date night inspiration

Chris and I are finally having our date night in tomorrow evening right after basketball practice and bedtime for the kids of course!

This months Dinner at Eight theme is candlelight but I am not going to be super fancy on this one. It'll  be nice and simple, appetizers and wine and a chocolately dessert laced with conversation and the fireplace. I am collecting tea lights and flowers today and hope to set it up tomorrow with the kids before Chris gets home from work. It's so wild and crazy over here at all times with our full house but I am genuinely excited about taking some intentional time to focus on my marriage and where it all began!

I am hoping that you might join me on the Dinner at Eight challenge of hosting a simple date night at home for your sweetie too - I'll be posting all about our candlelight date on Saturday along with a linky so if you do join in I can't wait to see what you came up with!

Above are a bunch of pictures I gathered from Pinterest to get me inspired - pretty antipasto plates, pudding cake and candles of course!

a few new goodies in the shop!

I've been sick in bed for the past five days or so with some yucky flu bug that won't quite let me be (yuck!) but today I was feeling a little bit better and thought I would get my jewelry shop opened up again and add some new goodies as well as a few customer favorites too before the end of the month.

Of course this morning my oldest son said he was starting to feel sick too though and he was laying it on nice and thick. Since I've been sick to be safe we kept him home from school. He didn't really seem all that sick to me by noon though so I did the unthinkable…you guys I forced my eight year old son to model these necklaces, ha! You'll have to head to my website to see if you can spot the pictures of him, a little secret info that only my faithful blog readers will be privy to. He would KILL me if he knew I told you! :)

The shop is all stocked up and my new Sweetheart Necklace is a new favorite - it's super tiny and perfect for Valentine's Day!

Also, for all you faithful blog readers you can use the code FREESHIP15 for free shipping through the end of January…love you guys, I hope you're having a great day! xo

You can visit my Jewelry Site HERE

Friday Pieday // Derby Pie

I had never heard of Derby Pie until just a few weeks ago when I was on the hunt for new exciting ideas for Friday Pieday. As soon as I saw it I was so intrigued, it's basically like a chocolate chip cookie in a pie crust with pecans. My family isn't super big fans of nuts in their baked goods but the recipe was so unique and easy so I figured we could make some substitutions for the nuts.

This one did not disappoint. It was so fast and simple and we basically had everything on hand to make it too which is the best in my opinion. Josie and Zeb were big helpers and we decided to use white chocolate chips along with the dark instead of the nuts…and we figured since we made some adjustments we could change the name too. How's - The Seahawks Are Going to the Superbowl Again Pie…or Championship Pie? :) pretty excited about our Hawks over here guys!

We went with a pre-made crust on this one which made it extra easy and the kids had fun doing most of the work, also I should mention this is a one bowl pie - practically unheard of!!

It turned out pretty perfect, I'd say my little pie maker was quite pleased with herself! The pie literally tastes like a cookie in a pie crust, you can eat it with a fork or with your hands, I am positive a scoop of ice cream would not be bad on it either but we stuck with just the pie this time.

Definitely a score all around on this one - I am sure we will be making it again and again! Happy Friday you guys, I hope you have the sweetest weekend!

Derby Pie or Championship Pie :)

1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips (or pecans)
pie crust (we used a pre-made crust)

Mix the melted butter and sugar in a bowl until the sugar melts a bit and then add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.

Add the flour and salt and combine well and then stir in the chocolate and white chocolate chips. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

Let cool at least 1-2 hours before serving.

Friday Pieday // Cinnamon Roll Pie

OK so first of all in my defense the recipe called this a pie. Cinnamon roll pie?! I mean what could be better than that? So we decided to go for it, it was super easy and sounded amazing. 

The pie ended up being all of those things but it was also basically a recipe for cinnamon rolls in a pie plate so we saved it for breakfast the next morning and it paired perfectly with orange juice and coffee. Pretty much perfect for a Saturday morning brunch…but maybe only once or twice a year because, holy calories Batman! :)

Josie and Zeb were able to really get their hands dirty and help with every step of this one which made it super fun. And the clean up wasn't bad at all. Definitely a great recipe to do with the kids in my opinion. And everyone looooved these!

In fact there was not a drop left after breakfast…which is actually great in my opinion too because I do not need a pie sitting around on my counter starring at me to eat it…because I would've :).

