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Classic Chocolate Cake

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in All, Desserts, Sponsored | 0 comments

Classic Chocolate Cake….just the way Mom used to make it.

Classic Chocolate Cake

What’s your earliest memory in the kitchen?

For me, it is – hands down – this Classic Chocolate Cake. My mom always made this when I was growing up, and to this day, it is one of the only cakes that I crave. And I’m not even a cake person (Gaaaaah, I know!). But this Chocolate Cake? I will never, ever turn it down.

In fact, it’s become THE Chocolate Cake that my family requests for birthdays (or really any time). Every once in a while, I’ll try and shake things up with a different frosting or a new flavor. Let’s just say that change is not always well-received with my family. They just want the recipe that they know and love. Tradition trumps variety, and I kinda love that because many of my childhood memories stem from time in the kitchen with my mom. Life’s good in the kitchen. It’s what brings many families together. That and cake. At least in my family.

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Summer Book Club Menu

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in All, Tips | 2 comments

The perfect summer book club menu! Get the prep done ahead of time so you can enjoy your evening with friends, nosh on some great food and discuss your latest read. 

Summer Book Club Menu

Book Club. Are you in one? I am and have been for 10 years…the same one. Granted, the women have changed a little over the years. Some have moved away to different states, and others moved on due to busy schedules, but there are 5 that remain constant. And after 10 years, we still meet every month and we all read the book. Crazy huh?

My friend Rachel, who used to be in book club before she moved to Atlanta, has been begging me to do a post on Book Club Menus for months. So we will start with a Summer Book Club Menu. Here you go Rachel; this one’s for you.

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Cranberry Tea Spritzers

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in All, Drinks, Sponsored | 13 comments

Cranberry Tea Spritzers are the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer evening.

Cranberry Tea Spritzer

Our July has been heavenly. The kids’ sports schedules wrapped up, and we have our evenings back as a family…holla! Kevin doesn’t like to eat dinner the second he walks in the door, so we enjoy a leisurely evening before we eat. After a quick change, Kevin likes to relax, catch up on the day, read the paper and play a quick game of catch in the backyard. And naturally we do it with drink in hand. These Cranberry Tea Spritzers are a perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer evening. 

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Fudgy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in All, Desserts | 17 comments

Nothing says summer like a fudgy brownie ice cream sandwich…especially one that is super simple to make!

Fudgy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

I have a long, standing battle with making ice cream sandwiches. I love to eat them, but photographing them is a different story. We attempted to take pictures of ice cream sandwiches three different times last year, and all of our efforts ended up a gooey, sticky mess. Not fun, and – oh-so-frustrating. But it didn’t stop me. This summer I was bound and determined to get it right and finally had success with these Fudgy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches. I mean, really, brownies and ice cream? Hello, heaven! 

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Pimento Cheese Dip

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in All, Appetizers | 7 comments

Pimento Cheese Dip is no longer a southern secret. Today we are sharing the cheesy deliciousness with everyone!

Pimento Cheese Dip

Kevin and I took the kids to Atlanta over Memorial Day weekend to visit some friends. The weekend was filled with sunshine, lots of laughs, great food and Pimento Cheese Dip. Yup, you read that right. Pimento Cheese Dip. It’s a southern thing and seemed to be on every menu in Atlanta. I knew that a dish that seemed to be an institution in the south needed to be introduced to our friends and family in the north. Because friends, let me tell you, we have been missing out.

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