Entries by Laura

National Wine Day ~ Chocolate Cabernet Cupcakes

Today is National Wine Day! I think that is definitely a reason to celebrate. 😉 I love to make interesting, unexpected, and fresh dishes to celebrate special days, and I couldn’t think of anything more festive for this occasion than these chocolate cabernet cupcakes. 🙂 These little cupcakes have a good amount of wine in […]

Kentucky Derby Day ~ Printable Party Decorations

Today is Derby Day! Even though I’m not from Kentucky, I love the creative hats, the beautiful horses, and the Southern traditions that go along with the race. To get into the spirit from home, I decorated a wine bottle with festive artwork I found online from Hostess with the Mostess. The design I chose […]

Cinco de Mayo Celebration ~ Homemade Corn Tortillas

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I love to celebrate this festive Mexican holiday every year. It gives me an excuse to make some delicious Mexican food, have a margarita, and imagine I’m on a beach in Mexico watching the sunset. Ahh…. Oh, right, I got a little distracted…back to the kitchen! 😉 This year I decided […]

A Fresh New Color ~ White Pepper Crème Brûlée

I painted our living room a fresh new color this month as a part of my spring cleaning. The light gray I chose is called “white pepper.” (Don’t you love all of the creative names paint companies come up with for different shades?) To celebrate the new look, I baked a dessert! I made a […]

Easter Brunch ~ Crab Scotch Eggs

Happy Easter! This year I made a couple different Scotch egg recipes to get into the spirit of the holiday. 🙂 A traditional Scotch egg is a boiled egg surrounded by pork sausage, breaded, and deep-fried. To make a lighter and more Pacific Northwestern version that also felt like a dish worthy of Easter Sunday, […]

Happy Easter! ~ Bird’s Nest Sugar Cookies

To celebrate Easter this year, I made these sweet little bird’s nest sugar cookies. This is a popular Easter cookie idea, and for good reason…They are adorable and easy to make. I used my whole-wheat sugar cookie recipe to make my version of these little nests. It’s a fun challenge to dress up the same […]

The Oscars ~ Steak Oscar Canapés

Today is Oscar Sunday! What would I like to nibble on while I watch the show? Steak Oscar, of course! 😉 I couldn’t think of anything more perfect!Steak Oscar is typically an entrée consisting of a beef tenderloin steak, crab, asparagus, and Béarnaise sauce. I made mine into bite-sized canapés that would be perfect to […]

New Year’s Eve Party! ~ Beef Wellington Canapés

As 2015 is coming to a close, I made these mini beef Wellington canapés as my last hurrah of the year. 🙂 These little Wellingtons had all of the flavors of their full-sized counterpart – puff pastry, mushrooms, beef tenderloin, and prosciutto. They were fun and festive, and oh so cute!Beef Wellington Canapés 6 ounces crimini […]

Happy Christmas! ~ Star-Topped Mince Pies

Happy Christmas! I hope you had a lovely Christmas Day. 🙂 These sweet little star-topped mince pies were the grand finale of my Christmas dinner this year. They were the perfect finish, and just the right size after a beef Wellington feast. I used Nigella Lawson’s cranberry mincemeat recipe with a few small changes. I […]