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Spinach Quiche

I’m kind of obsessed with quiche, which is crazy to say because I used to hate eggs. Thankfully that changed a few years ago!  Pretty much any time we have a guest staying with us or if I have to take food to a breakfast event, I make a quiche–it’s easy to make, so flavorful, travels well, reheats well, and an overall crowd-pleaser. The base of this quiche (eggs, half & half, & spices) can really be used with any…

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Cake Batter Cookies

Hi there! I’m sorry I’ve been so MIA on the blog lately! If you’ve been missing me, make sure to follow along on Instagram (@beccaayre)—I share far too much about my life there! I have been baking and cooking up a storm lately—fall does it to me! These cookies, however, I make year around. I’m not kidding when I say the following statements: these are the easiest to make….this is my most asked for recipe….these are ADDICTING. And, lastly, it…

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s the 2nd of October and pumpkin everything has been in full swing around here (except PSLs, because I hate coffee….GASP! I save my caffeine for Dr. Peppers and preworkouts only, ha!). I decorated for Halloween/Fall last week and am fully ready for the cooler temps! I’m traveling a lot in October so I am trying to squeeze in as much baking as possible. And coincidentally, all my pants are starting to fit a bit tighter (oops!). I blame it…

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Funfetti Pancakes

I joke that I should just start a funfetti only blog because as of late, that’s all I seem to post about! Well, if you don’t know already, funfetti is my favorite! And because it was Nick’s birthday on Sunday, I decided to make these for me…oh, wait, I mean him :). I’ve made these a few times before and every time I eat them you can normally hear me saying, “oh my gosh…oh my gosh….these are sooooo good”….they are better than…

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Fall To Do List

Temps are dropping, the grocery store has white pumpkins, and I watched You’ve Got Mail last weekend….yep, it’s FALL! I’m so ready for comfort food, Fall TV shows, pumpkin activities, fire pits, and red wine.  I make a to do list before the major seasons so I make sure I fit everything in–Summer, Fall, & Christmas (yes, Christmas is a season for me :)). Here’s what’s on the docket for this Fall (in no particular order): Make apple crisp –…

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Rosé Cocktail & Frosé Recipe

Hi! I had all intentions of getting this post up before Labor Day but I had the most unproductive week leading up because of my new nephew’s birth (so worth it!) so here we go…posting summer cocktail recipes in September (which seems so against everything I believe). I’m all for seasonally appropriate drinks (which is why I’ve started drinking so much more red wine lately) but these two recipes are so good that I’ll make all throughout the year! This…

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End of Summer Birthday Dinner Menu

We celebrated my mom’s birthday on Saturday and we had so much fun! We ate (a lot), looked at old pictures and videos, went for a walk, and played cards. It was such a nice day! She always requests the same meal every year which is basically what she orders at the Bristol (her favorite restaurant). We added mac and cheese to the menu because I’m a child (as Nick would say) and won’t eat salmon–sorry! I was also so…

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Cake Batter Rice Krispies

So, funfetti is my thing. Not like one of those things that I started to like a few years ago when it got super popular. Like a love that started years ago when I asked (at like age 8) if I could have funfetti cake at my wedding. And for your information, I had the most amazing pink confetti cake at our wedding a few years ago. I got our cake lady to make us another one for our 1…

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Beach Pic Gallery Wall

I have been obsessed with Gray Malin aerial beach shots for a few years now but once I realized my vision for this wall, I realized that  buying multiple of his prints was just going to be too expensive (especially considering I have a thousand other decor items I want to purchase for our house!!!). I decided to do some scouring on Etsy and I ended up finding some beach shots I really liked that had a similar feel. I first wanted…

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Spicy Shrimp & Orzo

Happy Friday! I’ve had the cooking  (and baking) bug lately and boy, have I been spending a lot of time in the kitchen! I feel like every recipe I have made recently has had the following: garlic, tomatoes, and basil. I tend to burn myself out on foods by eating them all the time and then can’t even look at them for awhile. Summer is coming to an end soon (or else I’m anticipating that!) so hopefully that will come…

