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Is it really New Year’s without a bit of bubbly? Make this New Year’s Eve a night to remember by throwing a few signature (as well as contemporary) cocktails into the mix! Whether it’s a sparkling, spice, sour, or spritzer, rest assured; you are in for a treat with these 10 drinks.

Take the edge off with a Orange Maple Old-Fashioned Cocktail by Marla Meridith. It’s sure to warm you right up!

 

How exquisite does this Zinfandel Grape + Rosemary, Gin Crush look by The Bonjon Gourmet?

 

Ring in the new year with something blue! Suzie Sweet Tooth‘s Turquoise Sip is certain to do the trick.

 

If you’re hosting an elegant cocktail party, then you have to check out A House in the Hills’ Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer. It tastes as good as it looks!

 

Start the morning off right with Grapefruit and Sage Mimosa by Bakeaholic Mama.

 

If you’re planning on spending New Year’s Eve with the girls, then you HAVE TO make sure and try Style Me Pretty‘s French Pear Martini.

 

Katie at the Kitchen Door‘s Cranberry-Ginger Sparkling Rum Cider is the perfect combination of bubbly and berry.

 

How Sweet Eats’ Honey Sage Gin Fizz looks positively refreshing!

 

The Crepes of Wrath‘s Sparkling Negroni will have you ordering a “round two” in no time!

 

What’s a night out without a Moscow Mule? Honestly Yum‘s Cardamom Moscow Mule recipe provides a contemporary take on this classic cocktail.

 

Happy New Year!

xxmadison


The Naked Cake is one of the hottest wedding cake trends of the season. You may ask, what is a Naked Cake? It’s a cake without frosting on the sides. This cake is incredibly stylish and chic and you’re about to see why. I’ve rounded up 10 Naked Cakes that prove you don’t need a pound of buttercream for your cake to make a statement.

Let’s start off with the basics, shall we? For beginning bakers (or a quick refresher course!), check out this helpful how-to video that  Crate&Barrel put together.

 

 

Make any day of the week a special occasion with this Two Tiered Naked Cake by Design Love Fest.

 

Consider serving this scrumptious Amaretto Soaked Peach Layer Cake by Yummy Mummy Kitchen next time you and the girls get together.

 

The Blondielocks‘ Peony Topped Naked Cake (vanilla cake recipe by Sweetapolita) combines whimsy and whirl for a delightful girly-girl dessert.

 

You can never go wrong with chocolate! This Chocolate Raspberry Cake by My Baking Addiction introduces a classic treat in a creative way.

 

I don’t even know what to say about this tea-time White Chocolate Spiced Cake with Rosewater Cream Cheese and Pistachios except to take a step back and look at it. Honestly, I don’t think I have ever seen anything so beautiful! Props to Constellation Inspiration for a job well done.

 

Lemon lovers this one’s for you! Doesn’t Be What We Love‘s Yellow Layer Cake with Lemon-Lavender Cream Cheese Frosting look impeccable? Yumm.

 

Master the art of edible flowers with Buttered Side Up‘s Triple Lemon Naked Layer Cake recipe.

 

This Naked Cake by 100 Layer Cake is the perfect dessert to top off your end of summer garden party.

 

Many thank-you’s to Call Me Cupcake for this wow-worthy Chocolate Cake with Mascarpone Frosting recipe!

Whether it’s for a holiday, birthday celebration or special occasion, Naked Cakes are fun to make –(and eat)!

 


Surprise your special someone this Valentine’s Day with quick and easy Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels

While I’m all for the convenience of store-bought candy, it’s hard to avoid going the DIY route when it’s as easy and customizable as this Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels. I’ve swapped the spicy candy additions in the original recipe for a little something salty and a little something sweet. But before we get to the toppings, let’s talk chocolate.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels

If there ever was a time to splurge on high-quality chocolate, this is that moment. Aim for the best bittersweet chocolate you can find, as it’ll be the primary canvas upon which you scatter a colorful array of toppings, so you want that canvas to be as pleasing to the palate as possible.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels recipe

And then it comes time to top the melted chocolate with all of your favorite snack items, from salted pretzels and sour gummy O’s to heart-shaped sprinkles and any other festive or flavorful odds and ends stashed in your pantry.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels recipe

The final touch to your confectionery canvas? A swift drizzle of pink candy melts that lend a pop of color to your Valentine’s Day dessert dream. You can purchase candy melts in large grocery stores or craft stores, or find every color of the rainbow by purchasing them online.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels recipe

Ready to woo your special someone with homemade Bittersweet Chocolate Bark? Check out the recipe then find inspiration with a few more of my favorite Valentine’s Day-inspired sweets.

- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste


Awards season is my sports season, so with the Academy Awards nominations announcement yesterday, I thought I’d share some fun recipes and ways to decorate your food at your Oscars party!

Serve a favorite champagne cocktail with this fun design on your flutes! Loving this cute decor from Celebrate at Home.

