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Chonky Boys: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches that Scream Summer!

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Featuring my thick and nuggy Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookies, these ice cream sandwiches are the stuff that summer dreams are made of.  If you've ever had the Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich at Disneyland , you are going to LOVE these! 

These big and bold chocolate chip cookies are based on a recipe from my culinary school studies at Auguste Escoffier, but with a few modifications to give them that Jennuine touch.  They make the perfectas book for a fat slice of real vanilla bean ice cream.  And those mini chips?  You just gotta have that extra cronch!

Thank goodness this recipe only makes 8 sandwiches, otherwise I would be eating them for breakfast lunch and dinner.  This way, my big family can help save me from my inner child diet-saboteur.  
PrintWith ImageWithout Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream SandwichesYield: 8Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a fat wedg…

Year of the Dragon Red Envelopes & Crafts ~
A Little Birdie Told Me...No. 57

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Gung Hay Fat Choy!
The Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian countries throughout the world and will be celebrated this year from January 23 through February 6.

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Welcome to  "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday No. 57! If you're here to share a craft, recipe or project post, you'll find the linky and the specifics on how to  join the party after the features below.
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This week's features pay homage to the Lunar New Year and celebrating the Year of the Water Dragon.
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Printable Red Envelopes from The Silly Pearl During the Lunar New Year in China, envelopes containing cash or shiny new coins are given to unmarried people (particularly children).  The red symbolizes luck.  Who wouldn't feel lucky getting one of these adorable envelopes?
...at The Silly Pearl, you'll also find
a recipe for Congee (Jook)
This traditional rice porridge is Comfort with a capit…

Owl Valentine Featuring Smarties Candies
(#IAMaSmartie)

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Whooo's ready for some Valentine fun? I can't help myself -- Valentines Day brings out the kid in me. I love all the kitch, the whimsy and the nostalgia that this sweet holiday brings.
So when an opportunity popped up to take part in the Smarties Valentine's Day campaign from Collective Bias, I revved up my Big Wheel, rearing to go for a trip down memory lane.  (You can read more about my shopping adventures HERE on Google +.)
If I close my eyes I can almost hear it: The satisfying crinkle of cellophane as you untwist the polka dotted ends of a roll of Smarties candies.  Inside, a party of pastels -- orange green, white, purple, pink and yellow.  The little dimpled dots are just a soft crunch away from dissolving into sweet-tart oblivion on your tongue!

Longtime readers may recall the cake I made several years ago for a friend whose daughter is a Smarties fanatic.  Being a fellow Smartie-lover, I was only too happy to oblige!

Smarties make the perfect School Valentine!
Valentine…

Ninja Birthday Party, Part II ~
Scrolled Invitation Tutorial

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For my purposes, it's a Ninja Party Invitation, but these easy-to-make scroll invitations are perfect for any occasion!  Whether you're planning a party for a princess, a pirate, or a Kung Fu Panda, guests will delight in receiving their invitation in the form of a parchment scroll.

For the layout of these invitations, I used the same little Ninja figure that I had created for the Ninja Water Bottle Wraps (pictured below). 
I downloaded several free Asian-themed fonts from Dafont.com. I've uploaded a fill-in version of the invitation for you to use below. You will need to have the following fonts installed for the invitation to print with the stylized fonts, rather than the plain ones shown below:  Kingthings Conundrum, Karate, Last Ninja, and Shanghai.  Once your fonts are installed, download the document in MS Word format from the link below.
Fill-in Invitation HERE 
Important Note: The invitation is in Word, so the fonts won't translate unless you have them installed. Y…

Handmade Valentine Gifts for Babies to Teens~
A Little Birdie Told Me...No. 56

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"For you see, each day I love you more ~
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow."
~Rosemonde Gerard
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Welcome to  "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday No. 56! If you're here to share a craft, recipe or project post, you'll find the linky and the specifics on how to  join the party after the features below.
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Cupid's arrow is aimed this week
at projects that make meaningful
handmade Valentines Day gifts for children.

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From newborn babes... Valentine Onesies
From Little Becky Homecky
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...to toddler hands...
Recycled Crayon Valentines From The Moody Fashionista
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The Ultimate Chili for your Super Bowl Chili Dogs and Frito Pies!

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Thank you to Hunt’s for sponsoring this post and encouraging my culinary skills! Visit HuntsSignatureRecipeCollection to find tons of delicious ideas for using Hunt’s tomatoes in your meals.
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Want to score a touchdown at your Super Bowl party? Score big with a menu featuring chili dogs and Frito Pies topped with this delicious and easy crockpot chili.

When planning a Super Bowl party I like to go for a fun food theme that is easy, can feed a crowd, and is at the ready in a crockpot throughout the big game.  That's why I created this recipe that can be thrown together in the morning and is ready to serve by game time!

Think chili dogs, chili burgers, chili cheese fries, nachos...you get the idea!


I was delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the Hunt's Reinvigorate Your Resolutions challenge through the Clever Girls Collective.  Using the Hunt's 100% Natural Petite Diced Tomatoes and 100% Natural Tomato Paste I was sent co…

a-MAZE-ing School Valentines ~
Free Printable & Project

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Earlier this week I shared the Warm-Fuzzy Valentines that my girls and I made last year.

This year, we're making these fun and colorful valentines with mini heart mazes attached.  They're a-MAZE-ingly easy and fun to make!

Here's what you need:

"a-MAZE-ing Valentine" Printable (Download free HERE)Heavy white cardstockLarge removeable glue dotsSmall plastic maze puzzles(purchased mine from Oriental Trading ($7 for 72 pieces) Optional: Decorative edge shears
Step 1:  Download the free template HERE.  Print on heavy white cardstock.
Step 2:  Cut out with regular or decorative edged scissors.
Step 3:  Place a glue dot on the back of a maze.
Step 4:  Center in place over the green heart on the card and press to adhere.