Almond Maple Oat Bites-14697

Almond Maple Oat Bites

If there is one thing I struggle with, it is eating a balanced breakfast. My morning routine is filled with manic diaper changes, a quick shower, semi-conscious bottle feeding, and frantic gulping of coffee whenever I have a free hand. By the time I get around to eating something, I literally just grab the first thing available… which could be anything from a handful of goldfish crackers to a half-eaten slice of pizza. Honestly, by that point in the morning (or early afternoon), I just need some sustenance and I will take what I can get. I know, considering this …

The Importance of Being Anise-14624

The Importance of Being Anise

Growing up in a Middle Eastern family means that I have a very special relationship with the anise seed. From refreshing drinks to kebab seasoning to dessert adornments, it’s one of the defining flavors of my childhood. But once I started coming out of the fog of childhood, I realized that most of my American friends had never heard of the seed. If you find yourself in this category, then I have one thing to say to you – you’re wrong! You actually are very well acquainted with the flavor… licorice. The pure, unadulterated anise seed taste is a pungent licorice …

Florida Blueberry Pancakes-14569

Florida Blueberry Pancakes

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.   Earlier this month, I introduced you to the food educational campaign by the Florida Department of Agriculture called “Fresh From Florida”.  The program is aimed at promoting locally grown Florida produce and fresh seafood, while educating the public about the seasonal produce that comes out of the state. I was excited to team up with the group since I actually rarely know where my own food comes from… a sad, but common reality amongst many home cooks.  The wonderful thing about buying Florida produce …

Spiked Funfetti Cupcake-13963

Spiked Funfetti Cupcake

If you have ever had a birthday, which it is probably safe to assume, then you are likely acquainted with Funfetti. You know, that boldly speckled vanilla cake that is a staple for celebrating the day of your birth. What you probably do not know is that Funfetti dates back to the Medieval era. Legend has it that a rural baker in Wales accidentally poured a batch of sugared berries into the bread dough he was mixing. Not wanting to waste the precious food, he baked up the batter and served the Frankenstein bread at supper, which also happened to be …

Rainbow Sherbet Cheesecake-12950

Rainbow Sherbet Cheesecake

Spring is in the air and along with blooming flowers comes the season of pastels! The soft palette is unarguably associated with the quarterly months and brings with them a colorful rebirth of nature.  Let’s celebrate the season with a pastel-y Rainbow Sherbet Cheesecake recipe inspired by today’s bubbly styled shoot. Get the recipe below and follow along as photographer Linda Borrego shares her vision behind the event: I came up with the idea to do a spring styled birthday party shoot as I love spring colours and girly things. I wanted to incorporate watercolours, which are shown in the stationery …

Pomegranate Cake Filling-12504

Pomegranate Cake Filling

There are certain foods that are more than just edible.  From the sinful temptation of an apple tree to the bountiful luck of harvested wheat, they serve as timeless symbols of parables and emotions.  Today we celebrate one of these meaningful fruits, the pomegranate with a beautiful story of true love.  Follow along below as photographer Valentina Pelucca walks us through Luca and Anna’s story and file our Pomegranate Cake Filling in your recipe book for a romantic occasion… POMEGRANATE CAKE FILLING  INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons of pomegranate seeds 1 2/3 cups of pomegranate juice 1/3 cup of raspberry jam 2 …

Rosemary Lavender Cake-10711

Rosemary Lavender Cake

We rarely get a glimpse into the minds of professional photographers.  Usually all we see are other peoples’ events through the lens.  However, today we get to witness a dream shoot put together by the talent behind Aldabella Photography.  Wanting to create an affair that perfectly captured their business brand, they set their plan in motion amongst the Colorado Rockies.  With a mix of whimsy and rustic wonder, every detail is something special to behold.  Inspired by their simple naked cake, we’ve included a delicious Rosemary Lavender Cake recipe for you to enjoy.  So get your baking pans ready, scroll through …

Dinner with Giada & Frangelico-10547

Dinner with Giada & Frangelico

There are magical milestones in a person’s life… falling in love, eating a croissant in Paris, having a baby, binging wantonly during the holiday season and not gaining weight.  You know, the basics every self-respecting dreamer fantasizes about.  Well, I just had one of these moment.  As if the spatula gods looked down on me with favor, I received an invitation to an exclusive dinner party hosted by Frangelico and Giada De Laurentiis.  How did I receive such an invitation, you ask?  Why do unicorns poop rainbows? I have no clue!  But like all of life’s mysterious moments, you don’t question …