Sweets Without the Cheats —

Let me tell y’all about a local business, Sinless Sweets! The owner Amber, is a fitness trainer with a love for baking and wanted to show others that while still being healthy, you can enjoy a TREAT!

She makes sugar free, low carb and keto desserts that everyone will enjoy! I have tasted a variety of items and it is all always so delicious! Everything is made fresh daily and she is always testing new recipes.

Some of my favorite is the buckeye brownies… let me just say, WOW! It’s the most fudgy brownie topped with a peanut butter cream, then topped with a chocolate ganache. It is heavenly! I also love the plain brownies, lemon bars, snickerdoodle bars, oreo cheesecake bars, blondies…. the list goes on…. she also makes cookies, cakes, cupcakes and cookie cakes.

If you haven’t already, check them out soon!!! They also have a food truck and they ship! So many options to be able to enjoy healthy treats! Let me know if you have a favorite item here or when you go what you get!!!

XOXO, Katelyn

DRINK LOCAL.

Rooted Coffeehouse, located in the heart of Evans, GA is more than a coffee shop.

Mother daughter team, Heather & Ali have been GA natives since 2016 and opened Rooted Coffeehouse in 2018. They wanted to create a space, centered around community that would welcome everyone with open arms.

At Rooted, they value quality products, services & strive to build close relationships with everyone they meet. It’s not just about coffee. It’s about the COMMUNITY that surrounds it.

Not only do they serve delicious coffee, they also serve fresh smoothies, teas, sandwiches & toasts. They also have an awesome seasonal menu that they will change throughout the year! My current favorite menu item is the Salted Caramel Cold Brew. SO GOOD! Make sure you are following along their social media pages for fun events & specials, like updates on their second location coming to Harlem, GA in Summer 2022!

This is the coziest little shop & perfect for a morning meeting or to sit for awhile with your laptop & catch up on work. Maybe you’re in a hurry? You can head to their drive thru for your morning coffee or afternoon pick me up!

Anytime I get the chance, I will always support a local coffee shop rather than a chain. You are welcomed with happiness & you know exactly where the ingredients come from. It just makes sense. Rooted Coffeehouse, we are so blessed to have your shop in our town!

sweet & salty everything cookies

sweet & salty everything cookies

They are sweet, they are salty, they are SO good! These cookies are perfect for any occasion and you can change out the M&M's to go with the colors of the holiday! I hope y'all enjoy them!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup M&M's
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, combine butter, peanut butter, brown sugar & granulated sugar until fluffy.
  • Next, add the vanilla & eggs and mix until combined. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix just until it starts to come together.
  • Then mix in the oatmeal, chocolate chips & M&M's. Chill for at least 1 hour. You can also scoop and freeze this dough!
  • Scoop on to a baking sheet & press in a few M&M’s on top of the cookie.
  • Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!

The best chicken casserole…

Poppy Seed Chicken

This recipe is hands down one of my favorites! It is so simple and can be thrown together quickly. You can even use a rotisserie chicken!! It is defiinitely a favorite of my family and friends. It pairs well with rice pilaf and any vegetable. Also reheats easily. I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds (if you do not have these, you can leave them out)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 sleeves Ritz Crackers, crushed
  • 1 stick butter, melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large bowl, add the shredded chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, garlic powder, poppyseeds, salt & pepper and mix until all combined. You can even throw all the ingredients in your Kitchen Aid if you have one!
  • Add to a 9x13 casserole dish that has been coated with nonstick spray. To make the topping, mix together the crushed crackers & melted butter. This is best done in a big ziplock bag. Add the topping to the top of the casserole.
  • Bake for approx. 25 minutes until it is warm & golden brown. Top with extra poppy seeds.
  • ENJOY!!!

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast with Fresh Berries

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast with Fresh Berries

Warm french toast cooked with a crispy cinnamon sugar crust, topped with fresh butter, maple syrup, powdered sugar and fresh local berries... My mouth is literally watering as I type this. So so good! Your kitchen will also smell DIVINE!
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf of Italian bread, sliced 1 1/2” thick
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup half & half 
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP butter

Instructions
 

  • Mix together the sugar & cinnamon and then divide in half and get a skillet nice and warm with butter while you make the egg mixture.
  • In a bowl, whisk the eggs, half & half, vanilla, salt and 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar mix. 
  • Dip the bread into the egg mixture and then sprinkle some of the sugar mix on top, after you put on the hot pan.
  • Cook until golden brown on each side.
  • Serve with extra butter, a drizzle of good maple syrup, powdered sugar, fresh berries, sliced bananas, pecans, whatever you like — ENJOY!

