I’m sharing the recap of The Bachelorette {Kaitlyn and Britt} episodes 1 & 2!

Bachelorettes 2015 Picture Here we go again!!

I’ll admit that I’ve always preferred The Bachelor over The Bachelorette. I’ve found that large groups of women tend to be more drama and cray than large groups of men (I’ve never seen a male contestant faint before a rose ceremony or cry because he didn’t get to wear his Kim Kardashian dress), but this season looks halfway promising. I’m not thrilled about the competition aspect, though. Couldn’t they have just given this to Kaitlyn? After the epic bratty meltdown Britt had last season, I’m just feeling kind of Bye Felicia about her.

Regardless, I watch. I can’t help myself. Much like white wine, sour gummi bears or salt and vinegar chips, if it’s in front of me, I’ll consume it. So with that being said…let’s get started!

The episode opened with Chris Harrison promising the most dramatic season ever. He tells us that while pitting Kaitlyn and Britt against each other is awkward, disgusting, and horribly sexist, it really is for the best. After all, he’s just trying to do what is right for everyone involved. And what is right means making sure that one of the women is publicly rejected and humiliated after throwing herself at men in order to get them to choose her over her friend.

This all makes so much sense.

We are then treated to a series of clips of the girls from last season, including some unfortunate clips of Kaitlyn sweating and frizzy haired and Britt acting psychotic while looking completely flawless. We’ve all known one of those girls, haven’t we? It’s like some kind of life rule, I think.

The women prepare for the cocktail party and they both look flawless, though I’m bothered by the eerily similar hair styles. Heaven forbid they don’t make it as hard to choose between the woman as humanly possible.

Next we begin to meet a few of the men — from experience I know that the men they highlight either go far in the show or will be full of drama and personality.

Jonathan, a 33 year old automotive spokesman (who makes the titles for these jobs??) from Detroit. He’s super cute, seems sweet, and has a 5 year old son. I want to love him, but he’s Team Britt. Hashtag UGH.

Joe, a 28 year old insurance agent from Columbia, KY. He’s adorable with a cute country accent, I just wish his hair wasn’t so tall. He’s Team Kaitlyn.

Josh, a 27 year old from law student from Chicago. Who moonlights as a heavily tattooed male dancer. I have so many mixed feelings about this, some of which we probably shouldn’t speak of.

Brady, a 33 year old singer/songwriter from Nashville. He’s Team Britt and also dead to me.

Joshua, an industrial welder from Idaho. He’s cute, seems pretty normal, has a gorgeous smile and is Team Kaitlyn. If I wasn’t married, Ida be his ho. Kidding!! Kidding!! Sort of.

Ian, a 28 year old executive recruiter from Los Angeles. He has a really amazing and tragic story and seems like a great guy. He’s Team Kaitlyn, because he’s not an idiot.

Jared, a 26 year old restaurant manager from Rhode Island. He seems fun and is Team Kaitlyn.

Tony, a 35 year old healer who is super into yoga and meditation and is also kind of creepy and weird. He’s probably Team Britt. Gosh I hope so.

Ben Z. a 26 year old fitness coach from San Jose, CA. First impression was that he’s a major jock, but I was surprised to see that he’s a sweet and sensitive guy. He’s Team Britt OR Kaitlyn.

Finally the women arrive (in separate limos, I’m assuming so they didn’t kill each other on the way). Both look gorgeous — Kaitlyn is very nervous and Britt seems to think she’s already got it in the bag.

The men begin to arrive. Ben H, a software salesmen from Denver is the first out. He goes to Kaitlyn first, which you know had Britt dying just a little inside. Then he goes over to Britt, though, and it’s obvious that girlfriend CAME TO PLAY. She wastes NO time in giving him one of her famous hug/eye gaze combo. Good grief, Kaitlyn has her work cut out for her.

The men continue to parade into the house, obviously fawning over Britt. And she is EATING. IT. UP. Poor Kaitlyn is the sole resident of Awkwardville, and I’d give anything to bring her a big fat margarita and tell her to let Britt have them all — she’s bound to crash and burn in a spectacular display of heaving sobs at some point.

Finally an adorable hockey player arrives and makes Kaitlyn’s night and from there, things start looking up for her. Bless her heart, she was having a rough go of it. Men began to arrive with gifts for Kaitlyn — a hockey puck, moonshine, balloons…and poor Britt was starting to feel her feelings hurt. Finally a man arrived with a gift for her…and it was a box of tissues. Alllllll the HAHAHAHAHAHAs.

