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Dark Chocolate Molten Cupcakes
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5 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Coconut Truffles
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Homemade Rose Lollipops!
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Easy Brushstroke Sugar Cookies
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Jalapeño Beer Nachos
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How to Create a Marble Drip Cake
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This post was sponsored by Benihana. All opinions are my own.  We had such a blast participating in Benihana’s Be the Chef Program, that we decided to go back to try out some of their other dishes and see how they paired with the Japanese beers on the menu. We happily ate and drank our […]

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Benihana Food & Beer Pairings
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 This Acai bowl recipe has become my favorite lunch during the week! Acai bowls are absolutely delicious, packed full of yummy fruit and nutrients (you can even sneak in a little spinach), and they taste amazing! The Acai I use is frozen (I buy it at Whole Foods) and comes in individual packs, which have 12 grams […]

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Acai Bowl Recipe
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If you’ve been reading Sugar and Charm for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of Moscow Mules. From our original Apple Cider Moscow Mule to our blueberry version, we love adding a twist on the classic libation! 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the Moscow Mule and we’ve joyfully teamed up with the […]

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Gingerbread Moscow Mule Recipe
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We’re counting down the days to Christmas and baking up a snow storm in the kitchen! We made some absolutely delicious, homemade holiday marshmallows that pair perfectly with hot cocoa! There is something extra sweet about homemade marshmallows, especially ones that are shaped as gingerbread men and snowflakes! They taste better than any store bought […]

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Homemade Holiday Marshmallows
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 Oh how we love this Italian Rainbow Cookie recipe! And can we all just admire how beautiful and charming Italian Rainbow Cookies are?! I absolutely love the striped color combo (perfect for Christmas!) and the smooth, bittersweet chocolate topping. They are also insanely delicious!! The ingredients in these classic Italian treats are interesting… almond paste, […]

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Italian Rainbow Cookie Recipe
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With the holidays finally upon us, we’re getting creative and crafty with Nestlé Toll House to make some edible chocolate chip cookie ornaments! Such a sweet surprise for your guests. We used NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Cookies & More Baking Mix with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (the morsels come in the box, so no need to buy […]

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ornament
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 It’s Thanksgiving week and we’re all about serving charming appetizers!! Anjanee from Fig & Honey is sharing  a recipe for these delicious and adorable Sweet Potato and Goats Cheese Tartlets! More below! When the seasons start changing and the weather starts cooling down, your comfort food mindset kicks in. With the holidays right around the corner, […]

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Sweet Potato and Goats Cheese Tartlets
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We’re super excited about Thanksgiving and gathering with friends and family this year! We wanted to create an easy cocktail that not only has festive fall flavors, but is also light and refreshing. We mixed up a delicious Hard Apple and Spice Cider Cocktail that’s perfect for serving with dinner or just as a fall […]

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Hard Apple and Spice Cider Cocktail
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 It’s the season for PIE! Pumpkin pie has always been my favorite and I look forward to it every fall! So this year, we’ve altered our favorite recipe just a bit and made these adorable mini toasted marshmallow pumpkin pies to celebrate Thanksgiving! Most people like whipped cream on their pumpkin pie, but we favor topping […]

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Mini Toasted Marshmallow Pumpkin Pies
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This boozy coffee and bourbon milkshake is probably one of my favorite desserts and it’s SO easy to whip up and serve when entertaining! You can easily make them for a simple after-dinner treat in just a few minutes and serve to guests immediately. OR, you can just make one for yourself… I might have […]

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Boozy Coffee and Bourbon Milkshakes
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Happy Halloween!! I’m super excited to take Romeo trick-or-treating this year! Unfortunately, we live on a private road so we don’t get many kids, but we’ll be wandering the neighborhood, which is very festive. For any of you entertaining or keeping it cozy inside while passing out candy, we have a really fun cocktail for […]

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Smoking Blueberry Lavender Martini
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 Here’s a little cheers to fall, Halloween and the holidays! We’re serving up a super easy and delicious sparkling spiked apple cider punch recipe that’s perfect to make for Halloween, Thanksgiving or any fall party! The ingredients are simple and it’s a punch that everyone will enjoy. We also love adding a festive ice ring […]

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Spiked Apple Cider Punch Recipe!
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 Let’s go back to 1985 when I think someone probably handed me a chocolate-dipped marshmallow when I was born, because I’ve been hooked on chocolate fondue since BIRTH! Of course, we all know fruit is darn good dipped in chocolate, but to make a chocolate fondue platter stand out even more, think of unique and fun […]

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A Delicious Chocolate Fondue Platter
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 This post was created in partnership with  NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® We love effortless entertaining over here and these mummy brownies and fondue make the perfect Halloween party platter! These spooky little mummies are not only adorable, but are also easy to make. We used NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (the […]

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Easy and Adorable Mummy Brownies!
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Here’s another easy and fun entertaining idea for you all! Since our floral ice buckets were so popular, we thought it would be “cool” (pun intended!) to make a mini version of ice shot glasses!! I can’t stress enough how easy these are to make! They add such a charming touch when entertaining for even the smallest […]

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How to Make Charming Ice Shot Glasses!
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We don’t always need a reason to enjoy a beautifully decorated, homemade cake, right?! This orange rum cake recipe is simple to make and pairs perfectly with our meringue buttercream frosting, which is my favorite frosting EVER! We made it for our dragonfruit cupcakes here. The orange rum cake has a sponge cake texture with […]

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Orange Rum Cake with Meringue Buttercream
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  Inspired by cozy fall flavors we came up with a spiked pumpkin horchata recipe that perfectly rings in the autumn season. It has all the spicy, deep fall flavors a pumpkin cocktail should and it’s delicious to sip while the weather is cooling down! Traditionally, horchata can be made several ways and with different […]

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Spiked Pumpkin Horchata Recipe
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In all honesty, I was actually going to make these delicious homemade pumpkin filled donut holes with a dragonfruit cream filling, but after a few failed attempts, I resorted to the most popular flavor of the season, pumpkin! Everything happens for a reason because these puffy and perfect little donut holes are SO good I can’t […]

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Homemade Pumpkin Filled Donut Holes
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We’re all about popsicles at Sugar and Charm, but also crazy for the flavors that fall brings. These delicious Peachy Mango Spice Protein Pops combine both pops and fall flavors into one healthy, fall-inspired treat so you can enjoy popsicles in the fall!! We happily teamed up with our friends at OLLY to whip up […]

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Peachy Mango Spice Protein Pops
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 This Apple Pie Sangria recipe is definitely  one of the best sangria recipes we’ve had in awhile!! It actually tastes like a delicious, fresh and fruity apple pie and it’s perfect for kicking off the fall season! It’s still hot enough outside to enjoy a chilled cocktail and this apple pie sangria also has all […]

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Apple Pie Sangria Recipe
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Anjanee from Fig & Honey Co. is sharing a delicious party appetizer for white bean and prosciutto crostini! One of the most classic appetizer combos is beautifully fresh Italian bread, topped with creamy melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto. And nothing tastes better with a glass of Prosecco (not that you really need to make Prosecco taste any better!). […]

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White Bean and Prosciutto Crostini Recipe!
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 We’re dreaming of fall apple picking with these cast iron olive oil and apple cakes! We’ve made an incredible olive oil cake recipe before and it turned out so good!! So we’ve slightly altered the recipe, adding pressed apple cider (can’t wait to make a trip here again!), and baked sliced apples inside the cake! It […]

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Cast Iron Olive Oil and Apple Cakes
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Since it’s peach season, and still extremely hot outside, we made some delicious frozen peach Bellinis to cool down with! I love this Bellini recipe because it’s not too sweet and simply refreshing to drink! This peach Bellini is such a super smooth frozen cocktail that you’ll want to enjoy the entire batch, with your guests […]

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Stay Cool with our Frozen Peach Bellinis!
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I’m so excited to feature this raspberry swirl cheesecake ice cream recipe today! Last week I took my family to the farm for a little outing! We picked fresh raspberries and the entire time I was thinking about what I could do with them. Tarts are great and I thought that would be delicious, but I […]

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The Best Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Ice Cream Recipe!
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The Manhattan is one of the finest and oldest cocktails around. It’s a classic and sophisticated cocktail. For this Red Moon Over Manhattan cocktail recipe, we’ve added a twist to it by incorporating red wine! Much like vintage libations, red wine cocktails are also seeing a huge spike in popularity. And while a red wine Manhattan […]

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Red Moon Over Manhattan Cocktail Recipe
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 Back by popular demand from our floral frosting cupcakes, we made a short and fun video showing you how to frost these SUPER easy and charming hydrangea cupcakes!! Using a piping star tip, you can whip up this impressive, colorful DIY floral frosting look. And they taste as good as they look using the recipe for our delicious […]

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Video: How to Frost Hydrangea Cupcakes
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We’re so ready for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to start! This year, Hershey’s is an official sponsor of Team USA so we’re celebrating with a homemade S’mores station while rooting on our favorite athletes! The Olympic Games conjure up the best nostalgic memories for me. Gymnastics was always my favorite sport, and I can […]

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Indoor S’mores and Marbled Marshmallow Recipe!
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 These easy coconut chia seed pudding parfaits are the perfect healthy treat and look pretty darn cute too! If you haven’t made chia seed pudding before, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how simple and delicious it is! When soaked, chia has a similar texture to boba (tapioca), so it’s soft and chewy tiny bubbles! Chia is also a great […]

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Easy Coconut Chia Seed Pudding Parfaits!
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 We’re so excited to show you our latest video on how to frost charming pineapple cookies!! The art of frosting cookies can be a difficult one. Especially those beautifully outlined and detailed sugar cookies people spend hours making! That’s why I love playing around with easy piping tips because once you find a good technique, […]

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How to Frost Charming Pineapple Cookies
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We’re so excited for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio!! If you’re hosting an opening ceremony viewing party, we have the perfect cocktail for you to serve! In honor of Brazil and the host city Rio, we’ve added a delicious, gingery twist to their most popular libation, the caipirinha. For this Ginger Caipirinha, we used Crabbies […]

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The Best Ginger Caipirinha Recipe!
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Who doesn’t love mini ice cream cones?! I found these adorable mini cones, wrapped in gold foil at a local kitchen store in Los Angeles, called Surfas. They have a huge selection of baking goods, which drew me in for hours!! The cones reminded me of the Olympic torch and I figured they’d be perfect […]

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Mini Passion Fruit Ice Cream Cones!
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 We’re excited to share this delicious cocktail recipe for a Blackberry Margarita party punch I had at a Chambord event! It’s a cocktail punch recipe so it serves 8 and it’s SO good! We made our own, easy-to-make sweet and sour mix for it first and then followed the recipe below. You have to serve this margarita punch […]

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Blackberry Margarita Party Punch!
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Hello chocolate chip biscuit s’mores! Yes, we “s’merged” s’mores and biscuits and you know how it turned out… AWESOME!! We ended up eating all of them right after we took these pictures. Definitely an indulgence, but if you like pastry or donuts in the am, you’ll probably really enjoy one of these! Of course, you […]

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Chocolate Chip Biscuit S’mores!
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How much do we love a refreshing, carbonated cold soda during the summer?! With these DIY fruit sodas you can control how much sugar and flavor you put into it! You can also make your own flavor combinations which is exciting too! I’ve been obsessed with the KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage maker for a few months […]

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Control the Sugar in these DIY Fruit Sodas!
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 We all scream for Nice Cream! If you haven’t heard of Nice Cream, it’s a banana based “ice cream” recipe, but a healthy version with zero added sugar or dairy! For our Nice Cream recipes, we added in kiwis and raspberries to make pretty colors and fun flavors. When we were in Marseille France with […]

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We all Scream for Nice Cream!
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To keep the adult guests cool at our 4th of July party this year, we’re creating a fun, boozy snow cone station! It’s a little nostalgic twist on the classic snow cones we all loved growing up. Plus, what better holiday than the 4th of July to surprise your guests with a cold, frozen cocktail […]

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Cool Down with a Boozy 4th of July Snow Cone Bar!
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Playing mixologist and creating refreshing and exciting cocktails is part of what we love doing at S&C! It’s a passion experimenting with unique flavors, herbs, sprits and ingredients. I’ve also been big fan of tea cocktails for quite some time and using tea as a base is nothing new! I once ordered a tea cocktail […]

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The Perfect Beach Bellini Tea Cocktail
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Have your veggies (and fruit!) and drink your cocktail too with these 3 deliciously fresh juice cocktail recipes! We’re keeping these juice cocktails easy and healthy with zero added sugar – it’s just the fresh juice from the fruit and a spirit! Okay, maybe we added just a tad of sugar along the rim! It’s […]

