sesame garlic asparagus

Spring is here, and that means fresh asparagus is staring at us around every grocery store corner.  Calling our names and taunting us with its cute little head and bright, springy color.

Don’t fight it.  It’s a lost battle.

Sesame Garlic Asparagus | Sweet Anna's

If you’ve got a fridge full like I do, make this tonight…  you will be so happy you did!!

If you don’t have a fridge full… don’t worry.  I’m sure there will be plenty calling your name at the grocery store tomorrow when you go shop for your Easter dinner groceries (hint, hint)!

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this mothering stuff… it’s hard

Yep.  It’s true.  This mothering stuff…  it’s hard.  And no one likes to talk about the hard stuff.  But I’m tired of all the blind-siding I’ve been feeling, and I’d love to know you are a little more prepared for all of this than I was.

This Mothering Stuff...  It's Hard.

You know what?  I always wanted to be a mom.  It’s ALL I ever wanted, actually.

In Kindergarten, when they asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I answered “a mom”.  In 1st grade, same answer.  By 2nd grade, I learned my lesson (the ‘mom’ answer was not the ‘right’ answer) and I made up something different each time.  But inside, I was always shouting “a MOM!  I just want to be A MOM!!”.

And guess what?  I’m here!  I’m exactly where I have always wanted to be.  I am MOM.

That is no trivial thing.  I am beyond blessed with my not-so-little family and every day I am blown away by these little people God has entrusted me with.

I know so many people who are struggling with the longing to be parents.  And please don’t get me wrong, I feel their pain.  I feel it so deeply.  And I am in no way saying I don’t want this hard life…  I LOVE this life.  Hard, or easy, I wouldn’t change it for anything.

But I do wish I had known a tiny glimpse of how hard it would actually be.

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fudgy double-stuffed Oreo brownies (dairy-free!)

Rich, dark, fudgy brownies, with a layer of double-stuffed Oreos, a chocolate coating and more crushed Oreo’s on top.  How could it get any better than that?!  (A scoop of ice cream on top, if you don’t need to be dairy-free, perhaps?)

Dairy Free! Fudgy Double-Stuffed Oreo Brownies | Sweet Anna's

This is the brownie to beat all brownies.  Or maybe not.  I love a lot of brownies.

Maybe I should probably go to a brownie intervention somewhere?  Is there such a thing?!

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fairy-dusted cake batter rice krispies treats


My kiddos are so into fairies lately. They love them.  Tinker Bell being the all-around favorite, of course… all 3 littles love to talk about and play pretend fairies.

(Even 1 year old Maren walks around the house chanting “Bell!  Yay BELL!”)

So, of course I had to encourage this sweet fairy love (because secretly I really love fairies too!  Always have, always will!!) with a fun little treat.

Fairy-Dusted Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats | Sweet Anna's

I’ve never met a kid (or husband, for that matter!) who doesn’t love a good buttery, gooey homemade rice krispies treat, so I decided to change them up with some cake batter for flavor and a sprinkle of sanding sugar ‘fairy-dust’!

To say my kids were excited was an understatement.  (It might have helped that this was Maren’s first time tasting a rice krispies treat!)

Now, you might say fairy-dust should be gold, but in this house fairy-dust is purple.  Actually just about everything is purple around here.  My boys are UW Huskies fans…  so purple fairy-dust it is!

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perfectly baked ‘hard-boiled’ eggs (in the oven!)

Yep, you heard me right.  And maybe this is not news to you?  But it is SO news to me!

Perfectly, perfect ‘hardboiled’ eggs baked in the oven!  

You guys, these are so easy, and not only that, so much better than regular boil-in-a-pot eggs!

Perfectly Baked 'Hard-Boiled' Eggs (In the oven!) | Sweet Anna's

I’m seriously kicking myself for not finding this tip sooner.  My kids LOVE “closed eggs” (aka hard-boiled!) and I rarely make them because of the hassle.

Guess what?  Now, the hassle is GONE!  The only hassle in making ‘hard-boiled’ eggs now is remember to heat up the oven.  That is something I can handle!

eggs-in-the-oven

We are happy campers!

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