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Whipped Goat Cheese

I feel like I was late to the game with my goat cheese love. I know this is shocking, but I was first introduced to a legit cheese board post college. I guess in college, no one was inviting me over for a fancy cheese plate and a game of beer pong–although that sounds like an ideal night (but champagne pong for me!)!  Anyway, I remember a few years ago, my roomie at the time (and BFF) told me she…

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March – July Reads (+podcasts)

(my favorite spot to read in the house right now–and apparently B’s fave, too) My reading started off with a bang in January and February (well, sort of) and then totally tapered off after that. I blame the bachelorette, housewives, and southern charm for stealing my brain cells and time (#worthit though). Thankfully, I had a few trips here and there and was actually able to finish a few books. I have been, however, super into podcasts recently. Just ask…

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Peach Ice Cubes + Prosecco

Happy Friday, loves! We made it!!!! I don’t know why, but work weeks in the summer are extra long. Probably because I long for the days of being a kid with zero responsibilities and unlimited eating and pool time. I seriously can’t believe summer is coming to an end though. I live in a world where once August hits, summer is over. And then August becomes this weird time of hating the heat and longing for Fall but feeling like…

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Scenes from the Weekend

I had full intentions of writing a long post on what I’ve been up to lately (since i’ve been a bit MIA around here) but to be honest, Nick and I just started watching the Affair (Season 3), and i’m pretty sucked in right now!!! So sucked in, that it’s taken be 45 minutes to write these two sentences, ha! I could eat lunch (and dessert) and McLain’s every day. Their mountain munch cookie and chicken salad sandwich are SO…

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Browned Butter Cookie Bars

Tonight was hometowns on the Bachelorette–literally my favorite episode of every season! I wish I could share my thoughts on the episode but it’s almost midnight and I’m coming off of a pizza/sugar high so my brain is pretty fried. And let’s be real, you all want to get right to the good stuff–this recipe. I love browned butter and the flavor is so good. Added bonus, these bars could not be easier to make. Hopefully you all enjoy, too!…

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Mexican Fiesta Recipes

Happy weekend, friends! It’s finalllllly Friday. This is my first full week of work in awhile and it definitely dragged on. My weekend plans are pretty low key (which I’m pretty pumped about!)–dinner with gal pals, workouts, catching up on tv shows (hello, Real Housewives of NYC & Very Cavalari), and pool time! Since I’ve been back from Santa Barbara I’ve been in the cooking mood…and not the healthy type of cooking. So clearly, Mexican has been by go-to. I…

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Santa Barbara Outfits

I always joke on trips that my outfits are brought to you solely by Forever 21 and Nordstrom, ha! Like most gals, I love having new outfits for a trip. But, I hardly EVER wear the outfit again post vacay so I never want to spend a ton of money on the outfits…thus, where F21 comes in. And then my staples (jeans, shoes, purses, etc.) that I plan to actually wear again normally come from Nordstrom. Well, because, my mom…

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DIY Balloon Banner

You could say I’m on a bit of balloon banner kick right now. I think I’m way late to the game on this one (what’s new), but that’s beside the point. I’ve always thought these looked so cute so I decided to try it for the bridal shower I threw a few months ago. And then, I loved it so much that I had to make it for my nephew’s second birthday party, too! Once I discovered how easy (and…

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Scenes from the Weekend

Kicked off the weekend with making homemade pickles with my sister, dad, mom, and nephew. We used to visit my grandma every summer in Washington and one of my most distinct memories of those trips were watching her make dill pickles. I haven’t tried them yet but hoping they taste as good as hers! Seeing as we forgot a few of the ingredients and that we were all getting pretty tired  while making these (even though they are pretty easy),…

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Strawberry Shortcake

Nothing screams Summer more than strawberry shortcake. And, as such, I’ve already made it 4 or 5 times this past month! Wooh! It’s so fresh and festive (I know, I overuse the word festive, sorry, I can’t help it!). Two side notes before I get to this ridiculously easy recipe (hint: it uses bisquick): 1. My mom is by no stretch of the imagination a cook or a baker. I don’t even have to apologize for saying it, because she…

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Scenes from the weekend (Cookie Monster Birthday Party & Father’s Day!)

