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Have your cake and eat it too.

Sometimes, a girl just needs some chocolate. No questions asked.

Is anyone else experiencing an ugly and constant internal battle, trying to decide if you would rather have that third slice of pizza or be thin? I say, why not have your cake and eat it too? Then again, I also don’t want to be mistaken for a beached whale this Summer either. Do you feel the struggle?

I’m a foodie, plain and simple. If someone were to ask me, “What do you have planned for Summer?” Food would be at the top of my list… making it, eating it, you name it. Of course, wine-ing isn’t far behind. If food is involved, in any way shape or form, you can guarantee i’ll be there. Actually, as I sit here and scroll through some of the re-pinned treats I have tucked away for Summer, my mouth is watering.

Pinterest is practically the Internet’s god forsaken gift to women. Unfortunately, it brings to your attention some dangerous and unhealthy, but delicious foods that you probably would never think to make. Like, Oreo s’mores. Seriously? As if my butt wasn’t big enough already, you’re going to dangle two of the greatest creations turned into one, over my head? It’s just not right.

So, thats my spiel. I figure if I share at least 5 of my favorite recipes with all of you, you guys will be enticed to eat them too, and I won’t feel so guilty indulging in them myself. Justification is a beautiful thing! Just some food for thought. Pun intended.

 Sweet Summer Treats!

4c46ea9dff3d6e393243dcd773ecadd51. Apple Snickers Salad: Ok, so this sounds healthy, right? The word salad is in the title… Salads are healthy, no? Whatever. Give it a go!

4 large green apples
4-5 snickers bars
8 oz cool whip
1 small box vanilla instant pudding mix
½ cup milk

-Mix milk and pudding then fold in the cool whip.
– Cut up apples and snickers and mix in. Top with caramel. Serve cold or layer and serve cold.

418b16bf0106b9dd796926de5d1087ff2. Tropical Tequila Sunrise: Whats better than a popsicle? A cocktail-sicle. Tequila makes me crazy. If you want get a little crazy, try out this recipe!

2 cups pineapple juice
1 lb, fresh pineapple, peeled and pureed
3/4 cup tequila
1/4 cup grenadine

– Combine and stir pineapple juice, pureed pineapple and tequila. Fill popsicle wells 3/4 way up with pineapple mixture. Pour 1 teaspoon of grenadine into each well.
– The recipe makes a total of 32 oz. The amount of popsicles it yields will vary on the mold used. The mold used in the photo yields sixteen 3oz popsicles. (2) If your popsicle mold does not have a top, cover the top with foil and outline each well with your fingers. Cut a tiny slit in the middle of each well and insert popsicle stick.

2bceaf7a2fdc911b31bfbbdb777058e03. Homemade Choco Taco: Does it get any better than this? Choco Tacos are basically god’s sacred gift to all of mankind… Am I right? These homemade novelty treats are easy and they’re perfect for summer! Enough with the small talk, let’s get down to business. Here’s your recipe!

For the chocolate tacos:
1 oz. dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
2 tbsp. butter
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
For the filling:
6 cups First Street Vanilla Ice Cream
10 oz. chocolate candy melts. melted

– Preheat a sugar cone waffle iron over medium setting.
– In a small saucepan or skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add the chopped chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
– In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla and salt. Add the melted chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
– In a separate medium bowl, combine the sugar, flour and cocoa powder. Fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture just until blended. Do not over-mix.
– Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the batter onto the center of the preheated sugar cone waffle iron. Close lid and cook for 1-2 minutes, depending on desired crispness.
– Remove the sugar cone waffle and drape over a taco mold. Allow to cool completely.
– Repeat with remaining batter.
– Once the chocolate tacos are cooled, fill with ice cream and place in freezer to firm up.
– Dip tacos or drizzle chocolate candy melts over the top of the tacos. Immediately top with sprinkles or nuts, if desired.
– Place in freezer to set chocolate.

e17eb266041f9813c9e2e61e794322254. No-Bake Mason Jar Cheesecake: Need I say more? You had me at no bake. Yum! Basically, if you don’t like cheesecake, you’re not a real human being.

6, 8 oz Mason Jars
8 oz Cream Cheese
8 oz Heavy Whipping Cream
½ tsp Vanilla extract
½ tsp Lemon juice
½ cup Sugar
2 cups crushed Graham Crackers
3 tbsp butter
1 cup cherry topping

– Beat cream cheese, lemon juice, vanilla and sugar until creamy.
– In a large bowl whip the heavy cream until peaks form with a mixer.
– Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.
– Transfer to the corner a large zippered bag and cut off corner for piping into jars.
– Melt butter and add to crushed graham crackers.
– Place a layer of crushed graham cracker mixture in the bottom of each jar and press down to form crust.
– Fill cheese cake mixture into each jar.
– Gently tap jar to get mixture to settle and level.
– Wipe down any streaks above the level of the mixture with damp paper towel.
– Add a layer of cherries to each jar.
– Decorate jar with ribbon or raffia.

a74b70c27554c920f384a2948955ab1b5. S’moreo: If you’re not about the s’moreo, we can’t be friends. No, but really… How can anyone pass up this magical concoction? If you’re really looking to get fancy with it, add peanut butter. All hail the s’moreo!

