Green Smoothie

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Don't let the color fool you, this Green Smoothie tastes anything but green. It is sweet, refreshing and the perfect way to begin the New Year - and your mornings. I hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve and are ready for an exciting 2015! I have no idea what's in store, but I'm sure it'll be an adventure. :) We rang in the new year with our small group. It was laid back, but a lot of fun. And of course there was champagne. I have to say though, I'm glad the holidays are over. I love them and I love seeing all of our family, but man was it busy. And after all the food I stuffed myself with, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things and back into the gym. I've been slacking lately just trying to keep up with everything that's been going on since Thanksgiving. I'm not really a believer in … [Read more...]

Top 14 Recipes of 2014

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This year, 2014, has been such an amazing one for Life, Love and Sugar. The blog has grown so much and I've had a blast with it. One of the more notable changes is that I went from posting only once a week in 2012 and 2013, to posting 3 times a week this year. It's been a lot of work, but it's also been so rewarding, especially when I heard from people who have tried and loved a recipe. One of my favorite things to do is look at what recipes are doing the best. The bottom line is that I like to bring you more of what you like, so I look at that regularly and do my best to pay attention. Even still, I was surprised at some of the posts that made it into the top 14. I put together the list of the top recipes from this year for you to check out (only recipes posted in 2014). And without further ado, here … [Read more...]

Champagne Cupcakes

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These Champagne Cupcakes are super moist and full of champagne flavor! They’d be perfect For New Year’s Eve, or another special occasion. Well, this weekend was a great weekend. Our family slowly tapered off and made their way home, with my parents leaving today. We were busy bouncing around from activity to activity. My niece (she’s 8) played in a basketball game on Saturday morning. My brother is the coach and does a great job. My niece scored 10 of the team’s 13 points and they won the game! Then most everyone went to a movie, but my mom and I took the opportunity to do some returns and shopping. Some of our favorite times are when we are shopping. We have a great time together. Then Saturday night, my dad went back to my brother’s house with him family and my mom, the hubs and I went … [Read more...]

Champagne Mousse with Chambord

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This Champagne Mousse is delicious, light and is flavored with Chambord as well as champagne. It's a perfect dessert for New Year's Eve! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Everything was pretty relaxed for us. We combined our families (the hubs' and I's) for the first time and it went great! As usual, there was lots of food, family and gift giving. We fit 7 people and 5 dogs into our four bedroom house. It was a madhouse! Then there was more family at my brother's house. There were a lot of us! My dad is totally a Christmas junkie, so Christmas morning always takes forever. He loves all the presents. Opening gifts takes forever because he likes to be able to see how everyone likes every gift, so we open each one at a time. Honestly, I love it too. It's great to see everything that … [Read more...]

Black Raspberry Champagne Bellini

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This Black Raspberry Champagne Bellini is the perfect drink to serve for Christmas, New Years Eve or any special occasion! So Christmas is tomorrow. Like, less than 24 hours away. I certainly hope you are ready - it's coming! I also hope you have a wonderful holiday and a Merry Christmas! We finally got all our shopping done over the weekend and now I've got the groceries done as well. It's great because the rest of my family will be getting in town today and I'm ready to enjoy a little time with them. I'll also be turning 30 tomorrow. 30. The big 3-0. Dirty 30. I think 30 is the new 20, don't you? I mean, I totally feel like my 30s are going to be the best years yet. So much happened in my 20s, it's crazy. I graduated college ( And I'll be raising a glass filled with this Black … [Read more...]

BAILEYS® Macadamia Brittle Cupcakes

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This is sponsored by BAILEYS® Coffee Creamer, but all opinions are 100% my own. These BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers Macadamia Brittle Cupcakes might be the best cupcake I’ve ever had - and I do not say that lightly. They are full of the most wonderful, almost indescribable flavor. They are nutty, but not too nutty. And caramel-y, to take on the flavor of the brittle. It was love at first bite. If you’ve been reading this blog long, then you know I’m a fan of all things BAILEYS®. I love the liqueur and the coffee creamers and have used them in a number of recipes (here, here, here). They could make just about anything and I’d want to eat it or drink it. So when I got a chance to taste a couple of their new coffee creamer flavors and make a recipe with one of them, I couldn’t wait! They sent me the … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

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These Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies are super festive and a delicious Christmas treat! Perfect for your holiday cookie plate! So my small group did the sweetest thing Wednesday night - they threw me a little surprise 30th celebration! I was told it was our Christmas get together, but instead we had cake, balloons and champagne. :) Not knowing what they were planning though, I suggested doing White Elephant last weekend and sent out an email about it. It ended up kind of funny because the hubs was trying to have it be about my birthday, rather than Christmas, and of course I unknowingly messed that up. Whoops! I have to say the gift exchange was pretty fun though. We had a $10 limit and I got a super cool remote control car. It lights up and pops wheelies and everything. We had fun … [Read more...]

Eggnog Spice Blondie Cheesecake

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This Eggnog Spice Blondie Cheesecake is all your eggnog dreams come true. :) The blondie base is full of my favorite spices of the season - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. It is moist and chewy and wonderful. The no bake eggnog cheesecake on top is smooth, thick and creamy. The combination of flavors and textures make this a must-make Christmas dessert. How is it that Christmas is only a week and a half away? It’s killing me. I’ve got family coming into town starting Friday and I’m so not ready for it. Not like I’m not ready for them to come, there’s just a lot to do to get ready. I finally went Christmas shopping with my mom last weekend and got a few things done, but not nearly as much as I needed to. I did get the shopping for my nieces done though. They’re probably the most fun to shop … [Read more...]

Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Pie

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This Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Pie is so delightful and refreshing. I absolutely love the sweet, light cherry flavor of the ice cream mixed with the chocolate. And to make it even better, it uses my new favorite baking morsels - Nestlé® Toll House® DelightFulls™ Baking Morsels! I'm so excited to share this recipe with you today. I've seen these DelightFulls Filled Baking Morsels in the store a number of times and I've been really excited to bake with them. I'm a big fan of Nestlé products in my baking and I love the idea of having two flavors combined into one amazing baking morsel. I used the dark chocolate cherry ones for this recipe, but there are also peanut butter, caramel and mint versions. It's awesome! Now instead of buying two kinds of morsels, you can buy one that combines both flavors. … [Read more...]

Golden Tote

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Today’s post is a little different. Today we are talking about one of my favorite things beyond the sweets - clothes! I was recently asked to try out a new clothing delivery site and I couldn’t wait! New, fabulous clothes - sign me up! The service is called Golden Tote - the ultimate surprise grab bag with stylish clothes for amazing deals. Here’s how it works: The first Monday of every month, the new sale begins and lasts for the month. December’s is going on now - check it out! You pick 2 items that you like and then Golden Tote picks the rest to match your style based on a profile you creat. You’ve got to sign up quickly too - some things sell out FAST! You can choose between a smaller bag of 2-3 items for $49 or a larger bag of 5-7 items for $149. The retail of the bags is anywhere from … [Read more...]

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