Holiday Shortbread

December 16, 2011 § 5 Comments

My friend and I have been friends since first grade. I won’t tell you how old I am now, but we have been friends for a pretty long time! It is her brother’s 30th b-day party and we are going to celebrate on Saturday. I am going to stay at my friend’s house over the weekend, so I wanted to make her  an extra special hostess gift. I think she will love these dried cherry and almond shortbread bars. Instead of shortbread cookies, which take some time to roll out and cut, making shortbread bars is a quick and easy alternative. They are the prefect holiday hostess gift!

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Festive Peppermint Macarons

December 13, 2011 § 3 Comments

I remember the first time I had a macaron. My co-worker had just come back from a trip to France and brought back a box full of these cute little cookies. Never refusing dessert, I reached into the box and picked out a pink one! It was rose flavored, but not too strong or overpowering. The light, airy cookie and the creamy filling was the perfect combination. I was hooked!

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A Chocolate Lover’s Dream

November 5, 2011 § 11 Comments

After living in Nashville for 3 months making tons of progress with his music education non-profit, my boyfriend finally came home. I wanted to make him something extra special for his homecoming. He loves raspberries and I love chocolate. Luckily the two taste amazing together! This Chocolate Ganache Tart with Fresh Raspberries is simple, elegant, and oh so chocolatey.

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A Light and Fruity Dessert

October 27, 2011 § 1 Comment

Dessert is subjective. Sometimes you want a thick, rich piece of chocolate cake. Other times, you want a creamy, velvety custard. Today, it’s all about the times when you want a light, fruity, and a not-too-sweet dessert.

This lemon pound cake with strawberry white wine compote is more about the natural sweetness of the strawberries that are mixed with mildly sweetened white wine syrup served over a light and tender pound cake.

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Mini Halloween Pumpkin Spice Cakes

October 20, 2011 § 5 Comments

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. When I was young, I used to love getting dressed up to go trick-or-treating around my neighborhood. There was this one house that always gave out KING size candy bars – we always went there first! Now that I am a little too old to go around to my neighbors asking for candy, I love to make my own Halloween treats!

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Care Package Cookies

October 12, 2011 § 4 Comments

Do you see my lovely new logo? It was made by my boyfriend, who is currently living in Nashville doing great things with his music education non-profit. For his help with my fantastic logo, he requested heath bar cookies.

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Just Peachy

October 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

I was at the farmer’s market last week in Nashville and there are still quite a few peaches at the farm stands. I thought I would include this recipe on my blog to inspire someone to use up the last of the season’s fresh peaches.

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