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Baby Rattle Cake Pops & an Elephant for Baby Maylin!

So excited to announce that my dear friend Emma and her hubs Nate welcomed Baby Maylin into the world last week!  She is so precious and I cannot wait to snuggle with her in November :)

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I wanted to give Maylin something special so I made her an Elephant Softie.  A cute little stuffed elephant that she can play and cuddle with for years to come!!

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It’s so adorable I’ve decided to sell it in my Etsy Shop!!

And unfortunately I could not attend the baby shower earlier this year, but I sent goodies.  Yup, you guessed it: cake pops!  And not just any old pops… gluten free baby rattle pops!

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Welcome to the world Baby Maylin and Congratulations to Emma and Nate!  You’ll be such amazing parents!

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Welcome Home Deployment Cake

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My hubby came back from his deployment last month and boy was I so happy to see him!  {Although I must admit it was nice only running the dishwasher once a week… only having one load of laundry a week… haha}  But honestly, I missed his smile.  His bear hugs.  His goofy sense of humor.  Cooking for him.  Oh, and of course baking his favorite treats!

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So to celebrate I made this amazingly delicious cake!  It’s my favorite classic chocolate cake with caramel buttercream and fresh strawberries for the filling allllll wrapped in creamy whipped vanilla buttercream.  Oh.  So.  Yummy.

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No fancy decorating here, just some simple swirls with the buttercream and a cute homemade bunting for the topper.

I must say I’m a very very lucky girl.  It’s so wonderful to have him home.  I love my Lieutenant Belanger!

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Happy Anniversary to my Beau!

Dear Beau,

Although you are deployed somewhere out in the deep blue ocean, I want to wish you a Happy Wedding Anniversary!  I cannot believe that three years have already gone by.  Every day with you proves to be more awesome than the last and I am so happy I get to spend the rest of my life with you!  You make me so happy and I’m so excited to see what we will accomplish together.

You better believe that when you come home we’ll have a belated anniversary “party” complete with bubbly and cake.  (Oh yes… I’m talking chocolate caramel pecan cake 😉

I love you!  xoxo

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th everyone!  As I sit in the SFO airport terminal waiting to fly to Boston (!) I hope all of you are enjoying this beautiful summer day, sprinklers, sparklers, and of course most importantly some mouth watering desserts!


Please take a moment today to think about all of the brave men and women who devote (and have devoted) their lives to keeping our country free.  And safe.  


Thank you!


And thank you to my hubs and all our military family and friends  xoxo


A Housewarming Party… for Us!

A few weeks ago we hosted a Housewarming Party at our new home!  We invited Beau’s Coastie co-workers and friends, our neighbors, and my hometown friend Liz!  We had such a wonderful time and I {finally} made a few new friends!
I made a delicious white sangria with our good friend “2 Buck Chuck” from Trader Joe’s…
This “Home Sweet Home” bunting was so much fun to make and it made quite a statement!  I love the summery warm colors.  I have two more exact buntings for sale in my Etsy Shop.  You can find it HERE if you’re interested  :)

No party is ever complete without desserts!

Mini Peanut Butter Cookie “Smores” Cups… melted mini marshmallows and chocolate buttercream add extra yumminess to the flourless peanut butter cookie base.

Aren’t they so cute?!

Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats.

Cake Pops… which were devoured!  I think I know now of a few Coasties who would be excellent spokespeople for my pops – like the two that ate about 5 each… yeah, I saw you sneaking back to take more!

For the savory dishes, I made Baked Chicken Sausage Penne, Bean Dip, my Mom’s awesome Spinach Artichoke Dip, veggies and hummus, and these delish Vegan Cabbage Tacos.  

Fresh Quinoa with Basil, Cranberries, Lemon Juice, and lots of veggies

And homemade Almond Thyme Crackers with Sea Salt.

It was such a lovely party and Beau and I cannot wait to host another one!

Thank you to all who came!