No Bake Margarita Pie

No Bake Margarita Pie - such awesome lime flavor with a hint of tequila!

This No Bake Margarita Pie is so simple to make and is full of flavor. With lots of lime and a hint of tequila, you'll no doubt want to make this pie over and over. Perfect for summer!Speaking of summer, all our flowers are finally beginning to bloom. Since spring came kind of late, a lot of our flowers that might have bloomed earlier kind of died from cold. It was very sad.But now the roses bushes are going crazy and our lilies- omg! We planted stargazer lilies years ago when we moved in (they're my fave) and they get bigger and bigger every year. This year, one plant in particular has gotten so big. It's nuts! I can't wait to see how massive the blooms are.And my peonies? Well those darn things, in three years, never did anything. I think I planted 5 bulbs and the most I've gotten in the … [Read more...]

Mint Chip Hi Hat Cookies

Mint chip Hi Hat cookies - chocolate cake mix cookies topped with mint icing and a chocolate coating!

Today I'm shaking things up! My friend Julianne is here to help me out and share these super fun cookies with you. I'm dying over how awesome they look! It's also her birthday (yay!!) so give her a big welcome and be sure to pop over to her blog, Beyond Frosting, say hey and wish her a Happy Birthday!Hey everyone! I am really excited to be guest posting today over here at Life, Love and Sugar. Maybe you have heard Lindsay talk about her friend Julianne before, or maybe not. Well that’s me! I blog over at Beyond Frosting.Over the past year, I have gotten to know Lindsay on a deeper level than her blog. She is a true and dear friend to me, and I am not quite sure that blogging for me, would be the same without her. To think I never would have met her if I hadn’t found her on the internet is pretty … [Read more...]

Let’s Chill #5


Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope you have something fun and relaxing planned.I also hope you'll take a minute to pause and remember those that have given their lives in service of our country. That's what this day is really about, after all. The bravery of all those people is the reason we have the freedoms we do today. Their sacrifice, and that of their families, is not forgotten.Since it’s a holiday, and I usually like to relax, let's talk about all the recent exciting happenings.1. We got a fence installed back in January so that Jessie (our black lab) wouldn’t continue to get out of the electric fence. We are finally painting it!I say we, but should probably say the hubs. I have done a little bit to help, but the vast majority has been him. I’m in love with the color and can’t wait to … [Read more...]

Blueberry Coconut Cupcakes


These Blueberry Coconut Cupcakes are moist, fluffy and full of flavor! With plenty of blueberries spread throughout, you get a wonderful combination of coconut and blueberry in every bite!So you may or may not have noticed my little mess up on Wednesday. I talked about Memorial Day (I've changed it now), but it hasn't actually happened yet. Strange, right?Well, truth is, that was written ahead of time. I am in South Africa (finally!) and scheduled several posts to go up while I'm away. I'd scheduled that post to run after Memorial Day, but then changed it and completely forgot. The sentiment is the same though. We'll be with family Monday and I know it'll be fun. :)Today though, we are going on a safari! Cross your fingers for us that we see lots of animals! We went on our first one last … [Read more...]

Raspberry Nutella Tart

Nutella Raspberry Tart - smooth Nutella filling that is to die for, topped with sugar coated raspberries! No bake and to die for!

I might be a little obsessed with this Raspberry Nutella Tart. It's beautiful, makes a statement and is oh-so-delicious! The Nutella flavor of the filling with the fresh, sweet raspberries - it's hard to resist it's allure.Let's talk about it.I have a new love for tarts. They are like the mini version of a cheesecake or pie or something. They aren't exactly mini, but they have that mini feel. And as we all know by now, mini makes everything better and cuter.I absolutely fell in love with this particular tart.I started off with an Oreo crust. One of the best crusts out there, because it's Oreo and they rock.The crust is filled with a Nutella chocolate ganache. Nutella, chocolate chips and heavy cream are added to a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup and microwaved for about 30 … [Read more...]

