Bachelor in Paradise: Dessert Board

Going into the third week of Bachelor in Paradise, I wanted to make something that wasn’t too complicated and something that I was able to just throw together and bring to the get together. I decided to put together a dessert spread that is much like a charcuterie board but full of one of my favorite foods, chocolate! Now I couldn’t just add 12 different kinds of candy to the board so I broke it up with a few kinds of fruit as well, very tasty! I mean lets be honest, I totally could have used 12 kinds of candy buuutttt I opted not to haha

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What you will need

  • Raspberries

  • Pineapple

  • Cherries

  • Almond butter granola bites

  • GF brownie mix

  • White chocolate chips

  • Milk chocolate chips

  • Skinny dipped almonds

  • GF chocolate covered pretzels

  • Cashews

  • Chocolate covered pomegranate seeds

  • Lindor Hazelnut chocolate

Much like a charcuterie board, you are able to make it exactly the way that you want to and there is absolutely no wrong way to put this together. In the end I added a couple of extra things like strawberries just to fill the rest of the board and that is totally okay because there are no rules. I’ve mentioned this before but its my favorite part! I absolutely love putting these posts together because it lets me be creative and then also share with friends what I have created!

5 shoes to bring to Disney World

When I started going to Disney World I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when it came to walking. You don’t realize how many times you circle the park until you are back at the hotel for the night begging the person you are with to rub your feet! I always see people at the parks in what seem to be the most uncomfortable shoe possible and I don’t know how they make it through the whole day!

It is so important to choose the right shoes when packing for your trip. I always want to look cute and add Disney touches to my outfits but its not going to come together completely unless it goes with one of the five shoes I am going to share with you guys! I also want to mention that all of these are under $65 and can be worn time and time again, not just at Disney World. They are more than just Disney shoes, for sure.

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  1. Reef Flip Flops - I could wear these pretty much all day every day when I am at Disney or even if I am at home. Dustin and I both wear Reefs in the park and have bought them more than once. When I am at Disney I like starting my day in sneakers and then toward the end of the day I like to switch into my flip flops!

  2. Roxy Sneakers - These are hands down the most comfortable sneakers that I own and I don’t know where they have been my whole life. These really feel like you are walking on pillows or like you just have socks on. You can wear them with or without socks and you can just throw them into the wash too clean them! They are so cute and would look too cute with a t-shirt dress!

  3. Keds - Such a classic Disney shoe, plus you can get them in red, I love it! This is a comfortable shoe that will look cute with so many looks and it really brings that Mickey Mouse flare to any outfit you come up with. Not only do they have red but they have black, white, grey, you name it they have it.

  4. Brash Sneakers - I found these on Amazon and bought them on a whim just to try them. I LOVE them! They also come in quite a few colors and have a fun detail that sets them apart from the traditional sneaker. I really like the tie detailing and they were surprisingly reliable throughout the day at the parks!

  5. Nike Sneakers - These were the shoes that I brought to my very first Disney World trip way back in high school. These were great and I wore them all day everyday and we went to parks for 5 days in a row. Now that I have been more times, I find it better to switch shoes and give different shoes a break but they were good and would be more than comfortable for 2-3 days.

These are the five shoes that I have {successfully} worn to Disney World and have survived those miles of walking without taking breaks or stopping because my feet were killing me. I have tried so many shoes and narrowed it down to the best! I would love to know if you have tried other shoes that you think could be on my list! Let me know if you have!

Bachelor in Paradise: Sugar Cookie Pizza

Now that I have gotten hooked on the Bachelorette, I figured it was time to start watching Bachelor in Paradise as well. Instead of doing appetizers for this I wanted to do strictly desserts. I really have no idea what I am getting myself into with this show so here goes nothing haha

This gluten free cookie was so simple to make and you can’t even tell that it is gf! You could easily sub gf flour for normal flour if you don’t need food to be gf. It was easy to make into a big pizza like this but another option would be individual frosted cookies and bringing a fruit tray and they can add which fruits they would like!

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Sugar Cookie

1 large egg

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 1/4 cup gluten free All purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup baking blend sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 oz cream cheese

8 tbsp salted butter

1 tbsp milk

1 tsp lemon zest

Directions

  1. Cream together butter, sugar, egg and cream cheese

  2. Add baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla, milk, vegetable oil then stir all together

  3. Add flour to the mixture and stir, then add lemon zest

  4. Roll dough out into a large circle or other desired shape. You will want it to be about 1/4th of an inch thick.

  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes

Frosting

16 oz cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

8oz can of crushed pineapple

Directions

  1. Drain the crushed pineapple and then press dry

  2. Combine cream cheese and powdered sugar

  3. Add crushed pineapple and stir

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I hope you love this recipe! I love that this is the base of a great gluten free cookie that can be used for a fruit pizza but it can also be used as a great roll out sugar cookie recipe used around Christmas time! The base of these will definitely be seen and used again here on the blog! Let me know if you make this and I would love to hear what your guests think! Here we go with Bachelor in Paradise, lets see how this goes!

