Berry Coconut Baked Oatmeal

Berries. Coconut. Oatmeal. What can be better?! Seriously, oatmeal is one of my favorite meals. I usually eat it every morning for breakfast. If I don't eat it for breakfast, there have been times when I've made it for dinner. A hot bowl of oatmeal is hard to beat. That is until baked oatmeal entered my life. I've been doing more cooking lately, like actual cooking of meals. Gone are my days … [Read More...]

Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake - made with sour cream so it stays moist and fluffy! |

Cinnamon Apple Coffeecake 

Ok, I've officially given in. I've been ready for fall for weeks and I'm just going to pretend it's here. I mean August is over halfway over, I feel like I held out long enough. I'll try to ease on into fall and not jump straight on the pumpkin train (but really...who else is anxiously awaiting for our beloved PSL's to be here?!). I wanted the warm, cozy feeling you get smelling those … [Read More...]

Summer 2015 Reading List |

2015 Summer Reading List

It's been a while since we've done a book review here on LDB but with summer vacation time nearing an end, we thought we'd share what was on our summer reading lists! Kelly The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion My mom and sister read this book back when we were seniors in high school. They both loved it and highly recommended it to me. Why I did not read this book sooner is beyond … [Read More...]

Homemade Pizza Dough |

Homemade Pizza Dough

I don't know about you, but I could eat pizza every single day and never get tired of it. I like it cold for breakfast, I'll take leftovers for lunch, it's never a bad idea for dinner and I am always on board with it for a late night snack. As … [Read More...]


Spicy Baked Beans

"Beans, beans the magical fruit. The more you eat, the more you...."  Ok, you get it, no need for me to finish the song that was inevitably sung every time beans were served with dinner. But as annoying as this little bean chant was, the last line … [Read More...]


Chocolate Chunk Peanut M&M Cookies

We had a bag of Peanut M&Ms lying around so naturally I had to make cookies. Also, I didn't want to devour the entire bag of M&Ms while watching Bachelor in Paradise. Because let's be honest for a moment, that definitely would have … [Read More...]

Black Bayou Lake, Monroe, Louisiana |

Welcome to Louisiana: Black Bayou Lake

Well I've been in Louisiana for a couple months now, and I still don't understand what a bayou is. To me, it just looks the same as a river. Except there are trees growing in it? And alligators. And snakes. And who knows what else that probably wants … [Read More...]

Caramel Pretzel Brownies |

Caramel Pretzel Brownies

Let me start out with a confession: I originally only made these brownies because I had leftover caramel and pretzels from the Everything Cookie Bars. But, they resulted in the best brownies I have ever made! Now, there is a time and place for … [Read More...]


Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Smoothie

I'm on a health kick... again. Remember, I strive for progress not perfection blah, blah, blah... but with this smoothie, I don't feel like I have to give anything up! This is the summer of oatmeal and coconut. Lately, I can't seem to make a … [Read More...]