One Smart Little Cookie is a collection of everything that brings inspiration, comfort and beauty into my life and home.
I love to create a beautiful home and enjoy it with my family.
It is sharing
what I love to do; baking and cooking in a healthier way without sacrificing flavor
, crafts,
party planning, activities, organization, and home decor.

Being a "Smart Little Cookie" is not about being perfect, it is about knowing how to enjoy life and family to it's fullest~to your fullest.
Due to my creative process, my home gets messy, my kids play in their jammies-all day sometimes (the terribly relaxed days tend to be my favorite),
and my hubby has become much more patient and supportive over the years with all of this.
In fact, he often has his own creative ideas and we both find ourselves anticipating our upcoming projects together~love him!
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a clean house, but I've rejected denial, and with a toddler who is a budding creative type herself,
I feel accomplished when the dishes are in the dishwasher before naptime (not mine, hers).
I've accepted the fact that "spotless" cannot mean what I have always
envisioned in my mind, at least not with kids,
and I would rather enjoy my kids and beautiful home, than a spotless, sterile home.
I have learned to take each day, one day at a time, and everyday should leave us feeling inspired and more contented.
The day should leave us, whispering in our ear, "the day has been as well as it could have been done, and it has been done well."

Go ahead and take a bite, indulge yourself and try my recipes and crafty creations in your own home.
I hope to inspire you to feel like the "Smart Little Cookie" you are!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Please hang in there, Smart Cookies! I'm about to move into my first home-Yay!! The above picture shows what I'll be thinking of while I'm away.:)
My favorite thing to do when we move into a new home is to bake a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies, then it feels like home.  I'll post more yummy recipes as soon as we're moved in.  
So I'll be back in a flash!
In the meantime, bake a batch of your favorite treats and enjoy!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

White Chocolate-Polka Dot Zebra Striped Peanut Butter Rice Krispies

It's a mouthful to say-and even yummier to eat! This is a whimsical favorite at my house.  The skies the limit with any kind of addition you might be craving.
On this particular day, my daughter's really wanted chocolate and peanut butter, but not just any chocolate peanut butter creation; they wanted it to have peanut butter chips with yummy white polka dots.
What if zebra's came with white polka dots and chocolate stripes? 
I think they'd look Fabulous!
These are super yummy and so much fun!

The Recipe

6 cups crispy rice cereal                                          1/2 cup peanut butter chips
4 cups miniature marshmallows                               1/2 cup dark or milk chocolate chips
1 T I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, or 1 T butter        1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Spray 8x8 inch square pan, large cooking pot and spatula with non-stick cooking spray.  Melt 1 T butter over med-high heat.  Add marshmallows and stir until melted, take off heat and mix in crispy rice cereal.  Mix in 1/4 cup peanut butter chips, reserving the remainder 1/2 cup for later.  Mix until combined, pour into prepared 8x8 inch square pan, spread evenly and press down firmly with spatula, compacting the mixture.  Set aside to cool.  Melt remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter chips in microwave until melted, about 20-30 seconds, frost on top of cooling rice krispies.  Immediately sprinkle the white chocolate chips over the melted peanut butter chip frosting.  Melt dark or milk chocolate chips in microwave until melted, about 30-40 seconds.  With a fork, "sprinkle" the melted chocolate over the mounds of white chocolate chips.  Transfer rice krispies to the refrigerator until everything is set.  Before serving, take rice krispies out of the refrigerator and let stand on the counter for about 10 minutes.  Slice into squares and serve.  These are deliciously thick and dense.

Smart Little Cookie Tip:
This is a decadent treat, however, 1 T I Can't Believe It's Not Butter adds 5 g fat to the whole recipe, even if you use 1 T regular butter, that would add 11 g fat, as opposed to the traditional Rice Krispie Treat recipe which calls for 3 T butter at 33 g fat. This is a pretty good replacement and your waist won't regret it!

Something about rice krispies brings the simple things back into perspective.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

My New Blog Design!

I am one lucky girl.  I have the most Wonderful friends! One of which, is my wonderful and amazingly talented friend Heather, who created my Fabulous blog design.  It's so fun to see something I have such passion for, be complimented and come to life with the talents of someone who can take what I've imagined in my mind, and create it on the computer.  Thank you SO much my dear friend Heather, you're the best!! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I am.  If you have a blog that you'd like to customize, contact my friend Heather at, or, click on her blog button on the left side of my blog-Rita's Sweet Shop. Each of her designs are brilliant!

Talent used to inspire and uplift, 
is the best talent of all.