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...]

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...]

Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

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This Strawberry Ice Cream Cake is so delicious and perfect for spring and summer! The vanilla cake is so soft and light, and the strawberry ice cream is creamy and so strawberry-y! With the beautiful strawberries on top and around the edge to finish it off, I'm in love.Fruit is kind of like nature's art. I mean think about it. Fruit, for the most part, is beautiful. It's so colorful. It comes in so many shapes and sizes. You can file it onto a cake and call it decorated. Beautiful.Plus, it delicious. If there's anything better than outer beauty, it's inner beauty. And inside most fruit, you find sweet delicious-ness. Double the beautiful.I'm poetic, I know.But seriously. I love decorating cakes and sweets with fruit. It's the easiest way to make a beautiful dessert that just screams fun … [Read more...]

Berry Lemon Cheesecake Cookie Cups

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These Berry Lemon Cheesecake Cookie Cups are light, delicious and perfect for spring! The cookie cup and cheesecake have an awesome lemon flavor that is totally there, but not overkill. And the berries add the perfect compliment - both in flavor and beauty!We are getting into my favorite time of year to bake! Spring and summer means all kinds of delicious fruit! I am totally into fruity desserts. Plus, they are just so happy! How can you not look at beautiful, fresh fruit and not be happy and want to eat it?Well, I guess if you're my mom. She's not really into fruit, but she's a weirdo. ;)I had actually intended to have these at the American party I threw for the hubs last Saturday to celebrate his citizenship. I had them all ready to go - and then forgot about them in the outside … [Read more...]

Berry French Toast Casserole

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kings Hawaiian. The opinions and text are all mine.This Berry French Toast Casserole is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. With pops of fruit and my favorite Kings Hawaiian Sweet bread, it would make the perfect Easter breakfast.French toast casseroles are easily one of my favorite things to make for breakfast on a holiday morning. Usually there’s all kinds of fun things going on during a holiday morning and that’s no exception on Easter morning. As kids, my brother and I would wake up in the morning and immediately go right into our egg hunt. The Easter bunny came while we slept and left behind the eggs and baskets, so we were always pretty anxious to get started.Enter this super easy breakfast casserole. You can throw it … [Read more...]

No Bake Coconut Caramel Nest Cookies

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These No Bake Coconut Caramel Nest Cookies are super easy to make and so cute for Easter! They are made with a mix of cornflakes, caramel and coconut, giving a fun blend of texture and flavors.So in case you missed it last week, the hubs officially became a U.S. citizen last Wednesday. We went to the ceremony, which only lasted about an hour, but started two hours late. They did a nice job. There were 159 people from 61 countries that received their citizenship during that ceremony. They listed all the countries and it was pretty crazy to think about all the people with such different backgrounds together in one room with one thing in common - becoming U.S. citizens. It's pretty amazing to think about what people go through to achieve that and so many of them just had their excitement all over their … [Read more...]

Bunny Peeps in a Blanket Brownies

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These Bunny Peeps in a Blanket Brownies are super fun for Easter! A moist and chewy brownie is topped with a cute bunny peep, then dipped in chocolate. So easy and kids will love them. :)So I know this type of recipe isn’t really my usual thing. I’m normally about the big, the bold, the beautiful. Not to say that peeps aren’t beautiful, but you know what I mean. But this idea popped into my head and I had to run with it. I mean - peeps in a blanket? You know you can’t help but love it. They’re funny and festive and they have sprinkles. How can you not love them?Plus, marshmallow and brownies dipped in chocolate? Delish. Dipping things in chocolate always makes them exponentially better. I don’t know what it is about putting a candy coating on a brownie or a cookie, but it’s just plain yummy. The … [Read more...]

Coconut Blondie Cheesecake

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This Coconut Blondie Cheesecake is so darn good and full of coconut flavor. Every time I make another coconut dessert, I’m reminded of how delicious coconut is. And the combination of the chewy blondie and the smooth, creamy cheesecake is to die for.So you know how whenever something’s missing, your mom is always the on who finds it. It never seems to fail. Sometimes I think I need to be a mom just so that I can actually find something for once.Last night, the hubs and I sat down to eat dinner and watch a little tv. We were going to watch something on our apple tv, but couldn’t find the little remote. We’ve never had trouble with it before. It’s always hanging out with our other two remotes. We knew we’d just seen it. But we couldn’t find it.We got up and walked around the whole living … [Read more...]

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake

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Click here for the recipe.Did you know that June 14 is National Strawberry Shortcake Day? It's true! So today I am celebrating with this Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake. It combines three of my favorite things - cake, strawberries and cheesecake - into a beautiful dessert that is perfect for celebrating this fun day!If you've been reading the blog a while, then you know I love strawberries. They've been my favorite fruit since I was a kid. My dad will still buy them for me when they're in season and I'm coming to visit.So when I was asked to help Driscoll's Strawberries celebrate Strawberry Shortcake Day, I could not wait. Strawberry shortcake has been a classic dessert for more than 100 years and Dricoll's is easily the strawberry brand I prefer in my shortcake. They always have the best … [Read more...]

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