February Ramblings

by aimee @ shugarysweets on February 28, 2014

Yeah!! I’m back this month with some of my favorite things. I’ll be sharing my top recipes from the month, as well as some of my favorite sightings from around the web!

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Top 9 recipes from Shugary Sweets...dinners, desserts, snacks and even homemade coffee creamer!!

Let’s start with what I’ve been up to here on Shugary Sweets! Take a moment to see if you’ve missed any of these awesome recipes!

  1. The month started out with this delicious, moderately healthy Meatball Parmesan Casserole. I shared my favorite turkey meatball recipe and turned it into a delicious comfort food. This casserole is also perfect for Meatball Sub Sammies!
  2. So basically I admitted (once again) that I am crazy obsessed with Rice Krispie Treats. This Neapolitan Krispie Treat recipe has a gooey marshmallow frosting center…it seriously doesn’t get much better!
  3. First I shared this easy Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread recipe (that can be made in a round cake pan)…and then I blew your mind with this healthy SLOW COOKER Taco Chili recipe. It’s all about balance.
  4. This simple 3 ingredient French Vanilla Coffee Creamer recipe has been my most popular recipe all month. I’ve got another version coming to the blog next week, just in time for St.Patty’s Day…any guesses??
  5. Mangoes and pomegranates are the perfect pair to this spicy Mango Salsa! My husband who does not like fruit in his salsa, devoured this. Just sayin’.
  6. I announced my little secret in this post! And also shared one of my favorite frosting recipes: Cherry Chip Cupcakes!
  7. I can’t let a month go by without a new sweet cheeseball recipe! This month I made a Pistachio cheeseball and rolled it in pecans and coconut. If you’ve ever had watergate cake you may really enjoy this one!!
  8. My love for chocolate and mint shows in this Grasshopper Cupcake. The frosting is a creamy, minty whipped cream frosting, and of course it’s topped with some chocolate syrup and Andes mints!
  9. Surprise! I’m finishing the month with a heart healthy Almond Pesto Salmon recipe. I even announced that it MAY be my favorite seafood recipe I’ve ever created. Plus, it’s so easy, 4 ingredients!

So those are my top posts from February! In addition to those, I also shared some Orange Scones (Panera copycat), Skinny Strawberry Chocolate Chip muffins, Cherry Almond Biscotti, and a few Valentine’s day recipes: Strawberry Mint Candy, Chocolate Peppermint Bars and Cherry Bark.

With St Patrick’s Day coming up, here are a few holiday recipes that caught my eye:

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Chocolate Covered Mint Patties from Mom on Timeout.

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Key Lime Poke Cake from Love Grows Wild.

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Drunken Grasshopper Fudge by Culinary Concoctions by Peabody.

 

For Valentine’s Day my sweet husband surprised me. We normally don’t buy each other anything for this holiday. But he bought me “flours and chocolates.”

Some girls love FLOWERS and Chocolates….I happen to love them too, just a different variety! He gets me. (you may have already seen this on instagram)

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For those of you that are bloggers that are reading this post, listen up!! I’m all about scheduling, being more organized, and more intentional in my daily life (and work life). Work smarter, not harder. I purchased this BLOG BUDDY planner and have been now using it for one week. You guys. Seriously, this is a planner made JUST FOR BLOGGERS. The creator is the sweet Dani from The Adventure Bite. And while I know they are working on getting an affiliate program, I couldn’t wait to share this. It’s too awesome.

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Here are some of my favorite features of the Blog Buddy:

  • The weekly task pages are the most used part of this planner for me. I love listing out what posts will go live, then all the tasks associated. Can’t think of a task? Don’t worry, she has icons as your reminders….all your social media is there! Just cross it off when you’re done! Plus there is a lot of space for brainstorming ideas. Oh, and did you see in the photo…she even reminds you to drink your daily water and plan your dinner meal!
  • The monthly calendar section is great for an overall glimpse at your month. Did I mention this is a TWO year planner? Takes you all the way to December 2015!!
  • The next tab is Brainstorm…she has paper in there for post ideas, recipe writing, website design brainstorm, and more!
  • The big section next is your checklist! An opportunity to plan your posts and all the tasks that go into post completion (including photos, SEO, proofreading, links, scheduling etc. Awesome.
  • She has a genius tab next where you can keep track of sponsored posts and advertisers. LOVE THIS TAB.
  • And finally, a tracking tab. A place to keep track of statistics, expenses, income, taxes. And a zipper folder for receipts.

 

Okay, lets get to a few more treats that blew my mind this week.

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 I stumbled upon these Cannoli Cupcakes from Cooking Classy. I’m in love!

