A Case of Bad Blogger...

I've done it again, I went almost 2 weeks without blogging. Last week I was so stressed studying for a test that DIDN'T even up taking!! Talk about aggravating, I could have been blogging instead of studying!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! We are now in my favorite time of year!  I have been so excited to share my Halloween post, but I feel so bad posting it a week after. Oh well, now is better than never, right?

Halloween was very festive in my apartment this year. My roommate and I had some of our friends come over. We grilled hamburgers, played Sports on XBox Kinect (can I just say that kickboxing is really hard? I was sore the next day!), and naturally in the spirit of Halloween we painted pumpkins. We painted instead of carved this year because my carving skills just aren't up to par with some of the pumpkins I've seen.

Louisiana Tech Pumpkins! Go Dawgs!

This is the other pumpkin I painted! It's suppose to be Cinderella's Carriage, but the wheels weren't working with me.

These were our festive hamburgers. I stole the idea off Pinterest for the cute cheese faces. But if you ask me, this was the cutest part of Halloween...
I love that sweet little face!

I read one of my friends post the other day about her taking her two little girls trick-or-treating and it really made me miss being little!! Growing up I had the same best friends that I do today. Two of them lived across the street from me and every year we would all go trick-or-treating together. I remember we would always have the best time dressing up.

So, here are a couple pictures from my childhood and down memory lane with the friends that have been with me through thick and thin.. I love ya'll! I am so very thankful for such sweet friends!

Lauren (sissy) and I. We were always playing dress up as the Princesses we are. We go to Disney World every year together. I'm wearing my mom's wedding veil and a princess dress that looks to have come from K-Mart in the 90's.

Jennie, Meggie, and I have so many memories. When I think of my younger years these two always come to mind! We slumber partied every weekend, had countless lemonade stands just to make 5 bucks so we could go to Claire's, camped outside but by 10 o'clock were scared and had to come in. I could go on all day with things we did and remember it like it was yesterday.

Jennie (right side in the bottom picture) is getting MARRIED in January and I couldn't be happier for her. She is marrying her high school sweetheart that she had a crush on since 8th grade. I love their story. His mom was a teacher at the middle school we went to and every afternoon she would come get on the bus tell me she saw a picture of him sitting on her desk and he was soooooo cute! They started dating in high school and the rest is history. Who would have thought that in 2 months that would be the man she is marrying.

Next weekend I am throwing her a wedding shower and I'm so excited! I love planning parties and decorating for them. Also, my friend and I are getting together to make Christmas wreaths so the next few posts will be filled with Christmas and Party Ideas!! 

I'm leaving ya'll with a picture of my boyfriend, Clayton, and I at his fraternities costume party!

He was a safari hunter and I was a Cheetah! That faux fur was hot ya'll!!

Happy November!!

Pumpkin Patch

The weather has been so wonderful the last week and then BAM! it's going to be 85 today and 87 tomorrow! Will fall ever come and just stay for a while?? I'm praying it will!

I have been in the midst of 2 tests, a paper, and more homework in the last 5 days, so there wasn't much time in between to think of a fun craft or baking recipe...I swear school is really getting to me. I have been so stressed that I woke up at 6:15 this morning, went to Starbucks, studied, did laundry, and showered all before 9:30. Then went to class! Totally out of my norm. 

I did, however; take a break from the books to take my friend's sweet little girl to the pumpkin patch Saturday for fun and pictures. We had a great time, but strangely she found that throwing the baby pumpkins were more fun than holding them..who would have thought.

So, this is how majority of the pictures turned out! She was having too much fun destroying the pumpkins. We did get a few cute ones though..

I love those blue eyes!

Sweet Madilynne and I

Now I have to get back to studying...wish me luck!

Happy Fall Ya'll!

Happy Birthday!!

I have been a terrible blogger for the last two weeks, but I promise I have a good excuse. Last week I was thinking of gift ideas for my fabulous mother, whose birthday is today! I wanted to give her something that she would really love but wouldn't break my bank account either.

Anyways, a few months ago we went to a local boutique/home design store where she fell in love with a picture frame that cost 80 DOLLARS!!!! And has talked about wanting it every since. I just cant find myself spending that kinda money on something that I could make...and that's exactly what I did!! So here it is..

