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. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Dessert Roundup - Boozy Bites

vodka fruit, orange vodka, alcohol infused fruit, edible alcohol, party desserts

If you're anything like me you'll agree that alcohol makes food infinitely better! Red wine in spaghetti sauce, salmon poached in white wine - it elevates a dish like no other ingredient.

Baking with alcohol is just as incredible. Sugars blending with sugars and flavor sensations with serious depth. It borders on magical!

Here are a few delicious ideas!

Wine dessert recipe, Strawberry Sauce recipe, ice cream tea cup, teacup dessert, tea party dessert recipes, bridal shower recipes

Caramelized Banana dessert recipe, Upside Down recipe, best tart recipe, new orleans dessert

alcoholic desserts, drunk food, food porn, Fig desserts, Greek desserts, Game of Thrones food, Game of Thrones recipes, Mascarpone recipes
{Drunken Honeyed Figs with Lemon Mascarpone Whipped Cream}

best bread pudding recipe, st. patrick's day recipes, Irish Cream recipes

beer candy, alcohol candy, Guinness desserts, Guinness recipes, superbowl recipes, super bowl recipes, game night recipes

Rum Ball recipe, Martha Stewart recipes, rum dessert recipes, holiday dessert recipes

Moonshine recipes, unique dessert recipes, gourmet marshmallows, boozy bites

Jack Daniels recipes, Jack Daniels desserts, whiskey bar recipes