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Sugar and Charm – sweet recipes – entertaining tips – lifestyle inspiration. In Mexico, during the Day of the Dead celebrations, sugar skulls and sugar art has been a tradition since the 17th century.

Sugar and Charm – sweet recipes – entertaining tips – lifestyle inspiration

They’re created from homemade sugar paste, put into molds, then decorated and placed on real gravestones to honor the return of a spirit. Day of The Dead is a beautiful and colorful celebration that starts at midnight on October 31st and ends November 2nd in Mexico. It’s also a tradition that families will give sugar skulls as gifts too. In the US we’ve been inspired by the colorful design of sugar skulls and the decor of Day of the Dead for Halloween. Lavender Blueberry Muffins. Muffins are an awesome addition to any breakfast or brunch spread.

Lavender Blueberry Muffins

Probably what I love most about them is you can easily make them a day or two ahead of time, store in an airtight container in your refrigerator, and then just rewarm them (in the oven or the microwave) before serving. Many breakfast foods can't hold up to this kind of thing. Have you ever tried microwaving scrambled eggs? Not the best, I'll tell you. Learned that one in college. :) 29 Heavenly Treats For Mint Chocolate Chip Lovers.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Muffins Recipe. Peanut Butter Banana Bread Muffins Recipe. 22 Desserts In Jars For Summer Picnics. 15 Fresh & Bright Desserts for Spring Recipes from The Kitchn. Honey Lavender Panna Cotta. OK, this makes three - three!

Honey Lavender Panna Cotta

- dessert recipes with lavender that we've posted in the last month or two. Lavender is just such a wonderful ingredient for spring and summer desserts; used with a light hand the herbal notes elevate fruit, cream, and honey into a whole new space. Even with the extra step of steeping lavender though, this light, eggless pudding may be the easiest dessert we know. How to Make Light, Airy Pavlova. Despite being named after a world-class ballerina, I can't help but think of the pavlova as a rather humble and homely thing.

How to Make Light, Airy Pavlova

I love the way the billowy whipped cream slumps into the cracked surface of the meringue, making a cozy nest for the fruit to rest. But perhaps the pavlova was named for the way it tastes: an arabesque of sweetness, a leap of airy confection, the beloved pas de deux of fresh fruit and cream. Like Anna Pavlova herself, it's perfect. A whipped cream topping is my favorite for a featherlight dessert, but lemon or other fruit curds are also traditional—not to mention a good way to use up the leftover yolks!

Either way, pile the pavlova high with fresh-cut fruit. This is a dessert that is meant to be eaten straight away, with abandon, and with friends. Vegan Peanut Butter Pretzel Caramel Chocolate Truffles: A No Bake Christmas Treat. Nothing says the holidays more than no bake chocolate truffles.

Vegan Peanut Butter Pretzel Caramel Chocolate Truffles: A No Bake Christmas Treat

Some variation on this recipe has been a Christmas tradition in our family for forever. This peanut butter + peanuts + pretzels + caramel sauce might be the best variation yet. This recipe is totally vegan as well, and if you substitute gluten free pretzels then it can be GF as well. Pretzel Peanut Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Chocolate Truffles. Christmas Cookie Exchange: Vegan Gluten-Free Coconut Snow Cookies from Healthful Pursuit.

Miette Culinary Studio. Blueberry-Lemon Coffee Cake. This weekend, in between the SXSW madness and hopping from panel to party and home again… I had a sudden urge to bake.

Blueberry-Lemon Coffee Cake

Not sure what brought it on (other than my usual cravings for something sweet,) but I stole a couple hours away from the crowds, strapped Phoebe in her baby carrier and fired up the oven. But since a trip to the grocery store wasn’t in the cards, I had to get creative and come up with something I could make using only the contents of my fridge. Lots of lemons and fresh blueberries led me to doing some kind of breakfast cake or muffins…and my mom always told me that any cake recipe that included sour cream as an ingredient was probably good. 31 Fantastic Passover Desserts. Nutella Shortbread Sandwiches. How to Make Easy Homemade Lemon Curd Cooking Lessons from the Kitchn. Lemon curd is one of those things that I always like to have in my refrigerator.