As Britt begins to realize that she doesn’t exactly have things in the bag like she thought, things start to get interesting. Men in the house seem pretty torn between the two, but one guy in particular seems to be in love with the supply of alcohol in the house. As Ryan consumes shot after shot, his face turns red and he starts yelling that he’s “HORNED UP”. Well yes, that sounds like husband material. An amateur sex coach pulls up in a hot tub car and Ryan comes outside and begins yelling insults at him.

Yes, that sentence was real.

Finally it’s time for the women to go inside and begin to mingle. Kaitlyn opened with a joke which caused Britt to imply that Kaitlyn isn’t serious about finding love. Because heaven forbid someone be funny. For the love, I can’t handle Britt’s emotions.

Then men begin pulling the women aside. There are lots of connections being made but the men still seem to be torn between the two.

Also — I think that yoga guy had a black eye but no one was talking about it, which felt weird.

Finally the voting room opened and the men were told to go and vote for which woman they wanted as The Bachelorette. The atmosphere tensed visibly — did the production team hide the steak knives? Maybe not such a bad idea.

The women proceed to spend time with the men while they wait on them to finish voting. Ryan continues to get sloppy drunk. slurring his words and behaving aggressively. One has to wonder why someone would travel all that way and go through all the interviews…just to get sloppy drunk on national tv.

The cameras follow drunk guy around as he continues to be drunk and is finally removed from the home. After all the build up, it was surprisingly uneventful. No vomiting, no spectacularly inappropriate last words…he just hopped in a van and off he went.

Finally the votes are in and counted and…we don’t find out until tomorrow. Because yes, ABC is turning this cocktail party into a TWO DAY EVENT. What even, dude. What even.

The second episode opens with Chris Harrison telling Britt that she will NOT be The Bachelorette. Which means that it will be Kaitlyn. HOORAY!!

Britt takes some time to do some deep breathing, then she heads home in her limo crying the whole way.

Chris then headed to Kaitlyn to give her the news, and bless her precious heart you could tell she didn’t expect to win. There is visible panic on the faces of the Britt supporters as Kaitlyn enters the room. Finally the tables have turned!! Squirm, men, squirm.

After spending time with the men, the first impression rose goes to Shawn B AKA Ryan Gosling AKA Yeowwwww Mama. I mean HELLO MOST OBVIOUS DECISION EVER IN THE HISTORY OF LIFE.

Finally it’s time for the rose ceremony. Roses go to:

Chris

Ben H.

JJ

Joe

Kupah

Daniel

Ryan B.

Joshua

Tony

(Brady excused himself mid-ceremony because he wanted Britt)

Clint

Jonathan

Tanner

Corey

Cory

Ben Z.

Tanner

Ian

Justin

Jarod

Ryan M, Shawn E, Josh, David, and Bradley were sent home.

 

My frontrunners are: Chris (cupcake), JJ, Joe, Joshua and ALLL THE SHAWN B.

Previews for the season look as cray cray as you’d expect. Exotic locations (about dang time), kissing, jealousy, boxing gloves, sumo wresting, and Nick Viall. Sounds like a reasonable combination, if you ask me.

Peach cobbler cupcakes are more adorable than their full-sized counterpart, but every bit as delicious! Serve them at your next barbecue for a total win in the dessert department.

Peach Cobbler Cupcakes Image Growing up, I always thought that peach cobbler and peach crisp were the same thing. My mom always made this stuff with peaches, oats and brown sugar that we called peach cobbler, and it was absolutely delicious. Only when I moved to the South did I discover that oats and brown sugar equal a Peach CRISP, not a peach cobbler.

Peach cobber is made with a batter that is nothing like the buttery cinnamon crumbs I still pinch from the bowl and eat raw when preparing a crisp. The batter bakes up kind of like a cross between cake and pastry, and is usually sprinkled with sugar on top for a sweet crunch.

Peach Cobbler Cupcakes Photo

Although I’ve also seen cobblers made with a rolled out pie-type crust, cobbler made with batter is my favorite. It makes it distinctively different than a pie, and pairs perfectly with whipped cream or ice cream – not too sweet. I like to add a pinch of cinnamon for cozy, comforting flavor, but it’s just my personal preference.

The only downside to cobbler is that it’s not the most glamorous dessert, that’s for darn sure. Placed next to gorgeous layer cakes and fudgy brownies, it’s likely to be overlooked, which is totally unfair if you ask me. It brings back all kinds of childhood trauma, like when my friends would make me be Elizabeth Wakefield every time we played Sweet Valley High. Sure, I wore glasses and was kind of plain on the outside, but did anyone ever consider that I might be a Jessica on the inside?

Peach Cobbler Cupcakes Pic

No, no they did not. And to this day, it remains one of the great injustices of my life.

