Cotton Candy Cupcakes

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are not only fun, they are delicious! They taste just like cotton candy! They'd be especially great for a celebration and kids would love them.So it's been a while since I've talked about football. Perhaps you've even forgotten which team I root for. Well despite living in Atlanta, I'm a massive Carolina Panthers fan. I grew up in Charlotte, NC and have been going to Panthers games since they started. Like literally since before they had a stadium and they played at Clemson stadium. My dad would pile us all in the car and drive us to South Carolina for every home game.And my love goes even deeper. My first crush was a Panthers football player. I was in 5th grade. His name was Kerry Collins. Our very first quarterback. #truestoryIn fact, just to get even more … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Donut Cheesecake Trifle

This Pumpkin Spice Donut Cheesecake Trifle is so fun for fall! Made with Pumpkin Spice Donuts from Dunkin' Donuts, it's super easy to put together and was a big hit!So this past weekend, the hubs and I went to the local fair with my brother and his family. We'd never been and it was pretty fun to go with them. My nieces had a lot of fun riding the rides and us adults got to eat the good fair food. :)You know the stuff I'm talking about. Funnel cakes, fried oreos (so good, by the way!) and a tower of sliced fries covered in cheese and bacon. That's the stuff that adult dreams are made of kids. Good, outrageously awesome food.I figure this trifle is somewhat similar in it's outrageous nature. I mean, it's layered with donuts. Legit, full on donuts. It's basically breakfast in dessert form. … [Read more...]

Spooky Chocolate Sticky Rolls

I am so excited to share these Spooky Chocolate Sticky Rolls with you today! Not only are they delicious and perfect for Halloween, but they are so easy to make with KING'S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. They come together in less than 20 minutes!If you've never used King's Hawaiian bread before, you are in for a treat. It's easily a favorite of mine. It's a naturally sweet bread that I use for many things - sandwiches, breakfast casseroles. I love the bit of sweetness it adds.And it's perfect for these rolls! It's so nice to be able to make some fun breakfast rolls without having to make dough from scratch or wait for it to rise, etc. You can seriously make these so quickly. It takes about 5 minutes to put everything together and 10-15 minutes to bake. Mix together sugar, melted butter … [Read more...]

Red Wine Chocolate Cake

Boy have I got a cake for you today! This Red Wine Chocolate Cake might be one of my favorite cakes I've ever made. Not only is it super moist and amazing in flavor, but I had so much fun decorating it! I can't even tell you how badly I've been dying to share it.So this post is going to be jam-packed. Feel free to scroll right down to the recipe, but if you are interested in the decorating part keep reading. :)You may or may not know by now, but one of my favorite things to make is cakes. All kinds of cake really, but layered cakes are especially fun to decorate. I'm totally a fan of decorating cakes in more simple ways too. The less I have to deal with fondant the better. While this cake may not look super simple to make, it's not hard. It's really just covered in a some raspberries and a bunch … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Coffee Cake

This Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Coffee Cake is the perfect fall breakfast! It's easy to put together, so moist and full of pumpkin - yes!I'm officially ready for fall flavors. Between the Pumpkin Butterscotch Chip Cookies I shared last week and now this coffee cake, it's fall on the blog, my friends.The cool temperatures are making dog-walking a much more enjoyable activity and pumpkin spice coffee in the morning has become a regular. The only thing that could make my mornings better is this coffee cake every time.I absolutely love the base of this coffee cake. I've used it for my Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake and my Toffee Almond Coffee Cake and both were awesome. I altered it to this delightful pumpkin version.Because pumpkin is a natural leavener and adds a fair amount of moisture it … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Butterscotch Chip Cookies

These Pumpkin Butterscotch Chip Cookies are the perfect pumpkin cookie! I'm totally in love with how dense, moist and chewy they are and the butterscotch chips are the perfect compliment to them! You'll definitely want to make these over and over.So there are two things I don't recommend when going grocery shopping. The first one you've surely heard before - don't grocery shop hungry. That's a sure way to end up buying all the things. My cart ends up full of cookies, cakes and anything else that looks enticing when I'm hungry. No good.The next one, and more common for me, is to not grocery shop without a list. Seriously. It's like I'm totally lost in the grocery story without a list. I was at the store the other day and had forgotten what I'd needed to get. In addition, I needed to get a couple … [Read more...]

Spiderweb Chocolate Tart

This Spiderweb Chocolate Tart is such a fun dessert for Halloween and is delightfully chocolatey! And to make it even better, it's no bake and super easy to make!This past weekend I had a blast making new friends and hanging out with some old ones at a blogging retreat hosted by my friend Ashley. It was full of great food, lots of fun and honest talks about this crazy thing we do called blogging. :)Whenever I stop to take a moment to think about this blog and how it all began I'm always amazed when I think about how little I really knew about blogging before I started. There's so much more to it that just baking and taking pictures. I'm so grateful for the friends I've made along the way. Not only have they helped me to learn so many valuable things, but the friendships are a big part of what … [Read more...]

No Bake Oatmeal Cream Pie Cheesecake

This No Bake Oatmeal Cream Pie Cheesecake is an easy, delicious treat that makes use of one of my favorite cookies - the oatmeal cream pie! The combination of the soft, chewy cookie with the smooth, creamy cheesecake makes this dessert a must make.So this past Saturday I went for dessert with some friends to celebrate a birthday. We went to a restaurant that has one of the best bakeries around here. They have 4 or 5 cases full of the biggest, most wonderful cakes, pastries, cupcakes and more. I've never been disappointed by a dessert there. In fact, it was their millionaire cake with layers of flourless chocolate cake, NY cheesecake and chocolate mousse than inspired my Funfetti Millionaire Cake. To die for.Deciding what to get is always the hardest part. A friend and I went and browsed the … [Read more...]

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...]

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