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Have Your Veggies and Drink Your Cocktail Too!
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I have always been fascinated with taking care of my skin, trying the best products and enjoying fun, DIY pampering sessions at home in between my spa facials! There is nothing better than taking a morning to give yourself a special mini-spa session. Starting with a healthy, light breakfast is the perfect way to get […]

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At Home Spa Day with Yogurt Bowls!
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Snickerdoodles are not only a holiday cookie or the cookie you grew up making in Home Ec!! These classic cookies can be fully enjoyed all throughout the year and they’re even better when you add ice cream between them for no fuss Snickerdoodle ice cream sandwiches! I figured, with Father’s Day coming up this weekend […]

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No Fuss Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches
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Summertime is here and we’ve created perfectly deliciously strawberry boozy snow cones, because what’s better than an icy cocktail on a scorching hot day?! I like making my own syrup because it’s incredibly fresh, with no preservatives and you can control the sweetness and flavor. For this boozy snow cone recipe, we used fresh organic strawberries, rum […]

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Boozy Strawberry Snow Cones
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We really don’t drink a lot of sugary soda, like Coke or root beer, in our house, which means you won’t  find root beer floats around here! We happily discovered that you can make a sparkling beverage from cold pressed juice with the KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage Maker!! It’s so much fun to use and the […]

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Cold Pressed Watermelon Soda Floats
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 This is by far the best sparkling sake sangria recipe ever! Sake sangria? What?! Did you know you can make sangria using sake and plum wine?! It’s similar to the traditional wine sangria, but instead you soak the fruit in plum wine (which is sweet!) and then top it with sparkling sake! We made ours […]

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The Best Sparkling Sake Sangria Recipe
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 Oh how we love watermelon in this house!! To get through those hot, summer days that are right around the corner… juicy, fruity watermelon is a must! There are so many ways and tricks to cutting a watermelon, but have you ever cut watermelon sticks?! It’s one of our favorite ways so we’re sharing the how-to […]

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How to Cut Watermelon Sticks
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 We’ve been buying these frozen banana treats in the store for so long, we decided to make them ourselves. Chocolate covered frozen bananas are easy, make-ahead desserts that you can have ready in the freezer! And to add a little charm, we put some pretty garnishes on ours. These are truly an easy entertaining dessert and […]

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Easy Entertaining: Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas
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How fun are these layered ice cream pops?! Just choose your favorite ice cream or sorbet flavors to make a triple layered combo with a sugar cone crust! Layered ice cream pops are perfect for summer and make eating ice cream even more fun… not that it wasn’t already fun enough, but a charming presentation is […]

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Easy Entertaining: Layered Ice Cream Pops
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We’ve had traditional margaritas and margarita popsicles, but have you had a frozen margarita ice pop?! They’re like slushes for adults!! They tend be a little stronger than margarita popsicles because you can add a little more tequila in them since they’re contained in the package. They’re super fun to make and eat during a […]

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Frozen Margarita Ice Pops
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Summer is upon us and I can feel it! AND what better way to kick off this warmer weather with a delicious (and somewhat healthy!) papaya and banana coconut sorbet recipe?! It’s SO easy to make, dairy-free and super tasty!! The color is a beautiful, vibrant orange and we served ours on a cone with […]

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Papaya and Banana Coconut Sorbet Recipe
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 A few weeks ago I had a fun opportunity to attend Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions Signature launch event! I joined a team of 22 amazing lifestyle and food bloggers from all over the country to experience Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions’ new line of Signature products. We spent the day making food, learning about products with Executive […]

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Signature Cookie Ice Cream Sundaes
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 These yummy Watermelon Margarita Pops truly taste like a margarita on a popsicle! They’re absolutely delicious, refreshing and fun to serve. Boozy popsicles are one of my favorite warm weather treats. These pops are also very impressive when served to guests. Even though they’re easy to make, for some reason when you serve striped, boozy […]

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Watermelon Margarita Pops
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 Hello chocolate peanut butter cheesecake!! Cheesecake is one of my absolute favorite desserts!! I’ve always loved experimenting with it and trying new flavor combos… like when we created a peanut butter caramel cheesecake here or the red velvet cheesecake here! For this one, we made a chocolate peanut butter cheesecake with 3 layers! This guy has a […]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Recipe!
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Smoothies are a big part of our daily life in the Passante household! Sometimes I get stuck in smoothie ruts, using the same frozen fruit, powders, etc. Since our Jasmine is in full bloom, I was inspired to create something yummy to adorn with these beautiful, edible flowers. Thus, I introduce you to the most […]

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A Delicious Jasmine and Peach Breakfast Smoothie
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My mother-in-law has been making this delicious Coconut Macadamia Key Lime Pie recipe for many years! It’s always a huge hit when she serves it and it has a way of changing key lime pie “dislikers” into key lime pie lovers!! The filling is cream of coconut, yogurt and lime juice and the crust is made […]

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Coconut Macadamia Key Lime Pie
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Happy Easter weekend!! We shared a simple recipe for a delicious and refreshing Carrot and Blood Orange Mimosa on Pottery Barn’s blog! It’s perfect for a festive Easter brunch. They’re best with fresh juice (make it ahead!) and a crisp Champagne! Enjoy! See the recipe here!

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Carrot + Blood Orange Mimosa
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We’re taking it back to 1823 with this refreshing Pimm’s Cup recipe! This cocktail was served in an oyster bar in London and drinking it definitely conjures up images of happy patrons drinking this delicious libation. Its light, fruity flavors are perfect for sipping on a sunny spring or summer day. This Pimm’s Cup recipe […]

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A Refreshing Pimm’s Cup Recipe
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We whipped up a fluffy, creamy and very delicious no bake cheesecake for Saint Patrick’s Day!! The filling is so simple, there’s only a few ingredients and the crust is made with Nature’s Valley granola, butter and sugar, and it’s incredibly tasty!! We added green food coloring, topped them with whipped cream and sprinkled on some […]

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No Bake Cheesecake for Saint Patrick’s Day
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There’s a secret to creating the BEST mule cocktail you’ve ever had. I learned about it from the Soho House and once you make it with this, you will know why!! A mule should be full of strong ginger and spice flavor, which sometimes ginger beer can’t do alone! Making the mule with a strong ginger […]

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Pear Irish Mule
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These floral frosting cupcakes are the perfect way to welcome spring! We had a grand ol’ time experimenting with frosting tips and buttercream to turn cupcakes into flowers! Who doesn’t love cupcakes and flowers?!! These are the perfect example of a little Sugar AND Charm. You don’t have to be a professional baker or cake […]

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Floral Frosting Cupcakes
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Dunkin’ Donuts has finally made their way out west and we’re thoroughly enjoying the goodness that Dunkin’ is! Since Zan was born and raised in New Jersey, we’ve had our fair share of Dunkin’ Donuts when visiting his family on the East Coast. He’s more than happy now that there’s one fairly close to our […]

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Mint Hot Chocolate Macaron Recipe
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We did a little cocktail mixing and shaking a few weeks ago and created this beauty! It’s an Italian Paloma and it has grapefruit, orange, tequila, lemon juice, Campari and a few other ingredients. It’s VERY tasty and can we all just take a minute to appreciate the color of it?! I mean!! Our lovely […]

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Italian Paloma Cocktail Recipe
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I absolutely love entertaining for the Oscars! It’s a night to gather in your living room with friends and family for some good at-home entertaining, centered around the movies we loved throughout the year! So, we teamed up with Food Should Taste Good to bring you some delicious Oscar appetizers, cocktails and party ideas!! Food […]

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3 Charming Oscar Party Appetizers
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If you’re hosting a “galentine’s” or cooking something special for a loved one for Valentine’s Day, start it off right with these chic and gourmet Champagne and Chambord Jigglers! These are not your college party Jell-o shots. We’re proving that gelatin shots can be luxury! Probably the most classy Jell-o shot we’ve ever tasted! You have […]

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Champagne + Chambord Jigglers
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I still have the invitation to my Kindergarten graduation with written instructions to bring a dozen of your favorite cookies. I chose my favorite peanut butter cookies and I can remember bringing the plate to class, with a giant bow in my hair. I’ve always been a fan of peanut butter cookies and have made several […]

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Loaded Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
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Ginger and Jasmine – the name sounds like 2 sophisticated ladies who enjoy sipping only the freshest cocktails over small talk at an exclusive club. But we promise you, this drink is far from pretentious. This is one of my favorite cocktails we’ve made. It serves 4 (or 2 extra large, haha!), and it’s so […]

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Ginger + Jasmine Rosé Cocktail
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These Jam and Champagne pops we created for Tablespoon are a fun way to serve up something different for Valentines Day or just any date you want to make a little extra special. They’re so easy to make and taste divine!! Watch the video for the recipe and enjoy!! Video by Madcitizen Productions

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Jam Cham Pops Video
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  Before I dive into this delicious cocktail recipe, I’m sharing my favorite new line of dinnerware and a fun giveaway! Last month we went to Sonoma with Williams-Sonoma and Fortessa to celebrate the launch of Fortessa dinnerware and flatware available in Williams-Sonoma stores! It was a relaxing 3 days of eating, drinking wine and cooking […]

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Easy Hibiscus Gin Sour
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Do you know how easy it is to decorate a cake?! ANYONE can do it and we’re showing you with this gorgeous, pink velvet cake recipe! We topped this cake strawberries, raspberries, beautiful pansies and a few pomegranates to give it instant decor that’s not only effortless, but stunning! Your guests will adore this cake […]

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Pink Velvet Cake Recipe + Easy way to Decorate it!
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This Funfetti Trifle is an easy, yummy and super charming way to ring in the New Year! Check out the fun video we made for our friends at Tablespoon! Layers of colorful Funfetti cake and delicious frosting make up this festive trifle. The Funfetti cake is the perfect treat to use for any New Year’s […]

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Funfetti Trifle
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Anytime I make a punch for a party, it always has an ice ring! These DIY ice rings you can make for party punch add such a charming, vibrant touch to the punch bowl, all while keeping the punch cold. They’re also incredibly easy to make! You just need to freeze them the night before. […]

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DIY Ice Rings for Party Punch
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When we were in New Orleans, we stopped in Arnaud’s French 75 cocktail bar for a classic French 75. It was the first time I had the historic cocktail and I enjoyed sipping the classic drink, especially in a cozy, vintage atmosphere! It’s a cocktail made of lemon juice, champagne, gin and simple syrup. It’s […]

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Peach French 75 Punch Recipe!
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I’ve always wanted to make homemade curly fries, so I was ecstatic to try KitchenAid’s Spiralizer with Peel, Core and Slice attachment to fulfill my homemade fry obsession, haha!! This the first time I’ve used one of their attachments (I know!!) and it won’t be the last, because I love them just as much as […]

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Homemade Curly Fries with KitchenAid
Holidays

Did you know you can make candy cane cotton candy from just using crushed candy canes?! AND would you believe it if I told you, I actually prefer eating it in the form of spun sugar rather than a cane? Ho ho ho!! So, we teamed up with some of our favorite bloggers for a […]

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Candy Cane Peppermint Bark Fudge
Holidays

If there’s one special holiday treat you should make this year, it’s these red wine truffles! We teamed up with Barefoot Wine to create the most decadent and delicious red wine truffles made with Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon. We all know wine and chocolate compliment each other nicely, but pairing them together in a dessert is […]

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Red Wine Chocolate Truffle Recipe!
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No matter what time of year it is, popsicles are always a treat! And what better flavor for the month of November than Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie Pops?!! They literally taste like delicious pumpkin pie and we topped them with crushed graham cracker (for the “crust” of course), drizzled with caramel and topped with a […]

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Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie Pops
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Watching movies by the fire with my family is one of my all-time favorite things to do around the holidays! I’ve always loved the bonding it promotes and I look forward to it every season. As Romeo gets older, the holidays are even more exciting and I love including him in the cooking and crafting […]

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2 Fun Movie Snacks for Kids!
Holidays

If you’re not familiar with Panettone, it’s a traditional Italian bread that’s a staple around the holidays. It’s a sweet bread with fruit and citrus zest. Catie (who works with us, here at S&C) and Zan are both Italian and remember growing up with this bread every Christmas! We thought it would be awesome to make […]

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Homemade Panettone in a Can
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Tis the season for apple pie and what better breakfast smoothie to sip in the morning than an apple pie smoothie?! If you have guests coming in town for Thanksgiving, this would be a wonderful smoothie to serve in the morning while the cooking festivities begin! It tastes so fresh with apple pie spice, and […]

