Sangria is an art I take seriously.
It is not, as some people seem to think, just wine with some fruit thrown in it. Oh, no, I say. It is so much more than that. It’s a cocktail. It’s an exotic treat on a hot day. It is invigorating and relaxing all at the same time… Okay, okay, maybe I’m getting carried away, but seriously, I love sangria.
Here’s my go-to recipe for a perfect sangria to share on a warm evening with friends.Continue Reading
Don’t turn away now, just because you see the words “vegan” paired with “chocolate cake” in a recipe title. You won’t think twice about the lack of dairy in this delectable treat after tasting it – trust us on this one. It’s perfect for vegan friends, vegan-friendly friends, and friends that probably shouldn’t be told this cake is vegan before offering them a piece. I get it though – some of us have dietary restrictions, and all of us have preferences – but this cake put a smile on just about anyone’s face. For your non-vegan friends, you can top it with some honeycomb to add some crunch!Continue Reading
If you tend to shy away from making candy, I get it, I do. There’s something about that candy thermometer that can feel intimidating. But this honeycomb candy recipe is about as easy as candy recipes get and I’m here to tell you, once you take the leap, you’ll wonder why you waited so long.Continue Reading
My mom. She’s a mother to five kiddos, a loving wife, a sister, a grandmother, and an aunt. Over the years, strength has come in so many forms and her wisdom is such a powerful force. When the world shakes, she finds a way to be calm. As the decades have passed, I have come to understand her gifts better than ever. There is only one – Mary Helen Arnold. So for her, this year, I’m making a lemon shortbread. It’s not nearly as perfect as she is, but what it lacks in wisdom it makes up for in sweetness.
Okay, moms. I know we’re all super busy, but heads-up – Tuesday is Teacher Appreciation Day. I honestly don’t know how they do what they do. Their patience, creativity and love just blows me away. And, you know me, sweets are how I show gratitude (they’re how I show most emotions), so this weekend, I’ll be baking up a fresh batch of this amazing peanut brittle in their honor.Continue Reading
Intimate and quaint is the best way to describe the sweet sheep baby shower we pulled together for Taco (aka Paige). She was given the psuedo name of ‘T-A-C-O” during her months in Ericka’s belly because her husband initially thought she was bringing home tacos and not a blue pregnancy stick confirming “YES!” Wowza, was he surprised when she called for him to come and get his much-anticipated Mexican dinner and instead got the surprise of his life. A baby was on its way! THREE CHEERS FOR TACO!Continue Reading
I’m baaaaaack! Want to try your hand at some fun Baby Sheep Cupcakes? Little frosting swirls and fondant shaped cut-outs transform these baby shower cupcakes into the cutest of sweets. It takes a slight bit of practice, but if you follow along with some basic steps, ewe will have these sheep grazing in babyland in no time!Continue Reading
Happy Mama, Happy Baby
I recently made these baby shower sugar cookies for my dear friend, Ericka, who has been a driving force in our lives for the last few years! I kept it light, fluffy, and modern with these show-stopping cookies. When she recently told us she was pregnant, we were so overjoyed and, of course, wanted to host a small baby shower for her and her little “taco.” Don’t worry, I will get to the “taco” story in the last post, but let’s dive right into the fun pattern play and soft-coloring for this modern casual baby shower.Continue Reading
How does a “Creeper” become something elementary school kids love? These creatures are unbelievably popular? If you’re a mom with a Minecraft-addicted kid, you likely know what I’m talking about. And as moms, you also know that when our kids make a special request for their birthdays, we can overlook just about any strange thing, gulp down an extra cup of coffee, and just make it happen. Such was the case with these Rice Krispie Creepers.Continue Reading
My youngest son, Liam, dives into projects, just like me, but in the case of these chocolate cheesecake cupcakes, he literally dives his fingers right into the cream cheese that we’re using in this delicious recipe. Lick, lick, chomp. Alright already, Liam…I believe in the notion that chefs should taste what they make throughout the baking process, but he takes this to a completely new level.
I can hardly blame him as I’m laying out sprinkles, cream cheese, and chocolate cupcakes and can see his mouth salivating. I have accepted this fact, and even embraced the mess that comes along with it. Honestly, I am finding my time with the boys in the kitchen that much more precious as I see them growing up so fast.Continue Reading