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6 Personalized Walt Disney Autograph Books that Kids Will Love

6 Personalized Walt Disney Autograph Books that Kids Will Love

The very first time we went to Disney World as a family, I debated whether we should spring for an autograph book. After all, if you think about it (although I usually try not to), it’s really just an employee in a suit who has […]

Tusker House Restaurant Review

Tusker House Restaurant Review

“The best meal I have ever had at Disney World,” my eye doctor told me a couple years ago, “was breakfast at the Tusker House restaurant in Animal Kingdom.” Well, she should know. This is a woman in her mid-thirties who has been to Disney […]

7 of the Best Homemade Waffle Recipes

7 of the Best Homemade Waffle Recipes

Breakfast has always been one of my favorite meals (quite possibly because it’s the only meal where you can get away with eating something that borders on dessert). But there’s something about waffles in particular that make breakfast seem like an extra treat. I always feel eating in a quaint little cafe when I have waffles, even if I’m right at the kitchen table.

I went searching on Pinterest and found these 7 delicious and fun waffle recipes. Which one is your favorite?


If you’re like me and have trouble getting your finished waffle out of the waffle maker without either burning yourself or sending all or part of the waffle flying across the kitchen counter, you might want to check out these Mini Waffle Tongs. They have a soft, beveled edge that makes it easy to get at the waffles.

Another thing that’s cool about them is the locking mechanism at the top that can keep it in a “closed” position, so it won’t take up half your kitchen drawer to store them.

Mini Waffle Tongs
Mini Waffle Tongs

Click here to read the 5-star reviews of the Mini Waffle Tongs.


Cinnamon Apple Sweet Potato Waffles

Healthy Cinnamon Apple Sweet Potato Waffles

Sweet potatoes for breakfast? It sounded weird to me at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. These waffles are made using only sweet potatoes, eggs, apples, cinnamon, and oil, so they’re a healthy alternative to your traditional waffle.

Not only that, but I totally with Jerry Seinfeld about cinnamon:




There are 53 really unique waffle recipes on this page.


S’mores Waffles

S'mores Waffles Recipe with Graham Crackers, Chocolate Chips, and Mini Marshmallows wrapped in Pillsbury Biscuit Dough

These cool waffles are a kid-pleaser for sure! It’s basically a s’more wrapped in refrigerated biscuit dough, making it not only fun and tasty, but also a little neater than your usual s’mores.



Coconut Cream Waffles with Pineapple Syrup

Breakfast or Brunch Recipe for Coconut Cream Waffles with Pineapple Syrup

Wow, WOW, does this look. I am absolutely crazy about pineapples; I even love them on pizza, which my husband thinks is very weird.

These waffles are made with two cups of coconut milk, and the syrup contains both pineapple chunks and coconut flakes. It sounds ah-mazing.



If you’re as crazy about pineapple as I am, you might want to check out this cookbook.


Black Forest Waffles

Black Forest Waffles with Cherries and Whipped Cream

Here’s a fun waffle recipe that looks more suited for dessert than for breakfast … although I’m quite sure that many people (including me) wouldn’t turn it down if someone offered it to them tomorrow morning.

They are topped with powdered sugar, chocolate syrup, cherry pie filling, and whipped cream. So if you love the combination of chocolate and cherries, this recipe is for you!



Sweet and Spicy Gingerbread Waffles

Gingerbread Waffles for the Holidays

The smell and taste of gingerbread often making people think of the Christmas holiday season. I could picture enjoying these waffles with a mug of hot chocolate on a snowy December day, with a nearby fire in the fireplace.




Peanut Butter Banana Waffles

Peanut Butter Banana Waffles with Maple Syrup

My daughter Rebecca likes peanut butter and banana sandwiches with honey. These waffles are basically the same concept, except they’re both fluffier and crisper.



Cheesecake Waffles with Strawberries

Breakfast Recipe for Cheesecake Waffles with Strawberries

Mmm … I love creamy dessert, and cheesecake is one of the best ones out there. These waffles are made with this mix and topped with no-bake cheesecake, plus any fruit you want to adorn it with. (Fruit is always a must for me.)


