Our Wedding Day

October 7th 2016

Venue: Vernon Downs
Photographer: Christina Wall
Florals: The Flower Garden
DJ: Kenny the Promo Guy
Cake: Desserts Beyond the Ordinary
Wedding Planner: Bella’s Event Planning
Ice Sculpture: The Ice Farm
Dress: New York Bride Maggie Sottero
Shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson
Jewelry: Blue Nile
Hair: Blown Away
Make-up Artist: Doll Face Artistry by Ann Erny
Bridesmaid Dresses: Spy Baby Bridal Sorella Vita
Suits: Custom by Indochino

Christopher and I chose to do the untraditional “First Look”, where we looked at each other for the first time before our wedding ceremony. This was a very emotional moment that we were able to share between each other without anyone else. In this moment, all of our nerves had completely gone away. We were able to look at each other, and share our real feelings together. This would be the only time during our day that would be shared between just us. We could not believe on this perfect sun shinning day, we were really getting married! Our hearts were filled with so much joy and excitement to walk down the isle to say our Do’s.

Together with their Families
Sara Kathleen Spellicy
and
Christopher Jurgen Wiehl
Friday, the Seventh of October
Two Thousand and Sixteen
at Half Past Five O’clock in the evening

“Out of affection and honor for Christopher and Sara, we are here today to witness their vows, which will unite them in marriage. To this moment they bring the fullness of their hearts as a treasure to share with one another. They bring the spark and spirit which is uniquely their own, and out of which has grown for some time, and will continue to grow, deepen, and strengthen, the precious reality of their life together.

Let us all give our blessing and love to Christopher and Sara during this ceremony as they pledge their love to one another. May the wisdom and spirit of all giving, and all understanding love pervade the words spoken and the love given here today, that these vows offered will remain strong and true in the presence of love all the days of their lives.”
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First Reading – Brittany

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“Love is the greatest gift that we can offer to one another. That is what makes marriage so very special, and a cause for joy and celebration for all of us who have came here today to share this event. It is my personal hope and prayer that those of you who have already taken the vows of marriage will witness the love of these two people, and as you listen to them share their vows, perhaps it will strengthen for you the memory of your happy day, and remind you the meaning of the vows you yourselves once took. Perhaps it will even strengthen just a little bit of the bond of love that has been growing between you, and if any of this should happen, it would certainly be the greatest gift that Christopher and Sara could offer us on their wedding day.”

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To make this relationship work, it takes more than love. It takes trust, to know in your hearts that you want only what is best for each other. It takes dedication, to stay open to one another, to learn, to grow, even when it is difficult to do so. And it takes faith, to go forward together without knowing what the future holds for you both. While love is our natural state of being, these other qualities are not easy to come by. They are not a destination, but a journey.

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Second Reading: Gee

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“Happiness in marriage isn’t something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. It is never too old to hold hands. Saying I love you once a day and not taking one another for granted. It is a courtship that goes beyond the honeymoon and continues through the years. It is forming a circle of love that encompasses the whole family. It is doing kind things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice but in the spirit of joy. It is not looking for perfection in one another but cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding, and a sense of humor. It is being close and allowing each other room to grow. It is not only marrying the right partner, but also being the right partner.”
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Our vows:

Sara –
” Christopher – Today, I vow to take you for who you are, loving you for who you are now and who you are yet to become, as my husband, my prince charming, my faithful partner, my one true love, as my best friend.

I promise to inspire you, encourage you, be proud of you, and to always love you.

I will seek to be open and honest, and to always communicate with you. To listen to you, to learn from you, to support you, and to accept your support. I will celebrate your triumphs and mourn your losses as though they were my own. I will love you and have faith in your love for me, through all of our years and all that life may bring us. Together we will create a family, and build a home full of love, laughter, patience, understanding and compassion.

I will forever be there to laugh with you, to lift you up, to pray for you and with you. I will love you unconditionally throughout all of our adventures together in life and when we are apart. I vow to passionately pursue you, and to empower you to follow all your dreams. From this day forward, I promise to pay closer attention to your magic tricks (haha).

I vow not to just grow old together, but to grow together.

As I have given you my hand to hold, I also give you my life to keep. You will forever be mine and I will forever be yours.”

