Every year St. Patrick’s Day sneaks up on me. I always end up scrambling for recipes and Guinness, so this year I’ve put together a round up of 14 Delicious Dark Beer Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day. I grew up in Orange County, CA where, frankly, St. Patrick’s Day is mostly celebrated with cheesy decor.
If you’re in need of some Galentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day inspiration, look no further than these Strawberry Rose Sweet Rolls! Every year, roses pop up at every grocery store, gas station, and drug store. And while I love flowers, I’ve never been one for red roses. This year, I’m getting my dose of roses with these sweet rolls
Guys, these Easy Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cakes should definitely make an appearance on your Thanksgiving menu. Every Thanksgiving, I bake a million desserts for my family’s big Thanksgiving dinner (think 35-60 people). So as you can imagine, I’m always testing easy, festive recipes for the dessert spread. I think I’ve found a winner in these bundt cakes.
Galentine’s Day AND Valentine’s Day are less than 2 weeks away! I don’t even know where the time went. This week, you’re getting two recipes out of me—my Red Bean and Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies and these Strawberry Mimosa Cupcakes. Double the holidays means double the sugar, and I’m not mad at that. Truth be told, The Fiancé and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day. But when I spotted these super cute Wilton XOXO Mini Icing Decorations at Target, placed conveniently next to red, pink, and white jimmies, I totally caved.
Chinese New Year (CNY) is coming up and I’m super excited because I attempted my first cookie recipe with red bean. I loooove red bean. It’s a staple in Chinese sweets and I could never get enough of it as a kid. Red bean is usually used as a topping or filling for cakes, so it took quite a bit of thinking to find a way of incorporating red bean into cookies. Truth be told, I’ve never tried to make Chinese sweets. Growing up, my family always went to the bakery to buy sweets and pastries, so it wasn’t until recently that I started to learn about Chinese recipes.
When I was a kid, I couldn’t have dreamed that you could improve upon the classic hot chocolate with a million marshmallows. But I was so wrong. RumChata Hot Chocolate with a million marshmallows (marshmallows are a constant must) is the freaking best. If I had my way, I’d carry around a thermos of RumChata Hot Chocolate everywhere. However, decorum states that I probably shouldn’t be buzzed at work or while walking around the city. So last week, when I was laying in bed, covered in with a million blankets, I had an epiphany—make the drink into a cookie! DUH. These RumChata Hot Chocolate Cookies are literally the drink in cookie form—complete with marshmallows and all! I mean, I’m not going to strain to pat myself on the back…but you’re welcome. And when you’re back home, you can go crazy with a RumChata Hot Chocolate drink AND cookie. Go crazy.
2015 was such a big year for me. At the end of 2014, I made a single New Year’s Resolution: Make time for myself. It kind of sounds like a cop out, right? I mean, you’re not wrong…I was definitely giving myself some wiggle room. It was the first time I had ever made a new year’s resolution, and it felt too overwhelming to list the 98,720,458,768,294,562,435 things I wanted to do. I didn’t write it down, but the more I repeated my resolution to myself, it resonated with me. All my life, I’ve suffered from wanting to do too many things at once. I would stack my schedule with a million things so I could dip my toe in every pool, but I never got to take a dive into the deep end. If I’m 100% honest with myself, it was probably because I was too scared to plunge head first into a single passion (talk about being a commitment-phobe!).
Ah, it’s 5 days until Christmas! Can you believe it? Up until recently, Chicago had experience some unseasonably warm weather and, as crazy as this may be, it was throwing off my Christmas spirit! Now that we have cooler temperatures, We’ve all been so busy running around buying and shipping presents, decking our halls, and attending holiday parties, that Christmas snuck up on us! So, if you’re still scrambling to plan a dessert for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, or you need a last minute treat to bring to the office, look no further than these Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes! If you were a fan of my Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies, then you’ll love these cupcakes. These cupcakes are a breeze to make because of one key shortcut: cake mix! As you all know, I love shortcuts—but I love them even more during the holidays. Honestly, nobody will know and you’ll have a few extra minutes to kick up your feet and enjoy the holidays. The worst thing you could possibly do around the holidays would be to spend all your time prepping for Christmas, but not allow yourself the time to enjoy the holidays.