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Kitchen Tools Prize Pack {Monthly Giveaway Series}

It’s giveaway time! Can you believe it’s already October? I feel like we just celebrated the New Year, but the holiday season is quickly approaching! With the holidays comes a lot more cooking and baking. Since we’re all going to be spending some extra time in the kitchen, you should have some cute tools to work with, right?

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Since you’ll probably be doing a bit more baking than usual this Thanksgiving and Christmas, you will need a good set of mixing spoons! The Goose’s Nest is giving away a beautiful set of wood burned mixing spoons from their shop. These spoons come with a paisley pattern, that is reminiscent of henna. They are gorgeous! 

icm_fullxfull.47041438_9g3eoleojmkgkwwwck8oYou can find The Goose’s Nest at their Etsy shop, on Facebook and Pinterest

And because Gracie and I love our readers so much {and we’re feeling awfully generous during our birthday month!}, we gathered up some of our favorite items for the kitchen. The winner will receive a box full of adorable kitchen goodies including: measuring cups and spoons, silicone spatulas, a silicone whisk, an adorable red apron, and blue mason jar inspired coffee mug.

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Don’t waste any time! Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below to make sure your kitchen is fully stocked for the season! The giveaway will run until midnight on Tuesday, October 20th.  Good luck! :)

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Easy Patriotic Breakfast for the Fourth of July

One of our Fourth of July traditions in our house is to have a big patriotic breakfast. On most mornings, we’re doing good to get out of the house with a granola bar in hand as our breakfast….so, it’s really nice to have a day to slow down and have a nice {real} breakfast. I love holidays, and I love a good theme, so I can’t leave well enough alone and just have eggs and bacon…we have to have some red, white, and blue in there too! :) Enter : my easy red, white, and blue waffles.

Step one : If you’re one of these so-called “morning people”, feel free to make your own waffles. If you’re like me and need 2-3 cups of coffee before you’re worth anything, or if you really don’t feel like cleaning up a gigantic mess….buy {good} frozen waffles and pop them in the toaster.

Step two : Find some nice, fresh strawberries and blueberries. Hello, summer captured in a small fruit. Slice up the strawberries and put all of your berries in some cute bowls or containers so your dear loved ones can build their own waffle.

Easy patriotic breakfast for the Fourth of July

I like to leave some of the slices strawberries fresh and as is, but I also like to make a batch of sweet, syrupy strawberries. If you stir in a little bit of plain white sugar with sliced strawberries, it will draw out some of the juices and create a syrup. The longer you let it sit, the more syrupy {is that a word?} it will be. You could even do this the night before and let it sit in the fridge. Delish.

Easy patriotic breakfast for the Fourth of July

We have our red and blue, but still need our white! This is where whipped cream comes to save the day with its fluffy, sugary goodness. Yummo. If you feel like being fancy {read : you’re a crazy morning person}, you can whip your own cream….or you can sleep in a few extra minutes and then sing the praises of pre-made Cool Whip.

Boom. Insta-patriotic-waffle-bar.

Easy patriotic breakfast for the Fourth of July

Now your sweet loved ones can fancy up their own waffles however they do please. Add a little whip, and then top with some berries. Claim that delicious breakfast in the name of American with a tiny toothpick flag and you are good to go! {Toothpick flag optional}

Easy patriotic breakfast for the Fourth of July

It’s easy, refreshing and delicious! And part of your complete breakfast!

Easy patriotic breakfast for the Fourth of July

What are some of your favorite Fourth-o-July traditions? 

Have a happy hump day!

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Strawberry Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

How about one more shower post!

I made a strawberry cake and almond flavored cupcakes, both with cream cheese frosting. I am convinced that anything can taste better with cream cheese frosting.

I was surprised to see that the cake had completely vanished before the shower was even over. I don’t know if I have ever seen that happen before. Apparently, it was a big hit!

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I baked the cakes before hand and froze them until the night before the shower. This was so helpful! It knocked an item off of my day-of to-do list, but I still had a fresh cake.

To make the cake, you will need :

1 box of store-bought strawberry cake mix

3/4 cup of water

1/3 cup of oil

3 eggs

1/2 cup of sour cream

I’m pretty sure the sour cream is what makes it. I also chopped up some fresh strawberries and combined those into the mixture to make it a little extra special. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of your ingredients together, and then divide between however many cake pans you will be using. I used 3 layers for this cake.

To create the textured look on the cake, I modified a Pinterest trick that I had seen. I piped a row of dots down the side of the cake and then wiped them to the right with a cake spatula. I repeated this around the entire cake until I was finished. I left the top of the cake smooth and sprinkled white sugar sprinkles onto it.

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Now onto the cream cheese frosting. Have I mentioned that cream cheese frosting is the BEST? Seriously. I wish I could throw caution to the wind and eat a tub of this stuff in one sitting. It’s really quite easy to make and goes onto cake very well.

For one batch you will need :

1 – 8 oz block of cream cheese

6 tbs of butter

2 cups of powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp almond extract

You just mix all of that together with a hand or stand mixer and you are good to go! I needed about two batches each for the cake and 24 cupcakes {so, 4 batches total}.

Happy baking!

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