Blackberry Pine Nut Bread-14933

Blackberry Pine Nut Bread

The moment we hit mid-August, I jump the gun and start my fall baking prep. I am an Autumn girl through and through, and live for the day a cool breeze rolls through the trees. It not only signifies the end of sweltering heat, it means it is the official beginning of baking season. So to help get your own cold-weather baking on, I have put together a delicious sweet bread recipe to get the season kicking. Blackberry Pine Nut Bread, my friends! Oh yes, I went a bit crazy in the test kitchen at the simple thought of Autumn …

Sweet Curry Cake-14795

Sweet Curry Cake

As a professional recipe developer and food stylist I face a major obstacle once a year. It always occurs at the same time, on the same day every single time… my husband’s birthday cake. You may be thinking to yourself, ‘wait this should not be a problem at all for you’. But being married to a person like me comes with some issues. The key issue being that you get spoiled. Oh yeah, my lovely husband no longer wants a regular old birthday cake. No, he wants a fancy pants, knock-my-socks-off one of a kind masterpiece every year. So that means …

French Toast Bundt Cake-14780

French Toast Bundt Cake

French toast is a must-have staple of any brunch. The sweet, egg-soaked bread, topped with loads of syrup and butter! Truly, if I do not get a slice (or four!) of the delectable breakfast treat at a Sunday brunch, then I feel cheated. But if you have ever attempted to make the dish on your own, then you know that it can be a bit time consuming. It is even more of a chore when you are hosting a large brunch party at your home.  Seriously, who wants to spend the whole day slaving over individual slices of French toast? …

Mango Piña Colada Popsicles-14752

Mango Piña Colada Popsicles

With sunshine, sand, and surf, summer brings with it something else… guilt. You know, the guilt you feel when you want to dive into that super fruity drink poolside or that refreshing ice cream on a sweltering day. Guilt because it’s also swimsuit season and a time when you are wearing the least amount of clothing for the year. So you want to splurge, but you also want to be healthy. I know because I am currently in this quagmire myself.  Well my friends, life is too short to not enjoy yourself a bit. So let’s find a compromise between …

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 …

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 …

Top 10 Summer Foodie Must-Haves-13761

Top 10 Summer Foodie Must-Haves

Summer is upon us and with that comes the “Top 10” lists. Top 10 places to vacation. Top 10 beaches to visit. Top 10 summer beauty products. Well, with the help of Nestlé® Drumstick® S’mores today I’m bringing you my own countdown… Top 10 Summer Foodie Must-Haves! Oh yes, my friends. This is the one list you’re going to actually want to scroll through because if you’re anything like me, then food gets blood pumping through your veins. As a fun bonus, I decided to make this list about food-themed items, not necessarily food itself. I’m talking about food-themed decor, clothing, and …

Afternoon Tea Party Ideas-13719

Afternoon Tea Party Ideas

If you have read this blog before, then you know that I am a sucker for a good tea party. There’s something so appealing about the marriage of an elegant get-together with a decadent sweet indulgence. So yes, essentially I view a tea party as a sophisticated way to pig-out. Now you know the true reason I love tea parties so much… a highly civilized justification to be a glutton.  So you can imagine my squeals of joy when Lipton Tea approached me to put together an unique afternoon tea party using their Berry Hibiscus and Peach Mango teas. Without hesitation, I …