Thursday, December 8, 2016

Cinnamon Crunch Cake | Recipe Files

It's seriously been way too long since I posted a recipe and since I baked something new during Thanksgiving (and have gotten some requests for the recipe), I figured why not! Let me preface this by saying this, the recipe calls for quite a few ingredients, but it's super easy to make. If you follow the recipe to a T then you'll be good to go! 




Ingredients:

1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant butterscotch pudding mix 4 eggs 1 cup water 1 cup vegetable oil 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10 inch Bundt cake pan with Pam or cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cake mix, vanilla pudding mix, and butterscotch pudding mix. Add the eggs, oil and water, mix until well blended. In another bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts.
3. Pour half of the cake mix batter into the pan, spread evenly. Sprinkle with half of the nut mixture. Cover with the rest of the cake mix batter, and sprinkle with the rest of the nut mixture.
4. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn the oven down to 325 degrees F and bake for an additional 35 to 40 minutes.

Optional:
You can add a glaze drizzle over the top or put a scoop of vanilla ice cream over a slice, whatever you prefer..make it however you like :)!


Monday, December 5, 2016

Weekending | First of December

After such a dreary and rainy weekend, I just want to stay curled up in bed watching Netflix and Hallmark movies. Luckily for me, this is a 4 day work week for me since I head to a bachelorette party on Friday! 

Since it was rainy and cold pretty much all weekend long we didn't get to go do any of the fun lights we had planned. Instead we basically became hermits and stayed in all weekend. We ordered pizza and hunkered down for some serious Netflixing. I was able to also catch up on all my shows (except Gilmore Girls because I secretly don't want it to end so I don't want to finish it).

I also made a yummy pasta bake and it turned out so good. It's what's for lunch today and I can't get enough.


I also managed to finish all my Christmas shopping (thank god for online shopping and quick package delivery). This weekend being at home meant I could get everything wrapped and under the tree! I loved the pretty wrapping paper I picked up from Target last week!


We did run out on Sunday and finish getting a few gifts for some extended family members and gift tags, snow blanket for under the tree and other miscellaneous things.

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What were in your weekend plans? Hoping for a quick & fabulous week ahead for everyone! Linking up with Biana for Weekending!

Friday, December 2, 2016

It's Friday | Spread the Holiday Cheer

Happy Friday loves. Boy am I glad to finally see the weekend, feels like the longest and slowest week so far. Let's just say I wish the traffic from last week stuck this week because it was awful out there. We finally got our dose of cooler temps, thank GOD! It went from 82 degrees to 41 degrees in less than 12 hours, craziness! 

Now that it's (finally) December, all the holiday cheer is all around and I love it! I literally wish December could last longer than 31 days because it's crazy to think that in less than that, it'll be 2017! With 2016 being an amazing year of ups and downs in my life, I can't believe it's coming to a close! 

In other news, we got our precious tree in (thanks Mom & Dad for sending us a pretty tree for us to have this year). Hubby let me decorate the house and tree before December 1st because he was feeling nice. Even though our tree is small, it makes me happy and feel cozy! Plus our other decor (I'll share pictures when I take some) adds to the festiveness. 


Yesterday, hubby and I went to our town center for the annual tree lighting ceremony. It was the perfect evening in the low 60's and it wasn't too packed. They had food trucks, booths selling some goodies, fun games and activities for the kiddos. Overall it was fun to get into the magic of the holiday with Santa & Mrs. Claus joining in on the fun. 


The tree lighting was fun and pretty, but we were pretty hungry so as soon as it was lit we were high tailing it to the Baker Street Pub in town square for some much needed dinner.



After dinner, when the crowds around the tree died down, we headed back for an obligatory selfie in front of the tree.


We are supposed to go to the Magical Winter Lights and Zoo Lights today and tomorrow, but this crazy rain that we are projected to have is threatening those plans. I hope we can make it this weekend, if not then it'll have to wait until mid December! If rain ruins our plans then a lot of Netflixing will be on the agenda. What fun things are you guys up to this weekend?

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Linking up with Amanda for Friday faves & Liz for Five on Friday!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Weekending | Thanksgiving Recappin'

Happy Monday loves! It feels like it has been forever since I last made my way to this blog. It's been such a nice weekend of not doing much of anything at all, but I definitely am not ready for the week to start already. 

Thursday morning I woke up bright and early to make my cinnamon crunch cake (recipe possibly coming soon). After it was all finished and cooling, I got ready for the evening of yummy food and thanks!


I definitely ate plenty all day Thursday, as you can see the tiny sliver of turkey, just for participation sake. The sides were definitely my jam that night. After eating all the yummy food and desserts (my cake, pecan pie & pumpkin pie), I was done for the night.


Had to take a selfie with my favorite pup Dingo, he's no Nico, but so cuddly and sweet.


Friday morning I had to work all morning which was kind of a bummer, but what wasn't was the drive to and from work...literally no people on the road which was pretty awesome and I only wish every day driving in was like that. I didn't do any actual shopping for Black Friday, mostly stuck to online shopping. I definitely online shopped my heart out guys, I got pretty much everyone on my list covered.

