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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is days away!

If you don’t have any gift ideas yet (you slacker you!), I’ve compiled a few below that dad (and even Grandpa) are sure to love!


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1/ Dad’s favorite beverage

*Grab a bottle of dad’s favorite drink of choice! If you’re looking for a great vodka for dad or grandpa, give Dixie Southern Vodka a try! Another idea is creating a mix and match 6-pack of his favorite craft brews!

2/ Matching socks

*Pair of Thieves at Target has the cutest Dad & Kid socks right now. Head to your local Target or check them all out online here.

3/ New sneaks for the athletic daddy 

*Get Dad a new pair of sneakers for basketball, walking, golf, etc! Kohls is actually running a GREAT sale on all of their Nike gear now through the 18th! Check out all of their Nike sneakers on sale here

4/ Handmade Sertodo Copper Espadin Flask

*This is a really unique and beautiful gift for dad! These gorgeous copper flasks were featured in Oprah Magazine and listed as one of her “favorite things”. Check out this neat company on Kickstarter here

5/ Matching Shirts

Some matching shirts are a little corny, but the daddy and kid shirts from KaAnsDesigns are adorable!

Hope this helps! What are some of your Father’s Day ideas? Share them by commenting below!

If you’re looking for some cute kids crafting ideas for Father’s Day, check out my Pinterest board here

Happy Father’s Day!!!




Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Maybe have a craft beer luvin’ mama?

One of my favorite breweries, Hourglass Brewing, is hosting the Florida SMaSH Beer Festival this Mother’s Day Weekend.

On May 13, local beer enthusiasts can experience one of Florida’s newest beer festivals. This event is a celebration of creativity between brewers throughout the state to provide an opportunity to give back to the community through The Sharing Center.

The festival is presented by The City of Longwood and will take place on May 13, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 6 the Longwood Community Building.

The breweries will concoct a beer made from the same single malt and single hop, creating a limitation to force brewers to think outside the box as well as focus on technique. With approximately 80 beers to sample, including one-offs from every brewery involved, there will be offerings for a wide range of different palates.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Sharing Center, an organization focused on preventing hunger and homelessness for families and individuals in crisis. The Sharing Center offers a hand-up to the working poor in Seminole County and those who are struggling to move out of homelessness.

The event is for adults 21 and older, general admission tickets can be purchased for $35 on The Longwood Community Building is located at 200 W. Warren Ave., Longwood, Fla., 32750.



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‘Not Your Mamas’ Bourbon Apple Pie

Not Your Mamas

Happy ‘Pi Day’!

3.14 has become quite the holiday celebrated by all things pie. It’s a great excuse to break out an old family pie recipe or find a new one to enjoy.

The great people over at Coopers’ Craft sent over a bottle of their Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and I wanted to challenge myself to create a yummy pie recipe using their bourbon as a showcased ingredient. Challenge accepted! This is the perfect baking whiskey with it having a softer and lighter flavor profile.


First, I’m going to be up front with you. I received this bottle yesterday i.e. 3.13. So I needed to find or come up with a recipe FAST. I went and contacted my Aunt who is the goddess of all things southern and baked asking for her tips for a bourbon pie. She gave me some great ideas. I had grandiose plans of making everything from scratch.

Then my mom brain set in and said, “WTH are you doing, Kate? Who are you kidding?! You have two babies that aren’t going to let you make a beautiful from scratch pie (as soon as I step into the kitchen is usually when all heck breaks loose)…you need something simple, fast, easy, and delicious!” So with a little Pinterest-ing and a stumble across this post from Tasty…I give you “Not Your Mamas” Bourbon Apple Pie!

This is not your mama’s apple pie…to be honest, it’s probably more like your crazy uncle’s. In fact. I was actually thinking about shipping this bad boy to my favorite uncle who is a bourbon drinker.


This pie doesn’t just use the bourbon as a cute little ingredient for baking…it showcases it! This pie tastes like bourbon. Meaning…if you eat a few slices I’m almost positive you will feel a buzz. 😉


-5 Granny Smith Apples

-2 cans of cinnamon rolls (whoever came up with this idea to use cinnamon rolls as a crust is every moms best friend and a freaking genius…it’s so good!…and did I mention EASY?!)

-1 cup of sugar

-1 teaspoon of cinnamon

-1 tablespoon of corn starch

-1 cup of Coopers’ Craft Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

-2 tablespoons of Coopers’ Craft Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (for glaze)


-Preheat oven to 350 degrees

-Peel and cut apples into slices and put into a large mixing bowl

-Infuse apples by pouring 1 cup of Coopers’ Craft Bourbon into mixing bowl stirring occasionally over an hour. (Longer if you want a stronger bourbon pie).

-Drain apples and add sugar, cinnamon, and corn starch into mixing bowl and stir.

-For the crust: Cut cinnamon rolls in half (if it’s an 8 pack you don’t have to cut in half) and roll with flour until thin.

-Layer your pie dish with the rolled cinnamon rolls until it covers the dish entirely and creates the crust (see photo).

-Pour in the apple mixture

-Roll out your second container of cinnamon rolls and layer them again, this time creating the top layer crust for the pie. Pinch any spaces you see together with your fingers.

-Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes

-Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes uncovered.

-Allow the pie to cool and drizzle with bourbon glaze.

Directions for Bourbon glaze:

-Take both icing containers that came from cinnamon rolls and pour into small bowl

-Add 2 tablespoons of Coopers’ Craft Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. (add more to your taste)

-Drizzle over cooled pie/pie slices


That’s it! This recipe makes a delicious bourbon apple pie!

I was really impressed with how the cinnamon rolls taste as a pie crust. It was so simple and quick. I’ll definitely use that method again.

I know some bakers are probably cringing that I shattered the idea of the traditional apple pie crust…but don’t knock it til you try it!

And after all…it’s not your mamas! 😉