Sweet as a Peach Bridal Shower

Sweet As A Peach Bridal Shower | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Just a little #flashbackfriday action for you…four years ago today, my best friends hosted the most amazing bridal shower for me – southern peach themed, of course. (I admit, I have a problem). It was such a nice day, at my favorite restaurant, with my favorite people. Now that everyone is growing up and having babies (with the exception of myself and sister-in-law, everyone in the top photo is a mom now), it’s especially nice to look back and see how we’ve grown together.

Feeling sentimental today, I suppose. But in a happy, good way. I’m lucky to have so many sisters.

Blackberry Cheesecake Dessert Recipe

Blackberry Cheesecake Dessert Recipe | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

There are certain recipes that can take you back to a simpler time, reminding you of sweet summer sunshine, lightning bugs, family dinners, and childlike giddiness. This is one of those recipes for me.

My Bubbie & Nana, my grandmother and great-grandmother on my dad’s side, respectively, were two of the most influential women in my life growing up. In the true Italian grandma tradition, wherever they were, so was food. I can’t recall a single memory that doesn’t have at least one butter cookie or loaf of banana bread lurking in the background. My dad and I both loved this blackberry cheesecake dessert recipe that Bubbie used to make in the summer, and since I hadn’t had it in years, I decided to give it a whirl. It’s an easy-to-make recipe that tastes like a fruity cheesecake without actually being a cheesecake.

Ironically, there’s a bit of debate between my dad and I as to whether the fruit topping Bubbie always used was blackberry or black raspberry; when I looked at the recipe card, it said blueberry, for crying out loud, a fruit neither of us really care for. Who the hell knows what we used to eat, haha. Ah, how funny memories can be.

Blackberry Dessert Recipe Card | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Traitor blueberry recipe.

If anyone can find black raspberry pie filling, more power to you/send me some, please. We haven’t been able to locate it in years.

Sadly, Nana passed away when I was 18 (herself at the glorious age of 99 years young), and although Bubbie is still kickin’ (at 90), she doesn’t bake anymore. Having this recipe and making this dessert is a way for all of us to remember the good times, and I wanted to share the warm fuzzies and the recipe with you.

Blackberry Cheesecake Dessert Recipe

Blackberry Cheesecake Dessert

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 15 min prep, 30 min bake time, 1 hr to cool
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

An easy summer dessert that tastes like a fruity cheesecake without all of the effort.


source: lifeisweetasapeach.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick of melted margarine OR butter (you can use whatever you prefer; Bubbie’s recipe called for Oleo, a margarine – in true throwback fashion – but I prefer butter)
  • 3/4 cup sugar; divided into 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large can blackberry pie filling
  • Whipped topping, such as Cool Whip
  • Glass 8 x 12 baking dish
  • Mixing bowl and mixer

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Melt butter or margarine in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
  3. Combine the 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, the melted butter or margarine, and 1/4 cup of the sugar in a bowl and mix with your hands/a fork until well-combined. Reserve 1/4 cup of the mixture; set aside.
  4. Press the remaining graham cracker crumb mixture on the bottom of the glass baking dish, creating a crust.
  5. Using your mixer, cream remaining 1/2 cup of sugar with the cream cheese until well blended, then add 2 eggs, one at a time. Mix well until there are no lumps and the mixture is smooth.
  6. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the crust to form a thin layer in the glass baking dish, and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees until well set. Similar to a traditional cheesecake, the top will puff and rise. It’s ok if it cracks; you will be covering it up with fruit.
  7. Once the “cheesecake” has baked well enough, cool for about one hour on the counter.
  8. Once cool, pour the blackberry pie filling over the top of the cake, spreading evenly. Then add the Cool Whip or whipped topping over the fruit layer.
  9. Sprinkle whipped topping with remaining graham cracker crumb mixture.
  10. Chill before serving. Store covered, in the refrigerator.

I remember eating this often at Easter and all throughout the summer. I hope to try it with red raspberries at some point, and I’m sure it’s probably delicious with cherry pie filling, too. If you try it and customize it, I’d love to hear how it turns out!

Blackberry Cheesecake Dessert Recipe | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

1930s Bathroom Remodel – Reveal

1930s Bathroom Makeover Reveal | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

The construction on our 1930s bathroom remodel ended back in March, but we have only recently put all of the finishing touches on the space. I finally took photos to share with y’all!

The remodel overall was a super painful learning experience: countless trips to the tile store, more money than we ever planned to shell out, and two contractor teams. I had planned to make more posts throughout the process, but it went downhill quickly, several times. I am just happy we got through it. It will be awhile before I take on another home renovation.

