Decadent Oreo Cake

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Oreos hold a special place in my heart.  My grandpa LOVES them.  He used to sneak them without grandma knowing, and taught me his ways. I remember growing up, he had a cookie jar shaped like a stack of oreos that held the chocolatey sandwich cookies.  When I ran across a recipe for this cake,…

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Summer Bar Cart Styling

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I know I’m always talking about HomeGoods around here, but seriously people, I LOVE it!  I make at least 2 trips there a week and well, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…make sure you shop EVERY aisle!  Check out what I found the other day… and guess where I found it? Stashed…

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Spinach and Citrus Summer Salad Recipe

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This recipe was passed along to our family by my dear friend Mandi more than a decade ago!  It has been a hit in our family ever since.  So much so, that it was served at my brother’s wedding many years ago.  It’s perfect for this time of year…delicious and easy as can be. Ingredients:…

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DIY: Gold Dipped Glitter Glassine Party Bags

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Well  that isn’t an impressive alliteration, I don’t know what is!   Here’s a quick and easy way to dress up your glassine bags for a party or gift. What you’ll need: Glassine Bags (mine are 5×7) Glue (I used Elmers) Gold Glitter ( I use Martha Stewart) Simply paint the bottom inch to inch…

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Death by Chocolate Rocky Road Cake

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This cake is ALWAYS a hit…one of my favorite basic chocolate cake recipes, with chocolate buttercream, but it’s the toppings that make people go crazy! Something about seeing it topped with nuts, chocolate chips and marshmallows, makes this cake extra special. It’s SUPER rich, so I only frost the top and middle to help reduce…

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Easy Entertaining: Movie Night Party

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As my kids have gotten older, it’s been a little sad for me to watch as my son has lost interest in having big parties.  Totally a normal teenage boy thing I know, but sad for this party loving mama.  I have had to find ways to create something that still seems fun and cute…

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Design Secrets: Choosing Palettes and Color Combos in Design

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Whether you are an interior designer, party planner, or just putting together an outfit, a color palette is where it all starts.  But where do you find inspiration?  I am totally inspired by color.  Amazing combinations are everywhere.  Take a look at your favorite wrapping paper, shirt, an image you love on pinterest or instagram…something about…

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Overnight Oatmeal


One of my favorite and “go to” breakfast dishes is this “no cook” over night oatmeal. I like it so much better than cooked oatmeal. It’s healthy, and loaded with lots of good for you ingredients. I always like to start my day off with a healthy “power food” and this definitely fits the bill!…

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DIY Gold Polka Dot Lined Envelopes

DIY polka dot lined envelope

As many of you know, I started out in the paper crafting industry.  I have a deep and abiding love for paper.   While I love the efficiency and convenience of email, there is nothing like a handwritten note. Here’s a quick and easy way to make those handwritten notes…any bit of stationery for that…

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