Blog, Recipes

Star Spangled Berry Cake

4th of July will be here soon, and many of us love to host parties and get-togethers to celebrate. These parties always include beer, festive cocktails, BBQ, yard games, desserts (my favorite), and, of course, our family and friends. Summer brings high temperatures (especially in the South!), so eating a heavy or rich dessert can I leave you feeling sluggish. I love summertime for a number of reasons, but one of my main loves is that so much fresh produce is available. I LOVE fresh fruit and vegetables, and then making yummy dishes and desserts with them.

So, I’m going to share one of my favorite summer desserts that is perfect for your 4th of July party! It’s super light, delicious, and will keep you and your guests coming back for more (without feeling completely guilty!). Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to make! Thank you guys for helping me name It on Instagram!!

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can totally make your own angel food cake using a bundt pan. However, I have found It much easier to just go to the bakery and find one already made! Also, if you can, grab your berries from the farmer’s market to support and shop local businesses! Besides, they taste much better in my opinion! I really hope ya’ll like this recipe! If you give It a try I’d like to hear about It and see some pics!

Star Spangled Berry Cake


Angel food cake

1 (large) tub of Cool Whip

1 can of crushed pineapples





1. Drain the can of crushed pineapples (you don’t want your filling to be runny!)

2. Scoop about half of the tub of Cool Whip into a bowl, then fold the pineapples in (add more Cool Whip to your desired ratio!)

3. Cut the angel food cake in half (I’ve also seen It cut into thirds!)

4. On the bottom half, spread your pineapple filling onto the cake (use half of your filling that you have made)

5. Cover your filling with as many berries as you can use or want

6. On the bottom of the top half, spread a thin layer of your filling, then place on top of the bottom half

7. Spread the remaining filling on top of the cake

8. Get creative and make a cute pattern with your berries on top!

9. Keep the cake chilled in the refrigerator

10. Serve and enjoy!



Blog, Travel

Weekend Trip: Pensacola

After every semester I’m given about a week of “vacation” time–with vacation time meaning “time to catch up on busy work” time–but I usually try to make the best of my “time off”. My husband is from Pensacola, and as soon as he finished his law school finals we headed to his hometown.

Mike always reminds me how much history is in Pensacola. It was actually the first settlement in the US but was wiped out by a hurricane, and now “St. Augustine gets all of the glory”. Most people think of the beaches when they hear Pensacola, and while It has beautiful, white sand beaches, downtown Pensacola is really where the fun and food is at!

Our favorite place downtown Pensacola is Global Grill. It’s an AMAZING tapas bar, so don’t mess up and order a big entree. The tuna cubes are to DIE for, and so is the charcuterie board. Always be sure to ask for the specials because they switch them out often! We did, of course, go to the beach because I absolutely love being near the water when possible. So, if you are near Orange Beach, AL, avoid going to the tourist traps and the Flora-Bama (although going to the Flora-Bama on Sunday is pretty fun!), and go to Cobalt. It’s an awesome restaurant on the water that has amazing Apalachicola oysters, food, and drinks. Also, I’m always on the hunt for macarons and I found this bakery called Adonnas that had some. They were definitely tasty, but there was too much filling. However, a local talked me into getting the earl grey flavor and It was absolutely delicious! I will definitely be on the lookout for those in the future!

I was absolutely excited to take pictures in my new Kiel James Patrick Summering dress. I really wanted the yellow, but you can never go wrong with classic blue pinstripes. The detail on this dress is perfect, from the ruffled collar to the white contrast sleeve cuffs. It’s perfectly light and airy, and can be dressed up or down! And best of all….IT HAS POCKETS!!!