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DIY Easter Surprise Eggs are easier than you think

This DIY Easter Surprise Eggs recipe is a new Easter favourite. In fact, I might be make them 123,045 times before this easter. My little one LOVES surprise eggs. Like is seriously-obsessed-to-the-point-that-it-drives-me-crazy obsessed. But I can’t bear to have any more little plastic toys filling up our home, and she really shouldn’t be chowing down on full size big-kid eggs. So I decided to try and make some at home. melanie

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Shortbread cookies that melt in your mouth

Mommydo.com // Melt-in-your-Mouth Shortbread (lactose-free)

Christmas Came Early So Natrel just released Lactose-Free Butter. LACTOSE-FREE BUTTER! I stuffed my daughter in the car (buckled her up tight) and proceeded to buy 5 packages. I also brought the ingredients for these shortbread cookies and a baguette. First I ate few hunks of baguette spread with glorious butter. Then I whipped up these whipped shortbread cookies. Whipped Shortbread Cookies Melt in your Mouth They are one of the first Christmas Cookies I made on my own as a little girl. And they’re still my favourite today. The recipe hails from The Harrowsmith Cookbook, and credit is given…

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5 Faves Friday: Can’t buy love but…

    So I know Valentines Day is just a couple of days away, but I thought I’d list off a few things that have been making my heart beat a little faster. This beautiful white quartz pendant from Mason Birks. Even the photo version makes my heart go pitter patter. It’s simple and stylish, and while it is pricy, it’s not astronomical. I love Starbucks. I’m not sure if words can even express how much I love to get a hot tea from Starbucks. And as a tea is less than $3, this one can suit any budget. I often get…

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Valentine Rice Krispie Treats

easy recipe video williams syndrome

Valentine Rice Krispie Treats I was lucky enough to win a Rice Krispies prize pack in the #treatsfortoys twitter party in December. I’m a big fan of the program where Rice Krispies donates money for toys for every toy shaped Rice Krispie Treat posted with #treatsfortoys. This year, the campaign raised $40,000. I thought I’d say Thank You for the amazing prize (which included a whole bunch of Rice Krispies AND a Visa gift card) by making a video of the first thing we made with the delivery. The whole family enjoyed these and I loved making my first food video.  …

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Five Tips: Buying gifts for littles with exceptional needs

mommydo.com | 5 tips for buying gifts for toddlers with special needs from a Mom of a child with Williams Syndrome

It’s that time of year. Make your list. Check it twice. Except, when one of the kids on your list has a developmental disability or other special needs. Choosing special needs gifts or gifts for kids with disability can seem like a challenge. Here are a few tips. It’s our 3rd Christmas with Allie, and each one has been a bit of a struggle. I don’t really know what she’d like. Certainly no one else knows what she’d like. Shopping for kids with exceptionalities isn’t easy. Every child comes with a unique set of likes and watch outs – many of…

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Holiday Baking Hang Overs

Have a few things hanging around after your holiday baking? Chocolate wafers?  Maybe a few sprinkles? Some Skor bits, mini chocolate toppings? Nuts? No need to let them go to waste! These dipped Mommydo Holiday Hang Over Pretzel Sticks are a fabulous way to use up some of the odds and ends left over from the holiday baking frenzy. They take practically no time. And, your friends and co-workers have had just about enough of their New Years resolutions at this point and will be only too happy to take a few off your hands. Mommydo’s Holiday Hang Overs Dipped…

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The 12 Treats of Christmas: #11 Classic Sugar Cookies

I’ve got my binder open, and this recipe comes from a photocopy of a page from Chatelaine Magazine circa 1998. 15 years later, this is still my go-to sugar cookie recipe. As I said yesterday, I don’t have a photo yet, as we’re going to bake these over the weekend. But I find I like it when the dough chills for a good long while (overnight if possible), so I thought I’d post now so you too can get the batter together tomorrow and have a good old-fashioned cookie bake with the kids this weekend now that school is out….

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The 12 Treats of Christmas: #10 Gingerbread

I realize I totally left you hanging but I had good reason. My father-in-law has been ill, which meant husband was out of town for a few days. And I had a First Birthday Party to execute. Husband did return in time for the party. Thankfully, I had premade the dough for this delightful gingerbread recipe. So I was able to quickly make a batch for kids to decorate at the party. It is a ‘fancy’ gingerbread recipe – in that there are a number of ingredients. But it also a delicious, and I mean REALLY delicious one, so it’s…

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The 12 Treats of Christmas: #8 Peanut Butter Marshmallow Butterscotch Squares

These things need a shorter name. They’re quick to make and don’t hang around long at all. The length of their name is kind of misleading. Though, it does spell out pretty clearly what these guys are. They could also simply call them ‘delicious squares’ and have the same end result. They remind me of my friend Marilyn’s mom, who used to bake these and keep them in the downstairs freezer… the perfect spot for sneaking from. Recipe 1 Cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 Cup butter 2 (6 oz) packages butterscotch chips 1 large package miniature coloured marshmallows Put the…

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The 12 Treats of Christmas: #7 Candy Bar Brownies

Chocolate. Peanut butter. These are my favourite brownies in the world. They don’t have any candy bars in them, but taste very much like a frosted candy bar filling. I had other photos, but this one pretty much sums up my feeling on these. Recipe – I’d love to give credit for these, but my recipe photocopy has been hanging around since about 1999 and has no indication of where it’s from. 1 1/4 Cups finely crushed graham crackers (about 18 crackers) 1/4 Cup sugar 1/4 Cup finely chopped dry-roasted peanuts 1/2 Cup butter (no substitutes) melted 1/4 Cup butter…

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