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{Travel} Summer in Wisconsin

Yikes! It’s been a while- what a crazy month this has been. My parents are moving out of my childhood home this week {to Nashville!}, so Grant and I made the trip up to Wisconsin before the house has new owners! We had a wonderful long vacation, full of friends, family, good eats, new adventures, many memories, and even more “see you laters” {I don’t believe in goodbyes}. Since we’ve been back, I’ve been getting ready for my new school {nursing no longer!} and new job {at Vanderbilt’s Career Center} to start!

A few of my most favorite Wisconsin vacation moments {sorry for so many!}…

Summer Sounds – Cedarburg

Madison Farmer’s Market

A day of boating on Green Lake

Found all of my 1st grade lunch notes from my wonderful Mom while packing!

Lambeau Field – Go Packers!

Hello, Aaron Rodgers

Milwaukee Lakefront

Chicago

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

 

Happy Sunday!

xo

 

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{Travel} Weekend in Rome

This past weekend I went to Rome. No, not Italy, I wish… but, Georgia, where Grant’s sister was married on Saturday! It was so fun to be tourists for the weekend, and I’ve had enough sweet tea to sail away.

333

She was married on the Berry College campus at Barnwell Chapel, a beautiful 100-year old wooden chapel that seats about 100 people. The ceremony was so sweet and personable and the day was just gorgeous!

Barnwell Chapel

We had some time to explore the town, and it reminds me exactly of where I grew up, just about 4 times as big! We ate at a couple of great restaurants… Honeymoon Cafe, 333 on Broad, and The Partridge.


xo

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Birthday Roundup

What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been! Here’s a recap of my wonderful birthday/week/month…

It started with a wonderful dinner at Sambuca planned by my sweet, sweet friends!

Prosecco from mom and dad, a delicious dinner, and even better company kicked off a fabulous celebration.

Oh, and I must add, I am now hooked on cupcakes from The Cupcake Collection– my parents sent them for after-dinner dessert, and good ole’ Gigi’s has nothing on them. If you haven’t been there, GO. Like go today. Do you really need a reason for a cupcake?

Sweet Lemonade Cupcake

My birthday was topped off with a delightful picnic on Love Hill, nothing beats this gorgeous view of the city!

Nashville Skyline

I went home to Cedarburg for the weekend, where my family and I had a wonderful time! We went out to dinner Friday night, dad cooked on Saturday, and we had my whole family over for birthday/graduation/Easter lunch on Sunday. I was spoiled with TWO cakes, one for graduation and one for getting old.

Birthday!

Lunch

"Preemptive" Graduation Cake

YUMMY

I couldn’t have asked for a better week- I feel so loved…

Feeling the love

…and can’t wait for all the memories and adventures this year will bring!

xo

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{Sweets} Mrs. Schae Bars

Lately, I’ve been using good ‘ole recipes from my childhood to whip up some delicious sweet treats! I decided to make these famous snack bars my mom always used to make my skating team for competition weekends… I think we’d make about 5 batches before leaving on Thursday nights to keep everyone sugared up and happy 🙂 I personally don’t think you can go wrong with peanut butter, marshmallows and M&Ms!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 c halved pretzel sticks (I used the butter snap squares and just broke them up)
  • 2 c corn Chex
  • 1 1/2 c M&Ms (holiday if available!)
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/3 c peanut butter
  • 5 c (10.5 oz bag) mini marshmallows

Directions

In a large bowl, combine pretzels, Chex, and M&Ms.

Melt butter and peanut butter carefully- low heat. Add marshmallows to butter mix and stir well.

Melt this mixture in microwave (you can do stove top, I just find this easier). Stir often!

Pour over pretzel mix. Stir gently to evenly coat. Press into greased (Pam) 13x9x2 inch pan. I spray my hands with Pam also so its easier to press- or you could try pressing with sprayed parchment paper.