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Apple Pie Smoothie
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Anjanee here with another delicious  appetizer! This summer I definitely made the most of the abundance of corn. Whether it was corn on the cob for a BBQ or a sprinkling over a salad for a bit of color, it’s been my little addiction for these past few months. However, with the cold weather making its […]

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Recipe for Curried Corn Tartlets
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Probably the spookiest and most delicious way to drink a milkshake, the Monster Cereal Milkshake!! All the flavors you loved as a kid, Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Frankenberry, made into yummy milkshakes!!! Yum!! We created this video and recipe for General Mills’ blog, Tablespoon and had an absolute blast creating childhood memories with these […]

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Monster Cereal Milkshakes
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We’re on a mission to eat more vegetables in this house! No more tossing the old ones I had every intention of cooking and onto keeping the freezer packed with some good choices, so I always have them on hand! I’m pretty excited that Birds Eye created 8 delicious twists on plain jane veggies and […]

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Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower Soup + Giveaway!
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Add some spooky charm to a plain cake with our printable and edible Halloween cake designs!! We wanted to create something unique and festive for your Halloween party and these are definitely charming enough to be centerpiece of your dessert table! There are 4 fun designs to choose from and all fit for 8×8 cakes… […]

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Printable and Edible Halloween Cake Designs!
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We teamed up with Pure Via® to make a delicious and healthy Cinnamon Hot Cocoa! We used Pure Via®, an all natural, non-GMO sweetener from Stevia to sweeten the cocoa. The zero calorie packets dissolve quickly into hot or cold liquid making them so easy to use!! The hot cocoa is light and guilt-free, which […]

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Guilt-Free Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
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We’ve had so much fun hosting our Spooky Snack Lab Contest! Did you enter?! I loved seeing everyone’s Halloween pins! AND we’re continuing this fun party with a fun NUTTER BUTTER Cookies recipe! Who doesn’t love those yummy peanut butter cookies shaped like a peanut?! There are so many creative ideas you can make with […]

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NUTTER BUTTER Cookie Blondies
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What’s this you ask? Well, this is a pile of absolute deliciousness, called Eton Mess! It’s a traditional English dessert which essentially is a pile of the most amazing whipped cream with homemade crushed meringue cookies and fresh berries! I first tried this Eton Mess recipe at The Soho House in West Hollywood and fell in love […]

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A Delicious Eton Mess Recipe
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Today we’re continuing our “How to Host an Amy Sedaris Party for Halloween” with a few very easy and outrageously delicious dessert recipes that are perfect for Halloween! AND, we’re topping it off with a fun giveaway with Oreo and Fanta! If you haven’t had Oreo truffles before, you’re in for a huge treat. Your […]

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3 Simple Recipe Ideas with Oreo and Fanta!
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Just like that, it’s October! And we’re celebrating this month with a fall twist on Jello shots! We made these hard apple cider Jello shots and they’re delicious! To make them beautiful, we did a batch of apple cider Jello shots and then a batch of white Jello shots with sweetened condensed milk, which gives it […]

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Hard Apple Cider Jello Shots
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If you’re hosting a Halloween night and you’ll be making some treats, these witch hat s’mores will really add some charm to the party!! It’s just a thin chocolate chip cookie that we molded to resemble a traditional witch hat and they are pretty adorable, if I do say so! The witch hat s’mores also […]

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Witch Hat S’mores
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When we were having the time of our lives in Alaska (can someone please take me back?!), I picked up a bottle of 50 Fathoms handcrafted gin, made along the shores of the Inside Passage. We heard so many good reviews about the gin and it was no surprise that it won a double gold medal at the […]

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Rosé, Sorbet & Gin Cocktail
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 After making these, we couldn’t wait to show you how to marble candy apples! How gorgeous are these?! We’re pretty smitten over the marbled candy apples and think they’ll be perfect for a Halloween party!! They’re actually fairly easy to make, as long as you have a candy thermometer and watch the sugar temperature! You […]

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How to Marble Candy Apples
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Football season has started and what better way to kick it off (pun intended!!) than some easy bacon and cheese pretzels?! The perfect game day finger food! This might not be the traditional way of making pretzels, but it’s definitely a delicious one! We even added bacon and cheese to the pre-made dough for an […]

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Easy Bacon and Cheese Pretzels
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Our favorite Japanese spirit, sake, is known for its powerful health benefits. From anti-aging to reducing allergies, it’s definitely a spirit to drink and learn more about! So, to help us all enjoy a little more sake, we’ve created a sake guide to learn more about it and suggested a few to try! Although we enjoy […]

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A Guide to Sake
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This is the first time we’ve made homemade jams and I’m wondering how we’ve gone so many years without making them?! The combinations are endless, you can make them as sweet (or not) as you want and use only fresh ingredients! So we created 2 delicious homemade jams using prickly pear, fig and ginger and […]

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Homemade Jam, Yogurt & Honey Pots
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If there’s one thing we love at Sugar and Charm, it’s things that are sweet and charming of course! We happily teamed up with one of our favorite brands, method, to create a delicious dessert that not only satisfies the palate, but also looks beautiful. It’s the best white chocolate mousse recipe that has the […]

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Ombré White Chocolate Mousse
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Fig & Olive is one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. It’s perfect for a light dinner or fun business meeting. We stopped in last week for a delicious lunch and to learn about olive oil through a tasting, which we’ll be featuring soon! They were so gracious to allow us to share the recipe […]

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The Fig & Olive Cocktail
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Do you know how excited we are that it’s September?! My favorite season is here and we’re celebrating by showing you how to make apple and pear chips! This easy entertaining idea can literally be made in just 3 steps! Wash, slice and bake! They’re great sprinkled with cinnamon and then dipped in caramel sauce! […]

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How to Make Apple and Pear Chips!
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As we all know, presentation is important when wowing your guests and this cotton candy old fashioned will do just that!! We skipped the simple syrup and instead added a beautiful puff of orange cotton candy to the top of a classic old fashioned cocktail. The cotton candy acts as the sweetener and melts as […]

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Cotton Candy Old Fashioned
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For our pineapple party, we served the best pineapple mojito…in a pineapple of course!! They were so refreshing and a hit, so we’re sharing the delicious recipe! I actually wanted to do something different and I blended the mint with the ingredients, which I loved! Pineapple Mojito  1 1/2 ounces pineapple puree 1 1/2  ounces gold rum […]

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The Best Pineapple Mojito
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One of the best Moscow Mules I’ve ever had was at the SoHo house in West Hollywood. The ginger and lime taste we’re both very prominent in the cocktail and none of the ingredients tasted watered down! It was absolutely delicious! They generously shared the recipe in their book and the secret is… there is no […]

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Pineapple and Ginger Moscow Mule
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We’re kicking off pineapple week with a super easy entertaining idea!! Pineapple flower cupcake toppers are a festive way to add a little pineapple charm to cupcakes!  After they’re baked and dried overnight, these super thin pineapple slices come out looking like yellow flowers and they’re just beautiful. You could also use pineapple flowers to garnish […]

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Pineapple Flower Cupcake Toppers
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Continuing with our Apothic wine cocktail series, this refreshing ginger and lemon white wine cocktail is definitely one to try! It’s made with white wine, pisco, ginger and lemon juice. The flavors are a beautiful union of sweet and tangy with a little spice from the ginger. This white wine cocktail is extremely easy to make […]

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A Refreshing Ginger & Lemon White Wine Cocktail
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Last year we teamed up with Apothic Wine and created some delicious wine cocktails using their white and red wine. The recipes were featured in grocery stores this past spring and now I’m so excited to reveal them here on Sugar and Charm these next few weeks! We called this one “Totally Fuzzed” and it […]

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Totally Fuzzed Wine Cocktail
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Happy National Watermelon Day! Many of you might remember this old school watermelon sherbet bombe cake recipe from your childhood! We’re bringing back this fun watermelon ice cream cake and it’s looking mighty fine! This is so incredibly easy to make, using store-bought sherbet and chocolate chunks! If you’re feeling extra productive, you can make […]

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Watermelon Sherbet Bombe Cake
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No host wants to play bartender! Instead, create a DIY cocktail station so each guest can be their own mixologist! Start with having 2 different mixtures of gin + tonic water and vodka + soda on ice for guests to choose from. Then buy or make a few different simple syrups. We created 3 simple syrups, […]

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DIY Cocktail Station!
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We’re excited about this delicious brunch recipe from Anjanee today! It’s perfect for guests and uses one of our favorite ingredients… ricotta!!  Take it away Anjanee! I’ve recently discovered how wonderfully versatile ricotta is and have been adding it to all sorts lately. I love how it can be equally as delicious both sweet and savory […]

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Parmesan Ricotta Tarts + Tomato Salad
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This is the perfect tiki drink recipe. It will definitely change your view of the tiki cocktail! Tiki drinks are sometimes synonymous with overly sweet, sugary neon libations served in tiki heads. But that’s not a true tiki drink. Tiki drinks and the culture actually started in Los Angeles! It was in 1934 when Polynesian-themed […]

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The Perfect Tiki Drink Recipe
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Thanks to 2 very dedicated agriculture pioneers who believed in the little blue dynamos, we’re celebrating 100 years since the first commercial blueberries were sold from farm to table! July is National Blueberry Month and being that we are almost always stocked with blueberries and it’s summertime, we’ve recreated our super popular crunch cake recipe […]

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Blueberry Crunch Icebox Cake
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When we went our Alaskan cruise, we drank Alaskan beer and heard a lot of talk about the Klondike, which was a popular area during the Gold Rush. Like Pavlov’s dogs, every time we heard the word “Klondike,” we immediately thought of the delicious Klondike bars!! While sipping on Alaskan beer, the idea of a […]

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Alaskan Beer Milkshake
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Hi! Anjanee here from Fig & Honey! I love having people over to my home for drinks and often dinner and after flicking through magazines and browsing through blogs, I always have grand ideas of what new recipes to try. However, when it comes down to it, the last thing I want to do right […]

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Cilantro Apple Salsa & Shrimp Squares
Holidays

Happy 4th of July! So it wouldn’t be an American celebration without some spiked red, white & blue jello shots, right?! Haha! And since we adore our country, to be even more patriotic, we’ve made them star-shaped! These 4th of July Jello shots are really no joke when it comes to the alcohol content, so beware and […]

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Spiked Red, White & Blue Jello Shots
Holidays

Zabaglione is a traditional, light Italian dessert that’s great for summer entertaining. It uses 3 main ingredients (eggs, sugar, sherry, but shh we added a little vanilla to ours too) and is fairly simple to make. This delicious Zabaglione recipe has a whipped cream/custard texture and is topped with strawberries and blueberries. It makes a […]

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Italian Zabaglione Recipe
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Rosé is making a come back in a wonderful way! It’s not your overly sweet, light pink wine anymore! AND more people of all ages (including men!) are finding out it’s a great wine that goes with everything. To help you learn some quick facts about rosé, we’ve created a handy, general guide to rosés […]

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A General Guide to Rosés
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Giveaway is now CLOSED! Thank you ALL for entering and congrats to Nicole Flynn who wrote: “My favorite thing about Summer is the socially acceptable late nights and sleeping in that would be frowned upon during the rest of the year. That and amusement parks.” Please email us info@sugarandcharm.com!! Did you know that July 10th […]

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Frozen Coconut Colada and a Giveaway!
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We recently got introduced to Comparaboo. We were instantly swept up by how easy it makes online shopping. It literally pulls hundreds of online reviews, analyzes them and determines the top products based on the research. It’s full of the best products in hundreds of categories, ranks the items and finds you the lowest price! […]

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Bacon, Brandy and Banana Waffles
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Shortbread cookies are one of my favorite cookies! Not surprising since the two main ingredients are butter and powdered sugar! I can’t deny the crumbly texture with a subtle crispy edge and buttery taste! This may be the best shortbread cookie recipe ever. There are several ways you can garnish them, like chocolate, salt, herbs or with […]

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The Best Shortbread Cookie Recipe with Edible Flowers
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We’re so excited to share these dairy free strawberry banana smoothie pops today! For any of you who have family members (like my husband!) who can’t have dairy or if you try to limit your dairy intake, these are absolutely perfect! We’re addicted to smoothies in our house, so these are a fun way to […]

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Dairy Free Strawberry Banana Smoothie Pops
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This 3 step Honeydew Sake Sorbet recipe is incredibly easy to make and super refreshing! It only has 3 ingredients, so it’s really a no-hassle dessert and perfect for summer entertaining! Honeydew Sake Sorbet 3/4 honeydew, chopped (7 cups) 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup unfiltered sake Directions Chop the honeydew. Blend the honeydew, sugar and […]

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Easy Entertaining: Honeydew Sake Sorbet
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This New Orleans cold brew coffee recipe is one of my favorite summertime drinks! It’s hard to find New Orleans style cold brew at coffee shops, so I decided to make my own, using my Toddy (which I LOVE), some Blue Bottle coffee beans and ground chicory, I bought here. The coffee and chicory brew for […]

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New Orleans Cold Brew Coffee Recipe
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Rose water has a variety of benefits, from beauty to wellness. Use it as a natural skin toner, in a bath or in your tea! The flower is packed with nutrients and has been widely used for thousands of years for its healing powers. This rose water recipe is fairly easy to make, especially if […]

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How to Make Rose Water
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Mariah here! I recently met the crazy talented Jasmine of Whipped who has married her love of food with her skills in illustration, sculpture and metalsmithing. Her work is like nothing else I’ve seen and when you meet her you’ll see why, she’s one-of-a-kind! We wanted to get together and share our love for Montana, […]

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Wildflower Fondant Cookies
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We’re all about smoothies for breakfast at our house and usually not a day goes by without the sound of the blender mixing up some delicious smoothie creation. My hubby has a “slight” intolerance to dairy, so we’re always using almond or coconut milk in ours. When we were approached by the brand we use […]

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Create Your Own Smoothie with Silk
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! We’re celebrating with the best fruity frozen margarita recipe! This margarita recipe is fresh, not too sweet and incredibly easy to make. To create these colorful, fruity frozen margarita flights, we made one batch of frozen margaritas and then made 3 fresh fruit purees to add on top. You can have […]

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The Best Fruity Frozen Margarita Recipe
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We’re sharing an awesome recipe for a unique margarita on The Glitter Guide today! It’s called a Salt Air Margarita and we use sucro to create a light and airy foam. We absolutely love them and are excited to share the idea with you all! See the recipe here!

