Category Archives: Family

Super Sweets


Happy Super Bowl Sunday! I recently read a startling statistic that the amount of calories the average American will consume today rivals only Thanksgiving as the highest grossing event. I am sorry to say that the following recipe won’t really be supporting that stat in a positive way. So the best I can do is get my bum down to the gym for a pre-game sweat session.

Have a great day!

grandpa joe’s peanut butter tasty kakes


but they taste…so…good


dressed up for the occasion …



  • 4 eggs (I used 3 eggs and an egg white as it was all we had)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup milk (I used skim..again, all we had)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 18 oz Hershey chocolate bar
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips


  • preheat oven to 350 and prepare a large baking sheet or jelly roll pan (something with a low rim). line with parchment paper and coat lightly with cooking spray
  • beat eggs well and add all other ingredients except for pb and chocolate
  • pour into pan and spread evenly. bake for 25 minutes
  • while hot, spread pb over top and allow to cool in fridge or freezer until pb has set
  • in the meantime, melt chocolate in a double boiler then pour over pb layer
  • chill, cut (we used a pizza cutter) and serve

2012… Off and Running


Well, this year is off and running…literally. I participated in the @nikerunning and @nikeplus hangover challenge via twitter and started the morning off with a 3.75 mile run around the neighborhood.

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It was a great way to start the day, kick off the year, and get moving after the last few days of road trippin’ back from southwest Florida.

With 80 degree temps and plenty of sunshine, I spent most of my time here…



with my favorite people in the world…



Our holiday was a wonderful celebration of friends and family.


filled with lots of laughter, great food and some special surprises from Santa


We arrived back in Atlanta with enough time to power nap and refuel for our “big” night out. After some drinks with friends, who were heading to a concert, Danny and joined the sea of orange and blue (team colors of both UVA and Auburn) heading to the Georgia Dome for the Chik-fil-A bowl. We don’t have any ties to either school but the seats were great and we love Chik-fil-A a good football match up.


Some words to live by in 2012…


We made it back home just before midnight to ring in 2012 with a bottle of champagne and coverage of Time Square.

A toast to you and your something new in 2012!

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The Stockings Were Hung…


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I finally finished the second stocking! Just in time…

These stockings were indeed hung by the chimney TV with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there but are now packed in a suitcase and  soon will be here there



I am getting an early start this morning and heading to southwest Florida with my family to celebrate Christmas. Hello Happy Place!

In an effort to begin my new years resolution early, I’m going wireless for the next 2 weeks and my computer is staying at home. Stephanie is going to hold the fort here at Newly Everything, thanks Steph!

I am armed with a supersized bag of these…


And I’m sure that all 3 dozen 3 dozen minus 2 minus 3  will arrive to Florida.

Unfortunately, I was not able to make the Christmas cookie exchange. Sounds like the girls had a great time and from Stephanie’s report, made some great treats! I know my dad is excited about the cookie surplus since this is his mom’s recipe.

If you have a strong aversion to anything buttery, sugary, creamy, not so good for you GOODNESS than I suggest that you ignore the ingredient list. The yield is at least 5 dozen.

Italian Ricotta Cookies

Ingredients (Cookies)

  • 1 lb. Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 lb. Ricotta Cheese (I used the part skim variety, but at that point…does it really matter Smile )
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Salt

Combine butter, sugar, eggs, ricotta, vanilla and salt and mix until creamed. Add flour and baking soda to the mix. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky. Spoon onto cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Let cool then frost with icing.

Ingredients (Icing)

  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Mix until spreading consistency then spread or drizzle over the cookies.

I hope you and yours enjoy the happiest of holidays this year. There is lots of new things to come in 2012 and I look forward to sharing it all with you.

I leave you with this quote from one of my favorite holiday movies