Red, White & Blue 4th of July Rosette Cake

4th of July rosette cake wih sparklers on top with

Happy 4th of July! It’s a day for popsicles, poolside fun, family, friends and barbecue. Time to celebrate! And as you know, every celebration in my house has a cake!  Obviously a red, white and blue cake is on the menu, so I thought this year I’d stick to easy and decorate a cake covered…

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Berry Red, White & Blueberry Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Chips

Celebrating the 4th of July is always a great time. It’s the middle of the summer, and it’s hot, hot, hot outside. Sparklers are sparkling, poppers are popping, good food is being prepared, family and friends are having a blast, and of course, fireworks are lighting up the sky!  Being me, I like to focus…

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Something New – Horseback Riding Lessons!

My daughter, Hope, got to have her very first horseback riding lesson this week! After it was all said and done she took to it way easier than I imagined and loved it more than I ever thought. She is my little horse fanatic! It could be the start of a life long passion she…

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Dachshund Days – Toaster and His Attitude

Red long hair dachshund head shot

Toaster the dachshund! Dachshunds are lovable, clever, cute little creatures with a mind of their own. Being extra long with short little legs gives them their signature look. They’re little walking hot dogs! These doggies are truly (in my opinion) the best dogs on the planet! They are comical, mostly stubborn, possessive, treat loving little…

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A How-To Wedding Planning Series – Photography and Floral

This area of wedding planning can be a little tough whether you are planning a local or a destination wedding. Typically, getting a photographer and using a florist for your wedding is one of the first times you will use these type of vendors. Floral is a big deal – the bridal bouquet, most definitely…

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Easy Homemade Pork Potstickers

Pork potstickers on a plate with dipping sauce

Just a few ingredients…a few minutes and you’ll have more then a few delicious potstickers! These flavorful, crispy, crunchy, steamed pork potstickers are a fun take on the traditional. Don’t get imitated, they’re easy to make and simple! Not a lot of ingredients, not a lot of steps, just a bit tedious…no biggie though. Once you…

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Summer Fun Frozen Fruit Salad

IT’S SUMMER! The days are hot, but the cool treats beat the heat! It is definitely summer here and it’s time for something super refreshing! Yet, a bit on the healthy side too, which is always a good thing! These frozen whole fruit and juice cups are so tangy, sweet and tasty with all the…

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Amazing Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake is so boldly red and has that unmistakably unique flavor. It’s really in a class of its own being so subtlety chocolatey sweet with a bit of tang from the buttermilk and vinegar. This particular recipe is flavorful, fluffy and moist, yet not overly soft or crumbly either. It can easily be…

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The Wedding Dress – Shopping for the Perfect One!

The bride and groom are the “why” of the wedding, but the bride in her beautiful white dress is the grand showstopper. The moment arrives, and she slowly walks down the aisle. The crowd stands up, turns around, all trying to catch a glimpse of the beautiful bride…what is her dress going to look like?…

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Perfect Cream Cheese Buttercream

Cream cheese icing is nothing short of amazing! It’s super sweet, creamy, fluffy and buttery, yet yields that signature tang from the cream cheese. This particular recipe is great for decorating and the perfect crusting cream cheese icing. Crusting is where the outer layer of the icing hardens leaving a nice firm surface for piping…

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