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cinnamon party buns for mom! 11 May 2017

party cinnamon buns / oh joy

Mother's Day is just a few days away, so here is a VERY easy last-minute morning, noon, or nighttime treat you can make for your mom...or really, for anyone, anywhere who likes sweet things. I like to call these Cinnamon Party Buns because they look like cinnamon buns that are having way more fun than everyone else! Here's how to make these beauties...

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3 Fun Easter Baskets! 7 Mar 2017

3 Fun Easter Baskets

I love Easter baskets. They are a great way to treat those you love with something special as part of a memorable tradition. Easter always feels like such a lovely kick-off to spring so today, we've partnered with premium chocolate brand, Lindt (one of my favorite iconic chocolate brands), to give you inspiration for three different Easter basket ideas. Each basket includes some of my favorite Lindt Easter chocolates. Take a look!

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sprinkle party donuts! 19 Dec 2016

sprinkle party donuts

Sprinkle-donuts

One of my favorite gifts to give someone that has everything is an edible treat! Pretty much everyone loves donuts AND sprinkles...so, today, we're sharing how to make these seriously cute sprinkle party donuts and how to package them up for gift-giving! Here's how...

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flower pot cupcakes! 19 Oct 2016

Flower Pot Cupcakes by Weelicious

In celebration of our recent Garden Party on Saturday for my girls' birthday (I'll be sharing photos soon!), here is a fun recipe by the amazing Catherine of Weelicious that would be perfect for a garden-themed party (birthday, shower, anything)! These are so crazy cute and surprisingly easy...

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a funfetti crepe cake... 15 Sep 2016

a funfetti crepe cake

When it comes to making a special dessert or cake, anything that feels special without taking up too much time is always a plus in my book. Today, we've partnered with Seventh Generation to share this recipe we came up with—a no-bake funfetti crepe cake that is just as beautiful as it is delicious. It can get a little messy to make and eat, but it's worth every dab of whipped cream you'll have to wash off your plates! Here's how...


You'll need:

- 30 Crepes (store bought in packs of 10, but here's a recipe if you'd like to make your own)

- 4 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream

- 1/2 cup sugar

- 1/3 cup strawberry jam

- sprinkles

a funfetti crepe cake

Here's how... 

1. In a metal bowl, combine whipping cream, sugar and jam.

2. Use an electric mixer to whip together until stiff peaks form. 

3. Begin building your cake by placing down one crepe as the base. Add one large spoonful of the whipped cream and spread a thin even layer over the crepe. 

4. Stack another crepe on top of the whipped cream layer, and continue alternating until you've used all of the crepes.

5. Finish off your crepe cake with a layer of whipped cream on top - add fun sprinkles as a garnish! We also added some crumbled meringues for extra texture!

a funfetti crepe cake

Finally, it's gonna get messy, so we use Seventh Generation's Free & Clear dish soap to wash all cream off the sticky dishes and bowls. It's non-toxic and plant-based, yet tough on grease and dried-on foods (and lots of whipped cream in our case)!  Which means it's safe for kids to help clean the dishes because it doesn't leave behind potentially harmful residue.

a funfetti crepe cake

Because of the fresh cream, make this cake prior to your special occasion and refrigerate until serving. It's best if enjoyed the same day!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Recipe by Oh Joy. Props include: Leif Spoons, Leif Napkin, Target Canisters}

a rainbow icebox cake... 30 Jun 2016

Ice-box-cake-3-blog

Our friend and food blogger, Molly Yeh, was in town last week, so we put our brain power together to make this simple and totally delicious rainbow ice box cake! Here's how...

Rainbow Icebox Cake Recipe

Rainbow Icebox Cake

You'll need:

- 3 cups heavy whipping cream

- 1/4 cup powdered sugar

- 1 tbs vanilla extract

- 1/2 tsp almond extract

- pinch of salt

- (2) 9-ounce packages chocolate wafer cookies, graham crackers, or sugar cookies

- 1/2 cup of sprinkles

natural food coloring

Rainbow Icebox Cake Recipe

Here's how: 

1. In a large bowl, beat the cream, sugar, extracts, and salt with an electric mixer to stiff peaks. If you are short on time, you can also buy ready-made cool whip. Divide the whipped cream into 3 smaller bowls and add drop of food coloring to your desired color. We kept it light with pastels in pink, yellow, and blue.

2. Arrange 7 or 8 cookies in a circle on a plate, spread with a thin layer of whipped cream and top with sprinkles. Repeat with the remaining cookies, cream, and sprinkles and end with a layer of whipped cream and sprinkles. To get the rainbow look, we layered the colorful cream in order but you can make the order whatever you want!

3. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Slice and serve!

Thanks to Molly for making this with us! Check out Molly's new book coming in October!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Molly Yeh and Julia Wester, recipe and concept in collaboration with Molly Yeh. Cake stand by A Heirloom, wallpaper by Chasing Paper, cake toppers by Meri Meri, table runner by Pom Pom at Home}

the most stunning cakes... 7 Apr 2016

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

...by Cordy's Cakes...are you drooling yet?!

mini pancakes! 5 Jan 2016

Mini Pancake Toppings

I could eat pancakes any time of day. I've been making pancakes a lot more lately because my kids love them (especially when they are bite-sized), they don't take a lot of time to make, and it's a fun food for kids to help make. I like to make a big batch of these mini pancakes and then put out a bunch of toppings so everyone can make their little stack special and pick their very own toppings. 

Mini Pancake Toppings

I'm not ashamed to say I use pancake mix—it's just so easy to have on hand and there are so many good ones out there like this Beekman 1802 pancake mix (from Target!) we used. Here are a few of our favorite topping combinations right about now...

Mini Pancake Toppings

1. Blueberries, sliced persimmon, and ricotta cheese — this is like summer on a pancake. It's fresh, healthy, and delicious.

2. Shaved chocolate and coconut flakes — for the chocolate lover, this adds a little extra sweetness that makes it such that you won't need anything else.

3. Sliced almonds, sprinkles, and whipped cream — I like to call this the birthday cake pancake. This is extra special and fun for a birthday breakfast!

Mini Pancake Toppings

Of course, you can drizzle honey or a little maple syrup on any of these, but I find that all these naturally sweet toppings do the job to satisfy that sweet tooth!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

mini holiday cookies! 16 Dec 2015

Mini Holiday Cookies!

Everyone loves a good holiday cookie. And, I love EASY holiday cookies. With the help of my friend Claire from Kitchy Kitchen, today we're showing you how to make these verrrrrrry tasty cookies! Check out the video below to see how...

Enjoy!

happy friday + my food network debut! 20 Nov 2015

Cake Wars: Christmas on Food Network

Cake Wars: Christmas on Food Network

Cake Wars: Christmas on Food Network

Cake Wars: Christmas on Food Network

Happy Friday! Earlier this spring, I auditioned to be a guest judge for Food Network and got to be a part of Cake Wars: Christmas which we filmed back in May. If you've seen Cake Wars, it's the same idea but with an extra mega dose of Christmas added in. They combine groups of food artists—bakers, sugar artists, and food sculptors—in teams to come up with these fantastical themed cakes. I am a die hard competition show lover, so I had a blast getting to see how these shows come together by judging on an episode (not to mention I got to eat A LOT of cake, too). I loved my co-judges Sherry Yard and Charles Phoenix and cutie host, Jonathan Bennett (remember him from Mean Girls?).

Stay tuned for my Food Network debut on Monday night for Episode 3 where I'll be guest judging at 9/8c and other times listed here!

Hope you guys have a great weekend! (And how is it almost Thanksgiving already?!?)

{Photos by Casey Brodley}

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