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Bacon Mac N Cheese

Bacon Mac N Cheese is pure decadence. A creamy sauce of heavy cream, sharp cheddar, white cheddar and mozzarella cheese is melted together until smooth, folded with crispy bacon pieces and pasta shells. Every crevice of every shell is filled with a cheese sauce so...

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Pumpkin Donuts are everything you could want in a pumpkin donut and more. A sweet, cinnamon-spice-speckled pumpkin cake batter is piped into a donut pan and baked to golden brown perfection. Then, rolled in melted butter and coated with a...

Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate

Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate makes all your hot chocolate dreams come true! Creamy coconut milk is swirled together with bittersweet and semi-sweet chocolate and almond extract until hot and steamy. Ladle the coconut hot chocolate into a chocolate and toasted...

Apple Butter Cheesecake

Apple Butter Cheesecake is as decadent and delicious as it sounds. Perfectly spiced apple butter is swirled with a classic, tangy cheesecake batter and poured over a buttery, graham cracker crust. Topped with a cinnamon sour cream topping, this cheesecake is one for...

Smoked BBQ Buffalo Chicken Wings

Smoked BBQ Buffalo Chicken Wings is an appetizer that is the best of both worlds! Sweet bbq sauce is swirled with hot and tangy buffalo sauce to make each chicken wing the perfect bite. Smoky, tangy, sweet and spicy crispy chicken wings that will disappear before...

The Monthly Scoop – September 2019

Welcome to another post of The Monthly Scoop! September has already come and gone and it was a pretty darn good one. The kitchen was busy as 11 recipes were made and posted, the smoker whipped out several meat-sweats-worthy meals and we started to jump into Fall with...

Harvest Apple Chopped Salad

Harvest Apple Chopped Salad is everything that you could want in a simple salad recipe and more. Fresh, chopped kale is tossed with honeycrisp apples, dried cranberries, goat cheese crumbles, pumpkin seeds and a homemade honey mustard dressing. Each bite is bursting...

Fresh Mozzarella and Pepperoni Pizza

Sometimes you just need a slice of pizza, and thats where this Fresh Mozzarella and Pepperoni Pizza comes in! Creamy, fresh mozzarella slices melt perfectly into the crispy pepperoni so that each bite is loaded full of flavor and stringy cheese. A dinner recipe that...

Spiced Apple Butter Bread

Spiced Apple Butter Bread is a perfect fall baking recipe! Each slice is like a warm, sweet apple wrapped up in a cinnamon blanket. Serve the bread warm from the oven with a smear of extra apple butter and it's a match made in heaven! Apple butter is like an apple...

Toasted S’mores Cupcakes

Toasted S'mores Cupcakes are a cupcake lover's dream come true! A moist and decadent chocolate cupcake is topped with a swirl of marshmallow fluff cream cheese frosting, dusted with crumbled graham crackers and a perfectly toasted marshmallow. Each bite will have you...

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are a perfect weeknight dinner! Colorful bell peppers and chipotle chicken simmer and caramelize together on one sheet pan. Scoop it all into a tortilla, top with some sour cream and fresh avocado and you have a delicious, simple dinner on...

Baked Chili Cheese Dogs

Baked Chili Cheese Dogs is a simple twist on a classic hot dog dish. Hot dogs are piled high with a quick, homemade chili, a generous sprinkle of cheese, and then baked until crispy and melted. Serve them up with a dollop of sour cream, fresh green onions and, of...

2017 Swimsuit Recap

I am not a swimsuit-picture-posting person. Heck, taking a selfie is hard enough! So why am I doing a whole post about swimsuits? I used to cringe at the thought of having to wear one. Bikini season was not my thing – give me all the yoga pants and chunky sweaters please! I am not an itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot-bikini wearing girl, but here I am, going 150% out of my comfort zone to share with you how I became confident and comfortable wearing a swimsuit.

It’s nothing fancy, high-tech or Pinterest-worthy. I just simply ditched the bikini and never looked back. Before we go any farther, I am in now way shaming bikinis or bikini-wearing gals. This is just purely my personal choice and I have no problem with them, but I will share with you how awesome it made me feel to leave them behind! It was like a huge weight was lifted when the thought of not having to put on a bikini came to mind. Summer, swimsuit season and bikinis have become SO high maintenance with our culture. I kept feeling dogged down about not having a “bikini body”, but what in the world is that anyways? Our culture tells us its skinny, tan, smooth, the right things rounded and firm and other places flat and doesn’t jiggle when you laugh. Yeah, that’s pretty high maintenance to me! I’d rather be real, healthy, active and eat cake.

To me, finding the right swimsuits to make me feel comfortable, confident and sexy just had to happen. And guess what? It made my husband more comfortable too! Not showing everything off actually made me feel more attractive. My husband noticed my confidence.  Funny how it works that way, huh? I’m not trying to be the modesty police, but I think it shows character and respect for your spouse. A little bit can go a long ways!

Ok, so enough of the all the words, here’s what I found and what I loved!

PS: This is not a sponsored post for any of these brands and all the words are my honest opinion :).

I know we are heading straight into Winter and the holidays, but travel/vacation season is right around the corner and Summer will be here before we know it!

Kortni Jeane 

I found Kortni Jeane Swimmers on Instagram and immediately fell in love. She has such an awesome motto for creating her swimmers and there are so many options for every body type! You can mix and match and create your own swimsuit to fit your style. They even have maternity, kids, tweens, and mens swimmers! It’s a win for the whole family during any stage of life. They have great full-bum coverage and are swimsuits that you can feel amazing in, even in front of your neighbors or grandma!

Shop Ashley LeMieux 

If you know me, you know I absolutely love all the clothing options from Shop Ashley LeMieux and what Ashley stands for. Needless to say, her swimsuits did not disappoint! She provided cute, fun and modest swim options. It is a seasonal item on her site, so when they go live grab yours quick before they’re gone! I got so many compliments on this swimsuit and it is definitely one of my favorites.

Aerie

I love everything that the Aerie brand stands for. It promotes women and girls to be real and untouched, and that is just what we need! They have a lot of great one-piece swimsuit options for a great price. You do have to watch the bum or front exposure on these, though, as some of them are deep-plunging or more of a cheeky fit. Plus, there are so many American Eagle/Aerie stores around that you could even try one on before purchasing!

We all have beautiful bodies and I hope that you too can be comfortable and confident in a swimsuit! I’m not saying that I always am or that I don’t struggle with self-image, but let’s keep reminding each other that we are fearfully and wonderfully made!

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