A light, elegant and gorgeous summer dessert, Summer Berry Charlotte Cake with Vanilla Bean Mascarone Filling has a rich and creamy vanilla bean mascarpone filling and is topped with fresh summer berries. So easy to make, so fresh and creamy, so out-of-this-world beautiful to serve!
Perfect for a garden tea, baby & bridal showers, or any special celebration where you are looking for a WOW factor! This is the recipe everyone keeps asking me for, and they are always shocked at how easy it is to make - but they LOVE the way it tastes!
In honor of National Cheesecake Day, today I'm sharing my most-requested family-favorite cheesecake recipes. Perfect for any day of the year, but an extra special sweet treat today! If you could take a bite of each, which would be your favorite?
And yes, they do taste as wonderful as they look!
First it's "I Do" and then a kiss...but it's the Wedding Cookie Table you won't want to miss!
Even in the fanciest of venues, the traditional cookie table topped with dozens of homemade cookies are a tradition at wedding receptions in the western Pennsylvania and Ohio areas. Family and friends display their baking skills to present a magnificent array of delectable treats for wedding guests to sample and fill a bag to take home. The cookie baker in me was so ready for this challenge - and Almond Shortbread with Summer Fruits was the perfect little sweet treat to share!
For the Bridal Shower, each guest was asked to bring a recipe card for the cookies they would bring to the wedding reception. Isn't that such a sweet idea?
What’s better than Banana Bread or Banana Cake? This easy recipe combines the two into a moist and flavorful Banana Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake, studded with tiny bits of chocolate chips, and drizzled with silky chocolate ganache. One of the best bundt cakes you will ever have, and perfect for everyday or special occasions!
Homemade cakes don't always have to be started from scratch...there are times when a few shortcuts can make your life a whole lot easier, and there is nothing simpler than this fabulously moist and flavorful cake - always a crowd pleaser and one of my most frequently requested recipes!
Everyone goes crazy when I make these tender sweet Buttermilk Bran Muffins with Maple Glaze - a treasure to add to your recipe collection! Always super moist and delicious with a bit of caramel flavor from the brown sugar and molasses, and with rounded, bakery-style tops. Not only healthy, but with a simple maple butter glaze, these are the best “bran” muffins ever! Just made for lazy mornings warm from the oven!
Who doesn’t love melt-in-your-mouth almond shortbread cookies, but even more so with a little bite of fresh key lime. Sweet and tart, creamy and silky - these surprising cookies are filled with magic! Perfect for garden teas or springtime cookie celebrations! Tender, buttery shortbread with a touch of fresh key lime curd...sweet and simple with a touch of almond and vanilla make these the perfect little cookie.
Fresh French Croissants...dozens of layers of buttery fresh & tender croissants filled with Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad, Smoked Turkey & Gruyere Salad, a perfectly spiced Curried Chicken Salad, traditional Deviled Ham Salad, or Classic Egg Salad. The perfect summertime lunch for our mama-to-be and all of her friends and family!
These easy salad fillings are so easy to make ahead of time and the recipes are proven favorites - everyone always asks for the recipes! Perfect to serve at a Garden Tea, Bridal Luncheon or Baby Shower. If croissants aren't your thing, you can also serve these with a selection of fresh rolls or thick slices of bakery bread. And for anyone wanting something a little bit lighter, you can also serve any of these salads on a bed of fresh lettuce.
For our event this weekend, we served them on fresh croissants, layered with romaine lettuce to help keep them moist and add a little fresh color. Clusters of red seedless grapes, curly lettuce leaves and baby gherkin and baby dill pickles complete the sandwich platters.
Summertime Baby Showers are the perfect time to serve up a "Northwoods Sweets" table with a selection of homemade bundt cakes for our newest mom-to-be. Figuring out her favorites was the best part, and the fact that these could all be made ahead of time and simply glazed and garnished the day of the shower made this a no-brainer!
Garnished with the appropriate fresh summer berries, sprigs of mint from the garden, dark chocolate, glazed pecans or simply glazed, these were easy to bake, easy to take and fun to display. I used a variety of my longtime favorite bundt pans - and my newest favorite - the sweet little Charlotte pan. We pre-sliced each cake and I was excited that everyone tried more than a few slices at the party. We also boxed up the remainder for everyone to take home as a special treat at the end of the day.
For a family that loves banana bread, everyone goes NUTS for this! A rich and moist banana bundt cake, studded with pecan pieces and drizzled with a warm maple glaze. Heavenly!
Sweet and savory corn muffins are tender and rich, and loaded with texture. Glazed with homemade honey butter warm from the oven, the topping is so wonderful that you will want to devour muffin top after muffin top! Perfect with homemade chili or served with warm maple syrup as a breakfast treat – you are going to LOVE these!
Soft, moist and buttery cornbread, with a light honey butter glaze that keeps these fresh and full of flavor! This is hands down the easiest and best cornbread recipe ever!
Who doesn’t love a melt-in-your-mouth Lemon Drop Shortbread Cookie? Slightly different and simply wonderful! Tender, buttery shortbread with a sweet and tart lemon curd filling...drizzled with lemon glaze and a sprinkling of fresh lemon zest. Sweet and simple with a touch of almond and vanilla make these perfectly delightful, and perfect for garden teas or springtime cookie celebrations!
Let's kick the summer off with some of the best grilling and chilling recipes - something new, something different! Family favorite summer recipes that aren't ordinary, but extraordinary!
This Mexican Rice rivals any restaurant, is so easy to make at home and the perfect side for all your Mexican dishes! It’s light, fluffy, and infused with perfect spice and flavor. The key to great and authentic Mexican Rice is basmati rice, fresh vegetables, herbs and spices. For a change, try adding black beans or grilled corn. Perfect by itself, or layered in tacos, burritos, enchiladas. Olé!
Oh Mexican Rice, how do I love thee?! Let me count the ways! Just like Homemade Salsa, Salsa Verde, Guacamole or Pico de Gallo are served on the side of every Mexican meal, Authentic Mexican Rice is perfect all by itself, or on a plate alongside Burritos, Fajitas, Enchiladas and Tacos. All too often, homemade versions are either bland, dry or mushy. Not this Authentic Mexican Rice! It's filled with the perfect blend of spices and fresh vegetables that bring it to life!
Our family obsession with Mexican food easily makes Cinco de Mayo our favorite food holiday of the year! Taco lovers are taking on the horse racing fanatics this weekend, and it's going to be a delicious war of the favorites - a full Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo weekend celebration. Today I'm sharing ten of our favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes to help you create a fiesta to remember!
Fresh Strawberry No-Bake Cheesecake is the perfect springtime cheesecake - light, creamy and just bursting with fresh strawberries in every silky-smooth bite. Not only pretty and pink, but so incredibly easy to make! It's no wonder this is a family favorite for birthday celebrations. If you like strawberries, you are going to LOVE this lightly sweet and perfectly pink Fresh Strawberry No-Bake Cheesecake!