Foodie Friday (ish)~ Sparkling Unicorn

Ohh what lovely weather we are having, I am addicted to this sunshine (even though I know it won’t last…rain is in our near future). I had to share this post a day early, that way you can make sure you have everything you need to MAKE IT!

This past weekend was mothers day and I decided to host my momma and sister for an afternoon brunch, loaded with yummy food and a super tasty new drink!

Honestly is there a better way to show someone you appreciate them? I mean…food and DRINKS!?  It was such a giant hit that I brought all the stuff to make them again the next day for lunch with my in-laws…again, LOVED by everyone! Gosh I just love when a new recipe takes off with success, I cannot wait to restock some of my ingredients so I can make it again all summer (and I am already thinking of great variations!).

Sooo, let’s start with a shot of our yummy brunch…

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Yup, Eggs Benny with peameal bacon and a nice side of steamed asparagus…also notice the tasty cup of fruit to freshen our palates…mmm take me back!

Okay, okay…so what is this Sparkling Unicorn I speak of?

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I bet I know exactly what you are thinking…What on EARTH are those red things in the drink?! We will get to that…for now all you need to know is that it is a 3 ingredient drink that you can enjoy all summer! It is so incredibly light (and fizzy) and is super refreshing. We all had a second glass (or more…) that’s how yummy it is! And if you don’t like a boozy drink than this is DEFINITELY  for you! You can’t taste the alcohol in it at all! Uh-Oh!

Go ahead, click here for the recipe to make it and let me know what you think (and if you have any variations you can think of!).

Foodie Friday- Cake Pops!!

How fun and cute are these?! I loveeee making cake pops, and have officially  crowned myself the cake-pop-queen of the family (I swear my ego is only slightly bloated) 🙂 I am often asked to make my cake pops for the events in our families, which is why I have deemed myself so!

When I first started making them I used one of those “Cake Pop Pans”…now, STOP right there! DO NOT go out and buy yourself one of these! My cake pops were huge, although uniform in size, and often quite dry…because you are restricted with the pan as far as how much batter to put in each mold I found it just wasn’t meeting my standards. So I set off on making them by hand! Sounds daunting right?? WRONG! The hardest part about making the cake pops is picking what colour chocolate you want to coat them in, I promise!

The best thing too is that you can use a boxed cake mix and store bought icing, so really all you have to do is cook em and decorate! EASY! You can get super creative with them too, if you want, or keep them simple like I tend to. On one occasion I made Toy Story themed cake pops for my nephews 5th birthday, and although super difficult to do, the look on his face was more than worth it!

I will suggest to you, if you will be making them often, to invest in a nice cake pop stand…I started out using floral foam and covering it in wrapping paper to match the occasion, but let me tell you that stuff aint cheap! My cake pop stand was around $10 and is super cute (as you’ll see in the post).

Well, happy baking! I hope you enjoy, and let me know if you make them for your next event ❤

Foodie Friday- Delicious Coconut Cream Pie!

Ohhh my word, THIS pie!!! I decided to make this for our family Easter dinner (both families…so I made it twice!) as I wanted to try something different than my usual chocolate desserts…and I really wanted to make it from scratch! I have made a coconut cream pie before using one of those boxed mixes for the filling, which was WAY too SWEET, and I knew that I wanted a pie with a creamy coconut filling that wasn’t artificial tasting.

So my friends, I present to you, the ultra dreamy and creamy Coconut Cream Pie!!! It was devoured by both our families (thank God as I really didn’t want any leftovers to fill my tummy!!) and was really quite simple to make. The most difficult part of this pie is not eating all the custard filling before it makes it into the pie shell 🙂

Enjoy ❤

Party Time!

With it being such a gloomy day today, I thought I would reach back in my vault of crafts a little bit and share with ya’ll how to make a fabulous Birthday Number out of paint chips!

This was a task I had taken on for my nieces 2nd birthday back in October, telling my sister in law I wanted to make a special number for her cake and goodie table. The theme was Bubble Guppies so I went with nice hues of blue for the ocean effect…I think it turned out GREAT! And do you want to know the best part? You only need to buy one thing…yup ONE! Take a look at the page and get started on your very own number (or word, or design…) for your next event!

Everybody needs a little more creativity in their lives ❤ Enjoy!

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 5!!