These Popcorn Cupcakes are a fun way to celebrate the traditional movie-going snacks. Visit North Dakota Kitchen for the complete how-to!

Keep the dress code with these fun Tuxedo Strawberries! Your guests will love the cheeky look from Crafty Morning!

I am in love with the sparkly topper in this gorgeous Cranberry & St. Germain Pitcher Sparkler from the Kitchn. The color and flavor really amp up your party atmosphere!

Alexandra’s Kitchen brings a fun and snack-y recipe for your Oscar night! Try these Cheese Sticks for a crunchy complement to your sweet treats!

What were your thoughts on the Oscar nominations? My hibernation/binge-watching nominated movies begins now!

Cheers,

Grace

 


Hi!  I’m Katie Workman, author of The Mom 100 Cookbook, and I also write themom100.com blog.  Both the book and the blog are intended to make your life easier, filled with  delicious, no-fuss, easily adaptable recipes, plus tips, maybe a little wisdom for surviving and staying happy in the kitchen.  And a hefty dose of honest reality — I’ve got two kids, a full time job, a husband, a dog, and I’m right there with you, figuring it out one day at a time!

This is the story of possibly the best apple streusel pie everApple pies, in whatever form they come, are always one of the most welcome items on the dessert buffet, and never more appealing than on Thanksgiving.  Something about the smell of those warm spices and tender apples, that flaky crust.  I’ve never met an apple pie I didn’t like, and I think I speak for the masses.  And when that pie gets topped with a sweet and slightly crunchy streusel topping ….WELL, that’s the apex of apple pie, as far as I’m concerned.

But what if you added one more element, a simple custardy filling to envelop the apples in a rich, silky filling underneath that wonderfully bumpy topping?  That would be a whole other level of apple pie heaven, wouldn’t it?  And what if, just what if, you passed a small pitcher of caramel sauce on the side for those who were looking to gild the lily?

This recipe starts with the fabulousness of Crumb-Topped Apple Slab Pie, but we are suckers for pie in pie pans over the holidays, so I changed it to a regular pie instead of a slab pie.  Then I added a custard filling to bing the apples together.  I also added ground ginger and cloves along with the cinnamon to give it different layers of flavor.  You could also use pumpkin pie spice mix if you wanted.  I usually use Granny Smith apples, which have a nice tartness to stand up to the sweetness of the filling and the topping, but you could use any firm apple that is available.  If you have the time and inclination to make your own pie crust  as the original recipe suggests by all means, bully ahead, but I can get a little lazy in the pie crust department, so I fall back on the rolled up pie crusts found in the refrigerator section of the supermarket, and the ready to bake crusts in the freezer section.  I really love them, and they allow me to make pies more often that I otherwise would.  You can use your fingers or a pastry blender to rub the butter into the streusel topping if you don’t have a food processor; just make sure the butter is quite cold.  It’s a good idea to put a baking sheet under the pie when it’s baking, as the streusel topping can tend to bubble of the side a bit.

This streusel pie inspiration was combined another inspiration, this one from Mile-High Caramel Apple Pie.  I loved the idea that caramel would be just the perfect finishing touch.  Ironically, instaed of using a store-bought caramel as that recipe suggests, I made my own — but another time I might well just grab a jar of pre-made sauce.  If you wanted to swap out the caramel for whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, that would also be delicious.  Or, if you are feeling a little outrageous, you could do caramel AND whipped cream or ice cream.

The pie can be baked a day ahead of time and kept wrapped in the refrigerator.  Let is return to room temperature before serving or heat it in a 300°F oven for 15 minutes to warm it.  Click here for the pie recipe.

 

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Happy Friday! Can you believe it’s already August? School will be starting soon and every one will be getting back into their old schedules, but I think the summer still has a few more parties left in it! I found some awesome dips that will please all of your party guests!

Greek dishes will always have my heart (and stomach). This Garlicky Feta Dip found on Host the Toast Blog looks perfect if you’re looking to “travel” but don’t have the funds!

Lemon desserts always make my day! The lightness of the citrus is a great alternative to a heavy dessert. Try this Lemon Cream Pie Cheesecake Dip with vanilla wafers from Food, Folks and Fun for an easy summer treat.

Damn Delicious brings all the best flavors of summer in this incredible Bacon Corn Dip. Really, it has everything.

If you’ve read my Friday Finds before, you know just how much I adore a good guac. Two Peas & Their Pod brings the flavor in a yummy Green Chile and Roasted Tomato Guacamole, which is perfect for a warm summer’s night. (And goes well with a margarita or two!)

Sometimes a rainy night can ruin campfire plans, or if you’re like me you avoid the outside because you just really hate mosquitoes. Either way, Simple Green Moms solved your s’more fix if you can’t get outside! Simple S’more Dip is easy and delicious.

Do you have a favorite dip for the summertime? Besides a dip in the pool?

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Warmly,

Grace Wenzel

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