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Salt Air Margarita
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Anjanee from Fig & Honey here! Growing up in England, I had my fair share of deliciously airy chocolatey eclairs. Though the English have a well known hatred of all things French, it seems as though the decadent pastries passed the test and are beautifully displayed in most bakeries. Unlike other Brits, I have a […]

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Parmesan Eclair Sandwiches
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Oh my! THESE little churro ice cream sandwiches are the way to go! The churro is so tasty and creates the perfect doughy, crunchy swirl to make a sandwich with! I had never made churros before and they were always on my list. They look intimidating to make, but they’re actually SO easy! Making the dough is […]

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Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches
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In LA, when the weather is warm during spring and summer, agua frescas are served at farmers markets, street fairs and flea markets. Agua fresca, Spanish for “cool water” or “fresh water,” is a mix of fruit, flowers or herbs,  sugar and water creating a refreshing and tasteful drink for a warm day! I love them for parties […]

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4 Delicious Agua Fresca Recipes and Bar
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Last month I had the pleasure of joining the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council in Napa for a two day cooking bootcamp all about blueberries! We spent most of our time at the incredibly beautiful CIA Greystone campus learning from one of their top chefs, which was awesome. So in honor of the little blue dynamos […]

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10 Sweet Blueberry Recipes
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These are the projects we like to call “easy entertaining” because anyone can make these White Chocolate Lavender Bunnies in 3 simple steps! And for anyone who has a fondness of white chocolate, you’ll love the subtle flavor and smell of fresh lavender mixed in. Ready for the easy steps? Just melt about 8 ounces of good […]

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White Chocolate Lavender Bunnies
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Known for its kind hospitality, very friendly people, crystal clear blue waters and lush green mountains, New Zealand has been on my travel list for awhile. It’s been on my husband’s because they shot the breathtaking Lord of the Rings Trilogy there! After watching this absolutely gorgeous video, I know I need to see it […]

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New Zealand Hokey Pokey Ice Cream Recipe
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We have a new monthly food contributor! We’re fans of Anjanee’s beautiful blog Fig & Honey and love her clean and airy food aesthetic! She’ll be popping over here once a month to share a savory recipe with you all! Take it away Anjanee! I love going out for brunch on the weekends but sometimes […]

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Eggs en Cocotte Recipe
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We followed the piper and rounded up 15 of our favorite Saint Patrick’s Day cocktails to celebrate the Irish holiday! Whether you’re staying at home or heading out with friends, one or two of these cocktails will be sure to get your party started! Cheers! Click on each photo to take you directly to the recipe […]

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15 Saint Patrick’s Day Cocktails
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Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and we thought you’d all like to celebrate with some Jameson Irish Whiskey Jell-O shots! We handcrafted these little green Jell-O shot squares from fresh lime juice, infused mint water, sugar, gelatin and whiskey. No boxes were used! We actually made a green and a clear layer, […]

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Jameson Jello Shots
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Honey Toast with Earl Grey Ice Cream. Hello. Talk about a statement dessert! Can you imagine bringing a few of these out at your party for guests to dive into?! Honey Toast is a Japanese bread you can find at most local Japanese markets. It has simple ingredients in it, but it’s incredibly soft in […]

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Honey Toast with Earl Grey Ice Cream
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Taking the S’mores to a whole new level with this little trick! Dip the marshmallow in Baileys Irish Cream before and after you roast it and sandwich between two cookies covered in chocolate. We used these LU Petit Ecolier cookies because they look charming and taste delicious! After trying a Baileys Dipped S’mores, you’ll never go […]

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Baileys Dipped S’mores
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When throwing a party no host wants to spend hours in the kitchen mixing cocktails, that’s why we LOVE a good cocktail punch! It’s really the best way to serve a beverage without “working” during your party. For Saint Patrick’s Day we created a super simple Irish Whiskey Green Tea Punch that has lemon and honey […]

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Irish Whiskey Green Tea Punch
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Chocolate dipped fruit is one of my favorite ways to indulge in a little sweetness and why should strawberries have all the fun? You can share the chocolate love with many fruits, including dipping slices of kiwi in chocolate and then topping them with shredded coconut! Once we did that there was no stopping us in […]

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Chocolate Dipped Fruit Plate
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Every March, thanks to St. Patty’s Day, I have green on my mind and the Girl Scouts’ green Thin Mints box is no exception. How can you say no to the sweet, freckle-faced and pig-tailed girls outside the grocery store? So it was inevitable that the Irish holiday and excess of cookies would somehow collide. […]

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Irish Cream Ice Cream & Thin Mints Cookie Sandwich
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Today Mariah, Kaelin and Jody are sharing 3 incredibly delicious sauces made by fermenting! Take it away Mariah and thank you Living Nutrition for sharing your wonderful knowledge and recipes! I recently spent the morning with two very inspired women, Kaelin Kiesel-Germann and Jody Engstrom of Living Nutrition. We took advantage of an oddly warm February […]

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3 Recipes for Fermenting Sauces
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Edible flowers are one of my favorite ways to instantly add a feminine, natural and beautiful touch to food, cocktails and even ice cubes! So for this Berrylicious Floral Cocktail, we created a delicious cocktail that’s not just refreshing, but absolutely stunning too! It’s made with strawberries, muddled edible flowers, lemonade and some elderflower cordial. […]

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Berrylicious Floral Cocktail
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We put a little blue twist the classic mojito! What make this blueberry mojito unique are the giant round blueberry ice cubes, homemade blueberry syrup and just a little St-Germain. I absolutely love the presentation of these and think the ice cubes add such a fun touch! We used round ice spheres and just blended fresh organic […]

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Blueberry Mojito with Blueberry Ice
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I’m the first person to admit that I have a major sweet tooth and I’m not afraid of eating my fair share of sweets either! But I’m also careful to not overindulge and I’m a firm believer that just a little dark chocolate or a cup of cocoa can satisfy my chocolate cravings. I never […]

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Guilt-Free Chocolate Desserts
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I’m sure many of you have tasted Entenmann’s chocolate donuts. They sell them at most grocery stores and they have that harder, kind of waxy coating… I absolutely love them, haha! I wanted to do my own version, a little more gourmet, but with the same caky donut texture and dipped in chocolate. I used cake […]

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Baked Chocolate Donuts with Homemade Magic Shell Coating
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A Coca-Cola cake is a classic Southern recipe. It’s made using actual Coca-Cola and mini marshmallows in the batter! Sounds crazy right?! It’s very moist and the frosting is a rich chocolate fudge glaze. It’s pretty much the perfect dessert for a game day celebration, a BBQ or when you’re in the mood for a […]

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Classic Coca-Cola Cake Recipe
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This grapefruit strawberry collins cocktail is just divine. It has a very flavorful and present grapefruit taste, one that you can’t just get with using juice! The strawberries add a little extra touch of berry sweetness. The best part about this grapefruit cocktail is that every part of the grapefruit was used… literally! The vodka was first […]

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Grapefruit Strawberry Collins
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Sometimes there’s just not enough time in the day to make a homemade cherry pie from scratch, BUT do not fret because these fried cherry pies are just.as.good. In only 5 easy steps you have the tastiest and easiest (truly the easiest!) mini fried cherry pies to share with your loved ones… or to keep for […]

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Fried Cherry Pies in 5 Easy Steps!
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I do realize this is Sugar and Charm, but it’s not always about sugar around the Passante house! We do eat healthy food for lunch and dinner… sometimes. I obviously don’t share too many of these recipes, but this salad is my absolute FAVORITE. Hands down I could eat this for lunch and dinner and it’s […]

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Kale and Brussels Sprout Super Salad with Prosciutto
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There’s a place in LA that serves Soju and Sake fruit cocktails and after I tried a few, I knew I wanted to make some! Soju is a Korean distilled beverage made from wheat, rice or barley. And of course Sake is made from fermented rice and originally from Japan. I personally prefer unfiltered Sake as […]

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Make Ahead Soju & Sake Fruit Cocktails
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When I first heard about the AeroGarden I knew I needed to try it! It’s my science experiment-loving inner child that was curious if it works. And if it does work, how cool it would be for my family living on the east coast who can’t grow herbs outside in the winter. Even for me, […]

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Growing Herbs and a Cocktail Recipe!
Holidays

I’ve been having so much fun incorporating GODIVA chocolate into my holiday entertaining! With a rich Belgian heritage, GODIVA chocolates have been delighting the senses since 1926 with premium ingredients and unique recipes, so it’s been a dream creating special desserts and entertaining ideas the past few months! I’m super excited to share this incredibly […]

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GODIVA Chocolate Parfait with Toasted Gingerbread Marshmallow Fluff
Holidays

We’re ending Sugar and Charm’s cookie week with 10 charming ways to decorate Christmas cookies! There is definitely an art to decorating sugar cookies. I find that the consistency of the frosting has to be just right so it’s not too thick or too runny. I always use meringue powder to make it. Also, having […]

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10 Charming Ways to Decorate Christmas Cookies
Holidays

Yes, these are the best butter twist cookies ever! They’re SO delicious! It’s an old Italian recipe that’s been passed down a few generations from my husband’s grandmother who got it from her mother who was an immigrant from Italy. They were made and cherished every Christmas. My mother-in-law was a little hesitant to give out the […]

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The Best Butter Twist Cookies Ever
Holidays

I love how festive this Chocolate Peppermint cookie turned out! The actual chocolate cookie is somewhat similar to a Whoopie Pie, but a little less cakey. It even has sour cream in the batter! The filling is inspired by a traditional Oreo cream, but with a whole lot of crushed candy canes. Like an Oreo, they’re […]

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Recipe
Holidays

Cookie week continues with a recipe my mother-in-law has been making for years! She originally saw the recipe in Bon Appétit and it’s been a family favorite ever since. Even though they’re not a Sugar and Charm original recipe, I wanted to share them because they’re by far the best homemade Biscotti I’ve ever had. […]

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Holiday Biscotti with Cranberry and Pistachios
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This Giveaway is now CLOSED. Thank you all SO much for entering! Congrats to Natalie Tomasello!!! Hope this ads a little sweetness to your home!! I’m ECSTATIC about our giveaway today to launch Sugar and Charm’s cookie week! Who wants to win a stunning aqua sky KitchenAid that you will most likely have for the […]

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A Charming KitchenAid Giveaway!
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We’ve had such a blast teaming up with Triscuit to create three tantalizing appetizers with the incredibly delicious Triscuit Cranberry & Sage crackers. First we created a delicious Turkey Salad topped with Cranberry Sauce “leftover” appetizer for the day after Thanksgiving. Then we made a yummy Green Bean, Stuffing, and Brie appetizer. For this last one, […]

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Easy Holiday Appetizer: Ham and Cheese with Jalapeño Jelly
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‘Tis the season for good cocktails that serve many! My all red sangria recipe is the perfect holiday cocktail to serve! It’s made with red wine and of course all red fruit! I teamed up with Apothic this year to create wine cocktail recipes that will be featured in-store next spring! This is a little sneak […]

