Simple Strawberry Shortcake Donuts


This post is sponsored by Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

strawberry shortcake donut

I’ve been on a donut-making kick lately because you can make so many variations and they are pretty easy to make. Especially if you’re like me and you take shortcuts. I love baking but don’t have a lot of time, so I often think of ways I can make recipes easier and faster. These strawberry shortcake donuts were so simple to whip up! I decided to make them for a brunch I recently had. A few friends and I gathered one Saturday morning to visit and have a little time just chatting over coffee. These donuts went perfectly with our tea and coffee, and they were simple enough to whip up that morning before guests arrived.

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My secret weapon for homemade donuts is boxed cake mix. I pick a flavor (here I used pink velvet) and then jazz it up a little. By placing sliced strawberries right into the batter, I made these donuts seem extra special. (more…)

DIY Rose Water Face Mist

Truth is, sometimes we all need a little mood-booster in our day. If you’ve ever found yourself wishing for a timeout or reset button, this DIY face mist is going to be your BFF. Think of it as a little refreshing pick-me-up.

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, this would make an easy and thoughtful gift for those hard-working mommas in your life. (Just be sure to make one to keep for yourself!)

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I think the tag just makes this an adorable gift. Be sure to grab your free printable tags below!

I was inspired to figure out how to make this rose water mist after I had bought a small bottle at Anthropologie.  I found my mood being instantly boosted each time I spritzed by face and took in a deep breath. (more…)

Serve It :: Simple Olive Cheese Bread Bites


This post is sponsored by Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

If you’ve never made olive cheese bread before, I hope this simple recipe changes your mind.

Olive Bread Recipe

This recipe only has four ingredients, which makes it super simple to whip up the next time you have friends over. All you need is: bread, black and green olives, Monterey Jack cheese, and Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Why Philadelphia Cream Cheese, you ask? Because it’s made with fresh milk, real cream, and no preservatives. I always have some on hand and nothing else tastes like it!

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I use a food processor to turn the whole black and green olives into the perfectly diced olive confetti.

Olive Bread Recipe

In a bowl, combine the diced olives, monterey jack cheese, and Philadelphia Cream Cheese and mix well. You can continue making the appetizer, or prepare the spread ahead of time and store (covered) in the refrigerator until you’re ready to make the apps.

When ready, spread olive mixture onto small sliced of bread (about 1 tablespoon for each piece). Top with a little shredded monterey jack cheese. Pop them into an oven preheated at 350 degrees and bake for 10 minutes.

Olive Bread Recipe

These olive bread bites are great to serve to a crowd. Pass a tray around and everyone will be happy. The saltiness of the olives pairs perfectly with the natural and fresh taste of the cream cheese. So delicious!

Olive Bread Recipe

 

Olive Cheese Bread Bites
 
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Serves: Serves: 8 servings (3 appetizers = 1 serving)

Ingredients
  • 1 sourdough baguette, sliced into 24 slices
  • 1 can black olives
  • 1 can pimento stuffed green olives
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 8-oz. brick PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread, softened

To Make
  1. Drain olives and finely chop them. In a medium bowl, mix olives, ¾ cup of the monterey jack cheese, and brick of cream cheese. Once mixed, spread one tablespoon onto each piece of bread. Top with a sprinkle of the remaining monterey jack cheese. Back on a baking sheet for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

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For quick and easy entertaining, turn to Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Always have it on hand to create fun appetizers and desserts that pop. I had a great time developing my Variety Crostini Platter for a get-together with friends. For more creamy, delicious recipe ideas, click here.

Building A Brand: Pretty Pictures Will Only Get You So Far

If you’re using social media, specifically Instagram and Pinterest, to grow your blog or business or as a key factor in building a brand, then you’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about your visual imagery. And although having compelling, distinctive, and quality imagery is a big key to success on these platforms, I want to go a little deeper.

Your Instagram and Pinterest must be more than just a pretty face. 

There I said it. There is more to these platforms than looks–it’s called engagement.

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We’ve talked about ways to increase Instagram engagement recently in response to Instagram’s new algorithm update (spoiler alert: I’m not worried about it), so I won’t get into tactics here. Engagement is what’s going to set your Instagram and Pinterest presence apart from others. Engagement is what will move the bar for your blog, brand, and business. So let’s take a moment to break down what engagement looks like on each of these platforms. (more…)

Serve It :: Pudding Parfaits

Can we agree that mini desserts are just better? These mini pudding parfaits are just so cuuuute, aren’t they? (Spoiler alert: They also taste delicious.)

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I actually made these dessert in mini wine tasting glasses I had on hand. They just so happen to be the perfect size for mini pudding parfaits! These mini mason jars would also work perfectly (and I love that they have lids).
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You can completely customize this recipe and get really creative. I used the classic Nilla Wafer cookies to make a cookie crumb crust at the bottom. Then I layered homemade vanilla pudding, jimmies (sprinkles), and whipped cream. But you can do any cookie crumble (Oreo would be so good!) and any flavor of pudding you like. You get the idea, have fun with it! (more…)

Serve It :: A Simple Variety Crostini Platter


This post is sponsored by Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

If you’re looking for a quick and eye-catching and creative appetizer to serve at an impromptu get-together, these crostini appetizers will do the trick!

Crostini Appetizers

I love to serve cold appetizers because they’re really easy to prepare and you don’t have to worry about keeping them warm—perfect for casual entertaining occasions! (more…)

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