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...]

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...]

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...]

Key Lime Coconut Cupcakes

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My good friend Ashley is visiting today to share these awesome cupcakes with you while I settle back in from our trip. They look amazing and I can't wait to try them! Hop on over to check out her site, Spoonful of Flavor, if you haven't before. She makes some of the most beautiful things - both desserts and meals!Key Lime Coconut Cupcakes are a delectable treat with fresh key lime flavor! A coconut cake is filled with coconut filling and topped with fresh key lime frosting!Hi, everyone! I am Ashley from Spoonful of Flavor. I am so excited to be here today while Lindsay is making her way back to the United States from Africa. Blogging has opened the doors to many opportunities and along the way, I met Lindsay who is not only one of my favorite food bloggers, but is also a great friend. I am honored … [Read more...]

Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries

Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries - red, white and blue for July 4th! Such an easy and delicious recipe!

This Panna Cotta with fresh berries is a new favorite! I’ve recently fallen in love with panna cotta, and it’s made better with the addition of fresh fruit. With strawberries and blueberries, it also makes a festive red, white and blue dessert for fourth of July - which will be here before we know it!So we finally got home from our trip to South Africa yesterday morning after about 36 hours of total travel time - from the time we left our hotel to the time we got home. Brutal, I tell you. But the trip was worth it.And travel to and from the U.S. was quite interesting. I haven't really flown out the country post 9/11 and the security was high.Flying to South Africa, and within, was quite easy. The security checks were much more relaxed than here. First of all, the airports aren’t as busy so … [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...]

Blueberry Coconut Cupcakes

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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...]

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...]

How to throw an America party!

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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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