I used:
  • 5X7 picture frame that has a wide edge.
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • twist tie
  • wired ribbon
  • pendent or tassel (optional)
First, I assembled the bow.
Then I played around with a couple different ideas and decided not to use the tassel because it was over-powering the frame. I used some of the matching ribbon and glued it to the back of the bow. The tassel had some black sheer ribbon that it was meant to hang from so cut 2 pieces of that to accent the bow. I glued the cross pendent to the bow and glued the whole thing to frame! and this is the final product!!

Wah-La! I am quite impressed with myself! Oh, and it only cost 20 bucks to make! I recommend Hobby Lobby when they are having a sale, which is almost daily.

Ok, so for those of you that know my mother she has a weakness for sweets and weenie dogs. She especially loves COOKIES!!! I have gotten really close to perfecting Fairfield Grocery's Chocolate Chip Cookies! And if you haven't had the opportunity to try one then that's a darn shame. So, try mine instead!

1c. shortening    
1c. brown sugar, packed
1/2c. sugar
2tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 c. sifted flower
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips.

Blend shortening, brown, and granulated sugars in a large bowl. Beat in vanilla and eggs. Sift remaining dry ingredients together. Add to sugar and egg mixuture, blending well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop spoonful size dough on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 for 7-10 minutes. Enjoy!

I know last time I said that this blog was going to be about cupcakes but I think creating birthday gifts for the most amazing mother ever is an even better idea!


Happy Birthday, Mom! Thank you for being the best role-model and infulence in my life.

Have a great week!!


Changing Seasons, Changing Recipes

Does anyone else out there live in Louisiana?? Well if you do then you know how crazy the weather has been. Thursday it was 100 degrees and Friday it was 80. So, due to this massive cold front I've had to put all of my coats and boots in the front of my closet and stoy away the bikinis til next summer.

One of my favorite things about Fall and Winter is that I will eat all the soup I can possibly get mouth near. I am a soup and BLT kinda girl! And I decided in honor of my first "official" blog post I would do something special and give y'all a two-for-one. Disney and a recipe..Are you ready for this? It's Disney's Loaded Bake Potato Soup! You will die and go to Heaven just like I did when you taste it.

It's the best thing I've eaten since I made it last winter. A little piece of potato Heaven I like to call it.

But, I feel like this picture just doesn't give it justice....so here's the recipe!

You will need:
  • 1lb bacon roughly chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 4 large russet potatoes & 4 medium red potatoes; peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups heavy cream
How to make:

  • In a 6-8 Qt stock pot over medium heat, fry bacon until crisp
  • Remove bacon and drain on paper towel. In bacon fat, cook onions & celery until the onion is translucent. Add potatoes and cook for 4 mins. Stirring occasionally.
  • Sprinkle in flour and stir consistently over low heat for 5 minutes until the mixture has thickened slightly. Add stock and half of bacon. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Over-medium high heat, bring soup to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes. stir occasionally. Mash some of the potatoes for a thicker and creamier texture.
  • Add cream and let simmer for another 5 minutes
  • Adjust thickness by adding water or more stock.
  • Garnish with bacon, cheese, and sour cream!
  • ENJOY!!!
And may I reccomend the best cook book ever?? Full of great recipies!

My next post is going to be the BEST butter cupcakes your taste buds have ever landed on! I made them for a friend's wedding shower and they were a great hit so I'll share those in a couple days. Maybe we'll get to healthy food one day...maybe.

Have a magical day!



Hi all! (or those select few that are actually reading this!)

Welcome to my first blog! I am so excited to officially be apart of the blogging world. Special thanks to Lindsey Sullivan who created this for me!

Now, first things first. My name is Emiley. I am a full time college student majoring in Elementary Education but spend any free time I have baking, decorating, being crafty, or booking my next Disney World trip. Yes, Disney World. I am one of the select few 21 year olds who revolves their life around their next trip to Orlando.

In my blog I will be bringing you different baking ideas along with a little culinary, too. Cooking is my therapy so prepare yourself! Also, seasonal decorations and crafts! Christmas cannot get here fast enough, I have so many ideas! AND last but not least Disney World. I'll make posts about booking trips, where to stay, discounts that are coming out, and of course, the FOOD!

Here are a few pictures. Enjoy!

This is My mom, Aunt, Lauren (Sissy), and I at Animal Kingdom last Christmas.

My very first three-tierd cake I made.

And this is my latest creation for my front door! Happy Halloween!

Be looking for the first official blog soon!

Happy Blogging-