The Best 4th of July Cocktails

30 of the best 4th of July cocktails! If you’re celebrating with friends and good food, make a fun cocktail with a red, white, and blue theme for a sweet treat. There is nothing better than beating the heat with a cold drink! We’re sharing …

30 of the best 4th of July cocktails! If you’re celebrating with friends and good food, make a fun cocktail with a red, white, and blue theme for a sweet treat. There is nothing better than beating the heat with a cold drink! We’re sharing everything you need to know for making your own festive […]

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Perfectly Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

In between finishing my manuscript and photos for my next cookbook, I’ve made several batches of these amazing peanut butter cookies from Snackable Bakes, the new cookbook from Jessie Sheehan. Jessie’s cookies are perfectly peanut buttery, …

chewy peanut butter cookies on white parchment

In between finishing my manuscript and photos for my next cookbook, I’ve made several batches of these amazing peanut butter cookies from Snackable Bakes, the new cookbook from Jessie Sheehan. Jessie’s cookies are perfectly peanut buttery, with crisp edges and a tender, chewy center. They remind me of a peanut butter cookie you’d expect from a bakery, yet they’re easy to make at home. Using shortening in cookie recipes: You’ll notice the recipe calls for shortening, such as Crisco. It’s an important ingredient because it really helps the cookies keep their shape, and I’m guessing adds to those beautiful cracks on the surface. What makes peanut butter cookies chewy? This recipe is different from an old fashioned crisp, peanut butter cookie in that granulated sugar makes the edges crisp, while a high percentage of brown sugar makes for a chewy center. I wouldn’t recommend adjusting the sugar amounts called for, as they are an important piece of the texture of the cookie. Double salting makes peanut butter cookies better. Peanut butter and salt are the perfect marriage, and by using salt in the dough and flaky salt on the top, the peanut butter flavor is deepened even further. Can you […]

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Chocolate Coconut Cake

In my cookbook Baking From the Holidays, I shared a recipe for Chocolate Gift Cakes that made 3 small 6-inch cakes that pack and transport well. I now find myself making different variations of gift cakes for special occasions, like these S’…

chocolate coconut cake

In my cookbook Baking From the Holidays, I shared a recipe for Chocolate Gift Cakes that made 3 small 6-inch cakes that pack and transport well. I now find myself making different variations of gift cakes for special occasions, like these S’more Cakes, and now my latest, a Chocolate Coconut version with a thin layer of pastry cream and chocolate ganache. I’ve used my white cake base is from my Coconut Cupcake recipe in Baking for the Holidays, but rather than whole milk, the cake is infused with coconut milk and coconut extract. The reverse creaming method (where butter is introduced to the dry ingredients instead of initially creamed with the sugars) gives the cake a very fine crumb that is even throughout. The top also doesn’t dome as much as a regular creamed cake, which I prefer for frosting purposes. Mini chocolate chips are added to the batter, a a favorite flavor combination. The white cake with chips, rich pastry cream and chocolate ganache makes for a decadent, perfect bite of dessert. If you’d rather make a layer cake, here’s my Coconut Almond Chocolate Cake that has similar flavors. More Cake Recipes: Streusel Coffee Cake Chocolate Cake with Basil Buttercream […]

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The Best Easter Punch Recipes For a Celebration

The only Easter punch recipes you need for any Easter celebration! These recipes are bright and citrusy and full of spring flavors. They’re great for Easter dinner, Easter brunch, or an egg hunt party! It’s nice to have your guests serve th…

The only Easter punch recipes you need for any Easter celebration! These recipes are bright and citrusy and full of spring flavors. They’re great for Easter dinner, Easter brunch, or an egg hunt party! It’s nice to have your guests serve themselves, making it easier on the host. So if you’re planning a fun Easter […]

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A Charming Valentine’s Day Party For Friends

The perfect Valentine’s Day is spent with friends and family, sharing a delicious home-cooked meal and some Valentine’s Day-inspired cocktails and desserts. Here are some ideas for creating a charming Valentine’s Day or Galentine&#821…

The perfect Valentine’s Day is spent with friends and family, sharing a delicious home-cooked meal and some Valentine’s Day-inspired cocktails and desserts. Here are some ideas for creating a charming Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day party that you can host for your girlfriends! Happy Galentine’s Day Ideas! If you’re hosting a happy Galentine’s Day for […]

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A Colorful and Charming Easter Brunch

Spring has sprung and it’s time for some Easter party ideas! We’ve created a very colorful and charming Easter brunch to celebrate!! Sharing all of the details below! Also, check out our charming Easter brunch, the only Easter recipes you n…

Spring has sprung and it’s time for some Easter party ideas! We’ve created a very colorful and charming Easter brunch to celebrate!! Sharing all of the details below! Also, check out our charming Easter brunch, the only Easter recipes you need, and the best brunch cocktail recipes! We wanted to create something a little different […]

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40 Snacks & Cocktails To Make For New Year’s Eve!

I’ve got all my favorite snacks and drinks here for you! The best recipes for new years eve! We always stay home on New Years’ Eve – it’s one of my favorite nights of the year. We make the best snacks and sometimes watch a movie and just ENJOY the end of the year. Nothing […]

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I’ve got all my favorite snacks and drinks here for you! The best recipes for new years eve!

We always stay home on New Years’ Eve – it’s one of my favorite nights of the year. We make the best snacks and sometimes watch a movie and just ENJOY the end of the year. Nothing fancy, except for lots of cheese and champagne.

What do you do? What do you make and eat?

Major major major fingers crossed that 2022 is going to be a good one!

