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Halloween treats

What would Halloween be without a few treats? Here are a few for all the busy mom’s, so easy that no recipes or directions are needed.

Yummy chocolate treats

Strawberry ghosts are a ghoulish treat – Strawberries & microwavable dipping chocolate (found in the produce section of most supermarkets)

Lollipop ghosts

The little monster’s marching up to my door on Halloween are always thrilled to grab these guys. All that’s needed: cloth squares, lollipops, ribbons & a magic marker for the eyes.

Colorful candy Display

Layer assorted candy in your favorite bowl, works for Christmas too – just swap out the colors!

Witchy cupcakes

I was happy when I stumbled across this little morsels. They need a little more prep time, but so worth it. To expedite, start with bought muffins, chocolate cones, icing, sprinkles & M&M’s for the eyes.

For another Monstrous treat, check out my latest masterpiece ‘Monster Jam’ 

Monster Jam is a beautifully illustrated children’s Picture Book and interactive book app about a little Monster with a big dream – Back this project


Fathers pave the way and inspire greatness.

Happy Father’s day! to all the men who show up daily and contribute to a child’s development and growth. Raising and mentoring a child isn’t an easy job, especially after a hard days work, but the rewards are great. Great and supportive fathers inspire children to do great things and become great people. They’re upfront and center in a child’s life regardless of biology, being the role model that makes the world of difference. My dad choose to be apart of my life and raise me as his own, during my formulate years. Encouraging me to reach for the stars and color outside the lines. He was the first great storyteller in my life, weaving magical tales that sparked the imagination and transported me to mythical lands. Thanks Dad!

Dad’s day treats:

Twisted Cherry Limeade-Refreshing drink on a hot day
Photo by M. Anaya- Property of Blue Sandpiper Imprints

Twisted Cherry Limeade

3 Fresh squeezed limes

2 Oz of strawberry or Raspberry Syrup

1/2 Gallon of water, Sugar (sweeten to taste)

2 shots of cherry Vodka (optional)

1 can of sprite

Garnish with lime slices and cherries


















Fathers Day with my wonderful husband and son at the Denton Air Show- Pilots showed off arial maneuvers, with planes from the present and the past.

Photo by E. Anaya- Property of Blue Sandpiper Imprints

Photo by E. Anaya- Property of Blue Sandpiper Imprints

A little bit of history at the Denton Air Show

Photo by E. Anaya- Property of Blue Sandpiper Imprints

Photo by E. Anaya- Property of Blue Sandpiper Imprints

Surviving Summer in Texas

This will be my 5th Summer in Texas and I’m learning to love it. Summer in Texas means; Summer camps for the kids,Trips to the water park, Heading to the Soccer Stadium, Outdoor festivals, amazing  BBQ, and lazy evenings by the pool. It also means 100+degree temps, June bugs, mosquitoes, spiders, flies ,fire ants, cute bunnies, and side stepping the toads who aren’t eating enough bugs. It’s difficult to open the back door without being swarmed, I’ve almost mastered the art of getting in and out without letting the flies in. Entering the great outdoors can be quite the adventure, armed with 1.sun screen (to avoid 3rd degree burns)  2.Bug spray and  3. Fly swatter. If you can deal with all that…..then by all means, fire up the grill!

***Myth or Fact? hanging a plastic bag of water will repel flies…..I tried it and it works!*****

Grilled Lobster Thermidor recipe (  By Angela Boggiano

I’m not one to follow recipes exactly so I added extra lemon and a dash of garlic and Old Bay seasoning. it was Yummy Perfection. Bon Appetite!

