Desserts are the Best!

I love desserts. Yes I do! I enjoy eating them, but I really enjoy making them. When I worked in an office, I would randomly bring in cupcakes and treats, just because I felt like baking. Baking for me, is way more fun than cooking! Sounds silly, but their really is a difference.

As the weather turns brisk, I find that I enjoy having people over more often. It also seems that we are visiting more people too and its always nice to bring a sweet treat along. With that in mind, I’m sharing my favorite, go-to dessert recipes. I’m not very good at creating my own recipes, so I will include links to the locations that I found these recipes at. I have made them all and loved them all!

(Please note, all recipes can be found by following me on Pinterest. I’ve also included links to the recipes as well.)

First up, is what I call Whiskey Cake, but it is really a Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake from Martha Stewart. This takes a little planning ahead to make, as it needs to sit overnight, but it is so worth it!  (You can find the recipe here.)

Chocolate Chip Icebox Cake by Martha Stewart aka Whiskey Cake

Next are the Sangria Cupcakes with a Red Wine Frosting from The First Year Blog. Oh my goodness these are divine! I get requested to make these over and over. One little tip though, be careful when reducing the wine, if you let it go too long it solidifies… learned that the hard way! (You can find the recipe here.)

Sangria Cupcakes
Sangria Cupcakes with Red Wine Frosting from The First Year Blog

By now, y’all know I love s’mores, so how could I not have a s’mores recipe here? (Check out our free S’mores Menu!) When I don’t have a bonfire going outside, here is my oven proof one that I can bring and share with others. By trusty ol’ Betty Crocker, you’ll like the Warm Toasted Marshmallow S’Mores Bar. (Find the recipe here.)

Smores Bars
Warm Toasted Marshmallow S’Mores Bars by Betty Crocker

I debated which snickerdoodle recipe I like best. Because, really, you can’t go wrong with a snickerdoodle! But I decided to showcase the cupcake version. Yes, you can make Snickerdoodle Cupcakes and tack on that Cinnamon Frosting and they are just amazing! The recipe that I like best is from Real Housemoms. (Check out the recipe here.)

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with cinnamon
Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting by Real Housemoms

Last, but certainly not least, are Easy Oreo Truffles from Kraft recipes. Three simple ingredients make up these little treats. I made these for an anniversary dessert party and people thought I bought them from a bakery! So easy and so good. You could even get your kids involved in making these. (Find the recipe here.)

Oreo Truffles
Easy Oreo Truffles by Kraft Recipes

These are my top 5 dessert recipes. Of course I have others, (you can find some others here) but I’ll share more another time! In the meantime, happy baking!

Need recipe cards to keep these favorites in your cookbook? Check out our Modern Nautical Recipe Cards at Etsy. You have the option to purchase a PDF download to print out your self, or purchase pre-printed recipe cards to be mailed to you… the choice is yours!

Printed 10 pk Recipe Cards

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Favorite Fall Finds

Fall is my favorite season. Hot apple cider, scarves, bonfires, crisp morning walks, leaves popping with color… its just so good! So, to celebrate my favorite season, I’ve found some great items that I thought you might like too. So, in no particular order, check out these great, must-have fall items!

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I found this cozy scarf online at ShopSpring.com, but it’s by Ambercrombie & Fitch. I love the mustard color set with great nautical navy stripes! $38

With fall comes many gatherings. Whether its bonfires outside or even holiday dinners, it’s always handy to have an extra platter or two. I couldn’t be more excited with this find. It’s a Ceramic Dipped Platter from Bungalo, but its actually on sale for only $18! That’s 77% off!!! I love a good deal and at this price you might want to grab two, one for you and one as a hostess gift!

Nothing like a hot cup of coffee in the morning or a hot cup of cocoa in the evening. Either way, this mug has ‘cozy’ written all over it. This mug from Robert Siegel Studio ($48) is just perfect!

Of course my list has to have a new pair of sunglasses in them! The best part is a lot of places are clearancing out their summer line up and I found these at Dresslilly for only $5.48! The ombre look is perfect for fall!

Here’s a great plaid shirt dress from Faherty and its on sale too! This Lighthouse Plaid is perfect with some boots or even leggings. $108

I’m totally in love with this bag! Its the Wintersweet Printed Handbag in red. So adorable and so seasonal and under $25!

Fall is the time to embrace plaid! These shoes from Tom’s are so perfect too. I love the red plaid with the tan corduroy detailing… perfect! $59.95

Those are some of my favorite finds for fall, but as I keep shopping I’ll keep you updated! Happy shopping!

Looking for gift ideas? Check out this blog post!

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More S’Mores Please!