Show off your love of Waffles with Etsy jewelry!

Waffle Necklace
Waffle Necklace worn by Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation
Click image to see it on Etsy

I’ve never seen the TV show Parks and Recreation, but apparently Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, is crazy about waffles and wore this waffle necklace in the season four episode “Operation Ann.”

The necklace is available on Etsy and is even scented to smell like butter and maple syrup!


waffle stud earrings from etsy
Waffle Stud Earrings
Click image to see it on Etsy

These polymer clay stud waffle earrings would make a fun gift. They’re half an inch in diameter and come with an extra pair of soft plastic earring stoppers.

I hope you found this post jam-packed of delicious waffle goodness!

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Want something unique for breakfast this morning? Try one of these recipes for strawberry cheesecake waffles, peanut butter banana waffles, apple cinnamon waffles, and more!
7 of the Best Strawberry Dessert Recipes

7 of the Best Strawberry Dessert Recipes

Every spring for the last thirteen years I’ve gone strawberry picking with my kids. If you’ve never had fresh-picked strawberries, I hightly recommend that you try it. They are much sweeter and tastier than the ones you get at the grocery store. Over the last […]

Best Toy Garages for Toddlers

Best Toy Garages for Toddlers

This group of the best toy garages for toddlers make playing with cars extra fun, particularly for little boys, who in my experience are always fascinated with them. When my son Benjamin was very little, he loved toy cars and trucks more than anything else. […]

Copycat Restaurant Dessert Recipes

Copycat Restaurant Dessert Recipes

I’ve always had a huge sweet tooth. Desserts — especially creamy ones — have always been my weakness. I’ve made a conscious decision in the last couple years to cut back … but deep down, I still love sweets!

I found these 7 copycat dessert recipes from popular restaurants like Starbucks, Cheesecake Factory, and Applebee’s. I’m sure you’ll find something delicious that will be just the thing for the next time you need a sweet treat.

Cracker Barrel Double Fudge Coca-Cola Cake Recipe

Copycat Cracker Barrel Double Fudge Coca-Cola Cake recipe

I briefly waitressed at Cracker Barrel many years ago. I remember their peanut butter pie and fruit cobblers, but I don’t remember this cake, so maybe it’s new. (Well, new-er. It’s been over twenty years since I worked there!

This cake is made with a cup of Coke (of course) and half a cup of buttermilk — which, I’ve discovered, always makes cakes taste good. (Well … of course there are some other ingredients too.)

If you want to be really decadent, you can serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.



Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake Copycat Recipe from the Cheesecake Factory

I once brought some pumpkin cake to my neighbor, who then stated, “Everything pumpkin is always good.” I had to agree. Plus you can semi-delude yourself into thinking that it’s a least a little bit healthy. This cheesecake would be great to serve for Thanksgiving dessert or any time during the month of October, when you’re required by law to consume pumpkin desserts and beverages.

NOTE: You’ll need both a spring form pan and a roasting pan to make this recipe.


Oreo Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory

Oreo Cheesecake Copycat Recipe from The Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

Mmm … two beautiful things, Oreo cookies and cheesecake, blended together into one amazing-sounding dessert. This cheesecake has Oreos in the crust, Oreos in the batter, and Oreos sprinkled on the top. Yum!

A general purpose water bath like this one is highly recommended to make this recipe.
(I had to look up what that even was. Apparently it keeps cheesecakes from tend to cracking and custards from becoming rubbery.)


Starbucks Lemon Loaf Pound Cake

Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf Pound Cake Recipe

I love Starbucks pound cake; I think because it’s so moist. There is a full cup of sour cream in this cake, so I bet that’s why.

This is a dessert that freezes really well. (Although if you’re like me, you might say, “Hey, I’ll bake and freeze enough to last for the next two months” and then have it be gone within the week.)


cookbook with Starbucks copycat recipes
This book includes 12 Starbucks copycat dessert recipes!

