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...]

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...]

Eggnog Spice Blondie Cheesecake

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This Eggnog Spice Blondie Cheesecake is all your eggnog dreams come true. :) The blondie base is full of my favorite spices of the season - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. It is moist and chewy and wonderful. The no bake eggnog cheesecake on top is smooth, thick and creamy. The combination of flavors and textures make this a must-make Christmas dessert. How is it that Christmas is only a week and a half away? It’s killing me. I’ve got family coming into town starting Friday and I’m so not ready for it. Not like I’m not ready for them to come, there’s just a lot to do to get ready. I finally went Christmas shopping with my mom last weekend and got a few things done, but not nearly as much as I needed to. I did get the shopping for my nieces done though. They’re probably the most fun to shop … [Read more...]

Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Pie

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This Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Pie is so delightful and refreshing. I absolutely love the sweet, light cherry flavor of the ice cream mixed with the chocolate. And to make it even better, it uses my new favorite baking morsels - Nestlé® Toll House® DelightFulls™ Baking Morsels! I'm so excited to share this recipe with you today. I've seen these DelightFulls Filled Baking Morsels in the store a number of times and I've been really excited to bake with them. I'm a big fan of Nestlé products in my baking and I love the idea of having two flavors combined into one amazing baking morsel. I used the dark chocolate cherry ones for this recipe, but there are also peanut butter, caramel and mint versions. It's awesome! Now instead of buying two kinds of morsels, you can buy one that combines both flavors. … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle

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This Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle is the perfect no bake, easy and festive holiday dessert! It has layers of thick gingerbread cookies, no bake gingerbread cheesecake, caramel and whipped cream. Perfect for a crowd and all those holiday parties! So just this week I noticed that one of the radio stations that I listen to regularly has changed. It used to be a station that played current music and often I’d hear a song for the first time on that station - sometimes weeks before hearing it on another station. I’m kind of sad to see it go. However. It might just have been replaced with an even better station. What is it? ALL 90s. Shut the front door! If you know me well, you know I dig my 90s music. You can regularly find me jammin’ out the to 90s station on the DirecTV music stations - especially … [Read more...]

Sparkling Cranberry White Chocolate Cake

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This Sparkiling Cranberry White Chocolate Cake is no doubt a new favorite - especially for Christmas! The cake is incredibly moist and flavorful and the cranberries add the prefect burst of fruity flavor. The white chocolate icing compliments the cake wonderfully. And the sparkling cranberries on top are beautiful and make it look like is just snowed. If I can’t get a white Christmas down here in the South, I’ll have a sparkling white cake. :) This weekend was crazy busy, but so fun! We finally started turning our “formal living room” into my office. We’d already cleared the room, so this weekend we steam cleaned the carpets and got the main pieces of furniture. I still want to get a few other things and some decorative pieces, but the big stuff is there and I’m ready to get organized! We got the … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Caramel Molasses Cream Cheese Icing

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These Gingerbread Cupcakes are some of my moistest cupcakes and they are topped with my new favorite icing. The cupcake is light and fluffy and the icing is a mix of some awesome flavors - caramel, molasses and cream cheese! Yum! So I recently started reading a new book/study. It’s called “Blueprint for Life”. It's about discovering your purpose for your life based on God’s plan for you and creating a plan to achieve it. I’m only a couple chapters in, but so far I love it. I was talking to my mom about it (because we pretty much talk about everything) and she said this one thing that I thought was so true and relevant. Sometimes we look for God’s purpose for us to be some hugely profound thing, and sometimes we are just making too much of it. One of the things the book talks about is that our … [Read more...]

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