This past weekend we celebrated my stinker nephew, Henry’s, 2nd birthday. He is obsessed with cookie monster so it was no brainer when my sister and I started planning his party like 2 weeks ago (ha!), that CM would be the theme. All of the decor was found on etsy and amazon…well, because, we didn’t plan it that far in advance! And, I made a balloon banner–which I act like I’m a pro at now (blog post on how-to coming…

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Scenes from the Weekend (Chicago Recap!)

The older I get, the more I realize how much I love girl’s trips (even with all of their craziness!! :)). When you’re younger, you take for granted the unlimited, uninterrupted girl time that you once had. I also feel like I live my best life on vacation–I mean, who doesn’t?! I truly live my life to the fullest on vacation–all the food, all the alcohol, all the fun! This time, it was celebrating Tina’s bachelorette party in Chicago. It…

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Pinky Bridal Shower

  I had the best time throwing this shower for my best friend from college, Christina (Tina—we starting calling her this freshmen year and she hates it but apparently no one else does because it STUCK in a major way! Sorry, Tina!). Our house has been disarray for the better part of a year so throwing her shower was the motivation I needed to continue decorating and have Nick finish a lot of his projects. Going back through these pictures…

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Summer Cobb Salad

One of the things on my summer bucket list is to cook once per week out of a cook book. Cooking a meal out of a cookbook—what a concept, right?! But in this era of technology that we are in, sometimes it feels like there is no need to pick up a physical cook book when you have thousands of other recipes at the disposal of your fingertips. Well, that changed once I got What’s Gaby Cooking cookbook in the mail…

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Scenes from the Weekend

This weekend concluded the tour de Becca’s birthday that I painfully made everyone in my life go through. I think I successfully celebrated my birthday for the entire month of May–woohoo! Nick asked me on Sunday what we were celebrating with my family that day. I told him my birthday and he said, “okay, okay, it’s June 3rd and your birthday was 5 days ago. I think we’ve done enough celebrating”…insert eye rolls! I’ll remember that when his birthday rolls…

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Mexico Wedding!

We went to Le Blanc in Cancun to celebrate our great friends, Jenna & Scott. Other than their beautiful wedding celebrations, this was pretty much the line up at the resort: pool – beach – marg – read – french fries – chips & guac – spa – marg – don julio – sunscreen (or lack there of apparently for me) –  REPEAT What a fun few days celebrating, drinking, eating, and relaxing!!! SaveSave SaveSave…

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Scenes from the Weekend (late!)

What a weekend! Between four work outs in a row (I may keel over on the Health House rower at some point soon), endless yard work (can I just say that I hate yard work!!!), and lots of eating/drinking, this little pig is EXHAUSTED! Thank goodness it’s Wednesday–wow, I love three day weekends! Our KC drinking Passport came on Thursday–what a way to start the weekend! Even though we didn’t make it to any places this weekend, we are going…

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Blueberry Mojito

  Happy Memorial Day, guys! For once, we have a pretty chill weekend planned–organizing the house, yard work, strawberry picking, and of course fitting in some good food and wine! I can’t remember the last day that I had off of work that I wasn’t traveling (I know, I know, poor me, ha!). So, i’m excited to sleep in and relax! Although Nick is making me do 3 days in a row of Health House classes so I probably won’t…

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Summer Bucket List

Summa summa summa timeeeeeeee! It’s the best time of the year…I think I actually say that about every season except winter (with the exception of Christmas)! Nice weather and so much to get done! Photos by: Brandon & Megan Cusick (check out her blog) Summer Bucket List Try golf I haven’t played since high school and I’m sure I’ll be terrible but it seems like a fun activity. Or do I really just want to ride around in a  golf cart…

