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Classic Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Cupcake

It’s Valentines Day and that calls for sweets… sweets.. sweets!

This past week I was able to stop by one of my most favorite boutique stores in Lakeview, called Foursided. It’s filled gorgeous posters, creative themed cards, a hilarious knick knacks! In my last trip I came across these adorable neon Valentine themed cupcake liners and I just had to whip out my red velvet cupcakes for the holiday!  Read more

Watercolor Sugar Cookies

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This recipe may not leave a clean kitchen… but it definitely creates a batch of cookies to talk about! These sugar cookies are a fun way to let your artsy side out. The saying “food is art” takes almost a literal meaning with this watercolor technique!

I also recently discovered Marshmallow Fondant! Instead of the several steps of normal fondant, the marshmallow fondant takes 3 steps and takes no more than 5 minutes to make! I was honestly amazed by the power of a microwave, marshmallows, and powered sugar!

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Stan’s Pistachio Donut with My Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Pistachio donut and strawberry ice cream sandwich

All through school my “fun fact” when it came to first day ice breakers was that my first job was as an ice cream maker.  Now this was no cute ice cream scooper job,  I was full hair net and apron in the back kitchen carrying around 5 pound bags of creamer! I make fun of it, but honestly I think that job is really what sparked my love of cooking and experimenting with recipes!

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Vegan Chai Donut Holes

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As terrible as the cinnamon sugar donut holes are for you at the fair, it’s almost impossible not to be drawn in by the delicious smell! These Chai Donut Holes will leave your taste buds with the same satisfaction, but won’t have your regretting your decision later.
Let be honest, anything dipped in sugar and fried is not 100% great for you… but if you’re going to eat a donut I highly recommend giving these a shot! Even though they are delicious warm, these donuts are also a very convenient dessert to travel with to a party and easy for guests to eat!

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The Greek Danish

Greek Danish

Yes.. you read the title correctly, a Greek Danish. This weirdly brilliant idea was sparked when I met a guy who was literally half Greek and half Danish.  I was honestly a little skeptical about the what the outcome would be going into this little experiment, but this pastry hybrid might just be the next big thing! The savory and sharp Greek flavors pair perfectly with the sweet flaky Danish pastry. All topped with a dollop of lemon curd for an added brightness.

Now I am going to be completely honest with you, this is no “30 minute Danish.” This recipe takes a lot of time and love! Read more

Batch Bakehouse- Madison

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|1402 Williamson Street, Madison WI |

Retail – Tuesday – Sunday 7am-6pm

When visiting Madison my main goal was to really dive into places off the beaten path.  Madison having such a “hippy” vibe and reputation for fabulous vegan food, I knew that there would be a possibility I would run into a few hidden gems! One of them being Batch Bakehouse right outside the downtown area in the Marquette neighborhood in what looks like an old warehouse. Read more

Stan’s Donuts- Chicago

Stan's Donuts- Chicago

If a place could be made for Instagram, it would be Stan’s. Walking into the door, you are immediately hit the smell of sweet yeast and dark coffee. Your eyes are quickly drawn to the massive case of about forty donut and pastry options. When it comes down to making a decision, the pressure feels like choosing from about a million because there isn’t a wrong choice! Read more

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