ABC’s Bachelorette Party: Wings two ways

MEN TELL ALL episode, I pretty much thought of the most manly thing I could think of and came up with wings! This is one of my favorite episodes because there is just so much going on and so much drama. But these wings were so good and easily could be served as an appetizer or made as a whole dinner and add french fries.

Spicy Asian Garlic

6 tbsp - Minced Garlic

2 cups - Sweet Chili Sauce

1/4th cup - Coconut Aminos

1 tbsp - Chili Paste

1 tbsp - Sesame Oil

1 tbsp - Spicy Stir Fry Sauce

1 tsp - Cayenne

1 tsp - Salt

Red Pepper Flake for more heat if desired

Kickin’ Honey Barbecue

1 tbsp - Minced Garlic

2 cups - Ketchup

3/4th cup - Honey

2 tbsp - Mustard

2 tbsp - Molasses

1 tbsp - Apple Cider Vinegar

2 tbsp - Worcestershire Sauce

1 tsp - Cayenne

1 tsp - Ground Mustard

1 tsp - Garlic salt

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Directions

Sauces

Cook time - 12 minutes

Put pan on stove at medium heat, add olive oil to pan creating a thin layer of oil. Add Minced Garlic and brown and stir occasionally until garlic has browned. Once Garlic has browned add in the rest of the ingredients and mix together. Once all the ingredients are mixed turn the heat down to low and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Wings

Season wings with salt and pepper, turn grill on to medium heat. Add the wings on the grill and make sure to flip and cook both sides until they are brown. Optional: once grilled, toss in fryer for about 2 minutes to crisp the outside) Let cool for a few minutes, brush on sauce of your choice! Eat!

ABC’s Bachelorette Party: Spicy Pomegranate Margarita

Fantasy suites week is here! I immediately thought of this spicy pomegranate margarita to make while you and your guests watch the drama unfold in the upcoming episode! Honestly this season has flown by and I can’t believe it’s almost over. This drink is so yummy and you can easily pair it with tortilla chips and salsa or guacamole if you are wanting to also bring a snack!

What you will need

 
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This is such an easy recipe because its really just putting things together, there isn’t any mixing or cooking, just a bit of prep work. Getting the seeds out of the pomegranate was the hardest part and even that could be eliminated if you bought a pack of just pomegranate seeds rather than a pomegranate. I also like it because these are so simple to make but they look really pretty!

ABC’S Bachelorette Party: Dips

When I first started to think about what I would make for the hometowns episode, I was STUMPED. I started looking into popular foods from the places that the contestants lived and I just was uninspired. I decided to think of the kinds of appetizers that I make for family get togethers. Most of the things that we make when our family is together are simple and delicious. I decided to make two dips to cater to two flavor pallets(sounds so official lol). Buffalo chicken dip is so freakin’ good and then my personal favorite is ham and pickle roll up dip.

 
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • 1-2 chicken breast shredded(1 large or 2 small)

  • 2 8oz packets of cream cheese

  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella

  • 1/2 cup of Franks Buffalo Sauce

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Add shredded chicken, cream cheese, buffalo sauce and mozzarella to a small crockpot. Heat until warm stirring occasionally, add salt and pepper to your liking. Serve warm with tortilla chips.

Ham and Pickle Roll up dip

  • 8 oz diced ham

  • 16 oz diced pickles

  • 2 8oz packets of cream cheese

Combine decided ham, diced pickles and cream cheese together, serve cold with crackers. I like the Vans GF crackers, they are also really good with ritz crackers.

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These are such easy recipes that take less than 10 minutes to make. I also like making both of these together because one dip is hot and the other is cold. After I made these I realized that I have about 3 other dips that I make that I want to share! Maybe those will come to the blog soon! Let me know if you try these and if you like them!

ABC's Bachelorette Party: Large Charcuterie board

I can’t believe that we are well over halfway done with this season, its crazy! It is seriously time for Luke P to go home and I jokingly said that this charcuterie board is as large as Luke P’s ego! The idea behind this was that it was going to be red, white and blue but it really turned into red, white, blue and orange.. a little unavoidable. But it was so so good!