How to Make Easy Homemade Lemon Curd Cooking Lessons from the Kitchn

Coconut Lime Cupcakes. So, the other day I was watching 2 Broke Girls - and for anybody who doesn't know, basically it's a show about two girls with a cupcake business.

Coconut Lime Cupcakes

I've finished the first season and I think I'm at 1/3 of the second, maybe. They kept saying 'cupcake' that it made me want to make cupcakes, so right now I'm on a cupcake kick. I snapped when Max said something about coconut lime cupcakes - that made me yearn for some. So after searching for one that won't make me feel lazy, I found this, and modified to my liking. Healthy Chocolate Desserts. Double-Vanilla Meringue Cookies Recipe. Espresso Crinkles Recipe. Coconut-Almond Macaroons Recipe. Cinnamon-Almond Cookies Recipe. Spicy Oatmeal Crisps Recipe.

33 Amazing Gluten-Free Desserts For Valentine's Day. Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips Recipe. Vegan baking. Handmade Charlotte. Valentine's Day Dessert: Cream Puffs with Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream. If ever there was a holiday to splurge on a delicious dessert, it is Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Dessert: Cream Puffs with Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream

Cream Puffs, although they may seem daunting, are extremely easy to make. If you are feeling a bit indulgent, drizzle melted chocolate over the shells before dusting with powdered sugar. Cream Puff Shells Makes 20 – 25 Puffs 1/2 cup butter 1 cup water 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup all-purpose flour 4 eggs 1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). 2.In a large pot, bring water and butter to a rolling boil. 3.Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. 4.When the shells are cool, either split and fill them with the pudding mixture, or use a pastry bag to pipe the pudding into the shells.

Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream Makes 3 cups 2 cups milk 1/2 cup white sugar 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise 6 egg yolks 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 pinch salt 1.Place the milk, half the sugar and the vanilla bean in a saucepan over medium heat. Back to School Lunch Ideas and No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. - StumbleUpon. Icings Recipes at Bake Decorate Celebrate! - StumbleUpon. French Macarons. Most favorited all-time - page 20. White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Recipe. Crazy Domestic: Melted Snowman Cookies - StumbleUpon. I saw a picture of these the other day on and thought it was such a cute idea, I had to try it.

Crazy Domestic: Melted Snowman Cookies - StumbleUpon

After googleing it, I found a good tutorial on Stacy's Sweet Shop. I modified a few things to make it more simple for me (less homemade more store bought). To see the original Melted Snowman Cookie, and meet the inventor herself, go check out Meaghan (great name) @ The Decorated Cookie! Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters.

Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters. Common Ingredient Substitutions Article. Banana Split Bites. Banana Split Bites ~ A classic ice cream dessert gets mini for some bite size fun. And yes, there is actually a tiny scoop of ice cream tucked inside and underneath the whip cream of those little darlings. Banana Split Mini Bites For once I made something mini for portion control and not just for the cute factor. My little guy had some friends over the other day and of course with a mom who is a baker, the expectation is dessert will not only be good but it will be fun. And I was asked, by friend Caroline, not to let her boys eat too much dessert. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries These cheesecake stuffed strawberries are the perfect dessert treat! Can I just say that I have died and gone to heaven.

Cheesecake stuffed strawberries….how have I not made these before?! I’m serious. They are amazing! Making up the filling was a breeze too. Oatmeal Peanut Carmelitas – Gingerbread Bagels. The Infamous Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies. Now, I have a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I swear by. I love it, I think it is incredible, and I haven’t changed my mind about that. However, as much as it pains me to say it, these chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres are absolutely, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever made or tasted in my entire life. I guess that’s why they call him Mr. Desserts for the Deserving. The need can be anything from a new baby to a hospital stay to the loss of a loved one. The desire on our part is the same, to make life easier for the recipient.