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Birthday Party Treats: Yummy DIY Fiesta Cookies!

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1MommyMD. What do you do when you’re planning a party and an item you need is unavailable? It’s time to DIY! If you don’t know, DIY stands for Do It Yourself. Sunday I threw my daughter a fiesta themed party for her 2nd birthday. I’d come across the cutest fiesta cookies on Instagram earlier in the planning process and was set on having some made for the party. Unfortunately, the business I wanted to use was booked solid for two months. I thought about it; I love to bake and have a creative streak so I decided to make the fiesta themed cookies myself! 

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Tiny Tot Tuesdays: Cooking With Kids!

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Put those tots to work in the kitchen!

Cooking with kids…When my kids were toddlers it seemed like they would wait for me to get busy cooking and decide to get into e-ver-y-thing they could think of! Those classic moments of the little ones writing on the walls and covering themselves in Vaseline would happen in my home while I was in the kitchen. 

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Learn to cook PERFECT Salmon with this quick and easy recipe 

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We eat salmon quite often in our home. I struggled for a few years trying to get it right. I would cook a great filet on occasion, but for the most part I ended up with fish that was either too dry or too soft in the center. It was frustrating to say the least. 

About five years ago I became a certified Pinterest fanatic. One wonderfully wormhole-y afternoon I was pinning away when I came across a post from Pioneer Woman. Changed. The. Game. Since I tried her technique I’ve never ended up with anything other than a beautiful, moist, flaky, perfectly cooked filet of salmon. I’ll walk you through it. 

Wash, season drizzle, bake. 


Rinse off a 1lb salmon filet. Some like to pat it dry. Place the salmon on a foil or parchment lined pan and season. I use a little seasoned salt (go easy guys, we don’t want too much sodium!), black pepper, and a healthy coating of garlic powder, not garlic salt. Drizzle your filet with extra virgin olive oil and you’re ready to go.


MAJOR KEY: don’t preheat the oven!!! 

Place your pan into a cool oven. This is the key to perfection. Turn the oven to 400 and bake for 25 minutes. If your filet is very thick it may need a few extra minutes. If it’s several pounds and pretty long, I suggest slicing it into a few different pieces before prepping it for the oven to ensure that it cooks evenly. 

*tip: Use your nose! Check on the fish when you start to smell it. If you see a little bubbly white foam on top it’s likely ready. I normally use farm raised salmon, which is thicker and a little less lean. For wild caught salmon, 20 minutes may be enough. 

Sauces – Glazes – Marinades


For a little extra flair and flavor, try brushing a marinade on top of your salmon before baking. This time I used a Kroger brand sweet and spicy chili sauce (not at all spicy). I’ve also used sriracha and honey, barbecue sauce, honey and lemon, lemon butter with herbs, Parmesan and panko crumb crust, and my all time favorite, Stonewall Kitchen’s Jamaican Jerk Sauce (a little bit goes a long way!).  


If you’re looking to make dinner even easier, add a foil pack of crunchy veggies to the pan. Season and drizzle them just like the salmon, wrap them in foil and voilá: a whole meal in 25 minutes! My meal features broccolini. Asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, carrots, peppers and onions, and zucchini are other healthy and tasty options. 


Give this super easy method a try, then tell us how it turned out! 

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The Weekly Wine Down Returns with Sparkling Ciders!

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Beverage, anyone?

I don’t know about you but this week didn’t start so well for me. As I struggled to fight off a terrible cold, life continued at lightning speed around me. Between this cold, a teething 14 month old and two rambunctious preschool boys with two different classroom parties,  I am in need of some serious relaxation this weekend. Luckily I found a sparkling remedy for bringing my stressed-out week to a close: $9.99 custom 6 pack ciders.

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The Ultimate Kid’s Drink: Cotton Candy Delight!

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Do you need a tasty kid’s drink for a birthday party? Or a hit for your next sleepover? Or how about, just an idea for a fun night at home with the little ones? I’ve got you covered! Try this Cotton Candy Delight drink! The first time I made this fun concoction was for my kids’ New Year’s Eve party and it was a big hit with kids and adults alike. What makes this drink so fun, you ask? It’s a yummy science project! This party favorite goes over a lot like an experiment. Pour in the ingredients and then watch the action. The kids wow over the fizzy eruption!

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5 Quick Meals You Can Make in a Pressure Cooker

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Do you have an old-fashioned pressure cooker and can’t figure out what the heck to put in there? Or are you looking for quick meals during the week? Look no further! Your pressure cooker will come in handy and dinner will be ready in no time! Not only will your food cook super-fast, the tender taste of a pressured pot is to die for!

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What to Wear Wednesdays: Who Doesn’t Like Cookies?

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By 1MommyMD.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in Hyde Park. Some amazing mommy friends and I got together to bake some tasty treats as part of their “Cookies from the Heart” program. I mean who doesn’t like cookies?! 

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I Totally Wowed with This Budget-Friendly Birthday!

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Birthday parties are so much fun! Decorations, super cute themes, games, cake and children screaming for hours! Maybe not the screaming part, but hey, that’s what wine is for. Birthday parties are great, but I must admit that I don’t love attending birthday parties as much as planning them. It can be stressful, time-consuming and expensive (not to mention not altogether necessary), so it’s not something I do for every birthday. This year I threw a fun classroom party for under $80 with just a little elbow grease and several items I already had at home.

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Weekend Staples: Sangria and Sanity #winedown

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Wine. Fruit. Bliss. That’s what sangria means to me. I’m getting misty just thinking about it.  Over the past 10 years or so I’ve tried countless varieties. I offered three different kinds– including a sweet tea version– at my birthday celebration a couple of years ago. When it comes to sangria there are endless possibilities, flavors, and opportunities for fusion.

This week we are wine-ing down with a Sassy Sangria that’s super easy to make.

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Easy guacamole, plus a hack that’ll give you guac in 5 minutes or less!

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Who doesn’t love a good bowl of guacamole? It’s delicious, healthy (but watch those chips!) and it’s super easy to make. As an avocado lover, I could eat guacamole every day. Here’s my super easy guacamole recipe. You only need four ingredients plus seasoning! How simple is that?

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The Weekly Wine-Down is Here with Ménage à Trois Silk, a Soft Red Blend for a Crisp Fall Weekend!

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photo by M.Poole

Welcome to the Wine-Down!

It’s Thursday. That means it’s almost Friday. And that means it’s time to break out the wine and celebrate surviving another week of motherhood, mayhem and just barely making it. Go you!

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5 Easy Wine Tasting Tips for Beginners: Find a wine you like and get tasting!

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Are you the kind of mom who’s always been interested in trying wine but have no idea where to start? No idea what to buy or how to taste it? It’s not as intimidating as you might think. First, take this quiz to find out which kinds of wines you might like. Now go grab a bottle and let’s get tasting!

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Sassy Plum’s Weekly Wine-Down: Apothic Wines

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photo by M.Poole

Well hello there. Ready for wine? I thought so. Let’s do this.

It’s Thursday, and you know what that means… Yup! It’s Wine -Down time. This week’s challenge features four delicious variations by Apothic Wine.

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