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Scenes from the Weekend (& a surprise birthday party!)

wowy wow wow….what a weekend! What I thought was going to be a pretty laid back few days doing house work and organization turned into an eventful weekend with surprise parties, dinners, and lots of cake (pink one from McLain’s and the funfetti one my SIL made!)! I think everyone who knows me well can say that surprising me is a very hard thing to do–mainly because I’m nosy but also because I’m such a planner! All week, Nick had…

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Quest for the best chocolate chip cookie (& national CCCD!!!)

Today is like the best day ever!!!! Why you ask?! Because it’s national chocolate chip day (which I am now abbreviating as national CCD)!!!! On a related/unrelated note, I embarrassingly signed up for an email alert to let me know of all of the silly national ___ days. Let’s just add another junk email that I will probably never read but what the hey! And to be honest, I only knew about this “holiday” because I thankfully saw it on…

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Mr. B’s 6th Birthday + Oreo Stuffed Cupcake Recipe

Mr. B’s 6th birthday theme was, wait for it…birthday themed! I let him pick the theme every year and he wanted to keep it classic. Okay, for all you people that don’t know me well, of course Mr. B didn’t actually tell me what he wanted for his birthday but I like to pretend he does! I kept it simple with balloons, pizza, cookies, cake (covered in animal crackers!), and the most delectable oreo stuffed cupcakes. Oh! And popsicles with…

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Cinco de Mr. B

So the countdown to B’s birthday (May 5th) is on! This week’s posts are all dedicated to him because well, he’s the best! Throwing it back to one of my favorite parties that I’ve thrown for him – Cinco de Mr. B for his 5th (GOLDEN!) birthday. His parties are always so much fun and everyone always has such a good time (dogs included!). I sometimes feel silly for putting so much effort into his birthdays but once I see him running…

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It’s a . . . (sister’s gender reveal)

BOY! If I could throw a gender reveal party every week I would! They are SO much fun. People are always so jazzed about babies and then add the surprise factor of the gender–so great! My sister, Jenna, and BIL already have a  little boy, Henry (Onery), who they (and everyone else) absolutely adores. But, I think Jenna was hoping for a little girl so she could have one of each sex. To be honest, I think we were all…

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Baby Shark 1st Birthday

Happy hump day! Over the weekend I got to help with and celebrate our nephew, Cohen’s, first birthday. It was such a special and fun day celebrating a sweet babe! He has been obsessed with the video/cartoon Baby Shark so it only made sense for his party to have that theme. I think my SIL bought any and every shark themed item on Etsy/Party America :). It all turned out so well! My husband and BIL completed the party by…

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BLT Pasta Salad

I sure do love a pasta salad! And I could eat this pasta salad as a side or even for my main meal–it’s that good! Like clockwork, when the weather gets warm, I crave this pasta salad and a hot dog. ha! Thank goodness the temps are back up in Kansas and the sun is shining! I made this for my nephew’s 1st birthday party on Saturday (more on that later this week!).  It’s a pretty quick recipe to put…

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Scenes from the Weekend

What a weekend! My BFF, Lo, was visiting from New York and we had a fab girls night to celebrate on Friday. We did a champagne tasting. Our lovely, sommelier, Christina, got three different types of bubbly and had us taste test blindly. We tried Mionetto Prosecco (lower price point), Mumm Napa Brut (mid price point), & Moet Brut (higher price point). I’m not the type of person who can easily tell between a $10 bottle of wine and a…

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Vegas Bachelorette

Happy Friday! We made it! But really, I didn’t think this day would ever come. I.am.exhausted. Between getting back from Vegas and having a crazy week at work, the girl is tired. There are so many things to say about Vegas that I’ll keep it short to bullet points: I may or may not be moving into the MGM lofts where we stayed (#limo #butler #piano) Robes make everything better Girls trips (especially with friends of 15+ years are the…

