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”

Tomato Basil Goat Cheese Crostini

I love anything on crusty toasty bread: crostini, toast, bruschetta…or any other variation. Ricotta cheese spread on toasted ciabatta, tomatoes on crunchy french bread, something with a little honey drizzle or sliced strawberries. Yes, please. This combination in particular is my all time favorite appetizer. If I’m being honest, I have 100% had these asContinue reading “Tomato Basil Goat Cheese Crostini”

Watermelon Ginger Aperol Spritz

I had my very first Aperol Spritz in Italy three years ago and my life has forever been changed. Not to be dramatic or anything. We saw this bright orange drink as the happy hour special all over Florence and were very intrigued. We learned that it’s a common apertif in Italy…and is absolutely delicious.

Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I have always loved a salty sweet combo: PB&J, caramel popcorn, chicken and waffles. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. So these salty sweet cookies really hit the spot. The dark chocolate chunk cookies would probably be pretty darn good on their own, but add the flaky sea salt and *boom* it takesContinue reading “Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies”