Chocolate Fondue – Date Night

Our fondue date night wouldn’t have been complete without a sweet concoction! We both have a sweet tooth so after we had a little break from our savory fondue selection (check out the recipe here), we were ready for chocolate. This came together super quick and we set it up on our living room table to snack on while we watched a move. Talk about a perfect night!

I want to hear from you! Have you tried fondue at home? Do you prefer sweet or savory?

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Savory Fondue Night – Date Night

If you’ve been following for the blog, one of my favorite things to do is surprise my fiancé with a date night. So far I’ve done a blanket fort, a “trip to Paris” themed night, and now we had a fondue night! We started off with a cheese fondue and a few hours later (we were really full after the savory) we made a sweet chocolate fondue. Check out the cheese fondue recipe I used below with the chocolate fondue recipe in an upcoming post!

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Banana Bread Bars

During 2020 there have been a lot of banana bread photos and recipes circulating. People in quarantine have taken up baking and this quick bread started to take over social media pages. Banana bread is always a go to for me when the bananas are too ripe for us to eat anymore. We eat a lot of bananas, like A LOT, which is why it’s surprising that we had six overly ripe bananas. I was torn between doing two loaves of banana bread that I love in two batches (I only have one bread pan… for now) or do another banana recipe with the remaining 3 bananas. Then it clicked, I recently got a brownie pans from my fiancé’s parents with an insert so there are more delicious crispy sides. Hello, the ends of the banana bread are my favorite! How have I not thought of this sooner! I ended up adding a few toppings before baking to see how it baked with them. I chose mini chocolate chips, Nutella drizzle, and white chocolate chips.

Below is the recipe for 1 loaf of banana bread but take it from me, banana bread in a cake pan with something sweet on top, definitely a contender for best snack. Do you have a favorite flavor combination with banana’s I should try out next time?

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Christmas Cookies in July – Gingerbread Crackle

Christmas in July got brought to a new level last year when my mom and I made cookies while wearing our matching Christmas baking shirts and sang along to all the great holiday songs. We could smell the foundation of a new tradition right along with the root beer (Make sure to check out the Root Beer Sandwich Cookies from last year)! This year we planned on making the “Christmas Cookies in July” on July 25th, exactly 6 months or 153 days until Christmas! But who’s counting right? 😉 That’s exactly what we did, but in all the crafting and baking from the weekend this post got delayed a few days. Now it’s 151 days until Christmas, so even better news for a Monday!

We played around a lot with making a summer flavored cookie like orange creamsicle or lemon. What we landed on screams Christmas, a gingerbread cookie. This Gingerbread Crackle Cookie is the spiced equivalent of my favorite chocolate crackle cookies. I’m tough on my gingerbread cookie rating and this one exceeded my expectations!

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Quick & Easy Scrabble Ornaments

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that I love Christmas! Christmas in July is just another excuse for my Christmas spirit to come out even earlier. In fact, I’m literally watching a Hallmark Christmas movie while I write this. This project didn’t take long and it used supplies that were already in the house. Plus, can you ever have too many Christmas ornaments? The options are endless for what you write on them. I’ve seen everything from names to fun holiday words (like what was done below).

I want to hear from you! Would you put a name or what holiday word would you put?

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Popsicle Stick Pallet Coasters

I haven’t posted for a while but it’s been such a wonderful month in our house. Exactly a month ago today, I went from girlfriend to fiancée! That’s right, your girl is marrying her best friend and I CANNOT wait. With all of the fun events leading up to the wedding, you know there will be some DIY projects. Make sure to stay tuned and follow the blog to see all of the updates.

These pallet coasters were so fun to make and I might be a little biased but they are super cute. The best part about them is that you can change up what they say or have on them to fit you better. My mom went with a holiday stamp and I went with stamping some personalized phrases.

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Date Night In – Cookies & Blanket Forts

My boyfriend and I like to go out for date nights quite often. When the COVID-19 restrictions went into place, we got creative with dates. Lounging at home is great and all, but after a while, it needs to be shaken up. Recently, the gym my boyfriend frequents reopened to appointments only. I wanted to do something special and with an hour of time I knew he would be gone, I got to work.

Do you remember blanket forts as a kid? I do! I remember trying to make them the size of the room and using every blanket, chair, and clip in the house to build the masterpiece. I remember crawling through carefully crafted “hallways” and “rooms” of the fort. I haven’t built a fort in YEARS. With the space of a house once again, a blanket fort was well due up. With my boyfriend gone for the gym, I got to work making the fort in front of our TV in the living room. I even planned the opening to be taller so we could cuddle inside with blankets and pillows while we watched TV. Once the fort was built and sturdy… enough. I grabbed some battery powered lights and carefully hung them above.

The finishing touch? Microwave popcorn and cookies! I used door dash to have a local cookie company, Crumbl Cookies, deliver right to my door.

My boyfriend was so surprised when he walked in the door, and it might be one of my favorite dates we have done! Just us and our pup cuddled up in the blanket fort = Perfect date night at home.

I’d love to hear from you! Comment below with your at home date night ideas!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Recipe

We have all heard of chocolate chips but peanut butter chips might be a game changer. That’s right, we are talking sliced bread game changer status here!! Okay, well maybe it’s just me but this is exciting stuff! I fell in love when they were in a trail mix I tried out from Target (Archer Farms Peanut Butter Monster Trailmix). While grabbing some items from the baking aisle the other day, I saw the Reeses peanut butter chips and had to buy them. What can I say, my sweet tooth couldn’t resist!

I used the recipe on the back of the bag and below are my notes on difficulty, taste, and would I make them again. Link to the recipe is also below, so make sure to read more!

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DIY Monogram Succulent Sign

While we have been settling nicely into our new house, I’m still trying to add the little touches that make it feel more like our home. One of the best ways I know how to do that is to add little details that I have made. For a while I have seen monogram signs stuffed with beautiful succulents but never attempted one. After looking at an empty spot on our office bookshelves, I figured this would be the perfect addition! A trip to the local Joann’s in my mask and I was off to the races.

I love how this sweet sign turned out and already have plans on how I could make it even better and possibly put it up on Etsy? Like if you would buy one!  

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MOM-osa’s and Brunch

My mom is incredible. She is patient, kind, loving, and I’ve always said if I’m half the woman she is then I’ll be alright. Not only does she put up with my silly puns but she will laugh (maybe with some pity) at every single one. She listens intently to my stories as I tell 5 other stories within it and we never go a day without talking. Without a doubt, I wanted to spoil her on Mother’s Day.

Another thing her and I have in common? A love of breakfast foods! We had a small brunch at the house for Mother’s Day where I cooked up a feast. Two of the recipes I did were new, and one is tried and true classic. The tried and true is my berry french toast, SO much goodness packed into a breakfast casserole. The new recipes also amazed and as my boyfriend ate some leftovers later in the day insisted I make them both at the next brunch we host with his family. The new recipes were Ricotta Pancakes and a Savory Monkey Bread. I 100% agree with him, they were delicious! What is brunch without mimosa’s too? Or in this case… MOM-osa’s! This fun little pun on the name was a huge hit with my mom and we sipped and laughed about it throughout the meal. Below is the recipe for my tried and true berry french toast.

Comment with if you want to see the Ricotta Pancakes or the Savory Monkey Bread recipe next!

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