Strawberry Sundae Cupcakes

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These Strawberry Sundae Cupcakes are a moist vanilla cupcake topped with strawberry milkshake icing, then finished off with chocolate ganache, sprinkles and a cherry! Such a fun, delicious cupcake for spring and summer. So this past weekend I had a wonderful weekend in Santa Barbara with a great group of bloggers. Unfortunately my flight home was not so fun. American Airlines cancelled my morning flight before I even made it to the airport. The good part of that was that I got to hang out with my bloggy bestie Julianne for a little longer. The bad part was that the new flight they put me on would've had me leaving LAX at midnight and not getting home until the next day. #notokay I called to change the flight and got a super rude guy on the phone. I was able to get a different flight, but was still … [Read more...]

Raspberry Almond Poke Cake

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This Raspberry Almond Poke Cake is seriously delish! The cake has a wonderful almond flavor and is soaked with sweetened condensed milk and pureed raspberries, which make it a little sweet and a little tart. Then it’s topped of with a lightly almond whipped cream. Light, fruity and fun! Do you ever have an experience where you watch an old movie - one you’ve been watching since you were a kid - and realize so many things about it you never realized before? For example. As a kid, I used to watch Dirty Dancing all.the.time. I’m pretty sure I was like 2 when I started watching it. You might be thinking that’s waaaaay to young to watch that movie, but truthfully the only part I payed any attention to was the dancing. It’s still my favorite part. But now I know that there’s a whole other storyline … [Read more...]

Let’s Chill #4 and $500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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It’s been a while since we’ve “just chilled” so I decided today was the day. Let’s get started, shall we? (also, if you’re just looking for the giveaway, it’s at the bottom) 1. I’m chillin’ with some of my favorite bloggers this weekend (Julianne, Dorothy, Krista, Joan, Haley, Deborah, Jen) out in Santa Barbara, CA and I am PUMPED! Julianne, Dorothy and I have been putting it together for the last several months and I’m excited for it to finally happen. I flew out last night and have been super excited all week. I even allowed myself a little drinky-poo on the flight. :) Follow me on instagram and/or twitter to follow along with the weekend or just follow #sbfoodieescape. We’ve got some super fun things planned! 2. The hubs was out of town all last week on a fishing trip. Any time I get a chance … [Read more...]

Loaded Butterscotch Cheesecake

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This Loaded Butterscotch Cheesecake might literally be the best cheesecake I've ever had, let alone made. It is so darn good. It's loaded with butterscotch and is the dream dessert for a butterscotch lover. Every bite is like a creamy, delicious bite of butterscotch. Mmmm... So I have a tendency to fall in love with new songs and then play them over and over. It's totally a thing I do. I'll bake, work, whatever with the song, or few songs, basically on repeat in the background. Lately I've had 3 or 4 that I'm totally into. I've been listening to them while I bake at night. Then the hubs and I were in the car the other day and one of them came on the radio. I was like, "Ohhh, it's my song." And he was like, "Oh, I know." For some reason, I'd kind of assumed he totally ignored me, what I was … [Read more...]

Chocolate Truffle Pie

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This Chocolate Truffle Pie is a delicious, mousse-like pie made with chocolate ganache and mascarpone cheese! It's also no bake and so easy to make! This past Saturday was National Pet Day. Did you know? I didn't actually post a picture of Jessie anywhere or anything, so I figure I'll recognize her awesomeness now. :) I've told you before that she's pretty much the best, most chill dog ever. The hubs was out of town last week, and she kept me company while he was gone. She snuggled up in bed with me at night and kept me warm. And she's so funny on walks sometimes. If we take a rawhide bone with us for her to carry on the way back, she starts to pick up other things too. Last night the hubs and I walked her together and on the way back she decided to carry home a rock with her bone. And not just … [Read more...]

Reeses Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

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This Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart is so delicious! It's made with ganache, so it's super smooth. It might also be one of the easiest things I've ever made. Boy do I love a good no bake dessert! So the last few days, my mom has been visiting. The hubs has been out of town, so we've been enjoying some girl time. Honestly, she's been spoiling me a bit. First of all, she brought crab legs for dinner one night and we had sushi last night. Two of my favorite things. #spoiled And as usual, she's been cleaning my house. In fact, she claims that's the real reason she's here. I won't even tell you all that she's done, but I will tell you that everything she cleans, she cleans better than me. It's a gift. For both of us. When she's here cleaning, we always laugh over how funny it is that we … [Read more...]

Nutella Cupcakes

Nutella Cupcakes - Nutella in the cupcakes and frosting!

These Nutella Cupcakes are soft, moist and full of Nutella flavor - both in the cupcake and in the frosting. The cupcakes use only one bowl, so they are easy to make. They are finished off with a drizzle of Nutella and a slice of strawberry. We had a beautiful Easter weekend. I hope you did too! We watched my niece play some basketball, my mom came into town and we hung out with the family on Sunday. At my niece's basketball game, she asked me if I was bringing the carrot cake that they love so much for Easter the next day. Total #BadAunt moment. I had completely forgotten about how much they love that carrot cake and was totally unprepared. I'd been thinking so much about what regular food, i.e. not dessert, I was bringing that dessert totally slipped my mind. How does that even happen to me? I … [Read more...]

March 2015 Stitch Fix Review

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So it has been a while since I posted about Stitch Fix. When I shared my first box way back when, I had every intention of continuing to share them. There were even a few months that I actually took all the pictures and never posted them. I know, sad. But I've finally gotten my act together to share another box with you. It's my ninth box - crazy! It took a few months, but my stylist totally has me down now and I have kept so many things that I love. When I was packing to go to a food blogging conference in February, I realized that almost everything I was packing was from my Stitch Fix boxes. It was then that I knew I had to start sharing them with you regularly. I really do love it. It's so easy and without it, I'd never update my closet. I was in dire need of the service when it began and I look … [Read more...]

Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

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This Strawberry Ice Cream Cake is so delicious and perfect for spring and summer! The vanilla cake is so soft and light, and the strawberry ice cream is creamy and so strawberry-y! With the beautiful strawberries on top and around the edge to finish it off, I'm in love. Fruit is kind of like nature's art. I mean think about it. Fruit, for the most part, is beautiful. It's so colorful. It comes in so many shapes and sizes. You can file it onto a cake and call it decorated. Beautiful. Plus, it delicious. If there's anything better than outer beauty, it's inner beauty. And inside most fruit, you find sweet delicious-ness. Double the beautiful. I'm poetic, I know. But seriously. I love decorating cakes and sweets with fruit. It's the easiest way to make a beautiful dessert that just screams fun … [Read more...]

Cannoli Icebox Cake

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This Cannoli Icebox Cake is so simple to make. With layers of graham crackers and cannoli filling, it makes a delicious and easy treat! We had a pretty uneventful weekend. It was busy and full of plenty of baking, but not particularly exciting. And yet, sometimes those are the weekends I love the most. The hubs and I enjoyed some nice time together. Our church actually streams the 11 o'clock service online and we decided to stay home and watch church from the comfort of our couch. After the weather has gotten into the 70s lately, it was in the 20s yesterday morning. Instead of braving the cold (we're wimps, I know), I made us a nice warm breakfast and then we watched church. It was really great message - you should totally check it out. It was about how God uses difficult times in our lives to … [Read more...]

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