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A Week With Two Chocolate Cakes

…and could that be any better?!

Last Friday night I was craving a chocolate cake that I had seen on a blog earlier that day. It was called Chocolate Sprinkle Snack Cake and looked dark, rich, and decadent. Basically, just how I like my chocolate.

I made it that afternoon–half with sprinkles, half without (Moseby is not a fan–crazy, huh?).

And here’s my verdict:

The cake itself was hands-down the best cake I’ve ever made. Moist and rich, and devils food-like. It was perfect. The icing was meh. Something about it just wasn’t right but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Maybe it wasn’t sweet enough? (And I love dark chocolate so that says a lot!)

So yes, I would definitely make the cake again, but would use my tried and true chocolate frosting recipe.

On Monday afternoon Moseby and I made my dad his favorite cake for his birthday–a chocolate pound cake. My whole life my  mom would periodically make my dad a chocolate pound cake and he would nibble on it throughout the week. I didn’t use her recipe, but one I found here.

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And here’s my verdict:

It’s GOOD. Dare say, even better than my mom’s (sacrilege, I know!). I think it’s the buttermilk and the bit of coffee–they both really bring out the chocolate. I will say, you need to grease (I used Crisco) and flour your pan. I made a large bundt cake and a small one. With the large cake pan I greased and floured it, but with the small one I just used Baker’s Joy. Uhm no, it stuck. Big time. This is one of those recipes where a spray will just not work. And honestly, it’s not that pretty of a cake…but looks aren’t everything, right?

So would I make it again?

You betcha! (And Deddy says I better–he ate *three* pieces on his birthday!)

 

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Tour Georgia Series: Washington Farms Strawberry Picking {’17}

I mentioned last week that we are doing something fun with my dad every week for the month leading up to his 70th birthday on May 17th. Last week we went to a Gwinnett Braves game and today we went strawberry picking (so I could make him a strawberry cobbler!)…who knows where we’ll end up next week! 😉

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And just because I had people ask on Facebook (’cause I personally think I look like a hot mess express post-workout here) here’s links to my gym clothes: top. sports bra. compression leggings. tennis shoes (different color). 

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Lawson had a blast picking berries. Well, he’d pick one, squish it all in his hands, and then stuff his mouth with it. ‘Cause that’s how you’re supposed to pick them, right?

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Mary Margaret and Moseby are old pros of course.

They grabbed their buckets and started picking right away.

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And after we picked these gorgeous ladies we headed over to the picnic tables and had our fill of strawberry ice cream.

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When we got back to my parents’ house I made dinner {spaghetti and meatballs because that’s my dad’s favorite} and homemade strawberry cobbler. I used this recipe and it was PERFECT. The crust was almost cake-like and delicious.

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Definitely can’t recommend Washington Farms enough (they have TONS of berries right now!) or this cobbler enough…or my dad enough. He’s one terrific guy.


This is the fourth time you will find me talking about Washington Farms on the blog. The first was in 2011 when MM was 2. We took her again in 2012 when she was 3.  And again I wrote about it in 2014 when we took her and Moseby (she was 5, he was 2).

 

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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Pound Cake with Peanut Butter Glaze

I’m always weary of recipes I see on Pinterest because you don’t know WHY they look the way they do. Is it because of good food photography? Have they altered the recipe they’re posting? What exactly is going on? I think we’ve all had a Pinterest fail or two in our lives, am I right?!

I usually go to Allrecipes or Food Network where I can see tons of ratings and comments.

But not this time. This time I went with a peanut butter-chocolate chip pound cake with peanut butter glaze (click on the link to go to the recipe) that I found on Pinterest. And it’s GOOD.

My glaze came out a little thicker than I think it should, but I was a hurry and didn’t add any more milk (maybe try 1/3 cup instead of a 1/4 cup milk if you make it?). I also added some chopped up leftover from Easter Reese’s Eggs to the top because…well, why not?!

Y’all should definitely try it. Trust me and my cake loving self–I won’t steer you wrong. 😉

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And these are mini bundt cakes from my favorite pans (they hold about 2.25 cups each) that you see over and over on the blog. And here is a link to Amazon’s version of Silpat baking liners that I use daily.

