Love and Confections: 2015

December 31, 2015

Top 10 Recipes for 2015

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2015 is nearly at an end and I had a great year at Love and Confections. Here is a list of the 10 most popular recipes this year as well as a recap of all the wonderful events I attended or hosted in 2015.

December 28, 2015

Cream Cheese and Raspberry Crepe Cake #NaturallyCheesy

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With New Year's Eve upon us, an easy and delicious recipe like my Cream Cheese and Raspberry Crepe Cake, using Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese, is perfect for a night of celebrations.  

Cream Cheese and Raspberry Crepe Cake from LoveandConfections.com

December 18, 2015

Creamy Coco Cappuccino Toasted Almond #muBARista

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Creamy Coco Cappuccino Toasted Almond from mü coffeehouse cocktails is the perfect drink for happy hour and holidays!

Creamy Coco Cappuccino Toasted Almond from LoveandConfections.com

December 2, 2015

November 25, 2015

Gift Guide for the Fashionista

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Looking for a gift for that special lady in your life? Take a peek at this Gift Guide on clothing and accessories that is sure to be on any fashionista's wish list!


November 17, 2015

Tips and Tricks for a Sick Day with a Toddler #FightFever

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Sick days are no fun, especially when you are nearly two years old. Here are some tips and tricks to brighten up a sick day with a toddler.


November 11, 2015

Feast of the Seven Fishes

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The holidays are just around the corner and I am sharing one of my favorite holiday traditions with you today - our Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes with insights for this post provided by GE Cafe™ Series. All opinions are my own.

Feast of the Seven Fishes from LoveandConfections.com

November 10, 2015

One-Pot Pasta Party #HolidayPairings

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One-Pot Pastas are an easy approach to holiday entertaining. Even though it is one-pot, every guest can customize their add-ins, so vegetarians, meat-lovers and every body in between will love their dish. Add a great Antipasto display with Pepperidge Farm Crackers, Pepperidge Farm Cookies and a variety of wine to create the perfect party.

One-Pot Pasta Party from Loveandconfections.com #HolidayPairings

November 4, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - Paris, France

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Wanderlust Wednesday - places I have visited or on my travel wish list.

I have never been to Europe and Paris, France is definitely on my travel wish list. I want to explore everything the city has to offer - both touristy and local gems.

Picture from here

November 3, 2015

November 2, 2015

NaBloPoMo 2015

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National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) has started and my goal is to post every day through the month of November. 

Pumpkin Pancakes with Bourbon Maple Syrup

November 1, 2015

Lemon Blueberry Water

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Lemon Blueberry Water is a refreshing way to stay hydrated. Lemon and Blueberries are a match made in Heaven and this infused water is sure to become your drink of choice.

Lemon Blueberry Water from LoveandConfections.com

October 30, 2015

Farro Breakfast Parfait #StonyfieldBlogger

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A Farro Breakfast Parfait with Pumpkin Flax Granola, Qi'a Cereal, Stonyfield Yogurt, and a touch of Maple Syrup is sure to make your morning delicious!

Farro Parfait from LoveandConfections.com

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield and Nature’s Path Organic. All opinions are my own.

October 24, 2015

Taste of Dr. Phillips Preview

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The 9th Annual Taste of Dr. Phillips is 2 weeks away and Mr. L&C and I will be joining in the fun!


Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE. Please be sure to get them as soon as possible, if you'd like to attend, because they sell out every year.

Sponsored by Park Square Homes and Dr. Phillips Hospital, the event is Sunday, November 8th from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm at the Dellagio Town Center. Tickets include food, wine, and beer, as well as entry into the silent auction with amazing items to bid on, including gift certificates, hotel stays and theme park admissions. This year's wine sponsor is Cooper's Hawk and Orlando Brewing is sponsoring the beer at this year's event.


The list of 20 local restaurants is amazing. Bravo Cucina Italiana, Rocco's Tacos, Morton's The Steakhouse, Maggiano's, Roy's Hawaiian Fusion, Vines Grill and Wine Bar, Dragonfly Sushi, Ocean Prime, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Pammie's Sammies, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, Stefano's Grill, Whole Foods, Bone Fish, The Whiskey, Dexter's, Peperoncino Cucina, Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Fusion 360 Grill & Bar, and The Melting Pot will all be showcasing their delicious creations.

100% of all funds raised from the Taste of Dr. Phillips goes back to the community for the following charities or organizations: A Gift for Teaching, Adopt a Precinct, Arnold Palmer Gold Invitational Tournament, Josh the Otter, Christmas for the Kids, Dr. Phillips High School Projects & Programs, Four Way Test Essay Contest, Give Kids the World, Dr. Phillips Library Author Series, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, YMCA of Dr. Phillips, Wine and Dine on the 9 (API), Birdies BBQ & U (API), and Dr. Phillips Little League.

DON'T FORGET TO BUY YOUR TICKETS! SEE YOU THERE!

