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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


Navy Pier Ferris Wheel


Happy Sunday!




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{Party} Summer Soiree

This past weekend was HOT HOT HOT, so I decided there couldn’t be a better reason to have a little get together! I used a summery color palate… orange, yellow, pink, and red made up the decorations and party supplies. I wanted to keep it simple and fun, and I think that was accomplished!

I used cupcake liners from Michael’s, colored straws, and small Mason jars for margarita glasses, or as my friends called them, “adult sippy cups.”

Appetizer plates from Crate & Barrel make for easy clean up. Paired with themed napkins, you can’t go wrong!

For the margarita shaped sugar cookies, I used a new recipe from Pinterest in hopes of making my cookies hold their shape while baking. I topped them with a “salt rim” aka sparkly sugar crystals. I still need to perfect this recipe, but I think they looked pretty cute!

Dad’s famous guacamole was a must!

And, so were monster cookies

Who can have a party without cupcakes?

3 bottles of tequila later, it’s got to be a success, right?! Hope ya’ll are enjoying your summers, bring on the cool weather!



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{Travel} Weekend in the Big D

Longhorn Crossing!

Dallas. It’s been on my “go-to” list for months, probably because ALL of my friends somehow center around this city- they’re either born there, grew up there, have recently moved there to start a job, or have some connection to this great place! So, it was about time I made a trip to go see what all of the hype was about. I had been there once before, but I was 13 and it was for an ice skating competition, so needless to say I didn’t get to experience all the city has to offer like I could now. I went for a long weekend, Friday through Monday, and stayed with my sweet friend Kathryn! It was such a fun weekend and a great way to start June, and summer for that matter!

Directly from the airport, we headed to Fort Worth for some legit Tex-Mex at Joe T. Garcia’s and the RODEO! Yes- a real life rodeo. What an experience to say the least…

Joe T’s


The rest of the weekend was filled with shopping, eating, catching up, quality friend time, and even more tasty meals!

Out and About

Sweet Friends

Banana’s Foster Souffle

Thanks to my wonderful friends for such a great second-first trip to Dallas!

Mother and Daughter


A “must”… 3 is my FAV number!


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{Party} Impromptu Memorial Day Celebration

After a long weekend in Chattanooga, I decided there was no better way to end a great weekend than with a little Memorial Day get together! I tried a bunch of new recipes (Pinterest inspired, of course), and with a few celebratory red-white-blue decorations, I think it was a big success…

On The Menu:

Dad’s Famous “Palm Island Potato Salad

Caprese Salad Skewers

Fruit Salad

Oreo Chocolate Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars (aka heaven in a nut shell)


And, I did make macaroni bites, but they were eaten so quickly I didn’t have time to snap a pic!

Happy start of summer! I think its going to be a great one 🙂


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Paint + Canvas

Guess Who?

Last week, my friends and I headed to Paint + Canvas, a drink wine while painting your own art studio. There was a sample painting that we each copied to take home with us. What a fun and relaxing way to spend an evening! It only took about 2 hours, and was a perfect way to spend a Wednesday night… Make time, and go paint!

My Masterpiece!


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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.



"Preemptive" Graduation Cake


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!


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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!


  • 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


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…!}


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