I enjoy summer and its long days, but when fall comes around, I get giddy! I love the cool, crisp nights. I love the sunsetting just a little earlier. I love a good bonfire with friends and family. I love ooey, gooey s’mores too!

Campfire
Campfire

(Keep scrolling for October’s freebie!)

Yes, I love sitting around a warm fire. Roasting stick in hand, roasting soft marshmallows to that perfect caramelized brown on the outside. The kids don’t quite seem to have the patience for that yet, theirs seem to be more flaming torches! Either way, we always have a good time.

Family enjoying a bonfire
Dad and son around a bonfire
S'more options!
S’mores Menu and Ingredients

We also enjoy trying new combinations of s’mores as well. Yes, their is more to try than just graham cracker, chocolate and mallow! Just check out some of our favorite combinations and feel free to try them at your next bonfire.

S’mores Menu

This month, this menu is our new freebie! So please, download it, share it and use it! Download Here (It is designed to be trimmed to an 8×10″ so you can frame it.)

S’mores Menu
S'mores menu
Smores Menu

 

Campfire

Have you tried any new s’mores combinations? Let me know what you and your family enjoy!

Flames sparking in the night sky
S'mores main ingredient
Marshmallows ready for roasting!

Download your S’mores Party Menu and don’t forget to check out our Recipe Cards sold at Etsy!

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A Trip Up to Washington Island, Wisconsin

If you follow me on Instagram (which you should @roguewavedesigns), you know I love taking trips up to Door County. As a family we go up in winter and a few times in summer; not every time do we make it up to Washington Island, but we try. The Island is one of my favorite places to go. I can sit down and read a book, take a walk through the woods with my camera, take the kids swimming and just relax and unwind.

There are so many beautiful spots on the Island, but here are some of my favorite photos I’ve taken this summer that, I think, highlight some of its beauty.

Getting There:

Clouds over Deaths Door crossing
Channel Markers between Detroit Island and Washington Island, WI
Rudder on display at Washington Island Ferry Line Offices

Yes, the island is really an island. There are no hidden bridges (I’ve been asked that!) so you do need to take a ferry across. We usually take the ferry out of Northport, but their is a passenger and bike ferry out of Gills Rock that runs all summer. (Links for more info are at the bottom of the post.)

 

The Beaches:

Sand Dunes Beach on the south side of Washington Island, WI
All natural rock beach on Washington Island, WI
One of the most beautiful beaches!
Washington Harbor, aka School House Beach, Washington Island, WI

There are two great beaches here.  Sand Dunes Beach has soft sand and is a great place to take small kids. Sand castles and walks on the beach are great. The water here is shallow, so the kids can enjoy it and the temperature is a little warmer too.

School House Beach is located at Washington Harbor. This has no sand, so feet beware! The beach is all naturally polished rock, its pretty cool and should not be missed… even if you are not going to go swimming. If you are going to brave the waters, just know that it will be chilly! Even on the hottest August day, the waters are brisk. The harbor is quite deep!

Things To Do:

Karfi that connects people from Washington Island to Rock Island
Park your bikes and get ready to board the Karfi to Rock Island!
Jackson Harbor, Washington Island, WI
The Valiant on display at the Fishing Museum on Washington Island at Jackson Harbor
One of the many roads you can enjoy on Washington Island
Boardwalk at Jackson Harbor
Morning walks with no cars!
Finding simplicity while camping
Enjoying soup at Jackson Harbor looking out at Rock Island State Park
Looking north from the Mountain Tower
Nature walk through the cedars on Washington Island, Wisconsin
Campfire

 

Fishing at Detroit Harbor, Washington Island, WI
Children feeding the animals at the Farm Museum

When people ask me, ‘what is there to do?’, I usually tell them ‘Lots!’. However, I do have to add the disclaimer that it depends on what you are looking to do. If you are hoping to hit cute little shops and eat your way through the day, then you will be disappointed. Their is shopping and restaurants, but not that many. If you are planning on kayaking, biking, hiking, getting lost in the woods, etc., you will LOVE this place!

Random Thoughts:

A couple last remarks to enjoy your visit: Town is 3 miles from the ferry, this is not Mackinac Island where everything is right at the docks; Everybody waves to one another… so wave back!; The rocks at School House Beach are not made at a factory, please don’t take them.

Leaving Washington Island on the ferry
Entering the channel in Detroit Harbor

For more info, feel free to contact me with your questions, I’ll do my best to answer them. Otherwise here are a few websites worth checking out:

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Gift Giving Mood

Summer is just a wonderfully busy time; taking the kids to sailing, golf and swimming lessons, trips to the library, seeing the latest movie, eating smores around the bonfire, watching storms roll through and going on nature scavenger hunts. But the best thing of summer is enjoying time with friends and family. Whether its for a party to celebrate someone or something or just having dinner together, its always great to get together.

