Almond Joy Pie

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This Almond Joy Pie is pure coconut heaven! With all the sweets in our house right now, this is the one I cannot. stop. eating. I imagined it to be good, but not this good! And even though you have to use the stove a little bit, there's no actual baking required so it's super easy to make! Whew! What a busy week this has been! No new giveaways today, but be sure to check out the other two from this week. I'm giving away a KitchenAid Mixer and an iPad Mini! You don't want to miss out! Plus, there's a Back To School $400 cash giveaway happening too. Gotta love free stuff! Many times, I wish I was able to hand you a fork through the computer screen and give you free samples. Free samples are the best. It's one of the few reasons to brave going to Costco on a Sunday. They are just fun. Plus, you could … [Read more...]

Best Chocolate Cake

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This Chocolate Cake is seriously the best chocolate cake you’ll ever make. I absolutely love it. So moist and chocolatey! It totally turned me into a chocolate cake lover! And if you saw Monday’s post, then you know another giveaway is happening today to continue my 2 year blogiversary celebration! Today we are giving away a 16 GB Wifi iPad Mini! It's perfect for checking out my blog and following the recipes when you're ready to start baking. :) So be sure to enter below! Of course, if you'd rather, you also have the option of a $300 amazon gift card instead of the iPad Mini. And if you haven’t entered for the KitchenAid Mixer from Monday, be sure to enter here. So back to the chocolate cake. When I said that this cake turned me into a chocolate cake lover, were you wondering if I wasn’t before? … [Read more...]

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

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These Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes will rock your socks off! They might just be the moistest cupcakes I’ve ever made! The flavors are strong, but the overall cupcake is very light. So light, we were all eating them for breakfast. :) And today is a very exciting day on the blog! It was actually just over a week ago that I hit the two year mark since first hitting publish on this blog, but today we will finally begin to celebrate! I have an awesome KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Mixer giveaway going on starting today, and Wednesday you’ll have to be sure to come back because I’ll have another giveaway! I’ve teamed up with some great friends who are helping me celebrate! Ok, so I’m going to get sappy for a minute. Given that it’s a “blogiversary,” it feels like a great time to look back on the last two … [Read more...]

Peach Pie

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I made a Peach Pie! I’m sure you could tell that from the title and all, but I’m kind of excited about it! It’s hard to believe, but this is my first real pie pie I’ve posted on the blog. I have a Strawberry Cream Pie, which is fruity, but not the same kind of traditional pie that I think of when I think of a true fruit pie. Most of the other pies I've made are either frozen or custard based. So yea, I pat myself on the back for this one. Feels like a milestone and accomplishment. :) I don’t know about you, but with school starting so soon, it feels like summer is coming to a quick end. And not like a kid’s summer - that’s definitely ending - but like the warm weather. I know we still have a couple months of it left, but I’m already trying to enjoy the remaining fruit deals while they last. I want … [Read more...]

Snickers Cheesecake

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I am completely in love with this Snickers Cheesecake. It is all of my Snickers dreams come true. A vanilla cheesecake full of chopped Snickers, layered with chocolate and caramel sauce, nestled in an Oreo crust. It’s thick and creamy, but gooey, amazing and the perfect way to celebrate National Cheesecake Day. Did you know that National Cheesecake Day is actually a thing? Well it is! There’s actually a bajillion holidays dedicated to different foods. Clearly these are the kind of holidays we should get a day off for. How else will we overindulge in cheesecake? Of course if overindulgence is your thing, you’re in the right place. I pretty much love anything that is over the top. And to celebrate today, a bunch of us bloggers are posting cheesecake, so if you want to check them out, scroll to the … [Read more...]

Funfetti Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These Funfetti Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies are my very favorite cookies ever! Combine a cookie and cake and you have the perfect dessert! They don’t lack at all on the cake batter flavor either - they use an entire box of cake mix. Equally exciting is that I’ve teamed up with some other bloggers and we’ve got a Back To School giveaway for you today! With all the back to school supplies that are needed every year, we thought we’d help you out. The winner gets $400 in paypal cash towards back to school supplies! Yay! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post. This weekend we went and visited with my family. It was my mom’s birthday and it’d been a while since we’d been home, so it was great to visit. We arrived with LOTS of cake! Not only did I make fresh cupcakes for the occasion, … [Read more...]

Smores Cupcakes

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These Smores Cupcakes are the jam! A super moist chocolate cupcake with a graham cracker crust, topped with a super light and airy marshmallow frosting! If you've been keeping up with Smores Week this week, then you've already seen my Smores Cheesecake and Smores Ice Cream Bars and you know that smores are all the rage this week! A bunch of us bloggers have gotten together to bring copious amounts of smores-inspired treats. To see what everyone else brought today, check out the bottom of the post. I'm sad to see Smores Week end, but I'm pretty pumped to end it with these cupcakes. So yesterday I had my 6 month check up/cleaning at the dentist. I know a lot of people hate the dentist, but I actually don't mind it. I've actually fallen asleep while getting my teeth cleaned before. No joke. And I … [Read more...]

Smores Ice Cream Bars

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These Smores Ice Cream Bars are the perfect summer treat! Cold and refreshing, and with the exception of toasting the marshmallows, they are completely no bake! Today I'm sharing my second recipe as part of Smores Week. If you didn't see Monday's Smores Cheesecake post, a bunch of great bloggers are sharing s'mores treats this week. My friend Lisa has been the bomb dignity at organizing everything. Do you ever feel like you're just constantly multitasking? And it's hard to turn it off? This week has felt that way for me. Work has been pretty busy. The blog is busy. Life is busy. It feels like there's a million moving parts to keep track of. Between all of it I kind of thought my head might explode yesterday. My initial reaction when I feel like there's just so much to do is to just keep … [Read more...]

Smores Cheesecake

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Trust me when I tell you that you want to make this Smores Cheesecake. The combination of thick and creamy chocolate cheesecake, melty toasted marshmallows and graham cracker crust is totally to die for and the perfect summer dessert! Plus, get pumped because this week is S'mores Week!! A bunch of wonderful bloggers will be bringing you s'mores inspired desserts all week long! So it rained here a good bit of the weekend. It finally stopped Sunday, but it stayed wet and dark and cloudy even when the rain stopped. Fortunately it wasn't also cold. But all that rain meant indoor activities which meant a lot of chillaxin' on the couch and checking out stuff on Netflix. Saturday morning, the hubs slept in. I didn't. I don't seem to be able to do that anymore and it makes me sad. Between my … [Read more...]

July 2014 Stitch Fix Review

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I am so excited about today's Stitch Fix review! No, there's no recipe. But please don't let that scare you off! Today is all about the clothes! Another of my great loves. :) I have loved the concept of Stitch Fix ever since I first saw it, it just took me a while to finally do it. My friend, Ashley, finally convinced me with her awesome reviews and the super cute stuff she was wearing at BlogHer Food in May - ALL from Stitch Fix! So I finally signed up, and I'm sharing it all with you! The hubs even took pictures of me in everything - eek! I have loved reading others' reviews so much, I've been dying to share mine with you. I hope you think it's as fun as I do! So what is Stitch Fix? Well, basically it's like having your own personal stylist. But better. More specifically though, … [Read more...]