Burrata Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes & Prosciutto

Burrata Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes & Prosciutto

The most delicious pasta, just in time for warmer weather! It's creamy, it's salty, it's tangy, it's truly PERFECT. You could pair this with a glass of white wine, have dinner on the back porch and that my friends, would be the perfect evening. I hope you enjoy this recipe!
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 6 oz pasta, cooked al dente
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1-2 TBSP fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 4 pieces of prosciutto
  • 2 balls of BelGioioso Cheese burrata

Instructions
 

To Make:

  • Preheat oven to 400° — toss cherry tomatoes in a little olive oil & salt and pepper. Roast tomatoes for 15-20 minutes, or until they start to soften..
  • In a sauté pan, warm the prosciutto for just a few minutes, until it gets crispy. Remove the prosciutto from the pan.
  • In that same pan, melt the butter & add the garlic and lemon juice and let cook for 1-2 minutes, add the wine and let simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the heavy cream, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper and let simmer until the sauce starts to thicken then add the pasta.
  • Top with prosciutto, an open piece of burrata cheese & fresh cracked black pepper.
  • This pairs perfectly with a warm baguette & a glass of Pinot Grigio!

Salted Caramel Carrot Cake — YUM

SALTED CARAMEL CARROT CAKE

My tried and true recipe, and the most delicious carrot cake you will ever have!!! I hope you enjoy!
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

CARROT CAKE

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 TBSP pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups oil
  • 2 cups carrots, finely shredded
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions
 

CAKE

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl, add eggs, oil, & vanilla extract and mix until combined. Next, add your flour, baking soda, salt & pumpkin pie spice and mix until the batter starts to form. Lastly, add your carrots, pineapple, coconut and pecans. Mix just until combined being careful not to over mix. Divide batter equally into 3 cake pans that have been sprayed with nonstick spray.
    Bake until a toothpick comes out crummy, but not clean. That is how you know your cake will be moist!!! They will continue to cook as they start to cool.

FROSTING

  • For your cream cheese frosting, in a mixing bowl add your butter and powdered sugar. Mix for a couple of minutes until the frosting has started to form. Add your cream cheese and vanilla extract next. Turn your mixer on high until you have the most beautiful cream cheese frosting.

ASSEMBLY

  • Once cake layers have completely cooled, start to layer with your cream cheese icing. Top with caramel and flaky sea salt. ENJOY!!!

Notes

          

THE ULTIMATE BLOODY MARY

THE ULTIMATE BLOODY MARY

KATELYN YOUNGBLOOD
It's Masters Week in Augusta, GA and that only means one thing... most are out on the golf course eating pimento cheese or egg salad sandwiches, while sipping on sweet tea, an ice cold beer or cocktail! It truly is a one of a kind experience and if you ever get to go to the Augusta National, enjoy every minute of it!
If you can't make it to the course, grab these ingredients and make a Bloody Mary while watching the tournament on the big screen! I hope you enjoy!
Servings 2 PEOPLE

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz Durty Gurl Habanero Bloody Mary Mix
  • 3 oz Second City Distilling Co. Vodka
  • Durty Gurl Bloody Mary Rimmer
  • Cheese & Charcuterie Skewers (I used Cabot Pepper Jack Cheese & Spicy Salami)
  • 1 stalk Celery
  • Mt. Olive Pickles
  • Mezzetta Olives & Peppers
  • **I also add my homemade candied bacon if I can

Instructions
 

HOW TO MAKE THE ULTIMATE BLOODY MARY --

  • In a mason jar, add your Bloody Mary Mix and Vodka over ice. SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE until your arms feel like they may fall off, literally!
    In a new mason jar, dip the rim into Durty Gurl Bloody Mary Rimmer -- Fill with ice & pour in the shaken mixture.
    Top with all the toppings. This is basically a snack... The more the better!!!
    CHEERS Y'ALL!

The best week of the year in Augusta, GA…

When you think of Sweet & Sassy Apron, think, LOCAL. Whether you’re in town for The Masters or you’re a local wanting to try some new spots for lunch or dinner, maybe even a fun cocktail… Sweet & Sassy Apron is bringing you all of the best spots! I AM YOUR LOCAL REFERRAL GIRL!

photo by Chas Linh Photography

We are in full swing of the best week of the year in Augusta, GA… THE MASTERS! There is so much going on in our city this time of year with the most important being the Golf Tournament & of course the next being FOOD! You deserve the BEST and that’s exactly what you get at these incredible spots.

If there is a new restaurant or shop in town, you can best believe I will be there to check it out! I love supporting all of our small shops & local businesses. The CSRA truly has so much to offer & I am telling you all about them!

BEST BRUNCH & BREAKFAST 

BEST LUNCH

BEST COFFEE 

BEST DINNER

BEST DESSERT 

BEST COCKTAILS 

**be sure to taste Augusta’s very own canned cocktail while you’re here, by Durty Gurl & 2nd City Distilling Co.

Food is such a work of ART. It takes a certain skill and these places listed above really take the time to make every dish & drink unique and always, always delicious! Now go ahead and make that reservation & get some of the most amazing food and drinks in the CSRA! If you’re headed to a new spot, I would love to hear all about it. Tag me on social media, @sweetandsassyapron.

The best chicken salad!

This is such an easy recipe & great all times of the year. It is perfect for gatherings, bridal showers, baby showers & more! I love the sweetness of the cranberries and the spiciness of the pickled jalapenos. The best combo!

  • 2 cups of cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Duke’s mayo
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 TBSP ranch
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp sugar 
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery 
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dried cranberries 
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pickled jalapeños (optional)

In a bowl, combine all ingredients until completely mixed. Best paired with your favorite crackers, on a toasted croissant or straight out of the bowl!

ENJOY!