Miscarriage and Trying to Conceive

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So today I’m doing something a little different on the blog. I’m sure you can already tell by the title of this this post, but today I’m getting really personal. It’s been on my heart to talk about this for a while and for some reason, now finally seems to be the time. It seems crazy to me that our story of trying to conceive is mixed with a story of miscarriage. And our story of miscarriage is mixed with a story of trying to conceive. Sometimes it’s hard to wrap my head around how we’ve dealt with both. Each comes with different emotions that can be hard to sort through. This month marks a year ago that I had a miscarriage. And, it had been a year since we’d begun trying to conceive. This month marks two years since the first month we tried to start a family. So let’s go back to about a year … [Read more...]

Chocolate Coconut Cake

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This Chocolate Coconut Cake was a huge hit! The chocolate cake is my favorite chocolate cake - it's moist for days and super chocolatey. And the coconut icing and toasted coconut is full of flavor and compliments the cake perfectly. If you saw my "Let's Chill" post from Labor Day, this is the cake with a slice missing that was sitting in the cake carrier with ice packs taped to it. :) I took it to the tailgate for the WVU vs. Alabama football game that weekend. It's not necessarily football food, but I was tasked with bringing sweets and since I'd made this, it was one of the things I brought. Despite not being inherently football food, it ended up being a big hit. Like I said, it's crazy moist and full of flavor. If you like chocolate and coconut together you will definitely love this cake! … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Glaze

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These Pumpkin Cookies are full of cinnamon, spice and everything nice! Then they are topped with cinnamon glaze. They were a massive hit with all of my taste testers and have me craving all things pumpkin. :) As far as cookies go, these are certainly more of the cakey variety, but they are absolute cookie perfection. They are super moist, and the glaze makes them even moister. Plus, the spices in the cookie and the additional cinnamon in the glaze ramp up the flavor and will make you want to shove 5 cookies in your mouth at a time. I might have done it myself. Ok not really, I do have some self control. But it took all of it to not do that. :) One thing to note when baking these is that unlike the other cookie recipes I have where you want to under bake the cookies just slightly, you don't want … [Read more...]

Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

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These Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting are a classic combination! The cupcake is moist and fluffy and the chocolate frosting is chocolate at it’s best! Plus, you only have to use one bowl! I made these for a birthday last week in our small group. This is the birthday girl’s favorite flavor combo. :) Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a white and yellow cake? Well there's a little difference in the color of the cake, which is a result of a difference in the eggs. In a white cake, it's only egg whites that are used. In a yellow cake, you'll have more egg yolks than egg whites. The yolks will give a little denser cake than a white cake, but it can also be moister. So the greatest thing happened Monday night while my parents were still in town from the weekend. You might … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Cookie Cups

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These Caramel Apple Cookie Cups are my first real taste of fall! A brown sugar cookie cup is filled with caramel, then topped with cinnamon apples and it is SO good! Kind of like an apple pie in a cookie! The hubs went nuts over them and has officially named them the best thing I’ve ever made - with some serious enthusiasm. :) I have kind of fallen in love with cookie cups lately. There will be more to come. I love that they are a fun way to add more texture, layers and flavors to a cookie. The possibilities are endless when you have that little cup to fill with goodies. Since apples and caramel are the perfect pair, and I could just eat caramel with a spoon, I filled these cookie cups with it. Topped with cinnamon apples, these are some seriously dressed up cookies. Eaten warm, they are … [Read more...]

Let’s Chill, #3

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Happy Labor Day! I hope every one has some fun plans today! At the very least, I hope you are relaxing and enjoying the day. I'm sleeping in and chillaxin', so let's do this! 1. Did you see that I was featured in Woman's Day Magazine with my No Bake Oreo Cheesecake?! I was pretty excited! Some of my favorite bloggers have been featured, so it was pretty cool. :) 2. Apparently August 26 is National Dog Day. I kinda missed out, but since I love our pup I decided to go ahead and show her off today. Is she not the cutest thing? I took some pictures of her a few weeks ago and this is one of them. She's not even 4 yet, and she's getting so grey. 3. In case you missed it, I went to the Boyz to Men and En Vogue concert a couple weeks ago. BEST CONCERT EVER! I went with my friend, Lauren, and we had … [Read more...]

Easy Caramel Sauce

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This Caramel Sauce is a very easy one to make - and it’s my favorite! I love the flavor that you get from a caramel made with brown sugar! And this version is harder to burn and ruin - a definite plus! Fall is quickly approaching and I’ve been enjoying some seriously nice weather recently. We have a little outdoor area at the building where I work. I can sit in the shade and work and the last few days have been beautiful - almost chilly. It’s totally getting me in the mood for fall and all the flavors that fall brings - especially apple! And caramel is the perfect pair for apple, don’t you agree? You can totally expect to see this caramel sauce coming up in a few upcoming posts. I’m pumped. Caramel is absolutely one of those things I can't get enough of. And like I said, this caramel sauce … [Read more...]

Funfetti Cake Batter Cookie Dough Brownie Layer Cake

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This Funfetti Cake Batter Cookie Dough Brownie Layer Cake is a totally decadent treat! Layers of brownies and eggless funfetti cake batter cookie dough are topped with a delicious chocolate ganache - and of course plenty of sprinkles! Get your big glass of milk ready! So in marriage, one of the things we have to learn to do is share. Problem is, sometimes sharing isn’t easy. And sometimes sharing means someone else loses - as in loses something. As is loses the nail clippers that you both share. And sometimes that seems to happen over and over and over. When that happens, there’s only one thing to do. Not share any longer. :) After going through countless nail clippers, we finally argued (jokingly) the other day about who keeps losing them. And of course we blame each other. And of … [Read more...]

Monster Cookie Cheesecake Pie

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This Monster Cookie Cheesecake Pie is everything you'd want - a delicious, soft monster cookie stuffed with a creamy peanut butter cheesecake. The whole thing is chewy, peanut buttery and totally yummy! So I mentioned Friday that I was going to see Boyz II Men and En Vogue in concert Friday night and I just wanted to tell you - it was AMAZING! If they are coming to your city, you have got to go! First of all, the venue was awesome. I'd never been to Chastain Park, so we were totally unprepared, but it's totally unique. It's outdoors and has tons of space between each row, so shaking my tail feather was not a problem at all. :) And you can bring in tv trays and coolers. They even have signs outside letting you know the maximum dimensions for them. I so wish we'd known because all around us people … [Read more...]

Caramel Shortbread Bars

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These Caramel Shortbread Bars are an absolutely delicious blend of flavors! Shortbread topped with rice krispie filled caramel, topped with chocolate and sea salt. Definitely a new favorite around here! So you guys, I am super pumped for tonight! A friend and I are going to see Boyz II Men and En Vogue in concert and I cannot wait! I am going to dance and sing my butt off! I’m pretty sure the Boyz II Men “II” album was one of the very first cassette tapes I bought. And please tell me you know what a cassette tape is. Don’t make me feel old. :) Speaking of old, apparently CD’s are becoming old and a thing of the past since the new Macs don’t have CD drives. Seriously, what’s up with that? I have a Boyz II Men CD that I can’t listen to on my laptop and it’s not cool. I’m trying to get even more … [Read more...]

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