40 Recipes for New Years Eve

My Favorite Cheeses to Use for a Cheeseboard

Grilled Peppers Burrata and Breadcrumbs

Marinated Cheese

Hot Lobster Dip

Spinach Artichoke Twists

Deviled Crab Dip

Everything Soft Pretzel Bites with Chipotle Beer Cheese

Hummus Trio

Smoked Cheddar and Caramelized Onion Potato Skins

Caramelized Onion Dip

Holiday Hummus!

Chipotle Caramel Chex Mix

Coconut Curry Pork Meatballs

Brown Butter Scallops with Champagne Risotto

Chili Crunch Baked Feta

Mango Avocado Shrimp Salsa

Potato Chip Salted Champagne Caramels

Pulled Pork Stuffed Peppers

Sweet + Spicy Pork Shoulder

Crispy Carnitas Guacamole

Spinach Artichoke Pull Apart Bread

Smoky Cheddar Twists

Cheeseboard with Crackling Caramel

Pulled Pork Tostadas

Caramel Pretzels

Salted Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats

Chocolate Dipped Champagne Marshmallows

Chewy Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Hot Buttered Bourbon

Pomegranate Aperol Spritz

Winter Aperol Spritz

Spiced Orange Spritzers

Cranberry Cobbler Smash

Sorbet Prosecco Floats

Spiced Orange Gin & Tonic

Lambrusco Smash

Pomegranate Cider Mimosas

Apple Cider Prosecco Spritz

Pomegranate Cranberry Mint Juleps

Clementine Vodka Sodas

3 Ingredient Espresso Martinis

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Gingerbread Martini Recipe

This gingerbread martini recipe is full of spice and gingerbread flavor! It’s the most perfect balance of sweet and creamy with a little spice. Truly a perfect cocktail for Christmas! Also check out our classic peppermint martini recipe, apple ma…

This gingerbread martini recipe is full of spice and gingerbread flavor! It’s the most perfect balance of sweet and creamy with a little spice. Truly a perfect cocktail for Christmas! Also check out our classic peppermint martini recipe, apple martini and festive Christmas martini! They’re all wonderful cocktail recipes for the holidays. Furthermore, if you’re […]

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Poinsettia Drink – A Champagne Cocktail

A Poinsettia drink is a classic cranberry, Christmas Champagne cocktail made with just 3 ingredients. It’s an elegant drink that’s perfect for holiday parties. It has a vibrant color and is garnished with cranberry and a sprig of rosemary. …

A Poinsettia drink is a classic cranberry, Christmas Champagne cocktail made with just 3 ingredients. It’s an elegant drink that’s perfect for holiday parties. It has a vibrant color and is garnished with cranberry and a sprig of rosemary. This cocktail is beautiful and refreshing. It’s simple to make and perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and […]

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Make This Pink Peppermint Popcorn Over Holiday Break!

This peppermint popcorn is so fun and festive! Popcorn drizzled with white chocolate and topped with crunchy peppermint, then tossed with marshmallows. Perfect for snacking during the holiday season! Holiday week just got a whole lot sweeter! And snackier. As if we need more snacks right now. I can already see all the snacks in […]

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This peppermint popcorn is so fun and festive! Popcorn drizzled with white chocolate and topped with crunchy peppermint, then tossed with marshmallows. Perfect for snacking during the holiday season!

Holiday week just got a whole lot sweeter!

pink peppermint white chocolate popcorn

And snackier. As if we need more snacks right now. I can already see all the snacks in the near future and how two weeks from now, I’ll want nothing but “a real meal!”

But for now, peppermint popcorn. With pink sprinkles and candy cane fun. 

Along with a big old white chocolate drizzle.

Of course, you can do a milk or dark chocolate drizzle too! All work. All are super ridiculously delicious. 

pink peppermint white chocolate popcorn

This is the PERFECT snack to make and cozy up with on the couch while you watch Christmas Vacation or The Holiday or The Family Stone or Four Christmases. Those are all some of my fave! Home Alone gets lots of votes in our house too right now. First and second.

So grab a bowl of this and a mug of hot chocolate and let’s get to it!

stovetop popcorn

Our house has turned into a very pro-popcorn house recently.

I’ve always been rather “meh” on popcorn. It’s not something I necessarily crave, but then once I start eating it, I can’t stop!

However, in the last few years it has really become a favorite snack. And now that my kids are enjoying it so much, we have it often.

pink peppermint white chocolate popcorn

Growing up, my dad made legit popcorn. Right on the stove, in a big pot with oil. No microwave. He loved it! I liked it, but he didn’t use salt or butter so my kids taste buds weren’t immediately sold. Either way, it’s been a go-to snack in the family for as long as I can remember.

I use the classic pop method as often as I can here and I really love using coconut oil in the pot. You can use whatever you have on hand or if you’re in a pinch, just make a bag of microwaved popcorn and sprinkle it with fancy things!

pink peppermint white chocolate popcorn

Here’s how it goes down:

  • Pop your popcorn! You can drizzle on a little butter after if you wish, but I don’t find that it needs it.
  • Drizzle it with melted white chocolate! Or milk or dark – whatever you love the most. 
  • Add on some pink sprinkles. Add on some crushed candy canes or even these Andes peppermint chunks. We love them so much, but you need to get them early in the season because they always sell out.
  • Throw in some marshmallows if you wish! Classic plain mini marshmallows or even these pink ones or pretty peppermint marshmallows
  • Serve it with hot chocolate. Or champagne. Cozy up under a blanket and grab a book or a movie. SO FUN!

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