To remedy the situation, I decided to bake up adorable peach cobbler cupcakes. Who could resist these adorable bites packed with peach and finished with a crispy sugar crust? No one, that’s who.

You can also find the Peach Cobbler Cupcakes Recipe on Food Fanatic, where I am a regular contributor of all things sweet. Enjoy and have a great day!

This list of My Favorite Beach Reads is perfect for your Summer vacation!

My Favorite Beach Reads Photo

Does it get much better than reading by the pool or on the beach?

(actually it does — it’s called reading by the pool or on the beach with a margarita)

I’ll admit that I’m not much of a swimmer. Or a get-wetter. My hair is usually done, my mascara is not waterproof, and for the love, please don’t make me swim. Swimming is like the most tiring exercise on the whole planet. All the arm and leg moving. No thanks, just no.

My idea of exercise is going on a nice walk. The only problem with that is that when I walk…I usually walk towards somewhere that sells food. So yeah. That.

My son is obsessed with getting me in the pool (mom when are you getting in when are you getting in when are you getting in) and I honestly don’t understand it. I don’t even know any cool tricks. So occasionally I’ll hop on a raft to appease him.

With my book. Hey, I birthed two humans, that should get me off the hook at least somewhat.

My Favorite Beach Reads Picture

My favorite kind of poolside book is something fun and cute but not completely mindless. When I was younger I’d read anything but the older I get, the more I can’t stand to waste my time reading a horrible book. So know that while these novels might not be particularly life changing, they keep you interested for sure!

For the entire list of My Favorite Beach Reads, be sure to click HERE, where I’ve shared it as part of the eBay Influencer Network.

I’d love to hear your favorite beach reads!! I’ve obviously already read all the ones on this list, so I need some new ones. Let’s hear it!!

 

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This Watergate Bundt cake is moist and flavorful! Full of pistachio pudding, pineapple, coconut, and pecans, it’s impossible to resist!

Watergate Bundt Cake Picture

You know that you’re old when you start judging places by how comfortable their seats are.

My husband and I have recently been trying a new church (should we have a whole blog discussion on THAT whole debacle because OMG. Finding a new church is like a whole big thing) and after a few weeks, I asked him how he felt about the place we’ve been going. He replied that it was good “except for the seats because the arm rest it too high.”

The arm rest…is too high. I honestly couldn’t believe it. I was like dude,  you totally sound like one of the Golden Girls right now.

But then a week ago, we went out for our anniversary dinner, and when the babysitter asked why we hadn’t gone out to a movie I was all, “Well, no movies that great are out, and if I’m going to sit in one of those uncomfortable seats for two hours it really needs to be worth it.”

Watergate Bundt Cake Photo Then I realized what I just said. And I’ve since realized that I say things about seats ALL. THE. TIME.

Basically, I am a Golden Girl. And not even Sophia or Rose, but TOTALLY Dorothy. I mean, I’ve always known I’d eventually be a Dorothy, I just didn’t expect it to happen so soon.

Here I am at 35 years old all, “meh, it was okay, but we had to sit there for an hour and the seats were SO HARD.” Like who even is this person I’ve become? And when did my butt become so sensitive?

Next thing you know, I’ll carry around a monogrammed stadium seat everywhere I go. Don’t even think I haven’t considered it.

Another Golden Girl thing? Loving pecans in all the things.

Watergate Bundt Cake Image It’s true. They really do make everything better. Which is how I knew that Watergate Salad, famous for it’s pistachio pudding, coconut, pineapple, and hefty dose of pecans, needed to be…a bundt cake.

This cake is TOTAL comfort food. Moist from the pistachio pudding and crushed pineapple, the coconut and pecans add so much flavor and the pistachio frosting on top is the perfect finish.

This cake is absolutely irresistible and SO good.

Try it (you’ll like it)!!

Watergate Bundt Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 12-15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 small box (3.9 oz) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, well drained
  • Frosting:
  • 1 small box (3.9 oz) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour bundt pan (I use bakers spray) and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, beat cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, oil and water on medium low speed until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl then increase mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Fold in coconut, pecans, and pineapple and spread in prepared pan.
  3. Bake for roughly an hour or until a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out with moist crumbs but no raw batter. Let cake cool in bundt pan for 15 minutes, then carefully turn onto cooling rack to cool completely.
  4. Prepare frosting: In the bowl of your mixer, beat pudding mix and whipped cream with your mixer's whisk attachment until smooth. Frost cooled cake. Top with additional pecans, whipped cream, or cherries if desired.

If you love this, be sure to check out THIS or THIS cake — two of my other favorites.

Enjoy and have a great day!