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Preparation of Rings:

“The giving and receiving of the rings is an important part of the marriage ceremony, because the rings are made in the symbol of that which is eternal. There is no beginning and no end, as you place these symbols on each others finger, it signifies that there shall be no end to your marriage, and no end to the happiness that you will both share. But let me remind your that these are also the special symbols you will wear before the world, certainly when you go back to your family, friends, and co-workers. In fact, you will notice the response when you walk away from this beautiful place tonight. For when people look at you, they will look at your hands and notice the ring on your finger. They will know that you belong to someone special and that someone special belongs to you. Everyday for the rest of your lives, every time you wash hands or reach out to touch each other, these rings will be there to remind you of the great love that you share and the wonder that the person standing in front of you loves you as much as you love them. So when you place these rings upon each other’s fingers, wear them with love and honor.”
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Unity Sand Ceremony:

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Christopher and Sara, you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and the receiving of rings as a pledge to commit to one another throughout your lives. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand. One representing you, Sara, and all that you were, and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. The other representing you, Christopher, all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer be, but be joined together as one. Just as the grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.
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“Christopher and Sara, you have expressed your love to one another through the commitment and promises you have just made. It is with these in mind that I pronounce you as Husband and Wife. You may now kiss the bride!”

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Straw Paws

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Hi everybody! I know it’s been a while since my last blog post… but a very close friend of mine just created her own invention! {How awesome is that!?} I am so excited and proud of her that I wanted to take the time and share her invention with you.

Straw Paws™ was invented by Briana (and Scott) with the inspiration of their son Scotty who happens to be the cutest most loving 4 year old I know. One of his favorite things to love on are his favorite stuffed animals. No matter where we go, his stuffed animal friends are always by his side.

Scotty always had a habit of misplacing his sippy cup and it would drive Briana {crazy} she would search high and low and all around until it was found. She wondered why he couldn’t keep his sippy cup as close to him as his favorite stuffed animals. To solve this problem, Briana and Scott created a super cute plush stuffed animal that doubles as a sippy cup so that Scotty would always have both! And this folks is how Straw Paws™ came about!

Briana has decided to bring her versatile idea to the public and you can be one of the first in line to get one! You can visit StrawPaws.com and get one just in time for the holiday season!

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Here are just a few amazing benefits of getting your loved one Straw Paws ™

~Make drinking water exciting and fun!

~The straw is spill proof, unlike regular sippy cups, the Straw Paws™ straw does not leak around the house. It even has a cover to protect the mouthpiece during all your Straw Paws™ adventures.

~ Easy to clean with an extra large opening in it’s water reservoir pouch so mommy or daddy can easily clean it.

~ A cute and cuddly friend that is kid safe and provides a source of hydration.

Everyone has been so amazed that Briana and Scott came up with something so awesome, cute, and handy for their child and can’t wait to get one for their children too!

You can get your very own Straw Paws ™today by clinking on the link to their website HERE

There are three different Straw Paws™ to choose from

 

Stuffed Burgers

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Hey Everyone!

This is Christopher Wiehl (Sara’s fiance) coming at you today with a new segment to the site called, “I think I know what I’m doing”. This segment is of the things I do, either cooking or crafting, that I’m taking a stab at and it might come out great, or horrible. Basically, I do the messing up for you!

This week Sara and I had some friends over for some Hamburgers. I didn’t want to serve them plain basic burgers, so I stuffed em up!

Whatcha Need:

1lbs Hamburger: 85%-15%

Burger Meat
5 strips of Bacon (or however much)

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1 Onion
1 Bell Pepper

Pepper Onion
1 Cup (or so) Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
1 Package of American Single Cheese
Package of Hamburger Buns

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Weber Chicago Steak seasoning

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Fixings (ketchup, mayo, whateva)

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 400degrees

2. Lay your bacon out on a baking sheet (with raised edges) (you can also put aluminum foil for easy clean up).

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3. When the oven is heated, throw in the bacon for about 9 minutes

While you are waiting for the bacon to cook, you can do some other preparation.

4. Cut the peppers and onions into small cubes to put in the burgers

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5. Weigh out the ground beef to make balls of 1/4-1/3 lbs of burger.

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6. Take the balls of meat and cut them into two even pieces.