Until next time,
LOVE & CONFECTIONS!

Disclaimer: I am being provided 2 media tickets in exchange for covering and promoting the event. Photographs from ATasteofDrPhillips.com. This event is for guests 21 years of age or older. Please remember to bring a government issued ID with you to enter this event.

October 20, 2015

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Pudding and Visiting a Corn Maze

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Pudding is the perfect seasonal treat made extra special with freshly whipped cream and candied walnuts.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Pudding from Love and Confections.com

October 18, 2015

Black Velvet Spider Cake

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Black Velvet Cake, layered with a delicious vanilla bean buttercream and decorated with chocolate icing spiderwebs, is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit and make for a great dessert table centerpiece!
Black Velvet Spider Cake from LoveandConfections.com

October 14, 2015

Candied Walnuts and a Surprise Virtual Baby Shower

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Candied Walnuts are the perfect topping for salads and veggies, desserts, or even enjoying them by the handful.

Candied Walnuts from LoveandConfections.com

Wanderlust Wednesday - Asheville, North Carolina

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Wanderlust Wednesday is a list of places I have either visited or are on my travel wish list.

I would love to visit Asheville, North Carolina. Family and friends have spent time there and it just makes me want to go there even more. Touring the Biltmore Estate and exploring downtown Asheville are at the top of my list. Area wineries, craft breweries, amazing restaurants, and shops are enticing and I cannot wait to be able to travel there!

Photo from Explore Asheville

October 12, 2015

DIY Glitter Wine Glasses and Flatbread Pizzas for "Ghouls Night In" #BeenBooed #HalloWINE #CollectiveBias

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DIY glitter wine glasses, delicious Mushroom and Kale Flatbread Pizzas, and a bottle of Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay along with some treats for my girlfriends, create a Happy "Hallo-WINE" Ghouls Night In.
 
DIY Glitter Wine Glasses and Mushroom Kale Flatbread Pizzas from LoveandConfections.com #BeenBooed #HalloWINE

October 7, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - Sanibel Island

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Wanderlust Wednesday is a list of places I have either visited or are on my travel wish list.

I have been inspired by some of my sister's blog posts about travel, and thought to create my own little Wanderlust Wednesday. This week I am reminiscing about my recent visit to Sanibel Island. My family vacations there often and I was able to go this year with my daughter. She was old enough to roam around the beach, play in the waves, and pick up sea shells. ToddlerLnC loved every minute of our stay and I loved watching her experience it all. I have a couple blog posts coming soon on Sanibel and our fun time there, so keep an eye out for them.

Wanderlust Wednesday - Sanibel Island from LoveandConfections.com
Gorgeous, sunny weather

October 2, 2015

October 1, 2015

Pumpkin Almond Croissants #PumpkinWeek

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Pumpkin Almond Croissants are perfection! Pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice mix with almond cream and is baked in a delicious, buttery croissant.

Pumpkin Almond Croissants from LoveandConfections.com #PumpkinWeek

September 30, 2015

Pumpkin Cobbler #PumpkinWeek

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Pumpkin Cobbler is a fantastic dessert for the changing of the seasons. Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream for a creamy, delicious touch.

Pumpkin Cobbler from LoveandConfections.com #PumpkinWeek

September 29, 2015

Pumpkin Pancakes with Bourbon Maple Syrup #PumpkinWeek

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Pumpkin Pancakes are the best way to start a Fall morning off right. Top them with warm Bourbon Maple Syrup to make them a little extra special.

Pumpkin Pancakes with Bourbon Maple Syrup from LoveandConfections.com #PumpkinWeek

September 28, 2015

Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Butter #PumpkinWeek

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Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Butter is sweet, full of warm Autumn spices and extremely easy to make.

Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Butter from LoveandConfections.com #PumpkinWeek

Apple Zucchini Muffins #MuffinMonday

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Apple Zucchini Muffins are sweet with a little bit of spice, and full of delicious fruits and veggies!

Apple Zucchini Muffins from LoveandConfections.com #MuffinMonday

September 27, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Roasted Sweet Potatoes #SundaySupper

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Pumpkin Spice Roasted Sweet Potatoes is a gorgeous blend of color and flavor, and a wonderful dish to start the Fall season.

Pumpkin Spice Roasted Sweet Potatoes from LoveandConfections.com

September 26, 2015

Red Lentil Soup #StonyfieldBlogger

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Red Lentil Soup is a warm and hearty dish, full of flavor and simple to make - a great start for the Fall season. 

Red Lentil Soup from LoveandConfections.com

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Stonyfield Organics and Bob’s Red Mill. 
As always all opinions are my own.

September 9, 2015

Cinnamon Apple and Sea Salt Caramel Granola Parfait #FueledByGranola

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#FueledByGranola #CollectiveBias
 
Cinnamon Apple and Sea Salt Caramel Granola Parfait from LoveandConfections.com

August 28, 2015

Charred Romaine Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing #StonyfieldBlogger

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Creamy Balsamic Dressing made with yogurt, is the perfect accompaniment to Charred Romaine Salad with Bacon, Tomatoes and Herb Skillet Croutons. 

