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What’s In Your Bag? Top Notch Mom

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Hey it’s Doree from Top Notch Mom. I’ve always wanted to do a What’s In Your Bag post, I am so excited to dump my purse out here at White Lights On Wednesday. For the longest time I just carried a slim cross body from Stella & Dot called the Lafeyette. This past Mother’s Day my husband surprised me with the Vera Bradley Tablet Tote Bag that I’ve had my

Chocolate Jack Daniel’s Cupcakes

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{photo source}   I’ve been wanting to share that picture forever!  Today is totally the right day.   Today I give you – Chocolate Jack Daniel’s Cupcakes!   You heard me.  After Mike saw this PIN from my cupcake board I was obligated to make these cupcakes.  Being the amazingly wonderful friend that I am, I sent some of these cupcakes – in cups – to my friend Dale in

Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Bake


YYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Okay, I feel better now.  I just worked 7 days straight to get through training at my new job and today is my first day off.  It has been completely amazing to be home for half a day and lots of evenings with my men.  I feel like a different person.  I’m happy and relaxed and I’m getting stuff done – on the blog and around the house.  Such

Jack Daniels Bottle Cake


If I’ve never mentioned it before, Mike works for an adult beverage distribution company.  We end up with all kinds of fun shwag around the house.  Today was the best!  He brought me home a Jack Daniel’s bottle cake mold and label stencil.  How cool is that?!?? I immediately wanted to make the cake happen.  I talked Mike into hitting Michael’s for food coloring.  I didn’t own a nice spatula for

Unique Sweets {Judge Love}


It’s time!  Today begins the first day of judging for out Unique Sweet Link Party Challenge.  I’ve been looking through the posts as they’ve come in this month and I’m beside myself with all the amazing talent out there.  Now, Sophie and I promised celebrity judges, and celebrity judges you shall have.  Ready to meet them? Bridget from Bake at 350     Bridget makes the most amazing decorated cookies.

Blackberry Napoleons


Hi.  How’s your day going?  It’s a new day.  It’s officially July 16th.  I’ve been 30 for 1 week and we’re cooking with blackberries for the Get Your Chef On cooking challenge!!     I kind of have a little love affair with blackberries…especially this Blackberry Lemonade Cake Mojito I whipped up.  {get ready for new pictures tomorrow!}  These berries make me happy in drinks, cakes, bars, salads, and all kinds

Owl-dorable Cupcakes


A few weeks ago our friends Kyle & Elizabeth had their daughter Mallory’s first birthday.  It was owl themed and Elizabeth made all kinds of cute decorations.  But my favorite things she made were these owl-dorable cupcakes.  You see what I did there? These cuties are super easy to make.  Bake off your favorite cupcakes and top with whatever frosting you like.  If you use a frosting white in color,

What is a Whole Food?


So last time I talked about food as being Medicine and this week, I am going to give you more specifics.       What is a whole food?   Whole foods are foods that are in the same form that they are found in nature. They are fresh, unprocessed, simple, and organic. You will see overlap of the some foods in different categories as whole foods usually supply more than

Better Than…Cookie Dough Cheeseball

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Yesterday was amazing!   The Buckeyes beat that state up north and all is right in the world.   GO BUCKEYES!!!     Per the usual, we were at our friend Treena’s house.  You may remember Treena from her Tater Tot Casserole.  Well, she has another gem.  This is the most addicting, delicious, “Treena did you make the cheeseball? Please tell me you did.” party food ever!  I say it’s

Salmon with Angel Hair

Salmon with Angel Hair | White Lights on Wednesday

Once of my favorite types of fish to eat is salmon.  It’s rich, smooth, and such a pretty color.  I may have an obsession with salmon nigiri, but that’s another day and another recipe.  Today I’m bringing you a nod to my days at Brio, Salmon with Angel Hair.  Oven roasted salmon simply seasoned a top a bed of angel hair in a light lemon cream sauce with some seasonal

