Fun and Easy S’Mores Bar

I always keep certain things in my house so if someone drops by unexpectedly, I can pull together dessert at the drop of a hat. I can always make homemade ice cream or at least whip some cream to serve with fruit. Now that I have a fire pit (more on that later), I keep…

Best Ever Banana Bread

I bake this banana bread almost every week. It’s that easy and that delicious. Plus I buy bananas every time I go to the store and, because I live by pirate rules (waste not!), I refuse to throw brown bananas in the trash. Thus weekly banana bread has become a bit of a habit. This quick bread…

Tropical Pineapple Sundae

Anyone else feel like taking a tropical vacation without paying for an expensive plane ticket? Me too! I’ve found the most gorgeous pineapple at my store the last few weeks and decided to turn one into a fun sundae. The pineapple topping is only FOUR ingredients and would be equally delicious over a waffle. Can…

Candy Cane Brownies

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! This is the Christmas brownie for you. Rich and dense and full of candy cane goodness, Santa will love seeing my Candy Cane Brownies by the tree! Candy Cane Brownies 3/4 cup butter, melted 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 cup dark cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s Special Dark) 3 large eggs…

Cranberry Belgian Waffles

These waffles really scream holiday special to me, especially if topped with Fiori di Sicilia (orange-vanilla) whipped cream and sugared cranberries, which could not be easier to make. You can learn how here. You basically make a simple syrup, toss with the cranberries, and forget about them overnight. The next day, just drain and roll…

Gilded Brownies

Is there be a chicer brownie than one topped with edible gold dust? You can find edible gold dust for very cheap at most craft or cooking stores or just order it here from Amazon. If you don’t have gold dust, this brownie recipe is still a delicious one to have one hand. I gilded them for…

Blackcurrant Brie Bites

You may recognize these from my Christmas party, when I made these using homemade cranberry sauce. You could really do so many variations of them using whatever jam you like. They’re so simple, it’s hardly even fair to call it a recipe! You could easily swap out blackberry jam for the blackcurrant. The rosemary adds a…

Dark Chocolate Popcorn with Sea Salt

I whipped this up for my Phantom Masquerade party and it was a total hit. I never think to serve popcorn and now I think I may have to serve variations of this at all of my parties. It’s sweet, salty, and addictive. It’s also vegan, if you’re into that sort of thing. I used maple…

Mini Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

I have long thought I should start a support group for those of us who liked pumpkin before the Pumpkin Spice Latte. As a lifelong pumpkin lover I find it incredibly frustrating that all pumpkin things seem to now be pumpkin spice. These are not. Like my Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, these mini cheesecakes are pure…

Coconut Pistachio Haystacks

Three ingredients is all it takes for a delicious chocolatey treat! This recipe is easily doubled, tripled, quadrupled…you get the idea. Coconut Pistachio Haystacks (Makes 15 no-bake cookies) 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup roasted, salted pistachios 1 cup flaked coconut Either on the stove or in the microwave, slowly melt chocolate chips so…

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Pie

This is one of those desserts that’s so simple, you almost feel bad about serving it when company’s over but then you take a bite and think, why am I not baking this all the time? It’s so much easier than baking cookies. I whipped this up at the lake house last night and certainly didn’t plan…

Bourbon Whipped Cream

I’m a big fan of bourbon. I’m Southern like that. A couple of weeks ago I was inspired to toss some into my whipped cream and was blown away. I could have eaten this whole bowl! The powdered sugar in whipped acts as a stabilizer, so you can keep this in the fridge for two days…