Holidays

Berry + Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries

Berry + Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries

Happy Monday, friends! I’m working on getting back in the saddle following a little spring break adventure over the second half of last week. There’s a really funny story there about a toddler who refused to sleep and cried for seven hours in a car only to then hate living in a hotel, but we’re going to save that one until I’ve recovered a bit more. Ha! In the meantime, let’s talk about these breakfast pastries. Because it’s Monday and by …

Red Pepper + Chive Deviled Eggs

Red Pepper + Chive Deviled Eggs

Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend. After a long, gray week of nonstop rain, we finally had an abundance of sunshine this weekend and it felt incredible. And now it’s the run up to Easter! Naturally no Easter festivities are properly complete without a killer deviled eggs recipe, so today I’m serving up just that. To be honest, my mom tends to be the deviled egg maker in our family, but we love to make them …

Easter Candy Bark

Easter Candy Bark

When I started making bark (first Halloween candy bark and then Christmas chocolate bark), I was pretty sure I’d started something I wasn’t going to be able quit. Fast forward a few months, dump bags of my favorite Cadbury Mini Eggs on every store shelf and, well, I was right! This, friends, is Easter candy bark. Make it with your personal favorite Easter candy, sprinkles, M&Ms and whatever other Easter colored edible bits you heart feels compelled to use. I’m including …

Three Homemade Lemonade Recipes

Three Homemade Lemonade Recipes

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With Easter coming up next week, I’m admittedly in full-on brunch mode. Actually, because I consider any day ending in y a perfect reason to do brunch, Easter may well not have anything to do with it, but regardless, brunch has been on my mind a lot lately. So, too, is the promise of warmer days in the coming months, all of which has …

Tequila Sunrise Mimosa Recipe

Tequila Sunrise Mimosa Recipe

Champagne is one of my perennial go-to cocktails. Served simply, always in a flute, nice and chilly cold. That should be good enough segue to explain that my love for a good mimosa runs deep. With Easter coming up in just a couple weeks, I wanted to put a spin on the classic brunch staple that would really wow your guests. For the record, this would also make the perfect mimosa recipe for a casual weekend brunch served up while wearing your …

Make Me a Cake: Strawberry Poke Cake with Berries + Cream

Make Me a Cake: Strawberry Poke Cake with Berries + Cream

Hey, friends, it’s my birthday week! On Saturday (which, yes, is April Fools’ Day) I’ll be turning 34. (That happened fast!) That day will also mark the 28th year that my mother has made me the same birthday cake. As she tells it, my sixth birthday was the first time I had a party with some of my little friends from school and she wanted to make a really special cake. She knew I loved strawberries so she decided to …

Boozy Irish Coffee Milkshakes

Boozy Irish Coffee Milkshakes

At our favorite Irish pub here in town, they serve an Irish coffee that is the stuff that warms the soul on a cold winter day. Dark, rich coffee steaming hot with big splashes of whiskey and Irish cream. Topped with whipped cream and a little dusting of cinnamon, it’s basically dessert meets cocktail meets some kind of heaven. Is Ireland heaven after all? It may just be, friends, it may just be. Today I’m serving up a frothy, thick …

17 St. Patrick’s Day Desserts Made with Lucky Charms

17 St. Patrick’s Day Desserts Made with Lucky Charms

Friends, it’s St. Patrick’s Day week! In addition to making this super cute DIY sequin shamrock shirt to sport the requisite green come Friday, you should also probably consider eating an overload of Lucky Charms. Because it seems like everyone else is doing it, so why not us? In all seriousness though, I kind of love this trend of adding Lucky Charms to basically any and everything to create the most festive of St. Patrick’s Day desserts and treats. Sometimes …

Gingerberry Sparkler

Gingerberry Sparkler

This super pretty gingerberry sparkler is a cocktail that I made over the holidays and shared over on Inspired By This. I had fully intended to share the post then, but if you recall that was right about the time that I came down with the first wave of the death plague that decided to hang around for nearly a month and it just never happened. That said, this cocktail would make the perfect bubbly concoction for sipping while you’re …

Cheesy Broccoli Cornbread

Cheesy Broccoli Cornbread

It’s Monday! And Monday calls for this really delicious cornbread recipe. At least, this Monday does. In all seriousness, this cornbread is incredible. One of my BFFs made her version of this recipe for our chili cook-off Super Bowl party a few weeks ago and it was a huge hit, so naturally I had to give my hand a try at giving it my own twist and serving it up for you guys. This is easy enough to bake to …

Crunchy Veggie Taco Cups

Crunchy Veggie Taco Cups

I’m pretty sure most people will agree that one of the best parts about the Super Bowl is the food! Now, I’ll be so bold as to say that these crunchy veggie taco cups are one of the best Super Bowl appetizers going. They’re a cinch to make and they are so so tasty. They’re made with wonton wraps (which I buy pre-made at the grocery store) and a vegetarian refried bean filling that is crazy delicious. You could definitely add …

A New Year’s Day Bloody Mary Bar

A New Year’s Day Bloody Mary Bar

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In our town going out for Bloody Marys is a longstanding New Year’s Day tradition to the point where some folks skip New Year’s Eve festivities entirely in order to better partake in the Bloody Marys. Inspired by that tradition, today I’ve teamed up with my friends at Dr. Oetker Virtuoso Pizza (formerly Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza) to create this epic Bloody …