How about that fudge from yesterday? Every time I think about it I want to sneak down to my freezer where all these goodies are being stored and sneak a couple of pieces out of the tin…but if I did that there wouldn’t be any left for my cookie trays!! I just wanted to share with ya’ll a photo from our full day bake-fest so you could see how many delicious treats were made that day (and perhaps get a look at some of the treats coming up)!

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I am so happy to read your comments everyday about the posts, and love hearing from you when you have made one of the goodies, it makes the posts worth it knowing that someone is getting a new treat to add to their list!

So, for today, ya’ll will be enjoying a yummy Brownie Biscotti! Don’t fret my friends, this is NOTHING like your usual biscotti and is very simple to make! It has a nice gooey center (like a brownie) but the shape of a biscotti. With the addition of some chopped pecans (or nuts you prefer) and a drizzle of white chocolate, this is going to be one of the BIGGEST hits on your Christmas trays! I have made this one for about 10 years now (wow!) and every year I get more and more compliments, and have even had an entire fresh batch eaten from right under my watchful eye while family from the West Coast was visiting (that just SHOWS how yummy these are).

Also on today’s post you will find gift ideas for the gardener on your list! That can be anyone really! If they aren’t a gardener yet I am sure that a couple of my ideas will make them want to be!

Enjoy ❤

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 4!!

Oh boy oh boy!! I think you guys are going to like today’s goodie!! It was a new one for us, and after testing the recipe out for you guys I have some suggestions to make it even better! Are you ready???

Nutella Fudge with Pistachios! Oh man, I told you it was a good one! The first of 2 fudge recipes that will be featured on the 13 days for you guys to enjoy. It was a really easy one to make, and tastes even better than it sounds…is that even possible? It took almost no time to make, and it is one of the nicest looking things you will put on your trays, as the pistachios and sprinkled sea salt give it such a glamorous look!

Also on the post today you will find a few gift ideas for the Dog (or dog lover) on your list!!! My girl gets spoiled every year from us and her “aunties and uncles” and let me tell you, she gets the same look as a little kid on Christmas morning!

Enjoy the fudge ya’ll ❤

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 3!!

Are you overloaded on sweets yet? I know, silly question right!? You can never have enough goodies this time of year! It seems as though everyday you get another invite to a dinner or cocktail party, at least you’ll be prepared with a tasty tray of sweets.

You have ten days left after today’s post, I hope you are finding some inspiration for your Christmas goodies 🙂

Today’s post is…Peanut Butter Squares! Crunchy goodness, filled with the delicious taste of peanut butter, and topped with a nice hard icing! These are perfect on any tray, and have such a wonderful burst of flavour, best enjoyed with a nice glass of milk! The best part? I guarantee that you have all the ingredients you need already waiting in your pantry…so what are you waiting for?!

Enjoy ❤

 

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 2!!

So, what did ya’ll think of yesterdays Chocolate Crinkle Cookies? If you have already made them I am guessing that you ate about a half a dozen…they are just one of those cookies you can’t put down!

Now, for today’s treat…A delicious Whipped Shortbread! Oh boy are you guys ever in for a treat with these ones! This recipe has been in my family since the 80’s and it is by far the TASTIEST shortbread I have ever tried! And on top of that, it is so easy to make you will be blown away! No chill time, no cutting, no rolling…just make, plop and bake! It makes a ton of cookies, and only uses 5 ingredients! One of the best thins about all 13 days of goodies is that they can be made in advance and put in the freezer until you’re ready to make your cookie trays!

And also on the post, a few gift ideas for the Creative Person on your Christmas list! Enjoy ❤

Thanksgiving is upon us!

I can’t believe that it is already Thanksgiving weekend! This calls for a special edition of Foodie Friday! This week I am showing you two easy sides to dress up your bland Thanksgiving table…I know that sounds offensive, but really let me take a stab at it here.

Every year you have a giant delicious turkey in the middle of your table surrounded by what? Mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, gravy, parsnips and maybe some carrots…am I right? Do you see the colour scheme there!? Now, if cranberry sauce is the only thing adding colour to your Thanksgiving table this post is for you!

I made two dishes for you to take to your dinner and really impress the family…this is especially good for all you newlyweds still trying to make an impression on the in-laws! The first is a Sauteed Brussel Sprout dish with Pancetta and the second is a delcious Kale with Cranberries and Toasted Pecans…mmm! (Click the recipe link above for everything you need to make these dishes!).

Grab a glass of wine, keep the bottle handy for the second recipe, and enjoy! After all, everybody needs a little creativity in their lives ❤