Friday, May 4, 2012

Strawberry Rhubarbarita

I know the name sounds a little ridiculous, but say it a few times and it will grow on you!  Maybe it sounds good to me right now due to the fact that I'm feeling the effects of a good night out last night. We were at the Billy Currington concert, and it was beyond amazing!  This explains why this post was not up early this morning like I intended... Anyway, I'll definitely share more about the concert soon, but for now let's get back to rhubarb.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Peanut Butter Pretzel M&M Truffle Brownies

It was brought to my attention last week that there is no brownie recipe on my site.  What?? How is that even possible?  We've known each other for quite some time now, and this is definitely something I should not be keeping from you.  The situation needed to be rectified asap, so I busted out my favorite brownie recipe, and just to make it up to you, dolled it up even more!  All I can tell you is this is one recipe worth waiting for...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Cookies

The other day I stumbled across some dried blueberries at the grocery store.  I was actually looking for dried cherries when I noticed this bright yellow package peeking out from behind an army of raisins.  I reached for it and saw it was wild blueberries.  Due to my need to have anything and everything blueberry, I quickly threw them in my cart, and the cherries were history.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Coconut Raspberry Bundt Cake

Can a cake be life changing?  I think so.  But then again, I'm a girl whose first love was cake.  Out of all the cakes I've tested and tasted, this one is at the top of my list.  You should also keep in mind that snagging a spot at the top of that list is not easy, but this cake hits all the right marks.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Goat Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

No matter what I do, I just can't stay away from the goat cheese for long.  It has a creaminess that works so well in baked goods, and I find it always offers this slight tanginess that balances sweet so well.  It has worked beautifully in ice cream, cheesecake,  and even frosting, but would it work in cookies?  I gave my classic thumbprints a goat cheese makeover, and the result was divine!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hatching Chick Cupcakes

Don't they just make you smile?! I had originally planned to make a cake this week, and then these little gems popped in my head.  It all happened last week while I was shoe shopping.  Somewhere between picking which pair of heels would be coming home with me, I thought wouldn't it be so cute if I made hatching chick cupcakes.  Once this happens, everything else I'm doing goes out the window, even the shoes...

Friday, March 30, 2012

Glamour Peeps 2.0

Easter is right around the corner which means it's time to make the Peeps!  That's right, Glamour Peeps are back, in all their sparkle glory.  These little peeps are my favorite makeover to date, and I couldn't wait to make them again.  So grab your candy thermometer and disco dust cause it's time to make some candy!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cadbury Mini Egg Cheesecake Bars

Spring has officially sprung!  The weather is gorgeous, iced coffee is in full effect, and all of a sudden we can't go out to dinner anywhere that doesn't offer outdoor seating!  I feel like this all happened really quickly, I didn't even start Spring cleaning yet.  By Spring cleaning, you should know I mean cleaning out the shoe collection to make room for new ones ;)  Anyway, this burst of summer weather is definitely welcome.  I may not be getting much done, but I sure am enjoying it.  One thing I did get done this week are these Cadbury mini egg cheesecake bars.  My favorite Easter candy combined with cheesecake is a very good way to welcome Spring!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Irish Candy Bar Cupcakes

When I first decided to do this Saint Patrick's Day series, the one product I knew I wanted to include was the Crunchie candy bar.  This Irish candy was one of my favorite childhood treats, and I couldn't wait to create a grown up dessert with it.  I picked up a few last week along with some Flake bars, another favorite of mine, and got to work.  What I came up with is a new cupcake that takes these candy bars to a whole new level.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Irish Coffee Scones with Whiskey Butter

Let's talk about scones today guys.  In the past I haven't been very enthusiastic about scones.  I've had some that were good, but they've always been a take it or leave it kind of thing for me.  Normally I would look right past a scone and go for some cake, but that all changed last weekend when I made these little gems.  I have made five batches since then, I think that says something!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Magners Brown Butter Blondies

I think the name of these blondies says it all.  As soon as I see the words brown butter, I know I'm getting into something good.  When that brown butter is in blondies, it gets even better.  When you add Magners Irish Cider to those blondies, the only thing you'll ask yourself is why didn't I try this sooner?!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Baileys Irish Cream Cookies

Happy Friday friends!  I've been doing some major recipe testing all week, and I've got some sweet treats lined up for you in my Saint Patrick's Day series!  Growing up in a very traditional Irish family, and spending about sixteen years competing in Irish step dancing, let's just say Saint Patrick's Day is big in my family.  I'm really looking forward to sharing this series with you where I'll be incorporating products we are all familiar with, and introducing some that might be new to you.  Today I'm kicking off the series with these Baileys Irish Cream cookies.  In one word these cookies are boozylicious, and I don't know about you, but I like the sound of that!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Mascarpone Coffee Cookies

