Coffee Time

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Coffee Time with Shugary Sweets

I think I need to cancel my Friday Coffee time posts. They are making the weeks go too fast. And with summer here, I want things to S…L…O…W……D…O…W…N

I’m kidding, I won’t cancel. But geesh, wasn’t it just Friday? And I was complaining about my son being a new driver? Yeah, it’s been tough, people. How long before I’m no longer a nut case? Or does me being a nut case have nothing to do with him driving? Don’t answer that….

How about we get right to the photos for the week??

Most Drool Worthy Photo: As many of you already know, I am a HUGE Nutella fan. My friend, Tonia, made this GORGEOUS Nutella Chocolate Torte. I think you will agree that this photo is quite drool worthy! I only wish I had a slice of this cake with a cup of coffee for breakfast. Be sure you stop over there and check out the recipe (or pin it from her site for later!!)


I’m Lovin It: I am in serious love with Wilton’s Bake Even Strips. No, they are NOT paying me to say that either. Wilton has no idea who I am. I just want you all to know these things WORK. Seriously. Ever wonder how you can keep your round cakes from getting that dome in the center so you don’t have to use a knife to make them even? These strips are your answer. They keep the sides of the pan from getting too hot (by soaking the strips in water before baking) therefore your cake rises evenly. Or so I’m told that’s how they work. Doesn’t matter to me…just knowing I don’t have to waste any cake is a good enough answer! You can find them in most baking supply stores (or Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc) or order them online! You’re welcome.


Dinner Inspiration: I’ll be heading to my first blogging conference next week! I’m super excited, and it’s in Austin Texas. I imagine we will be eating LOTS and LOTS of BBQ. Which is totally cool with me. Cause I love to eat. These Pork Tenderloins with Cran-Raspberry Sauce from Delicious Shots sound amazing. They are going on our dinner menu for the week (before I leave of course)!

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What’s New: My parents came to visit a couple weekends ago. The girls all went to the outlet mall (which conveniently…or not???) is only 5 minutes away! I can never run to the outlets without stopping in to the Lindt Chocolate store for a free sample! I love that they have a greeter who hands you a truffle as you walk in the door. Plus they were giving samples of this Banana Chocolate Bar. Seriously this bar is amazing. Keep it cold before eating, oh my word. Just try it.


Very Pinteresting: Was looking for some Father’s day food inspiration. Guess some people take this very seriously! How about a 185 pound burger? Is this for real? Want more “Manwich” ideas? 61 of them here!


Most Popular: So this week my Slow cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef came in as number one! A savory dish most popular on my blog. Go figure. Although, I’m not going to argue, because this beef is awesome. It’s actually going on the rotation for next week as well. Makes some delicious leftover sammies!!


Blogging Tips: Okay friends. Those of you who are bloggers and want to hear the cutest video about our life…check out how sweet this is by Ali from Gimme Some Oven! Those of you non-bloggers who want to hear the cutest video about our life, check it out too!! So, watching a video isn’t actually a “tip.” So here is my tip. Enjoy life. Especially now that summer is here for most people (yeah last day of school today for my kids), take the time to unplug! Use a calendar to keep track of your editorial content, but also of family stuff too! Make a summer bucket list! Get on social media during naps or downtime. Just enjoy your family. And friends!


I hope you all have a great weekend. Be sure to check out my recipes from this week if you missed any! Click on Home and you will see all the new things I created this week!

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20 comments on “Coffee Time”

  1. That banana chocolate bar sounds amazing! How many times do you think you could swing in for just a free sample before they started to recognize you??

  2. Thanks for the feature! I am very interested in checking out those bake even strips! What a great idea!

  3. I need to eat some of that Nutella torte NOW. It’s not even close to lunchtime yet but I am now starving.

  4. Love the Wilton strips…I think that was directed at and my “poof” of a cake haha! I need to get some of those for sure!

  5. What in the world! That torte looks outrageous!

  6. nessa

    Love the bucket list!

  7. That Balsamic beef looks wonderful!

    I did a different version of water balloon fight last year. Basically, I hid the balloons, easter egg hunt-style and gave each kid a bucket. Once they found all of the balloons, the game was on! Here’s a link for a better idea:

  8. I thought its coffee time already too! The weeks do fly. That Nutella torte looks so good! Thanks for the advice on the baking strips…will make a note of that. Please let me know what you think of the bloggers conference. I was contemplating it, but am waiting till next year at this point!

  9. Most excellent Coffee Time chat, girl! Sorry you’re still wiggin’ out over your son driving. Just knowing this is completely natural should help…and, knowing you can slow down for summer. Yes, in blogging, sometimes something has got to give! (Look forward to the vid.) I’m behind. Not fun. Life happens. Giving myself some time to breathe. Still a newbie finding her way. Starting some features to keep me on track. Knowing not every post must be a recipe helps! Think I need a virtual admin to assist! Have a great weekend! xo

  10. I was thinking the same thing…the weeks are flying. I hope next weekend goes slow…although with all the parties and things we have to do at BlogHer, I’m thinking it will be over before we know it! I need to find that chocolate bar…it sounds awesome! And Tonia’s torte…oh my word…it is seriously so delicious looking!!!!

  11. Another trick to help make you cakes bake even is to use a long strip of an old towel and wet it and wrap around the cake pan and pin it. It’s basically a poor mans version of the Wilton baking strips…but hey, it works for me. 🙂

  12. Summer is going to fly by so fast we’re not going to know what hit us!!! I loved Ali’s song. Too cool!

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