• Dessert,  Recipe

    Poppyseed Bird Rolls

    These adorable bird rolls are a Russian tradition. Christians welcome in spring and the Lenten season with butter week, something I can wholeheartedly embrace! Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Bird rolls are a Russian Christian tradition made for "butter week," the week before Lent. Similar to other culture's Mardi Gras If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!   You can buy Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo here from Amazon or you can also choose to support local bookstores by purchasing it from Bookshop.

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    Lavender Lemon Cupcakes

    Lavender plays such a subtle but powerful role in The Four Winds. It’s the scent of clean sheets and Elsa’s mother. It’s the color of a soft baby blanket and the sky at dawn. It’s the homemade soap that the Martinelli’s made and sold to survive. Hannah expertly wove the sweet significance of lavender throughout her book and I knew that I had to embrace it.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google This white cake is as light as air and tastes so fresh with a hint of lavender. tangy and sweet this frosting is heavenly! If you…

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    Potato Chip Brownies

    these brownies are the perfect late night drinking buddy. Potato chips hit the salty notes and the brownies provide a rich, sweet base. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Salty and sweet, these are a dangerous late night drinking buddy. “She sees the reluctance on my face and grins. “Come on, Lou. It’s a special occasion. You’ve excelled yourself. Snogged your new married boss. This is genius. I should get someone to write the film. I could play you.” “Good,” I say. “I’ll need the money when I’m fired.” I can’t fight Sophie, and I don’t want to,…

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    Vanilla Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

    These cookies are just like mom’s, soft and chewy with the added texture of walnuts and a hint of vanilla flavoring.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google your basic chocolate chip cookies with a hint of vanilla flavoring and the added texture of walnuts … dang, I must have forgotten it. Some would say, Skip it. Go home. Fools. You can’t bake a decent cookie without gobs of vanilla extract. Kraya makes cookies every Saturday. Today is Saturday and there is no way I’m missing another cookie-Saturday.” Vince Taplin, Alex Six Tweet If you like this recipe, check…

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    Tea and Berry Scones

    Why have I always thought of scones as dry, crumbly, tasteless things that 18th century lords and ladies ate in their stuffy parlors? Goodness, these things are actually heavenly!! As a nod to all the tea times in Pride and Prejudice, I was inspired to make a tea glaze to drizzle over these scrumptious scones. Warm, soft and bursting with berries, they are a tea drinkers delight. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google “By tea-time, however, the dose had been enough, and Mr. Bennet was glad to take his guest into the drawing-room again, and, when tea was…

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    Linzer Playing Card Cookies

    Fun and delicious, these cookies are the perfect afternoon dessert.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google pretty and delicious card inspired cookies for your afternoon game “Elizabeth, who had a letter to write, went into the breakfast room for that purpose soon after tea; for as the others were all going to sit down to cards, she could not be wanted to counteract her mother’s schemes.” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Tweet If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it! You can buy Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen here from Amazon or you…

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    Linzer Heart Cookies

    These English tea cookies are adorable and a great base for so many flavors and shapes. Originating in Austria, the oldest known recipe was found in 1653. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google pretty and delicious heart shaped cookies for your loved ones! He might be right. Maybe we did grow heart bones. But what if the only way of knowing you grew a heart bone is by feeling the agony caused by the break? Colleen Hoover, Heart Bones Tweet If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!   You can buy Heart Bones…

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    Oreo Cheesecake

    This cheesecake is as delicious as it is beautiful!  Filled with Oreos, topped with strawberry roses and sitting on a thick Oreo crust, it’s a perfect and decadent dessert for a romantic night in.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google “I severed the end of my cheesecake. “This one’s different, Syl. If I pull this off, I could become the next big name in the business.” “Whatever you do, make it quick. Let’s bury this one and move on to the next.” Elle Cosimano, Finlay Donovan is Killing It Tweet gorgeous and delicious If you like this recipe,…

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    Chocolate, Champagne, Coffee and Raspberry Macarons

    Yes, macarons are a particular dessert to make. They can be finicky but you can do it! They are so delicious and fresh when made at home. Here I have two basic macaron recipes: vanilla and chocolate. With these, the macaron flavors are limitless! Just finish with your filling of choice. Below, I have four fillings to get you started: chocolate, champagne,  raspberry and coffee. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google with this base, the colors and filling flavors are unlimited!! with this base, the filling flavors are unlimited!! Chocolate “Addie has discovered chocolate. Harder to come by…

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    Cotton Candy Cupcakes

    Easy and oh so sweet, these are fun cupcakes to make. Loved by kids of all ages, these are especially great for carnival or fair themed parties.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google This white cake is as light as air and tastes so fresh! “She wanted a real life, not this perfect, glittery cotton candy one she’d created for herself. But she had no real idea how to go about starting over at her age.” Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane Tweet If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!   You can buy Firefly…

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    Hard Candy Apples

    These were actually so much easier to make than I thought they would be. The hardest part was getting the wax off of the apples! “Kate tried then to think of a response that would steer the conversation away from her best friend, maybe even reveal her own passionate side, but who was she kidding? She had no passionate side. Tully was candy-apple-red silk; Kate was beige cotton.” Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane Tweet Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Pretty and tasty, these are not your typical red candy apples. If you like this recipe, check out the…

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    Easy Sugar Cookies

    Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Sweet and simple, these cookies are the perfect base for all of your creativity! “For a split second her daughter looked like a little girl again, her dark eyes wide with hope, her “lips curving into a hesitant smile. Years’ worth of parties were between them now, a net of shared memories. “Of course,” Kate said. “I love those cookies.” Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane Tweet If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!     You can buy Firefly Lane here from Amazon or you can also choose…

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    Addictive Peanut Butter Whiskey Chocolate Sauce

    Screwball peanut butter whiskey ups the ante for this decadent chocolate sauce. This adult syrup is perfect for late night sundaes, topping for warm brownies or to rim my Up and Downer cocktail.  Sometimes I wonder if addicts aren’t all that different from anybody else, they are just better at lying to themselves. I was great at lying to myself. Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & the Six Tweet Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google grown up chocolate syrup Peanut butter whiskey chocolate sauce and honeycomb Literary Cocktail Collection     For more fun cocktails inspired by my…

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    Honeycomb for Daisy Jones

    How could I not make honeycomb for Daisy Jones? This five ingredient recipe is just as fun and explosive as the book! So I guess what I’m saying is, when we started singing “Honeycomb,” I either knew I was losing her or I didn’t. And I either knew I’d loved her or I didn’t. Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & the Six Tweet Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Sweet and fun with an explosive finish, just like the book. If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!   You can buy Daisy Jones…

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    Cream Wafers

    Every Christmas, my aunt would make these pretty cream wafers. They quickly became one of my favorite holiday treats and I now make them every year.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google These take a little effort but they are such delicious little bites. Looking for more holiday recipes? Click below to see my full collection.

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    Extra Minty Peppermint Bark

    The trick to this is to use Peppermint Hershey Kisses. I discovered this because I had lots leftover after making my Peppermint Mocha Cookies. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google “Peppermint. He placed it into the cup of hot water he’d taken from the coffee machine. Then he handed it to Nora. She had never drunk peppermint tea in her life. ‘That’s for me?’ ‘Well, yeah. It was the only herbal they had.’ He had a coffee for himself that Nora secretly craved. Maybe in this life she didn’t drink caffeine.” Matt Haig, The Midnight Library Tweet Delicious…