Wedding Cake Ice Cream

Wedding Cake Ice Cream

Just in time for the dog days of summer, you can have your cake and eat lick it too. Yep. Your tongue and taste buds will be super confused as to why something so cold and creamy tastes like cake but your tummy will be giddy with excitement. At least that was my experience. Giddy is a good thing in my book. Unless it’s a gaggle of teenage girls, then it might be little much to handle at one time.

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Brown Sugar Bourbon Ice Cream

Brown Sugar Bourbon Ice cream

Y’all know how many sweet teeth I have. I’m positive that a few of them came about because of my over the top love of ice cream. I love it year round. Matter of fact, I always have the bowl to my ice cream maker in the freezer ready to go when I am. Which is often. I’ve whipped up I don’t know how many batches of this bourbon riffic beauty right here. It might be one of my favorites. I realize I say that about a lot of ice creams (can’t help myself I love the cream of ice) but this one is pretty special.

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Baked Tortellini

Baked Tortellini

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Classico Riserva for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

 I’m all kinds of cheesy. Literally. I’m one of the biggest nerds you’ll ever meet. Food Nerd. Photography Nerd. Bike Nerd. For the sake of argument we’ll just say I’m a nerd and leave it at that. What else I’m big on are meals that come together quickly. This Cheesy Baked Beauty is just that. It’s one that is a great base to add onto as you need to clean out the fridge. Say you’ve got vegetables that need to be used quickly. Add them in and you’ve got yourself a primavera pasta bake. Want a little protein? No problem, add a handful or two of shredded chicken and voila.

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Raleigh Area City Guide

Joyner ParkJoyner Park

Raleigh is a city with a lot going on at any given time. I’m sharing a few of my favorite places located in and around our Capital City of North Carolina for your entertainment pleasure. I’m a giver like that. Food, Drink, Parks, Shopping. Who doesn’t want in on that action? I mean come on.

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Kentucky Mule

Kentucky Mule

Variations on the Moscow Mule are all the rage. You know those super cool drinks served in the oh so hip copper mugs. Yeah, now you know the ones. A Kentucky Mule is one of those variations and it’s made using, you guessed it because you’re smart and you know that BOURBON hails from Kentucky. You also can’t make a mule without alcoholic ginger beer. We’re serving ours up with Crabbie’s. It’s been around for over 100 years, so you know it’s got to be good stuff. It comes in original (which we’ve used here) and two new flavors for you to tempt your taste buds with as well. Spiced Orange and Scottish Raspberry.

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Who doesn’t love meatballs? I mean, well except for vegetarians and vegans, they probably aren’t too keen on them, otherwise, I mean really it’s a meatball. A sphere of scrumptiousness. What’s not to love? They’re magically delicious and when they’re appetizer size (aka fun size) you can pop them right into your mouths and you don’t have to feel bad about devouring a dozen of them because, say it with me, they’re fun size after all. That’s my logic, let’s just go with it yeah? Please don’t burst my bubble. I have enough people in my life who do that already ; )

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Mussels with Tomato and White Wine + (Wolf Gourmet GIVEAWAY}

Mussels with Tomato and White Wine
I’m a coast kinda girl. The ocean is one of my happy places. If I can get there on my bike well double bonus points for me for combining two of my loves. So naturally it kinda goes without saying that I love all things salt water. Including seafood. One of my favorites are mussels. I could honestly eat bowls of these babies all by myself. Yes, I have. No shame. I lurve ’em. Don’t even attempt to take the bowl from me when they’re done. The cooking liquid is just as tasty. Best sopped up with some crusty bread. Don’t forget the bread with this one. Yes, I’m shaking my finger, isn’t that what you do when you want to get your point across? No? Maybe it’s just me.

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Celebrating Local Eats

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Taco Al PastorDisclaimer: This post was sponsored by Pepcid through Mom It Forward.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I’m kinda a nut about tacos. I dig ’em. I especially dig those from my favorite local food truck. It’s ones of those gems that unless someone has told you about it, you might not even know about it. Lucky for you, I’m going to tell you about it so you can go, and invite me. Because I’m a giver and shared with you. Food trucks aren’t what they used to be boys and girls. No need to shy away from them. Food trucks are all the rage across ‘Merica and there’s a good reason why. Good eats. Good local eats to be exact.

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Have a Jolly Time

JOLLY TIME PopcornThis is a partnered campaign with JOLLY TIME Popcorn and Mom It Forward.

Whether you’re watching a movie or planning a family game night, popcorn is the perfect accompaniment. It’s quick, easy and almost everyone loves it. Pop a few bags in the microwave or go the stove top route with kernels and you’re good to go. Want to add a little more oomph to your snack? Flavored butters are super simple and can be customized. Like it sweet, salty or savory, no problem. Melt your butter, add your flavor or choice and then drizzle it into your bag. Easy peasy.

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Asparagus and Lemon Rotini

 

Asparagus Lemon Rotini

Y’all know how much we love our pasta around here. My favorite pasta dishes are quick and easy and take me WAY less than 30 minutes to get on the table and into my belly. The recipe possibilities are truly limitless with pasta. I’ve very rarely met a pasta dish I didn’t like, it’s usually one that’s overcooked which is an IMMEDIATE no for me. Who wants gummy pasta? Not me, the only gummy I want is in bear or worm form. Know what I mean?

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BBQ Chicken Nachos

BBQ Chicken Nachos

This post is sponsored by REAL® Seal.