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Take a deep breath. No Bake Samoa Cheesecake from Live, Love and Sugar.  Ummm, I’m pretty much convinced this is going to be made in my kitchen. Soon!!!

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Twinkie Strawberry Shortcake from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. LOVE how easy and delicious this must be!

I’m constantly filling my Bloglovin’ reader with new blogs. Here are a few of my favorites…do you follow them? (do you follow me???)

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  • Ashley from Center Cut Cook. Her recipes are always delicious looking! And having talked with her in blog circles, she sounds sweet and amazing!!

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  • Donna and Chad from The Slow Roasted Italian are a food blog team! How fun to work with your spouse, at home, in PJ’s. I’m a bit jealous!

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So, in other news, I announced HERE that I was going to Miami for the SOBE Food and Wine Festival. If you follow me on instagram you may have seen this photo:

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If you look closely you will see that the line for Miami says “CANCELLED.” I have horrible luck when it comes to flying. First, you should know, I’m TERRIFIED of flying. I spend the whole flight sick to my stomach, praying and watching the flight attendants (if they don’t show panic, then I feel better). Second, I don’t think I have ever flown and not had a delay, missed flight or cancellation. So arriving at the airport at 5:30 am to see my flight was cancelled wasn’t a huge surprise (although I was quite tired). To find out the only other flight available was one that had a layover in New York (and they were having severe weather) was a no brainer to cancel my trip. WHICH, as it turns out, the flight to New York got cancelled too. So had I stayed the 6 hours to take that flight, I would have been mad as heck knowing it was cancelled after all.

Which leads me to this picture:

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Yes, that is me. At the airport. Sitting on the floor in flip flops. Because I had a car service take me to the airport, I now had to wait for my sweet husband to get out of bed and come pick me up…

Which leads me to this photo:

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Yes, I was a bit whiny and crabby. I mean seriously, this is the worst winter we’ve had in Cincinnati in the 8 years of living here. I was headed to sunny Florida, with no cares in the world, a bag full of sun dresses and flip flops….and now I’m home. Doing laundry. Making dinner. So my awesome husband took me out to an early lunch, complete with a Sangria. The end of story….

It’s been fun catching you up on my month! I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to this February!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks February 28, 2014 at 7:17 am

Your trip. I was wondering what all happened b/c i was only catching snippets on FB & IG. Thanks for spelling it all out and whoa, that is horrible!! I remember the pillsbury trip there was drama for you with the flights, or with a few people? And thank god you didnt wait for the NY connection. You would have needed way more drinks :)

The French Vanilla Coffee Creamer I predict will become one of your top posts ever! The recipe, the photos, the whole thing….hit!
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Anonymous March 1, 2014 at 9:59 am

Thanks Averie! The coffee creamer really is so good, I’ve got mor flavors coming soon!

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) February 28, 2014 at 8:22 am

so sad you didn’t get to go to Miami! :( that blog buddy is awesome though and I LOVE that you got FLOURS and chocolate, heheheeee
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust February 28, 2014 at 9:44 am

That totally sucks about Miami. But remind me never to travel with you. ;) {KIDDING!}

I need that Samoa Cheesecake. OMG.
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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) February 28, 2014 at 11:24 am

Holy cow, your February ramblings are giving me March cravings!
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Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar February 28, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I’m sorry your flight situation was so terrible! However, I love your husband’s idea for “flours and chocolate” – so cute!

And thanks for the shoutout with my cheesecake! :)
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet February 28, 2014 at 3:59 pm

That Blog Buddy would definitely come in handy! Thanks so much Aimee for including me in your February Ramblings!! That was so sweet of you!!
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Christie - Food Done Light February 28, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I think your husband wins for best Valentine’s gift ever! Your cherry chip cupcakes are totally calling my name. I have to make them.
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Thanks Christie, it was a fun sweet surprise :)

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Pamelaine February 28, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Your husband is so creative. I just told mine what yours did. Hint, Hint for next year. :)

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aimee @ shugarysweets March 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Fingers crossed he remembers!

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capturing joy with kristen duke February 28, 2014 at 11:51 pm

I love the recap! Clicked over already on a few links…the planner looks interesting.
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 2, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Oh Kristen, I LOVE the planner. Seriously, it’s awesome.

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Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon March 2, 2014 at 8:54 am

This is dangerous to read before breakfast! So many great things here, except for the cancelled trip to Miami! At least you get to go again in May :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Hopefully…LOL…

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Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction March 3, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Love the Valentine’s day gift from your husband! So clever! And I really need to make that slow cooker taco chili!
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Kelly - Life made Sweeter March 7, 2014 at 3:36 am

Eeks sorry to hear about your cancelled flight Aimee but love your husband’s Valentine’s gift – that was super creative and thoughtful :)
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