End of Summer Party!

I'm so excited to share this End of Summer Party with you today! Summer is quickly coming to an end and while I'm glad to see some cooler weather rolling in, I will miss summer. So to say goodbye, let's throw a party!Some of my favorite parts of summer are all the fresh fruit that you can get all summer long - on sale! I'm also a big fan of all the life that comes out in the summer. You can't help but be happy seeing beautiful flowers in bloom. I always look forward to that in the spring. Soon the leaves will be falling away and everything will be dormant for the winter. So let's enjoy the final days of summer while we can!I've partnered with KitchenAid to bring you this awesome party full of summery food - complete with fruit, flowers and grilling. Because what summer is complete with those … [Read more...]

Caramel Blended Coffee

This post is sponsored by BAILEYS® Coffee Creamer, but all opinions are my own.This Caramel Blended Coffee is the stuff mornings are made of! Heaven in a cup. And it uses BAILEYS® Coffee Creamer Caramel to give it that extra caramel yumminess!I am totally a morning coffee person. I am at a point where my day doesn't start without coffee. In fact, I typically get up in the mornings at around 5:30 to go to the gym and what do I take with me? Coffee. With my BAILEYS® Coffee Creamer. Always.The only bummer is that it's usually pretty hot and I can't actually drink it before I get into the gym. So I let it sit in my car until I'm done and when I come out it's the perfect temperature! It's the best. The whole thing is gone before I even make it home. Then I debate with myself about whether to make a … [Read more...]

Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake

This Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake is made with layers of moscato cake and strawberry buttercream. It's moist and super fun way to drink your wine - and eat it too. :)This weekend, the hubs and I travelled to see my family and attend the wedding of a family friend. Our families (along with others) sort of grew up together and have taken many joint family vacations over the years. It was fun to see everyone and reminded me and my family so much of when the hubs and I got married.Often you'll hear at a wedding a wish for the bride and groom that they will love each other more the rest of their lives than they do on their wedding day. I will totally admit that I used to not understand that at all. :) Surely you'd love your husband the most on the day you get married, right? What a wonderful … [Read more...]

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...]

Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake

This post is sponsored by KitchenAid, but all opinions my own.This Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake has pieces of apple and pockets of cinnamon filling layered into it to make the most wonderful apple-filled cheesecake! The combination of smooth, creamy cheesecake, cinnamon, and lightly crunchy apples is something you won't want to miss!I don't know about you, but I am really starting to get excited for fall. Apple baking always seems to get me in the mood. I start breaking out the cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel and just can't wait to devour it all over some delicious apples!Enter this cheesecake. While I left out the caramel, I absolutely considered drizzling some over the top of it and you should consider it too.But even without it, the cinnamon and apples are pure fall heaven.Making the … [Read more...]

Rosette Sugar Cookies

These Rosette Sugar Cookies are such a soft and chewy sugar cookie topped with a yummy buttercream icing. A classic cookie with simple decoration - I love them!So you may or may not figured this out by now, but I have a sweet tooth. ;)I have always loved my cake, cookies, you name it - with icing. That's just how I roll. In fact, often the cake, cookie, etc is really just the delivery method for a delicious icing.Case in point: Betty Crocker recently brought back their Rainbow Chip icing. Please tell me you know what it is and have had it before! It is the best!Yes, yes, I know. How can I possibly say that a canned icing is the best?! I bake from scratch (mostly). But I tell you - I have been eating that icing since I was a kid and it's the only canned icing I really eat. And you guys I … [Read more...]

Moist and Fluffy Vanilla Cake

I am so excited to share this recipe for a Moist and Fluffy Vanilla Cake with you today! It's a cake I've been making for years, but wanted to tweak and it's finally ready!For those who know me and see me regularly, they know that I play with vanilla recipes like it's my job. I kind of feel like you are only as good as your best vanilla cake. It is super important to have a wonderful one, and yet it seems to be the hardest for people to find. Plus everyone has their own idea of what makes it "the best". I think I might have made it my life's mission to make the best vanilla cake for everyone. It may not be that there's one "best" recipe for all, but maybe a couple recipes that you can choose from. Bottom line - I make a lot of vanilla cake. And it's all for you. :)So let's talk a little about … [Read more...]

Key Lime Pie

I don't know about you, but I love a good Key Lime Pie with just the right amount of sweet and tart. This Key Lime Pie totally fits the bill and is a classic recipe you'll make over and over.So the other day at our small group (a church group that meets weekly) we randomly got onto a discussion about a particular hashtag. One woman was saying that she'd just learned what #smh was and felt like an idiot that she hadn't known already. She'd thought that it was literally a word, like when people say "psh"."Smh". Try sounding that out. It's not easy.So she started making the noise/saying "smh" and we were all dying laughing. One other woman in the group couldn't believe she hadn't known what it meant.So then the rest of us spoke up (there's 7 couples) and revealed that we too had no idea … [Read more...]

July 2015 Stitch Fix Review

It's Stitch Fix Friday! I look forward to receiving my boxes every month, so it's only right that I share it with you. They are always lots of fun to get in the mail and July's box was no exception.So what is Stitch Fix? Well, basically it’s like having your own personal stylist. But better.More specifically, it’s a monthly subscription (although you can set it to every other month too). When you sign up, you fill out a profile where you specify all kinds of things like sizes, price, shapes and styles you prefer, colors and patterns you prefer. You can make a pinterest board and link to that so that your stylist can get a feel for what you like. You basically want to provide as much detail as you can so that they can pick stuff to match your style.Then you pick a date to have your box … [Read more...]

S’mores Icebox Cake

This S'mores Icebox Cake is no bake, easy and full of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate! It's a fun treat that's getting me in the mood for fall.I don't know about you, but I'd be ok with it cooling down a bit. I know we probably have another couple months before it really starts to cool down, but I'm ready. And this S'mores Icebox Cake is perfect for now and as is starts to cool down.When I think of s'mores, I always think of camping. While I wouldn't necessarily call myself a camper, I've done my share of camping.In fact one of my very favorite camping trips was in college with some of my closest girlfriends. We all grew up together in North Carolina and went up to Boone, NC right when school ended for the summer. We hiked up this mountain that was covered in massive rocks that … [Read more...]

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