Starbucks Blueberry Coffee Cake

Copycat Starbucks Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe

I’ve always thought it was funny that you can get away with eating cake for breakfast as long as it’s coffee cake.

Seriously, though, I’ve heard that blueberries are one of the best foods you can eat. They are a good source of vitamin K, fiber, manganese, and other antoxidants. Some people even claim that blueberries help protect against heart disease and some cancers.

Want more blueberry recipes?
Check out this page.



Applebee’s Apple Chimicheesecake

Applebee's Apple Chimicheesecake Copycat Recipe

I’ve never had one of these, but I think I would love it. Apples … brown sugar … cream cheese … what’s not to like? This is another dessert that would go great with a scoop of ice cream.


Shoney’s Hot Fudge Cake

Copycat Recipe for Shoney's Hot Fudge Cake

Wow, I haven’t been to Shoney’s in years and years … but back in the day, I loved it for its breakfast bar … and its Hot Fudge Cake! This is a great dessert if you’re a fan of chocolate and creamy gooey-ness.


So what do you think? Let me know your favorite in the comments. I think if I were to try one of these recipes, it would be one of the copycat Starbucks recipes. I love having baking goods with my coffee in the morning!

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Delicious copycat restaurant dessert recipes from Starbucks, Cheesecake Factory, Applebee's and Shoney's


8 Copycat Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight

8 Copycat Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight

Did you ever eat a meal at a restaurant that was SO good you wished you could eat it all the time — without having to leave your home or pay big bucks for it? Fortunately, there are people out there who are great at […]

11 Fun and Unique Gifts for Book Lovers

11 Fun and Unique Gifts for Book Lovers

Book lovers — such as myself — are a bit of a weird breed. When we’re out in public and see a stranger reading, we try to get a glimpse of the title of the book (or often, in my case, just flat-out ask.) Our […]

Kermit the Frog Hand Puppets, Dolls, and Crafts

Kermit the Frog Hand Puppets, Dolls, and Crafts

Kermit the Frog Puppets, Dolls and Crafts

As a child of the 70’s, I have distinct memories of watching The Muppet Show when I was a kid. It was on right before my bedtime, and I sat on the orange shag carpet of our family room watching Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the rest. Some of the guest stars — like Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett — I knew, while others — Alice Cooper and Zero Mostel — I definitely didn’t.

When The Muppet Movie came out a few years ago, I remember the gasps and murmurs of astonishment throughout in the movie theater at the first scene of Kermit riding a bike.

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Now that I have kids of my own, I’ve had fun re-visiting The Muppets all over again with them. I’m much more familiar with the guest stars these days (although I still have no idea who Spike Milligan is), and I recognize songs that I didn’t know when I was in elementary school. (For example, John Denver sang “Grandma’s Feather Bed,” which our 8th grade chorus had sung.

I did some searching and found these Kermit dolls, puppets, and other crafts. I hope you find something for you and your kids to have fun with!

Plush Kermit the Frog Dolls on Amazon

If you’re curious (or in a hurry):


This post originally was going to be all about Kermit the Frog hand puppets … but guess what? They’re almost impossible to find! The very few that I found on Amazon and Wal-Mart are no longer available. I found a few on ebay, but they were well over a hundred dollars, and I thought that was pretty steep for a puppet.

So I went searching for plush dolls, thinking they would have a similar appeal. And it’s not too hard to take the stuffing out of a stuffed animal and turn it into a puppet, if you want to.

Kermit the Frog Plush Doll
Kermit the Frog Plush Doll

This Kermit doll has arms and legs and is posable. Amazon reviewer A. Daugherty explains how this can come in handy:

I love this Kermit doll. I pose it a work and take selfies and pictures of it in different poses. The material it is made of is very good and I don’t see it peeling from use any time soon if ever.


Kermit The Frog Plush Toy
Kermit The Frog Plush Toy

Do people still collect Ty Beanie Babies? I remember that was a huge thing years ago. (The Berenstain Bears even had a book about it. This very cute — and accurate-looking — Kermit Beanie Baby got nothing but good reviews on Amazon.


