Sugar Coated Nanagrams

I love when talented people I know decide to start sharing their talents with the internet.  I watched my friend Barb develop her cookie talents over the years and she has recently started blogging about her kitchen adventures over at Sugar Coated Nanagrams.

French Macarons from Sugar Coated Nanagrams

You know a baker is legit if they can make French macarons!  Those puppies are not easy.  She shares her recipe and her tips for those, but you can also check out the likes of English Muffin bread and Strawberry Pie (perfect for Summer!!) too.


Healthy Snacks for End of Year School Parties

Is it Summer yet?  Oh yeah, not for three more weeks.  This is the first time since my kids started school 9 years ago that school doesn't end until June and I am trying my hardest not to mentally check out.  (I am starting to rethink how much I loved having that full week off over Thanksgiving though!)

And the hard part is that there is still a lot of IMPORTANT stuff left to do like finals, playoffs, end of year parties, and graduation!  Maybe that is why I am so ready for Summer!

My sister-in-law sent me a text asking for ideas for a healthy snack for the end of the year class party.  I told her to bring a 10 pound bag of apples.  But in case you are looking for something a little cuter (but still on the easy enough to pull off the last day of school side, here are some cute ones that won't break the bank or your will to live.

My first choice would be these cute butterfly bags from Squawk Fox.  You can fill them with anything and if you let your kids decorate the clothes pins they are relatively easy.  (I would even leave off the cute eyes as a last minute sanity saver.  She has a great tutorial on her site on how to put them together.