Spiderweb Chocolate Tart

This Spiderweb Chocolate Tart is such a fun dessert for Halloween and is delightfully chocolatey! And to make it even better, it's no bake and super easy to make!This past weekend I had a blast making new friends and hanging out with some old ones at a blogging retreat hosted by my friend Ashley. It was full of great food, lots of fun and honest talks about this crazy thing we do called blogging. :)Whenever I stop to take a moment to think about this blog and how it all began I'm always amazed when I think about how little I really knew about blogging before I started. There's so much more to it that just baking and taking pictures. I'm so grateful for the friends I've made along the way. Not only have they helped me to learn so many valuable things, but the friendships are a big part of what … [Read more...]

No Bake Oatmeal Cream Pie Cheesecake

This No Bake Oatmeal Cream Pie Cheesecake is an easy, delicious treat that makes use of one of my favorite cookies - the oatmeal cream pie! The combination of the soft, chewy cookie with the smooth, creamy cheesecake makes this dessert a must make.So this past Saturday I went for dessert with some friends to celebrate a birthday. We went to a restaurant that has one of the best bakeries around here. They have 4 or 5 cases full of the biggest, most wonderful cakes, pastries, cupcakes and more. I've never been disappointed by a dessert there. In fact, it was their millionaire cake with layers of flourless chocolate cake, NY cheesecake and chocolate mousse than inspired my Funfetti Millionaire Cake. To die for.Deciding what to get is always the hardest part. A friend and I went and browsed the … [Read more...]

Real Deal Caramel Cake

This Real Deal Caramel Cake is just that - the real deal! And it's straight out of my friend Jocelyn's cookbook, Grandbaby Cakes!I could not be more excited to share this cake and cookbook with you today. First of all, the author is one of my favorites. Jocelyn's blog is wonderful and she is a gem. You won't meet anyone else who can light up a room like she does and keep you laughing. Love her. Plus, she's so real. I love that.And her realness totally shows in her cookbook which is full of stories about her family and growing up baking. Every recipe is so personal to her and it makes it not only fun to bake from, but fun to read too. She's largely influenced by her grandmother and the photos of her, her mom and her grandmother sprinkled throughout the book are absolutely beautiful.And then … [Read more...]

Kahlua Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel

These Kahlua Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel are so delicious and a wonderful combination of flavors! Kahlua and chocolate are already awesome together, but when you add caramel sauce and a sprinkle of sea salt, it's a done deal.So normally I'd tell you about something really funny or great that's happening. It's our chance to catch up, you know? Like, "Hey, how's it going?" And then I tell you.But as I sit here to write this post, there's nothing clever. Just life. I'm sitting here next two dogs that are sleeping and snoring like rhinoceros', reminding me that I'd love to curl up right between them right now.My kitchen is a freaking disaster, as usual. With all the baking that goes on, it's no wonder. As soon as I wash a dish, I use it again. It's ridiculous.There's laundry … [Read more...]

Apple Cinnamon Skillet Blondie

A spiced blondie filled with apples, baked and warm, topped with ice cream and more cinnamon apples. How does that sound? Well, I can tell you. This Apple Cinnamon Skillet Blondie is delicious.So this week we've got two dogs in the house. My brother's family's dog is staying with us and it's always pretty fun to have her. Jessie and her are from the same litter and spend a fair amount of time together. When they stay together they share water bowls, chew opposite ends of a bone, you name it. In fact, right now they are taking turns being the one to chew on a deer antler. The only kind of fighting they do it play fighting.When they dropped her off on Friday, my nieces found our furminator. For those that aren't familiar, it's sort of a brush that you use on dogs. I brush Jessie with it sometimes, … [Read more...]

Baby Journey Next Step: Acupuncture

So it’s been awhile since I’ve given an update on the hubs and I and our journey to start a family. The reason is really quite simple. There wasn’t anything to report. We did some initial testing and were told everything looked fine, so we continued on as normal.{For a little bit of background, we’ve been trying to start a family for just over 3 years. I got pregnant in 2013, but had a miscarriage in September 2013 at 6 weeks. Shortly thereafter I had an HSG.}Despite getting regular questions from friends and family about whether we’d looked into other options or not, we had not moved forward with anything. I had heard a lot about acupuncture - mostly from my mom - and had been thinking for a while that I should look into it. Back in January I actually called a fertility acupuncturist here in Atlanta … [Read more...]

Copycat Bojangles Cinnamon Biscuits

I have been so excited to share these Copycat Bojangles Cinnamon Biscuits with you! Those biscuits are some of my favorites of all time and being able to make them at home has made all my biscuit dreams come true!While that may seem a bit over-the-top, it’s for real. Bojangles is a fried chicken fast food restaurant, but sadly it’s only on the East Coast, primarily in the South. So while you may not have heard of it, if you are ever near one, you must try it - and get the fries! OMG! The best seasoning!And I’d tell you to also get the cinnamon biscuits, but sadly they got rid of them many years ago. :( :( :(My life was over on that sad, sad day. I almost boycotted right then and there. A soft, buttery, amazing biscuit soaked with a cinnamon filling and smothered in vanilla glaze icing? I … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

These Caramel Apple Cupcakes are made with a spiced apple cupcake topped with caramel icing. They totally melt in your mouth and are the perfect use for all those apples!So please tell me I'm not the only one that has those moments where you say something totally dumb without meaning to. The hubs gives me a hard time about it pretty regularly.For example, recently we were driving over to the store and when we got to the parking lot he asked, "Where should I park?" To which I responded, "I don't know. I guess wherever there's an open spot."Now it may seem like I was being kind of a smartie there, but I wasn't. Something in my brain genuinely didn't connect and I was like, I don't know. Ha!Of course he knows me well enough to know I didn't mean it meanly and he laughed at me and said, … [Read more...]

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

These Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies are now one of my favorite cookies. They are fall in a cookie. I think I could make them weekly and watch them disappear in no time. They were a big hit!We had quite a bit of rain yesterday. Then last night when our church group was over (we meet on Wednesday nights) it was storming again, but this time with thunder and lightening and the whole bit. The next thing we knew the lights were flickering and eventually went out.Fortunately, we already had a candle lit. It's a new wine scented candle that the hubs loves. :)So I went and grabbed more candles to light and it reminded me of how much I've always thought losing power was kind of fun. I always associate it with a sense of peacefulness. I mean, when the power is out things kind of slow down and … [Read more...]

Homemade Caramel Sauce

This Homemade Caramel Sauce is to die for! It's a classic recipe that you'll make over and over again. I know because I'm doing it right now. Caramel sauce on all the things!You guys, it's officially September. Can you believe it? Get ready for all things fall! I'm so excited for apples, pumpkin and all the awesome flavors of the holidays! Bring it.And yet I CANNOT believe it's already September! Where has the year gone?! I feel like the end of the year is fast approaching and I'm totally not ready. Baking-wise, I say let's do this. Life-wise, however - slow down!Whatever. I'll drown my disbelief in a jar of this caramel sauce. It's so darn good it eases the pain of time flying by.Last year I shared this Easy Caramel Sauce with you and this year I'm taking it up a notch!The easy … [Read more...]

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