Plush Kermit Beanie Buddy Doll
Plush Kermit Beanie Buddy Doll

Over and over again, reviewers called this Kermit doll “soft,” “adorable,” and “cuddly.” One reviewer named Sunshine added, “It is just the right size for my four-year-old grandson to carry around — not too big and not too small. It appears to be well-made, and should stand up to a lot of use from my active grandson!


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Cute Green Frog Puppet on Etsy


Kermit Style green Frog Puppet
Green Frog Hand Puppet
Click the image to see it on Etsy

Even Etsy didn’t have anything to offer in the way of Kermit puppets, but I did find this cute green frog puppet that looks pretty similar to Kermit. (Actually, I think he looks a lot like Kermit’s nephew, Robin — remember him?)

The frog’s fingers are posable and it comes with two attached arm rods. It is sized to fit an average adult’s hand and was not designed with the intention of being used by a child, but rather by an adult who is using the puppet to entertain children.


How to Hand-Sew a Plush Kermit the Frog with Legs

How to Hand-Sew a Kermit the Frog Plush Doll with Legs

If you have more patience and skill with a needle and thread than I do, you can make this pretty great-looking plush Kermit with legs. Honestly, aren’t you amazed at how great that homemade Kermit looks?

The tutorial is very specific with lots of colored photos of each stage in the process. It definitely intimidated me when I looked at it, but if you’re into crafts, it’s a great option. And I imagine it would be pretty easy to modify it into a puppet (just leave the stuffing out, basically) and/or omit the legs if you want to.


Here are the materials needed to make this Kermit doll or puppet
The only item NOT on that list of materials is Antron puppet fleece, which you can buy, here on etsy.


How to Machine-Sew a Kermit Hand Puppet

How to Machine-Sew a Kermit Hand Puppet

These hand-puppets look pretty simple to make — I bet that even I could make them, once I re-learned how to thread a sewing machine! (It’s been literally decades.) It even comes with printable Kermit puppet pattern pieces.


Other than your basic sewing equipment, like scissors and a sewing machine, the only materials you need for this project are colored felt (in bright green, red, and white) and fabric paint.


Make a Cardboard Kermit the Frog Puppet

Cardboard Puppet Kermit the Frog Puppet

This is called a “cardboard puppet,” but it might be better described as a “flat Kermit with moveable arms and legs.” It would be a nice craft to do with kids, as the kids would enjoy the painting part and the adult could do the cutting and hole-punching.



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Kermit the Frog Paper Lantern Craft for Kids

Kermit the Frog Paper Lantern Muppet Character Fun Craft for Kids to Make

These lanterns would make great decorations for a Muppets-themed birthday party! All you need are red, pink, white, and black cardstock, scissors and a glue gun, and a green paper lantern like this one pictured below:

Green Paper Lantern needed for Kermit Craft
Green Paper Lantern needed for Kermit Craft



Kermit the Frog Paper Plate Craft for Kids

Fun Kermit the Frog Paper Plate Craft for Kids to Make

This is probably the easiest craft on the list, and most of the materials are things you probably already have handy, like paper plates, green paint, pink and red construction paper, and a glue stick. The one extra you might to get is a Styrofoam ball to cut in half for Kermit’s eyes:

Styrofoam Ball for Kermit's Eyes
Styrofoam Ball for Kermit’s Eyes



Kermit the Frog Magnetic Bookmark Craft

Easy Kermit the Frog Magnetic Bookmark DIY How to Make

I can never have too many bookmarks, and I the nice thing about magnetic ones is that they aren’t always falling out.
A printable pattern is provided, and you’ll need white cardstock, ribbon, glue, and a flat flexible magnet like this one.



I hope you found at least one really great idea in this post that will help you re-discover and enjoy Kermit all over again!

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Cute and Easy Animal Cupcakes

Cute and Easy Animal Cupcakes

When my girls were little, we spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Sometimes they would sit on the counter and help me make dinner (mostly handing me things and pouring in stuff), and other times we would make “fun food,” like peanut butter […]