Cool until firm. Cut into squares. Wrap well to keep fresh! {Warning- don’t sample unless you plan on eating the entire pan. In that case, buy enough supplies for 2 batches…!}

xo

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21 Bests of Year 21

22. TOMORROW. How am I this old and when did life fly by so fast?

I was thinking about all of the wonderful things that happened this year and I thought it would be fun to recap them. Ready, set, go! {Sorry in advance for the length of this post… }

1) 21 started off with a GREAT party- mom, dad, and my friend Megan were all in town! We spent the weekend sightseeing in Nashville/surroundings (Franklin, Arrington Vineyards) and topped it off with a fab party (and cake) at Taco Mamacita!

2) Moving into my first place was so exciting! Mom and I spent the whole summer shopping and finding fun things to decorate with!

3) Travel for keeping up with old friends… Spent a long weekend with Megan and Katie (friends from Copenhagen) in New York!

4) Themed Parties… “Brunch at Tiffany’s” was so fun to plan!

5) Vanderbilt Football

6) Travel to see family- I spent a long weekend this summer with my ADORABLE little cousins in Florida!

7) PACKERS. I’m definitely counting on them next year!

8) Baking new treats… First cheesecake attempt turned out great!

9) Can’t beat a good sunset. Each one is more beautiful than the next!

10) Time with my sweet friends

11) Spending the summer with these precious kiddos!

12) Christmas at Home!

13) Meeting wonderful new friends!

14) Travel for relaxation… Family trip to Cabo in March

15) Christmas Baking Extravaganza!

16) Girls Weekend in Chicago

17) 4th of July in Cedarburg- nothing like it!

18) Lazy Days

19) Parent’s Weekend!

20) Spending time with my family

21) I could go on and on, but I’ll stop and be thankful for all of these great memories. Here’s to an even better year ahead, is that really even possible?!

xo

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{Sweets} Mom’s Monster Cookies

Growing up, my mom used to make the most scrumptious monster cookies! I remember taking them to pretty much any function that required a treat of some sort. I picked up some spring M&Ms and got to work…

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 c. packed light brown sugar
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla (I always use a little more)
  • 1 12-oz. jar of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms (seasonal, of course!)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 1/2 cups quick-cook oatmeal (not instant)

Directions:

  • In very large mixing bowl, combine eggs and sugars until well blended and creamy. Add salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. Mix well, no lumps! Add M&Ms, chocolate chips, baking soda, and oatmeal.
  • Once this is all blended, I typically add more M&Ms and chocolate chips than the recipe calls for- be careful… too many and the dough won’t stick together, too few, and its just not as yummy!
  • Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes or longer depending how big you make them!
  • I typically can get 50-60 cookies out of the batch because I make them smaller so I can justify eating more… But the recipe says it makes about 3 dozen.

Happy Friday and Happy Baking!

xo

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{Sweets} Favorite Banana Bread

Banana bread- it can be really good, or really terrible. I was at the hospital the other day, and in the break room I saw some unfortunate looking banana bread. Something along the lines of overdone and brick-like. This inspired me to make some of my own. But, this isn’t your typical banana bread… It’s creamy, and M-O-I-S-T, and full of chocolate chips (from none other than my mom’s chocolate store, Sweettrio!).

I’ve been on the lookout for a great recipe for a while, and I finally stumbled upon a keeper! It’s from Skinnytaste, and although its supposedly healthy, it doesn’t taste like it (although her recipe doesn’t call for chocolate chips…)

I usually freeze leftover bananas that get too ripe, and let them thaw before I use them…

The best trick in the book I found for super yummy bread is to use my immersion blender (typically for soups), and what a difference it makes! I still use the beaters to stir the bananas and all of the wet ingredients, but before I add the dry ingredients, I use the handy dandy blender and ALL banana chunks are gone. I don’t know about you, but I hate eating banana bread with big chunks of bananas. Totally ruins it for me!

So there you go, perfect, moist, and somewhat healthy banana bread. Doesn’t get much better than that! Happy Baking!

xo

 

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