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I’m Lovin’ It Wrap Up – Great Ideas {8-14-11}


photo by Kristen Doyle


This week was a crazy tough week. Filled with so many mixed emotions, from joy, to sympathy, to love and community, to frustration and back to sympathy again.

That’s a LOT to take in, in one week!  I hope many of you were able to enjoy a ‘peanut butter pie‘ with your families.  If you missed it, Todd and Diane, the incredible team of White on Rice, did their ‘thing’ and put together an extraordinary video tribute to Mikey, Jennie and how the the food blogging community rallied in support.

This morning it was such a welcome relief to sit at my computer with a steaming cup of coffee and enjoy what all have you have been up to!  You all inspire me ………..here’s a few that caught my eye this week.


Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie Parfaits – I want to devour the page! @ Family Fresh Cooking


Celebrate the first day of school with a cup ‘o joe and and this cute Back to School Coffee invite @ Jac o’ Lyn Murphy


Covered Button Jewelry! another great gift idea @ Tatertots and Jello


Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding …it’s like eating a peanut butter cup with a spoon! @ This Chick Cooks


We have a lavender farm near us, I think I need to go so I can make some  Lavender Salt and Sugar for gifting (and some for me!) @ Nifty Thrifty Things


Great idea for a delicious dinner in no time Barbeque Shrimp Skewers (this is going on my menu for next week!) @ A Little Nosh


Make a cute and easy Fabric Flower Hair Clip @ Skip to My Lou


Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Butter Cream would be a perfect after school treat! @ The Farm Girl

Make mornings run more smoothly with little ones with a Rise and Shine Routine Chart @ Happy Home Fairy


There are SO many more great great ideas! If you missed the party and still want to link up, it’s open thru Sunday evening.

Don’t Miss………..

I’ll be hosting a Live Chat in the Hoizon Dairy Community, along with Sara of Saving for Someday,  this Wednesday evening,  August 17th at 9pm EDT (8pm Central).  We will have a fast-paced one hour fun discussion about school parties. Whether you plan ‘em, volunteer to help, stay up creating food or decorations, join us as we talk about making the most of these events for our kids (and how not to lose our sanity along the way).

If you’re new to the School Party program or a veteran who’s baked up more than her fair share of goodies please stop by to share your thoughts and insights here in the Horizon Dairy Community  We’d love to have you join us! **there may be prizes too! {wink}


Sweetopia is giving away 2 gorgeous 10th Anniversary Cook for the Cure KitchenAid Raspberry Ice Mixers – if you enter and mention TidyMom sent you – and your name is picked, then we BOTH win a mixer! how cool is that!…now GO ENTER and tell her TidyMom sent you!

Enter to win here



* Babbles top 100 Mom Food Bloggers …..Would you mind voting for me? just a thumb up click (you can search alphabetical for TidyMom) Thanks bunches!!

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. Yum, I need some chocolate PB pudding now!

  2. Neat stuff you shared, Cheryl. I agree, the cherry cake is incredible! 🙂

  3. I am so thrilled that I’m featured this week…thank you!!!

  4. I just LOVE the cherry cake~it makes me happy! I will have to pass on the routine chart to my kids for the munchkins~love it!
    Have a great week, Cheryl!

  5. Everything looks so wonderful! I want one of each. Thanks so much for including my pudding.

  6. you got my vote!!!

    i want to try every single dessert you featured! yummy!!!

  7. Cheryl, Thank you so much for featuring my lavender salt and sugar! 🙂 What a great surprise!
    I hope you’re having a great Sunday!

  8. I entered the contest and made sure to say you sent me! thanks! 🙂

  9. Thank you so much Cheryl for posting my back to school coffee invitations. You made my day!

  10. LOVE this wrap up. I will go explore all these links now. Thanks so much for sharing my parfaits with your readers 🙂 xxoo

  11. I am loving the pudding with the sprinkles and that cherry cake. So creative and adorable 🙂

  12. Cheryl, what a smorgasborg of amazing and inspiring ideas. A peanut butter plethora of yumminess too. I found out about the peanut butter love sweeping the food blog world, dedicated to help Jennie P. with her healing process, through your facebook post yesterday. It HAS been a heartbreaking but heartwarming week for sure.
    Thank you also for sharing the Raspberry Ice KitchenAid mixer giveaway with your readers! Much appreciated! xo

  13. Thanks for featuring my cupcakes and for your blog. I love coming to visit! 🙂

  14. Thank you so much for featuring my Rise and Shine Routine Chart!!! What an honor to be a part of Tidy Mom! Have a happy Monday!

  15. A week that ran the full gamut of emotions indeed. Wonderful wrap up Cheryl.

  16. My son, Logan and I were able to share a peanut butter pie in honor of Jennie and Mikey with members of our church on Sunday. I wasn’t sure I would be able to comply with the request due to slightly injuring my back on Friday afternoon, but Logan saved the day. He made the pie on Saturday evening for Sunday’s gathering. He is 13 and amazing. So thanks for sharing your recipe and giving us a memory to share in our own kitchen of honor of a great love. . what a teachable moment.

  17. Wow – what fabulous ideas. I always love seeing all of your favorites!! Thanks for including my covered button pendants with your picks. You made my day!


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