July Fourth Sweets


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Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone! I hope you’re all having a fun and safe weekend so far. I wanted to throw out this super yummy recipe for you all to try this holiday weekend. This weekend is known for the BBQ’s, outdoor parties, and coast-side get togethers. With that being said, I think skewers are the perfect remedy for those parties on the go. This recipe is super easy, super delicious, and a very sneaky way to get your kids to eat a bit of fruit. This disassembled strawberry shortcake is a great add to whatever party you’re going to this weekend!

Ingredients :

1 box Angel Food Cake Mix (for those on a time crunch, like myself)

2 boxes of Strawberries

2 cups of White Chocolate Chips

This recipe is super simple and only takes about an hour or two to assemble. While your cake is baking, wash and prepare your strawberries. After baking your cake according to the box directions and letting it cool, cut your cake into 2” squares. Assemble the strawberries and cake on the skewers alternating them. Then go ahead and melt your white chocolate chips and drizzle on top. Put them in the fridge to set and you’re ready to pack them up and bring them with you on the go! Super simple and very delicious.

Leave me a comment below and tell me what you’re bringing to your fourth parties this weekend!

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Cooking For Beginners – Hello Fresh Review


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It’s been quite a while since I posted (technically only four days but it feels like an eternity)! I wanted to catch you guys up on what new fun things have been going on in my life. The first, and most entertaining thing, which we tried out recently was Hello Fresh. For those who may not know. Hello Fresh is a food delivery service that puts together quick and healthy meals using fresh ingredients that are all delivered straight to your door. This was my first time ever trying out one of these services and it was so much fun! Of course, you get to choose which meals you want them to ship you that week; but, I didn’t look too closely at the recipes so it was always a fun surprise to open each day’s box. I’ll run you through the various meals we chose and which our favorite was. Stay tuned to the end to hear my final thoughts on Hello Fresh!


Cherry-Drizzled Pork Chops

Yum, yum, YUM! I think this meal was my favorite of the bunch. It was definitely a different take on the pork chops than we usually see here in the Midwest. I thought the cherry drizzle was an interesting take on the savory sweet meal. Definitely a keeper!


A Caesar Salad To Rule Them All

One of the most delicious and filling salads I’ve ever had. I’m definitely going to recreate this again! It filled me and my husband up (yes, salads aren’t just for ladies!) so much that we even had a bit left over for lunch the next day.


Vietnamese Marinated Steak

This was such a different style dish than my husband and I are used to eating but we loved it! If there’s steak involved, it’s usually a winner for my husband. I loved the mix of flavors together. The pickled salad was so good!

For a very beginner cook, like myself, I found it a little overwhelming balancing all the different things going on in the kitchen. But strictly sticking to Hello Fresh’s recipes and step by step instructions, it definitely calmed my worries. All in all, we were so pleased with our Hello Fresh box! (No, I’m not sponsored in any way.) We genuinely thought this was a great service. We could definitely see using it again in the future for those weeks that you know are going to be busy. It was great to not have to shop, buy the perfect amount of ingredients, or surf Pinterest for hours looking for great healthy meals. I highly recommend trying it out!

Leave me a comment below and tell me if you’ve tried Hello Fresh before!
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April Favorite Posts This Month

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It’s that time of the month again where I like to review the past month and reflect on my favorite posts (and your favorite posts). There were a lot of posts this month that really stood out to me. I think this month was the hardest decision I’ve faced yet to just pick four favorites. But, here they are! If you find one you’ve missed, click on the title to go take a look!

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DIY Body Scrub

Because when you can count on something being all natural and cheap, there is no contest!

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Cocktails Taste Better On Rooftops

Girl’s nights out are some of my favorite nights. Rooftops also make them pretty great too.

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Wedding Season Has Sprung

This won’t be the last this year! Check out some spring wedding guest fashion in this teal inspired post.

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5 Places To Eat This Weekend

Tired of your normal go-to restaurants? Here are some of my suggestions!

Let me know in the comments which was your favorite and what posts you’d like to see in May!
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Movie Night Basics

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The weekend is finally here! Has this week been the longest one of 2017 yet? I think so… For those who follow me on Twitter, you know I zoomed through the final season of The Vampire Diaries last weekend. (If you don’t follow me on Twitter, you definitely should!) Start to finish, crushed the last season in one weekend. Am I proud of it? No. Am I glad I did it? YASS!

With binge watching late into the night, sometimes the cravings kick in and I wanted to share with you my favorite combination lately. The mixture of salty and sweet is the classic winning combo and this is how I like to combine the two! I’m loving the Organic Chocolate and Love Sea Salt & Caramel chocolate right now. So yummy! I’d definitely give it a try because this chocolate on its own has your salty and sweet. But it wouldn’t be a proper binge watching marathon without the good old fashioned popcorn. Sadly, I didn’t have any kernels on hand (I normally like to pop my own popcorn for a healthier option) so I went for the lightly buttered microwaveable pouches I had on hand. I always top off my popcorn with Tone’s Popcorn Seasoning and I love it!

Perfect combination for a movie night! Leave me a comment below and let me know what you’re currently watching. I’m in need of a new show!
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Asian Salad Recipe

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Working in an office that is too far away from my house to come home for lunch has definitely taught me to plan ahead and get creative when it comes to my packed lunches. Last week I decided to try out a new recipe and I really enjoyed it! I tried out a quick and easy Asian Salad recipe. I whipped this together in less than 20 minutes Sunday night and it made enough for my whole week. I just packaged it all up in Tupperware and grabbed it quick every morning. Bonus fact, it was super cheap to make this recipe so the fact that it lasted the whole week was insane!

Here is what you’ll need :

One bag of Dole Coleslaw Mix

Two packages of Oriental Style Ramen Noodles

One small can of Mandarin Oranges

Handful of Sliced Almonds

1/3 cup of White Vinegar

1/3 cup of Vegetable Oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

How to whip it all up :

Combine the salt, pepper, vegetable oil, white vinegar, a dash of the mandarin orange juice, and oriental style ramen powder.

Mix the coleslaw, uncooked ramen noodles, drained mandarin oranges, & almonds.

Combine the two mixtures and stir it all together.

Let me know if you try out this recipe. I love it and I think you will too!
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