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Lucky Charms Latte Recipe

 

Coffee in any form is my lucky charm, so this Lucky Charms Latte is quite literal in my book. Made with Lucky Charms, it has a hint of childhood nostalgia of the milk left in the bottom of your cereal bowl. But more importantly, mixed with the glorious goodness of strong coffee, you won’t feel like you’re eating soggy cereal puffs.   Read More »

life

S+W Weekends: Embracing the Cold

I’ve always been amazed at the power of the weather. Even the slightest change affects our plans and reminds us of a larger something. It’s the default conversation to which everyone can relate. Our bodies rely on it for a sense of seasonal rhythm and it has this power to be disorientating, confusing, comforting, and even scary.

With just a few weeks left of the official Winter season, I’ve felt that sense of disorientation. Our forecast has been peppered with unseasonable stretches of warm weather. We went to the park in our sweatshirts only to have a snow day two days later. I don’t take it as a weather trend, I take it as a caution sign for my beloved North.

I’m embracing the cold for a few more weeks; for if I can’t embrace the cold, I also can’t look forward to hearing the ice crack, the feeling of hot sun on my pale skin, or the first produce from the growing season, rhubarb.
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DIY Girl Scout Cookie Freakshakes

DIY Girl Scout Cookie Freakshakes

If you’re a gigantic-milkshake-with-an-absurd-amount-of-toppings type of person (and really, who isn’t?), read on, friend, read on. You know how Girl Scout cookies are so much better when they’re frozen? Well after reaching blindly for my frozen thin mints, my hand ran into a pint of chocolate mint ice cream and Girl Scout Cookie Freakshakes were born. Get ready for heaven through a straw.

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autumn,life

Halloween Bookclub: 5 Thriller and Mystery Reads

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I can’t handle scary movies. Never have I ever felt so old, but I really do blame turning 30. They’re way too real and legit freak me out. However, in book form, I can still totally get my thriller on. I love mystery and suspense – those ones you have to read from start to finish and find yourself awake at 3:30 in the morning because you honestly couldn’t stop turning the pages.

This time of year is perfect for grabbing a few books, a glass of wine, and acknowledging the fact it gets dark at 6:30 PM as a sign to stop and relax a little earlier. Here’s what on my reading list this fall, just in time for Halloween.

the most dangerous thing | laura lippman: Within the first few pages, you’re hooked. It’s a story about a childhood group of friends that dissolves over secrets from their past. The secret doesn’t go away and they’re forced to face their demons and reconvene years later. The book is written in a way that skips between the present and moments in the past. It’s addicting in the best way.

the trap | melanie raabe: An interesting twist on an unsolved murder. The main character, an author, yet can’t set foot outside her home after she found her sister murdered. Her goal? To lure the killer back to the house with her writing.

the long and faraway gone | lou berney: A crime novel that follows people involved in two separate crimes from long ago and far away, but their paths cross in an interesting way. Great character development and story lines.

what strange creatures | emily arsenault: The classic girl gets got, the boyfriend is a suspect, but his sister knows he’s not a killer. She’s on the case and digs through everyone’s past to find some interesting surprises. Great character dynamics and cliff hangers.

true crime addict | james renner: This is one for all you true crime fans. Written by an investigative journalist who’s been intrigued with true crime his entire life, it explores both why we find true crime fascinating as well as his personal story with the fascination.

Each of these is a terrific page turner without the gore or horror. They pair well with a nice glass of Malbec and a bag of Halloween candy. It’s one of my favorite October traditions. What’s on your reading list?

autumn,party planning

Easy Autumn Dinner Party Decor

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Early autumn is my favorite time to throw a dinner party: schedules aren’t so crazy and the weather begs to gather around some candles over some good comfort food. It’s still summer enough to be casual, but the anticipation of cooler weather and a change in season sets the mood for added effort. It’s a time for vacation recaps and the new beginnings that tend to come in with the fall.

Grab some red wine, set the mood with as many candles as you can get your hands on, throw on some Ray LaMontagne, and invite a few friends over to catch up on the busy-ness of life.
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Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puffs

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So last week we went to the Minnesota State Fair and chowed down. We spent nearly the whole day sampling, eating, and sipping fair eats. I swear I could have been rolled out of there if someone would have offered that service. Once I came out of my food coma, I realized I never ate a cream puff. In fact, I never even saw a stand for cream puffs (upon further research + noted for next year – there is in fact ONE stand).

This seems crazy.

When I lived in Wisconsin, my employer always gave out state fair tickets as a fun perk so I went nearly every year and cream puffs were the thing. Like they served upwards of 450,000 each year. Like the world’s largest cream puff was made at the Wisconsin State Fair in 2011. Like I think they even tried to make it the state’s official dessert. Like they had cream puff stands right outside of the fairgrounds so you didn’t even actually have to go in to get them; you could drive up, grab your six pack of cream puffs and head on out. Like they were delicious.

It seems weird that a mere state border eliminates this delicate, perfect dessert with whipped cream encased by a chewy, airy pastry and topped with powdered sugar. It’s just the right amount of sweet, not to0 heavy, and fresh. I had to make my own. Or, do you know, where in Minnesota can I get a gosh darn cream puff??

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party planning,the kiddos

Happy Birthday Sahl + White | DIY Smash Cake Using a Box Cake Mix

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In honor of Sahl + White’s first birthday, we’re celebrating the best way we know how, with a DIY smash cake! I don’t care who you are, every first birthday needs a smash cake. Watching a one-year-old go to town on cake and frosting is literally one of the joys in life. Now that I think about it, maybe the world would be a better place if smash cakes were a standard for every birthday.

We didn’t exactly experience the smash part of the smash cake while celebrating Sahl + White’s first birthday (although now I’m thinking we really should), but I did make this cake for both Willy’s first and second birthdays. The first time around, I used store bought cake and frosting and focused on decoration. For his second birthday, the thought of letting a two-year-old have at it with a cake was less cute and actually really fricken terrifying, so it became more of a mini cake for Willy and his birthday friends. I still used a box cake mix, but did make a homemade banana cream cheese frosting to fancy it up a bit (although, let’s be real… we’re talking two-year-olds….).

Baking and making wise, I promise, if you know how to mix and pour, you can make this cake. Your decorations can be simple too – a few sprinkles is all you need. Here’s how I did it.

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