Pina Colada Pie

Pina Colada Pie - a light, mousse-like coconut filling with a pineapple topping and whipped cream! To die for!

This Pina Colada Pie is definitely a new favorite! It’s so light and summery and the pineapple and coconut flavors are TO DIE FOR! I’m in love with it.Today, this pie is for a celebration! The guest of honor is a big fan of all things coconut and tropical, so pina colada is perfect. We are celebrating a virtual baby shower for Zainab of Blahnik Baker! Yay!I’ve been following Zainab’s blog for some time now. She has some of the most beautiful treats (like this Coconut Lemon Layer Cake, Pink Velvet Cupcakes and this AMAZING minion cake). I finally got the chance to meet her in person back in February at the Food Blog Forum conference at Disney World. It was that weekend over lunch that she told us she was pregnant!Exciting!She is so sweet and I’m so excited for her. What a crazy new … [Read more...]

Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

Banana Pudding Icebox Cake - no bake and perfect for summer!

This Banana Pudding Icebox Cake is no bake, delicious and perfect for summer! It’s a thicker, more fancy-looking version of banana pudding and it’s the hubs’ new favorite dessert.So I’m going to get serious for a minute. Yesterday’s church service was just too good for me to not share it with you. To finish up a series, we had Benjamin Watson of the New Orleans Saints join us. You may or may not be familiar with a Facebook post that went viral last fall after the verdict in the Ferguson case was released. It’s one of the most well put things I’ve ever read - accurately capturing the range of emotions that I’m sure many have felt.There have been so many cases in the news - Ferguson, Baltimore (and more) and now the awful shooting in Charleston. It overwhelms me how much hate and pain fills the … [Read more...]

Toffee Almond Streusel Coffee Cake

Toffee Almond Streusel Coffee Cake - so delicious with streusel on top and in the middle! BAILEYS® Coffee Creamer makes is super moist too!

This post is sponsored by BAILEYS® Coffee Creamer, but all opinions are my own.This Toffee Almond Streusel Coffee Cake is seriously to die for. It’s super moist and full of toffee, almond and cinnamon flavors. With the addition of BAILEYS® Coffee Creamer Toffee Almond Cream, it is the perfect complement to your morning cup of coffee!So after our trip to South Africa a few weeks ago, one of the things I was most excited to come home to was my coffee. Believe it or not, tea is the hot drink of choice over there. And because tea revolves around a kettle and kettles are everywhere (including hotel rooms), there’s only instant coffee.The horror!!And without the focus on coffee, there was only milk and sugar to be added to it. Seriously, I need to drag boxes of BAILEYS® Coffee Creamer with me … [Read more...]

German Chocolate Cheesecake

German Chocolate Cheesecake - a chocolate crust, german chocolate filling and coconut pecan topping! So good!

This German Chocolate Cheesecake is delicious! With a chocolate crust, chocolate cheesecake and coconut pecan topping, it's a gooey, wonderful treat!So this past weekend, it felt like a doggy daycare around these parts. Jessie had a lot of friends to play with! And both were last minute too - what are the odds?On Friday, our neighbors didn't get their dog to boarding in time, and it was only one night, so we kept her for them. She's a little miniature pinscher with diabetes. I made the hubs do the shots. Too scary for me.She went home Saturday morning and then some friends brought over their pomeranian. They had a weekend away planned to celebrate his birthday and because of a mix up with their boarding, they weren't able to leave the dog for the night like they'd planned.I couldn't let … [Read more...]

Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake

Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake flavored with pureed strawberries and blueberries, layered with fresh berries and whipped cream!  #pictureperfectplate

This post is sponsored by Driscoll's Berries, but all opinions are my own.This Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake is light, fruity and the perfect dessert for sharing! It’s also easy to make and with the red and blue, it’s prefect for the Fourth of July!Summer is one of my favorite times of year. There are fresh berries galore and they’re all on sale! I love getting them not only for snacking, but for desserts. Berry-filled desserts are easily some of the hubs and I’s favorites. And I always know that Driscoll’s is a great brand of berries that I can trust to be delicious!So of course I was excited to join them in sharing Driscoll’s Food Art and creating the picture perfect plate. I’ve mentioned before how fruit is nature’s art and that could not be truer than with berries. There are so many … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake - a layer of chocolate chip cookie with cook dough ice cream! Topped with chopped cookies, whipped cream and chocolate sauce!