Easy Milk Carton Bird Feeder + Giveaway

Easy Milk Carton Bird Feeder | White Lights on Wednesday #RaisingGoodApples #ad

With summer break on the horizon, finding activities for the kids can be a challenge.  Help them learn about nature, get them interested in the outdoors, and where their food comes from with creative projects, like this Easy Milk Carton Bird Feeder.  I’m delighted to share this sponsored post from Tree Top with you today.  We had so much fun making the projects from and hope you will too! My boys love being in

Avocado, Bacon & Brie Breakfast Sandwich

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You guys, I have the best breakfast sandwich EVER going on today.  There’s bacon, brie, and avocado – my favorite trifecta.  These are great for a brunch breakfast sandwich bar, and you can top the egg base with anything really.  You need to have this bad boy in your repertoire.   Click over to Mom’s Test Kitchen to get the recipe.

Brown Sugar Cake Petite Fours

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I made cake.   Birthday cake.  Party cake.  Too good to be true cake.   “Wait, you made this with a mix and canned frosting?” cake. Brown Sugar Cake Petite Fours   Print Prep time 25 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 25 mins   Author: Adapted from Kraft Serves: 30 petite fours Ingredients Cake: 1 package yellow cake mix 1 – 3.4 ounce package instant vanilla

The BEST Coffee Cake

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It’s been a long day, and it’s only 6am.  Little man woke up about 3:30am with a major fever and he couldn’t get back to sleep.  So I’ve been up hanging out with him.  And since he likes to bake, we made breakfast for everyone. I’ve had this recipe for, gosh, I don’t even know how long.  I remember being about 8 or 9, and going with my dad to

The Most Powerful Thing…


  The most powerful tool you have to transform your health or keep your health is your fork! Use it well and you will thrive. Choose poorly and you will suffer.  This principle starts at a very young age but it can also turn things around mid-stream if you’ve been using your fork in a harmful way.  Actually, I find that the less a person uses their fork, usually the

Autumn Gradient Glitter Manicure


Happy, happy fall! It’s me, Tessa from tessacotton. I for one am pretty darn psyched about the changing seasons. Fall colors, fall flavors, and fall weather are all reasons this is my favorite time of year. I’ve created a manicure that’s the perfect embodiment of fall, combining a deep burgundy with a pretty copper glitter. The best thing is that you’ll only need polish for this nail look, a base

Frozen Mango Lime Teagarita

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Two of our favorite summer time drinks are margaritas and iced tea.  Mike drinks iced tea like it’s going out of style, and  I can always go for an ice cold margarita.  When I saw Jose Cuervo’s Iced Teagarita my wheels started turning.  An iced tea margarita…could this be good?  Guess what.  It is!  I added some fresh fruit, hit blend, and made a totally yummy new cocktail! Now, if you’re not

Green Chile, Chicken & Rice Casserole

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Happy Friday everyone!  It’s been a crazy week around here on the blog and behind the scenes.  But I’m moving forward in a lot of ways and taking big strides for a goal I’ve been wanting for a long time.  I’ll keep you updated as things progress, but for now send good vibes. Today’s dish is comforting and has just a little kick to it that is just fab!  I

Tostada Pizza

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I have to tell you all I made a major life decision.  I quit my job.  I got a new one, but I quit my 9 hour a day one.  I feel like a monumental weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  I have time for myself, my family, happiness.  I feel like a completely different person.  It’s wonderful.   Since we’re talking about happy stuff, I’m giving you something

Color Blocked Mani


For supplies you’ll need: -3 different colors of nail polish -*Nail tape (can be found online or in a beauty store – of it’s you’re feeling super DIY you can cut up scotch tape) – Quick dry top coat (optional)   *I recommend pre-cutting the tape into several pieces ahead of time, about an inch long apiece.   1. Beginning with a blue basecoat (I used Ulta’s ‘Bam-Blue-Zied’) paint two