Monday, December 21, 2020

My Christmas Party Playlist

Hello everyone!
In the saga of sharing my playlists, it is time for my Christmas Party Playlist.
As I have mentioned, I LOVE making playlists so when it comes to a big holiday like Christmas I don't have just one playlist, I have several.
Today I am going to be sharing my Christmas Party Playlist in the hopes you can use it for your festivities this holiday week.
This is the fun Christmas playlist.
The one with all the upbeat music that is going to get you pumped.
Hence the party title. 😉

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As always, I love to mix in classics with less traditional songs.
It keeps it familiar and entertaining all at once.
Would you like to see my other Christmas Playlists?

All my love,

Sunday, October 25, 2020

My Halloween Playlist

Hello everyone!
Halloween is this weekend!
I am so excited!
I know this year will be a little unconventional...
But, I am here to give you something to help lift your spirits!
My Halloween playlist!
Whether you are staying in and enjoying a spooky feast, attending a small and safe gathering or eating some Halloween candy in the bath, (No judgement here!) this playlist will help set the mood.

I am super proud of this playlist.
I feel like it's a perfect mix of old, new and classic songs that fit the Halloween theme. 
Halloween isn't Halloween without Thriller and Monster Mash but we want something to mix it up as well.
What are your plans this Halloween?

All my love,

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Hagen Halloween Breadsticks

Hello everyone!
Halloween is only a couple of weeks away and I can't wait!
My family has a tradition of enjoying chili and breadsticks on Halloween.
Growing up in the "Midwest" made for some cold Trick or Treat sessions and nothing warmed you up like a hot bowl of chili and breadsticks right outta the oven. 
My mom always made the most delicious and GIGANTIC breadsticks.
And today I am going to share the recipe with you!

You will need:
24 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, Thawed but Cold
1/2 A Cup of Butter
1/2 A Cup of Parmesan Cheese
Garlic Salt, Optional

Roll each roll into a 11 inch rope.
Place butter and cheese in shallow bowls.

Dip each rope into the butter and then into the cheese.

Place breadsticks on an 11x17 inch sprayed baking sheet. 
Sprinkle with garlic salt, if desired.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size.

Remove wrap and bake at 350o for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Enjoy warm!

As I have gotten older I have discovered that most of our "family recipes" tend to be the recipe on the back of the box or bag...
However, we do tend to put our own spin on things.
In this case we make our breadsticks extra large.
The original recipe says to roll the dough into 6 inch ropes.
We roll ours into 11 inch ropes.

These breadsticks are DELICIOUS and are pretty easy to whip up.
I seriously dream about them all year long...
I love our twist on the original recipe, making them jumbo breadsticks.
What are some of your family's Halloween traditions?

All my love,

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Homemade Cookies And "Scream" Cake

Hello everyone!
The last few years I have seen this "eye cake" floating around on Pinterest.
I thought it was so cute and would be easy to replicate.
The eyes are made of Oreo's so I started to think "Why not make the whole cake cookies and cream?"
(If there's one thing I love just as much as Halloween it's cookies and cream.)
Thus this cookies and "scream" cake was born.

You will need:
1 and 1/3 Cups of  All-Purpose Flour
2/3 Cup of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Plus More For Dusting the Pans
1 and 1/2 Teaspoons of Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
1/2 a Teaspoon of Cinnamon
1/2 a Teaspoon of Salt
1 and 1/3 Cups of Granulated Sugar
2/3 Cup of Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
4 Large Eggs
1/3 Cup of Water
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
1 Cup of Sour Cream
1/4 a Cup of Vegetable Oil

Preheat the oven to 325o.
Grease 2 round 6"pans, then line the bottom with parchment paper.
Dust the parchment paper with a small amount of cocoa powder.
Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Whisk in both sugars until evenly combined.
Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, water, and vanilla.
Whisk in the sour cream and the oil.
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and add the sour cream mixture.

