Strawberry Orange Cupcakes

Fiori di Sicilia is the secret ingredient in these cupcakes! I wish you guys could have seen me and my mom’s faces when we taste tested this cupcake. (It’s a hard job, but we do it for you.) This cupcake is sensational. It tastes like springtime! It’s a beautiful mix of strawberry and orange thanks…

Glass Slipper Cookies

Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life I was working in my office one day when my doorbell rang: an unexpected package from Amazon. I ripped it open and laughed out loud. Inside was a glass slipper cookie cutter that I no collection of purchasing. That one-click purchasing option…

Hercules Cake

A twelve layer cake covered in edible gold! This cake is epic. Epic like Hercules. In fact, it has twelve layers, one for each of the twelve labors of Hercules. It’s a fiori di sicilia (orange-vanilla; you could easily make it vanilla if you prefer) cake with honey frosting covered in edible gold. Yes, Edible….

Fiori di Sicilia Blueberry Coffeecake

I really could not love fiori di sicilia any more. It’s a magical extract. One splash and bibbidi bobbi boo, you have yourself one fancy coffeecake. You can easily bake this in an 8″ or 9″ square pan if you prefer. When I have company, I usually bake this in a round cake pan and…

Diner en Blanc Cake

Looking for a snow-white cake to take to Le Diner en Blanc? You’ve come to the right place! This is a delicious white cake worthy of any gathering but is particularly appropriate for the glamorous pop-up picnic around the globe best known for the fact that its guests wear head-to-toe white ensembles. Attendees take their…

2015 Wrap Up

I’m a bit sad about saying goodbye to 2015. It’s been quite possibly my favorite year to date and you all have been a big part of that! Thank you for letting me into your home, garden, and travel plans. It has truly been  my pleasure! Without further adieu, here is 2015 in a nutshell:…

Festive Fiori di Sicilia Cranberry Cake

If there is a cake that screams Christmas louder than this one, I would love to taste it. You can practically hear it merrily caroling from its antique cake stand! The cranberries are snowy and festive and incredibly easy to make. (Though you do need to make them the night before so plan ahead.) The sugar…

A Mistletoe And Holly Affair 2015

Oh by gosh, by golly, it’s time for mistletoe and holly!” Last night I hosted my annual Christmas cocktail party, which started at 5 pm and ended up going until 1 am. I suppose that’s the sign of a successful cocktail party! Last year I wanted everything to look snowy and shimmery. This year I…

Game Night Recipes

I love board games. I come from a board game family, if you will. Last weekend I had a few of my girlfriends over for appetizers and game night. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my friends did! From left to right: Katherine, yours truly, Nicole, Danielle, and Yas. How cute are…

Strawberry Galette with Vanilla Bean Crust

The funniest thing happened the other day: I was positively craving a strawberry galette even though I’ve never made nor ever EATEN a strawberry galette before. It just sounded like the perfect, lazy summer day dessert. This was just so simple to do. I can’t believe I’ve wasted this much time not eating galettes. I…

Fiori di Sicilia Sugar Cookies

 I babysat my niece yesterday and wanted a fun, hands-on afternoon project for us. Baking cookies is fun but decorating cookies has got to be even more fun when you’re three, right? I was a little worried about putting Fiori di Sicilia in instead of vanilla. Would she notice? Would she call me out? I…