Alcohol, Cakes, Caramel, Celebrating, Frostings, Savory

Prost for Oktoberfest!

Guten Tag! We’re in the heart of Oktoberfest, and Oktoberfest is always in my heart. Ever since my husband and I visited Germany, I’ve been obsessed.

For those who don’t know, Oktoberfest is a festival in Munich that originally started as a wedding celebration forBavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese. And since my wedding anniversary falls in the middle of Oktoberfest, we’ve taken a shine to celebrating it at home.

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Alcohol, Celebrating, Holidays, Savory

Independence Day Party Inspiration

Happy Fourth, y’all! For some reason, there’s nothing that gets my husband’s party bug more wound up than Independence Day. For the last several years, he’s invited over our friends, fired up the grill, and spent way too much money on fireworks. This year, we had an added bonus of a freshly installed fire pit (let me know if you all want to know how we built it!).

Since the Fourth of July is really a holiday made for the grill (an area that I have not mastered yet), I put all of my creative energies into the spread, the drinks and our outfits. I don’t have much to offer you this year, but I do have a couple of knock out party appetizers and drinks, plus some outfit inspiration to get you in the spirit!

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Alcohol, Bread, Cakes, Celebrating, Fruit, Holidays, Savory

4 Recipes for an Easy Easter Brunch

Tomorrow is Easter, which means family and friends will be hippity-hopping to your home for egg hunts, good laughs, and fresh food. Are you ready? I wasn’t!

I had my entire immediately family heading to my house in just a few hours, and I had no plans for our Easter meal! The clock was running out. I needed several recipes that I could produce quickly, and my dear friends, that’s exactly what I have for you today.

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Phat Thai Jones' Plum Cake #psych #faustbakes
Alcohol, Cakes, Fruit

Phat Thai Jones’ Plum Cake

A few months ago, I received an email from a reader asking if I had come across a good plum cake recipe, a-la “Psych.” In the episode “Autopsy Turvy,” Shawn and Gus investigate a previous case that the coroner labeled an accidental death, and along the way, they stumble upon the world’s best plum cake at Phat Thai Jones.

Did I have this fabulous recipe? Nope, it hadn’t even occurred to me. But after a few quick searches, I understood what the reader was trying to explain to me; while we have no idea what the cake would be like, the recipes we were finding didn’t feel right.

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Apple Bread with Spiked Caramel Sauce
Alcohol, Bread, Caramel

Apple Bread with Spiked Caramel Sauce

 

In my house, sweet breads are traditionally a breakfast food. We’ll pop a slice of banana bread in the toaster to crisp it up, melt the chocolate chips inside–there’s no better way to start the day.

As far as this recipe goes, well, it’s definitely one way to start the day.

Typically, this boozy take on a caramel apple is best served as a dessert, but if you leave the caramel sauce off and sub out the spiked cider for applesauce, there’s no  reason this bread can’t join the ranks of familiar breakfast breads.

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Peaches in Elderflower Cake
Alcohol, Cakes, Frostings, Fruit

Peaches in Elderflower: A Titanic Inspired Dessert

As you are slowly finding out, I am obsessed with sunken ships. Every year, I plop down in front of the TV, pop in my VHS of the 1997 film, and snack on Titanic-shaped cookies. This year, I decided to do something new. I wanted to make a different dessert, maybe even one that was served on that fateful voyage. After several Google searches, do you know what I learned?

People did not know how to eat dessert in 1912.

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Alcohol, Cakes, Frostings, Holidays

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Guinness Buttercream

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and my house is overflowing with Guinness!

While my family loves sweets, we also love a good beer. We rotate brews with the changing seasons. Sometimes we get a little overzealous, and I’m left to think of crafty ways to get rid of the excess beer. I’m already working on a few more St. Patrick and Guinness themed recipes, but this one is one of my top favorites!

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