“SOLD OUT.” You’ve probably seen or heard this recently, if you’re also a fellow dessert connoisseur. The coveted Museum of Ice Cream may be a more popular attraction at the moment than the Broad (LA, you never cease to amaze me).Continue Reading
You’ve probably seen or heard this recently, if you’re also a fellow dessert connoisseur. The coveted Museum of Ice Cream may be a more popular attraction at the moment than the Broad (LA, you never cease to amaze me). Fortunately my assistant (Kendall) and I managed to get tickets, along with the insider’s scoop (pun intended). The detail that went into planning this museum is mind-blowing. Every aspect – down to the employees wearing all pink to match the all pink building – was clearly thought-out, and just downright impressive. Come along our virtual tour to see for yourself!Continue Reading
When the weather’s getting hot, one of the best ways to cool down this summer is with a good, old fashioned Ice Cream Cake. We put together our Top 10 choices that range from individual cakes to a hot fudge sundae cake that will have everyone clamoring for more! Click left and right with the arrows on the pictures and when you find something you love (so all of them) you can click on the photo or title to be linked to the blog page for the recipe.Continue Reading
I my dad to the Luna and back. Henry Luna Arnold, that is. There’s just no other father quite like him! Now that I’m a mom, I appreciate that role even more in my life. I remember being a young kid and leaping onto the couch to catch a glimpse of my dad’s yellow Datsun work truck (often you could hear it before you saw it!). Everyday, en route home, he would pick up a little surprise for us at the local market. It wasn’t anything big, it was a pixy stick or a slice of gum, but it was remarkable for us kids! He’s the most generous man I know to this day and I want to give back some time and love to him in the form of this special Father’s Day Short Ribs dish.Continue Reading
Kapow!!! Let’s put this party together. Now that you’ve made the blueberry cake, spiced cookies, and Pop Rock cupcakes, let’s figure out how to make the best kid’s birthday party table ever! I the moment when kiddos sit down to honor the birthday boy or girl and they realize they have a gift, too. As they slip on their masks, sing the traditional b-day tunes, and pop a few rocks, these kids are going feel like it is their very own birthday. BEST-KID’S-BIRTHDAY-PARTY-EVER!Continue Reading
Blueberry Frosting + Blueberry Cake = one zippy kid’s birthday cake (or adult). This blueberry cake is delicious, beautiful, and oh-so-fun to crack open and marvel at those bright blueberry creamy layers. Mamas, get your decorating groove on as we take you step-by-step through layering, frosting, and finishing fondant application. You can do it!!Continue Reading
Boom. Sizzle. Pop. Let the party in your mouth begin! Try these Pop Rock Red Velvet Cupcakes for your next kiddie shindig. These fun mini cakes are decorated with super cute lightning bolt cupcake toppers and sprinkled with Pop Rocks. This recipe is a cinch for us busy moms and results in moist beautiful red velvet cupcakes. My kids to participate in the final touches and plop the Pop Rocks onto the cupcakes.Continue Reading
BAM! These lightning bolt spice cookies are supercharged with yummy flavors like sweet cloves and cardamom with just a dash of spice here and there to keep the cookie delightful for your little ones. These bright and whimsical spice cookies are just the beginning of creating a few desserts for our fun kid party theme that we’re calling – ‘Kapow!’Continue Reading
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