Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Mom

November 25, 2014

Easy Dessert Ideas: 3 Ways Truffles Add Holiday Flair

This week marks the official onset of The Holiday Season. 

Are you freaking out yet?

We're curating recipes, shopping for gifts and getting ready to for party upon party over the next 5 weeks. Most importantly, we need to get ready for the season of entertaining friends and family! From preparing the house to preparing food, there are many little things that often slip our mind to make it a perfect party. CVS is a one-stop holiday shop that will make your holiday entertaining fun AND fancy!

And you're in luck. I have some creative ideas for you on how to give your holiday entertaining a little boost!  One of the items I absolutely love from CVS is their Gold Emblem Truffles. I could eat them all day long. 

(Not that I have. Or anything.)

These little gems can be used in several surprising ways that will wow your guests at the next holiday gathering. Here are 3 ways to use CVS Gold Emblem Truffles at your holiday parties:

Chop and Bake

Unwrap 5-10 of your favorite Gold Emblem truffles and roughly chop them on a cutting board. Add them to cookie and brownie mixes for an extra sweet treat!

Grate and Garnish

Serving eggnog at your next party? Grate 1 truffle over a glass of eggnog before serving for a tasty garnish.  Gold Emblem truffles would also be amazing grated over hot chocolate topped with whipped cream!

Sweet Snacks

Sometimes you just need to keep it sweet...and simple! During the holiday season, place small glass bowls of your favorite Gold Emblem truffle flavors around your house. Be sure to pick key rooms where guests are most likely to visit: the living room, the family room, the dining room and the kitchen. Your guests will love having a sweet fix whenever they want it!

CVS has many more holiday-party worthy products. Peruse the other Gold Emblem items and stock up for your next holiday gathering!

DisclosureI’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for the Gold Emblem and Total Home Prep for Holiday Entertaining campaign. I am being sponsored to help lead this campaign, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at or with the appropriate manufacturers.

November 24, 2014

Choosing Your Battles: Clothes

Many of my days start with an obstinate, "NO."

Part of making the transition from baby to toddler, then to preschooler and school-aged child, is learning to be independent. If not for independence, we'd still be living at home, letting our parents dress us, feed us and bathe us.

Awkward picture, right?

So I know there is this mantra we're all encouraged as parents when we hit those walls of kiddie independence:

Choose Your Battles.

It is important. Because if we choose to fight every battle, we'd spend all day butting heads. We'd lose credibility with our children, and they would have no way of learning this important lesson of independence. 

And let's be honest: not every battle is worth fighting. She wants waffles instead of cereal for breakfast? Go for it. He wants to wear 2 year old pajamas that don't fit him to bed? Sure. She wants to wear flip flops on a cold day? Hey, they're your feet, sister.

I truly believe in choosing our battles wisely. And that sometimes, when we find ourselves constanly clashing with our kids, it's really over the fact that we just want to get our own way. Kind of like our kids, no? 

Now, do I always choose wisely? Nope. Not even 75% of the time. I'm aware of the need to pick my battles, but there is still a part of me that fights foolishly over some things that are definitely not worth it. 

Sometimes, though, I struggle over when to step in. When there is a grey area of whether or not it's about letting them be independent or it's a parent watching out for their child's own good. I find this happen a lot over the battle of clothes.

I try really hard to let their little personalities shine, and to allow my girls to wear what they'd like. Within reason. So outfits need to be age appropriate (no bellies showing, girlfriend) and season appropriate (you realize it's snowing, right? So why are you wearing a tank top and shorts?). I don't care much about fashion or if my girls are stylish. Because heaven knows I was not growing up.

Case in point: Bug's outfit from today.

Good gravy. This girl.

She is almost 4, and can still pull off the "Punky Brewster Funky Mismatched" cute look. What do I do, though, when they pick an outfit out and internally I cringe? Especially Chica, who is now in elementary school. Despite my internal struggle,  most days I allow them to go for it. But sometimes I worry about allowing them to wear such a strange outfit that they could potentially be picked on by others or ostracized by their friends.

So where is the line? If you are concerned about the backlash an outfit may have amongst their peers (especially when your child is so unaware), do you step in an encourage them to pick another outfit? Or do you work on building a solid sense of self, boosting their confidence, and sending the message that individuality is great and to own their sense of style?

I'd love your feedback on how YOU handle the Clothing Battles at your house.

Leave a comment and join the discussion.

November 22, 2014

My Thanksgiving Meal Plan

Is anyone else feverishly curating, planning and sorting all of the recipes you'll be using on Thanksgiving? My mom is hosting this year, but I'm taking on a bulk of the cooking. Over the past week, I've gotten into several chit-chats about what recipes I'd be using. I think we all look forward to hearing about what other people are doing because we all want some inspiration. It's fun to come across new recipes - and there is no better way to try them out than on a holiday!

I decided to collect them all in one place (which will make it all the more easier to see them on Thanksgiving Day while I am whipping stuff up), and share them in case anyone else is looking for something new and exciting to make.

Apart from the mashed potato recipe and the classic stuffing recipe (see below), all the of the recipes are new to me. I am a big fan of magazines, and most of this year's Thanksgiving recipe inspiration has come from them: Every Day with Rachael Ray and Food Network Magazine

The rest of the dishes are coming from my amazing mother and mother-in-law (and therefore without recipe here in this post). While I'm not posting those recipes (although I do need to add them to my blog!), I'm posting the all of our intended dishes, in case you are looking for overall menu ideas.

Now I just need Tablescape inspiration...

 Rachael Ray Magazine

Food Network Magazine

Stuffing: Classic Stuffing
Food Network Magazine

Mashed Potatoes: Steph's Recipe
Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom

The Kitchn

Signature Drink: Cranberry Negronis
Food Network Magazine

Also on the menu:

Broccoli Casserole, courtesy of my mother-in-law
Pineapple Stuffing, courtesy of my mother-in-law
Green Bean Casserole, courtesy of my mom
Sweet Potatoes, courtesy of my mom
Pumpkin Roll, courtesy of my mom
Pumpkin Pie, courtesy of my mother-in-law
Chocolate Cheesecake, courtesy of my mother-in-law

Share the love and share YOUR favorite Thanksgiving recipes! 

Leave a comment with your recipes or links to the recipes you'll be using for the holiday. 

Don't forget to bookmark or pin this post as an "all in one place" resource!

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