It’s also nice to show appreciation and generosity as well, so here are a few gift giving ideas for your favorite host/hostess, your favorite kid or your favorite person!

This is such an adorable charm bracelet from Alex and Ani!

Here’s a little something for your favorite pooch!

Ah, the smell of the beach and salt air! What nautical loving hostess wouldn’t want these!

I love the simplicity of this stationery.

For the book collector!

For the coffee lover!

A little something else.


Happy shopping!

Junior Golf

Golfing is something my husband has enjoyed. I don’t mind it, but I don’t golf enough to be good; I usually just enjoy the beautiful courses, the dining and driving the golf cart… really is their anything more fun than that???

This summer, my son decided he wanted to learn how to play golf… enter Junior Golf. Now, I don’t have much experience, rather I got scolded by my father-in-law the first time the family went golfing because I was quoting from Caddyshack the whole time… I guess that’s bad etiquette! Anyway, the whole family is so excited for him that golfing gifts are showing up. We did buy him a set of clubs, but now he has a custom golf towel, tees, balls, scope, glove and of course a golfing wardrobe! I’m kind of surprised that golf shoes haven’t shown up yet.

Do you have a little golfer in the family? Is one of your kids interested and going to start? Then here are a few things you might want to consider getting him/her.

(All items are found at shopspring.com. Clicking on an image will take you right there!)

In addition to sunscreen, those sunny days can be hard on the eyes, so a visor or cap would be a great idea.

Ralph Lauren Baseball Cap

A collared shirt and shorts are quite appropriate for the golf course. But no one says you have to wear a school uniform, so check out some fun clothes for little guy!

Shorts by Ralph Lauren
Polo by Joe Fresh
Polo by Petit Bateau
Pique Polo by Scotch & Soda
Outfit by Burberry

If you are looking for some gift ideas, or just want to get a few accessories, I suggest checking out Amazon. Here are some of my finds:

BARSKA Waterproof Golf Scope

PitchFix Divot Tool
Tour Edge Youth Golf Set


I hope these give you some great ideas for starting out your Junior Golfer!

Summer Sun

Oh my goodness! Summer has been so busy and so wonderful! The kids got out of school early in June and its been non-stop ever since (hence falling behind on writing and designing for the blog!). My daughter is busy learning to sail and my son is in Junior golf. In addition, we’ve started swimming lessons, having backyard water balloon fights, learning to ride bikes, planting flowers, gardening and training our puppy, Edison, and of course summer reading and bonfires!

With enjoying so much time outside, I decided to get a new pair (or two!) of sunglasses. But in searching for the right pair, I came across some great frames that I just had to share with you. So if you are looking for some fun summer sunglasses, you might just want to check these out!

I’m in love with these from Dresslilly! They are the Ombre UV Protection Wayfarer Sunglass and are on sale right now for only $5.32!

This next pair is also from Dresslilly and I love the two-toned color. Another great thing is the nose piece, sometimes you need to just flip the sunglasses on the top of your head without ruining your hair, and this will do that!  At only $4.91, how can you pass them up?

Since I’m all for variety, I love these oversized sunglasses from Freyrs. I can picture wearing them with a wide-brimmed straw hat sitting pool side!

Everyone also needs an aviator in their collection, so check these great frames from Tory Burch!

The only type of sunglasses that I haven’t shown are polarized. I seem to have the hardest time find them that aren’t guys, that aren’t for hunting and that are cute and fun to wear. So if you find them… let me know!

Happy shopping and have a fun summer!

Sailing School

Each year, I let my kids pick something new to try over summer. This year my 6 year old daughter chose sailing!!! I enjoy sailing myself and am rather self-taught, so I’m thrilled that she has shown an interest in it and wants to learn. Granted, I think watching Moana over and over has influenced that decision a bit!

Each Monday night, we are shoreside learning something new and loving every minute! She is learning to sail in a Pram, although she calls it the bathtub! I suppose their is a bit of a resemblance. The first class she got to learn a few knots, which prompted her to ask for a rope of her own to practice at home… of course you may! So far its just been lots of fun for her playing with the boat, going swimming and meeting new friends. I look forward to seeing how she progresses through summer and all that she will learn.

Are your kids in any programs this summer? If you are thinking about sailing here are a few things you may need!

First is a life jacket of course! Make sure its fitted properly. You can pick up jackets in many places, but I go to West Marine. They have a great selection of sizes and colors. Since no one really likes wearing them, especially kids, its a great idea to pick out a fun print or color that will help encourage them to keep it on!

Deluxe Kids Rapid Dry Life Jacket, Pink

Naturally your kiddo will need an awesome swimsuit too like these from Joe Fresh. I also recommend a rashguard, helps make the life jacket a bit more comfortable.