Stir until no dry streaks of flour remain, being careful not to overmix.
Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, around 35 to 40 minutes.
Let cool in the pans for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Prepare the cookies and cream buttercream frosting

You will need:
1 Cup of Salted Butter, Softened
4 Cups of Powdered Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
A Pinch of Salt
2-3 Tablespoons of Heavy Cream
12 - 14 Oreos, Finely Crushed (About 1 and 1/4 Cups of Cookie Crumbs)

In a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth, creamy and light, about 4 minutes.
Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating until well combined.
Beat in the remaining powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt,
Add just enough heavy cream to get the frosting to a nice pipeable consistency.
Stir in the crushed Oreos.

Stack the cakes with a thin layer of the cookies and cream buttercream in between the layers.
Cover the cake with the cookies and cream buttercream and smooth.

Prepare your eye decorations

You will need:
Mini Oreo's 
Brown M&M's

Carefully twist an Oreo in half, making sure not to separate the cream filling or break the cookie.
Take the cookie with the cream filling still attached and gently place a brown M&M "M" side down into the filling, creating an eye.
Repeat to create a second eye to complete the pair. 
Continue with both sized Oreos until you have your desired amount of eyes.
I placed my M&M's in different places on the Oreo to create different looks.
Some looking up, down , to the side, etc.
Place a small dot of the cookies and cream buttercream on the back of the completed Oreo eye.
Gently place onto the cake, and add it's pair.

Continue until you have achieved your desired look.

This was such a fun cake to create.
I love how a simple decoration takes it to a whole new level.
I also love the added touch of the cookies and cream buttercream.
The Oreo flavor isn't just for decoration now.
What is you favorite Halloween candy?

All my love, 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

My Favorite Amazon Purchases

Hello everyone!
Amazon just announced that they have decided to have Prime Day in October this year! 
So, I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you a few of my favorite things I have purchased from them over the years.
With the holidays just around the corner, maybe you can find some ideas for the people on your Christmas gift list.

Blue Light Glasses

I bought these on a whim at the beginning of the year with some leftover money on a Christmas gift card and I have worn these bad boys every day...
Are blue lights really something to be concerned about? 
I am not sure.
Do I spend all day staring at screens?
Yes. Yes, I do.
And I am not taking any chances.
Plus, they make me look put together on days when I am not.
Blue Light Glasses run from $13.99 - $17.99, are available in 5 different colors and come with a soft case and cleaning cloth.
I have them in the color Tortoise.

 LED TV Backlight

You guys, advertisements work on me.
They have since I was a child.
So, when I started seeing everyone and their dog jumping on the TV Backlight game, I had to join in.
And, I have no regrets.
Erik and I spent a lot of our free time before quarantine watching movies and TV so, as you can imagine that is ALL we have done this year. 
The backlight creates such a fun atmosphere and I can't wait to use it while we watch holiday movies during the next few months.
Backlight runs from $16.99 - $39.99, accommodates TV's 24-82 inches, has 16 different color choices, and comes with a remote.


 Sequin Tablecloth

Ya'll know I love any reason to celebrate.
I purchased this sequin tablecloth a few years ago and use it for EVERYTHING!
St. Patrick's Day breakfast, weekend brunch, Star Wars Day.
You name it, it's seen it.
Tablecloth ranges from $14.50 - $46.50 and is available in sizes 50x80 - 90x132.
I purchased the 60x102.


 Pearl Barrettes

I love to try out new trends especially when they are cheap...
The last few years hair accessories have become big and I wanted in.
After seeing barrettes cost upwards of $20 I decided to check amazon.
And there they were.
2 oversized pearl barrettes for $5.
It was a no brainer.
I have loved using them to dress up simple hairstyles and always receive compliments when I do.
So go ahead and grab yourself a pair.
You deserve it.
$4.99 for 2 pearl barrettes.