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Friday Five

Before I begin, guess who has 500 followers on Instagram right now?! Yep, me! Thank y’all so much for following me and checking in daily. When I started the blog back up three months ago I didn’t know if anyone would read it anymore. Y’all do my heart good!

Ok, let’s see what we got this week in our Friday Five: fried rice, a certified farm boy, a Braves game, a quilt, and cookies.

Sounds like a winning lineup to me. 😉

  • First up: Fried Rice

My family loves fried rice. (Well, maybe not Moseby. If it’s not popcorn or hotdogs he’s not really a fan.) So I’ve come up with a recipe for a pretty great dinner by itself or alongside oven-baked salmon (MM’s fav). And what’s even better is that if you’re doing Keto or some other low-carb diet you can easily make it with riced cauliflower and it is SO GOOD. Click here to download the fried rice printable. (One note about using cauliflower: really let it dry after you wash it–I even press it between layers of paper towels after I “rice it” in the food processor. And add it to wok/skillet first before any of the other ingredients–you want it to cook. You’ll hear sizzling and that’s the water evaporating. Watch it so it doesn’t burn but make sure you get all the water out of it you can. Ain’t nobody got time for mushy Fried Faux Rice!)

  • Farm Boy

Lawson is having a ball on the farm this spring. If he is not asleep he wants to be outside with his Dah (what he calls my dad–the other grandkids call him Pops; he calls Pops ‘Dah’ and his daddy ‘DaDa’ and since they answer he keeps on doing it, haha). They water plants, prune trees, ride the golf cart, spread cow poop, feed the animals, and today they planted the vegetable garden. But if Dah is busy you better believe he is with his Mamaw. He’s obsessed with her Mule rides.

But let’s not talk about how yesterday MM was holding him so he could pet a chicken I caught {wow, how country do I sound?!} and got dropped on his face because his shoe touched her leg…in a chicken pen…that was quite muddy and uhm, chicken poopy. I’ll spare you pictures because I’m sure your imagination is enough. #thirdkidprobs

  • (Gwinnett) Braves Game

My dad is celebrating his 70th birthday on May 17th and to celebrate we’re doing a little something every week leading up to his birthday. This past week we went to a Gwinnett Braves game (Lala stayed home since it was so close to his bedtime). They lost big time but MM loved Chopper and Mo loved the footlong corndog (he ate the entire thing), the giant tub of popcorn (he ate the entire thing), and the second box of popcorn (yep, he ate the entire thing). 😉

It turned quite cold during the game because it had rained earlier and because I’m such a stellar (lazy?) mom I STILL have a garbage bag of clothes in the back of the minivan to take to Goodwill. By the end of the game we all were wearing mismatched sweatshirts and sweaters. We were quite a sight (…but warm!).

  • Latest quilt

If you are my mother-in-law, stop right here. Do not read any farther.

I’m talking to you, Ms. Kathy. No peeking.

Everyone else, lookie lookie.

I’m making this quilt for my mother-in-law’s birthday next week. It’s a great pattern–in fact, MM is working on her first quilt using this pattern!

I took it to the quilt shop on Wednesday (I don’t do quilting–I know my limit and quilting makes my eyes cross and cuss words spew out of my mouth). Can’t wait to get it back to put the binding on.

That is, if I can keep this little guy off of it long enough to put the binding on–rolling around in quilts is his favorite!

  • And last but not least, the best ever chocolate chip cookies. MM had to make them the other day for a school project and I wanted to share the recipe again. They really are the bomb dot com. I use five different kinds of chocolate chips which certainly doesn’t hurt. 😉

I hope you all have a great weekend. For once, in what seems like MONTHS, we don’t have anything to do. I’m hoping to get both a Zumba class and a yoga class in and some time on the boat. Oh, and an afternoon nap would be icing on the cake. Which makes me think–maybe I’ll bake a cake!

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Hummingbird Cake Recipe…& We’re Still in Texas

So you know how Georgia {and the Southeast as a whole} had a lot of storms on Wednesday? Well, guess who was scheduled to fly home at 4:05 from Dallas that day? Yep, us. That 4:05 turned into 5:30 then 7:30 then 9:55 then never. Once our flight got officially cancelled C. found us a hotel room near the airport (he was already in Houston at that point, yesterday he flew on to Phoenix) and booked us on the next available flight home–Friday morning at 11. Yes, almost two DAYS later. What a mess.

