The Beginnings of Wedding Planning

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The number one question I’ve been asked the past two weeks is, “So, do you have a date for the wedding?” I’ve heard just about every variation of that question. “When’s the big day?” “Did you guys pick a date?” “When’s it happening?” “Have you guys talked about it yet?” “When’s the party?” “So…..?” Leaving […]

Banana Pudding Cups

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How many times can you Google “Southern California woodsy wedding venues” in various ways before finding the one you want that hits every criteria on your list? I’m still Googling. Venues aside, we’ve been brainstorming ideas for our future wedding and also picked our date and colors! I’ve even taken some of the books I […]

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting – Recipe Only

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– this recipe is taken from Jenn McKinlay’s Buttercream Bump Off–   Ingredients 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 1/4 cup butter, room temperature 1 ounce white chocolate, melted and slightly cooled 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 teaspoons milk or cream 2-3 cups confectioner’s sugar   Procedure In large mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese, butter, […]

Oreo Cream Cheese Cake

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After the excitement of this past week, I really wanted to bake something. I wanted to bake a cake that conveys my happiness even though my now fiance isn’t a big fan of cakes. That’s alright, that just means more for me. I’ll bake him something special later. I thumbed through all the Joanna Fluke […]

Oreo Cream Cheese Cake – Recipe Only

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Preheat oven to 325* Ingredients vanilla cake mix 2 ounces cream cheese 1 extra egg (box says to use 3, I used 4) Oreos 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups powdered sugar (plus more) 6 teaspoons Crisco 12 ounces white chocolate 2 sticks unsalted butter   Procedure Preheat oven to 325* Follow instructions on cake […]

A Question was Asked. An Answer was Given.

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A couple of days ago, I was super excited to watch the Perseid meteor shower. I had baked cookies for the occasion. I whined about my lackluster decorating skills. I went to work that day only to wish the time faster so I could go out to Joshua Tree with my boyfriend and watch the […]

Lemon Sugar Cookies

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In honor of the Perseid meteor shower happening tonight and to play with the new baking tools I purchased, I decided to make some sugar cookies and decorate shooting stars with melted white chocolate. From Sur la Table, I bought new stainless steel measuring cups and spoons. I’ve always had plastic ones before but either […]

Camping, Deer, and Crazy Bees – Oh My!

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Last Monday I set off on a camping adventure with my boyfriend and his family to Kings Canyon National Park. Having only camped in Lake Tahoe, I was pretty excited to see a new spot and hopefully catch a glimpse of a bear from a decent far away distance. The campground, Crystal Springs, was pretty […]