All hard lessons learned aside, I absolutely love it. I feel like I’m in a hotel every time I use my bathroom! The curved bathtub is big enough to swim in, and the entire space is so much easier to keep clean. We chose a style that was similar to what existed before in trying to keep with the integrity of the old house. I probably wouldn’t have chosen to use this much subway tile otherwise (my style is a bit more rustic/industrial than old-fashioned), but the brightness of the space is my favorite part.

…And I’ve prattled on enough, haha. Without further ado…the after photos!

1930s Bathroom Makeover | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

1930s Bathroom Makeover | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

We replaced the vanity with a newer one that was almost the same width, but with a solid top that extends all the way to the wall. We picked up almost a foot of workspace – my curling iron won’t roll right off now.

1930s Bathroom Makeover | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Restoration Hardware Empire Rosette Vanity | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

The old-fashioned look of this vanity is really what sold me. I loved the keyhole drawer pules.

White Subway Tile Bathroom, Black Vanity | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

1930s Bathroom Reveal | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Restoration Hardware Empire Rosette Bathroom Vanity | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Inset Mirrored Bathroom Storage | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

We had a laundry chute that was too small to use on the outside of this wall; we removed it and instead built inset shelving between the studs of the wall. It’s tripled our storage space! I also wanted a full-length mirror in the bathroom, so we glued one to the door. Two birds, one stone.

Inset Mirrored Bathroom Storage | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

The shelves are completely adjustable, too!

White Subway Tile Shower | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Tiling all the way to and including the ceiling of the shower has made cleaning so much easier. We simply squeegee after showering and the tile shines like new. And the curved bathtub gave us maximum soaking space while only sacrificing six extra inches of space within the main area of the bathroom. We were afraid the tub might be too big but it doesn’t feel cramped (any more than it already did, anyways).

Herringbone Tile Shower Ceiling | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Shower ceiling with a new light – highly recommend doing this! It’s going to be so nice in the winter.

Inset Shower Shelves | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Built in shelving. Pro-tip: we used my largest shampoo bottle to determine where to put the glass shelf. I can pump it without moving the bottle. The bottom alcove is easily reachable if you’re taking a bath, too. (These are the things you learn to consider!)

Herringbone Tile Shower Shelves | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

This herringbone tile on the back of the alcoves matches the ceiling of the shower.

Diagonal Wood Floor | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

True story, we had a little mixup with the grout colors. The walls were supposed to have the lighter gray, and the floor the darker gray. The lady at the store flip-flopped the quantities when we ordered, so the lighter grout ended up on the floor…but I love it! It makes the details in the “wood” ceramic tile pop.

Diagonal Wood Flooring | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

We originally wanted to lay the floor out in a herringbone pattern, but our bathroom simply wasn’t big enough. I think I like the diagonal layout more!

White Subway Tile Shower, Bronze Fixtures | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

I really wanted oil rubbed bronze (or even black) fixtures. In person, especially in daylight, the fixtures skew a little bit more brown, but you they look black in photos, just the way I wanted them to.

1930s Bathroom Makeover | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

The light fixture above the mirror (Pottery Barn) was one of the first things I picked out for the bathroom. I pretty much chose everything else around it.

White Subway Tile Bathroom | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Applause, please! haha. Seriously, I lost a lot of sleep over this project.

Bathroom Makeover Details

I curated and collected and pinned my heart out over this bathroom. Trust me, we bought and returned many different faucets, all in different finishes; bought $500 worth of antique mirror glass tile and then returned it because it didn’t cut nicely; and debated the pros/cons of a comfort height toilet. (Winner: go with comfort height or chair height. It makes a difference!)

Below is a summary of the products we used in our 1930s bathroom remodel:

Bathroom Makeover Before & After Photos

It is taking some courage to show you the next set of photos. I somehow don’t remember the bathroom being in such rough shape before the remodel…the photos, however, tell a different story.

1930s Bathroom Makeover Before & After | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Everything was so yellow before! I used to think it was an all-white bathroom. Now I know what bright white really is.

1930s Bathroom Makeover Before & After | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

I do slightly miss those cubbies, for the sheer vintage-cute factor. But then I remember that they were dust/soap scrum traps, and I’m good.

1930s Bathroom Makeover Before & After | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

1980s mirrored, Hollywood-style vanity lights…gone! Hello, rustic glass! I love you!

1930s Bathroom Makeover Before & After | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

This before and after photo makes me sad, because it illustrates two of the harder parts about this bathroom remodel.