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Red Sangria Recipe
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In our house, we watch the most movies around the holiday season. We light a fire, cuddle up and watch Christmas movies starting Thanksgiving night. We have a list of Christmas movies to watch every year so the earlier we start, the better! If we have guests or family staying I always make extra snacks […]

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3 Best Nut Recipes for Movie Night with Planters
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We’re back with another delicious Thanksgiving leftover appetizer! Our last recipe was a yummy combo of leftover turkey and sweet cranberry sauce on top of a Triscuit Cranberry Sage cracker. Today we’re sharing a savory recipe with Pancetta Green Beans, Stuffing, and melted Brie Cheese all on top of a Triscuit Cranberry & Sage cracker. […]

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Appetizer: Pancetta, Green Beans, Stuffing and Brie
Holidays

For me, GODIVA always conjures up memories of decadent indulgence in one of the most delicious chocolates you’ll ever eat. So when I was asked to help create a few fun ideas for them, my sweet tooth and I were overjoyed and ready for the task! I wanted to make something that was as luscious […]

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Godiva Chocolate Truffle Eggnog
Holidays

Frozen cocktails aren’t traditionally thought of as winter drinks, but there’s something cozy about sipping on a wintery cocktail in front of a fireplace. Especially when it’s this Bananas Foster frozen cocktail. Maybe one of the most delicious holiday drinks ever. It’s made with vanilla ice cream, rum, caramel, cinnamon and bananas of course, which […]

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Frozen Bananas Foster
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Every year, we spend weeks planning and preparing a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner for our family and friends. Most of the time all of this work is done while hosting overnight guests for the holiday. It’s a very busy time of year with numerous activities, shopping to be done and our tradition of starting our Christmas […]

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Appetizer: Turkey Salad Topped with Cranberry Sauce
Eats & Drinks

In general I am a chocolate lover through and through. I’m the person you’ll find eating all of the leftover chocolate cake and cookies for breakfast. My family would vouch for that. But I also love a good fruit dessert too and wanted to try a new cobbler recipe using my favorite polenta (or fine […]

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Peach and Pear Polenta Cobbler Recipe
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Cheers to the weekend! With Halloween right around the corner, we’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite spooky cocktails! From delicious punches to smoking martinis there’s definitely a recipe in here for your Halloween party! Click the photos or the links below for each recipe. Enjoy! 1. Sour Green Apple Margarita by Heather Christo 2. […]

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15 Spooky Cocktails for Halloween
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This Gooey Chocolate Cherry Crock-Pot Cake is definitely going to be a Halloween tradition in our home!! Around this time a year, I keep my slow cooker on hand as it’s the best kitchen tool for yummy home-cooked meals on the fly! This gooey chocolate cherry cake recipe turned out fantastic and of course, it’s extremely […]

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Gooey Chocolate Cherry Crock-Pot Cake
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This year I teamed up with Apothic Wines to create some special recipes that will be out in 2015! I know, the wait is long, but it’s been an amazing project I’ve been working on for the last few months and I couldn’t be more excited to share everything next spring. In the meantime, I came […]

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Sangria Granita Snow Cones
Holidays

We had to put the half gallon of apple cider we have from our apple picking adventure to good use, so Moscow Mules it is!! As much as I love a standard Moscow Mule and our popular Blueberry Moscow Mules I wanted to put a fall twist on it and this one is by far my favorite […]

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Apple Cider Moscow Mules
Eats & Drinks

Sometimes I like starting my weekend with a stack of homemade pancakes, slathered with butter and drizzled with syrup! When it’s just the three of us, I’m not as concerned when our pancakes are done at different times and we’re kind of just eating as they’re done. But if I’m hosting guests, I’d rather have breakfast […]

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Caramel Apple Skillet Baked Pancake
Eats & Drinks

I’m such a fan of spiked punch recipes when entertaining. Unless you have hired bartenders on hand, you don’t want to be in the kitchen mixing drinks the entire party! This Blackberry Thyme Sparkling Punch recipe is perfect for fall parties. The blackberries and thyme are excellent flavors for fall and the blackberry thyme-infused vodka […]

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Blackberry Thyme Sparkling Punch
Eats & Drinks

For all of you that have little ones at home (or for the kids at heart), this post is for you! We’re sharing 5 fun and easy treat ideas for kids we created for Evite and Reddi-wip. Each idea was inspired by a charming kids party Evite invitation! These are strictly inspirational ideas and you […]

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5 Fun and Easy Treats for Kids
Eats & Drinks

We love celebrating seasons here at Sugar and Charm and I’ve made it known that my favorite seasons are fall and winter. I love all of the activities a new season brings and for fall it means trips to the pumpkin patch, bonfires, pumpkin spice lattes and testing out seasonal recipes. I also enjoy setting […]

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The Ultimate Pumpkin Pie
Eats & Drinks

We’ve been making campfire apple pies since we were kids! They’re honestly one of my favorite campfire desserts, I’ll even go as far as saying they’re right up there with S’mores. But since they require a nifty tool that I didn’t have until now, we haven’t made them in years! They’re buttery, crispy (like toast!) and […]

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Campfire Apple Pies
Eats & Drinks

A few weeks ago I teamed up with Evite and Food Should Taste Good to create and style some fun party appetizers to go with a few of their delicious chips! These are easy and charming appetizer ideas that you can recreate for your next party. The recipes are pretty darn tasty too. Click below or […]

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9 Charming Party Appetizers!
Eats & Drinks

Happy Hump Day! We’re sharing a delicious cocktail recipe to celebrate the middle of the week and end of summer! With Labor Day this weekend, we wanted to create a cocktail that suits both summer and fall. We call it a transition cocktail! This Orange Cherry Vodka Cocktail has a sweet taste, like a vodka […]

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Orange Cherry Vodka Cocktail with Homemade Cherry Simple Syrup
Eats & Drinks

I was ecstatic when I found out about the new Cocktail Lab, a shop in Hollywood for anyone who wants to play mixologist at home! Me, me!! It didn’t take any convincing when my good friend Jen asked if I wanted to check it out with her! We were both impressed and enjoyed having Eric share some […]

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A Visit to the Cocktail Lab
Eats & Drinks

We’re holding onto and celebrating the last few weeks of summer! I figured one more summer-themed dessert was in order before the pumpkin starts flying! We decided to make Martha’s strawberry cupcakes topped with strawberry butter meringue frosting. You can find the recipes here and here. The cupcakes were delicious and the frosting was perfection. Butter meringue […]

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Martha Stewart Strawberry Cupcakes
Eats & Drinks

This may be the best grapefruit ice recipe I’ve had. I was actually amazed at how much I enjoyed this incredibly easy and refreshing old fashioned dessert, inspired from a recipe in a vintage cookbook. It reminds me of an icy snow cone, but instead of mysterious artificial ingredients it’s made with only 3 simple […]

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The Best Grapefruit Ice Recipe
Eats & Drinks

Keeping this short as I don’t think I could even write anything as delicious, outrageous and divine as these photos. So enjoy browsing through, what we think, are 20 of the best S’mores recipes ever! Just CLICK on each photo to take you directly to the delicious s’mores recipe! Roast on!! 20 Outrageous S’mores Recipes!  […]

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20 Outrageous S’mores Recipes
Eats & Drinks

It seems odd to put chili powder on fruit, but after trying it at a Mexican market, I was hooked on the unique  flavor combination! The chili gives the fruit a spicy kick that kept me coming back for more! They actually sell a chili lime seasoning at the Mexican market, but I figured making […]

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Mexican Style Fruit Plate with Chili Lime Salt
Eats & Drinks

When I’m at a dive bar or not feeling a sweet cocktail, I usually go for a classic gin and tonic. They’re pretty plain, but I like the refreshing taste and enjoy sipping on something simple. To give the standard gin and tonic recipe a twist, I added some fresh fruit and herbs to slightly […]

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Fruit Infused Gin and Tonics
Eats & Drinks

It’s cherry season and I love incorporating them into desserts, cocktails and appetizers. They’re bright, sweet and make a stunning garnish! With the overabundance of cherries in stores, I decided to make a buttermilk cake with whipped cream and bourbon soaked cherries and it’s delicious! The name says it all but it’s basically bourbon soaked […]

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Buttermilk Cake with Whipped Cream and Bourbon Soaked Cherries
Eats & Drinks

Happy Tuesday! This Blackberry Bramble cocktail recipe is so refreshing and simple to make! And if there’s one thing we love around here at Sugar and Charm it’s yummy recipes that are simple. It’s just gin, lemon juice and homemade blackberry simple syrup. Perfect for a summer evening! Blackberry Bramble Cocktail Recipe 1 1/4 ounce gin […]

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Blackberry Bramble Cocktail Recipe
Eats & Drinks

An appetizer that’s sophisticated, incredibly tasty and extremely EASY to throw together is one for the books! If you haven’t had Marcona almonds, they’re different from the regular ones we’re used to. Marcona almonds are imported from Spain and have a lighter and softer skin, a sweeter taste and a plumpness to them. Alone, they’re […]

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Lavender, Rosemary & Sea Salt Marcona Almonds
Eats & Drinks

In honor of National Ice Cream month, I’ve been dreaming up a few unique concoctions of booze and ice cream. I think it’s an area that needed to be explored! I created 4 indulge-worthy, incredible “cocktail milkshake” recipes with unique and delicious flavors. The boozy milkshakes I made are goat cheese and blackberries with vanilla ice […]

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4 Incredible Cocktail Milkshake Recipes
Eats & Drinks

Lately, I’ve been enjoying cocktails made with tea. This Peach Tea and Rum Cocktail definitely takes the cake. It’s a “peachy” twist on an old Charleston punch recipe from 1783! Who knew hip tea cocktails have been around for so long?! We’re currently obsessed with this refreshing, lightly sweetened cocktail. We used the peach tea we bought […]

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Peach Tea and Rum Cocktail
Eats & Drinks

Breakfast and brunch are my favorite meals to eat and cook! I like that they’re savory and sweet with eggs, pancakes, breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls… you get it. For this recipe I skipped the sweetness and created a healthy, savory breakfast bowl with my fave roasted vegetable, cauliflower. It’s soooo tasty, packed with protein and […]

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Roasted Cauliflower and Potato Breakfast Bowl with Fried Egg
Eats & Drinks

A few weeks ago I took a cocktail class with Talmadge, the owner of Pharmacie — one of Los Angeles’ best mixology companies. When I heard he would be sharing some of his tips on making classic, simple and delicious cocktails I had to join in! It was also held at one of the coolest venues, The Fig […]

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Pharmacie Cocktail Class with Tips and Recipes
Eats & Drinks

These are truly the best Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches with Brown Sugar Peach Ice Cream ever! And the homemade brown sugar peach ice cream is hands down the best I’ve ever made. The trick to the extremely creamy, smooth texture is cream cheese… who would’ve thought? I’ve tried several homemade ice cream recipes, but this was […]

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Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches with Brown Sugar Peach Ice Cream
Eats & Drinks

Happy Tuesday, Charmers! I’m excited to have Molly from Almost Makes Perfect sharing a delicious and refreshing raspberry Moscow Mule recipe perfect for summer! It’s a super easy cocktail recipe that you can make in just a couple of minutes! If you haven’t checked out Molly’s blog it’s chock full of fun DIY projects and beautiful photography. Definitely one […]

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Raspberry Moscow Mules
Eats & Drinks

Sarah Lange is the very talented pastry chef behind one of LA’s trendiest restaurants, The Hart and The Hunter. It was named top Best New Restaurants by Los Angeles Magazine. When I first tried Sarah’s pastries I fell in love with the inventive ingredient combinations and overall baking perfection. Some bakers just “have it” and […]

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Tips for Baking from a Pastry Chef
Eats & Drinks

Hot summer days are upon us and we’ve been soaking them up with homemade popsicles! If you follow Sugar and Charm on Instagram you might have noticed us snacking on some coconut water popsicles a few weeks ago. They’re absolutely delicious and great for kids since they’re literally just coconut water (striped ones use coconut […]

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Coconut Water Fruit Popsicles
Eats & Drinks

There are a few reasons why this cake is named the Heaven and Hell Cake. First and most obvious, it tastes like heaven, but it’s also hell to make. At least that’s what I was thinking the entire time. This is definitely a cake that you would only make for a special occasion (ahem a holiday […]

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Heaven and Hell Cake Recipe
Holidays

I’ve been on a margarita kick lately! Must be the summer heat we had last week. This time when Zan got home from work, I made a watermelon margarita with fresh watermelon juice, lime juice, orange juice, tequila and a dash of sugar. Using fresh juice and only lightly sweetening is the key to creating […]

