This salad is the definition of simple. By now you know that I, Alex, prefer my summer meals to be fairly humble. I let nature do the heavy lifting so I have more time for soaking up the sun and lounging outside on warm summer nights, and there’s nothing complicated about this peach caprese salad. It’s just a celebration of August produce that’s ripe for the taking!
While it’s satisfying on it’s own, it’s also the perfect side dish for just about anything on the grill, and there is just a few key steps to teach you how to make the perfect caprese salad, both as an entree of side dish. It’s definitely the perfect Summer plating!… Read More
photos by Inked Fingers
Recently, at the hands of some well-meaning girlfriends, I, Carly, succumbed to what some might call the “I’m-pushing-30” peer pressure to join a local bootcamp. So, every morning I now wake up before 5am, stumble into my kitchen, drink my coffee with my eyes still closed, and head off to camp. There I spend the next hour of my life running, jumping, lifting, and lunging until I can lunge no more, all in the name of fitness. Sounds exciting, right? Well, I honestly have no reason for telling you about any of it, except to help you fully understand just how much I’ve been thinking about cake lately, so this DIY abstract floral pattern cake is no coincidence as far as timing!
Lucky for me, these same girlfriends of mine like to regularly host fabulous dinner parties. Ones where we all gather around bottles of wine while we cook each other all sorts of delicious foods and eat to our hearts’ content. It’s wonderful, for so many reasons, but it also affords me the perfect opportunity to make (and eat) some truly amazing cake.
Now of course, for nights as special as these, I can’t just show up with any old cake. But let’s be honest, who has the time, energy, or talent to make a show-stopping cake worthy of television show glory? Well I’m glad you asked, my friend, because YOU do, and I’m going to show you how…
To me, summer is all about casual entertaining. And by casual, I, Alex, mean I want to entertain almost nightly without having to put in much work (don’t we all?). Sure, I love a good dinner party as much as the next food-loving gal, but summer is not the time for it. I want fast and easy, while still being everyday fancy, so I made this watermelon feta flatbread recipe a for a quick girls-night get together, and to say it was a hit would be an understatement!
Flatbreads are perfect for low-fuss entertaining. One part pizza, one part sharable dish, they don’t need to be piping hot to be delicious. I typically set a few out in trays around the living room to allow everyone to help themselves while I’m taking care of more important things, like pouring the wine!
Paired with a giant glass of rose, this watermelon flatbread appetizer is the perfect way to celebrate Summer produce in a unique way…
Sometimes I tend to be (un)fashionably late with things, and National holidays are no exception. In this instance, it was just to make sure we didn’t miss anything extra special that some of our favorite bloggers might’ve whipped up for National Donut Day, and of course, we want to take everything into strategic account before pulling together 10 recipes and DIY’s to celebrate donuts.
We wouldn’t want to lead astray on your sugar treasure hunt, and these projects and recipes do not disappoint!…
photos by Jared Smith
You may be asking yourself “how in the world is this a unicorn cake, and why would someone make that?”. Well, that’s a great question, and technically I have no idea other than the fact that every time I look at this cake that we created with Monica from Paper Flour Ink (and based off of the amazingly talented Katherine Sabbath‘s designs!), is that it looks like unicorn food. So naturally one should just roll with that, right? To bring it back down to earth a bit I am sharing a classic strawberry cake with coconut buttercream icing to go with, so don’t just me too much! Or do, and I’ll just eat my feeling in unicorn food in the meantime.
But seriously though, who wouldn’t love a cake with a little bit of everything on it? I think if you made one of these bad boy’s and sat it in front of your kid for their next birthday they might actually pass out from excitement (or maybe I was just that kid..). Either way, macarons on top are always a good idea….
Crepes! Also known as the stuff my Parisian dreams are made of. Without fail, every time my husband and I hop the pond, I manage to indulge in at least one fruit-filled crepe a day. And with good reason, they are light, fluffy, and perfect for both breakfast and snacks, like these strawberry almond crepes and chocolate sauce!
For a simple, May-inspired filling, I’m using fresh strawberries, homemade chocolate sauce and toasted almonds. I love the combination of fresh strawberries and almonds so much that I added in a little almond meal to the crepe batter. If you can’t find almond meal, feel free to substitute with additional flour; however, make sure to add the toasted almonds on top! They provide the perfect crunch that pairs perfectly with juicy strawberries and light-as-air crepes…