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake is a fun marriage of cookie and ice cream and is the perfect treat for summer!Speaking of summer, we enjoyed our first weekend out on the boat last weekend. The hubs had technically been out the weekend before without me, but we'll just pretend it was his first too.We spent Saturday evening out and brought Jessie. She loved being out there as the sun was going down - less hot. :) Then we went out with some friends for a bit on Sunday.As usual, I got my first bit of sunburn. Not too bad, but a bit. I did use sunscreen, but that stuff comes right off in the water and right now the water is still so refreshing we had to swim. Not too cold, but cool. I'm sure in just a few weeks it'll get warm. Gotta enjoy it while we can!So this cake was … [Read more...]

Raspberry Orange Shortbread Bars

Raspberry Orange Shortbread Bars! Made with pulp left over from the juicer, giving you juice and bars from the same fruit!

The products used in this post were provided by KitchenAid, but all opinions are my own.These Raspberry Orange Shortbread Bars are drizzled with a delicious vanilla glaze! They are a sweet, fruity bar that’s perfect for summer! And to make them even more fun, they are made with juice pulp.I had so much fun making these bars. I got the chance to try two great KitchenAid products - their Easy Clean Juicer and the 11 cup Food Processor. I’ve been really curious about trying out a juicer and I’ve been dying for a bigger food processor, so this was the perfect recipe to try them out on.Both products were awesome. The juicer is really fun to use and makes great juice. I kind of want to use it every day. Plus, I love that I can use the pulp from the juice to bake with. Nothing goes to waste and you … [Read more...]

South African Safari! {Part 1 of our trip}

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I'm so excited to share today's post with you! I will go ahead and apologize ahead of time for all the photos, but how can I resist sharing all the pictures of the cute cuddly animals?Obviously I couldn't. And yet, this is maybe half of the photos I actually took. #imaddictedtophotos There's also a video! Yay!This part of our trip was definitely one of the best parts. It was actually right in the middle of our trip, despite sharing it with you first. We'd stayed with family in Johannesburg and then rented a car and drove out to Pilanesberg National Park. Most people think of Kruger National Park when they think of safaris in South Africa, but that park was twice as far away.I have to say, we drove around the park ourselves, as well as doing official game drives (which is what they call the … [Read more...]

Peach Cobbler Cupcakes

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This post is sponsored by ALDI, but all opinions are my own.These Peach Cobbler Cupcakes are a fun twist on a classic southern dessert. The cupcakes are full of cinnamon and peaches and topped with whipped cream!You may remember from last week that I'm working with ALDI for their Summer Road Trip. I'm sharing all about Atlanta with you as one of the five cities they are virtually "visiting". Last time, we talked all about the food, so today we are talking some fun activities you can do while visiting! So let's talk about some of my favorite things to do.Stone Mountain Park - It's located right outside of metro Atlanta and is just as it sounds - a mountain made of stone- quartz to be exact. There are all kinds of activities that are great for families, including a skyride to the top of the … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Blondie Cheesecake

Red Velvet Blondie Cheesecake - a red velvet blondie toppwith with no bake cheesecake! With or without the stars, it's a delicious dessert! But the stars make it perfect for July 4th!

This Red Velvet Blondie Cheesecake is a layer of red velvet blondie topped with no bake cheesecake. It is a moist, chewy, creamy and a classic combo. Plus, it's super festive for July 4th with blue chocolate stars. I totally fell in love with it!So have you ever tried Zumba before? I feel like classes at the gym like that totally depend on the instructor as to whether they are good or not.I'd only been to one Zumba class before and hadn't totally been impressed. But when I showed up at the gym Saturday morning, I noticed a class was about to start and decided to break up my normal routine and give it a try. I normally love step classes, but the ones at my gym weren't very good so it looks like they've cancelled them all together. :(Fortunately the Zumba was actually really fun! It's not as … [Read more...]

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