Pineapple Rosemary Crush - easy cocktail recipe with pineapple, rosemary, and sparkling wine! It looks fancy but it's inexpensive and serves a crowd!

Today I’m heading up to Salt Lake City (OMGMOUNTAINS! I might just stay forever!) for a conference so I have to stick with my tradition of posting a cocktail on days when I fly.

I actually really enjoy flying but I’m also that person that has a minor panic attack with every bump. Which is why we talk cocktails on days that I fly. Because I’ll probably spend most of the flight wishing I had one.

The conference is going to be so much fun though. I’m rooming with my bestie Nicole and we coordinated our flights so that we land at the same time and can navigate SLC together. And there is going to be SO MUCH FOOD. I plan on gaining at least 10 pounds.

Seriously excited to get there. Follow me on instagram and snapchat (amandalivesay) to keep up!

Pineapple Rosemary Crush - easy cocktail recipe with pineapple, rosemary, and sparkling wine! It looks fancy but it's inexpensive and serves a crowd!

This is the easiest fancy-ish cocktail you’ll ever make.

The rosemary makes it fancy, right?

I think so. Rosemary makes everything look fancy.

It’s just pineapple, rosemary, a bottle of sparkling wine, and some ginger ale. That’s it! It’s so pretty and so tasty and perfectly refreshing for hot summer days.

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Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies - use coconut oil instead of butter in these delicious cookies! This is my favorite chocolate chip cookies recipe!

Okay guys, I’m counting on you.

I’m headed to Salt Lake City tomorrow and I need restaurant, doughnut shop, coffee shop, whatever recommendations. I’ll be staying downtown and will be Uber-ing everywhere so help a girl out.

More on that tomorrow, though.

 

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies - use coconut oil instead of butter in these delicious cookies! This is my favorite chocolate chip cookies recipe!

I made these cookies a few weeks ago because I was out of butter and don’t you always crave cookies when you’re out of butter?

And, of course, it was the weekend so I wasn’t about to take all 3 kids to the grocery store just for butter.

Coconut oil makes excellent cookies though! Seriously, my new favorite recipe. The coconut oil gives just the tiniest hint of coconut to the cookies. And they’re perfect if you’re dairy-free – just make sure the chocolate chips or chunks you use are also dairy free!

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies - use coconut oil instead of butter in these delicious cookies! This is my favorite chocolate chip cookies recipe!

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Peanut Butter Dog Doughnuts - treat your pup to a homemade doughnut!

Happy Monday, guys! Let’s make this week a good one.

I celebrated a special anniversary this weekend.

One of my besties has lived with me for a year now:

Can you believe it’s been a year since I stalked the rescue group for a week before deciding to go pick her up?!

In the last year she’s… broken her leg, roadtripped through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, torn up a lot of cardboard boxes, grown 3 times the size the vet thought she’d be, and walked around the neighborhood approximately a million times.

Peanut Butter Dog Doughnuts - treat your pup to a homemade doughnut!

I made these Peanut Butter Dog Doughnuts to celebrate her special day.

They have bananas, peanut butter, honey… you know, all the good stuff. Plus a Greek yogurt frosting and crumbled dog treats on top to look like sprinkles.

I can’t say for certain how tasty they are but the dogs seemed to enjoy them!

PS. You could totally bake these as cupcakes if you don’t have a doughnut pan. Just bake for 20 – 22 minutes instead.

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Weekly Family Menu Plan - 5 weeknight dinners, a weekend breakfast, and a yummy dessert!

Happy weekend, guys!

Big plans?

I’ve got a date with my DVR.

And I’m pretty excited about it.

This week’s menu plan looks delicious as always. My all time favorite sweet potato fries, kabobs, shrimp salad, and more! Plus, brownies for dessert and zucchini bread for breakfast!

Don’t forget to print your grocery list before you head to the store!

For more weekly family menu plans, check out the archives!

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Ambrosia Macaroons - delicious coconut cookies filled with orange zest, lime juice, and dried pineapple. And topped with a cherry!

COOKIES!

I’m so into making cookies right now.

I have 3 different cookies on my counter right now.

I’m refusing to try any of them because I know if I have one, I’ll have to have them all.

No self control. None.

But these! I made these weeks ago and ate way more than I’m going to admit to you today. I cannot resist a coconut macaroon!

Ambrosia Macaroons - delicious coconut cookies filled with orange zest, lime juice, and dried pineapple. And topped with a cherry!

These are different from the classic coconut macaroon though. They’re supposed to have the same flavors as ambrosia salad so they’re made with lime juice, orange zest, dried pineapple, and they have a maraschino cherry on top!

How cute are they?!

Also, really really simple. And they take no time at all!

If you love coconut macaroons as much as I do, you have to give these a try!

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