Gingerbread Waffles

Gingerbread-Waffles from atthepicketfence.com

If there were ever a time when we needed smell-a-vision, this would be it! Friends, if you knew how AMAZING these gingerbread waffles make your house smell you would run right into your kitchen and start gathering ingredients! But, please finish reading this...because you actually need the recipe in order to make them so that your house can smell AMAZING! ;-) … [Read more...]

Hot Apple Pie… A Low Calorie Cocktail

Low Calorie Hot Apple Pie Cocktail

  “The ripe, the golden month has come again, and in Virginia the chinkapins are falling. Frost sharps the middle music of the seasons, and all things living on the earth turn home again... the fields are cut, the granaries are full, the bins are loaded to the brim with fatness, and from the cider-press the rich brown oozings of the York Imperials run. The bee bores to the belly of the grape, the fly gets old and fat and blue, he buzzes loud, crawls slow, creeps heavily to death on … [Read more...]

Plum Puff Pastry Tart

Plum Puff Pastry Tart atthepicketfence.com

Anne clasped her hands and looked at the dresses. "I did hope there would be a white one with puffed sleeves," she whispered disconsolately.  "I prayed for one, but I didn't much expect it on that account.  I didn't suppose God would have time to bother about a little orphan girl's dress.  I knew I'd just have to depend on Marilla for it.  Well, fortunately I can imagine that one of them is of snow-white muslin with lovely lace frills and three-puffed sleeves."Anne of Green … [Read more...]

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip

Skinny Buffalo Ranch Chicken Dip

Since I've been on this weight loss journey, and by the way I've lost 130 pounds and am now maintaining…whoop! whoop!, I have totally changed how I think about food and my relationship with it.  BUT….that doesn't mean I still don't appreciate, and like to have, a great party dip, especially during football season! … [Read more...]

Beer Cheese Stuffed Pretzels

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Hi there my ATPF friends!  It's me Claire, from A Little CLAIREification, back again with a delicious recipe just for you!  This month, I decided to make these Beer Cheese Stuffed Pretzels for One. Main. Reason. I know it's hard to believe we are already into August, but I happen to know that a lot of people are doing a little happy dance.  No, not because school is starting (although there may be some "Summer weary" Moms that might be just a little relieved about that)! ;) … [Read more...]

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars PM

Hi there, At The Picket Fence friends! It's me, Claire, from A Little CLAIREification, and I am so excited to be here. I recently had the great pleasure of meeting Heather and Vanessa in person at the SNAP conference a couple of months ago.  They are just both so beautiful, inside and out, and I am thrilled to be part of the ATPF contributor team. Here are a few quick juicy tidbits about me before we jump in: I am a working Mama to three amazing boys and I love bringing my readers "bright … [Read more...]

Leg Warmers & Last Minute 4th of July Ideas!

Last Minute 4th of July ideas from atthepicketfence.com

Once upon a time there were two little girls. They spent their days in an imaginary world. Sometimes they were on the prairie collecting eggs and doing daily battle with Nellie Olsen. Other days they were Super Girl and Wonder Woman. Robes became capes and knee socks did double duty as the most fabulous boots in the universe. And every 4th of July they locked the door to their bedroom where they conspired and practiced before pulling on their leotards and leg warmers.   … [Read more...]

Memories of Summer…and creamsicle pie!

No Bake Orange Creamsicle Pie

  I can remember the sound so distinctively.  I would be playing in the backyard with Vanessa.  Maybe having a tea party, or playing house or bossing her around…or reenacting the latest Little House on the Prairie episode and off in the distance the melodious notes would resound.  Starting softly, getting a little louder and then fading off again as it turned down the next street. We would RUN…as fast as we could. Scrounging up loose change. Begging mom for just one more $1.00.  Can … [Read more...]