Hey hey! Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far!

Well, my day was pretty fun-tastic…

We finally opened the pool (WOOT!) and we were quite thrilled to see that it was crystal clear with only one gigantic frog at the bottom (we’ve had much worse).


This is where I spent a good amount of my afternoon. Sun

And if I wasn’t poolside, I was in the kitchen, baking up a storm!

The beginnings of my Stars & Stripes Cookie Cake


A cupcake order (including a batch of these and these)…


Oh, and these…yeah, we’ll talk about these during the week. Winking smile


The one minor catastrophe that took place mid-baking were these lovely burns…


Note to self: Stick with the oven mitt, not the knitted pot holder. Oooof.

While I was in the midst of my baking, we were actually greeted with a couple surprise visitors…


My in-laws, who thought that we were actually going to be out for the evening, came over with intentions to surprise us by filling my newly weeded flower beds in the back yard. How cool is that??


Jay and his parents were hard at work on those flowers…but don’t worry, I made sure to take care of all the supervisory duties. Winking smile


So now, thanks to my supervising all of their hard work, we’ve got some beautiful


(and some mystery) flowers to look at!


I’m so excited! Smile


Now for the rest of the evening, Jay and I have a few things on the agenda…



A bonfire, S’mores, and friends…

Does it get much better than that? Smile


  1. says

    Yikes! Those burns look like they hurt! I always burn myself because I try and use dish towels instead of oven mitts. lol. Oops :)

    • Courtney says

      Oh girl, I know…s’mores with Reese’s are amazing! I’ve come up with quite a few “gourmet” s’more combos in my day 😉

    • Courtney says

      Oh gosh…I’d have to think. A couple that come off the top of my head:
      -Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Jam
      -Crunch Bars
      -Milk Chocolate & Pretzels (we did this last night…AMAZING!)

      But one of my FAVORITE things to do is, one the s’more is done, ROLL IT in…
      -Rice Krispies
      -Heath Bar Bits
      -Mini Chocolate Chips

      Can you tell I’m a little obsessed with my s’mores? 😉

  2. Amanda says

    Totally un-related, but I made your stuffed spaghetti squash tonight courtney, and it was to die for!!!!! great recipe girrrrrl! :)

  3. says

    I’ve burned myself many a time in the kitchen… I still have a scar on my upper arm from pulling a cookie sheet out of the oven 5 months ago (don’t ask how I somehow managed to burn my UPPER arm!). So I feel your pain. 😉

  4. says

    I’ll take some of those cupcakes off your hands GLADLY! Or any of the treats for that matter. Great supervising!!! I supervise in the same sort of way! I don’t think I’d be leaving that pool all weekend!


  1. […] Jay and I happened to notice these yesterday as we were out working by the pool and I just love them. I have no idea what they are, but I’m sort of confused because I could have sworn that this same exact plant was blooming orange flowers last year? […]

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