Easy Strawberries With Angel Food Cake

Strawberries with Angel Food Cake

Hi Lovelies!

Doesn’t that look fantastic?! Angel food cake is one of those things that I could probably eat in its entirety within just a few days. Not that I’ve done that before or anything…haha:) And those strawberries…YUM! This dessert is fantastic not just because of the ingredients, but because it fulfills multiple cravings at one time. You need something a little fruity and tangy? Check! Need a little chocolate? Check! Need some light fluffy cake? Check! Oh, just go make it already!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups egg whites
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

Angel Food Cake with StrawberriesDirections:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk the egg whites until they are foamy. Once foamy, add the cream of tartar, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  3. Sift together flour, sugar, and salt. Repeat five times.
  4. Gently combine the egg whites with the dry ingredients by folding the dry ingredients in slowly with a spatula.
  5. Pour into an ungreased 10 inch tube pan.
  6. Cook for about 35-40 minutes, or until cake is golden brown.
  7. Let the cake cool upside down on a cooling rack. When the cake is cooled, remove it from the pan.
  8. Enjoy!

You could also go buy a box of angel food cake mix or even a pre-made one in the bakery section of your grocery store. Whichever way you choose to make it, let me know how it turns out!

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Calm & Carefree

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Hi Lovelies!

The weekend just went by way too quickly. We got lots of housework done, including a little bit of painting, and had a great Sunday Funday at Top Golf…but it never seems like quite enough. Oh how I yearn for those days as a child when you had no responsibilities! <sigh> Welcome to adulthood. At least today’s pictures look carefree, right? Feeding the swans and geese on the lake in paradise:)

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American Eagle Dress/ Kendra Scott Necklace/ Michael Kors Crossbody/ Charming Charlie Fedora/ Aldo Sunglasses/ DSW Sandals/ Charming Charlie Flamingo Ring

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I swear I say this every other day, but I change my mind every time I put on a new outfit…..this outfit is one of my new favorites. This dress has been one of my most worthwhile purchases in a long time. I swear I put this dress on once a week with the intention of wearing it and sometimes have to talk myself down and into one of my other million pieces.

I wore this little number when we were up in Michigan, the day I bought my little Michael Kors crossbody, which I am pretty much obsessed with. I wanted a pink handbag and I wanted something to match my magenta Kendra Scott Rayne necklace. Well, these two were MEANT TO BE. The colors are identical and I can’t stop wearing either of them, especially together! The magenta and cobalt combo is a new find too…I pretty much love any bold, bright colors mix and matched together these days. Gotta love summer!

Oh, and for those of you who are flamingo obsessed like me, I thought I would point out that my ring is a little pink flamingo. I know, i needed it:)

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Pineapples: Splurge Vs. Steal

Pineapple Splurge Vs Steal

 

Hi Lovelies!

I am so excited that it’s almost the weekend again! I have been anxiously awaiting this weekend for one reason. We are doing nothing. That’s right, absolutely nothing. I am in such need of a relaxing weekend since the last 4 have been nothing but busy busy busy!

I have not indulged myself in the pineapple trend yet, but I have been scoping it out for a while. Today I thought I would share what has been on my list of things I might decide I need:)  I don’t know about you, but I will be looking in that steal column on the right. In my mind, there is no reason to splurge on items that are trendy and won’t necessarily be in style next season/year. Now, I know pineapples will never be “out of style”, but they aren’t worth $143 to me…that’s just how it is.

What’s the most recent trend you’ve been dying to try?

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The Best Place On Earth

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Hi Lovelies!

It has already been over a week since we got back from our Michigan vacation. It feels like yesterday and it makes me so sad that we won’t be back for another year. Well, we may be in Michigan before then, but we won’t be up north on the lake:( Today’s photos are from the family reunion, the one above is of me and my cousin, Stephanie. It’s her birthday today! (Happy Birthday, Steph!)

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Wes and I where we got engaged 2 years ago.

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Sophie even got her own little photo shoot. Doesn’t she look happy?

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Beautiful sunset from the first night.

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My beautiful niece, Hailey, and I on the 4th of July.

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Wes and our brother in law, Chris. Yes, my husband is wearing a storm trooper shirt. Yes, it is on a pink surf board. Yes, it is a tank top. You can thank our friend Bryan who kidnapped us for 3 days with no extra clothing. You can also thank Walmart.

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Sophie took a dip in the lake. She didn’t like it.

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The bro-in-law and I.

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Jump! The 4 cousins always get a picture in the sunset:)

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And then we die of laughter….

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The most beautiful view on earth.

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Wesley and myself…we totally look photoshopped into this one. Weird.

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We don’t like each other at all:)

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Sunset.

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Best friends.

It really is the most beautiful place I have seen and I wait anxiously every single year for the summer to come so that I can lay on the beach and read, watch the sunset, and get ice cream at the local ice cream shop. <sigh> Only 352 (or so) more days to go until next year!

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Baked Caprese Pasta

Caprese Pasta with Italian Sausage2

Hi Lovelies!

Yum. That’s all I have to say about this recipe. It’s pretty basic, but it’s just one of those comfort type foods for me. I just can’t get enough of tomato, mozzarella, and basil lately. (Like this recipe) Really anything with basil in it since I bought my own basil plant! I used Italian sausage in this version, but you could really substitute ground beef or chicken if you wanted to make it a little more kid friendly.

Tomato Basil Pasta with Sausage

Ingredients:

  • Rigatoni
  • Olive Oil
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Basil leaves
  • Mozzarella
  • Italian Sausage
  • Heavy Cream
  • Parmesan

Baked Caprese Pasta

Directions:

  1. Start boiling some water for the pasta, be sure to add a little olive oil to the water in order to keep the noodles from sticking together.
  2. I used sausage that was already cooked, it just needed to be grilled, so this is where we started the grill and threw those babies on.
  3. Once the water is boiling, add your rigatoni.
  4. While the pasta is boiling chop up the fresh basil and cut your tomatoes into halves. Chop your fresh mozzarella into 1/4 inch cubes.
  5. In a saucepan mix your tomato sauce with  about 1/3 a cup of heavy cream.
  6. Mix the basil, tomatoes, about 1/2 a cup of parmesan into the creamy tomato sauce.
  7. Once the parmesan is melted, your sauce is ready.
  8. When the sausage is grilled and ready, slice into 1/2 inch pieces and put into sauce.
  9. When the noodles are tender, drain them and put them into an oven safe casserole dish. Pour the sauce over the pasta and mix it up until all noodles are coated.
  10. Take your mozzarella cubes and fold them into the noodles.
  11. Put the casserole dish in the oven at 450 for about 25-35 minutes.
  12. Serve the ooey gooey goodness:)

Caprese Pasta Bake

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