Aug 21

Eat. Create. Party! #37

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 Candied Bacon & Chocolate Dipped Rice Crispy Treats // Macadamia Panko Crusted Salmon // SNICKERS® Football Sundae Bar Party 

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White Chocolate Caramel Sauce // The Ultimate Silhouette Back-to-School Giveaway // Simple No-Bake Fruit Tart 

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Pesto Chicken Lasagna // 12 Easy Soup Recipes // “Fancy” Crispy Treats


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Aug 08

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Orange Choco-Chip Cookies

So here in Indiana this was the first week of school!?!

What’s up with that!? Yuck I say, yuck!

I am holding onto summer with a firm grip until the first day of fall pries it from my fingers, dramatic? That’s how I roll

I feel like we never started school till at least the last day week of August, August was never part of the school year growing up.  

I needed at least 3 full months too have any ounce of excitement for school in me. When did do your kiddos start school this year? I’m glad I have at least 2 or 3 more years with no school for my little

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies with Orange Glaze

Our fair just finished last week and these are the cookies that I made for the bake-it competition.

The main ingredient was orange and I was so happy because the couple hours before and after I made these it filled my house with the wonderful fragrant of oranges, such an under-rated fruit

These cookies are filled with orange zest and orange juice and topped with a sweet orange glazed that is also speckled with orange zest

These are the type of cookies that I want to send in the mail to my friends and family, they are so good and a little more special than just plain chocolate chip. The orange and chocolate combo sends them over the edge!

Orange ChocoChip Cookies


 I love flavor combos that are perfect together like orange and chocolate. . . what’s your favorite flavor combo?

Does your county put on a fair? Or do you just stick to going to the state fair?

CONFESSION TIME: When I lived in Illinois, we went to the Illinois State Fair because Christina Aguilera was performing! It was an epic concert and I was totally obsessed 








Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixer, cream the butter and sugars until well combined
  3. Mix in the egg and vanilla
  4. Add the orange juice and zest
  5. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to wet ingredients.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips
  7. Drop balls of dough onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are just brown
  8. Remove from baking sheets let cool
  9. For the glaze, use a small bowl and mix all ingredients for the glaze until smooth
  10. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies and let set


Aug 07

Eat. Create. Party! #35

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 Welcome to Eat. Create. Party! So glad you are here, I love seeing all the regulars and checking out all the creative things you guys bring us every week. I also love all the newbies that we can meet and you guys for sure shine! Now let’s party! Don’t forget to say hi!!

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Jul 31

Eat. Create. Party! #34


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 So excited to have you guys here again! If you are new here, WELCOME! Take a look around and say hi and let me know this is your first time linking up and I’ll be sure to say hi! Can’t wait to see what you guys have for us this week. Let’s Eat. Create. Party!

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Jul 29

Best Pasta Salad Ever

Pasta Salad

This is by far becoming my favorite time of month

It’s Mystery Dish Day!!

This month was particularly fun because I got to make one of my most favorite summer dishes EVER because it is by far the best pasta salad that I’ve ever had

Our wonderful host this month was Sarah from the super yummy blog: The Pajama Chef 

She has great, super unique and delicious recipes that are always crazy flavorful! Go visit her and check out the full list of secret ingredients she challenged us with this month. It was super easy to decide what I wanted to make because three ingredients fit right into my already awesome pasta salad; tomatoes, cucumber, and fresh herbs (basil)

Best Pasta Salad

 So I’m so STINKIN excited because our county fair has started!! 

I have grown to LOVE the fair, all the animals and tractors and food :) mmmmmmmm

We got to go last night and my little guy rode rides all by himself for the first time, it was sad but also so much fun seeing him so proud of himself for “flying” his own helicopter or “driving” his own car around each ride. I’ve never seen him smile SO BIG!  

This coming week is the baking competition and I am working on something that is hopefully delicious. I entered for the first time last year and ended up winning my category with my Cherry Apple Crisp. This year the main ingredient is orange and it should be interesting…wish me luck!

Don’t forget to check out all the other amazing bloggers’ recipes below and show them some love :)

July Mystery Dish via

  1. Watermelon Salsa – The Pajama Chef
  2. Farro Salad – Chez CateyLou
  3. Cherry Almond Coffee Cake – Two Happy Bellies
  4. Watermelon Fruit Salad with Mint Lime Dressing – Yummy Healthy Easy
  5. Toasted Almond Caramel Mocha Gelato – Culinary Couture Blog
  6. Cherry Galettes with Almond Sour Cream Crust – The Well Floured Kitchen
  7. Cherry Watermelon Granita – Joyful Healthy Eats
  8. Cherry Almond Mocha Smoothie – Baking a Moment
  9. Pepperoni Pasta Salad – I Want Crazy
  10. Almond Cherry Bars – I Dig Pinterest
  11. Cucumber Salsa – Weary Chef
  12. Cherry Almond Popsicles – Blahnik Baker










Best Pasta Salad Ever

Best Pasta Salad Ever


  • 1 box of bow tie pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 1/2 quart of cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 bag of pepperoni minis or package of pepperoni, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 bottle of zesty Italian dressing
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil, optional
  • salt and pepper


  1. Once pasta is cooled, toss with vegetables and pepperoni
  2. Add Italian dressing to coat all pasta and mix-ins
  3. Toss cheese, basil, salt and pepper to finish
  4. Serve or keep chilled in the refrigerator
  5. It just keeps getting better the longer the flavors marinate :)





Jul 24

Eat. Create. Party! #33

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