Chocolate Poke Cake

Chocolate Poke Cake - so moist and to die for!

This Chocolate Poke Cake is out of this world. SO chocolatey! So moist! Amazing. I dare you to try and keep your fork out of it.Poke cakes have quickly become one of my favorite things to make when I'm looking for an easy but delicious cake. I love a beautiful layered cake, but sometimes easy ones are the way to go. And since poke cakes are defined by the holes that are poked into it and filled with flavor, there are so many possibilities.It occurred to me that I didn't have a single chocolate poke cake on the blog and that seemed criminal. Chocolate is a necessity in all things, so I went full out - chocolate all the way. In every bite.I started with a devils food cake. I used a cake mix, but if you have a from scratch recipe you prefer, go for it. Sometimes boxes are a wonderful … [Read more...]

Salted Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

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These Salted Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Cookies are to die for! A dark chocolate cookie is stuffed with half of a Simply Caramel Milky Way, then sprinkled with sea salt.So yesterday the hubs and I finally got around to starting to stain our fence that was installed in January. We'd waited for it to warm up and finally stop raining, so now it's time.And it is going to be a big job. Like whoa.We got a quote for someone to do it for us and decided to do it ourselves. With the expense of our upcoming trip to South Africa, we decided to save a little, but it's going to take several weekends. It's a pretty big fence. I do love the color we picked though and I can't wait to see it done.The only thing is, now that it's warm, we aren't the only ones to come out of hiding. The bugs are out in … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara Foodie Escape Recap

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So a couple weeks ago, I mentioned that I went to Santa Barbara with some blogging friends for a weekend. It was a retreat hosted by myself, Julianne and Dorothy. Eight bloggers got together to learn from each other, share experiences and have a great time.After close to three years of blogging, I can say without a doubt that one of my favorite parts of blogging is all of the wonderful bloggers I’ve met. I began enjoying blogging exponentially more after getting to know those in my online community. Not only are they all such fun, but they are so supportive. Conferences are a wonderful place to meet everyone, but often they are so big and there’s so much going on that you don’t get as much quality face to face time with everyone. This retreat was all about that.It was a blast and I left feeling … [Read more...]

No Bake Funfetti Cheesecake

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This No Bake Funfetti Cheesecake is thick, creamy, delicious and full of sprinkles and cake batter-y flavor! And I love that it's no bake - making it easy to put together.So a bit of housekeeping before I proceed. :) Monday night I switched over my email subscriptions to a new service. If you currently get my emails, you should have received a new email today. Instead of being generic and not super exciting, it should now be bright and fun. Yay!I disabled the old email, so you *should* have only gotten one, but if you got a duplicate or had any other issues, please let me know so that I can fix it.And if you aren't subscribed to my emails, there are now two options. You can get emails every time I post something new, or once a week with all the new content for that week. If you'd like to … [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...]

Strawberry Sundae Cupcakes

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These Strawberry Sundae Cupcakes are a moist vanilla cupcake topped with strawberry milkshake icing, then finished off with chocolate ganache, sprinkles and a cherry! Such a fun, delicious cupcake for spring and summer.So this past weekend I had a wonderful weekend in Santa Barbara with a great group of bloggers. Unfortunately my flight home was not so fun. American Airlines cancelled my morning flight before I even made it to the airport. The good part of that was that I got to hang out with my bloggy bestie Julianne for a little longer. The bad part was that the new flight they put me on would've had me leaving LAX at midnight and not getting home until the next day. #notokayI called to change the flight and got a super rude guy on the phone. I was able to get a different flight, but was still … [Read more...]

Raspberry Almond Poke Cake

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This Raspberry Almond Poke Cake is seriously delish! The cake has a wonderful almond flavor and is soaked with sweetened condensed milk and pureed raspberries, which make it a little sweet and a little tart. Then it’s topped of with a lightly almond whipped cream. Light, fruity and fun!Do you ever have an experience where you watch an old movie - one you’ve been watching since you were a kid - and realize so many things about it you never realized before?For example. As a kid, I used to watch Dirty Dancing all.the.time. I’m pretty sure I was like 2 when I started watching it. You might be thinking that’s waaaaay to young to watch that movie, but truthfully the only part I payed any attention to was the dancing. It’s still my favorite part.But now I know that there’s a whole other storyline … [Read more...]

Let’s Chill #4 and $500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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It’s been a while since we’ve “just chilled” so I decided today was the day. Let’s get started, shall we?(also, if you’re just looking for the giveaway, it’s at the bottom)1. I’m chillin’ with some of my favorite bloggers this weekend (Julianne, Dorothy, Krista, Joan, Haley, Deborah, Jen) out in Santa Barbara, CA and I am PUMPED! Julianne, Dorothy and I have been putting it together for the last several months and I’m excited for it to finally happen. I flew out last night and have been super excited all week. I even allowed myself a little drinky-poo on the flight. :) Follow me on instagram and/or twitter to follow along with the weekend or just follow #sbfoodieescape. We’ve got some super fun things planned!2. The hubs was out of town all last week on a fishing trip. Any time I get a chance … [Read more...]

Loaded Butterscotch Cheesecake

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This Loaded Butterscotch Cheesecake might literally be the best cheesecake I've ever had, let alone made. It is so darn good. It's loaded with butterscotch and is the dream dessert for a butterscotch lover. Every bite is like a creamy, delicious bite of butterscotch. Mmmm...So I have a tendency to fall in love with new songs and then play them over and over. It's totally a thing I do. I'll bake, work, whatever with the song, or few songs, basically on repeat in the background.Lately I've had 3 or 4 that I'm totally into. I've been listening to them while I bake at night.Then the hubs and I were in the car the other day and one of them came on the radio. I was like, "Ohhh, it's my song." And he was like, "Oh, I know."For some reason, I'd kind of assumed he totally ignored me, what I was … [Read more...]

Chocolate Truffle Pie

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This Chocolate Truffle Pie is a delicious, mousse-like pie made with chocolate ganache and mascarpone cheese! It's also no bake and so easy to make!This past Saturday was National Pet Day. Did you know? I didn't actually post a picture of Jessie anywhere or anything, so I figure I'll recognize her awesomeness now. :)I've told you before that she's pretty much the best, most chill dog ever. The hubs was out of town last week, and she kept me company while he was gone. She snuggled up in bed with me at night and kept me warm.And she's so funny on walks sometimes. If we take a rawhide bone with us for her to carry on the way back, she starts to pick up other things too. Last night the hubs and I walked her together and on the way back she decided to carry home a rock with her bone. And not just … [Read more...]

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