As I wrote before, our old bathtub was a cast iron number. The new is fiberglass, and…the contractors cracked it when they installed it (it was pretty apparent that someone stepped on a corner to hang drywall and it gave under the pressure before it set up properly in the mortar bed). That was a dark day. But did you know, you can call Kohler and someone can come fix it, for free, as long as it’s under warranty? The house smelled like a nail salon for a few days, but it was better than shelling out more money to replace a brand new bathtub. You really can’t tell where the crack was now.

And then there’s the arch…I’m still ticked off about the old arch. It was not supposed to be taken out! When I went upstairs one day to check on the contractors, it was too late – they had torn out all of the old framing, arch included. But the new arch is higher and allows for better ventilation in the shower, which is nice. My beef is that we had a matching arch downstairs in the dining room, so now I feel that the house is less authentic. I tried to keep as many of the old details as we could, but at the end of the day, it didn’t work out 100%.

Overall though, the bathroom is a huge improvement and I really, really like it. It was important to both of us that we kept an antique style with modern updates, and I hope we succeeded. I will definitely not be taking on any other home construction projects in the near future!

Well…that is…until the kitchen starts to get under my skin.😉

 

Summer Cocktail: Peach Bourbon Whiskey Highball

Peach Whiskey Cocktail | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Summer nights spent outside call for summer cocktails. Also, why on earth don’t I post more booze on this blog?

Anyway, mix yourself up a highball and enjoy on a warm summer night. (Stay safe!)

Peach Whiskey & Raspberry Schnapps Summer Cocktail With Mint

Please see below for a printable version of the recipe.

Peach Whiskey & Raspberry Schnapps Summer Cocktail With Mint

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

source: lifeisweetasapeach.com

Ingredients

  • 1 shot of Evan Williams Peach Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1/2 shot of Dekuyper Raspberry (Razzmatazz) Schnapps
  • Sprite (also good with ginger ale)
  • fresh mint
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Place ice in glass.
  2. Pour liquor over the ice.
  3. Muddle mint or throw a few leaves in whole.
  4. Fill to the top with Sprite, stir a little if you want.
  5. Enjoy!

Journaling & Planner Fun

I am a complete sucker for stationery – pretty notebooks, printed paper, greeting cards, fancy pens, scrapbook embellishments – and I am a planner. Oh boy, am I a planner. My favorite Christmas present this past year was the planner Russ bought me. (I got a lot of strange looks from family and friends when I mentioned that, but I’m not ashamed). I will never keep my appointments and reminders only in my phone; there’s something too satisfying about actually crossing items off a physical to-do list.

Although I love my calendar/planner, I keep a variety of notebooks with me, too. There’s the work notebooks hidden in my work bag (one for to-do lists, one for meeting notes); the journals scattered across my desk at home for jotting down story ideas; the craft keeper; the blog editorial planner…you get the point. Too many notebooks. And I never seem to have the right one with me when I need it.

So I decided to consolidate and create one master notebook – part planner, part journal, with a little of this and that thrown in for good measure.

I came across bullet journaling sometime in the past year or two and immediately wanted to give it a whirl, but kept getting frustrated by trying to find the right notebook and pens. I was a little intimidated, I think, too – there’s a cult following out there for bullet journaling, and I thought it had to be done a certain way. It wasn’t until recently that I learned you can pretty much do whatever you want, and there are tons of guidelines and example layouts out there on Pinterest and Instagram to help you get started.

Leuchtturm1917 Soft Cover Journal | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

The journal I decided to use is the solid blue one on the bottom – the Leuchtturm1917 Soft Cover B5 Composition Notebook.

Going with what I know, I almost started with a Moleskine notebook…but I’ve never found them to be quite wide enough. My hand slips off the page too easily and I get frustrated by the lack of the lay-flat spine.

I started googling and that’s when I came across a brand called Leuchtturm1917 – the hardcover dot grid notebooks are apparently the go-to for bullet journalers. I tried to find a hardcover but they were sold out everywhere! (Anecdote: I saw one of my coworkers carrying one of these notebooks down the hall a few weeks ago, and without even being able to stop myself, I excitedly shouted, “Is that a Leuchtturm1917 hardcover A5 notebook in Azure blue?! Where did you get it?” Poor Joey. Sorry about that. Again. #notebookfangirlmoment). I almost gave up on the whole idea of bullet journaling, but went ahead and purchased a soft cover B5 notebook from the Goulet Pen Company, and I am thrilled with it. I received my package super quickly and they included a nice little handwritten note inside, which I really appreciated. I was hesitant about the soft cover getting destroyed inside my bag and thought the size might be too big (it’s 7 by 10 inches). However, it’s nicely sturdy and I love the extra width. It won’t fit in my small purse but I carry a giant tote most of the time, so no worries there. I’m really happy with it.