Anyway, the reason I tell you all this is I don’t have my guide to Waco ready just yet, but will on Monday. 😉

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Today I thought I’d post about the seven layer hummingbird cake I made my mom for her birthday last weekend. C. said it might have been his favorite thing I’ve ever made. But I have no idea how it tasted since it has cream cheese icing (ewwww) and banana in the batter (ewwww)–y’all have heard me say how I don’t do either of those things. So this is a great cake to make if you’re on a diet/watching carbs, ha!

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Look at little Lala’s photobombing foot in the corner of this picture. Man, I miss him! Can’t wait to see him later today–this is by far the longest (5 days!) I’ve ever been without seeing him!

I used Paula Deen’s hummingbird cake recipe and her cream cheese icing recipe. Both can be found in one place by clicking here. The only thing I did different than the recipe is that I make sure all my cold ingredients are at room temperature before I bake any cake (eggs, butter, milk). Trust me, it makes a difference. (Note: this recipe would have made at least nine, maybe ten, 6″ layers, but I “only” made seven layers and then made an extra smaller 3-cup bundt cake)

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I used my favorite Wilton 6″ mini pan set kit (comes with five pans). It’s only $11.44 shipped and I use it a couple of times a month at least! Each layer usually exactly one cup of batter.

I used my favorite 6″ Jadeite cake stand. I love how it looks vintage, but I know that if I ever break it I can easily get another one so therefore I use it all the time too!

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Happy Birthday, Mimi! We love you!

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Friday Five: Daffodils, Birthday Sweets, Clothes, a Recipe, & Cheese Faces, Oh My!

1. Daffodil Pictures.

Every year I take pictures of my kid(s) in a daffodil field of an old family friend that lives near my family’s farm. Looking through the pictures {click here to go down memory lane yourself} is very bittersweet–watching your babies grow is such a gift, but what I wouldn’t give to hold each one–tiny and squishy again–for just a few minutes more.

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2. C.’s 37th.

We celebrated C.’s birthday last weekend. Aqua Terra and creme brûlée. Bowling and Mexican and chocolate cheesecake. Hals and triple chocolate cake. A giant banana-chocolate chip bread {recipe found here}.

Poor guy, I don’t think he was shown enough love for his birthday…or got enough sweets, HA!!! 😉

3. Swirly Cinnamon Roll Cake.

Speaking of sweet things, y’all, you have GOT to try this new recipe. I made it this past week for a work treat {always a risk trying a new recipe for other people!} and it was GOOD.

Click on this link for a printable Swirly Cinnamon Roll Cake recipe (4×6″ size)!

4. This top…for less than $15!

The other day I was in JC Penney of all places with MM {she was Pinkalicious for book character day and we were looking for a pink dress} and I found this top (I’m wearing a medium). I wore it to C.’s birthday dinner the other night and I am in love with it. It’s currently $19.99 {with an extra 25% off with code: 8FORYOU (30% off if you have a JCPenney card)}. C. couldn’t believe it was such a cheap top–it REALLY is well made and cute in person!

Jeans (which look funny around the ankles here, but I promise they are a normal bootcut) here. Similar leopard print heels here.

5. ‘Cheese!’ face.

One of my favorite stages of childhood is when they start mimicking you or doing what you ask. This is Lala’s ‘Say Cheese!’ face. He’s so sweet I could eat him up with a spoon I tell you!


Hope you all have a great weekend! We’ve got my father-in-law’s birthday and that’s about it. I’ve been battling sinus crud the past week so I’m happy for a weekend at home hopefully filled with lots of sleep (and no pollen!).

 

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER & Homemade Double Doozies

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I am a chocolate chip connoisseur. And icing? OMG. I’m a certified icing snob {and #iaintsorry}. I’ve tried at least a half dozen Great American Cookie Company copycat icing recipes and I think I finally got one that’s a pretty close dupe for a double doozie.

 

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First, let’s talk cookies. I like them soft in the middle and ever so slightly crunchy around the edges {C. likes them a lot crunchier than I do so I always cook a few for him a minute or two longer}.

Click here for a printable .pdf for best ever chocolate chip cookies (4×6″ size)!

To get my cookies an even size I use a cookie scoop. I have this one (I like the smaller size) and LOVE it.

