March 28th, 2013 § § permalink
Hands down one of my favorite food bloggers is Melissa, the magician and all around sweetheart behind The Faux Martha. Not only does she have pictures pretty enough to take a bite out of, but if there is a tip or trick to be had, she’s got that too.
For a little last minute Easter weekend prep, I picked out a few recipes to try over your (hopefully) long weekend…
pictured bird’s nest macaroons
Always a favorite, mascarpone french toast.
A sure way to anyone’s heart, salted dark chocolate nutella cookies.
And a fun last minute addition to Easter eggs, homemade marshmallows.
March 25th, 2013 § § permalink
For those of you that couldn’t be at the Ikea DIY event a few weeks ago, you can catch the flavored drink recipe portion on the Ikea Houston blog! Trust me, you’ll really like this one. Plus it’s crazy simple and you could make jugs of it in about the same time frame that it takes to eat a cupcake. It’s been proven, take my word for it.
March 11th, 2013 § § permalink
Most of the time I claim that green is my favorite color, when clearly I’m just in denial of being a pink kind of girl. Regardless, I love St. Patrick’s Day mostly for being given good reason to make everything green.
To make sure you’re the one pinching and not being pinched, I’ve put together a simple DIY paper backdrop and sweet recipe to incorporate into your holiday (or if you just like the green, I don’t blame you).
- Martha Stewart decorative circle punch
- card stock
First, insert your circle punch of choice onto the track. Select how many inches you’d like the circle to be (6-12 inches), both on the slider on the side, and the bottom plate.
Place the cardstock center over the magnetic circles, and let the magnetic knob and main punch into place over top of their specific magnets.
Press the punch down, then rotate the knob one time, and press the punch again. Repeat until the circle is fully cut-out.Once you have as many circles as you’d like, use a piece of looped tape to tape them into place for your backdrop.
Ingredients for the Irish peppermint shake (1 serving)
- 6 ice cubes
- 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
- 1 drop or 1 of peppermint extract
- green food coloring
- whipped cream for topping
- spalsh of Irish cream or liquor
Blend all of the ingredients together, and then top with whipped cream. Add a striped straw, and they’re ready to serve!
January 8th, 2013 § § permalink
This might be a chubby thing to say, but honestly, can you think of a day that wouldn’t be a good day for donuts? I couldn’t either. As a result, I took it upon myself to update the everyday deliciousness that is donuts, and turned them into cute bite-sized treats perfect for this upcoming Valentine’s day (or any other day). I made them using the best homemade donuts you’ll ever have recipe from A Cup of Jo, and a really simple colored glaze for dipping.
To make the heart shapes, chill the donut dough in the fridge for about an hour. Once it’s chilled firm, roll and cut heart shapes from the dough using a cookie cutter on a lightly floured cutting board. I had the best success with the hearts keeping their shape when frying by exaggerating the heart shape dough a bit with my hands, and then popping the cut-outs in the fridge for a few more minutes before cooking them.
Ingredients for the glaze:
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- Pink food coloring
Combine milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat until warm. Sift confectioners’ sugar into milk mixture. Whisk slowly, until well combined. Remove the glaze from the heat and set over a bowl of warm water. Dip doughnuts into the glaze, one at a time, and then place them on wax paper to set.
November 27th, 2012 § § permalink
I never deny my love affair with peppermint flavored things, but during the month of December, I let my peppermint flag fly high. Literally. To mark the occasion, I decided to combine this reader favorite recipe with the holiday season to create peppermint eggnog milkshake shots that are perfectly petit enough to fit any party… unless the big and tall section is more your style, in which case you can turn this into a punch bowl recipe.
- Peppermint ice cream
- Peppermint white chocolate bark
- Crushed peppermint
- Sugar water
Blend together 2 parts peppermint ice cream to one part eggnog. Rim the glasses with with crushed peppermint by dabbing them with sugar water and dipping them in peppermint. Fill your glasses with the milkshake mixture and place them in the freezer until you’re ready to serve. Break the peppermint bark into halves and place them on top just before serving.