Pumpkin Cheesecake Pudding Shots

Admittedly, pumpkin spice isn’t my favorite flavor. I don’t get as jazzed up about pumpkin spice lattes as most women I know.

I do however love, love, love pumpkin pie.

When I was little my mom used to put wrapped up slices of pumpkin pie in my lunch box when it was in season. I didn’t even use a fork, I would just hold the pie and take a bite.

I love it super cold with a dollop of cool whip. I think it’s the thick chewy texture that I like so much.

These pudding shots are my childhood favorite all grown up!

Marco Island (Our First Flight and Resort Vacation with a Toddler)

We’ve been back almost a week now from our first trip to Marco Island, Florida. Nick and I haven’t been on a real vacation (one that requires a hotel stay or a flight) since after we got engaged.

I had some anxiety about flying with Austin but he did better than I thought he would. We had plenty of cartoons ready to go on our iPad and he even napped during our layover in Charlotte on the way there. I had a bloody mary on the way there and on the way back. That helped too 🙂

I did some research to find the right vacation for us this year. We needed a trip that wasn’t too kid based since Austin probably won’t remember anything but also something not too adult oriented either.

Marco Island on the Gulf coast on the Southern tip of Florida was perfect. We stayed at the Hilton. It was off season so it was pretty quiet which was exactly what I needed.

There weren’t any lines at any of the restaurants and there were always chairs at the pool. It was calm. We made a promise ahead of time that we would not rush anything.

We are constantly rushing. Wake up, rush to work, super hectic busy days, rush home for dinner, play a little bit and feed Austin and then rush through making his lunch and our dinner so I might be able to enjoy an hour of so of free time before we rinse and repeat.

This vacation couldn’t have come at a better time. We so, so, so desperately needed a break.

Washington Redskins Jello Shots for Darcie

I did it again.

We are a Dallas Cowboys household and here I go making jello shots for our arch-rivals, The Washington Redskins.

But I wanted to make these for our good friend Darcie. Her and her family are HUGE Redskins fans.

We give them a lot of flack, they give us a lot of flack. Text messages are shot back and forth teasing between our husbands. Bets are made and won or lost, jerseys are stolen. It’s all in good fun.

It’s just what we do.

Apple Butter Sparklers

I’ve been putting apple butter on my toast in the morning to feel a little more fall-ish. You know what’s even more fun that apple butter on toast?

Apple butter in champagne.

I saw this cocktail recipe while I was reading Southern Living at the hair salon a few weeks ago. I had foils all over my head (still not ready to let go of the summer blonde) and was obsessing over all of their autumn ideas.

This one was the first on my list to try.

Can I Have a Sip?

A weekly “all things boozy” series because sharing is caring. Cheers and Happy Friday!

Check out Tina’s Tinto de Verano! She explains that it’s basically a mix of fizzy lemonade and red wine that is popular in Spain. You know how I feel about mixing juice and wine.

Also …

Bailey’s Banana Colada – Where have you been all my life?!?!

Roasted Garlic Infused Vodka – Mmmmmmmm perfect for bloody marys.

Browned Butter Old Fashioned – This guy is amazing.

White Sangria with Figs and Anjou Pears — A white sangria that’s still fall-ish. Love.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Strawberry-Vodka Sauce — Boozy breakfast sauce. Shhhhhh. I won’t tell if you don’t.

Gummy Bear Sangria — Gummy bears in EVERYTHING please.

Margarita Ice Cream Pie – I just discovered this blog and I can’t get enough!

Grilled Surf ‘n Turf Party Nachos with Spiked Pico de Gallo — I could eat these every night.

Cheers!