Amazing Summer Treat – Grilled Lobster Thermidor


3 Partially Steamed lobsters

2 table spoons butter

3 large shallots, finely chopped

1 1/2 cups fresh fish stock

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup double cream

4 tbsp chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as parsley, chives and dill

Pinch of cayenne pepper

3 Tablespoons Parmesan, finely grated

  1. Prepare the lobsters. Remove the claws, then crack them by covering with a cloth and gently hitting with a rolling-pin. Remove the meat in large pieces and put in a bowl. Remove and discard the legs.
  2. Cut the lobsters in half lengthways, first through the head, between the eyes, then turn around and continue to cut through the tail. Remove the tail meat from each lobster half and cut into chunky pieces. Add to the bowl with the claw meat. Remove the red row and add to the bowl – it has an excellent flavor. Gently mix.
  3. Remove and discard the grit sacs and intestines – the long, thin, black line running the length of the body.
  4. Transfer the empty shells to a baking tray. Divide the meat equally between each shell cavity, cover and chill until needed.
  5. Make the sauce. Melt the butter in a frying pan and cook the shallots for 3-4 minutes, until beginning to soften. Add the fish stock and wine and boil until reduced by half. Stir in the cream and cook gently for a further 5 minutes, until the sauce has a good coating consistency. Take off the heat and stir in the chopped herbs and cayenne. Season to taste.
  6. Pre heat the grill to medium-high. Spoon the sauce over each lobster half and sprinkle with the Parmesan. Grill for 3-4 minutes, until golden and bubbling. Serve immediately, garnished with extra herbs.


There’s nothing like a Monday put an end to a perfectly good week-end.  Many people just don’t do Monday’s well, myself included. Unfortunately, hitting the snooze button indefinitely isn’t usually an option.  Getting yourself and the kids ready to tackle the day can be quite the challenge, tack on walking the dog and dealing with traffic or public transportation….it’s just exhausting. It helps to get things prepared the night before, clothes, lunch, snacks, pocketbook, keys etc. A partner who’s a ‘Morning person’ is a plus, then you can divide and conquer.  Caffeine is often a necessity just to get out the door.  Wouldn’t it be great if Corporations avoided Monday morning staff or sales meetings, why do they do that?  Breakfast to go is a given, and a smoothie is not only healthy, it leaves you with a free hand to do a balancing act with the keys, pocketbook, tote, baby, holding your child’s hand etc.                                                                                                                                                                        Energy-Boosting Smoothies

Mocha Smoothie

Frozen Fruit Smoothie










These easy to make smoothies are more than just delicious drinks. Sip one to revitalize your energy level. These refreshing drinks are the perfect way to start off your day.

Cappuccino Smoothie – Healthy smoothie recipe for coffee drinkers.

2 cups brewed strong coffee
1 pint coffee ice cream
6 cups ice
1 1/2 cups milk
whipped cream, optional
cinnamon or mint for garnish

Place coffee, ice cream, ice and milk in blender. Mix well until smooth. Top with whipped cream (if desired) and cinnamon.   277 Calories

Frozen Fruit Smoothie – Healthy smoothie recipe for fruit lovers.

-Greek yogurt will improve the taste  and will add more protein and calcium.

1/2 cup frozen bananas
1/2 cup frozen peaches
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup low-fat yogurt
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons honey or a hand full of grapes to sweeten                                                                                                                                   1 cup ice

In a blender, combine and mix all the ingredients until smooth. Pour smoothie into a glass, and enjoy! This recipe is great on those hot summer days.  488 Calories

Mothers Day Treats…..Everyday.

Mothers day has come and gone, but a mom’s work is never done.  Busy moms always deserve a guilt free treat. Facials or Massages are super relaxing and a great way to unwind.  Cupcakes however the perfect antidote for just about everything.  The cupcake culture is thriving and I’ll single hand-idly keep it going, if necessary.

These are some of the best cupcakes in the US that I’ve found so far…The hunt continues.
Feel free to clue me in, on the little bites of heaven in your part of the country.
Hands down, the best cupcakes and best decorated cakes anywhere!
Now if I could only convince them to ship or open shops in other states besides
N.Y….Don’t deprive the rest of the country!

The most artfully decorated cupcakes plus they offer decorating classes.
Las Vegas/ DallasThe cupcakery
Would live here if I could. Since moving to Texas, it’s become my ‘go to’ place, after a stressful day at work, or as a reward after a brisk work out.
Florida/ West Palm Beach 
Made from scratch with real ingredients, unique designs and custom cakes
a real treat!




Whole foods makes Delightful mini Cheesecake cupcakes, topped with fresh fruits.

I can’t drive by without getting one,or two.



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