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Lamb Cake Inspiration

20 Mar



One of my mother-in-law's annual Easter traditions is a cake in the shape of a lamb. She usually makes her cake in advance, and rather than traditional cake in the mold, she molds layers of ice cream, instead. Unfortunately, a few years ago, the freezer holding her already-completely-decorated lamb cake was accidentally unplugged, and she discovered her melted lamb just before Easter. [...]

Tiny Flower-Shaped Pies

12 Mar



If you have a mini muffin tin and a flower cookie cutter, these pies are a super easy and cute spring project! [...]

Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

11 Mar



Of all the many ways I've decorated eggs, gold leaf eggs are my favorite! The first time I tried it was with a cardboard box kit from the Easter section (below). Later, after not seeing a similar kit for a few years, I bought a gold-leaf starter kit (like this) and found it to be just as easy. The leaf kit also includes more metallic sheets, justifying the extra cost. Pro tip: let eggs come to room temperature (and stop sweating) before applying leaf! [...]

Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf Costume

25 Sep



Our new, rather unruly, husky gave us the idea for this group Halloween costume: Three Little Pigs and the Big, Bad Wolf. [...]

Minnie and Mickey Mouse Pumpkins

23 Sep



M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E! [...]

Cat in the Hat Costume (with Thing 1 and Thing 2!)

21 Sep



We have a box of felt in our attic that comes down exactly one day each year: October 30. [...]

Coconut Cheesecake and Cookie Nests

18 Mar



As previously stated here, here, here, here, here and here, I love a good cheesecake. Not only is cheese my "love language" (making cheesecake my favorite dessert), the very fact that cheesecake freezes beautifully makes it a welcome addition to nearly every holiday or party I host. Something I can check off months in advance? Yes, please. [...]

Eggs in a Basket Casserole

17 Mar



I made this bacon and egg casserole for last year’s Easter brunch, and it was the perfect combination of festive and flavorful. I love that it can be made ahead AND made *half* vegetarian. [...]

Easter Candy Bark

19 Feb

Easter Candy Bark


I saw these ingenious cookie-cutter candy bark pieces on the Etsy blog and had to create my own. Even though I attempted something very similar to the original, I love the endless possibilities! With slight modifications, I've also made peppermint Christmas bark and dark chocolate Valentine's Day bark. Shamrocks with green melts and candy pieces, anyone? [...]

Easter Egg Bread Wreath

31 Mar

Easter Egg Bread Wreath


I have a definite preference for bringing pretty foods to parties and potlucks; I never contribute meat, for example, and have mostly avoided green salads. Even though my dishes are generally well received, I figure I can only get away with donut pops and sugar cookies so many times, right? Because of this, I'm always excited to find beautiful savory foods (bonus points if they're holiday-themed). [...]