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This week has been a lot less eventful than the week before. The most exciting part was building a raised garden bed with my hubby in our front yard. We have a tiny backyard that’s mostly deck and doesn’t have much afternoon sun, so the front yard just makes more sense for a vegetable garden. Hopefully our neighbors in downtown Denver understand and don’t freak out that we’ve just pulled up a ton of grass. Do any of you garden in your front yard? Or garden at all? What’s your favorite thing to grow?

Here’s what I’ve been up to this week:

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How many of you watch The Walking Dead? If you’ve been around for a while, you probably remember that we host a weekly watch party at our house every Sunday night. This Sunday was the season finale, so I decided to make an extra special dessert to celebrate. 

This brain cake is awesome!! An oozing no-bake cheesecake brain cake for your next Walking Dead get together.

Yep, that’s a Walking Dead brain cheesecake. An oozing, gooey, cherry-filled, graham cracker crusted brain cheesecake. Don’t you just love it? I know it’s probably not the first thing you think of for Monday morning, but I thought it was too fun not to share it with you today. 

This brain cake is awesome!! An oozing no-bake cheesecake brain cake for your next Walking Dead get together.

Here it is before the cherry filling was added on top. Believe it or not, you can purchase brain jello molds on Amazon and have them sent to you. So, of course I did this as soon as I discovered it was a thing. (What food-loving Walking Dead fan wouldn’t?!) You can also find mini brain molds, hand molds, and a million other non-zombie jello molds. This method should work with almost any of the jello molds you can find out there.

This brain cake is awesome!! An oozing no-bake cheesecake brain cake for your next Walking Dead get together.  Here’s a shot of the inside of the brain after we removed part of the frontal lobe and consumed it. (Braaaaaaaaaains.) It’s got a lovely layer of cherry filling inside which oozes out when you cut into it. Totally a hit for your next Walking Dead party!

Walking Dead Brain Cheesecake
Serves 10
A fun brain-shaped cherry cheesecake for your next walking dead or zombie party!
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
  1. 2 (11oz) boxes Jello no-bake cheesecake mix (regular, not strawberry flavor)
  2. 3 cups milk
  3. 5 tablespoons margarine, melted
  4. 2 tablespoons sugar
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Welcome back to the Retro Re-pin Party!

I can’t believe it’s Tuesday again already! This past week seemed to fly by and it’s been a fun and crazy week. This past weekend I got to help throw a Snoopy/Red Baron Baby Shower for a good friend of mine, and it was so fun to pull together all the little dessert bar foods! I made some Lemon Puppy Chow (since Snoopy is a puppy), Chocolate covered peanuts, Great Pumpkin muffins, and some cookies and milk shots in mini red solo cups. Then we did some paper crafting and I had little Red Baron cutouts flying from balloons around the room and sitting on the tables. I need to throw parties more often – it was so fun. 

Here’s what I’ve been up to on the blog this week:

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Happy Monday! Today I’ve teamed up with some other amazing bloggers to offer you the chance to win your own copy of “The Kinfolk Table” cookbook! “The Kinfolk Table” is a hardcover book full of beautiful pictures, wholesome recipes, and heartwarming stories of people’s lives around the world. It doubles as a cookbook and a gorgeous coffee table book. We’re very excited about this opportunity to bless someone with a great product. Entering to win is super easy – just check out the options below! Best of luck!

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Meal Plan Monday!  

Meal Plan Monday 3/23-3/29:

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This meal plan is designed to feed approximately 4 adults at each meal or two adults with lunches left over. Feel free to double or add to it as needed.  **You’ll need to open it with the free Adobe Reader App (Android or iOS) to be able to use the check boxes on mobile, so install that first if you don’t have it already.**

Monday: Scrambled Egg and Roasted Asparagus Toasts from Foodie Crush (gluten-free if using gf bread, vegetarian option) – I love having breakfast for dinner, and these toasts are unique seasonal option for brinner. 

Tuesday: My Mexican Lasagna (gluten-free option, vegetarian option) – This lasagna has all the flavors of a 7-layer dip with noodles layered in. It’s always requested by my husband, and freezes… Continue reading

A simple Rosemary Blood Orange Syrup for soda, beverages, or desserts.

Rosemary Blood Orange Syrup - make your own soda, or pour it over pancakes

I have always loved sparkling water. I think it started in childhood with Clearly Canadian sodas (anyone else remember those? The blackberry was the best!) And my addiction only grew when I spent a summer living in Italy and Spain where all water is sparkling. It doesn’t need to be flavored – I really just love plain tap water with bubbles. Knowing I love it so much, my sweet hubby gifted me a Soda Stream for my birthday last year so I could make sparkling water any time I wanted!   

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Since then, I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with making my own Italian soda syrups. I love being able to mix flavors you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else – like this rosemary blood orange syrup. It’s the perfect drink for Spring because it’s bright and citrusy, a fun pink-red color, and has just the right hint of herbs. 

Rosemary Blood Orange Syrup - make your own soda, or pour it over pancakes

Earlier this week my friend Jenna and I did a recipe challenge using blood oranges and I shared a recipe for Blood Orange Chicken. I was really torn between sweet and savory recipes, so I decided I should probably just do both. (Plus Jenna was egging me on.)

Rosemary Blood Orange Syrup - make your own soda, or pour it over pancakes

I’ve made a lot of soda syrups over the past year, but I think this one has moved to the absolute top of my list. I can’t seem to get enough! I’m pretty sad that blood oranges are only in season for a few months a year because I think this would be lovely and refreshing for a summer party. I guess I’ll have to settle for Easter cocktails instead.

Rosemary Blood Orange Syrup - make your own soda, or pour it over pancakes



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