Movie Scratch Poster

As I mentioned, Erik and I consume a lot of TV and movies.
We are always looking for new content to watch. 
Which led to the purchase of the movie scratch-off poster.
It comes with 100 scratchable squares attached to a top-rated movie.
Once you have watched the movie, you scratch off the square to reveal a bright minimalist movie poster.
A fun activity and a piece of art for your home.
I call it a win, win.
Currently $19.97.


Coffee Table Books

I love decorating my house with pretty coffee table books.
They come in all sizes, colors, and themes so they make the perfect finishing touch for every space.
I don't think there is a room in my house that does not have at least one coffee table book as decoration.
And I get the majority from Amazon.
Here are a few of  my favs.


It is officially beanie season!
I purchased these beanies for a friend's bachelorette party a couple years back.
They were cute, cheap and I needed several.
I had no idea how soft and stylish they would be.
Plus the cable knit detail and pom-pom on top!
To die for...
Needless to say, I have wanted to order every color since they arrived, and now is the perfect time to do so!
Beanies are $11.99 and come in 17 colors.
I have the beanie in the color olive.


 So, there you have it.
A few of my favorite Amazon purchases.
Hopefully, it gave you a few gift ideas for your gift list or... for yourself.
What's your favorite thing you have ever purchased from Amazon?

All my love,

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Our Stay At Snowpine Lodge

Hello everyone!
Last weekend Erik and I finally broke quarantine...
We have been SO good for the last several months.
We haven't seen family or friends and have only gone to work, home, or the grocery store.
We decided it was time to finally stretch our limits a little bit in honor of our anniversary.
Each year we usually take a trip for our anniversary.
This year was supposed to be Hawaii...
Obviously, that wasn't happening so, we decided to do a staycation instead.
Last year I had the amazing opportunity to go review the Snowpine Lodge.
I have wanted to go back with Erik ever since and we decided now was the perfect time.

The drive up was absolutely breathtaking.
The Snowpine is located in Little Cottonwood Canyon which has started to make its slow transition into fall.
Pops of red, orange, and yellow lined the road the entire drive up.
When we arrived we checked in (with masks of course!) and immediately went to our room.

The rooms are very minimalistic.
Decorated in a neutral color scheme with wood furniture for added warmth.

A wood barn door seperated our room from the bathroom complete with a walk in shower.

Acrooss from the bed hung a large TV with an entertainment center and chair for lounging close by.

There was also a nook for extra storage space.

The best part of the room though, was the view.

Our sliding glass door opened out onto a shared balcony with seating areas and fire pits.

After exploring our room and getting settled in it was time for dinner.
Their onsite restaurant Swen's was closed for the season due to COVID...
But the Gulch Bar was open and offered select menu items.
We each ordered a Snowpine Burger and chose a spot on the patio to enjoy our meal.

The burgers were delicious.
Large, flavorful, and oh so juicy.

They were so good we decided we needed to try dessert as well.
We got a chocolate chip cookie skillet to split.
It was equally as delicious.
We agreed we would make the drive back up just for the food alone.

After dinner, we put on our masks and explored the hotel.
Each floor has a beautifully decorated common room where you can gather around a fire to watch TV or play games.

The hotel is nestled in between two mountain ranges so there are no bad views.
Even walking down the hall to the rooms you got to see the gorgeous mountains.

Once we had finished exploring we took a quick peek at the outdoor pool to see if anyone was there.
It was empty so we decided to claim it.

We quickly changed into our suits and made our way down.

The pool is heated which made it perfect for a September evening swim.
We enjoyed swimming back and forth under the stars then made our way to the hot tubs.
That's right tubs, plural.

The hot tubs are settled underneath a nearby awning bordering a seating area and a large fireplace.

We talked the night away in the hot tub enjoying the fresh mountain air and the sound of the crackling fire.
It was perfect.

The rest of the evening we spent eating snacks in bed and rewatching Stranger Things.
It was a much-needed break from this year.

I am so happy that we decided to take a day to celebrate each other even though it has been an unconvetional year.
How have you been holding up during 2020?

All my love,