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Key Lime Bars

There’s something about living on this island that makes me crave a number of things everyday.  Ice cream or shaved ice, piña coladas, and lots of fresh citrus.  I can’t deny that I’ve had one or more everyday but rationalize that all the swimming makes it a reasonable choice.  Seems like sound logic to me.

When I spotted these at the farmers market, they begged, no screamed to come home with me.  What I’d do with them, I knew instantly.

Key Lime Bars Recipe

5.0 from 3 reviews

Key Lime Bars
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  • 5 oz cookies {for me, it was 2 dozen ginger snaps}
  • 4 tb melted, salted butter
  • 2 oz room temperature cream cheese
  • ½ tb key lime zest
  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 room temperature large egg yolk
  • ½ c fresh key lime juice
  • ½ tb unbleached flour

  1. For the crust, crush the cookies {you can use graham/animal crackers, ginger snaps, biscotti, etc} and combine with the melted butter. Push onto a pan to form a crush and bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes. Cool.
  2. For the filling, creamy together the cream cheese, zest, and condensed milk. Add the salt and blend in the yolk.
  3. Slowly stream in the lime juice and mix until well combined but make sure not to over mix. You don’t want too much air incorporated into the filling.
  4. Lastly, sprinkle in the flour.
  5. Fill the crust with the filling and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Set on a cooling rack then transfer to the fridge to set for a minimum of 3-4 hours or overnight.


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Happy 4th of July!


For some patriotic foodie inspiration, check out some sweet treats to make your weekend sweeter!

4th of July Pie Pops Recipe

Pie Pops


Red, White, and Blue layer cake

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies Recipe

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

I took full advantage by watching fireworks with J on the beach {the island gets started early here} and having blueberry pie for breakfast.  Though Arthur swept by, the locals didn’t even flinch and the party commenced as usual.  Cheers to a weekend bursting with sunshine, crashing waves, and more fireworks!


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Mini Chocolate Donuts {Baked}

My only regret in life?  Not ever owning an easy bake oven.  {Kidding…kind of}  Boy was I envious of all my friends that would have me over to watch as miniature treats would magically emerge from that iconic pink oven.

Ah, sweet nostalgia.

So when I saw this miniature donut pan at the shop, the inner kid me in yelped for joy, while the adult in me calmly walked up to the counter to pay and gleefully smile as I drove home to make these.

Mini Chocolate Donuts Baked Recipe

5.0 from 5 reviews

Mini Chocolate Donuts {Baked}
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Serves: 2

  • ½ c unbleached flour
  • ¼ ts baking powder
  • ⅛ ts baking soda
  • ⅛ ts fine salt
  • 2 tb melted chocolate
  • 1 tb sour cream
  • ¼ ts instant coffee
  • ⅓ c brown sugar
  • 3 tb canola/veggie/grapeseed oil
  • 1 egg

  1. In the first bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder/soda, and salt.
  2. In the second bowl, whisk together the cooled melted chocolate and sour cream.
  3. Still working with the second bowl, blend in the coffee, sugar, oil, and egg.
  4. Fill a well greased miniature donut pan ¼ of the way full and bake at 350 for 4-6 minutes.


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Life Lately

The moment we left home and started driving away, I started bawling.  Like a baby.  I’ll be 29 in 3 months and there I was.  Bawling.

It’s been nearly 2 weeks now and it still hasn’t quite sunk in but we’re just about settled in and I’m enjoying the slow pace of the island.  Everyone I meet eagerly offers me their own explanation of being on “island time.”  Will my staunch type-a personality ever allow me to fully immerse myself in this philosophy?  All I know is that natures seems to prevail over what suburbia flaunted with a concrete jungle filled with high rises.  I’m spending almost all of my time outdoors and swallowing all the natural beauty that surrounds me.  Though my heart aches for my family, the sea swirled with shock of blue sky can’t be bad for my soul.


6 The inlet where we went shrimping, the view home from the grocery store, a turtle in our driveway, and an alligator down the road.

4 Mama’s parting gift {mugwort rice cakes}.  Thank you mama!


With my plaque at Charlotte’s “30 under 30″ right before the move.


Daddy’s Father’s Day low country boil: crab, bbq clams, mussels, shrimp, corn, potatoes, caesar salad, banana pudding, and squid jerky gift bags :)

3 Our first meal in our new home: roasted broccoli, grass-fed ribeye, and garlic mashed potatoes.

New videos will be posted next week!


Your Squishy Monster ^.~

Sea & Sand


The Squishy Monster is moving to the beach!

This is something that’s been on my bucket list for quite some time and I’m ecstatic that by next week, we’ll be living just a few blocks from the beach.  We combed through all the details this past weekend {not without some play time, of course} and I’ve brought back a pink nose, bubbling excitement, and a bittersweet note as well.  As y’all may know, I’m very close to my family and I began tearing up when thinking about leaving them and guilt for all those wonderful weekly family suppers to not be had regularly.  J has reassured me that we will come back often and that future suppers will be even that much more special.  Not to mention, I’ll be able to bring back some fresh seafood with me to serve!

jelly fish


A jelly fish and crab that washed up to shore :(

pancakes Fun pancakes to fuel a day at the beach.

lob roll Lobster rolls for lunch.

rudys Sole with white wine and butter.

shrimp n grits Shrimp & grits brunch.

shrimp Fresh shrimp cocktail.

mahi Mahi tacos, buffalo oysters, and sweet corn fritters.



They say that home is where the heart is.  My heart will always be with my family but I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds.

I will be setting up a new kitchen next week and should have videos posted thereafter.


Your Squishy Monster ^.~

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