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Refreshing Watermelon Margarita
Eats & Drinks

When we go to Paradise Cove, I’m always tempted to order the pineapple mojito because they serve it in a pineapple cup and it makes me feel as if I’m on a tropical vacation. This past week I had a lonely pineapple staring at me for a few days and I was inspired by the […]

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How to Make a Toasted Coconut Pineapple Cocktail in a Pineapple Cup
Eats & Drinks

Using fresh flowers is one of the easiest ways to decorate a dessert or garnish a cocktail. With backyard parties, summer drinks and Mother’s Day just around the corner, we created a charming edible flower chart featuring some of our favorite edible flowers. Yes, you can eat these beautiful flowers! I hope you all get […]

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Sugar and Charm’s Edible Flower Chart
Eats & Drinks

I have to admit, I’m pretty into this olive oil cake. This is the second time I’ve made it because we ate the entire thing before I could photograph it the first time. It’s an incredibly moist and dense cake with an intense olive oil flavor… you must like the taste of olive oil to […]

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Olive Oil Cast Iron Cake with Orange Glaze
Eats & Drinks

We’re switching Friday links up to bring you 5 Sugar and Charm-approved margaritas in honor of Cinco de Mayo! These are recipes we’ve made over the years and are still a hit with guests. I love them all, but the yellow grapefruit margarita and lemonade margarita are my favorites. The yellow grapefruit is from my […]

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5 Delicious Cinco de Mayo Margaritas!
Holidays

Happy Monday! Here’s a sweet and very easy blondie recipe to start off the week! This is my favorite recipe for the best toffee chocolate chip peanut butter blondies ever! I usually make these to bring over for play dates or if we’re having company because they’re absolutely delicious, rich and moist. They’re always a […]

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Toffee Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies
Eats & Drinks

A few weeks ago Zan and I attended an event for Tastemade, a new app that allows you to make really cool videos for restaurant reviews, etc. At the event, we had a delicious cocktail made with Pisco, which is a Peruvian white brandy made from grapes. The national drink in Peru is a Pisco […]

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Lilac Pisco Cocktail
Eats & Drinks

We created this handy 15 wines 90 points or more and under $15 chart out of my love for affordable wine! During the week, I rarely open a bottle of wine that’s over $15 since it’s just my weekday glass. We save the pricey bottles for special occasions! It can be frustrating trying to find […]

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15 Wines 90 points + Under $15
Eats & Drinks

Growing up in California, Mexican cuisine is my absolute favorite. I know, not surprising! I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and anytime in between! When cooking Mexican, I lean more toward the tex-mex style, blending American and Mexican food together to create scrumptious dishes. With Cinco de Mayo coming up, I wanted to […]

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Bean and Cheese Crispy Corn Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce
Eats & Drinks

My friend came over the other day and brought me a bag full of yellow grapefruit. I’m usually a pink grapefruit kind of gal, but when I tasted it, I couldn’t believe how refreshing and delicious it was! So when life gives you yellow grapefruit… make a Yellow Grapefruit Margarita, right?! This is the perfect […]

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Yellow Grapefruit Margarita Recipe
Eats & Drinks

Ever since our trip to New Orleans, I’ve been dreaming about the deep fried, fluffy, piled-high-with-sugar beignets recipe at the legendary Café Du Monde. The historical French Market has been serving up the delicious French-style beignets and coffee since 1862. Traditional New Orleans Beignets are the only food they serve, so they definitely do it […]

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Traditional New Orleans Beignets Recipe
Eats & Drinks

This Carrot Margarita recipe was inspired by the cocktail served at Flora Farm in Cabo San Lucas. I thought there is no way a margarita made with carrot juice can taste good…can’t happen. But I was shocked at how refreshing and delicious a carrot margarita is! The unique combination of carrot juice, lime, orange and […]

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Carrot Margarita Recipe
Eats & Drinks

We have the ultimate foodie April Fools’ prank for your family! We created a warm homemade chicken pot pie for General Mills, but it’s not your ordinary pot pie — it’s a “not” pie! This one is filled with vanilla pudding and candy that resembles vegetables! Kids would LOVE this, spouses would probably hate it. […]

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Faux Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
Eats & Drinks

It’s that time of year! We’re buying carrots at the store and incorporating them into our favorite recipes! Pancakes were on the top of the list, so I turned my favorite carrot cake cupcakes into carrot cake pancakes with cream cheese glaze and they’re delicious!! This recipe has coconut, pineapple, cinnamon and of course pureed […]

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Carrot Cake Pancakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Eats & Drinks

Honestly, do you like drinking water or do you have to force yourself to drink it throughout the day? I’m in the middle. I like it, but I enjoy it when it’s lightly flavored with cucumber, lemon or something that adds a fresh twist to it. When I have people over I always add herbs or […]

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3 Charming Ways to Serve Water
Eats & Drinks

It must be the caffeine in the tea, or maybe it’s the combination of the gin, tea and honey… whatever it is, this Earl Grey tea cocktail is an energy booster! I’ll sip on one when Zan comes home from work and I’m like an Energizer bunny until 12am. It has a very mild flavor, […]

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Earl Grey Tea Cocktail
Eats & Drinks

It’s always enjoyable to add a little unexpected touch to a meal and infusing salt is the perfect way to do it! Just like infused sugar, there’s a myriad of ways you can use infused or flavored salt too. Add herbs, berries, spices or zests to salt create subtle flavors, beautiful colors and a variety […]

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Infusing Salt
Eats & Drinks

This cocktail has changed my mind about whiskey. Really it has! I never enjoyed sipping on any type of whiskey drink because of the strong taste, until this one. And who knows, this might be the only whisky drink I’ll sip, which I would be perfectly fine with! It’s a speakeasy, pub-style sipping cocktail. There […]

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Drunken Leprechaun
Eats & Drinks

Sparkling wine alone is delicious, but I prefer it in a cocktail! With the Oscars this Sunday, I pulled together 15 of the most beautiful cocktails using bubbly! The sophistication of Champagne and sparkling wine makes them a perfect pairing for an Oscar party. Not only will your guests be swooning over Leo, but also […]

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15 Fabulous Sparkling Cocktails
Eats & Drinks

I promise this will be the last blood orange recipe I share this season! I wasn’t kidding when I said I really enjoy this fruit! Here’s a simple and delicious party appetizer made with a few of my favorite ingredients. First, whip up a creamy homemade ricotta (recipe courtesy of Ina!) then spread it on […]

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Homemade Ricotta with Blood Orange & Rosemary Honey
Holidays

I’m a huge fan of Cook’s Illustrated, so when they came out with their Comfort Food issue, I swooped it up in the grocery store, browsed each page and left with a cart full of food! Probably a bad idea, haha!  Not surprisingly, the dessert that stood out to me the most was the red velvet […]

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Classic Red Velvet Cake Recipe
Eats & Drinks

I know things are a bit messy in Sochi at the 2014 Olympics, but the Winter Olympics have been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. Regardless of the negativity I’ll be supporting our athletes, watching the opening ceremony and of course the figure skating competitions. I’ll be rooting for Gracie Gold and […]

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Winter Olympics: World Cookies & White Russians
Eats & Drinks

For those of you who will be whipping up a tasty Valentine’s Day brunch, you’ll love these Lemonade Mimosas with Blood Orange. A twist on the classic mimosa, these fab lemonade cocktails use seasonal blood oranges, lemons and some delicious bubbly. First start off with Sugar and Charm’s classic recipe for the best lemonade ever […]

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Lemonade Mimosas with Blood Orange
Eats & Drinks

Last week we shared a recipe for the most delicious raspberry shortbread cookies with raspberry salt on The Glitter Guide! They were a huge hit in my house and I think a perfect sandwich cookie to give to your co-workers, friends or loved ones for Valentine’s Day! Raspberry Shortbread Cookies with Raspberry Salt 3 sticks […]

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Raspberry Shortbread Cookies with Raspberry Salt
Eats & Drinks

I’m very excited about today’s post because Pharmacie is LA’s premiere company for classic, handcrafted cocktails that whisk you away to the roaring twenties. We were able to chat with Talmadge Lowe, Pharmacie’s owner and insanely talented mixologist, about how he makes a good cocktail taste better! He’s also kindly sharing a signature, old fashioned vodka […]

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Pharmacie Interview and Cocktail Recipe
Eats & Drinks

Every day and every breath is a gift, so why not celebrate and eat fudge?! And with this fudge recipe, making it has never been so easy. There are only 5 ingredients in this raspberry marble fudge… well, not including water. That doesn’t count right? And it only takes about 10 minutes to make. The […]

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5 Ingredient Raspberry Marble Fudge Recipe
Eats & Drinks

You guys are going to love these ginger cocktail recipes and homemade ginger syrup! It’s incredibly easy to make the syrup and extremely versatile when it comes to mixing hand-crafted ginger cocktails. It also makes an awesome gift to give to friends and we’ve provided a printable download to use as tags or sticker labels. Now […]

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Homemade Ginger Syrup & Ginger Cocktail Recipes
Eats & Drinks

You’re going to love this coconut curry with butternut squash! Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all sugar and sweets in our house during the week! I try to make (or we order) small, healthy dinners. I look for easy, delicious recipes usually without a lot of dairy and lower in carbohydrates. I also have […]

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The Best Coconut Curry with Butternut Squash
Eats & Drinks

I made this amazing Algonquin Bar punch for Thanksgiving and I’m just getting around to posting it! It’s a classic recipe from the Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan. I adapted the recipe from the Bon Appétit Holiday Entertaining magazine and it was a huge hit at our Thanksgiving feast. It’s not weak, as there are three types of […]

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Algonquin Bar Punch Recipe
Eats & Drinks

You’re gonna go bananas over this cake! When we were visiting Zan’s family over the holidays, his mom told me about a Butterfinger banana cake she’s been making for the boys since they were kids. Zan always raved about it with fond childhood memories. Thankfully she parted with the recipe : ) The unique combination of […]

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Butterfinger Banana Cake
Holidays

It’s a tradition for us to make a batch of creamy homemade eggnog around the holidays. I wanted to switch things up, so I made a Butterscotch Eggnog recipe from the Winter Cocktails book. It turned out better than I expected. Rich and creamy with a touch of butterscotch from the brown sugar. Adding the Maker’s […]

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Butterscotch Eggnog Recipe
Holidays

‘Tis the season to be baking, fa-la-la-la-la… that’s what I sing to myself when I’m in the kitchen on my third sugar cookie recipe because the other ones didn’t make the cut. Oh yes, the dough is flying! I absolutely love decorating sugar cookies, especially around this time of year, but I’ve never been a […]

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Gingerbread Spice Sugar Cookies
Charming Friday Links

I have a love hate relationship with chocolate chip cookies. I absolutely adore them, but I have the hardest time finding the perfect recipe. I’ve tried countless recipes and they never amaze me. You would think it would be the easiest cookie to make, I swear there’s an art to it, but maybe I’m just […]

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Charming Friday Links
Eats & Drinks

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re cookin’ away ; ) Today is also the first day of Hanukkah, so happy Turkey Day and happy Hanukkah! To add to the holiday fun, it’s also National French Toast Day! Below I linked three of my favorite and most popular French toast recipes I’ve made over the past few years. They’re […]

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Thanksgiving & National French Toast Day!
Eats & Drinks

I made these cute little pumpkin pies for General Mills’ Rock Ur Party. If you’re looking for a quick and charming dessert to bring to a Thanksgiving feast, these are pretty darn tasty and even better with a dollop of whipped cream! For Rock Ur Party I used a pre-made pie crust, which you can […]

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Mini Pumpkin Pies
Eats & Drinks

I’m coming down from celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary last night! Zan surprised me with the most incredible night ever. He took me to dinner at The Ranch and while we were eating said, “You know what would make this night even better? On the floor tickets to Michael Bublé” and I about died. […]

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Champagne Cranberry Sauce
Eats & Drinks

The Old Fashioned can be a little intimidating because of its age, staggering taste of bourbon whiskey and just the simple fact that it’s known to be the original cocktail. In other terms, it’s the old fashioned way of mixing a cocktail. The Old Fashioned is typically made with bourbon whiskey, bitters, sugar, and either […]

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Burnt Orange Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe
Holidays

Alright, it’s been about 85 degrees in LA the past week, but on the day I made these there were clouds in the sky and fall was in the air. I think it was a sign that my hot chocolate on a stick would turn out delicious! And since it’s freezing here at night, we […]

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Hot Chocolate on a Stick Recipe
Holidays