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Healthy Oatmeal Muffins

Hi there! I’ve gotten in a kick of making breakfast on Sundays to take for the week. This make me sound like I’m super on top of it  but it’s really because if I don’t do this, I will either 1) find random unhealthy things to eat at work or 2) not eat until lunch and then want EVERYTHING in sight. I normally start with a pretty healthy breakfast, a semi-healthy lunch, and then it goes down hill from there!…

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Classic Homemade Caesar Salad

I feel like I’m cheating on ranch a little as I write this post. If you know anything about me, it’s that I could put ranch on anything and everything (pizza, fries, salads, wraps, tacos…really, anything!). If Nick would have let me, I probably would have had a ranch fountain at our wedding, ha! Although I love ranch so much, sometimes a classic caesar dressing is so good. And let me tell you, this salad is good! The dressing is…

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Scenes from the Weekend

Hi bunnies! I’ll keep this short and sweet because I’m currently writing this with one eye open! We (okay, Nick) are really making headway on projects. The tile in our bonus room is almost complete and we finally got the wall paper up in our dining room (I will write an entire post on this soon!). We found dining room chairs (FINALLY!) and got chairs for our bonus room. After a long day of shopping, stopping at Miami Ice was…

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Bacon & Pea Pasta

“It’s not about the pastaaaaaa.” Okay, no really, it is about the pasta. I’ve clearly been watching too much Vanderpump Rules. But honestly, I can’t get that line out of my head. The fact that Andy Cohen has asked multiple members of the cast if pasta was a code word for something else like drugs. That literally never crossed my mind. Being the little pig that I am, I would never question someone getting that worked up over eating their…

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Scenes from the Weekend

Gah, I love the weekends. As it sit here watching WWHL with a face mask on (I’ll act like I don’t hear Nick pounding away in our bonus room on the tile) writing this post, I’m just in the best mood over a fun, productive weekend (and a KU win!!!). I think I may be in denial that tomorrow is Monday…actually I 100% know I am. Thursday night was spent baking! I made rice Krispies (used my Lucky Charm rice…

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Number Cookie Cake

Hi there! I feel like out of no where, these number cookie cakes things came out of the woodwork! I saw them on Baking With Blondie’s Instagram a month ago and now they are everywhere. With Nick and my 13 year dating anniversary just happening (I know, it’s so silly we still celebrate that!), I knew I had to make one for it. Nick has always made a funfetti cake on our anniversary, but since he had been traveling so…

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Lucky Charm Rice Krispies

I think after making these I said cute like ten times. But, seriously, these are SO cute! Honestly, St. Patrick’s Day is one of my least favorite holidays. Maybe it’s because I don’t drink beer or love the color green, but I’ve just never gotten into it. I also blame it on the fact that I’ve never had fun plans for St. Patrick’s day, ha! Which is shocking because it normally falls on Spring Break which should be the best,…

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Life Updates

Hi loves! I know you guys have all been wondering where I’ve been…okay, okay for the most of you that haven’t (ha!), I’ve been absent from the blog for a little bit. The reason being (without getting into the gross nitty gritty of my illness(es)), I.WAS.SICK. I normally run myself ragged trying to work through being sick but this time I just let my body be sick and just rested, including multiple naps a day (treat yourself!). Somehow over the…

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February Reads

I love these color blocked book shelves from the Glitter Guide. I would be completely disingenuous if I said I had actually finished any books in February. I think coming off of January and reading so much, I was super eager to read a bunch of new books. Turns out, my ADD and busy schedule got the best of me. I started to read three books during the month and have yet to finish any. Here’s to hoping I can get…

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Scenes from the Weekend

Happy Tuesday! Once again, I had too much fun over the weekend to get my stuff together to post on Monday. I really thought about it Sunday night but a 9pm bedtime looked way better! Friday night was super low key–we got Pizza 51 (I get the veggie and add cream cheese, yum!) and started the 5th season of House of Cards. This season is definitely not my favorite but I feel like I need to see it through the…