7. Cut some sheets of parchment / wax paper into squares to help with the pressing of the burgers

8. Take a half of the meat and put it in between two pieces of parchment paper and flatten with hand or rolling pin. Do the same with the other side.

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9. Take the bacon and break it into small pieces and place on one-half. Put onions, peppers, and cheese on top.IMG_20150720_165206

10. Take the other half of meat and put on top of the filled piece and push edges closed. Flip over the burger and form with hands into a nice patty.

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11. Don’t forget to put seasoning on it!

12. Start your grill. Grill the patties over the flame for about 4-5 minutes then flip and cook for 2. Add cheese and put to the side of the grill.

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13. Grill your buns if you wish.

DONE.

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That is it guys. Check out the video below on a visual look on how to make these awesome patties! I cannot wait to make more!

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The best ever {Strawberry Jam}

Last weekend we finally made it to the U-Pick strawberry farm just in time to pick {the very last strawberries}. We’ve been so busy this summer, but I was determined to get there before the strawberry picking “season” came to an end. We made it just in time, it was like playing “Where’s Waldo” … I wasn’t leaving empty handed!

I’ve been trying to come up will all different ways to use our fresh picked strawberries and decided to give homemade jam a try. It was pretty easy and tasted amazing!!

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The best ever *Strawberry Jam*

  • 4 cups of freshly picked strawberries
  • 4 cups of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
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  • Mix the sugar and lemon juice in a large saucepan on low heat until it melts and gets bubbly.IMG_20150705_154304878
    Cut up the strawberries into little chunks so it’s easier to boil down.
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  • Next, mix in the chunks of strawberries with the sugar and lemon juice. Make sure to stir frequently.
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  • Meanwhile, bring the jars to a boil in a big pot to get them ready for the hot jam and canning process.
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  • After the strawberry mixture has boiled for about 25-30 minutes or until it reaches 220 degrees, check to see if it sticks to the spatula without falling right off and has a jelly consistency. If it does, then it’s ready to be put into jars.
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  • Make sure to leave about 1/2 inch at the top of each jar to allow enough air to escape during the canning process.
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  • Bring the jars back to a boil in the pot for about 5 more minutes. You will begin to see the air bubbles come out of the top.

Allow the jars to cool completely for a couple of hours. You can check the seal on the jars by first seeing if the indent on the top is pushed in. Secondly, you can unscrew the jar lid and carefully lift up on the disc. If that does not come off, they’re sealed. Once the jars and jelly are set you can refrigerate or freeze & Enjoy!

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Easy Apple Crisp

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Well it’s officially fall in Central New York, and boy is it feeling like it! Have you gone apple picking yet? What is your favorite kind of apples? Our favorite is the Honey Crisp, it’s so crispy, juicy and sweet! We enjoy Honey Crisp the most for eating. For baking we usually pick out some Cortland too.

There are so many different recipes that use apples, but apple crisp has to be the one I make the most during the fall time! And that’s mostly because it’s quick and easy to make. This recipe will taste better than any other apple crisp you’ve made before and you can be sure to impress!! Trrrust me!

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For the Crisp You will need:

1 box of YELLOW cake mix

1 cup old fashioned oats

1 cup butter or margarine (softened but not melted)

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp Cinnamon

4 large apples or 6 small

(For the Cinnamon Sprinkle: 1/3 cup white sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon to sprinkle on top of the apple slices. )
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First, you will need to peal the apples. Then cut them into equal size slices.

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Divide the apples into two separate layers. Sprinkle both of the layers lightly with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

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Then mix the cake mix, softened 2 sticks of butter, brown sugar, oats, and cinnamon in a big bowl until well combined. I use a baking blender (as shown in the photo) to mix this all together and make the crispy topping crumbly. If you don’t have one, I urge you to consider purchasing one, you will use it more often than you’d think for baking, but if you don’t want to, that’s okay too just make it crumble using a fork to break it apart.
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Layer the crumble topping on top of the apple slices and bake at 350 degrees for about 25minutes or until the apples are soft and the outside is just lightly browned.

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Enjoy warm with some vanilla ice cream or cool whip!