I spent some time this afternoon filling in the pages for the month of July with what I knew I needed – a monthly calendar spread, weekly pages, to-do lists, and project planning. I’m not thrilled with how long it’s taking, but I hope it gets faster as I figure out what I’m doing. I really hope to incorporate spending some creative time on my notebook each Sunday. It helps me prepare and relax for the upcoming week.

Below are a few quick snapshots from my journal/planner.

Monthly Journal/Planner Layout | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

This is the back side of my monthly spread. I usually transfer a master to-do list from month-to-month, so it was a definite need for me.

Monthly Journal/Planner Layout | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

We don’t always travel, but I really needed this space when we went on vacation last month so I kept it.

I also want to improve a few areas in my life where I’m feeling stressed: blog planning, remembering special events, and taking care of my physical health. My blog editorial planning always gets away from me despite all of my good intentions (real work usually gets in the way, to be honest, and that keeps the lights on, so it wins). I have lots of good ideas throughout the month for posts but they get lost on post-it notes or in the empty part of my brain and never see the light of day. And when real work gets busy, my physical health gets bulldozed over, too. Going for walks or to the gym? Eating better? Haha, yeah, right. And last but not least in any way, the busier I am, the lousier of a friend I am. I hope that having a dedicated call-out to upcoming birthdays and events for the month will help me stay on top of things.

Then there’s this little section called House Fun, which in reality should have been named “The Buberniak Nest Shit Show” but I was feeling positive when I sketched it, ha. In the past six months, we’ve remodeled two bathrooms and added full-house AC. I am always working on some project in the house, and I need to budget both our time and moola if that’s going to continue.

Journal/Planner Weekly Layout | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Next is a weekly spread. I go back and forth over the necessity of this; I feel like it’s a leftover from my college days when I kept track of what assignments were due when. I keep appointments in both the monthly view and the weekly view, but the weekly pages in my planner are a lot more sparse than anywhere else.

A weekly to do list though? Yeah, that’s usually a post-it note. I’m really happy to have a place to put weekly tasks from my master to-do list.

Journal/Planner Weekly Layout | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

The one nice thing about having the weekly layout is the schedule reminder – if I need allergy shots sometime this week, I can only go on certain days. That’s the kind of info that gets put into my daily slots. I know that some journalers detail their entire morning, afternoon, and night into these slots, but that’d be impossible for me. I have an entirely separate work calendaring system that isn’t represented in this notebook; and I don’t want the two combined.

Journal/Planner Weekly To Do Layout | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

And let’s talk about meal planning! We suck at it. Anyone else? Don’t get me wrong, we make a menu and a grocery list. We go to the store. But then it’s Wednesday night at 7 PM and we’re both dead-dog-tired and don’t want to cook, so takeout it is. We end up wasting food and money, and eating way too many calories, so it’s a lose/lose/lose. My goal here is use our favorite meals on post-it flags under each day of the week – ones that can be moved from week to week so we stay on track and actually use the food we buy.

Journal/Planner Dividers & Doodles | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

And last is a page I’m working on, because I realized today that getting those cute layouts you see all over the interwebs takes a lot of time and dedication. Today I learned that I have no idea how to draw a ribbon banner…and that it’s also much easier than you’d expect. But I won’t always have Pinterest there to help me, so a cheat sheet doodling page it is!

And that’s about it for my start…I have no idea if I’m going to stick with this or not. I spent three hours today on it and I really don’t have that kind of time. Well, actually, my poor eyes don’t have that kind of longevity anymore, haha. Getting old sucks, kids.

Anywho, I hope that it works for me because I did get some creative fulfillment from this today. If you have any tips or tricks, I’d love to hear about it in the comments. I’m relatively new to this but maybe I’ll be a pro soon! At any rate, I’m just happy to have another pretty notebook to add to my collection.

Disclaimer: This is in no way a sponsored post. I did not receive any compensation from the Goulet Pen Co. or Leuchtturm1917. It’s just me sharing my experiences with two companies that I like. Wanted to be clear with that! Thanks! – Aubrey

Beautiful Hydrangea Blooms

These photos were taken in Russell’s aunt’s yard…can you imagine having your house surrounded by this beauty? What a lucky lady she is (and how much hard work she must put into it!) I was so inspired by her beautiful landscaping.