Let’s start this off by Zan’s reaction to the pie, “it’s by far the best pecan pie recipe I’ve ever tasted.” Yup, he really said that and I don’t get that reaction too often. And the men who were helping out with our yard devoured 2 jars each. I could tell they wanted more, but […]

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The Best Brown Butter Rum Pecan Pie Recipe Ever!
Eats & Drinks

This time of year, I love cozying up on the couch with a good cup of chai tea. The blend of warming spices and fresh ginger make it perfect for the cold weather. Iced chai during the day is very refreshing and easy to grab on-the-go. I have to admit I’ve never made my own […]

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Homemade Chai Tea
Eats & Drinks

Magnolia Bakery is always on our list when we’re visiting NYC. The signature frosting style and delicious flavors had us standing in the freezing cold many times, just to buy a cupcake…that’s how good they are! So when they announced their new flavor, a scrumptious Double Shot Cupcake, and asked if I could share it with […]

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Recipe for Magnolia Bakery’s Double Shot Cupcake!
Eats & Drinks

Chili is one of those dishes you can enjoy all year long, whether it’s at a summer BBQ or on a “chilly” winter night. I’m a fan of most chilis – vegan, black bean, red bean, spicy, etc. There are so many versions, but the recipe that I wanted to share today comes from one […]

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One-Pot Red Bean Chili
Eats & Drinks

I’m not even going to pretend that these weren’t crazy messy to make! Like sticky caramel everywhere, potato chips on the floor, etc. But the mess was completely worth it because these bourbon caramel apples were some of the best I’ve ever had. Maybe it’s the bourbon… probably was the bourbon, but oh my was […]

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Potato Chip & Praline Pecan Bourbon Carmel Apples
Eats & Drinks

Hellooo Friday! It’s the weekend before Halloween, which means major party time for many of you. You’ll be happy to know that I have the BEST sangria recipe ever for Halloween! I call it the Black Sangria and the name says it all! A sangria made with blackberries, black plums, black grapes and Apothic Dark […]

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Black Sangria Recipe
Eats & Drinks

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a lovely weekend full of exciting fall and Halloween activities! If you’ve read Sugar and Charm for awhile, you know I’m a fan of making entertaining fun and easy. I love small details that make a dinner party charming. This cake definitely  falls into the “charming” and “easy” categories. […]

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Chocolate Flourless Cake
Eats & Drinks

The Gin Goblin has arrived! I love how this gin, green tea and cucumber cocktail turned out. It’s perfect for Halloween night, if you’re having a few friends over to pass out candy. You can make 4-6 six in a batch which is easy for entertaining. It’s extremely refreshing and even somewhat healthy! It has […]

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The Gin Goblin – A Green Tea and Cucumber Cocktail
Eats & Drinks

If you think you don’t like beets, you haven’t had them like this! The vibrant color alone makes you want dive in with a delicious piece of toasted pita. I know I don’t share a lot of savory recipes, but I’m going to start sharing some of my favorite party recipes that are great for […]

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Best Beet Dip Ever
Eats & Drinks

I’ve gathered 10 of my favorite Halloween ideas from Sugar and Charm. Over the years we’ve made several Halloween cocktails, sweets and craft projects and I wanted to combine my 10 favorite ideas in one post! Read about them below! Decoupage Pumpkin: Romeo was 8 months when I printed all of his baby photos out […]

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10 Charming Halloween Ideas
Eats & Drinks

This was my first time making almond milk horchata and it won’t be the last! The kids at the Halloween party drank it all up and absolutely loved it. The flavor is richer than store bought almond milk and the texture is so creamy! I added some honey, cinnamon and vanilla to make a healthier […]

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Almond Milk Horchata
Eats & Drinks

I was excited when Better Homes and Gardens invited me to try  the new line of dishware they sell at Walmart. Since I have a set of round white dishes, I chose some modern, but classic square dishes in white. They’re extremely durable, beautiful porcelain dishes and a 16-piece set is only $39! I wanted to […]

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Sweet Mornings – The Best Frittata Recipe Ever!
Holidays

We’re welcoming fall with a delicious, rustic pumpkin spice galette. I wanted to make something different than the standard pumpkin pie and I love the way galettes look (and taste!). I like that this dessert has an artisan feel, even though it’s extremely easy to make. This is a no hassle crust too…it’s buttery, flaky […]

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Pumpkin Spice Galette
Eats & Drinks

Last week when we went to the succulent farm, we made a stop at my favorite fruit market on the side of the road. There are quite a few of them in Socal and they’re open year round! My favorite one is Francisco’s off the 126. They sell local produce for great prices. We usually […]

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Dragon Fruit Buttercream
Eats & Drinks

There’s something so nostalgic about the classic glass punch bowl. It reminds me of my mother and my grandmother who would break the bowl out every holiday or special occasion. It was usually a non-alcoholic mix with a few scoops of ice cream…I think sherbet ice cream. I’m going to have to ask my mother […]

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Tropical Ginger Spiked Punch
Eats & Drinks

I’m a huge iced coffee drinker, it has to be pretty cold for me to order a hot coffee. I just love it cold! So when our friends introduced us to the Toddy Cold Brew System, I instantly fell in love! You guys, it’s life changing! It doesn’t use electricity, it brews coffee with 67% less […]

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Toddy Cold Brew System
Eats & Drinks

We’re switching it up from the typical red and blue for this upcoming Labor Day. Instead, we went with something refreshing and chilled to cool off with during the last few weeks of warm weather…although here in LA, September is just as hot as any summer month! This cocktail is perfect for an outdoor summer BBQ, […]

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Cucumber Honeydew Freeze Cocktail
Eats & Drinks

Happy Friday! As promised, I’m sharing the recipe for our Parisian Smasher! A fresh berry muddled cocktail with huckleberry vodka and St-Germain. The recipe is for four 8 or 9 oz cocktails, which makes it easy to whip up a few in just minutes! Chinet was generous enough to put together a kit of disposable […]

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Parisian Smashers Cocktail & Facebook Giveaway!
Eats & Drinks

This post is sponsored by Chinet. When choosing a French dessert recipe for our movie night, we slipped away and got lost in the French bible of home cooking, I Know How To Cook.  I mean, what better cookbook to scour than the number one selling cookbook in France for three generations?! Using Chinet’s Bakeware, I made […]

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Vanilla Bavarian Recipe from I Know How To Cook
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This post is sponsored by Turning Leaf Refresh Wine Some of the schools around here started last week. Parents are getting everything ready and sending the kiddos off for another year of learning, growing and experiencing. So to celebrate the last few weeks of summer we’ve created an amazing fizzy white wine sangria using Turning […]

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Fizzy White Wine Sangria
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Mexican chocolate is a mix of cayenne pepper, chili and cinnamon with cocoa and the flavor combo is marvelous! So when our good friend Todd was planning his Mexican fiesta birthday bash he asked me to come up with some delicious desserts… and flowers too! I wanted to stay within the theme so I made […]

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Mexican Chocolate Brownies
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A few weeks ago, I was chatting with my cousin over breakfast and she asked if I had ever tried baked oatmeal? I never heard of baked oatmeal, but I asked her to tell me more because it sounded like an amazing morning breakfast! She explained the process and I went home to make my […]

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Sweet Mornings – Baked Oatmeal with Peaches and Bananas
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I’ve made Moscow Mules several times and they’re always a hit and very refreshing. I also like that they’re extremely easy to make (we love simple around here!) and a multi-seasonal  cocktail. Moscow Mules are a great drink to sip on while relaxing by the lake during the summer months and the ginger vibe makes […]

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Blueberry Moscow Mules
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Sometimes during the day I get the urge for a refreshing beverage that’s extremely easy and quick to make. I was inspired by the fresh lavender that grows in our front yard. It came with the house and I actually just noticed it the other day when I was picking flowers! I was shocked and […]

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Lavender Pineapple Juice
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Sugar and Charm turned three years old yesterday! I can’t believe it’s been three years since my very first post July 10, 2010. I really had no idea the opportunities a blog could bring. I started it because I had a little event design company and I wanted to showcase some of my work. It’s […]

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Happy 3rd Birthday Sugar & The Perfect Party Cake
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If you’ve been sitting around wondering, “What in the world should I do with all these juicy lemons summer provides?!” Well, I have the perfect solution in my new video for Lifetime Moms. Three extremely easy and tasty lemonade cocktail recipes for entertaining. My favorite is the lemonade margarita… I even got my wine-drinking mother-in-law […]

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Video: Three Lemonade Cocktails
Holidays

There’s something about spicy popcorn on the 4th of July… probably just because it has the word pop in it ; ) Okay joking aside, as we gear up for a four day weekend, I wanted to share a quick and easy spicy popcorn recipe with you! It’s the perfect road trip snack or a great […]

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Spicy Popcorn Recipe
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Happy Monday! I know you all enjoyed the first weekend of summer, yay! With a plethora of lemons that grow around here I’m always thinking of different ways I can use my favorite homemade lemonade recipe. This time I gave it the ultimate summer twist and spruced it up by adding fresh, puréed watermelon juice […]

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Watermelon Lemonade Recipe
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Get ready for some serious donut love because I created four very easy and incredibly tasty donut glaze recipes for The Glitter Guide. With some savory toppings and chocolate drizzle, you can create the perfect donut decorating party! The raspberry glaze with blackberries and chopped almonds was divine and the S’mores donut… oh-my-gosh!! Head on over […]

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Easy and Delicious Donut Glaze Recipes
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With Father’s Day coming up, I thought it would be nice to do a little twist on the classic root beer float using Dad’s root beer, how perfect is that?! So I made a S’mores Root Beer Float and ohhhhh my goodness I don’t know any dad who wouldn’t want to devour one of these! […]

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S’mores Root Beer Float for Dad
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The weather is warming up and with my baby boy loving fresh fruit, I thought I would start making him some fresh squeezed, organic popsicles with the Zoku maker we just bought. I chose grapefruits, raspberries, kiwis and watermelon. I also used coconut milk and Greek yogurt mixed with vanilla bean. I didn’t add any […]

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Fresh Squeezed Fruit Popsicles
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How charming are these tiny fondant succulents on mini cupcakes? Showing us how to make these edible DIY succulents is Sarah Lange, my friend and pastry chef at the chic cafe The Hart and The Hunter. Sarah also created this fun and witty video on how to make them! It’s very informative and if you’re […]

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DIY Fondant Succulents
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Hello rum granita!! I love that granita is so simple to make. It’s a recipe you can whip up the night before, freeze it and it’s ready to serve (when you are!) the next day. It’s a frozen treat, kind of like a slushy but made from pureed fruit. So in honor of Memorial Day […]

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Rum Granita Recipe
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  It’s kind of funny because I’m actually not just a plain Champagne kind of girl, which might surprise you! Somewhere, at sometime, I lost my appetite for Champagne, maybe I had too much one night? Ha! Who knows?! But what I do love are different ways to spruce up a plain glass of Champagne, […]

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Grapefruit Mimosas
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I was at this adorable little Italian deli the other day when a a box of cookies caught my eye. It said “The Original Italian Waffle Cookie.” I instantly knew these thin, gorgeous waffle cookies, called Pizzelle Cookies, would be the perfect crisp cookie to make  beautiful ice cream sandwiches with! So I grabbed a few […]

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Olive Oil Ice Cream with Pizzelle Waffle Cookies
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I love sipping on a good margarita when it’s a beautiful, sunny day, but sometimes margaritas can be a pain to make because of all the ingredients. There’s also an art to making a good one, as they tend to be  either too sweet or too sour. So I simplified the margarita and just added […]

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Lemonade Margarita
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I remember as a kid I would get so excited when I would hear the faint sound of the ice cream truck song getting louder as the truck came down the street. I would grab all the loose change I could find, run down the stairs, out the door and track down that truck before […]

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5 dessert trucks from around the world
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Who’s dreaming of sitting on a giant wraparound porch in the south with a book and chilled glass of spiked sweet tea? Me, me! I’ve had the south on my mind as Zan and I have been contemplating a trip to New Orleans or maybe Charleston… two charming cities I’ve yet to visit. Probably because […]

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sweet tea and bourbon
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I’ve been wanting to try Ina’s incredible Coconut Cupcake recipe for awhile. I added a little twist and made them Coconut Raspberry Swirl Cupcakes adding a fresh raspberry filling inside and a few tablespoons to the frosting to give it a swirl. These are a great spring dessert and perfect for an Easter celebration! Oh […]

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coconut raspberry swirl cupcakes
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When we were in Turks and Caicos this past Christmas we learned how to make the Island’s signature drink recipe — a Rum Punch. We made them a few times everyday in our villa and ordered some when we hung out on the beach. I fell in love with the beauty of this cocktail and […]

