Red Velvet Cheesecake

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This Red Velvet Cheesecake is one of the smoothest and creamiest cheesecakes I think I've ever made. It is insanely good and has the light tang that is so loved in a red velvet dessert. The cream cheese whipped cream on top finishes it off perfectly! Red velvet is one of those flavors that people seem to either love or hate. Some people are just like, red what? That's a cake? And some people think it's basically the same thing as chocolate. It's kind of like the mystery cake flavor. What I really love about it is the tang from the buttermilk and the slight flavor of the vinegar. I don't know how to exactly describe the vinegar taste since it's not like you're actually eating vinegar, because that would be gross. But it ads a very specific flavor that I've come to really love in red velvet. I … [Read more...]

Conversation Heart Chocolate Bark

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This Conversation Heart Chocolate Bark is a great, easy treat for Valentine's Day and it uses one of my favorite things about the holiday - conversation hearts. Is it just me, or is it hilarious that the little things the hearts say are all hip now with things like hashtags? Cracks me up. :) So lately I've been trying to be healthier. I got way off track over the holidays, with so much going on and so much good food. Now I'm eating better, working out harder and eating very little of what I'm baking. It's kind of sad to not eat as much of the yummy stuff I make, and yet I feel much better in general when I feel healthier. So much of healthy eating and working out for me is about how I feel. Sure, I care about my weight, probably too much, but I hate it even more when I don't feel good in my skin. … [Read more...]

Valentines Day Rice Krispie Treat Cupcakes

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These Valentine's Day Rice Krispie Treat Cupcakes are super cute to share for Valentine's Day! They are actually flavored with a strawberry cake mix, but you could use any flavor. The pink cake mix is what gives them their pretty color. They're topped with vanilla icing and a festive gummy heart. I'm in love with them! Can you believe Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away? There's not nearly as much prep as at Christmas, but I know some people and kids put quite a bit into it. I know I used to love getting my Valentines and candy together to give to my friends. I think if I were to pick out valentines right now, I'd go for the Disney princesses. I'm a lifelong fan. But as an adult, it's not nearly as fun. The hubs and I really don't do that much for it, but that's on purpose. We did more when … [Read more...]

Nutella Red Velvet Poke Cake

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So if you haven't noticed yet, I'm a big fan of poke cakes. I love how easy they are and how they are soaked with yumminess and guaranteed to be moist for days. This Nutella Red Velvet Poke Cake is no exception. A delicious red velvet cake is soaked with a combination of sweetened condensed milk and Nutella and then topped with a Nutella whipped cream! So the other day, the hubs and I were driving home and my car beeped at us to remind us that my one of my tires was still low on air. The beeping had started weeks ago, but we hadn't done anything about it yet. The hubs found a gas station with an air pump thingy (do those have a word?) and proceeded to fill up the tire. Here's the conversation that ensued when he got back in the car: Hubs: "Man, you're tire was really low. Like 10 PSI low. … [Read more...]

Triple Berry Trifle

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This Triple Berry Trifle is absolutely delicious! It’s light, both in flavor and calories, fruity, and I could’ve eat the entire thing on my own. It’s completely addicting, which turns out great in this case, because it feels so guilt free. Perfect for those trying to eat a little healthier, but also great for summer and 4th of July (I like to plan ahead. :) ) So I know you might be wondering why I’d post a recipe featured lots of fresh fruit smack dab in the middle of winter. Well, let me tell you, because there are many reasons. 1. This dessert is so nice and light, it seemed like a great time for it. Angle food cake is pretty light as far as cake goes, and cool whip is light and can be fat free. Pudding is pretty light. Fruit is fruit - healthy. It makes this such a great dessert option for … [Read more...]

Green Smoothie

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Don't let the color fool you, this Green Smoothie tastes anything but green. It is sweet, refreshing and the perfect way to begin the New Year - and your mornings. I hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve and are ready for an exciting 2015! I have no idea what's in store, but I'm sure it'll be an adventure. :) We rang in the new year with our small group. It was laid back, but a lot of fun. And of course there was champagne. I have to say though, I'm glad the holidays are over. I love them and I love seeing all of our family, but man was it busy. And after all the food I stuffed myself with, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things and back into the gym. I've been slacking lately just trying to keep up with everything that's been going on since Thanksgiving. I'm not really a believer in … [Read more...]

Champagne Cupcakes

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These Champagne Cupcakes are super moist and full of champagne flavor! They’d be perfect For New Year’s Eve, or another special occasion. Well, this weekend was a great weekend. Our family slowly tapered off and made their way home, with my parents leaving today. We were busy bouncing around from activity to activity. My niece (she’s 8) played in a basketball game on Saturday morning. My brother is the coach and does a great job. My niece scored 10 of the team’s 13 points and they won the game! Then most everyone went to a movie, but my mom and I took the opportunity to do some returns and shopping. Some of our favorite times are when we are shopping. We have a great time together. Then Saturday night, my dad went back to my brother’s house with him family and my mom, the hubs and I went … [Read more...]

Champagne Mousse with Chambord

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This Champagne Mousse is delicious, light and is flavored with Chambord as well as champagne. It's a perfect dessert for New Year's Eve! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Everything was pretty relaxed for us. We combined our families (the hubs' and I's) for the first time and it went great! As usual, there was lots of food, family and gift giving. We fit 7 people and 5 dogs into our four bedroom house. It was a madhouse! Then there was more family at my brother's house. There were a lot of us! My dad is totally a Christmas junkie, so Christmas morning always takes forever. He loves all the presents. Opening gifts takes forever because he likes to be able to see how everyone likes every gift, so we open each one at a time. Honestly, I love it too. It's great to see everything that … [Read more...]

Black Raspberry Champagne Bellini

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This Black Raspberry Champagne Bellini is the perfect drink to serve for Christmas, New Years Eve or any special occasion! So Christmas is tomorrow. Like, less than 24 hours away. I certainly hope you are ready - it's coming! I also hope you have a wonderful holiday and a Merry Christmas! We finally got all our shopping done over the weekend and now I've got the groceries done as well. It's great because the rest of my family will be getting in town today and I'm ready to enjoy a little time with them. I'll also be turning 30 tomorrow. 30. The big 3-0. Dirty 30. I think 30 is the new 20, don't you? I mean, I totally feel like my 30s are going to be the best years yet. So much happened in my 20s, it's crazy. I graduated college ( And I'll be raising a glass filled with this Black … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

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These Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies are super festive and a delicious Christmas treat! Perfect for your holiday cookie plate! So my small group did the sweetest thing Wednesday night - they threw me a little surprise 30th celebration! I was told it was our Christmas get together, but instead we had cake, balloons and champagne. :) Not knowing what they were planning though, I suggested doing White Elephant last weekend and sent out an email about it. It ended up kind of funny because the hubs was trying to have it be about my birthday, rather than Christmas, and of course I unknowingly messed that up. Whoops! I have to say the gift exchange was pretty fun though. We had a $10 limit and I got a super cool remote control car. It lights up and pops wheelies and everything. We had fun … [Read more...]

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