Friday, September 5, 2014

Dessert Roundup - Baking with Pumpkin

Pumpkin Caramel, gourmet Caramels, pumpkin dessert recipes

One of my very best friends shares a great love of pumpkin with me. I don't remember when or how it started, but I do know that it was our thing before the great Starbucks Pumpkin Latte craze was ever a thing. Here's a little collection of pumpkin goodies to try!

pumpkin dessert recipes, unique desserts

Pumpkin Tiramisu recipe, Italian desserts, holiday dessert recipes, Thanksgiving dessert recipes

Pumpkin Cheesecake, pumpkin Cookies, Maple Cream frosting

Pumpkin Ice Cream, French Macaron recipe, gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches, Macaron ice cream sandwhich

Chocolate Ganache recipe, Chocolate Pumpkin Cake recipe, Pumpkin Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Coffee Cake recipe, best Pumpkin Cake recipe, fall desserts, breakfast desserts, breakfast cakes

magic cookie bars, bar desserts, Pumpkin dessert recipes, party desserts, bake sale desserts

Friday, August 29, 2014

Dessert Roundup - Baking with Fruit

Strawberries and Cream, strawberry Cookie recipe, fruit cookies

Many people associate fruit with summer, but I'm happy to bake with fruit all year long! I stock up at local farmer's markets as each fruit comes into season and then freeze everything for baking (and smoothies) throughout the year. Check out these fabulous fruit-based desserts!

best Bundt Cakes,  bundt cake recipes, fruit cakes, fruit desserts, vanilla peach, peach desserts

Citrus Cake recipe, orange cake, Cranberry Cake, fruit cakes, Cranberry dessert recipes, beautiful food photography

Berry Cake recipe, pudding cakes, fruity cake

Banana Brownies, Skillet desserts, chocolate banana

Passionfruit desserts, fruity Cookies, baking with fruit, tropical fruit recipes, passion fruit recipes

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dessert Roundup - Baking with Citrus

best lemon cookie recipe, rustic cookies, rustic wedding, yellow cookies, lemon desserts

I remember the first time I had lemon curd like it was yesterday! I was in a gourmet kitchen shop in Big Bear, CA, and they sold little jars of sweet citrus-y curd right next to packages of tiny graham pie shells for a DIY insta-dessert. Just fab! Citrus and sugar is meant to be!

st. patricks day desserts, Kiwi Pie, citrus pie, shamrock pie
{Kiwi Lime Pie}

Chocolate Tart, Citrus Tart, blood orange dessert, summer desserts, winter desserts

best lemon bars, lemon bar recipe, yellow desserts, citrus desserts

Raw desserts, vegetarian dessert recipes, healthy cheesecake, citrus cheesecake, Meyer Lemon recipes, Vanilla Bean Cheesecake recipe

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pay it Forward

Starbucks, flagstone store, Seattle, Washington, coffee, coffee shop, photography
{The Very First Starbucks Store via Indy Photo Girl}

Have you heard the story about the woman who pulled a "pay-it-forward" on the customer behind her at the drive-thru at Starbucks? She bought her own coffee and then paid for the person behind her, and that person did the same for the person behind them, so and so forth 378 people in a row! Wow!

This happened to my dad a few months ago and it blew his mind in the best way. He couldn't believe someone paid for him and is still talking about it to this day. A simple act of kindness made such an impact on him, so I was thrilled to read this heartwarming story.

It's the little things, people! We should all try to show each other a little more kindness :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dessert Roundup - Baking with Coffee

Marble Cake recipe, best coffee cake recipe, espresso beans, coffee desserts, espresso dessert
{Mocha Marble Cake with Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans}

There's something to be said for morning java. I start every day off with a cup of black coffee, no sugar. It's the perfect way to get me going. Don't get me wrong, though - I love sugar! I just reserve it for desserts. Take these coffee-infused desserts for example ...

Vegetarian Chocolate Cake, Espresso frosting, coffee frosting, Vegetarian Cake, healthy dessert recipes

Coffee Agar, coffee Dessert, Coconut Agar, unique coffee, unique desserts

Coffee Cake, dessert Bars, Chocolate Coffee Cake

Coffee Cupcakes, unique cupcakes, coffee infused desserts, party desserts

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Supermoon Art

 photo SuperMoon.jpg

In honor of this week's supermoon, I thought I'd share this lovely piece of art by Elise Mahan. It just speaks to me.