White Chocolate Butterscotch Tart

White Chocolate Butterscotch Tart

This White Chocolate Butterscotch Tart is the perfect treat for the butterscotch and white chocolate lover - which I am. Layers of ganache combine to make this wonderfully easy tart.This past weekend we had a bunch of my family in town. My parents, grandmother and the reason for the gathering - my cousin, her husband and their new baby. It was my first time meeting him in person. I was actually in Chicago, where they live, just after his due date (he was late). I was hoping to meet him then, but he was stubborn and only arrived 3 days after I left. #naughtyYou might think he's a stubborn little thing even out of the womb, but I have to say he is one of the sweetest babies. So calm and chill. And at 9 months, he could be passed around from one person to the next and not even let out a little cry. … [Read more...]

Peach Raspberry Sangria Trifle

Peach Raspberry Sangria Trifle - peaches are soaked in white wine, then layered with raspberries, pound cake and fresh whipped cream! A light and easy summer dessert!

This Peach Raspberry Sangria Trifle is fruity and spiked with wine! Plus, given it's sangria twist, it's a great summer dessert for sharing!A couple weekends ago, the hubs, his mom and I all went up to Dahlonega, which is in the Georgia mountains. It's about an hour drive from where we are a bit North of Atlanta. It was out first time up there and it was so pretty being in the mountains.One of the neat activities up there is that there are actually a fair number of Georgia wineries. And after our South African wine tasting experience, the hubs thought it would be fun to take his mom and I up there.It was a great idea! We ended up doing two tastings.One was at the actual vineyard and was called Wolf Mountain Vineyard. The grapes were right by the road you drive in on, so it was neat to … [Read more...]

Oreo Brookie Tiramisu

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This Oreo Brookie Tiramisu is my new favorite dessert - no joke. I mean, how can you go wrong with a layer of brownie, Oreos and chocolate chip cookies, kahlua and espresso, and tiramisu filling? You can't. It's pure awesome.So a few weeks ago, I made my mom her very own Facebook account. She had been using mine for years. She didn't want her own because she wasn't sure she wanted people to be able to find her (she's an outlaw like that).But then I started blogging. And slowly, over the past three years, my news feed has changed from updates about friends (that my mom knows) and family to all things blogging. She no longer liked my Facebook.So she finally got her own page and all her friends rejoiced!Then my mom had a birthday yesterday. As soon as I called her, she told me she wasn't so … [Read more...]

Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

Banana Pudding Icebox Cake - no bake and perfect for summer!

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...]

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...]

Banana Cream Pudding in a Jar

Banana Pudding in a Jar - a fun, mini version of one my favorite desserts

This post is sponsored by ALDI, but all opinions are my own.These little individual Banana Cream Puddings in a Jar are such a fun, mini version of one my favorite desserts!This summer I'm partnering with ALDI Grocery Stores for their virtual Summer Road Trip. After experiencing ALDI for the first time last fall and getting to go see their Test Kitchen, I fell in love. They have such great quality products at a great price. This summer they are "visiting" 5 different cities around the country and I'm representing Atlanta, GA. As a part of the road trip, I'll be telling you all about southern food in Atlanta and some fun activities you can do if you ever visit.Let's start off today with some of my favorite Atlanta cuisine.For me, Atlanta cuisine is all about the southern food. No where … [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...]

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...]

Creamy Lemon Tart

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This Lemon Tart is the perfect balance of sweet and tart! With the addition of the sweetened condensed milk, it's even a little creamy. It's the perfect dessert for a lemon lover!So it occurred to me last week, after getting back from Santa Barbara, that I have some weird sleep habits. I'm always so pumped to get home to my own bed (it's so soft and big!) and part of the reason is my weirdnesses.I actually still sleep with a teddy bear. Don't judge. There's a real reason. And it's not that I love teddy bears.The hubs actually gave me a teddy bear back on our very first Valentine's Day together when we were 18, and I slept with it for years. Finally my mom was like, you have got to get a new one - this thing is old and gross. Of course I didn't care. It was the original. But I gave in and got … [Read more...]

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