Saturday, August 2, 2014

Review: Williams-Sonoma's Ice Cream Starter

I was in my local Williams-Sonoma last week, and I saw a product called Ice Cream Starter, and I was intrigued.  It comes in three flavors - vanilla, chocolate, and caramel.  I am such a caramel fiend, so I thought I would give it a try, and do a review here!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Triple Color Cake

I absolutely love the surprise waiting inside this cake - from the outside, it looks like a regular vanilla cake, and then you cut into it and see the gorgeous colors!!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mini-mason jar shortcakes

I'm so sorry for the long gap without any posts - my kitchen is currently under construction, and my oven has been disconnected for a while, so I decided to make these little shortcakes from store-bought ingredients.  They're perfect summer treats bursting with fresh fruit…I think you'll really like these!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Southern France

I just got back from a trip to Southern France, and thought I would share some food photos with you.  Our group visited Les Halles de Lyon ~ Paul Bocuse, a lovely covered food market named after the famous Lyonnaise chef Paul Bocuse.  We wanted to buy everything in sight, but settled on a baguette, a wheel of brie, some ham, and macarons!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Fondant Cupcake Toppers - Flowers

I made cupcakes for a friend's baby shower - she's having a little girl, so I thought pink and green would be really cute!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Streusel Coffee Cake

Sorry for my long absence - between my semester wrapping up, and some traveling, I could never find the time to post a new recipe!

This coffee cake is moist and tender, and the streusel topping puts it over the top.  I know you'll just love it as much as I do!  The credit for this recipe goes to my friend Stacey, who shared it with me.

Friday, April 18, 2014

White Chocolate Chip Blondies

These Blondies are simply Nestle Toll House dough with white chocolate chips…I tried a lot of different Blondie recipes, but you just can't beat Toll House!

One quick note - this recipe uses a 15 x 10 jelly roll pan.  If you don't have this size, you might be able to get away with using two 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pans.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Savory Shortcut - Baked Brie

Hello everyone,

I know my shortcuts are normally sweet, but I thought I would add an occasional new feature with savory dishes.  This appetizer is great for family get togethers, dinner parties, cocktail parties, etc.  I owe this recipe to my dear friend Laurie - she made it for book club a while ago, and I told her I was SO impressed that she made it with puff pastry.  She laughed and explained that it was actually just Pillsbury crescent roll dough!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sweet Shortcut - Chocolate Icebox Pie

Hi everybody!

I'm so sorry for my long absence - it was a combination of mid-term exams and the flu!  (I'm getting a degree in Art History as an adult, so I have to work hard at it!)

I thought a shortcut recipe would be perfect for this lazy Sunday.  This pie is three layers of chocolate - the Oreo cookie crust, a layer of chocolate pudding, and a layer of chocolate "mousse" made from combining the pudding and non-dairy whipped topping.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Craft idea: Goodie Bags

If you're like me, you like to give your baked goods to your friends and family.  I have struggled with how to package up my baked treats…I've used paper plates covered with foil, disposable plastic containers, zip-top bags, etc.  I think these cellophane goodie bags are so cute, and are SO versatile.

For this project, you will need:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sweet Shortcuts - Giant Cookie

This giant cookie was super simple to put together - all you need is a 16 and a 1/2 ounce roll of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough and some canned frosting!