This recipe is pretty self explanatory. If not, Googles got yo’ back. Enjoy!

Eat your hearts out, kids!

Until next time xo


When in Nashville…

11265235_10153873207263747_1307861142465460207_nI just got back from an incredible trip to Nashville, TN & I can’t stop bragging about it! I’ve only been home for 3 short days and I’m already reminiscing, wishing I could go back! Maybe it was the never-ending country music, maybe it was the savory food, maybe it was getting to see my brother… 

Nashville is a must see city! There are so many things to do and so much to see. Not to mention, people down south are so friendly and charming! I mean, I am from Jersey, so any glimpse of kindness is a breath of fresh air. Fact: People from Jersey are rude.

First of all, if you love country music, like myself, imagine being able to enjoy live country music 24/7. On almost every corner, there’s a bar filled with hopeful musicians trying to make it in Music City alongside agents, business people, and tourists taking it all in. There’s even live country music at the airport! Nashville is the home of country music, so this probably isn’t a surprise, right? Be on the look out, you never know who you’re gonna run into!

The best way to get around is through Uber! If you’re not familiar with Uber, Uber is practically your ride on-demand. So, it’s a credible app that you download and link to your debit/credit card and the app will conveniently show you all of the near-by drivers, what they drive, and their Uber rating, along with a picture. It even lets you track them, so you know when they will be there to pick you up! Best of all? Their prices are both clear and fair. I highly suggest you use this service! Also, if you’re not sure where to go, just say Broadway street! You won’t be disappointed. 

If you’ve never been to Nashville, allow me to fill you in on the go-to’s! I hope this helps all of you future Nashville go’ers! I can’t wait to go back myself!

11206963_10153873206038747_1607818143324838628_nTop 5 places to eat & drink:

  1. Acme: You can’t go wrong here. Although we didn’t pick at any food, the view was to die for! What’s better than sitting on a rooftop, feet up, beer in hand, just taking in the beautiful scenery? Did I mention it’s situated on the water? Seriously though, you have to go!
  2. Rock bottom: Conveniently located right next to Acme! Again, what’s better than drinking on a roof? I challenge you. This place even home makes their own beer… Need I say more? The views are breathtaking and the atmosphere is very chill!
  3. Broadway Brew house: Ok, this place is nothing short of amazing! 3 words… Big daddy burrito! This burrito was the size of my head and I finished every last bite. So good that we came back the next night and I repeated my order! Yum. Highly recommended!
  4. Wild Horse saloon: This place is epic. Great atmosphere! Line dancing, live music, and boot drinks! How can you resist? This place is known to be a centerpiece of Music City! Darius Rucker will be performing here live on June 8th! Definitely a must see!
  5. Honky Tonk Central: 3 floors, 3 bars, & 3 levels of live Country music is enough to keep you goin’, right? I know it was for me! If you don’t like crowds, I suggest coming during the day, because by night fall this place is swamped! Overall, this is definitely a required spot to go if you’re looking for a good time. There won’t be a dull moment!

11061704_10205570433691845_851534433497181476_nWhat to see:

  1. Gaylord Opryland: This hotel is unbelievable! It’s worth the extra money to splurge on a balcony room, so that you can look out on the atriums (which are gorgeous)! It’s like being outside, but you’re actually not. There is so much to do here! There are two pools, one indoor and one outdoor, and an abundance of restaurants and bars. The only downfall is everything here is pricey. I would recommend venturing out of the hotel to eat!
  2. J Percy Priest Lake: This place took my breath away! We spent most our time between mid-town and downtown, so when we stopped here on our
    way to the airport, I really got a feel for the true beauty of nature in Tennessee! I believe where we stopped was called Hermitage Public Park. It was right next to a rather large dam. Either way, it was worth seeing.
  3. Pickers museum: If you’re a fan of the show Pickers, you will love their museum in Nashville! Calling all antique and archeology lovers! I was slightly disappointed with the size of the museum itself, I thought it would be bigger, but still something to check out!
  4. Nashville zoo: C’mon, who doesn’t love a good zoo? We don’t have elephants at our zoo in NJ, so I was pleasantly surprised! They have an awesome spot where you can walk through the kangaroo’s habitat, where you are literally face to face with them. The Grassmere Historic Home is a centerpiece of the park. The historic home from the early 1800’s and surrounding farm are filled with five generations of stories waiting to be told. Bonus, if you like to garden, there is a a beautiful garden to walk through. The zoo was actually under construction while we were there, making renovations, so we were unable to see some of the animals. Nonetheless, still a worthy zoo and something fun to do with the kids!