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!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

S'mores Pops

My daughter's and I are so excited Father's Day is coming up!  My hubby is an amazing husband and dad and we can't wait to spoil him.
These little goodies are super easy to make.  It's a good thing, because you'll be making more for the dad in your life soon after the first batch disappears!

The Recipe

Jumbo Marshmallows
Dark or Milk Chocolate Chips
Crushed Graham Crackers
Sucker Sticks

Melt about 1 cup chocolate chips in microwave for 1 minute at a time, stirring in between each minute until chocolate is melted.  (you could also use a double boiler,
but I think the microwave is quicker.)
Put two marshmallows on a stick and dip into the melted chocolate, use a spoon to completely cover the marshmallows, if needed.  Tap the stick against the rim of the bowl to catch any excess chocolate.  Roll the chocolate covered marshmallows in the crushed graham crackers.  Place on a cookie sheet that has been covered with parchment paper.  When all of the S'mores Pops have been made, transfer the cookie sheet to the refrigerator for 10 minutes.  If your making these ahead of time, put the pops in a large ziploc bag and seal out any excess air and store in the refrigerator, no longer than a day.  This will keep the marshmallows from drying out.

Smart Little Cookie Tip:
My daughter's and I are going to make a S'mores Pop Bouquet for Father's Day.  To do this, use long sucker sticks and arrange the pops in a vase.  To help the pops stay in place, fill the bottom of the vase with your husband's, or father's favorite candies.  What dad wouldn't want a delicious bouquet of treats he can eat?

You can coat the chocolate marshmallows with almost anything.  Use sprinkles, chopped nuts, coconut, or drizzle with a little caramel...mmm, the possibilities are endless!