Real Deal Caramel Cake

This Real Deal Caramel Cake is just that - the real deal! And it's straight out of my friend Jocelyn's cookbook, Grandbaby Cakes!I could not be more excited to share this cake and cookbook with you today. First of all, the author is one of my favorites. Jocelyn's blog is wonderful and she is a gem. You won't meet anyone else who can light up a room like she does and keep you laughing. Love her. Plus, she's so real. I love that.And her realness totally shows in her cookbook which is full of stories about her family and growing up baking. Every recipe is so personal to her and it makes it not only fun to bake from, but fun to read too. She's largely influenced by her grandmother and the photos of her, her mom and her grandmother sprinkled throughout the book are absolutely beautiful.And then … [Read more...]

Kahlua Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel

These Kahlua Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel are so delicious and a wonderful combination of flavors! Kahlua and chocolate are already awesome together, but when you add caramel sauce and a sprinkle of sea salt, it's a done deal.So normally I'd tell you about something really funny or great that's happening. It's our chance to catch up, you know? Like, "Hey, how's it going?" And then I tell you.But as I sit here to write this post, there's nothing clever. Just life. I'm sitting here next two dogs that are sleeping and snoring like rhinoceros', reminding me that I'd love to curl up right between them right now.My kitchen is a freaking disaster, as usual. With all the baking that goes on, it's no wonder. As soon as I wash a dish, I use it again. It's ridiculous.There's laundry … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

These Caramel Apple Cupcakes are made with a spiced apple cupcake topped with caramel icing. They totally melt in your mouth and are the perfect use for all those apples!So please tell me I'm not the only one that has those moments where you say something totally dumb without meaning to. The hubs gives me a hard time about it pretty regularly.For example, recently we were driving over to the store and when we got to the parking lot he asked, "Where should I park?" To which I responded, "I don't know. I guess wherever there's an open spot."Now it may seem like I was being kind of a smartie there, but I wasn't. Something in my brain genuinely didn't connect and I was like, I don't know. Ha!Of course he knows me well enough to know I didn't mean it meanly and he laughed at me and said, … [Read more...]

Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake

This Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake is made with layers of moscato cake and strawberry buttercream. It's moist and super fun way to drink your wine - and eat it too. :)This weekend, the hubs and I travelled to see my family and attend the wedding of a family friend. Our families (along with others) sort of grew up together and have taken many joint family vacations over the years. It was fun to see everyone and reminded me and my family so much of when the hubs and I got married.Often you'll hear at a wedding a wish for the bride and groom that they will love each other more the rest of their lives than they do on their wedding day. I will totally admit that I used to not understand that at all. :) Surely you'd love your husband the most on the day you get married, right? What a wonderful … [Read more...]

Moist and Fluffy Vanilla Cake

I am so excited to share this recipe for a Moist and Fluffy Vanilla Cake with you today! It's a cake I've been making for years, but wanted to tweak and it's finally ready!For those who know me and see me regularly, they know that I play with vanilla recipes like it's my job. I kind of feel like you are only as good as your best vanilla cake. It is super important to have a wonderful one, and yet it seems to be the hardest for people to find. Plus everyone has their own idea of what makes it "the best". I think I might have made it my life's mission to make the best vanilla cake for everyone. It may not be that there's one "best" recipe for all, but maybe a couple recipes that you can choose from. Bottom line - I make a lot of vanilla cake. And it's all for you. :)So let's talk a little about … [Read more...]

S’mores Icebox Cake

This S'mores Icebox Cake is no bake, easy and full of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate! It's a fun treat that's getting me in the mood for fall.I don't know about you, but I'd be ok with it cooling down a bit. I know we probably have another couple months before it really starts to cool down, but I'm ready. And this S'mores Icebox Cake is perfect for now and as is starts to cool down.When I think of s'mores, I always think of camping. While I wouldn't necessarily call myself a camper, I've done my share of camping.In fact one of my very favorite camping trips was in college with some of my closest girlfriends. We all grew up together in North Carolina and went up to Boone, NC right when school ended for the summer. We hiked up this mountain that was covered in massive rocks that … [Read more...]

Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

This Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake is the perfect breakfast or snack! It is wonderfully moist, cinnamon-filled and full of blueberries!So the hubs and I officially realized how old we are this weekend. Yes, I know 30 isn't that old but hear me out.We went to Six Flags Over Georgia for the first time since college. It was a lot of fun to spend some time together and do something different. However, I don't know if it was the hot weather or our old age, but we both got a little bit dizzy with every roller coaster we went on. Every. Single. One.Not cool.Nor had that every happened to either of us before. So weird.I will say though that the Superman coaster was super awesome. You sit down normally, but then it tilts your but up, so that you are looking at the ground as if you are … [Read more...]

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake

This Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake is so fun and has a great cherry and chocolate flavor! I'm totally in love with the naturally pink color too. :)So this past weekend, I tried to throw a legit virtual baby shower. Like for reals.If you are a regular blog reader, you may have seen bloggers celebrate a virtual baby shower for another blog. It's totally a thing (a couple examples - here and here).Well, one of my best and oldest friends (since we were 9) is pregnant and due in August. Our little group of friends has all known each other forever, but as time has gone on, we've moved away - even to different countries. So we weren't going to be able to celebrate with her in person. :(So inspired by blogger virtual showers where we all post on the same day about a blogger and her new addition, I … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Truffle Chocolate Cake

This Peanut Butter Truffle Chocolate Cake is the new way your peanut butter and chocolate obsession will manifest itself. :) With a layer of my favorite chocolate cake topped with a layer of peanut butter truffle, this cake will definitely be your new favorite.So for the past month I've been reading a new book that I've got to share with you. It's called "A Woman After God's Own Heart" by Elizabeth George. It has really been an awesome read.It focuses on pursuing God's priorities for us and has totally changed the way I prioritize. It looks at areas like your husband, your children, your home, etc. and after the first few chapters, I wrote down a list of the way I wanted to prioritize things. It was clear that I wasn't actually prioritizing things that way, so I've been working on it as I've … [Read more...]

Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

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...]

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