Tuesday, 8 April 2014
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of La Marca Prosecco. It is intended for an audience over 21 years of age.
Even before I really liked wine, I always loved sparkling wine. I’m not sure if it’s the bubbles or the fact that it tends to be on the sweeter side – it’s probably both, but either way, it’s always been a favorite of mine. Who doesn’t love a glass of bubbly, whether it’s at a celebration or a Sunday brunch?
Sparkling wine is often associate with life’s celebrations, but I love to enjoy it for everyday occasions as well, especially in a good mimosa. For a recent impromptu get together with some girlfriends, I put together a mimosa bar using La Marca Prosecco, which was the perfect sparkling wine for it – it’s affordable, sweet (but not too sweet), and comes in a classy, elegant looking bottle.
It’s surprisingly simple to put together a chic mimosa bar and it’s a fun addition to any get together, from a simple Sunday brunch to birthday parties to bridal showers. All you need to do is a little prep ahead of time and follow the 3 steps outlined below:
Sunday, 6 April 2014
Around Valentine’s Day, I discovered an easy way to make heart shaped cupcakes using small rolled-up balls of aluminum foil. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need any extra pans crowding up my kitchen cabinets, so I was excited to find this simple way to use to make shaped cupcakes using things I already had on hand. It got me thinking…what other shapes can I make?
I ran through shapes in my head…triangles? Those don’t really represent anything interesting. What can be made out of a circle easily? Pac-Man! Hm, that is super random (but I really want to try it now). Shamrocks? Great timing for St. Paddy’s, but they were a big fail. Tried to make them without stems and they looked like lopsided hearts. Added a stem but ended up with something that looked like a weird tree.
Bunnies? Finally – success! I couldn’t be happier about this one, because I have a special soft spot for bunnies. I grew up with a pet bunny and about six years ago I adopted my adorable bunny Cinnamon (I actually tried to make these cinnamon chocolate cupcakes with Nutella frosting look like her a couple of years ago, but failed). Here she is during one of her frequent nap times:
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
I’ve been pretty quiet here on the blog so far this year. Since last spring, I’ve made a lot of changes to my lifestyle that don’t really fit well with running a dessert recipe blog. Last March, I started working out regularly for pretty much the first time in my life. I’ve hit the gym sporadically in the past, but never found something that kept me motivated and moving.
I started my journey with Kaia FIT, an intense bootcamp-style program for women. Nutrition is a big part of their mission, so over the last year I tried out detoxing for the first time and gave up things like sugar, dairy, processed foods, alcohol, and starchy carbs for weeks at a time. In general, I’ve been trying to move towards a more plant-based diet full of whole foods and reducing my intake of a few things like dairy, grains, and processed sugar.
Saturday, 8 February 2014
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which we all know as a day to celebrate love…and chocolate. I’m actually doing a 5 day juice cleanse starting on Monday (what was I thinking?!) so I had to get all of my baking and desserts out of my system early this year.
I was really excited to figure out how to make heart shaped cupcakes so easily. Now you can turn any cupcake recipe into a Valentine’s Day dessert, but what is Valentine’s without some rich chocolate? Last year I discovered a super easy one-bowl recipe that makes just two cupcakes, which I turned into Nutella cupcakes for two. I revamped it this year to be even simpler with an easy ganache frosting made out of Ghirardelli baking chips.
Monday, 3 February 2014
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which I don’t make a huge deal about myself, but it’s an excellent excuse to enjoy a yummy dessert! I’ve got a rich chocolate cupcake for two recipe coming at you in a few days, but for now I’m excited to show you this easy heart shaped cupcake DIY.
Last year I shared how to make a heart shaped cake without a heart shaped pan. I told you last week that Taste of Home featured the idea in their latest issue, which got me thinking…cupcakes are just mini cakes. Why not make heart shaped cupcakes? It turns out, they’re even easier to make than the heart shaped cake!
A lot of people recommend using marbles to push the top part of the cupcake in, but I didn’t like that idea for several reasons – I didn’t want to buy marbles just to bake cupcakes, you have to deal with a bunch of hot glass marbles, and 1 marble would only make a partial heart shape. Instead, I used some aluminum foil to make little balls to shape the cupcake liners into hearts. Easy, cheap, and no worries that you might burn yourself!
Seriously, this is so simple! If you want to make the ultimate Valentine’s Day treat for your sweetie, try out easy chocolate cupcakes for two or Nutella cupcakes for two recipe to make 2 heart shaped cupcakes.
Here’s how you do it…