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 ………’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!!