Bottom line we had so much fun making this one and we will make it again maybe the morning after Thanksgiving for Christmas kick off brunch or even Christmas morning - although I usually make homemade cinnamon rolls for that but these are pretty amazing and could definitely stand in!

What about you, have you ever made a cinnamon roll pie? Hope you have a great weekend, friends - Happy Friday Pieday!

Cinnamon Roll Pie from Averie Cooks
makes 8 to 12 servings

8-count package of refrigerated cinnamon rolls8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cinnamon Strudel Topping
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch salt, optional
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, spray a deep pie dish (the rolls will rise so make sure to accommodate for that) generously with some cooking spray or melted butter and set aside.

Place the cinnamon rolls in the dish, it's ok if there are gaps and then cream together the butter and cream cheese in a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and the vanilla and blend until smooth and then spread the mixture over the cinnamon rolls evenly covering the entire dish.

Make the strudel topping by combing the flour, oats, cinnamon, salt and sugar in a bowl and stirring with a spoon. Add the melted butter and the vanilla and toss together until pea size clusters form. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the top of the cream cheese layer. Bake for 28-32 minutes until the edges just begin to brown very slightly, do not over bake. You might want to place a cookie sheet underneath the rolls as well in case it runs over the edges.

Allow it to cool before serving. You can gently reheat in the morning like we did by putting the pie back in the 350 degree oven for a few minutes.


thursday through my lens :: Abbey's maternity photos

My little sister, Abbey just had her first baby a few days ago (she posted cute pictures on the Ten on Ten linky if you want to see :)). She and her husband have been living in New Zealand for the past few years and it's just killing me that we are so far away, I am dying to kiss my adorable niece!

It reminded that I had never shared any of the maternity photos I took of her this past fall when we were all together as a family in Palm Springs. We visited Joshua Tree and she was looking so adorable in her little sun dress so she let me take a bunch of pictures of her first baby belly against the desert backdrop. I am definitely looking forward to getting my camera out to capture her new family in a few months when they finally move home to the states (hooray!)…Congratulations Abbey, little Caitlyn is just as adorable as you!

see more from the collection on my flickr account HERE.

Dinner at Eight 2015

All right you guys, I know I've hinted at bringing it back before and even attempted a few times to bring it back too but this time I mean business. Dinner at Eight is coming back this year - one date a month, at home, a special, intentional time investing in my marriage.

Are you going to join me? The plan is really simple and straight forward and in NO way should feel intimidating and overwhelming. The idea is to be intentional and that can look a million different ways.

Over New Years I found myself talking about this project several times with friends and what I kept coming back to (and what surprised me a ton) was the heart behind Dinner at Eight not just the cute decorations and yummy food and photos. When Andi and I started this project we were so intentional together, we prayed for each others marriages and we held each other accountable to invest in the gift of being married. I am passionate about marriage - I've first hand experienced the pain of what broken marriage can do to a family and so I want to treat my marriage as sacred and blessed by God and I want my children to see that too.

Over this next year I will be hosting a date night each month here at home and will even have a theme to spark inspiration. I will post a linky here on the last day of the month for you to join in and share how your date night went if you want.

For January I've picked Candlelight as the theme - it doesn't have to be fancy, eating a peanut butter sandwich by candle light can be romantic, but there is something about even taking the time to set out the candles that can take any meal up and notch and make it special.

So these are my initial thoughts - I will post more as I progress but I want you to know that I am praying for your marriages too and I am not just saying that I mean it. I am holding you up in prayer believing for joy and grace to abound in the midst of all that the union of marriage can mean. So do you think you might join me this month? I hope so! xo

you can see past dinner at eight dates HERE!

Review with Firmoo Glasses

Over the holidays Firmoo sent me a pair of glasses and asked me if I would share my thoughts about them with you guys. I don't do reviews all that often and am always super hesitant ordering things like glasses because I like to try them on before I make a commitment, but I agreed because they had some cute choices on their site.

I have to say they came and I was very pleased with them - the prescription is great and they are really nice quality! I also made an error when placing my order and their customer service was so kind and fixed it without any issues. I definitely could see myself ordering from Firmoo again because the prices are great for the quality, I could upload a photo to see what they would look like and the website was super easy to use - thank you so much Firmoo, I am so grateful for my new specs! Check out Firmoo HERE - looks like they have a 20% off code right now too!
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