Firecracker Cupcakes #SundaySupper

A classic vanilla cupcake, bursting with a slightly tart summer berry compote, and crowned with a halo of fluffy whipped cream cheese frosting. ‘Merica!

Firecracker Cupcakes | A classic vanilla cupcake, bursting with a slightly tart summer berry compote, and crowned with a halo of fluffy whipped cream cheese frosting.

I don’t care what the calendar says. In America, summer starts on Memorial Day.

It’s the first of (arguably) four patriotic holidays of the year, and each one pretty much requires a fired up grill full of burgers and ribs, lots of beer, some sort of water games, and plenty of red, white, and blue all over the place.

And easy, handheld desserts of course. These perfectly patriotically delicious Firecracker Cupcakes totally fit the bill, right?!…

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Guess Who’s Going to The Food and Wine Conference 2015?! #FWCon

I’ll be in Orlando, Florida as a brand ambassador of the Third Annual Food and Wine Conference this July! If you’re a food blogger, recipe developer, chef, food writer, wine enthusiast, food business owner, or just a foodie with a streak of social butterfly, then you need to be a part of this event! You can even save $50 on your conference ticket with promo code: FWC15Aceve!

Food & Wine Conference 2015

So, if you’ve followed along at all, you might know that the first anniversary of this little blog’s appearance on the internet is drawing near. In July, to be exact. July 9th, if you’re wondering. In the last ten months, I’ve made strides with two newish hobbies that I never thought possible. Cooking and baking, those are old hat; but food photography is something that was totally foreign to me this time last year. And, as for blogging…well, let’s just say I never thought I’d be sharing my life with so many people so openly.

In spite of the newness, I quickly realized how much I love doing all things food blog-related. Being the Type-A perfectionist I am, as well, it didn’t take long before I knew that I wanted to do everything in my power to make my recipes spread as far as possible across the internet. So, the past year has been spent improving my photography, developing and perfecting the best and most original recipes I can think of, opening up and getting to know my readers, optimizing my posts so they can be found more easily, and attempting to be a social media socialite.

And, doing lots and lots of networking. Because, let’s be honest, as a blogger, you get by with a little help from your friends. 

I’ve already been lucky enough to attend one incredible food blog conference this year, and the week after my blogiversary, I get to be a part of another one! And it’s a pretty big one, at that!…

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Mini Strawberry Limeade Galettes | These fun little one person, no-fuss tarts are filled with fresh vanilla lime-spiked strawberries, and are a great dessert even for outdoor meals.

Mini Strawberry Limeade Galettes

These fun little one person, no-fuss tarts are filled with fresh vanilla lime-spiked strawberries, and are a great dessert even for outdoor meals. Don’t let the name fool you. Mini Strawberry Limeade Galettes. I promise you, they only sound fancy. These cute little single-serve tart-pie things are super easy to make…and are ready to devour…

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Hump Day Happenings 63

Welcome to Hump Day Happenings 63! This is your chance to share what you’ve been up to this week. Did you post a fun DIY? A delicious recipe? A few helpful tips? Link them up here! Be sure to check out our favorites from last week down below, and then link up your freshest (or best evergreen) posts….

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One Pan Vegan Quinoa Chili | Everything you love about chili, but healthier - it's packed with protein-rich quinoa and made meatless with Gardein (but you can't even tell!)

One Pan Vegan Quinoa Chili

Everything you love about chili, but healthier – it’s packed with protein-rich quinoa and made meatless with Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Ground (but you can’t even tell!) I know what you’re thinking. Just reading the title is throwing you off, I bet. This is not a guest post. My blog hasn’t been taken over by a…

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