Category Archives: Holidays

Fourth of July Cupcakes

4th of July Cupcakes

A dessert doesn’t have to be red, white and blue to be appropriate for a 4th of July celebration, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. You can add blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and other fruits to a dessert, or you can take a little more obvious route and opt for food coloring. To make a splash, this year I went with the latter route and baked some ... Read More »

Great Non-Grilling Gifts for Father’s Day

Father's Day Ideas

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so if you haven’t started shopping for a little token of appreciate for deal ol’ Dad, now is the perfect time to start. Grilling stuff always takes center stage for Father’s Day gift lists, but if you’re dad is anything like mine, he probably already has a whole bunch of grilling stuff he doesn’t use. That is why ... Read More »

Great Brunch Recipes for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year to go out to eat. And that is not necessarily a good thing. It may be fun to go out to brunch, lunch or dinner with Mom, but when a restaurant is jam packed with big groups of people, it’s not quite the pleasant, intimate experience you might hope for. I like to skip ... Read More »

A Custom Card and The Baking Bites Cookbook for Mother’s Day

Handmade, limited edition cupcake card!

I couldn’t resist giving The Baking Bites Cookbook one more plug before Mother’s Day, which is less than two weeks away. It’s a great gift for any baker – whether you are the mother who is trying to give out subtle gift suggestions to kids and dads, or if you are the one looking for the perfect gift for mom or grandma. Even better, my ... Read More »

How to make Swirled Easter Eggs

Swirled Easter Egg, just dipped

I like to make Easter eggs at the last minute, usually the day before Easter Sunday. Like so many of you, I usually make my eggs hard-boiled, and I don’t want to leave them sitting around for too long before Easter so that they are fresh enough to eat (should anyone be so inclined to peel a pretty egg along with their breakfast). I like ... Read More »

Decorative Chocolate Bunnies

Making Decorative Chocolate Bunnies

When I baked up my Chocolate Coconut Easter Cupcakes and topped them with green coconut grass, I wanted to add a little decorative touch to finish them off. One option that I’ve used in the past is little chocolate candy Easter eggs. Premade eggs are easy to find and I particularly like the look of light pastel eggs with little dark speckles on them. This ... Read More »

Chocolate Coconut Easter Cupcakes

Chocolate Coconut Easter Cupcake

While there is something to be said for light, citrusy spring-like desserts at Easter, it’s hard to deny that chocolate is a pretty good fit for the holiday. Maybe you can blame all that Easter candy in stores, from chocolate bunnies to peanut butter-filled eggs, but I don’t have any problem with another excuse to eat some chocolate. So, in my book, these Chocolate Coconut ... Read More »

How to make Coconut Grass

Coconut Grass

Coconut grass seems to be a key decorating element of Easter desserts, or desserts for any spring holiday. It’s easy to see why, since its color can really add a splash of brightness to a display, and it is a lot more appropriate (and versatile) for accenting food than the plastic Easter grass you can buy for filling up Easter baskets. Coconut grass is nothing ... Read More »

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