Driftwood is beautiful in any form. There is something so easy and breezy about it that can make a room feel naturally effortless.

Over the summer when my family came to visit, we took them to Lake Jordan nearby. Lake Jordan is supposed to have one of the highest (or the highest?) concentration of Eagles in North Carolina. Could you imagine a better way to spend a Saturday morning? We couldn’t either! We did end up seeing a few eagles, although they were pretty far away. But what I got out of the day, were these beautiful driftwood branches. I collected about 5 good sized ones, and put them in my truck where they lived for the next four months! haha. John thought I was a big wierdo for keeping them.

Recently we upgraded our apartment (from 600 sq feet to 1000!), and I dug out these driftwood branches because I had a perfect spot for them (finally!). It actually looks like I went and bought these sticks, but nope! I love free!

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Brandy Alexander…

Recently, John and I visited the Raleigh Rum Company for a free tasting. They had great rums, but also were featuring a locally made amaretto by Oak City. This was my first time tasting amaretto, and I was so pleasantly surprised! I looked up a drink recipe immediately and by the time we got to our car with our new purchase, I found the Brandy Alexander.

I am always looking for simple, delicious drink mixtures. Usually, I am a coke and whiskey person, but I love me a good, sweet “treat drink”. 🙂


  • Amaretto
  • Chocolate Liqueur
  • Light Cream



  1. In a cup with a few ice cubes, mix 1 shot of amaretto and 1 shot of the chocolate liqueur.
  2. Add light cream as needed. (I add a little less than 1 shot)

And that is all! Super easy and soooooooooo yummy. Cheers!

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

This is my second day snowed into my apartment in Raleigh, North Carolina. The city has gotten 6″ of snow in the past 24 hours! That is unheard of here, but was common every winter where I’m from in Indiana. Nonetheless, I am snowed in and have some free time to bake with what I can find in my pantry. These oatmeal cookies are easy, fast and very good!


  • 2 cups packed dark or light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened.
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  • 2 eggs.
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour.
  • 1 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix the brown sugar and two sticks of softened butter until whipped. Then add the eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Mix in the remaining dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda) slowly to brown sugar mixture. Then add the oats to the mixture one cup at a time.
  • Scoop spoonfuls of the dough onto a bakings sheet and cook for 11-12 minutes.


Expect this recipe to make 24-30 cookies total. My cookies did end up being a little crumbly, but still oh so delicious and moist. 🙂

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Peanut Butter Butterscotch Marshmallow Layered Cake, aka The “Fluffernutter”


As a wedding gift, I received two round 8″ cake pans. I have been dying to use them. With my family, we never ventured much off of the 9×13″ casserole dish cakes with a coat of store bought icing. So here I am, taking on a two layered cake for my first time with making everything from scratch! It sounded ambitious to me, but it ended up being nothing more than fun! I hardly make cakes any other way now.

This cake was inspired by a Saturday night craving for butterscotch. Naturally, I googled this and came across iambaker.net and got the below recipe for a peanut butter butterscotch cake. What an awesome blog with fantastic recipes! Peanut butter often is a great combination with butterscotch, and then I ended up using some marshmallow fluff as glue for my layered cakes. My husband rightfully named this cake, “The Fluffernutter”– because that is what he calls his peanut butter and marshmallow sandwiches. I argued that this deemed name was not classy enough, but it somehow stuck anyways (eye roll……..).

Overall, the cake was thankfully not too difficult to make. Any level of baker could take this on, they just have to put the time into it for the multiple steps. As for taste, the cake was deliciously rich. One piece was all we could eat per day. If the peanut butter and butterscotch flavors are making your mouth melt now, I highly recommend wowing your family (or some guests) with this cake! Enjoy! 🙂


  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • 1 1/2 cups chunky peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 1 1/2 (bags 11 oz) butterscotch chips


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together room temperature butter, peanut butter, vanilla, eggs (one at a time) and brown sugar in mixer. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, alternating with with buttermilk. As in, add 1/3 flour mixture then 1/2 cup of buttermilk, another 1/3 of flour mixture, remaining buttermilk, then remaining flour.
  3. Bake in two 9in round cake pans at 350 for 25-35 minutes.
  4. Bake cakes and let them cool.  Place one cake on cake stand and spread an entire 7ounce jar of marshmallow fluff.  Place other layer on top.  Marshmallow will ooze out the sides.



  1. Melt butter and peanut butter in medium saucepan over medium low heat. Once they are fully melted and combined, add in butterscotch chips. Stir continually until mostly melted. There will be chunks in the bottom of the pan, and this is ok.
  2. Put a thin layer of the sauce on top of the cake.  (This is to help the mini marshmallows to stay in place) Then disperse mini marshmallows all over top of cake.  (I used about half a bag)
  3. Pour sauce over cake.  I used about half of the mixture on mine, and it was plenty.


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This cake was BIG. I had to take half of it to work because my husband and I wouldn’t have been able to finish it all!

Napoleon (below) obviously loved helping me with any dropped marshmallows. 🙂


See full recipe blog post at: https://iambaker.net/butterscotch-peanut-butter-cake/