Vanilla No-Bake Cheesecake

In the heat of summer, I rarely turn on my oven. I get it from my mother, who cooks very seasonally. I thought everyone cooked this way but I was wrong. It never ceases to amaze me how many Texans will roast a chicken in the dead of summer. Not me! I live in Dallas…

Popsicle Champagne

A summer dessert that’s as easy as it sounds! I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to turn on my oven when it’s over 90 degrees so I get really creative with dessert all summer: minted fruits, strawberries and cream, homemade ice cream, banana splits, milkshakes, etc. After a meal that filling, I figured…

How to Make Lavender Sugar

This article is sponsored by Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. Views and opinions are my own. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of flying to Chicago to teach a workshop on how to make lavender sugar at the Millennium Art Festival as part of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day’s Rooted in Goodness Spring Tour. In fact, this…

Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes

The perfect Independence Day cupcake! Looking for the perfect patriotic cupcake for your Independence Day celebration? You’ve come to the right place! Here almond (sub vanilla extract if you’d prefer!) cupcakes are filled with a dreamy cream cheese filling and topped with cream cheese frosting. Part of the batter is tinted red and blue and swirled…

Lavender Frosting

Looking for the best lavender frosting recipe on the internet? You’ve found it! I spent hours researching methods for making lavender frosting before my Midsummer Night’s Dream party and didn’t like any options I saw online so I decided to try what made sense to me and it’s the most incredible frosting. My mom quite dislikes…

Chocolate Lavender Dream Cake

Layers of dark chocolate cake and lavender frosting piled high with blackberries and fresh cherries This is the dreamiest cake you’ll ever have. I came up with this show-stopping cake for A Midsummer Night’s Dream dinner party. I wanted lavender for the “dream” angle since lavender helps you sleep. I did hours and hours and days…

Ice Cream Party on the Dock

Thank you Brawny® Tear-A-Square® for sponsoring this post. Think of all the ways you can Put a Square There! Nothing says summertime to me quite like ice cream. It’s the quintessential summer dessert. I have so many happy memories of ice cream sundaes after a day in the sun, so I decided to host a…

Strawberry Fool

This is one of those dishes that you take a bite of and wonder why the hell you haven’t been making this all along.     Make this when you have really great, juicy strawberries. Just toss a cup of washed and hulled strawberries in a blender with a tablespoon of sugar and fold that…

Rosemary Focaccia

Is there anything better than warm focaccia straight out of the oven? I think not! I hesitated posting this because there are a million focaccia recipes on the internet and they’re all mostly the same BUT my dad kept raving about how this was the best focaccia he’s ever had and I think that’s largely…

Captain Marvel Sundae

Strawberry and caramel is an underrated dessert combo. I wanted an all-American dessert for my Captain Marvel dinner party and what’s more American than an ice cream sundae? I chose a blondie as my base, since Carol is a badass blonde superhero. I topped that with strawberry ice cream, caramel sauce, sliced strawberry, and Captain…

Mint Julep Brownies

Love a good mint julep? Then you’ll love this dessert! I turned my love of mint juleps into a brownie dessert for my Kentucky Derby Party. Dark chocolate mint bourbon brownies are topped with bourbon whipped cream and drizzled* with dark chocolate mint hot fudge sauce. *I use the term drizzled lightly here, as we…

Dark Chocolate Mint Hot Fudge Sauce

Delicious over ice cream, brownies, crepes, and more! I adore mint and chocolate. It’s one of my favorite flavor combinations. This luscious dark chocolate mint hot fudge sauce has the most wonderful texture – not too thin, not too thick – and isn’t overly sweet. This hot fudge sauce takes just a few minutes to…