 

~Quick Bread: Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Fall is officially here in upstate New York { if you ask me} . The leaves are changing color and the days are getting colder & shorter. As much as I will miss the sunny summer, I am so ready for the fall time. Something about a cold fall day screams time crank up the oven and get the house warm with some fresh baked goodies.

Today, I baked this lovely quick bread, you know the kind that doesn’t involve using yeast. Anything that is easier is better in my book, especially if it still tastes amazing. This bread is sweet and fluffy, much of the texture of a cake. Mmm it’s the perfect fall time treat.
Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

Ingredients

    • 2 cups flour
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 3 eggs, beaten
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Cinnamon Swirl:
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1 tbsp cinnamon
For the Crumble Topping:
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup butter, softened
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
For the Simple Glaze:
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp water

1. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients:  flour, sugars, baking powder and baking soda with a whisk until evenly distributed.
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2. Add oil, mix until small lumps begin to form.  Then add the sour cream, beaten eggs, and vanilla. Mix just until batter begins to form, do not over mix. (Batter will appear lumpy, and that is okay!)

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3. Now for the cinnamon swirl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
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4. Add 1/3 of the batter to the bread pan, then layer 1/2 of the cinnamon swirl on top of it. Take another 1/3 of the batter and do the same thing.
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5. Add the rest of the remaining batter on top of that. Now time to prepare the cinnamon crumble. Mix together the flour, sugar and cinnamon. Use a pastry blender to cut in the soften butter until a nice crumbly texture appears.
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If you don’t have one, that’s okay. Mix together then shift it using a fork.

6. Add the crumble on top of the batter and bake at 350 degrees for about 65 minutes. Or until toothpick inserted into bread comes out clean.
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7. Once it’s all done baking allow it to cool for a few minutes. In the mean time mix up the glaze. Pour it into a zip-lock baggy and cut a small section off the corner of it to squeeze onto the warm bread {just before serving}.
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The cinnamon swirls bake all by themselves.

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This bread makes the perfect fall dessert. I Hope you enjoy this lovely treat as much as we did!

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Recipe was found originally on Pinterest. I borrowed it from the blog of: http://www.somethingswanky.com/cinnamon-swirl-quick-bread/

Bath and Body Works *Sale*

Bath & Body Works happens to be one of my favorite stores. I am addicted (yes, I’ll be the first to admit I have a slight problem) to buying their body products, as well as their home products because they’re always having a sale!

Going on right now throughout next Sunday (September 21st) is their [2 for $22] 3-Wick candle sale! This is my most favorite sale they have, because it’s like buying one candle and getting one free. Then, to top that all off you get can each additional candle for only $11. You can combined this sale with any coupons you have. I bought 3 candles on sale and then used my coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase and my total come to just under $24.00!!!

Want to know why I love BBW candles so much? Well- first off… it’s because they smell amazingg!! I’m serious! And they smell even better when their burning. I also love how they fill the entire room with the lovely scent, just kidding, they fill my entire down stairs! They also burn evenly because they have 3 wicks. These candles last a while too. I usually buy certain scents for each season and they usually last past that!

My current favorite obsession is the smell of cinnamon & pumpkin. Their Hierloom Pumpkin is just that with a hint of nutmeg. MMM mmm MMM it smells just like fall time.

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Some of my other personal favorites for all year, are what I like to call “man candles” .. because they smell like a mans cologne. I’m talking like… Abecrombie & Fitch.. you can’t walk by that store without taking in a breath of handsome hunk-ness! Well if your like me, then this candle for you is called {{ Mahogany Teakwood }} trust me you wont be disapointed!! My other favorites are Citron Cedarwood, Bergamod Woods and Flannel! You’ll thank me later! 😉
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Happy shopping & great sales!

 

 

Review: EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shaving Cream

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I’ve had my eyes on this new shaving cream since it hit the shelves at Wal-Mart. The EOS brand is famous for their lip-balm. The kind that comes in a circle ball, you have probably seen them in the checkout line… if you haven’t tried them yourself they’re super moisturizing and come in many different flavors.

So, I’ve been thinking to myself.. if the lip balms are so great the shaving cream must be too. The only thing holding me back was the price, while $3.50 is cheap, it’s twice as much as most of the other brands. And to be honest, I wanted to spend my money elsewhere (than on a product used to shave my legs).