What a busy week guys!  Thanks to all of you for the wonderful response to my Chocolate & Goat Cheese Cupcakes!  I also want to thank Raycom news and reporter Joseph Neese for the feature, and you can check out the story here.  Today's post is another reader request, this time for coffee cookies. This mascarpone coffee cookie is one not to be missed!  It has a rich coffee flavor, and the addition of mascarpone adds a delectable creaminess that will keep you going back for more.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Chocolate & Goat Cheese Cupcakes

A stellar cast of characters create a cupcake not to be missed.

Last week Raycom Media asked me to come up with a dessert for an Oscar themed menu.  I was sent a list of all the nominated movies and a quick summary of each.  After reading through them, there were definitely some obvious desserts that I could have made, but I like to think outside the box. Instead of taking inspiration from one particular movie, I created a dessert inspired by Hollywood's biggest night itself.  One that is elegant, charming, and ready for the red carpet!  You can read the news story here.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Peanut Butter Peanut M&M Cookies

Peanut Butter Peanut M&M Cookies

There's something to be said for a simple cookie recipe.  One that's been tested a million times, that always comes out right on the money.  That's my peanut butter cookie, and thanks to a few recent requests, this comforting treat is getting the spotlight today!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Chocolate & Passion Fruit Truffle Cake

Chocolate & Passion Fruit Truffle Cake
Good morning and Happy Valentine's Day!  Today I'm posting over at my friend Hillary's blog, Marche Dimanche.  I met Hillary over the summer at TECHmunch, a food blogging conference, and we hit it off right away.  We share a love of all things sweet and I am honored she asked me to guest post.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Red Velvet Cake Frites & Southern Comfort Dipping Sauce

Red velvet cake frites & SoCo dipping sauce 

Valentine's Day is the perfect day to allow yourself to indulge your sweet tooth in something sinful. Red velvet cake frites paired with a dark chocolate Southern Comfort dipping sauce is just the dessert to help you do that.  These cake frites take classic red velvet cake to a whole new level, and the dipping sauce adds a pop of flavor that balances the dessert beautifully.  I also have some exciting news to share with you guys!  Today I'm featured in a national news story thanks to Raycom Media and reporter Joseph Neese.  It involves a dessert for every stage of your relationship, and you can check it out here.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Love Monster Cupcakes

The countdown to Valentine's Day is officially on, and I'm in the midst of baking craziness friends. Today's post is fun project fit for all skill levels.  These Love Monster cupcakes are ridiculous and over the top, just the way I like them.  I love that they're so wonky looking, because I think love makes us all a little wonky!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Blondie Cheesecake & a Giveaway!

Today's post is a good one guys! This week marks my first year of blogging, and to celebrate I'm doing my first giveaway!  It's been such a great year filled with lots of desserts, videos, sprinkles, and disco dust!  I have learned so much this past year, and the biggest thank you goes to all of you!  I still can't believe how many amazing people I've met this year, you guys are awesome! Seriously, you have no idea how much I appreciate you reading, watching the videos, leaving comments, and just all your kind words and support.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Blood Orange Cornmeal Bundt Cakes

I made these little cakes for brunch over the weekend, and I definitely see more of them in my future. They were the perfect little cakes for the occasion, light, refreshing, and satisfying.  I started out making my cornmeal cake which has always been one of my go to recipes for brunch due to the fact that it's easy to put together and not overly sweet.  I wanted to make a blood orange version of the original cake, and once I started baking, it all just came together beautifully.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Meyer Lemon Chiffon Cake

I can't get enough of meyer lemons right now.  They have such a beautiful color, pack a ton of flavor, and add so much brightness to desserts.  To me they're like a little burst of sunshine in winter.  I picked up a few pounds of them this week, and the first thing I did was make a big batch of meyer lemon curd. I've made many different desserts using meyer lemons, but for some reason it always go back to curd.  I love the silky texture of it, and how it really showcases the flavor of the meyer lemons.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Nan's Potato Chip Cookies

Happy New Year!  Did you all have a fantastic holiday?? I hope so!  I've been hearing a lot about resolutions this week, and while that's the norm, January 1st is something totally different for me.  January 1st was my nan's birthday, and she was a big influence on me in the kitchen.  Today I would like to share with all of you the last recipe she passed on to me.