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Now for the icing.

Click here for a printable .pdf for the icing recipe (4×6″ size)!

(Note: As you can see in some of the pictures I put chocolate icing in the center of some–it was just some leftover store-bought icing I had. No homemade recipe for that…yet.) 😉

 

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What I’ve Been Wearing Lately

‘Cause I know y’all are just dying to see more iPhone photos of me. HA!

I don’t know how all those fashion bloggers get such good pictures. Do they just have a photographer with them all day? Because unless my five or eight year old can take the photo {which may or may not be out of focus with my camera when they use it}, it’s a selfie. And y’all know I can’t make a normal selfie face to save my life.

Outfit 1.

This shirt (and these booties!) I posted back on my Valentine’s Day Wish List. I love it, especially the subtle bell sleeves. It runs a tad small through the back for me and in the arms so I’m wearing a large. (Note: you know how we all have that one body part that is not in proportion to the rest of our body? Well, mine is my arms. #whyIdontdosleeveless)

Gap Eyelet Three-Quarter Blouse (40% off with ‘HAPPY’) J.Crew jeans (20% off everything AND free shipping! RARE!). Lucky Brand booties.

Outfit 2.

Our weather is so wacky here. One day I’ll be in nothing but a short-sleeve top and the next day I’m wearing a jacket and all bundled up. What gives, Georgia? This was one of the colder days last week.

J. Crew gingham shirt (similar color). J.Crew vest {I also have it in bright green. And red and blue plaid. And a black and white print. I have a problem clearly.} J. Crew jeans. **All 20% off and FREE SHIPPING**Lucky Brand booties {which I’m loving so much I wear them like everyday. Clearly I have a problem there too.}

Outfit 3.

This outfit is great for running errands {hence the tennis shoes} or lounging around the house. So comfy–and look at the cute back (& a good deal!)! I will say this top ran a bit short in the waist so I sized up to a large.

Gap soft spun knit cross back top. 40% off with code ‘HAPPY’ (and it was already a great price!) Old Navy rockstar jeans. 15% off with code ‘ENJOY’ (and all jeans on sale). New Balance 620 (very similar colorway).

Outfit 4.

I wore this to Moseby’s birthday party and honestly, at first I wasn’t sold on this top. In fact, I tried it on and didn’t buy it…then came back two weeks later and got it. And I’m so glad I did.

Gap crochet yoke long sleeve top. 40% off with code ‘HAPPY’  Old Navy Rockstar mid-rise distressed jeans. 15% off with code ‘ENJOY’ and all jeans are on sale already too! Lucky Brand booties.

Oh, and let’s play a game called “Why You Shouldn’t Buy Off eBay”. So I’ve been crushing on a Free People ‘Beach Cocoon’ pullover for a while now. I found a size medium “NEW” on eBay for $34 (a great deal!) so I bought it. I got it on Friday and it just didn’t look right, but I didn’t have a chance to try it on. On Saturday MM and I were at the mall and I found the same shirt (different color) for $36 at Macys (40% off sale plus an extra 20% off with card; ) and I bought it. I brought it home and tried both on. Uhm…yeah. Clearly that eBay one isn’t so new ’cause that bad boy is shrunk! Thankfully the seller accepts returns.


Yesterday was Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday. I made my first two King Cakes. I should’ve made them last week so I could have posted a tutorial (a really easy yeast bread–much like cinnamon rolls to make), but there’s always next year!

I made the kids hold them in the car because they weren’t completely cooled yet. (And, oh my word!, how grownup does MM look here?! Slow your roll, Time.)

Also, please notice that Moseby is already licking the icing off. Thankfully that cake was just going to my parents, haha!


Oh, and for my BlogLovin’ followers: I just realized yesterday that some of you are commenting on my posts via Bloglovin’…but I don’t get any notification on those. If you want me to respond make sure your comment directly on a post and if I don’t respond or if it doesn’t get posted in a day or so (many get held for moderation) please email me. Sometimes comments will get tagged as Spam and I’ll never see them (Sorry for taking forever to respond, Carla! Yikes!).

Hope y’all have a great Wednesday! <3

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More Heart-Shaped Baking

Can I just say I have #allthehearteyes over hearts and love and sugary treats right now?


