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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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{Sweets} Valentine’s Day Peanut Butter Blossoms

Valentine’s day is right around the corner! In honor of this lovely holiday, I thought I’d whip up some festive cookies for the occasion, although I never really need an “occasion” to bake something. I used my favorite peanut butter blossom recipe from my grandmother, and just added a couple of “Valentine’s-y” touches.

I used pink and white sugar to roll the dough in…


Dark chocolate dove hearts instead of kisses…


The perfect little (yummy) Valentine’s treat! So easy to make, and quick too, it only took me 45 minutes from making the dough to taking the last batch out of the oven!



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{Sweets} Valentine’s Day Goodies

No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth… life has just been an absolute whirlwind! As today is February 1, I thought it was fitting to share some of the Valentines treats I’ve been baking. My kitchen has been getting LOTS of use, and I’m excited to give all of the goodies to people I love.

My mom came to visit for the weekend, so we had fun putting together packages to mail out and gift bags to deliver, as she is the best bow-tier around!!

Packaging Central!

What’s Been Cooking…

Peppermint Pretzel Sandwiches (a Pinterest find, of course!)

Cranberry-White Chocolate Chip Cookie Pops (another Pinterest recipe)

Brown Sugar Blondies (obviously with Valentine colored M&Ms)

Just HAD to sample...

Sugar Cookies (almost too cute to eat)

There were some others (lemon poppyseed muffins, peanut butter blossoms with Dove dark chocolate hearts, and monster cookies), but I didn’t snap any pictures before they were packaged and/or eaten… more likely eaten! Oops!

I love it when she comes to visit, and I hope everyone getting treats loves them as much as I enjoyed making them!

Finished Product!

Happy February!


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{Craft} No Sew Tree Skirt

When Halloween rolled around, I was thinking about my childhood costumes- they were always handmade by my mom, so creative and immaculately sequined, glittered, and put together, but she can’t sew! How did she do it? HOT GLUE. I unfortunately inherited this wonderful “no-sew” skill, so when I needed a tree skirt, to the hot glue gun I went.

Because I’ll be back in WI for Christmas, it didn’t make sense to get a big, real size tree this year. Maybe next year? So I opted for a small tree and had the perfect place for it. But, I hate those plastic bases, so I needed to make a tree skirt. Now I could have gone out and bought one, but what’s the fun in that?

Supplies: fabric, rick-rack (or some other type of ribbon), and hot glue

1. I made a square skirt, so I cut a 25″ x 25″ square of fabric with 1″ extra to fold over to glue a hem… it ultimately turned into a 24″ x 24″ square.

2. Use an iron to make the 1″ hem- fold over an inch and iron a straight line. This was much easier than just trying to glue the hem right away- the fabric already wanted to be folded after ironing it.

3. Hot glue the hem on all 4 sides.

4. Attach the rick-rack (or other ribbon) on the edges.

5. Cut a slit on one side to the middle.

…a perfect, no-sew tree skirt- so simple and it really adds a fun pop of color!



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{Sweets} Multicolored Leaf Cookies

I saw these on Pinterest the other day and once again, knew I had to make them to add to our Thanksgiving table. Although we already had more than enough sweets for 10 people- 3 pies, a beautiful tray of chocolates, and gelato {can you really have too many?}, I gave it a try… I think they turned out great.

I used a basic sugar cookie recipe I found online and made the dough.

1. Divide the dough into 4 equal amounts, with a bowl for each. Use food coloring to color the dough- I used yellow, orange, red, and green, but you could do any colors you want. {I’m thinking of doing red, white, and blue for the 4th of July, perhaps?}.

2. Individually wrap each color and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes, or until chilled.

3. When chilled, cut each color into 4 separate pieces. Move them around so you have 4 sets of all 4 colors… hopefully that makes sense.

4. Rip apart all of the colors and make a mosaic type thing. I placed another piece of plastic wrap on top, and rolled the dough out, and you get a multicolored piece of dough for cut out cookies. After cutting out the cookies, bake as directed. I used the scraps and re-rolled out the dough {until it started turning a brown yucky color}.

So easy, and such a festive touch to a fall dessert table. Happy baking… now onto the Christmas cookies!


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Give Thanks

Thanksgiving this year means so much to me than in years past. I’m not sure if its because I’m an actual adult now and feel “that much” older, or if I’m gaining a new perspective and appreciation for life. Regardless, as I think about the past year and life in general, I’m feeling incredibly thankful. From my wonderful, loving, supportive family, to my sweet friends, education, and health, I am realizing I am so, so blessed in life.

After a Packers win{!!}, today is sure to be a great celebration, of all we have to give thanks for in this world. Happy Thanksgiving, Ya’ll! Now onto the cooking…


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{Craft} Holiday Paper Bunting

Fun, festive paper bunting can add so much to a room. Its usually used for parties, but why not decorate with it? I’ve been wanting to make paper bunting for the longest time, I just haven’t had the patience or time to do it.

Supplies: Ribbon, 2 sheets of 3 types of paper (I used 12 x 12 scrapbook paper), double sided tape, paper cutter, hot glue gun

1. Cut the 12 x 12 squares in half- into 6 x 12 strips. Fold these in half so you have 6 x 6 squares. With the folded side at the top, make a pencil mark in the middle of the bottom at 3 inches.

2. Use the paper cutter to make triangles out of each 6 x 6 square. Line the middle pencil mark and the corner of the creased side up and cut- you’ll have one side of the triangle. Repeat on the other side and you’ll have a perfect triangle.

Step 2 (a)

Step 2 (b)

3. You can use double sided tape or hot glue, I found hot glue works best- glue the ribbon right under the fold of the triangle, and then glue the entire triangle shut. Leave enough ribbon before you start so you can tie or attach it to wherever you plan to. (Trust me its a hassle if you don’t leave enough… like I did). Repeat this as many times as needed until you have enough triangles for the length needed for your bunting.

Step 3

A festive touch in minutes!

Next project… How to make a mini tree skirt. Considering I don’t know how to sew, this should be interesting!


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