Category Archives: Party Planning

Most Epic Chocolate Chip Cookies 🍪 

In honor of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, I feel like I should share the last “chip” recipe you’ll ever need. I say “chip” because I have made these with milk chocolate, toffee, mint, peanut butter, and white chocolate chips and all are heavenly.

I use my Kitchenaid Mixer but I think you could possibly get away with using a decent hand mixer. 

Begin by sifting 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons of cake flour, 1 & 2/3 cups bread flour, 1.25 teaspoons baking soda, 1.5 teaspoons baking powder, & 1.5 teaspoons coarse salt. Set aside. 

With paddle attachment cream together 2.5 sticks unsalted butter (room temp), 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, & 1.25 cups light brown sugar until light and fluffy – approximately 5 minutes. 

Reduce speed and add 2 eggs & 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. 

Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in your chips. 

Refrigerate for 24-36 hours – DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. 

When ready, drop by the spoonful and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes – Cool on a wire rack. 

You will be the hit of the bake sale, the cookie swap, & the neighborhood Christmas party. You are welcome!🍪

Adapted From: I Am Baker

Fresh Shrimp Sliders

We just returned from a week at the beach. The beauty of living here is that we didn’t feel the need to eat out whatsoever. We simply picked veggies from our garden, brought fresh local shrimp from The Shrimp Lady, and bought some good bread, meats, and fruit. I mean, no place in town could beat the view from the porch anyways….

Every dinner felt like a date night…..

One of my favorite meals that we cooked were these Sliders. Now, these could easily be served as full size sandwiches or even bite size mini biscuits for the perfect brunch treat. Any size, they are absolutely delicious. 

Begin by whisking together 1/3C mayonnaise, 1tbl chopped basil, 1.5tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1.5tsp freshly squeezed orange juice + 1tsp orange zest, and 3/4tsp Old Bay seasoning. 

Fold in a pound of cooked & chilled fresh shrimp, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (or smaller for smaller servings), 6 crispy crumbled slices of bacon, and 1/4tsp each of salt and pepper. 

Prepare your buns by buttering each side and sliding them under the broiler or onto the grill until the edges begin to brown. 

Spoon some of your shrimp mixture onto one half and top with fresh basil leaves and garden fresh tomatoes before capping with your top piece of warm buttered bread. OMG.😃

Adapted From: Southern Living

Grilled, Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

With a million jalapeños from our garden and a cheat day/Father’s Day upon us, what better way to use some of our fresh produce than load them up with cheese. These were a bit labor intensive, but worth it.

I used 12 jalapeños and halved them, removing the seeds and membranes.

Combine 1 cup shredded cheddar, 8oz softened cream cheese, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Use a dinner knife and spread each half with as much as it will hold.

Cut 12 strips of bacon in half and wrap each jalapeño, placing a toothpick in each to hold the bacon in place.

Grill with the cheese side down for 6-8 minutes and then flip and grill until the bacon blackens.

Try not to eat the entire batch!

Adapted from: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Homemade Twix Bars

I am not someone who has a huge sweet tooth. I don’t have to have dessert every day, but when the mood strikes, it’s game on. These Twix bars are not only super easy, they are DELICIOUS. 

Coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Using a hand mixer beat 1 cup of salted butter until soft. Add in 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 1 cup powdered sugar. Beat until smooth. Add 2 cups of flour and carefully combine. Using your hands, press dough out evenly into your baking dish. Bake at 300 degrees for 35 minutes. Let cool completely. 

Melt 2 bags of caramel squares (2.5 cups) and 3 tablespoons of heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl for 3 minutes on high heat. Make sure to stop and stir each minute or so. 

Pour the caramel over the cooled crust and spread evenly. Let cool in the fridge for 20 minutes. 

Melt 2 cups of milk chocolate chips in the microwave for 2 minutes (stir after the first minute). Pour over the caramel and spread evenly.

Refrigerate until chocolate sets. Cut and serve!😃

Adapted from: My Kitchen Escapades

Birthday Banners

When my son turned 1, I literally spent almost $50 on banners to include one that draped around his highchair tray with the simple phrase, “I Am One”. The following year my super crafty and talented sister in law made one for him with her Cricut. What is that you say? Well, I had no idea either…..fast forward to a couple of months ago and I insisted (asked nicely😄) for my husband to buy me one for Mother’s Day. I mean, women are making hand over fist with these magical machines selling to the less craftily inclined…

My cousin’s little boy who I keep some during the week and love like he is my own turns one tomorrow, so what better excuse to take my new machine out of the box and see what all the hype is about. I’ve played around with it for the past couple of days and can tell this can easily become an obsession….I’m actually not totally embarrassed by my first attempt (although I did tell my cousin she didn’t have to hang it if she didn’t want to). It’s the thought that counts anyways…😊

1st Birthday Chalkboard

I have to admit, I was super intimidated to try one of these for my son’s first birthday. I LOVED the idea of it, but I am not artistic. I actually planned to order a template from Etsy and call it a day. Then, one of my dear friends said something that made me take the plunge. She said that the fact that I made it myself, with nothing but my hands and lots of love, would mean so much more later on….it would be imperfectly perfect. So, I did some research and got started. The first thing I did was print off my son’s name in the font and size I needed. I then laid it down on my chalkboard and drew over top of the letters with a pencil. It was just dark enough to translate to the board in order for me to be able to trace it back over with a chalkboard marker. 


Then I used a ruler to section it out, a giraffe stencil, and hand wrote the rest. Trust me, if I can do this, anybody can!☺️

Mimosa Bar

Another one of my favorite things to do is party plan. I mean, who doesn’t love a good party, right?! In less than a month my little brother is marrying the perfect girl to complete our family. I had the absolute honor and pleasure of helping plan her bridal shower a couple of weeks ago. The bride-to-be and I have many things in common including a love for champagne. It’s the epitome of a celebratory indulgence, and an upcoming wedding is most definitely cause for celebration!! A mimosa bar is super fun and so visually appealing for any shower, brunch, birthday, etc. I found these cute, rustic bottles at Home Goods for a steal and I hit up Hobby Lobby for chalkboard tags, banners, and other accessories. I had plenty of markers from making my son’s first birthday chalkboard (which I will blog about later). Here was my initial vision:

And here is the final display. 


You can’t see the MIMOSA banner above the BAR banner. I finished it off with various fruits and an ice bucket with her new monogram. It was a hit.😊