! Lots of love and lots of laughs – we are quite the bunch 

Welp, I hope you forgive my timing on this wonderful #MysteryDish and I hope I don’t disappoint with this delicious recipe 

Don’t forgot to visit the other bloggers’ sites for more delicious recipes from this new list of mystery ingredients. This month we have a new member to the team, Rebecca from Living Better Together that created our fantastic list of ingredients. She is one of my favorite bloggers and closest blogging friends and has some of the most outrageously good recipes, you will not regret hoping over there and checking out her creations

Chocolate Hazelnut Granola Bars

Now don’t think I’m hopping on that crazy healthy train this holiday because these granola bars are so decadent and I didn’t leave out any of the delicious chocolate that almost all treats should require, these will not lack any flavor or richness!

These chewy chocolate hazelnut granola bars are the perfect and unique treat to have at your holiday party or to gift to your neighbor or coworker

I loved how easy and customizable these delicious bars were. You can change up all the add ins to almost anything you could want. I really wanted to put in a whole bunch of other stuff but showed a little self control and went with a classic flavor combo of chocolate and hazelnut, but you could go crazy and add mini marshmallows, dried cranberries, coconut, or any variety of nuts

Do you try and mix up your holidays treats every year or do you stick with your classics every year? 

I am pretty loyal to the classic cookie and treat recipes around the holidays but I do like to throw in a new recipe or two just to mix it up or find a new permanent staple :) 

Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! 









Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Granola Bars

Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Granola Bars


  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup rice crispy cereal
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray (I used a 8X6X2 dish but you can also use a 7X10 dish for thinner bars)
  3. In a bowl, beat the egg white until bubbly and frothy
  4. Using a spatula, stir in peanut butter, brown sugar, honey and vanilla
  5. Once combined, add melted butter, rice crispy cereal, and oats until all coated
  6. Lastly fold in the chocolate chips and hazelnuts till evenly distributed
  7. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish and bake 20-30 minutes (depending on thickness of your pan) until edges are golden brown
  8. Let set and cool for at least an hour before cutting into rectangle or square bars

#MysteryDish Bloggers:

Gluten Free Chocolate Bourbon Hazelnut Cake from Living Better Together
Turtle Krispies Treats from I Dig Pinterest
Dark Chocolate Greek Yogurt Cookies from The Pajama Chef
Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Granola Bars from I Want Crazy
Dark Chocolate Hazelnut English Toffee from Flavor the Moments
Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cranberry Buttercrunch from Inspiration Kitchen
Skinny Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Hazelnut Fudge from Joyful Healthy Eats
Cranberry Hazelnut Crepe Cake from Blahnik Baker
Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Rice Krispie Treats from The Smart Cookie Cook
Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes with Hazelnut Cookie Crust from The Well Floured Kitchen
Salted Hazelnut Scotcheroos from Yummy Healthy Easy

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