{chicago adventures}

Thursday night I returned from a week long work trip to Chicago, what an exciting city! A few years ago I had the opportunity to go to one of the suburbs for a weekend conference, but didn’t get the chance to … Continue reading

{weekly round-up: lovable lemon}

I’m loving lemons!! As summer winds down, I’m using lemon as much as possible to maximize that summer feeling. Check out these tasty treats and recipes! 🙂


  1. Orzo quite possibly may be the best quick and easy side dish. This Creamy Lemon-Pepper Orzo with Grilled Chicken looks super yummy!  
  2. Gooey Lemon Cake bars- delish! You kind find this recipe over at Shugary Sweets.
  3. Sweet and Savory whipped up these cheerful looking Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars, I’m loving the Raspberry Sauce!  
  4. These Creamy Lemon Berry Tartlets by The Silly Girl’s Life just scream summer. 
  5. The Lemon-Poppyseed dressing on this Strawberry Pecan Salad is to die for! Check it out over at Shugary Sweets. 
  6. Martha Stewart’s Frozen Lemon Mousse is basically perfection on a plate. 

Enjoy!! 🙂 

best, courtney 

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{lemon bundt cake: recipe review}

Hi, friends! This week is flying by, I can’t believe that it is already Tuesday. We’ve had tons of rain here the past couple of days, so I am definitely appreciating the sunshine we had today! It was such a beautiful night for a walk around the neighborhood.

Onto the treat 🙂 So I just finished baking up a new recipe I found online today and just HAD to share with y’all! While browsing, I came across a Lemon Velvet Bundt Cake with Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting over at the Layers of Happiness. This recipe was honestly one of the most quick and easy bundt cakes I have ever found. I love how they used a plain ole white cake box mix for the base, and they added some additional ingredients to make it taste extra special. The lemon extract also gives it a bit of kick too! I followed the recipe exactly, including adding the additional flour because of buying the smaller box of cake mix. To say I’m loving this cake would be an understatement! You can find the recipe and more information about Layers of Happiness here. You should probably make this cake right now. 🙂

20140610_204922_Richtone%28HDR%29 copy After a busy day, I think I’ve earned enjoying this piece of cake with a glass of milk! Yes, this is how I’m justifying it! 🙂

best, courtney