 
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What you will need

  • Brie wheel

  • Pistachios

  • Pepperoni

  • Goat Cheese

  • Colby Jack Cheese

  • Blue Cheese

  • Cheddar Cheese

  • Hot Habenero Cheddar (warn your guests of the heat!)

  • Fresh Mozzarella Balls

  • Raspberries

  • Blueberries

  • Dried Cranberries

  • Simple Mills GF Crackers

  • Hershey’s Chocolate

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I’ve definitely said this before, but the best thing about charcuterie boards is that you can do what you want and there aren’t any rules when it comes to what you have to do. If you missed it, you can read about my smaller charcuterie board here! You can tell in the video that I would put something down and then change my mind with how it was looking as I placed things! The freedom with these is so great. Side note, I know I have already made two but I’m sure this won’t be my last one! See the video below! As always, I have so much fun putting these together and I hope you enjoy!

ABC's Bachelorette Party: Indoor S'mores

And we are back!

I missed a couple weeks on which appetizers I was bringing, but our host was out of town so there was no need. Nonetheless, I already have the next three planned and I can’t wait to share them with you!

What we are making

Dustin and I love making s’mores, we had them at our wedding reception and we make them indoors all of the time! I thought this would be perfect to bring to Bach night because again {shocker} it is so easy to prep and there is no work while you are there. The other thing that was so easy about this is it transports so easily in the tray, much like the charcuterie board I made a while back. If you missed it you can read about it here!

What you will need

-a serving tray

-a few kinds of marshmallows

-Hershey’s bars, the OG’s

-Other type of chocolate

  • Reeses peanut butter cups

  • York Peppermint patties

  • Ghirardelli salted caramel squares

-Oreos

-Wooden or metal skewers

-Graham crackers

-Chafing Dish Fuel Cans

**make sure you have a lighter on hand to light the chafing dish cans!**

The finished product

Much like the Charcuterie Board, and even the Banana Split Bar, you can totally make the presentation your own and have fun with it! I wanted to make sure that there were tons of marshmallows and fun toppings and I went from there. I also tried to make it look as full as possible. It helped that the tray I used had sides to keep everything in.

Amazon Finds: Spring Earrings

Amazon Finds: Spring Earrings

Working from home makes it pretty irrelevant to wear statement jewelry but when I worked in an office my go-to outfit was pretty much some variation of all black and then statement earrings with fun shoes! I rounded up some of the cutest spring earrings from Amazon and I can’t wait to hear what you think!

 
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I loveeee shopping on Amazon and really think they have stepped up their game with things like fashion and accessories! I also love spending time browsing. There are always like 20 things in my cart at all times from things that I have found that are next on my “to purchase” list. Its a lot of fun for me to share my Amazon finds!!

ABC's Bachelorette Party: Banana Split Bar

ABC's Bachelorette Party: Banana Split Bar

 
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If you are new around here, each Monday I get together with a group of my friends to watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette and 99.9% of the time I volunteer to bring a snack because its so fun! If you have been watching the Bachelorette so far this season then you know Cam is quite the character. After last weeks episode I did a bit of research on ABC Cam (Always Be Cam is his ridiculous nickname for himself). I found out that he is from Austin, Texas. I started looking into popular foods from Austin and I found tons of people saying banana splits were huge there {lucky us}!! SO, for this week we had a Banana Split Bar! This was another fun and tasty shoot (haha this is probably why I always offer to bring the food). I also liked this particular week because there wasn’t a whole lot of prep work- I like easy!

Allllll I’m saying is…..

“A{lways} B{e} C{am} got sent home, he is on his way back to keep Austin weird… I am so glad Hannah told him to {Banana} Split!”

I was on Twitter this morning and kept reading “anyone but Cam”. I hadn’t heard that one before but thought it was funny!

When I was at the store getting toppings for the banana splits there were sooo many options but I couldn’t get them all so here is what I got!

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-bananas

-sweet and salty peanuts

-caramel sauce

-chocolate sauce

-maraschino cherries

-rainbow sprinkles

-chocolate covered banana chips

-waffle bowls

-whipped cream

Some other things that I thought about getting were chocolate chips, pralines(yum), chocolate covered pomegranates, raspberry sauce, peanut butter sauce and oh my gosh, the list could go on! I really liked having this for a group of people because I didn’t have to worry about someone not liking the taste of what I made or having an allergy. They were able to make it their own and I didn’t have to do a whole lot but bring it to the party! It’s a win, win!

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I was SO SO happy with how it turned out and everyone loved the sweet treat! The more that I look at these pictures of the banana split bar, I can see myself using this for pool parties and get togethers just because it was so easy!

Are you enjoying this mini series?! I hope so because they are so fun for me to put together! If you missed last weeks charcuterie board you can find that post here!

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