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I made more banana-chocolate muffins this weekend. Heart-shaped of course. You can find the recipe here. I really can’t recommend it enough…even C. says it’s the best muffin/bread he’s ever had {and goodness knows, I make him taste test enough to know!}.

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I made some (heart-shaped, ’cause DUH) Blueberry Muffins with Lemon-Cream Cheese Glaze for my dad for Valentine’s Day because he loves all things blueberry.

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I think this muffin comes out perfectly–moist, not too dense, but definitely not very sweet. These muffins NEED the glaze to give them some extra sweetness {trust me on this ;).

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Aren’t these THE cutest cupcake liners? Even though they are pink and red and have hearts you could use them all year long!

Blueberry Muffins with Lemon-Cream Cheese Glaze

{The Southern Baker cookbook–one of my favs!}

Muffins:

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 cups frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 450º. Stir together first 4 ingredients. Whisk together eggs and next 2 ingredients; add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Toss blueberries with 1 Tbsp. flour, and gently fold into batter. Spoon mixture into 1 1/2 lightly greased 12-cup muffin pans, filling three-fourths full.

2. Bake at 450º for 14 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean. Immediately remove from pans to wire racks, and let cool 10 minutes.

Lemon-Cream Cheese Glaze:

1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add lemon zest and next 2 ingredients; beat until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Drizzle over *warm* muffins.

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Remember on Friday how I told you I was going to make C.’s favorite dessert {red velvet cake} in the world even though I don’t like it? I used my new mini (6″) baking pan set {that I love love LOVE} and ended up making *two* cakes–one for C. & one for my grandmother.

They turned out so pretty!

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{I try to keep it classy by just using dinner plates as cake plates. HA!}

But, here’s the honesty part: C. says the cream cheese icing was spot on {I don’t do cream cheese icing so I didn’t try it}, but that the red velvet cake itself was slightly…wait for it…dry. And y’all know this girl doesn’t do dry cake. It’s so humiliating. I made a dry cake. Ugh.

So I’m going to totally blame it on the recipe. When I showed it to C. he said, ‘Well, there’s your problem. It’s from the NY Times–what do they know about a southern cake like red velvet?’ Hmmmm…he might be on to something there!

Here’s a link to the icing recipe {I’m not linking the cake. You don’t want a…dry {Gosh, I hate that word!}…cake.}

{Oh! And the bottom right picture at the top of the post–the Lemon-Vanilla heart-shaped Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze–can be found here.}

I hope you all have an amazing St. Valentine’s Day tomorrow! We had a fantastic five star/level 10/A+++ dinner at The Optimist on Saturday and then yesterday we snuck away for a movie {we saw Split–so thrilling!}. C. got me a portable charge case for my iPhone since my phone is always almost dead and so far I’m in LUV–I can go a whole day and NEVER have to plug my phone in (do what?!). He read a ton of reviews and said he liked this one better than the Apple-version he has for his phone. I just like the pretty rose gold color, but whatever. 😉

{And if you’re wanting to know what’s up this week on the blog: Wednesday I’m comparing Kroger and Walmart’s online grocery pickup and Friday I’m doing a little “Weight Loss with PCOS 101: What is Keto?” post. I’m so excited about both–see you then!} 

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Friday Five {#3}

How are y’all doing today? It looks like if you’re up North you’re “enjoying” a little snow while here in the South we’re having a weekend with highs in the upper 60s. #weknowyouhateus #butyougotacertaintrophylastsundayandwedidnt 😉

Here is a little list of my five things I’m *loving* right now:

  1. Kids’ Valentines.

I totally love Valentine’s Day. And NOOOOO, it’s not because of romantic love {I could actually CARE LESS about showing that on one particular day a year}, it’s the whole showing love to others and being kind. It gives me all the warm fuzzies!

And every year I let the kids pick out their Valentines for their classes. Usually Moseby has no opinion, but this year that changed. He vocalized that he wanted a car theme so you better believe he got one. AND he wrote all 11 names himself. Oh y’all, the gains he has made (and is making) makes my heart so happy!

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And MM wanted a sweets theme (after I told her no on the poop emoji theme she really wanted. Lordy.).

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Moseby’s Valentines were found here. And Mary Margaret’s Valentines were found here. Both could be ordered now and then sent to Staples (that’s where I send ours) or somewhere and you could have them by Tuesday no problem. Moseby’s cars are here. MM’s cake erasers are here; her fortune cookie erasers were from Target too and in the $1 bin, but I can’t find them online.

