My darling friend Hannah is expecting her first child in about a month. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of this little lady. So when Hannah and her sister asked me to make the cake for her baby shower, I immediately said yes. This is a very special time in one of my best friend’s life and I was more than happy to be a part of it.
Even though she is having a little girl, Hannah wanted to steer away from the traditional pink. She has decided to decorate the nursery with sunflowers, so the shower was appropriately centered around this theme. We went back and forth with ideas for the cake but settled on what I think turned out really cute. The cake itself was lemon with fresh blueberries and a buttercream frosting. It was quite delicious if I do say so myself.
The weekend after Theresa’s bachelorette party was sort of my, “Let’s regroup and get some things done that have been put off for weeks.” As you can probably already tell, the past few months have been a bit hectic, but in a good way!
I did however have a very special friend’s gender reveal party to attend. Ashley had also asked me about a month ago to do the cake for her party. Of course, I immediately said yes. I let her decide what sort of surprise she wanted inside and she came up with a really fun idea! I made a four layer white cake with white buttercream frosting. The trick though was that the center of the cake was hallow. Inside it was filled with the gender appropriate color of M&M’s. This way when the Mom and Dad (and Big Sister) cut into the cake, all of the M&M’s would fall out revealing the gender of their new baby! I added a little banner as a cake topper. I must say, I thought it was pretty cute.
Oh, and if you can’t tell. They’re having another girl!
As I previously posted, I hosted Easter brunch with the family at mine and Nick’s house. While discussing with the twins what the menu should look like they requested these adorable festive Cinnamon Buns. Originally I did not have them on the menu as it was just another task for me to complete. However, my mom happened to have two tubes of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls so I really could not pass up the opportunity. Besides, who doesn’t like a freshly baked cinnamon roll?
As the instructions show in the link above, you will need two cinnamon rolls per bunny head. Place one roll on the baking sheet. Unravel or break the second roll so it forms a long rope. Wrap the rope around to form the ears and press against the first roll. I used raisins for my eyes and sliced almonds for the teeth. After the buns were baked, I frosted the ears with the provided icing. They really came out so cute and everyone really enjoyed them for both their festiveness and delicious taste.
I had some cranberries leftover and decided to bake up a batch of scones. By adding in a little lemon zest and a sweet glaze, I ended up with a sweet but flakey scone to enjoy on this snowy February afternoon. (more…)
Some time ago my friend Tara made this delicious Carrot-Ginger Soup for girls night. If I remember correctly, she paired it with a tasty salad and scrumptious biscuits of some kind. Ever since that meal I’ve been wanting to recreate that soup. It was just that good! Today was finally the day. It was a perfect way to spend a snowy Saturday afternoon. With a large chunk off a fresh, crusty baguette I had myself a delicious lunch. (more…)
Last weekend Theresa, Sarah, and I had a Hunger Games marathon in honor of the release of Mocking Jay Part 1. We had good food, good drinks, and good movies. One of those drinks was a red sangria. Theresa had dropped off the recipe and ingredients ahead of time so I could make a batch with enough time to sit overnight.
After my first glass I decided this would be my drink of choice for Thanksgiving dinner, and probably for the rest of the holiday season. It’s super easy to make and absolutely delicious. Enjoy! (more…)
When creating the menu for Thanksgiving dinner this year I decided I wanted to minimize the appetizers. I also wanted to ensure that they were delicious and festive. Soup was one of the first things to pop into my head. Something cozy and warm while the family is watching the game waiting for dinner to be cooked. The type of soup was pretty simple to decide on as well. There really isn’t anything that speaks fall more than apples and squash. I adapted this recipe from one that I found on Pinterest, of course.
The best part about this recipe…it can be made in advance! I prepped the soup this evening, 3 days before Thanksgiving Day. I will just have to pop it on the stove to reheat for guests to enjoy.
A friend of mine has been requesting that I make a dessert for some time now. With a Sunday of house chores and relaxation ahead of me, I decided it was the perfect day to create this masterpiece. I decided on an Oreo cheesecake. I found a recipe on Pinterest that looked pretty straight forward. I also have never made Oreo cheesecake, since well, I’m not really a huge fan of Oreos. GASP! I know, I know. I’m told it was pretty delicious, so perhaps this will stay in my recipe book of “To Be Made Again” treats. (more…)
About a week ago I received a salivating photo from my dearest Amanda. She and her hubby were spending their Friday evening at their favorite spot, Sweetwater Bar & Grill. Some of you may remember my “review” post I had written back in May after visiting myself. They have the most creative, yet delicious cocktails and dishes. Anyways, as soon as I saw the photo of what they would soon be enjoying I had to know what made this dish. Amanda proceeded to list off the ingredients for me and I knew right away that I had to recreate.
Lucky for me, Girl’s Night was to be hosted by yours truly this week. This would be the centerpiece of the whole meal. However, I didn’t have the time to do a test run so tonight I just ran with it. I had purchased the ingredients that Amanda so kindly provided, along with whatever else I had brainstormed and here is what I came up with. (more…)
My girlfriend Sarah planted a vegetable garden this year. Last time I was over to visit, she had a plethora of delicious home grown veggies to share; one of which was a very large zucchini. I decided to bake it up into a delicious treat. Thanks Sarah! (more…)