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…ok, I know I’ve thrown myself into the throngs of fall… but I wanted to share this treat with you before its too late…

Starbucks “Gazebo Summer Blend”… meant specifically to be iced coffee!

… Many warm afternoons I’ve wanted a cheap iced coffee fix. But it just never tastes the same when I brew regular coffee and pour it over ice. Now I know why!

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So, to be truthful… we went into a little bit of a newlywed-i-don’t-have-to-wear-a-wedding-dress-again binge for a month after the wedding…

… and then we started to realize that we were no longer cute, beaming newlywed’s… but starting to be THAT couple who got married and let themselves go…

ewwwwwwwwwwwww…

So, we’ve been trying to be “healthier” and practice “in moderation”… BUT when the October issue of Family Circle arrived with Mac and Cheese on the cover… I knew we were in trouble…

There are five different Mac and Cheese variations in this issue! I HAD to try Taco Mac and Cheese. Big surprise… the recipe I’m about to share is a variation on Family Circle’s… I just can’t leave anything be… sorry!

Recipe after the jump…

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After ten (amazing) days in Tahiti , we were happy to be home and excited to start “married life”. One of the aspects of married life we were looking forward to most? Home-cooked meals!! Vacation is amazing… but restaurant food can get old… On our first night home, and after a lengthy and thorough Costco trip… we had our first home made dinner as Man and wife: Chicken Parmesan.

SUPER easy! SUPER filling!

Necessities

2 Chicken Breast (at least partially thawed)

1/2 Italian Dressing

1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning

1 Cup Bread Crumbs

1 Jar Pasta Sauce of your Preference

4 Slices Mozzerella Cheese

Grated Parmesan for Garnish

2 Servings Cooked Pasta of your Preference

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You HAD to know I would find a moment to bake a sweet for my sweet to celebrate heart day! So what’s more appropriate than a heart shaped cookie?!?!?

I bought the heart-shaped pan from Michael’s and  made this super easy and insanely yummy treat from Bakerella!

Though I chose to top the ganache with a layer of pink butter cream frosting instead of the M&M tid-bits.

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… get it… GIRLS night all hallows eve style…DSC05121

… as i mentioned in a TGIFF post about a month ago it is TRADITION to watch Disney’s Hocus Pocus at least 10 or 12 times during October… and specifically with my dear friend Ashley who is responsible for the Chic Bachelorette Cupcakes everyone loves so much…

… well, we decided to go all out this year and invite some of our best witches over for an evening of spooky entertainment (a muck, a muck, a muck , a muck- can’t resist)… and LOTS  and LOTS of treats…

… here’s a teaser photo of our table spread… with more photos and recipe links after the jump…

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DSC05102… i saw this recipe in Real Simple last month… and considering my love of pumpkin AND baking, it was obviously a match made in heaven…

… plus the fact that I had the perfect excuse to make cupcakes, as my friend and I were hosting Ghoul’s Night (get it– Girl’s Night)… DSC05088

… aaaaaand the minor detail that i was supposed to be doing homework… but anyways, CUPCAKES…

… they were super easy and super yummy... not overwhelmingly pumpkin-y… but definitely fall flavored…

… recipe after the jump…

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… pot roast and a fire…

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…i’ve touted it 1000 times before… but i love my croc-pot and REALLY believe that it’s something everyone should have in their kitchen arsenal…

… i currently only have one weeknight that is not occupied by class or work… this means one night a week to go to the gym AND one night a week to cook for my boyfriend (which i love to do)…

…BUT THE CROC POT MAKES THIS ALL POSSIBLE (so glad i sound like an infomercial)…

…i throw everything in the croc the night before… plug it in before i leave for work in the AM… get my gym trip in after work… and come home to an incredible home-made meal… and a house that smells like i slaved for hours… i LOOOOOOOVE it…

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