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Buying for the Office: Talk Like a Pirate Day

Baking for the Office

I’m so ashamed. This should have been on my calendar ages ago. Alas, me hearties, ’twas not until yesterday that I read that today, the 19th of September, is Talk Like a Pirate Day.


Even then I thought maybe I’d have time to whip up some Booty Brownies in the evening, but it wasn’t to be, because for the first time in years some scurvy ants had stampeded my kitchen and made baking for my office an impossible task.

Arrrg, the dirty curs!

So what’s a pirate queen to do when there’s no baking to be done? She recycles previous party treats and goes to the grocery store.


Luckily, my co-worker…, er, co-pirate, Jon, still has all the props and goodies I brought in for his Indiana Jones-themed birthday two years ago. That included a small treasure chest, skull, compasses and spy glass. I had a pirate hat and…

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Crock Pot Macaroni & Cheese

Loree the Domestic Diva

Many, many years ago when my husband was in seminary, one of his professors brought this recipe to share with the class. The professor’s wife had made it the night before and he felt it was so good that it needed to be shared. I guess you could call it an ecclesiastical show and tell.




8 oz macaroni

1/4 cup melted butter

1 egg, beaten

12 oz evaporated milk

1/2 cup regular milk

1 teaspoon salt

12 oz cheddar cheese, shredded


Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add macaroni & cook for 7 minutes. Drain.

While macaroni is cooking, butter your crock pot so that things don’t stick while cooking.

Put all of the ingredients, except for 1/2 cup cheese, in the crock pot & combine. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese on top. Sprinkle with paprika.

Cook on low for 3 hours 15 minutes.

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Square Blooms no. 1

BabyLove Brand

My first project in a category I like to call Square Blooms (a reference to one of my fave new wave tracks, Square Rooms – haha) featuring beautiful 3D flowers in a lovely grid of squares.

I almost cannot take the gorgeous beauty of these two aqua shades with the fresh daisy popping out. And what a cool shade of grey to ground the piece.

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Potato Chip Cookies

Loree the Domestic Diva

Back in the late ’70s, my sister’s best friend shared a cookie recipe that her mother had just come across. We made these regularly throughout the remainder of my childhood & teen years. Once I got married & left home, I didn’t make them as often, but every once in a while, I just need to have potato chip cookies.

I use a food processor to crush the chips & chop the pecans.

Warning: These are far from low fat!


Potato Chip Cookies


1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup crushed plain potato chips

1/2 cup chopped pecans

2 sticks butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

powdered sugar


Stir dry ingredients, except for powdered sugar, together in the bowl of an electric mixer. Blend in butter & vanilla.

Bake at 325 for 15-25 minutes. I know that is a large cooking range for cookies, but your elevation & humidity…

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Nacho Soup

Loree the Domestic Diva

This is so quick & easy to make!  

When I was growing up, one way my mom saved money on the grocery bill was to cut the amount of meat called for in a soup or casserole in half. That is something that I have continued to do to this day for two reasons. It saves money & I don’t like a lot of meat in most casseroles & soups. I made this recipe with half a pound of ground beef, but the recipe that I based this one off of called for a full pound. Let you taste & wallet dictate the amount that you use.


Nacho Soup


1/2 lb ground beef

1 can Ranch style beans

1 1/4 cup salsa or 1 can Rotel tomatoes

1 can Campbell’s Nacho Cheese Soup

2 cups milk

1 1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning (see below)


Brown ground beef. If using…

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Peanut butter m&m blondies


Peanut butter m&m blondies

A few weeks ago, one of my best friends from uni celebrated her birthday with a night out in her home town.

Obviously this is a fairly normal thing to do, but for me it was a pretty special occasion, as despite having been friends for 7 years I have never managed to visit her for her birthday.

I know that makes me sound like a bit of a bad friend, but every year something has come up that’s stopped me being able to go – for example, last year I was all set and looking forward to it, until my car decided to die on me a few days before. Perfect timing!

Anyway, this year I was determined that nothing would stand in my way, and although horrific traffic did it’s best and made me several hours late, I was there, and all was good.

Considering I effectively had…

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