Butterscotch Basil Shortbread-12369

Butterscotch Basil Shortbread

THROWBACK SPOTLIGHT: As we find ourselves immersed in the dead of winter, let’s pine for warmer days.  Jess and Jeff’s Connecticut Spring wedding is a perfect way to escape our cold environment.  Sweetly designed in a shabby chic motif, this pastel meets rustic atmosphere made for one lovely day.  So sit back and let the photographers from “a guy + a girl photography” take us through the dreamy day… and get in the mood by baking up a batch of our inspired Butterscotch Basil Shortbread cookies while you’re at it! It was a beautiful morning in northwestern Connecticut as we …

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 …

Versatile Macarons-14537

Versatile Macarons

If you follow along on this website, then you know I like to use food for more than just eating. It actually serves as an excellent decoration, game piece, gifts, and an even organizational purpose. In the past I’ve given you ideas on how to decorate your shelves with margaritas, repurpose a vintage buffet as a donut bar, and even an edible paint tutorial. Simply stated, food is versatile. There is no more versatile piece of food than the macaron cookie. Not only is this one of the better tasting desserts, it can serve multiple purposes. As today’s stylized party …

Quick Macaron Decor-13399

Quick Macaron Decor

For those of you that are avid readers, then you know I have a few (lazy) hosting tricks up my sleeve. From making “professional” cakes in your home to creating the perfect sangria station, I’ve perfected the art of expert hosting deception. But hey, I’m a busy working mom, so I take pride in my party hacks. Well, today I’ve got another shortcut to make your next dessert table scream of slaved-over perfection (without the actual slaving-over!).  These gorgeously artful macarons from The Sugar Shack are fabulously wonderful if you can get your hands on them. But if not, then …

The Starbucks Cozy Collection-12586

The Starbucks Cozy Collection

  Let’s set the scene:  It’s blistering cold outside.  Snowflakes fall as the wind rustles through the trees.  Even though it’s mid-day, the sky is shaded by a thick layer of frost-filled clouds. On a day like this, can you think of anything better than cozying up with a blanket, cookies, and a delicious cup of hot cocoa?!  I thought not!  The afternoon that I received Starbucks® Cozy Collection in the mail was just that sort of bone-chilling winters day.  And it couldn’t have been more timely… I squealed with delight upon opening the box, because clearly my day was about …