Blueberry Coffeecake with Almond Streusel

My boyfriend and I were visiting friends this weekend and I wanted to bring a little something for everyone to enjoy. This month’s Cooking Light gave me the perfect recipe: Blueberry Coffeecake with Almond Streusel.     Coffeecake can refer to two different dishes: a cake made with coffee, or a cake that is served with coffee. This coffeecake is the latter, and can be served for breakfast or as a dessert.       Ingredients: 9 ounces unbleached all-purpose flour (about 2 cups) 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups fresh blueberries 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 2 tablespoons sliced almonds 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons butter, melted 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup butter, softened 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 cup nonfat buttermilk 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Cooking spray

Honey Citrus Champagne Cupcakes

Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! My boyfriend and I had a New Years Eve party this year, complete with a champagne bar, dessert bar, and a DIY photo booth! Minted sent me the banner and signs as well as paper cups, plates, and napkins to really snazz up our party. Aren’t those signs so cute? The theme shown in the photos is “Sparkle Everywhere” Their party decor is really great; Minted has decor for any party you can imagine! You can build your own package or choose from three suites: unique party, perfect party, or dream party. Minted has you covered from the napkins to the table confetti to even adorable paper straws and cake plates. You can also order invitations that match your theme! The Champagne Bar was a huge hit. I included suggested champagne cocktails but creativity was encouraged. My favorite combination was St. Germaine filled with sparkling wine and topped with some cranberry juice. We had a blast in the photo booth and people had fun with all of the props! The dessert bar turned out great too! I will be sharing recipes that I made for it over the coming … Continue reading

Star Anise Snickerdoodles

Boy did I start my cookie baking late this year! I can’t believe Christmas is just days away. I was recently sent  a beautiful carved cinnamon bark box with 3 oz of Vietnam cinnamon by World Vision so I wanted to make a cookie recipe that would feature cinnamon so I had to make snickerdoodles! This recipe from Cooking Light adds ground star anise to traditional sugar cookies for a subtle different take on the classic. World Vision is a Gift Catalog that allows you to give a truly meaningful gift this holiday season.  The catalog is filled with items for every budget ($16 to $39,000) that help children and families in need worldwide. The World Vision Gift Catalog offers an alternative (or addition to) traditional holiday gift giving. You can choose a gift for these families that fits your financial abilities and personal tastes. For example, a gardener may enjoy giving hybrid or drought-resistant seeds to a farmer with a donation of just $17 to help one family. With a financial contribution, the gift giver can select one of 36 items that you will get while helping a person in need. The cinnamon used in this recipe comes with … Continue reading

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