Peach Honey Whipped Ricotta Crostini

I’m drooling just thinking about this crostini. It’s the perfect quick (but fancy) appetizer to truly impress your friends. The combination of toasty, sweet and cheesy is like a party in your mouth. Not gonna lie, I could eat the whipped ricotta by the spoonful. Seriously… Plus there’s something special about grilled bread instead ofContinue reading “Peach Honey Whipped Ricotta Crostini”

Lavender Arnold Palmer Cocktail

Hope you’re feeling rested and recharged after a short work week. It’s cloudy and rainy in Chicago today, but I’m not mad about it. I’m always a little more productive on gloomy days, I don’t know why. Speaking of productive…I found another use for my *famous* Lavender Simple Syrup. And it’s a winner. This LavenderContinue reading “Lavender Arnold Palmer Cocktail”

Raspberry Dark Chocolate S’mores Bars

S’mores are the ultimate summer dessert (right next to apple pie and ice cream sandwiches, of course). I live in a high rise in Chicago, so bonfires are a little hard to come by. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean toasted s’mores are out of the question (thank you, trusty kitchen torch!). I was thinkingContinue reading “Raspberry Dark Chocolate S’mores Bars”

Peach Thyme Bourbon Smash

I bought a bunch of peaches to make a grilled peach chicken salad that looked delicious. Really, it does. But then dinnertime rolled around and the idea of 1. cooking and 2. eating a salad seemed like a horrible decision. All I wanted to do was sit in the sun and finish my book clubContinue reading “Peach Thyme Bourbon Smash”

Homemade Strawberry Basil Poptarts

Are these poptarts or hand pies? …or mini pies? Honestly, I’m not entirely sure. Is there an official definition of a poptart somewhere? For now I’ll stick with calling them poptarts. But just know that whatever you decide to call them…they are delicious. These “poptarts” are made with my favorite all-butter pie crust and filledContinue reading “Homemade Strawberry Basil Poptarts”

Lavender French 75 Cocktail

Happy Friday, friends. I hope you had a lovely week and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend…maybe with this cocktail (or two). A French 75 combines some of my favorite things: gin and champagne. I am very in to gin and tonics lately, and there is something so lovely about popping a bottle ofContinue reading “Lavender French 75 Cocktail”

Lavender Simple Syrup

Living in 2020 has really upped my cocktail game (and ignited my inner wannabe mixologist). My happy hours very quickly went from trendy cocktail bars to leggings on the couch. So naturally I made the couch my very own trendy cocktail bar. Without a doubt I have made more cocktails in the past 4 monthsContinue reading “Lavender Simple Syrup”

Dark Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

I made salted dark chocolate chunk cookies a few weeks ago and have been dreaming about baking them again. I said it then and I’ll say it again: anything with a salty/sweet combo is unquestionably delicious. But this time we’re adding ice cream! It has been HOT in Chicago lately. Not that I’m complaining. I’mContinue reading “Dark Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches”

Strawberry Tequila Soda

This cocktail is exactly my mood right now…bright, bubbly and screaming *summer*! It’s July, it’s Friday, it’s a long weekend and I’ve got a fresh Strawberry Tequila Soda in my hands…I have literally zero complaints. To make a great day even better, I’m about to take one of these outside with a book and baskContinue reading “Strawberry Tequila Soda”