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The Fantastical Paris Chez Sharon

Every week my email box is flooded with questions: How do I make cupcakes without a cupcake pan? Where did you find that tablecloth? Can you send me a piece of that cake you made last week? I try to answer all of these as honestly as I can, but sometimes I simply can’t reply to everyone… and no, I am not going to send you a piece of cake in the mail… plus, I already ate it all. Well, one of the most common questions I receive, is who are my favorite chefs to follow on Instagram. I have …

Baked Maple Apple Donuts-11761

Baked Maple Apple Donuts

Today’s gorgeous wedding proves that love truly conquers all.  Megan and Jason were high school sweethearts that lost each other and ended up marrying other people.  Years later each found themselves single again and thinking of one another.  They reconnected only to find that their love had endured all those years.  Marrying in beautifully rustic style in the wilderness of Michigan, this is their lovely wedding.  So revel in the gorgeousness of their romantic day and grab our inspired baked maple apple donuts recipe for yourself… you’ll want a batch to munch on while you reminisce about your high school sweetie! …

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Sunflower Biscotti

[yumprint-recipe id=’45’]I’ve recently received some emails from brides-to-be who are concerned with the use of flowers for autumn-themed weddings.  In short, they feel that their only options are to use fall leaves as floral arrangements.  Although I’m certainly a sucker for the oranges and reds of the season, why not try sunflowers?  The end of their peak season is in October and they carry with them that overall feel of Autumn decadence.  Don’t believe me?  Then check out this gorgeously styled California bridal shoot and warm up with a crunchy plate of our Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti that was inspired by …

Pumpkin Pie Caramel Apples-10227

Pumpkin Pie Caramel Apples

Some kids are born into British royalty, some into money, but little Elijah was born into ridiculous creativity!  For cutie pie Eli’s first birthday, his mom decided to center the festivities around his birth month of October.  Styled and photographed by the uber talented parent, this is one birthday that’s going to be hard to match.  Complete with a gourde theme, beautiful details, and a dreamy rustic setting, you’ll be wishing you were born into this creative family!  Adding our own twist the festivities, we were inspired to create a Pumpkin Pie Caramel Apple recipe to match little Elijah’s wonderful …

Amaretto Finger Cookies-10216

Amaretto Finger Cookies

AMARETTO FINGER COOKIES INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 tablespoons of Amaretto 1/2 cup of raw almonds 1 egg yolk 1 cup of flour 1/3 cup of granulated sugar 1/4 cup of unsalted butter 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and cover two cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a stand mixer, combine the sugar, butter, amaretto, and egg yolk. Mix thoroughly. Add the flour and baking powder to the stand mixer. Change your mixer attachment to a dough hook and mix until a ball of dough has formed. Roll out the dough on parchment paper …

Lemon Drop Sugar Cookies-12871

Lemon Drop Sugar Cookies

Life is sweet when you’re in love… and for newlyweds, Janelle and Aaron that couldn’t be more true.  Celebrating their nuptials on seaside cliffs, it was filled with romance and a appropriately sweet dessert table. Get ready to sigh at the sight of these gorgeous photos and print out our inspired Lemon Drop Sugar Cookies recipe for your records.  [yumprint-recipe id=’119′] Photographer:  Laura Elizabeth//Linens and Coverings: Grand Event Rentals//Cinema and Video: Justin Kauffman//Dress Store: Nordstroms Wedding//Event Planner:Rebekka Wall//DJ: Ric Hansen Entertainment Inc//Hair Stylist: Salon Maison//Caterer: Snuffin’s Catering// Submitted via Two Bright Lights PLEASE NOTE: The recipe was created by The …

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 …

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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 …