You have to make a brownie cake. For real. Because look how cute it is. I love to serve things in a new way at the parties I throw. It’s such a fun way to add special details that the guests will love. Sure, you can serve a plain old cake. But why not serve a brownie cake? It’s something you don’t see everyday, everyone (well, just about everyone) loves brownies and it’s SO easy. So just make one, ok?
We live really close to the beach. But we hardly ever go. Life gets busy (plus I’m SUPER high maintenance) so schlepping everything down there seems like way too much work. A few weeks ago, my family and I did a little staycation at a friend’s house in Carlsbad (about an hour from our city). Knowing that we were free of our daily stresses made enjoying the beach easier. To me, a staycation is any kind of getaway (metaphorical or literal) where you act like you are on vacation even if it means staying close to or at home. There were certain things that I planned ahead for that helped to make our weekend away the best time ever. These staycation ideas will hopefully help you plan a much-needed escape from reality for your family.
You know when you are out somewhere and you taste something and you’re like, “I NEED TO RECREATE THAT BECAUSE IT MAKES MY MOUTH SO HAPPY!”? That was me at a chain restaurant in Texas when I was visiting my best friend. This, my friends, is Strawberries Romanoff Dip. And it’s crazy delicious. AND SO EASY! I’m sorry for yelling I’m just angry with myself for not recreating this earlier. Because now it’s my go-to dish for entertaining. It works as an appetizer or dessert which is cool. Just pair it with the perfect bottle of prosecco and invite some friends over for a casual hang.
YOU GUYS! This is the BEST CARAMEL CORN RECIPE EVER! I don’t mean to yell. I just want to be clear. You haven’t lived until you’ve had this caramel corn. It is simple to make and is a real show stopper. I have given this as teacher’s gifts, eaten it in place of birthday cake and have been accused of hoarding it for myself. If that is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
Everyone loves a 7 layer cookie bar but my kids can never agree on what toppings should go on them. We decided to make small batch cookie bars so they could choose their own toppings. It was a great recipe to make with kids and was pretty darn tasty in the old mouth hole.
Do you guys love croquembouche too? Traditionally they are made with stacked homemade cream puffs and spun sugar. They are gorgeous. But that seems like it would take way too much work, especially if there are kids involved. They aren’t going to fully appreciate just how much work went in to making that showstopper treat. So I figured out how to make a faux croquembouche with donut holes. Because who wouldn’t want a donut tree?