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Tonight’s situation! Kicking the weekend off a little early with cocktails and a cheese board for dinner! Does anyone else do this sometimes!?
It’s been awhile since I chimed in and updated you all on wedding plans! I guess it’s because I’ve been so busy planning it. How about we do “Wedding Wednesday” from here on out. I will fill you all in on what is happening, and probably ask for some advice too! I decided to kick this #WeddingWednesday off with a post about the man himself, Paul. Read more on ❤️
Boo! Googly eyes make these chocolate monster cookies come to life. (Well, almost.) With Halloween right around the corner, I couldn't resist baking these Halloween Double Chocolate Monster Cookies from one of my favorite bloggers, @bakersroyale_naomi! These spook-tacular cookies have a brownie like flavor and couldn't be more delicious. Is it just me or do googly eyes make everything better? Find this recipe on my website by searching  Halloween Double Chocolate Monster Cookies. 👀
Fall Harvest Snack Mix is the simplest treat you’ll make all season! This recipe can be completed in less than TEN minutes, and there is no cooking involved. Surprise your neighbors, friends, and family with a little holiday goodness to get them in the fall spirit. This is one of those super addicting snacks, (it’s that delicious salty/sweet combo) so I highly suggest you package it up and give it away as a little gift. Find this recipe on my website by searching Fall Harvest Snack Mix.
There is nothing more comforting than a giant bowl of homemade soup. Tonight I am cozying up with one of my favorites, Hearty Pumpkin Soup. It's the ultimate satisfying dinner during these chilly fall nights. I topped it with a swirl of cream, crunchy pumpkin seeds and fresh herbs. What is your favorite soup this time of year? Share your recipes with me in the comment section below! 🍂
Gobble, gobble! 🦃 I’m a little early, but how cute are these linen cocktail napkins that are now available in my store?! SHOP via the link in profile. 🍂
Does the thought of baking spook you? 👀 Halloween is a very fun time of the year, but it can also be a lot of work - from finding the right costume to decorating your home to carving pumpkins, it can be exhausting. But I've got quite the trick to help you on the treat department this year: no bake ghost donuts. Buy pre-made donuts at the store, dip them in melted white chocolate and add my favorite, googly eyes! It's a frightfully easy treat! 👻
Couldn’t be more *EXCITED* to be heading into holiday party season! Ok, I know it’s only September, but my event calendar is starting to fill up and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Did you know you can hire me for catering as well as full-service event planning? E-mail to BOOK your next party!
Cheering on my @UCF.Knights tonight with a giant plate of these soft and chewy pretzels! They’re great dipped in mustard, cheese sauce or even chocolate (if you’re really feeling sinful). This recipe is always a hit – I mean, who can say no to warm, chewy pretzels!? Find this recipe on my blog by searching ‘Pretzel Bites’. 🥨
My kitchen smells absolutely *AMAZING* as I write this. This appetizer has got it all: bright fall colors and savory-sweet appeal. I love to make different types of crostini for parties because they’re simple to put together last minute, and they always seem to be a crowd pleaser. This week I’ve been putting together my fall catering menus and  this item is definitely at the top of the list. Search ‘Butternut Squash, Ricotta, and Crispy Sage Crostini’ on my website for the recipe. If you’re looking for catering and for me to make you tasty apps like this, send me an e-mail at 😋
While everyone is getting excited about pumpkin spice lattes and apple pie, I’m all suited up to make a hearty fall salad that makes a fabulous lunch or dinner. It’s still really hot in Florida, so it’s a little hard to welcome cozy, warm recipes when it’s so toasty outside. Even if it is starting to get chilly where you live, sometimes all you want is a fresh, tasty salad before comfort food is in it’s prime time. Kale is one of those leafy greens people either love or hate, and for all of you kale haters out there, I’m going to share a few of my secrets to making the veggie a bit more tolerable. And no, it’s not just to throw it away and have a donut! Find this recipe by searching ‘Warm Balsamic Kale Salad’ on my website.
Had to share one more close up photo from the anniversary party this weekend. I just loved the floral arrangements! Aren’t the hydrangeas perfect? ☺️