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Had the BEST day at my bridal shower today! Thank you to everyone who made it so special - especially @chloeandmaxllc! 💕
We are a just a few short weeks away from #SuperBowlSunday so I wanted to share my go-to game day party tips! 🏈 
1. Have a game plan for the menu. Pizza and wings are great. No argument there. It’s what 99% of the parties will be serving that Sunday. Try something different. How about adding a little local fare in honor of the teams on the field?

2. Prepare the playing field. In your case, this is the food and beverage tables. Dress them up to resemble football fields with end zones on either side.

3. Don’t Forget the Favors
You’re here to cheer, after all. Hit your nearest party store and stock up on inexpensive foam fingers or pom-poms to hand out to guests.
Family recipes are the best recipes, and they’re passed down from generation to generation for one reason: they’re freakin’ amazing. I’ve said this before but my Grandma Hayes is one of the best cooks I know – the woman can seriously make anything, and whatever that “thing” is, it’s always flawless. I consider myself lucky to have inherited those genes. I rarely alter her recipes, but today I did, and I think Grandma would approve. This Creamy Macaroni and Cheese is out of this world and if you’ve never had the opportunity to sit around the huge farmhouse-style table Erma Hayes has in her kitchen, you’ll feel like you’re right there. Find this recipe by searching ‘Creamy Macaroni and Cheese’ on my website.
This Valentines Day treat your sweetie to a Valentines Day cupcake that shows your love from the first bite. You know what I always say, butter him up with buttercream! If the saying is true, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…” then I think these will do the trick! Rich chocolate cake is topped with a fudge-like chocolate frosting that is perfect for the chocolate lover in your life. Trade in that boring box of chocolates this year and bake something sweet, with that secret ingredient, love. Find this recipe on my website by searching ‘Valentines Day Chocolate Cupcakes”.
Got sucked into Target’s Valentine decor section this afternoon and decided I should decorate my house for Valentine’s Day! Does anyone else do this or am I crazy? I loved all the pink and red hearts... couldn’t resist! I’m having some girlfriends over tonight and made these sweet individual pies! Aren’t they cute? I used my go-to Hayes Farm Apple Pie filling (on website) and made the hearts with a mini cookie cutter I bought this afternoon!❤️
Had the best afternoon shooting a segment for the Super Bowl with #BigGameTailgate! Beer Sangria, Blue Cheese & Bacon Sliders and a DIY Ice Cream Sundae Bar we’re just a few of the items on my menu! Catch the segment now till Feb 3!
I promised I’d be better about sharing wedding updates in 2019, so here we go! 
We are 53 days away! Can you believe it? As I said in previous posts we have wrapped up all the “big things” and now we are just working on the little details. 
Invites have been mailed, first dance songs have been selected, cake picked out, food has been decided on… etc! I have SO many different lists… who knew!? Lists upon lists! While I’m working on the little details, I have a question for you guys. What is one thing you wish you would have done on your wedding weekend? Share your answers below… in case I need to add it to one of my lists! 
P.S Did I tell you we’re going to MAUI? (I forget... it’s been a busy few months!)
Stuck in a breakfast rut? Here are four creative ways to top your toast! What are some of your favorite toppings? Share your ideas below! 
I also love toast for a brunch party! How pretty would these look displayed on a fancy tray!?
Welcoming Florida’s strawberry season with these delicious Strawberry Shortcake Cups. This dessert is farm to table eating at its best, a dish that highlights the freshness of its ingredients and the purity of its flavors. I picked these berries at a local hydroponic farm and just can’t get enough of them! Find this recipe by searching Strawberry Shortcake Cups on my website. 🍓
Having a cozy night in tonight! I finally put away all my Christmas decorations and am already missing the tree! Anyone else having the same problem!?
This soup won’t change the weather, but at least it will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. It’s even cold in Florida this week! That’s when you know you really have a problem! Anyway, what better way to start the first week of the new year than with this butternut squash and carrot soup with spicy toasted garbanzo beans on top? What I love about this pureed root vegetable soup is that although it may seem decadent and sinful, it really is incredibly healthy.  Roasted butternut squash, carrots, onion and garlic are blended with a few other simple ingredients to make this creamy and comforting soup. This soup is nothing short of perfection. Find this recipe on my website by searching Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup with Spicy Garbanzo Beans.
First of all, wow! It really seems like just yesterday I was sitting down and thinking about my top moments of 2017. I seriously can’t believe it’s almost the end of 2018, but I am also very excited. A special thanks to all of you for following along on this journey with me! When I started blogging a few years ago I never thought I’d have over 26 thousand of you cheering me on. Whether it was making my famous Shellfish Pasta, to Mini Chicken and Waffles to Pumpkin Donuts with Hot Chocolate Glaze, I hope that I was an inspiration. It has been so fun being able to celebrate my engagement with you all, and getting the best wedding advice. Thank you again for your continued support, and I’m excited to keep cooking and creating in 2019! 🥂💕