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Red Velvet Cookie Dough Pies

1. For Valentine’s Day Kevin made me Red Velvet Cookie Dough Pies. They were so, so, so good, I am still dreaming about them. We found the most adorable heart-shaped pie press at Target, and he used it to cut out the dough and make the pies. He combined two Picky Palate recipes: Hot Little Chocolate Chip Cookie Pies and he stuffed it with her Red Velvet Milky Way Cake Cookies cookie dough. They were phenomenal. I wish I could have one every single night!! :)

2. Okay, let’s talk about TSA Pre real quick. Have you applied for TSA Pre yet? If you fly at least once a year, it is 100%, hands down worth it. It’s $85 and it’s good for 5 years. It gets you in a MUCH shorter line for security, then when you get to security, you don’t have to take off your shoes or belt, you don’t have to take off your light jacket or scarf, you don’t have to take out your laptop, and you don’t have to take out your liquids. You seriously just put your bag on the belt and walk right through. I’ve flown three times with it now, and after the very first time I was sold. Best money I’ve ever spent. You basically get to skip the security line and breeze right on through.

Just go here to Pre-Enroll, then it will let you make an appointment to visit your local Enrollment Center to pay and get fingerprinted. I was in and out in 5 minutes. And then 5 days later I had my TSA Known Traveler Number. If you have a passport, that’s all you need to take with you to the Enrollment Center. If you don’t have a passport, you need a driver’s license and a birth certificate. That’s it!

If you’ve got a flight coming up, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to TSA Pre!! It’s like first class for security, but way cheaper than actual first class. :)

3. I have been called organized, but this is the real reason why.

4. This is me, in every single, “Okay, let’s take a FUNNY picture now!!” photo.


Sunrise Photo Painted in Waterlogue app for iPhone

5. I have jumped on the bandwagon and am now obsessed with the Waterlogue app for iPhone. I have been turning all our backyard sunset photos into watercolor paintings. Who am I kidding, I have been turning all our photos into watercolor paintings! But I especially love the backyard sunset ones. I am seriously thinking of framing some of these!

Sunsets Painted in Waterlogue app for iPhone

6. Which brings me to this thought-provoking quote I read yesterday: “If you want to know what someone is afraid of losing, look at what they photograph.”

7. And this… “If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.” — Herman Hesse

8. One more quick thing before I go. You may have noticed a new feature on the blog. I’m super excited about it!! :) If you hover your mouse over a photo, down in the bottom right hand corner of the photo you’ll see a heart and a comment bubble. (Go ahead and try it with the photo above.) You can now easily click the heart or comment bubble to quickly “like” or “leave a comment” on any photo! :)

You’ll need to register first (one-time only) by clicking on the CliqueMe tab down at the bottom right hand corner of my blog, but then you can easily login with your Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Instagram accounts. Don’t worry, it won’t post anything to your Facebook or Twitter or anything! Then you’ll never have to register or do anything again.

When you’re reading a post, you can just quickly go through and like your favorite photos, or comment on your favorite one without having to fill out the name, email, and website form. :) It’s brand new, and there are not that many users yet, so you can be the first to claim your username! You might even be able to get your first name. :)

I’ll be making a full post about it with photos and a tutorial to show you all the new features, but I just wanted to give you guys a heads-up first in case you wanted to be the first to join. It’s super fun, and soon you’re going to start seeing it on blogs and websites everywhere!! :) Be one of the firsts to jump on the bandwagon like me. :D

Oh, and be sure to click on the Trending button to see what the most popular photos on our site are right now. If you register, leave a comment on one of the photos in this post to let me know you joined!! :)

Thanks so much for looking!! :)

Have a fabulous weekend!! :) xoxo

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Julie @ Table for Two February 27, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Jason and I just applied for Global Entry which gives you TSA Pre automatically. We fly internationally a lot so Global Entry lets us skip the customs line and then obviously the TSA Pre like you said. It’s $100 for Global Entry + TSA Pre and good for 5 years. Best money spent. We’re using it for the first time in April. CANNOT WAIT!!! I love your little heart feature on the photos!! I’m definitely going to have to sign up and claim my name!! Loved this post! xoxo


Averie @ Averie Cooks February 27, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Ok I had no idea that existed and want to do that too, Julie! I fly quite a bit internationally too and skipping customs lines, are you kidding. Whoa. Must do.