Charred Romaine Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing from LoveandConfections.com #StonyfieldBlogger

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Stonyfield Organics and Wayfair.com. As always, all opinions are my own.

August 26, 2015

Baked Ricotta Dip and 6 Tips for Back-to-School Gluten-Free Entertaining

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Baked Ricotta Dip is the perfect accompaniment for a fruit and cheese tray. Pair it with gluten-free crackers for a delicious back-to-school snack that everyone can enjoy!

Baked Ricotta Dip from LoveandConfections.com

I was compensated by PARTNERS, A Tasteful Choice Company, for my time in creating this post. 
All opinions are my own.

August 24, 2015

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette #GFreePizzaNight

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Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette

August 23, 2015

Sunrise Smoothie

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Sunrise Smoothie is a sweet and tasty smoothie, packed with delicious strawberries, oranges and peaches. A beautiful presentation of layered flavors is a great start to your day or afternoon snack.


Sunrise Smoothie from LoveandConfections.com

August 20, 2015

Red Velvet Sprinkle Explosion Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

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Red Velvet Sprinkle Explosion Bundt Cake - red velvet cake topped with fluffy, rich cream cheese frosting and strewn with a barrage of sprinkles is a fun and scrumptious cake for any occasion.

Red Velvet Sprinkle Explosion Bundt Cake #BundtBakers from LoveandConfections.com

August 17, 2015

Cucumber Mint Water

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Cucumber Mint Water is a refreshing way to spruce up your water intake. 
Use my helpful tips to increase your water consumption throughout the day.

Cucumber Mint Water from LoveandConfections.com

August 15, 2015

Rainbow Smoothie Bowl #LnCSmoothieSaturdays

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A kaleidoscope of fruit combine with Greek yogurt to make a delicious and colorful spoon-able smoothie. 
Rainbow Smoothie Bowls are a fun way to eat the rainbow!

Rainbow Smoothie Bowl from LoveandConfections.com #LnCSmoothieSaturdays

August 8, 2015

August 4, 2015

French Vanilla Eclair Cake #IsabelsBirthdayBash

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Creamy and delicious French vanilla pudding, graham crackers and chocolate frosting combine into one of my favorite semi-homemade desserts - French Vanilla Eclair Cake

French Vanilla Eclair Cake from LoveandConfections.com

August 1, 2015

Dark Chocolate Green Smoothie #LnCSmoothieSaturdays

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Dark chocolate cocoa powder, almond butter, flax seed meal, chia seed gel, bananas, spinach and my favorite yogurt are blended together into a delicious and satisfying Dark Chocolate Almond Green Smoothie.

Dark Chocolate Green Smoothie from LoveandConfections.com #LnCSmoothieSaturdays

July 31, 2015

Food and Wine Conference 2015 Recap - be a subject for change and live the fourth! #FWCon

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The Food & Wine Conference is one of the best conferences I have been to. The sessions and panels are great, the food is amazing, and the bloggers are like family.


Made to Matter #StonyfieldBlogger #MadeToMatter

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Stonyfield Smoothies, fun at the baby gym, playing in the water, and unlimited play time with Mommy is the most fun I have had in a while and a day that was truly "Made to Matter" with my Toddler.


Made to Matter from LoveandConfections.com #StonyfieldBlogger

July 30, 2015

Gluten-Free Blackberry, Blueberry and Cherry Crisp #LnCFarmersMarketFinds

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Farmer's market fresh fruits combine with a crunchy almond and oat topping, to make an easy end of Summer dessert - Gluten-Free Blackberry, Blueberry and Cherry Crisp.

Gluten-Free Blackberry, Blueberry and Cherry Crisp from LoveandConfections.com

July 26, 2015

Chicken Kitchen Chop Chop with Curry Mustard Sauce #SundaySupper

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Fresh ingredients and a tangy curry topping combine to create a copycat Chicken Kitchen Chop Chop with Curry Mustard Sauce - an easy dinner for any night of the week.

Chicken Kitchen Chop Chop with Curry Mustard Sauce from LoveandConfections.com

July 14, 2015

Chimichurri Steak Crostini #SummerToGo #CollectiveBias

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All opinions are mine alone. #SummerToGo #CollectiveBias 

The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older.

 
Chimichurri Steak Crostini from LoveandConfections.com


July 8, 2015

#Ad His and Hers Date Night Double Feature #TysonAndAMovie

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All opinions are mine alone. #TysonAndAMovie #CollectiveBias

#Ad His & Hers Date Night Double Feature from LoveandConfections.com #TysonAndAMovie

July 7, 2015

Strawberry Freezer Jam

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Strawberry Freezer Jam is an easy way to preserve those freshly picked strawberries 
and enjoy them for months after the season ends.

Strawberry Freezer Jam from LoveandConfections.com