Who doesn’t love a giant platter of nachos? I mean really. Chips, cheese, specifically REAL® cheese which gives this gobs of gooey goodness, meat (unless you’re vegetarian and then well I’ll eat yours) and beans. Heck to the yeah. They might be the perfect appetizer. Filling, don’t require utensils and they’re not too incredibly messy. Well maybe if you sauce it up and then you’re on your own. Just go ahead and grab some extra napkins. Can’t say I blame you on the extra sauce. I mean it’s BBQ Sauce amiright?

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Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream

I’m kind of an ice cream nut. Like I will wear out my ice cream maker come spring and summer nut. The bowl stays in the freezer to be ready when I am. In fact, it would probably be a good idea for me to look into getting a second bowl. That’s how much I use it (you can find links for the products I use at the bottom of the post under the recipe). This ice cream is a little different from my normal recipe because it’s dairy free. Wha? Yep, it’s made using Lactaid milk. So all of y’all that have dairy allergies, intolerance or are just avoiding dairy (that one I just can’t wrap my head around but m’kay) this one is for you. It’s also gluten free and vegetarian. We’re ticking all kinds of boxes today!

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Momma’s Peach Cobbler

Momma's Peach Cobbler
This is going to be an incredibly difficult post for me to write. I’ve gone back and forth and finally decided that sharing this is something I need to do for me. I’ve poured myself a whiskey and I’m just going to write like I was pulling off a band-aid and hope it makes some sort of coherent sense. I’m also hoping that these photos are in focus because it’s hard to tell when your eyes are puffy and red. If you’re just wanting an incredibly delicious peach cobbler recipe then please go ahead and scroll down to the bottom now for the recipe. You won’t be disappointed. I’m incredibly biased, but it’s ridiculously delicious. Anyone, whose ever tried it has agreed with me. It’s by far the best peach cobbler I’ve ever had in my life and I’m from the South so that’s saying something. 

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Turn Your Phone Photos into Moments

Roller Coaster

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Kodak Alaris as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’m one of those people that takes A LOT of photos with my phone. I’m always looking at this or that and capturing what, where and who catches my eye, usually driving everyone around me nuts because I’m holding things up (sorry not sorry y’all). I currently have over 3 thousand photos on my phone. Anyone else out there a phone shutterbug? I think it’s important to document our moments, people, places and them share them. I didn’t really have a great way to share all my shutterbug love (without dumping a thousand photos onto my Instagram feed, y’all would have loved that) until I came across this easy to use app by Kodak Alaris. It organizes, shares and can even print your phone photos easily.

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Lemon Icebox Bars

Lemon Icebox Bars

I love lemons. Like I eat them like candy love them. Yes, I’m one of those people. I like them in my water, I like them sliced. I like lemon head candies, I like them in all the desserts. You get the picture. Lemon all the things. Yes, please and thank you. Want to know what’s even better than a lemon dessert to me? A NO BAKE lemon dessert. An easy peasy throw it together no bake luscious lemon treat. That’s what I’m talking about.

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Ready, Snack, Go!

Smithfield Ready Snack Go

I am one of those people that has to have snacks on me (and by on me, I’m not that messy, I mean with my person. I do. It’s like I’m a toddler (but not really). Especially when I’m traveling for work. Planes, trains and automobiles equal long days and all that jazz and I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but the choices for eating during travel aren’t always ideal. Snacks are a must. If I don’t eat I get cranky. And no one wants to be around a cranky me, I can assure you.

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Pear: Connecting Groups with Sponsorships

Marching BandThis post is sponsored by Pear.

Whether or not you have children, let’s be honest, we’ve all been approached to help with a fundraiser of some sort . Fundraising helps offset funds that simply aren’t available. For school groups for instance, it goes towards things like field trips, uniforms, travel and so much more. Guess what? There’s a great solution besides selling wrapping paper, cookie dough and the like. It’s called Pear. Pear is a company that connects fundraiser’s with companies such as US Cellular, All State and other sponsor’s to support organizations. They make fundraising simple for groups and events of all sizes. Simple is good. You can find a sponsor in less than 60 seconds and activate your community to raise up to $1,000 or more toward custom shirts, cash donations, products/services or food and catering from a national brand or local business near you. Sounds good right? Here’s how you can Get Sponsored
Did I mention that Pear is a social engagement platform that
is FREE.

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Broccolini Mushroom Salad

Broccolini Mushroom Salad

This is a super simple side salad (or salad for one if you’re not into sharing and I couldn’t blame you on this one) that’s perfect for spring and summer. It comes together lickety split for those of us who aren’t high on cooking as it gets warmer. I’m more about grill all the things then. Or just because you’re starving (hangry people where you at?) and impatient but don’t want to down a bag of chips. I can’t be the only one, right?

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Papa Murphy’s Pizza Bracket Sweepstakes

Papa Murphy's PizzaThis post is sponsored by Papa Murphy’s

Let’s just be honest for a minute. As much as we all try and cook dinner erry night, sometimes it’s just not possible. Life happens. We get busy, things come up, we’re just TIRED (can I get an amen?) That doesn’t mean we have to hit the drive through though. Nope, you can pop over to your local Papa Murphy’s pizza and pick up fresh (not frozen) pizzas to take and bake at home. That’s right. You take the pizza home and bake it, so it’s PIPING HOT when you’re ready to eat it. No soggy crust because you got stuck in rush hour traffic. No gummy cheese. None of that. Just pure delicious pizza made to order. Sounds pretty good yeah?

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Homemade Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer

Homemade Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer

This post is sponsored by REAL® Seal.

Y’all know I love my coffee. It’s pretty mandatory in my life and if I’m being honest it’s for the safety of those who interact with me in the real world every day as well. I’m just looking out for their well being so I caffeinate. I’m a giver like that. I really am. I love giving what I call happies to friends and family. That’s a small gift that is meant to make someone happy. Hence why I call them happies. Cuteness overload I know.

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