2. Hot Pink Hot Chocolate!

Because, seriously, do you even NEED an excuse to make this? Oh, you do? Well, there’s a certain holiday coming up on Tuesday that I think will be perfect. 😉
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And it’s really easy to make!

Hot Pink Hot Chocolate

1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk

12 oz. white chocolate chips

3-4 c. milk

In a saucepan over low heat, melt the white chocolate chips with the evaporated milk. Once melted, add the whole milk and heat through. Start with 3 cups, and add more to taste. Remove from heat, and add drops of hot pink food coloring* until you get it to the color you like. Serve with whipped cream or homemade marshmallows.

*I found the hot pink food coloring drops at Hobby Lobby, but you could totally use red and just use a little at a time until you get the color you want.

Told you it was easy!

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3. Big Brothers {and their little brothers too}

Oh y’all, I just love seeing the relationship that is developing between these two. Moseby is such a good big brother (most of the time) and Lala just looks up to him so much. Now, of course he teaches him to do all sorts of bad things {the list would be a mile long if I started it! HA!}, but they love each other something fierce.

This only child is pretty dang jealous.

(And they have several matching shirts and Moseby requests they match most days. #allthehearteyes These shirts are Gap and sold out, but here are two similar styles: here and here. Both already on sale plus get 20% more off with code KBTREAT  And I might have these shorts in their new sizes in my cart right now ($8 each right now!). They both live in these every summer.)

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And yeah, Lala needs a haircut. But I don’t wanna!

4. Shirtdress + Tights Combos

I think there are two types of women in this world: those who like bright tights and those who don’t. As of a few months ago I have officially crossed over to the dark side and love colored tights {C. isn’t so sure, HA!}

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But even if bright burgundy tights ain’t your thang, you can still rock this style of dress from Loft. Sadly, mine is sold out (I got it on clearance right before Christmas), but they have a wide variety of prints in this style.  This bird print is my favorite, but this floral and this floral are a close second and third (I want them alllllll!). (And this shirtdress style? Oh so flattering!) Note on sizing: I’m wearing a 10 petite. No, I am not petite (not a single bone on my body is considered “petite”, HA!), but it was the only size they had in stock and I don’t mind the length. The sleeve are about 1/2″ too short for my liking and the bust is a little tight, but if I can rock ‘petite’ at 5’5″ in this dress, you might can too. 😉

My tights are Hue. They’re the only brand I wear (& on sale too…and are at Macy*s so you can also add coupons to this price.). I’m a size ‘2’.

My booties are Franco Sarta and are 50% off (and use those coupons for more off!). They are super comfy too.

My clutch is Clare V. and I’ve had it for two years now and use it all the time (leopard print is a neutral, yes?). It’s a great investment piece you’ll use for years and years.

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{Oh, and can you tell I’m going blonder and blonder every month? I started getting highlights in December and I can’t stop now. I gotta watch myself or I’m going to be platinum blonde soon {but I REALLY love it!}!}

5. Date nights.

Tomorrow C. & I are going to one of our very favorite restaurants in Atlanta, The Optimist. We haven’t been since my 34th birthday, also known as the night I got pregnant with Lala–TMI? Nah, we’re all buddies here 😉 –but there better not be another baby surprise…k, The Optimist?!

I cannot wait. The she crab soup + the hushpuppies (OMG) + the snapper + the chocolate roulade…not to mention the oysters…wow, I think I gained ten pounds just talking about it! HA!!

And in case you’ve been dying to know what I’m getting C. for V. Day {’cause I know you have, hehe}–I’m baking him a red velvet cake. I can’t stand cream cheese icing, but he likes it and since I kinda love him… 😉 I’m trying the red velvet cake recipe from here and the cream cheese icing from here. I’m actually making him a mini 6″ three tier cake {and giving another one to my grandmother} with this little set I picked up this week. I can’t wait to try it {& I’m sure I’ll be sharing how it went soon}!

Hope you all have a great weekend filled with love. …and {unless you want them! and if you DO, sending lots of baby dust your way!} no surprise babies coming in nine months from all the love. I’ll be watching for all those babies mid- to late-November! 

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