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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. [...]

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). [...]

Bottle Cap Wreath Ornament

22 Mar



To celebrate my dad's 60th birthday last summer, my family headed to Denver in search of mountains and beer. (And don't worry, we definitely found both.) Great Divide, the maker of my dad's favorite beer, is there along with a whole host of other awesome craft breweries. [...]