Saturday was spent shopping for Christmas decor. We didn't find that much, but got this adorable wreath from Hobby Lobby for 50% off!! I love how festive it is (you can't see but there are little sparkly sequins in there) and it can be essentially used year round by just changing up the flower. We have yet to put a tree up because we are still waiting for it to be shipped to us, but we have all the trimmings and can't wait! 


Sunday was mostly spent doing our weekly errands and grocery run. We ended the night by watching Lights Out, definitely a scary movie and I'm not sure why we watched it because I was hiding behind the pillow the entire time! If you like horror/scary movies, check this one out! 

I hope y'all had a wonderful extended (for some) weekend with your loved ones. I know a lot of folks have been decorating like crazy for Christmas and I have serious FOMO, but it's definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and the holidays!

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Linking up with Biana for Weekending!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Tag

Since today falls right before Thanksgiving, I decided to partake in this fun tag that I saw on Jenn & Biana's blogs! 



Favorite part of the Thanksgiving Day meal?
I'm definitely more a fan of all the sides. I usually tend to fill up on appetizers and sides that by the time I get to the turkey, I don't have any room for that. Desserts are also the best, always room for dessert!

Favorite side(s)?
Totally the easiest question ever, MASHED POTATOES!!! Ask anyone that knows me and I could eat those for days!



Have you hosted before?
Nope, since this is our first Thanksgiving as a married couple and we don't have our own place, it doesn't make sense logistically to host it, but I hope that one day we can.

Favorite decor for Thanksgiving?
Our family doesn't really go all out in the sense of decorations, mostly because then there wouldn't be room for all the yummy food. But I'm a big fan of harvest bouquets and mini pumpkins. I'm hoping one year when we host, I'll go full our and decorate!

Tree up before or after Thanksgiving (if you celebrate)?
Usually after, but that's just lack of time. If I could I would totally put it up beforehand. Hubby said that we can put up all the decorations December 1st and later, but I've snuck in small decor items like my nutcracker.

Smooth or chunky cranberry sauce?
Not the biggest fan of cranberry sauce, but I would prefer it smooth.


Pumpkin pie or another?
I usually make a pumpkin cheesecake pie, but this year I'm doing something a little different. I'm a fan of any pie really. Apple, sweet potato, pumpkin, etc!

Biggest thing you're thankful for this year?
Definitely getting married and how I was able to see so much of my family this year. It's definitely tough not being able to spend the holidays with my family at home, but I'm excited and thankful for new traditions. I'm also thankful for my family, health, and new job; among many other things!

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I hope y'all have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebrating with your loved ones and eating up a storm. Do me a favor and just wait until Friday early morning to head to the stores because nobody wants a Thanksgiving Day shopper! 

If you want to link up any Wedding Wednesday related post, you can do so below :)!



Monday, November 21, 2016

Quick Weekending

Happy Monday of Turkey week friends! I'm showing up today live and late, but I'm here. We didn't do much of anything this weekend which was perfect with all the busy weekends coming up.


Just a quick request for puppy prayers that everything goes well for my little buddy/fur-nephew Nico while he has his neutering procedure today.




This weekend consisted of relaxing and binge watching the rest of Gilmore Girls before the 4 part series this Friday. I'm so close to being done with the series, but kind of don't want it to end.


I did venture out to get some things for Thanksgiving this week. I'm making a cinnamon crunch cake and I'm kind of excited, but hoping it turns out good and edible...fingers crossed. I went to a few stores and of course my favorite, HomeGoods to get some platters and a cake stand. Shopping this weekend reminded me why online shopping is so big, I think I'll stick to that unless absolutely necessary.


During our errand running, I went to visit my aunt and cousin who got us the cutest ornament to hang on our tree (whenever we eventually put that up).





With the holidays being in full swing, I did get pretty homesick yesterday after I spoke to my parents. I don't know what came over me, but tears just started welling up and I just started bawling and hubby was so awesome during that moment. He was so supportive the whole time and I couldn't be happier he was there for me in that moment. I'm a little over it now, still homesick, but I'm hoping to go early January to visit and looking forward to that!


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Definitely looking forward to having a day off this week (even though I have to work Friday...BOO) and spending time eating and catching up with family! And mashed potatoes....all the mashed potatoes please!

Linking up with Biana for weekending!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wedding Wednesday | A's Getting Ready Shots

Happy Wedding Wednesday loves! Sorry for my absence last week, I just really couldn't after that election. And although I'm in excruciating pain after my root canal Monday, I decided to still show up for y'all because it's been 4 MONTHS since we've been married. I cannot believe time has flown so quickly, but doing life with A is something I've dreamt of for practically ever and I'm loving every minute of it!

I'm slowly sifting through more and more of the photos (there's literally thousands) to pick our favorites for when we eventually do our album. Of course I've gone through every event we had except for the wedding, go figure. I realized I didn't share any pictures of A getting ready. I'm so glad our photographer was able to shift back and forth between us and capture some great shots of the both of us.

Granted A was basically ready at this point, but he recreated some of the pieces for the purpose of getting the shot. Here comes the photo vomit now...












Even though A isn't much of a picture kinda guy, he looks great in these IMO and I'm glad our photographer captured these!

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Now it’s your turn to link-up and share your wedding tales. 

I love reading all about your big day, someone else’s wedding adventures, or anything else wedding related. Alex & I just can’t wait to read all about it!

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