Next thing you need, is a beach towel to wrap your little sailor up at the end of the day.

Natori Floral Beach Towel
Sunnylife Acapulco Luxe Beach Towel


How about some sailing shoes so your kids won’t slip or hurt their toes? Sperry’s are always a great option!

Seacoast Sneakers from Sperry

Next thing you need is a bag to put it all in. My first thought is a great sail bag from Sea Bags. I’ve always loved their Navy Anchor Tote… check it out!

Navy Anchor Tote from Sea Bags

The next thing your little one need is a boat. Just kidding!

Happy Sailing!

New Product on Etsy!

I’m so excited! Today, I finally got the next item up on Etsy!

Summer is coming and that means lots of parties happening, which means LOTS of planning and organization. With that in mind, I’ve created the Invitee List. This sheet is great and I can’t wait to use it this summer with the rest of the party sheets.

Invitee List – the new guest list!

What makes the Invitee List amazing is all the features that you normally don’t find on a simple guest list. This sheet features space for your guests addresses, but its so much more than that. Their are spaces for the number of people in each family that you’ve invited and how many will be actually attending. How many times do you invite a family, but due to scheduling one can’t make it? Keep track! There are also great check boxes to note if your guest has R.S.V.P.’d or not. And, since I think Thank You notes are important, their is a check box for keeping track of that as well!

Crisp, clean, organized, nautical!

I love the esthetic of this sheet as well. Its simple, lots of white space for extra notes if you need, but has a simple, yet modern nautical flair!

Perfect for small gatherings, large weddings and everything in between.

This Invitee List works great with the other party sheets we have on Etsy as well. Since, this sheet is a printable download, if your guest list keeps growing, just print out more sheets!

Check out the latest Invitee List at my shop at RogueWaveDesignsCo on Etsy today!

The Party Collection
Thank You List, Party Planner & Recipe Card

Quick Trip to Wisconsin Dells

My aunt, well, really my husband’s aunt has a place in the Wisconsin Dells. This year she invited us up for a weekend to help her get it ready for the summer months. So we packed up the kids and the dog and headed north. Unfortunately, the whole weekend was cloudy and rainy, which made a normally beautiful drive kind of dreary.

One of the many cute buildings in the artsy community of Cambridge, WI.
Crossing over the Wisconsin River, just north of Madison, WI.

We drove up Friday after work and stopped to eat dinner at Monk’s Bar and Grille – At the Wilderness in Lake Delton. We arrived around 6:30 and had a 20 minute wait. Everyone enjoyed their food, (though everything is fried and/or covered in cheese!) and the kids wanted to go back another time.

We made it up to Auntie’s and the kids just loved the bunk beds. They basically spent the entire dreary weekend playing there! Edison found his spot as well. Whenever we couldn’t find him, we just had to look under the table!

Edison sleeping under the table.

Saturday, we woke up to sunny skies, so I had to take the opportunity to spend it outside. I’m glad that I did, not only were the flowers beautiful, but when I got back, the clouds came in, the temperature dropped and was cold the rest of the day.

Beautiful flowering trees on my morning walk.
Just a gorgeous morning!
Just brilliantly pink!

After we spent the day working and doing various projects, it was time to head out for dinner. Auntie wanted to take us to the Pizza Ranch, so off we went to Lake Delton. Now, I have never been to one before and I’m not a big fan of buffet-style restaurants, but I have to admit, we did enjoy it and would go back with the kids! They had a nice salad bar, variety of pizzas, chicken and mashed potatoes too. The dessert bar with dessert pizzas and vanilla ice cream was pretty good as well.

Naturally, any good day ends with a campfire, doesn’t matter how cold or how rainy, we still sat outside and enjoyed the end of a long day!

The end of a long day!

Sunday morning, we woke up happy of all we had accomplished, so it was time to do something a bit more fun. Of course, it was cold and dreary, but my son desperately wanted to go fishing, so we found a public spot to drop a line in. This was also Edison’s first time by a lake and it was a little hard trying to stop him from jumping in!

Fishing in a little bay off of the Upper Dells.
Edison’s first time by water.

After fishing it was time to head home. There is a lot more to do in the Wisconsin Dells area, but we didn’t have time this visit, maybe next time!

Part of the Mount Olympus Water Park.
White House Fun Park
Mini-Golf at Pirate’s Cove
Ripley’s Believe or Not, downtown Wisconsin Dells.

Don’t forget, to check out my Modern Nautical Packing List on Etsy. With summer coming, that means lots of weekend getaways, so be prepared and don’t forget anything at home. My packing list will help you keep organized!

Travel Collection
Packing List