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Gallery Wall

*DONT BE OFFENDED IF A PICTURE OF YOU IS NOT ON THE WALL. IF YOU DIDN’T MAKE IT, TAKE A PRETTY PICTURE WITH ME ON A NICE CAMERA  IN NATURAL LIGHT AND YOU’RE GUARANTEED TO GET UP THERE :). (in all seriousness, picking out these pictures was so difficult and I realized that my blurry iPhone pictures just don’t blow up well. Plus, I need more pictures in sunlight!!!!) I’m getting right to the point with this one. This gallery…

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LA Weekend

Hi lovers! I went to California over the weekend and met Nick at the end of one of his work trips. I love California–the sunshine, rooftops, beach, celebrities, and in-n-out are just a few of my favorites. When Nick and I were doing long distance when we were dating, we both were traveling for work and would meet in LA to see each other. We always had the best time together there and I look back on those mini “vacations”…

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Cowboy Cookies

Hi cuties! How was everyone’s Valentine’s day?! I had plans to write this post on Wednesday night but after eating half of a large pizza, a huge sugar cookie, a slice of red velvet cake, and half a bottle of sparkling rosé, I was pretty much in the fetal position the rest of the night! Luckily, the Proposal was on one channel and the first Fifty Shades movie (I’ve now seen all three in the past week, I have problems!)…

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Fresh Margaritas

While it’s 20 degrees outside in Kansas, picture this – a warm, spring day on a patio sipping on a margarita (on the rocks, no salt for me!). Who doesn’t love a good marg? Maybe it’s because I automatically associate it with chips, salsa, and cheese dip, of course. I am a one and done type of girl when it comes to margaritas because they’re normally way too sweet for me. This recipe below is the bomb.com because it uses…

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Scenes from the Weekend

Eating and drinking and more eating…that’s about how it goes on the weekends. Friday, we were supposed to have friends over but they unfortunately got sick so we ended up celebrating my SIL’s birthday instead! I made fajitas, salsa, guac, & margaritas (recipe coming this week!).  Oh, and of course a texas sheet cake for dessert. I have made this sheet cake recipe dozens of times and I love it–as does everyone else who has it! Saturday was perfect. It was cold…

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Baby Blue Baby Shower

Hi baby loves! Throwing my sister a baby shower for her little baby boy, Henry (who is over a year and a half now!!!!), was one of the most special parties that I’ve thrown. It’s crazy looking back on this shower because I loved him so much then and he wasn’t even born. Cut to almost 2 years later, and he’s the little love of my life (after Mr. B, of course). My sister had a pretty rough pregnancy and…

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Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Whoa, even being the celeb junkie that I am, I feel like this week has been overloaded with celeb news. Between Kylie Jenner having her baby, JT performing at the Super Bowl (and adding KC to his tour list!), the Spice Girls announcing their world tour, Michael Buble sharing his wife is pregnant (no one probably noticed or cares about that but…#MBforever), how has anyone gotten any work done?! And, this isn’t celeb news (well, it kind of is to…

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Scenes from the Weekend

I’m going to keep this one short and sweet…mainly because it’s Monday night and I’m just now doing the weekend recap but also because my eyes are literally shutting as we speak! Nick was at the Super Bowl all weekend so I spent most of my time at my parent’s house. Although I hate when Nick travels for that long (or sometimes I’m like get out of the house…now!), I love getting to spend uninterrupted time with my fam. Plus,…

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Red Velvet Gooey Cookies

Happy Friday! And, boy, am I glad that it is almost the weekend! As I’ve gotten older I always say, the days are long but the weeks and months fly. And this week’s days were long! I wanted to share this recipe before Valentine’s Day because these cookies would make the perfect V-day dessert! Although I make these cookies year round because once you try them, you’ll want them all the time! Nick and I haven’t decided what we are…

