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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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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?!


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Nashville Birthday Box

As you know, Grant’s birthday was last week and I made this cheesecake for dessert… I love ANYTHING birthday related and I’m a big believer that everyone needs a present to open on their birthday, so I wanted to think of something fun, creative, and not so “typical birthday.” The question was, what to do? I decided to put together a “Nashville Birthday Box” full of all sorts of things for us to do together! So, what’s in this box?

  • Bottle of Arrington wine from Arrington Vineyards, not too far out of the city. Its a perfect thing to take on a picnic there, considering the weather has been so beautiful!
  • Volunteer Traditions Tennessee t-shirt… they have great things representing all of the southern states!
  • Giftcard to the Country Music Hall of Fame for 2 tour tickets
  • Giftcard to the  Yazoo Brewery for 2 tour tickets- a small, local Nashville brewery
  • Taco Mamacita giftcard, one of of my favorite Nashville restaurants
  • Frothy Monkey giftcard, a great local brunch spot within walking distance from my house
  • Of course, nothing is complete without some of mom’s chocolate from her store!

We’ve already gone to the Country Music Hall of Fame and it was fantastic! Such a cool place, a definite Nashville must.


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{Sweets} Birthday Cheesecake

I’ve been wanting to attempt to make cheesecake for a while now, and Grant’s birthday was the perfect occasion! Although its my favorite dessert, I’ve always had it made for me or had it at a restaurant, so the challenge was on. I decided on a plain, New York style cheesecake to keep it simple and classic…

I used this recipe, but made a couple changes. For the crust, I used 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup melted butter, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 cup sugar. This was the perfect change- the crust was perfectly sweet and stayed together when it was cut. I also cooked it in a water bath (be sure to line the outside of the pan with aluminum foil! And, I baked it for an hour at 325F instead of 350 per the recipe.

I have to say it turned out better than I ever expected… Definitely keeping this recipe!





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Happy 2012!

Happy New Year!

As I think about the past year, I can only smile and hope that 2012 is as half as wonderful as 2011 was! Marked by adventures, memories to last a lifetime, and new friendships, it truly was one of the best years. Highlights include: Packers WINNING the Superbowl, a family trip to Turks and Caicos, Vanderbilt Grad School acceptance, birthdays galore, moving into my first place, countless mini-trips to visit friends across the country, and quality time with friends and family. I have high hopes for 2012, and its already off to a terrific start!

In typical fashion, I wanted to bake something for our kind friends to get their new year off to a “sweet” start… Nothing better than homemade coffee cake to welcome 2012. I’ve never made coffee cake before, so I went to Epicurious (my favorite recipe site) to find a yummy recipe. Here is the link to the one I used: Sour Cream Coffee Cake. I did make a couple substitutions, leaving out nuts, chocolate chips, and raisins, and added a little more sugar (can’t go wrong!), but I think it turned out delicious (I HAD to make one to sample, right?!).

Happy 2012!

Here’s hoping your new year is off to a super sweet start!


PS: I’m attempting to learn how to add more cool features to the blog. Slowly but surely it will be greatly improved throughout the year! Resolution #4 of 4538296795863   🙂


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So… I’ve finally given in and am starting a blog, all because of peer pressure. For a while, my friends have been suggesting I start documenting my adventures in the kitchen, parties, and life in general, so here it goes!

A little bit about me- I absolutely LOVE to bake and cook.. anything really, except meat. I don’t cook meat. Why? It is gross and disgusting and cold and squishy, and the only way I’d think of doing anything to meat would be with 3 pairs of gloves on. And then, its only a slight possibility. Sweet treats are my specialty, and unfortunately for my family and friends, I’m sure they’ll gain at least 5 pounds this year, because I have to share, right?! I also love to decorate and do pretty much anything domestic. Laundry, cleaning, decorating, you name it, I love it. Themed parties are my thing, and I’m counting down the days until Christmas party season arrives. In my opinion, the most wonderful time of year is November 1 to January 1… bring on the holidays!

In real life, I’m in nursing school at Vanderbilt, only because my parents said I wouldn’t be successful as a wedding planner. I’m thinking they were wrong (even thought they’re always right), so in a year I’ll be a pediatric nurse practitioner and put this expensive education to good use. I’m hoping to just combine the 2 and plan my patients’ birthday parties…? Just a thought, and a really good idea I might add.



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