A few weeks went bye, and my shaving cream at home ran out… so I decided to give it a try. At first I noticed a pretty pleasant smell, and an ever so soft, so rich shaving cream that came out of a pump. While applying it to my legs it felt nice, but like I said rich.. So you need to use twice as much as you normally would of the leading kind. When shaving the cream gets clogged in my razor, which is annoying when your in a rush and have to keep rinsing it under the water. It did leave my legs soft, but not any softer than normal.

With that said, I will not be buying this product again. I find myself annoyed by how thick it is, and how many times I need pump out the product, which gets stuck I might add from the thickness of the product, that the cons out way the pros (great smell, rich cream). And like I said.. this stuff is not cheap compared to other brands. It’s a “No Go” for me.

{Cherry-Pie} Cookie Bars

Love a homemade cherry pie and baked sugar cookies? Then you will die for these Cherry-Pie Cookie Bars!
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Mmm mmm mmm the buttery-sugary dough taste amazing with just a touch of almond. Cherry pie filling and a glaze frosting. To die for!!! Perfect for summer time. So much easier to make than baking a homemade pie, yet has all the yummy flavor. Trust me, you’ve got to try these! You can whip them up in just under 20 minutes!

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Ingredients:

Bars~

  •  1 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (if unsalted butter is used)
  • 1  1/2 (21oz) cans of Cherry Pie filling

Glaze Topping~

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Mix together butter and sugar until fluffy.|
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  2. Add eggs one at a time, vanilla and almond extract, and mix until light and fluffy.
  3. Then mix in dry ingredients slowly, until well blended.
  4. Prepare a 9X13 baking pan. I recommend using parchment paper to line the pan. This makes it so much easier to take out once cooled and cut into nice squares.
  5. Use 2/3 of the batter and line the bottom of the pan with it. Smooth it out so its nice and even.
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  6. Add the cherry pie filling on top.
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  7. Use the remaining dough and spoon balls of it on top of the pie filling.
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  8. Bake for about 3o minutes or until lightly golden brown.
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  9. Allow to cool completely. Once cooled prepare the glaze topping.
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  10. Blend together until you get the consistency you like. For easy application I use a plastic ziplock baggie over a cup, then pour the glaze into it.
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  11. Ziplock the baggie up, cut a small corner off and use
    to glaze the top of the cherry-pie bars!
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    * You can try this same recipe with many other pie fillings too! My other personal favorite its blueberry and lemon extract (instead of almond) Just as amazing!!*

4th of July * Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Have you ever tried a cookie cake before? It’s a big giant cookie with frosting on top. Mmm Mmm Mmm it’s soft and chewy and taste so yummy.

For the 4th of July I made a flag themed one for dessert. (It would also be great on Flag Day or Memorial Day.)
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I used blueberries around the entire outside and for the stars. Then I cut up strawberries for the red stripes.

Here’s what you will need to make your own:
1 – 2lb. Toll House cookie dough (I used chocolate-chip but you could use sugar as well)1- 8oz. of cream cheese (softened)
1- 8oz.  frozen cool-whip (thawed)
4- squares white chocolate (melted)
1-  cup confectionery sugar

Preheat oven to 350.
First roll out the cookie dough on a cookie sheet. I slice the cookie dough roll into circles and arranged on a cookie sheet. Then using wax paper, I roll over the cookie dough until smooth. (Don’t roll to the edges as the cookie will get bigger while it bakes.) Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
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Take out of oven and allow the cookie to cool completely (about an hour). The cookie will continue to bake while its cooling down, so it’s important not to over bake it in the oven. Hey now, we want a soft and chewy cookie after all.

While the cookie is baking lets mix up the frosting. Using a mixer beat the soften cream cheese and melted white chocolate together until fluffy. Then mix in half of the cool-whip with the beaters and slowly add in the confectionery sugar. Once all of that is mixed together with beaters hand mix in the rest of the cool whip. Allow to refrigerate while the cookie is cooling. This will help harden the frosting.

After the cookie is completely cooked you can frost it.
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Then add the blueberry boarder
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Slice the strawberries
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And add them to the flag for stripes
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With the remaining frosting you can pipe some white stripes between the strawberries.

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And there you have it. 🙂

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