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January Reads

Hi book worms! I have to be honest with you, I’ve never been an avid reader–mostly because I never put forth the time or effort to do it. I would always read an occasional book on vacation but that was pretty much the extent of it. At the start of this year, I made the commitment to not get on social media in bed and to read instead. Holy cow, you can get a lot read when you actually do…

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Scenes from the Weekend

Hi loves! I hope you all had a great weekend. I think the better the weekend, the harder it is to go back to work on Monday, unfortunately! As some of you may have seen on instagram, Nick and I finished Parenthood this weekend–wow, wow, wow! I have a problem where I get so obsessed with shows that I feel like the characters are my friends/family and that they should be carrying on their show personalities and lives in real…

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Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

I can’t even believe I’m writing a post or even sharing a recipe that’s mostly healthy. Sometimes I just don’t even know who I am anymore (#whereiskingcurtis?). 2017 was so busy that I promised myself in 2018 that I would get back into cooking (and working out) and trying out more healthy recipes. I used to view breakfast as a road block that came in between me and my favorite meals of the day–lunch and dinner. Like, why even waste…

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Build Your Own Chili Bar

So don’t kill me, but chili has never seemed very exciting to me. I think the main reason being that growing up I didn’t like corn bread (whaaaattttt?!). And, clearly, chili and cornbread go hand in hand. It’s probably beneficial for everyone (mainly my thighs) that I didn’t discover my love of corn bread until a few years ago. And then when you add some bomb toppings to the chili, you’ve really sold me! This spread was so easy to…

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Floral Bridal Shower

Hi babes! I’m throwing it back to last April  when I had the great pleasure of helping host my bestie (since 7th grade!), Molly’s, bridal shower with her sister-in-law, Rosa, and our best friend, Lo.  Molly has amazing style , is so creative, and always makes things look so flawless. Needless to say, we all wanted her shower to be perfect for her!  One thing I always try to do when planning parties is to add personal touches specific to…

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Valentine’s Day Decor

It’s only been two months since I last blogged – yikes! But I thought a great way to ease back in would be to share my Valentine’s Day decor. I hate to admit this, but I put these up at the beginning of January! When I lugged the bright pink bin out of the basement the look on Nick’s face was priceless.  Honestly, the house was so bare after Christmas that it needed some pizazz! Valentine’s Day has become one…

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Thanksgiving Sides

  My favorite part of Thanksgiving, well really any holiday, is the food, specifically the sides. I don’t eat a ton of meat, especially not turkey, so the sides are the real deal for me. I mean who doesn’t love sides? I put a lot of thought into my sides for Thanksgiving and while I’ll be traveling this holiday, I’ve still been salivating over all of these options so I thought I would share with you all. Creamed Corn – it’s…

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Holiday To Do List

  It’s officially my favorite time of the year!!! Multiple radio stations are playing Christmas music so obviously that’s a sign that it’s time to start checking off all of my holiday to dos.  Here goes my list– Send out holiday cards – loving this one and this one. I’m patiently waiting to get our engagement pics so I can pick out which card to use! Ice skating @ Crown Center – Nick and I started a tradition a few years ago where we…

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Friendsgiving 2015

I hosted my third annual Friendsgiving event this past weekend. It’s one of my favorite get togethers that I have because it’s centered around food and friends – what’s not to love?! I went simple with the tablescape – West Elm votives, Paper Source paper place mats, tree stumps, and pine cone name cards. I may have collected the pinecones during a tipsy outing tailgating one day a few weekends ago. Decorating is always on the mind. 🙂 I put a…

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October in Pictures

Well October came and went just like that! Rather than recapping in a long, wordy post, I thought I’d share my month in pictures. Celebrating George’s 4th birthday!Celebrating this girl’s 20 something birthday 🙂 Obsessed with this Dolce Bakery cake – pink rosette frosting is the bomb A nice afternoon spent sunbathing with MB Irishfest in Weston, MO I wasn’t kidding – 800 pounds of pumpkins purchased Annual front porch pic with pumpkins + dog A few of my Halloween…

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The Engagement!