German Chocolate Cookie Stacks

German Chocolate Cookie Stacks - layers of german chocolate cookies and coconut pecan frosting! Tastes just like eat German Chocolate Cake, but so fun!

These German Chocolate Cookie Stacks are layers of German chocolate cookies and coconut pecan frosting layered into fun cookie stacks. They are delicious and I'm dying to make them again already.So the other weekend, an unusual thing happened. The hubs and I were hanging out and he wondered aloud what desserts we had because he wanted something. While that's somewhat unusual, the really unusual thing was that I actually didn't have anything for him.What?! How does that happen in our house?Since I didn't have anything, we decided to go get something. There's a McDonald's right by our neighborhood so we went there first. The ice cream machine wasn't working. :(So we went to Wendy's. And then I was reminded of a beef I have with Wendy's. Do you know what it is? I have one word for you - … [Read more...]

April 2015 Stitch Fix Review


I've got another Stitch Fix to share with you! Yay! This month I asked my stylist to send me some things for our trip to South Africa. From what I can tell with the weather, it'll be in the 70s or 80s in the day and cooler in the evening. In my head, I picture it like the weather we had in Santa Barbara last month. At least I hope it's like that. But before we look at everything...What is Stitch Fix? Well, basically it’s like having your own personal stylist. But better.More specifically, it’s a monthly subscription (although you can set it to every other month too). When you sign up, you fill out a profile where you specify all kinds of things like sizes, price, shapes and styles you prefer, colors and patterns you prefer. You can make a pinterest board and link to that so that your stylist can … [Read more...]

Pineapple Upside Down Trifles

Pineapple Upside Down Trifles - no bake and delicious! Layers of caramelized pineapple, no bake cheesecake and granola!

These Pineapple Upside Down Trifles are delicious layers of caramelized pineapple, no bake cheesecake and cinnamon granola! They are wonderfully easy to make and are perfect for celebrating today's occasion!What's the occasion? Today I and a handful of other bloggers are celebrating Ashton from Something Swanky's virtual baby shower! She is due very soon with a baby boy, so join me in congratulating her!I have long loved Ashton's blog and she's just as sweet in person as she is on her blog. Plus, she's a fellow North Carolina native and sweets lover. :) Her and her husband already have an adorable little girl, so I can only imagine how adorable this baby boy will be.To celebrate the occasion, I brought these Pineapple Upside Down Trifles to the virtual party. They work great for an occasion … [Read more...]

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Cake

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Cake - vanilla cake soaked with orange flavoring, with layers of vanilla and orange creamsicle ice cream! Such a fun twist on the classic popsicle!

This Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Cake is light, fruity and just like eating an orange creamsicle in ice cream cake form! It's been a long time in the making and I'm so excited to share it with you!I have always been a big fan of the classic orange creamsicle pop. That combination of orange and ice cream is just heavenly. It is and always will be a favorite. Probably in part because it reminds me of being a kid.I've been wanting to make an ice cream cake version of the pop for the longest time. I actually have an ongoing list of things I want to make but haven't quite figured out how I want to do them yet. This cake was on that list for a while.I finally decided to go for it!I used my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe, cut in half, to make the layer of vanilla cake. It's a great, easy, … [Read more...]

How to throw an America party!


Today I'm doing things a little different. Today it's all about the party! You may recall that back in February, the hubs became a U.S. citizen (he's originally from South Africa) and I threw him an America party.Well, now that Memorial Day and July 4th are finally approaching, I'm going to share the pictures from the par-tay to give everyone some ideas in case you want to plan your own party.The day was full of our favorite American foods and all kinds of red, white and blue. I started out with BBQ sliders. Totally American. Always loved by all. And in fact, they were the first thing to disappear.We had flag themed plates, napkins and toothpicks. There were also flag balloons, but I forgot to get pictures. I had red and white flowers, too. I'd wanted to dye some of the white flowers blue, but … [Read more...]

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