Entries by Laura

Summertime Sweets ~ Orange and Cream Gelatin Cups

Nothing says summer to me more than the classic pairing of orange and cream. To get into the season, I made these layered gelatin desserts. The white layer is lusciously creamy, even though there is no actual cream in the recipe. And the orange juice layer gives it the perfect amount of tang and sweetness. […]

A Lowcountry Wedding ~ Pickled Shrimp

I just finished a delightful summer book called A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe. It was the fourth book in a series I have enjoyed over the past couple of summers, and the finale was just as entertaining and satisfying as the first three novels! As in the first three, the story is set […]

A Culinary Trip to Vietnam ~ Banh Bot Bang

My hubby just returned from a business trip to Danang, Vietnam. While he was gone, I spent a lot of time learning about Vietnamese food! Cooking is one way I like to explore different cultures and “travel” in a way. Since I couldn’t go with him on this particular trip, spending time in my kitchen […]

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 […]