This post has been a long time coming…seeing as it happened over 3 months ago! I think I’m finally out of the crazy engagement frenzy/wedding planning mode that I can really reflect back on all of the moments of the special day! I apologize ahead of time for all of the random side notes… To make a long story short (well, as short as I can make it :)), I had plans to meet one of my best friends, Christina, in downtown Lawrence (Nick and my hometown) to…

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White Chicken Chili

I’m either starting to feel the beginnings of a cold or my allergies are still kicking in October (either way, yuck) so a big bowl of soup is exactly what I needed. I haven’t made chicken chili in forever but I had a hankering for it so I decided to combine a few recipes that I’ve flagged over the past few years. It’s a fairly simple recipe that is full of flavor and is super hearty. It definitely has a kick…

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Fall Apple Picking

I’m really all about doing all of the fall activities I can before it gets freezing and I don’t want to leave my house. A coworker told me about a quaint little place called Cider Hill. They have a pumpkin patch and apple orchard amongst all of the other precious things like this wishing well. How cute! I should add that Nick and I were the only adults without children at this place….and Nick would like to add, the only person wearing…

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Scenes From the Weekend

I’m not going to lie, this weekend was a whole lot of eating and a whole lot of TV…and I loved it. I spent most of the weekend in Lawrence and I was so excited to go to all of my favorite food places. Oh, and see my family and friends. But food first, duh. My friend, Kelsey, was in town from Denver this weekend so a few of us decided to all get together in Lawrence. I’ve been dying…

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Scenes from the Weekend

I really really tried to have this post up for Monday but my iPhoto would NOT download my pictures. It turns out that  when you have 1000+ videos from the Taylor Swift concert that you’re trying to upload, your computer will spaz out. I had to upload the images in increments of 10, you can imagine how long that took. But here we are on Tuesday and I’ve finally got my stuff together (typical). Friday night, my old roomie, Lauren,…

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Fall To Do List

First and foremost, I want to say that yes, I did do a fall photo shoot with Mr. B last year. I’m not ashamed that I treat my dog like a human child. I couldn’t resist. The leaves were so pretty and I couldn’t turn down taking even more pictures of him. Side note: what was I thinking letting his hair get so long??? It’s like he has a whole different personality with this bob. #longhairdontcare Fall is by far my favorite season. Everything that is good…

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Scenes from the Weekend

Not going to lie, I majorly sucked at taking pictures this weekend. I think it was a combination of being on the go for most of the weekend and just pure laziness – so apologies ahead of time. Friday after work, we celebrated our one year until the wedding with mini cupcakes from Dolce! I was nice and let Nick have the red velvet.  Once I bit into it…let me rephrase, stuck the whole cupcake in my mouth, I was…

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Mini Pumpkin Muffins

I hate to say this, but I’m not pumpkin obsessed like the rest of America seems to be. However, I do like a good, moist muffin.  I wanted to make something for the bachelorette party last weekend that people could snack on easily (and something that would be season appropriate).  And these bite sized beauties were the perfect choice. They are seriously tasty. They are packed full of flavor and they stayed moist for 5+ days. Do you like how…

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Texas Bachelorette Weekend

My good friend, Hope (who happens to be getting married to Nick’s best friend), had her bachelorette party this weekend in Galveston, TX. It is definitely wedding season for my friends and I’m so not ready for it….aka this old lady can’t be going out that much. I couldn’t help but snap this cliché airplane window picture. Kansas looks so bright and green! First stop in Galveston was lunch, of course. We ate by the water and I got an amazing margarita pizza…

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I’m Back!

Did you miss me?! (insert Kristen Bell’s gossip girl voice) Last year, I started a blog called Everything That Sparkles (ETS) with one of my best friends, Molly. We had both been wanting to blog in our spare time and we figured it would be more fun to do together. I loved doing it with her because we were both so laid back when it came to our blog (shocking, because I’m not really laid back about much :)). It…

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