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Berries & Cream Cake

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Isn’t it amazing how some foods can evoke distinct memories? White cake with berries and cream instantly takes me back to 4th of July at my grandparents’ house. 

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My sister Michele and I were in charge of making our traditional American Flag cake every year. It was sliced Sara Lee pound cake layered with Cool Whip in a 9×13 pan, and topped with fresh blueberries and strawberries in an American flag design.

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Patriotic Summer Fruit Salad with Honey, Lime, & Mint

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July is here and summer is officially in full swing! Our weekends are jam-packed with family get-togethers and BBQs with friends. Plus, it’s almost my birthday, and I love birthdays (and birthday cake).

Yesterday, we celebrated a friend receiving his American citizenship. And what better way to celebrate than with food and beer? There were various meats – smoked, fried, and grilled. Laura made her famous bacon-cheddar meatloaf. Tina made homemade apple pie and vanilla ice cream. We went through three cheese and cracker platters – how frickin’ American is that?

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Champagne Floats

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fantastic New Year’s Eve. We certainly did!

This year, we hosted a party at our house. We brought out the NERF guns and Nintendo 64, did Café Olé shots ( 1/2 Rumchata and 1/2 Patron XO), and noshed on tons of delicious homemade food. Some of the highlights included sushi, spinach and artichoke dip, pulled pork sandwiches, nachos, and cupcakes with cookie butter frosting. Lots of indulging before our 2017 diets begin!

Chris and I tend to go a little overboard when buying drinks for parties. We like to try new flavors and create interesting cocktails. But this year I wanted to keep it simple, so we bought lots of soda for our guests to mix with their liquor of choice, as well as Patron XO and Rumchata, some beer, and lots of champagne.

Champagne makes everything feel a little more special. But I also like variety, and sipping on straight champagne all night wasn’t going to do it for me. Enter sherbert.

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Christmas Cookies

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The holiday season is finally here! It’s such a great time of year, with so many opportunities to be with friends and family.

And did I mention the food? That’s pretty great too.

One of my favorite holiday events is my friend Laura’s annual cookie exchange – we call it “Cookie Bake.” Laura sets her oven to 350°F, and friends and family gather at her house to bake and decorate hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of cookies. It really is impressive. At the end of the day, everyone fills their tupperware and tins with an assortment of cookies. I’ve heard they’re great to share with coworkers, but mine don’t usually make it that far.

Do you see that gingerbread lady up there in her itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny yellow polka dot bikini? My friend Tina decorated her, and I took her home. She’s almost too cute to eat. Almost.

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