Amanda – I just applied for TSA Pre and everything is booked out in San Diego but I can do a walk-in appt. Omg I had no idea that this was ‘available’ to just average people. So doing it!

Amanda February 27, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Seriously need to find out more about Global Entry! I wonder if I can get it “added on” since I already have TSA Pre?? Thank you Julie!

Southern Gal February 27, 2014 at 8:39 pm

I love the new feature! Those pies look fabulous.


Meechie February 27, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Love the Waterlogue…framing them wouldn’t be a bad thing.


Diane | An Extraordinary Day February 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm

I can’t believe I got my name for “cliqueme.” I look forward to learning more about this. I’m fascinated. How did you learn about it?


Amanda February 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Yay! Isn’t it fun? :) The creator emailed me about it and I thought it sounded like the best thing ever!! It’s in the early development stages now, but they are going to integrate it for mobile devices, too. It’ll be like Instagram for your blog!! I can’t wait!! :)

Rosemary S. February 27, 2014 at 9:36 pm

I’m now a member of ‘cliqueme’! ………. and I get to use my own name! So fun!
With this new feature for your photos, will we still be able to double-click them, to see your ‘settings’?


Amanda February 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Yay!! So fun that you got your first name!! :) Yes, you can still click on any photo to see the camera, settings, and lens used to take the photo. Just not on any of the photos in this post, because they were all taken with my iPhone, lol! :) But it should still work on all the other posts. :) Also you can still use the Pinterest hover button in the top right-hand corner too. :) Hope this helps!! :) xoxo

shelly (cookies and cups) February 28, 2014 at 6:50 am

UGH… the nearest TSA-Pre application center is in Newark which is like an hour away and kind of a scary place :) Maybe I can talk Chris into driving me down!

Also, that Cliqueme thing! LOVE Just registered :)


Kim | Just For Clicks February 28, 2014 at 7:54 am

Love all of these! I’m totally going to check out the TSA Pre…. I had heard about it but never looked into it. Umm it looks GENIUS and a huge life saver. Now I’m off to check out CliqueMe. Very fun idea! Happy Friday!!!


Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine February 28, 2014 at 8:57 am

Oh WOW! Those red velvet pies…genius! Pure genius! I can’t wait to try them!! Yum yum!!! :)


Jaclyn February 28, 2014 at 11:44 am

I’ve got to get that waterlogue app – so pretty! Thanks for sharing!


Lorraine February 28, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I went and downloaded the Waterlogue app straight away. Sooooooo much fun. Just like watching a movie as it transforms before your eyes. Love to print some out. The colors are so vibrant. Thanks for sharing this.


Cookbook Queen February 28, 2014 at 5:02 pm

I got an email about CliqueMe the other day and wasn’t sure…now I’m curious!!


Lois H March 1, 2014 at 8:07 am

Well I did it! I registered for cliqueme and got to use my first name! My daughter will be so impressed that I am actually on the cutting edge of something computer related, lol!


Lauren March 2, 2014 at 12:33 am

OMG. TSA Pre!! Life = changed!!


Jenny Flake March 3, 2014 at 7:27 am

Soooooo going to get on the TSA!! Wonder if I could get it fast enough for this Friday!! I better hurry :) Yay I get to see you this week! Woohoo!!


PattiNC March 4, 2014 at 8:31 am

Downloaded the Waterlogue app, loving it!!!! Honestly, I think I have turned every flower picture I have taken (tons) into watercolor! I will be keeping Hobby Lobby in business for awhile with buying frames for my new creations!
Just signed up for cliqueme, something else to love! I got to use my name too!
Thanks for sharing all your new “finds”!


Jocelyn@Brucrewlife March 4, 2014 at 1:48 pm

I’m totally needing that app now! :) The results are gorgeous!! And thanks for the info on TSA! That would be awesome to have since I’ve begun flying more.


Kim March 5, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Is the TSA Pre company sponsoring you? Just curious.


Amanda March 5, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Sorry for the confusion, TSA stands for the Transportation Security Administration, which is a government entity through the Department of Homeland Security. If you’re asking if the government is sponsoring this post, no. I was just sharing some cool info that I thought might be useful about a service I use and enjoy. Hope this helps! :)

Kim March 6, 2014 at 12:14 am

Gotcha, thanks for responding. Was just curious.


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