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Turks and Caicos Rum Punch Recipe
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Grapefruit and Gin Cocktail Make a grapefruit gin cocktail when life gives you grapefruit! We have a large grapefruit tree out front and once in awhile I can reach one of those luscious fruits to make a cocktail with. Grapefruit is actually my favorite citrus fruit to make a cocktail with as it’s easy to […]

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Candied Grapefruit and Grapefruit Gin Cocktail
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After having the incredible lemon ricotta pancakes at Plow in San Francisco, I was determined to come home and make some! The pancakes at Plow had a strong lemon taste, which I loved, so I knew I must  not be shy with the lemon juice! I think I got them pretty lemony! It was Zan’s […]

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Sweet Mornings – Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Homemade Ricotta
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Cucumber and ginger martinis, yum! The star-studded Oscars are here and this is the perfect mini-cocktail to serve! I love martinis, but since they tend to be significantly strong, I actually prefer mini ones. These minis are extremely charming and are just the right size to sip! The cucumber gives the martini a light and […]

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cucumber and ginger mini-martinis
Holidays

I usually make these cookies around the holidays, but as the years go on I’m learning that they’re actually a terrific year-round chocolate cookie! By far they are my most requested cookie to make because of their fudgy-chocolately-cherry deliciousness : ) Zan is obsessed. One of his friends/co-workers, TJ, surprised us with a jar of […]

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My Favorite Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Holidays

I’ve eaten a lot of brownies in my life (is that such a bad thing?) and I can honestly say these salted caramel brownies are absolutely amazing! I adapted the recipe from the famous Baked brownie, so it’s no wonder they’re delicious! These are super rich, like can’t-drink-without-milk rich, and very moist. I like them […]

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Salted Caramel Brownies Adapted from Baked
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It’s called the Forgotten Cookie, but I’ve renamed it the “un” forgotten cookie in honor of Valentine’s Day. It’s a sweet treat to whip up to let someone know they’re not forgotten 🙂 Have you ever tried one of these delicious, light and airy cookies? They’re similar to a meringue cookie, but a little chewier […]

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The “Un” Forgotten Cookies and Valentine’s Day Treat!
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I love granola! The fun thing about making your own granola is that you can mix ingredients and nutrients you want to eat. I had the urge to make a chocolate, coconut granola. But not like chocolate morsels… I wanted to use organic cacao powder and nibs because they’re rich in antioxidants (richer than wine […]

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Sweet Mornings – Organic Cacao, Coconut and Quinoa Granola
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I was going through David’s cookbook, Ready for Dessert, and I stopped when I saw this pear tart recipe. Brown butter, rum, pears and pecans! I knew it had to be amazing and topped with a rum whipped cream, it was just that. It’s definitely time consuming because ingredients need to cool, but it’s not […]

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Pear Tart Recipe with Brown Butter, Rum and Pecans
Holidays

Who doesn’t love a delicious, rich cup of hot cocoa? We had guests over the other night and our friend Brandon asked for a cup of cocoa. After Mariah told me about this recipe, I wanted to try it. I added even more chocolate and a touch of heavy cream in with the milk and it […]

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Easy Ways to Top Off Your Hot Cocoa
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I first tried this vanilla bean panna cotta recipe when our close friend Todd made it for us on New Year’s and I knew I needed to make it and share the recipe with you all! It’s a creamy, super smooth vanilla bean custard that melts in your mouth. What I love about it is […]

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The Best Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta Recipe
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I’m obsessed and have gone Teavana crazy! No really, I’m drinking tea like I used to drink Starbucks’ lattes. I’ve always loved their teas, but these tea blossoms are just way too charming. The little green balls turn into beautiful flowers once hot water is poured over them! Amazing : ) By far the most […]

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floral tea time and party favors
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These aren’t as sugary as they look! They’re definitely sweet because I used marshmallow vodka with the cotton candy, but you can use regular vodka too. I think the presentation of these is what makes them so much fun. Fill each shot glass with a yummy flavor of fluffy cotton candy, then pour the alcohol […]

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well hello cotton candy shot
Holidays

I made this festive candy cane peppermint punch for General Mills and it was so incredibly tasty and easy, I had to share it on Sugar and Charm! It’s only three ingredients, so if you need a last minute holiday treat, this is great! You wouldn’t think eggnog and peppermint ice cream would go together, […]

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Candy Cane Peppermint Punch
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This is a sponsored post from Sierra Mist  With the holidays being so busy, sometimes it’s nice to have an easy go-to drink recipe. Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash comes once a year and I’ve tested one of their signature mocktails. It’s made with real sugar and nothing artificial, which is great! This mocktail is created […]

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Sierra Mist Mocktail and Cocktail
Holidays

If you’ve ever made homemade gingerbread you know how amazing it smells for weeks! I made this tree last year and every time I would walk past it I would get a nice aroma of gingerbread, which is usually just what I needed at the time. A little jolt of Christmas cheer! I decided that […]

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Gingerbread Garland and Recipe
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I made popovers! Delicious, light and airy popovers with bourbon maple butter and I ate three of them in one sitting. They’re hollow though, so I don’t think it mattered that I had three, right? The butter tasted like heaven and paired well with the popovers! They’re perfect right out of the oven, poke a […]

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Sweet Mornings – Giant Popovers with Maple Bourbon Butter
Holidays

I’ve always been attracted to the color and odd shape of dragon fruit. The gorgeous hues of vibrant pink and red makes this one of the most beautiful fruits. It’s similar in texture to a kiwi, but has a mild sweetness and taste. It’s rich in vitamin C, B and contains a good amount of […]

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Dragon Fruit Holiday Cocktail
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I want to share this biscotti recipe with you. This was my first time making biscotti and my belly is happy with the outcome. I figure since it’s the holiday season and my iced-lattes have turned into hot ones, it would be nice to have a delicious espresso biscotti to enjoy with my coffee! I […]

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Sweet Mornings – Espresso Biscotti Recipe
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What better way to celebrate an anniversary than peanut butter caramel cheesecake?! Today is our four year wedding anniversary! When I think back on that day, I can’t believe four years have passed. I can honestly remember every detail like it was yesterday. Zan is an amazing husband and it’s been incredible to see him […]

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Peanut Butter, Caramel Cheesecake to Celebrate 4 Years of Marriage
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Mini fondant pumpkin pies on top of pumpkin cupcakes! How much do you just want to gobble one of these down? I had to make them after seeing it here. That little piece of pie is edible if you like fondant, if you don’t (I’m actually not a huge fan, but I love to work […]

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Oh, Hey Little Slice of Fondant Pumpkin Pie
Holidays

I truly enjoyed this drink for days and it is my beloved cocktail for fall. Not only was the cocktail incredible, but the process of making homemade apple cider was so much fun! The apples boiling in the pot with fall spices made the house smell so incredible. I couldn’t help but smile the whole […]

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The Best Homemade Apple Cider Cocktail Ever!
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If you need a last minute Halloween treat for this Wednesday, these adorable mummy cupcakes are perfect! They’re super simple to make, as it’s just a regular chocolate cake and white frosting. You’ll also need a flat frosting tip (#45), frosting bag and Wilton monster eyes and that’s it! I used this chocolate cake recipe and […]

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Chocolate and Vanilla Mummy Cupcakes
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Jolly Rancher punch? Oh yes. I made this last year for our Halloween party and not only was it a total hit, but it was super easy to make! And it tastes like a yummy Jolly Rancher, but not as sweet… I obviously prefer a handcrafted and muddled cocktail, but when you’re hosting a party […]

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Spiked Jolly Rancher Punch
Holidays

This cake is the best fall cake recipe and a great way to use all of those apples you’ve collected from apple picking! It’s dense and super moist and when you pour the hot apple cider glaze over the top… oh my goodness, it’s delicious. I didn’t want to eat the whole cake myself, because […]

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Perfect Fall Crunchy Apple Cake
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There is no better way to serve creamy pumpkin ice cream than in a hollow pumpkin itself! The ice cream seriously has the flavor of a pumpkin pie and has a delicious crunchy texture when served on top of crumbled graham crackers (or ginger snaps in you prefer). Enjoy watching your guests’ faces light up […]

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creamy pumpkin ice cream
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It’s finally time to share one of my favorite perfect chocolate cake recipe. It was passed down to me years ago and I often make it for birthdays and other special occasions. It’s VERY rich and dense, so you MUST be a chocolate lover to enjoy this perfect chocolate cake. I think it’s pretty easy […]

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The Perfect Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Banana breakfast sandwiches – yum! As expressed in a previous post, I’m telling you again that I really love Tyler Florence’s baby food book, Start Fresh, because that’s exactly where I got this recipe!! The book is not just about purees… it also features recipes for the whole family too : ) There was no stopping […]

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Sweet Mornings – Banana Breakfast Sandwiches
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A few weeks ago my friend Mara and I went to People Magazine’s Style Watch party at the Palihouse in West Hollywood. I’m madly in love with the Palihouse decor and every time I turned a corner, I would see another brilliant idea that I had to capture! The tile throughout the lobby was gorgeous and I especially loved […]

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guess-tini – ginger beer and st-germain cocktail
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Since it’s October 1st, I figured I would start the month (and morning) off right with deliciously moist pumpkin muffins with cinnamon streusel! I’m so happy that pumpkin is back in season! I absolutely love cooking with it and crave it all year ; ) It’s a good day when I see the giant Libby’s […]

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Sweet Mornings – Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel
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I tried several versions of this recipe and this one was my favorite. They’re a little crispy on the outside and have a very fudgey brownie inside, which is super moist! The biggest advise I can give for this recipe is to UNDER cook the cookies and let them sit a little on the hot […]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
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I was browsing through my very adored and cherished Martha Stewart magazine they so generously give Sugar and Charm every month and I spotted this DELICIOUS recipe. A few things I love about these pancakes… first, I love anything made in mini cast iron skillets. It just seems to add rustic charm to a recipe and it […]

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Sweet Mornings – Blueberry Dutch Pancakes
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These are called french toast puffs and they’re the most delicious version of french toast ever! A crispy and crunchy outside with a soft, almost doughy like, puff inside. Seriously amazing! See below the pics for the recipe. I’ve been contemplating starting a “Sweet Mornings” Monday breakfast series on Sugar and Charm, featuring some really […]

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Sweet Mornings – French Toast Puffs
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I’ve been drinking mojitos all summer. Anytime I order a cocktail at a restaurant, it’s a mojito and I tell the bartender to go easy on the sugar. I’m not a fan of super sweet cocktails as I prefer lightly sweetened, freshly muddled drinks that use real fruit ; ) The trick to making the […]

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Strawberry Pomegranate Mojito
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Strawberry Crunch Icebox Cake The end of summer is upon us and Labor Day is right around the corner. Time to get the red, white and blue out for one more summer BBQ. I made this Strawberry Crunch Icebox Cake for General Mill’s blog and thought I would share it on here since it’s the […]

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Strawberry Crunch Icebox Cake
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I stumbled upon this genius “frost by numbers” chart from the Food Network and had to share! You can make all of those beautiful icing colors with just a basic box of food coloring! They tell you how many drops of each dye you’ll need to one cup of icing. Click here 

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frost by numbers
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I’ve always been a huge fan of St-Germain, so when I received a beautiful package on my door step showcasing their new wedding cocktails, I had to try one! I’ve made several of their cocktails (see them here) and they always turn out delicious and refreshing. Check out their full line of cocktails here. I adore […]

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La Neige Russe St-Germain Cocktail
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My mother-in-law shared this recipe with me from the book Sweet Scoops. She was raving about how good this toasted coconut and cashew ice cream was and I couldn’t resist giving it a try… lo and behold, I was not disappointed! Oh my, it’s soooo tasty. I’m frightened for my caloric intake that it’s in my […]

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Toasted Coconut and Cashew Ice Cream
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I had a box of sugar cones sitting in my cupboard and I was hankering to use them! I thought it would be a cute idea to dip them and write on them with Candy Melts. I love how they turned out and how they can be tailored to any event! You can write names […]

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candy melts and sugar cones
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I have a new favorite drink now after visiting the fabulous mixologist, Nikko, at Mare’ka in Studio City. He made us an organic chocolate martini, but made with REAL cacao powder. I had to try and create one of my own! Cacao powder is full of antioxidants, which makes this chocolatey libation packed with health benefits! […]

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Organic Chocolate Martini
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I loved these mini trifle dishes I found at Pier One. I needed to make something to fill them, as they looked so sad and empty. I remember eating banana trifles as a kid and always loving it, even though there’s no chocolate! I found a VERY good vanilla pudding recipe and made a homemade version of […]

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Mini Banana Trifles
Holidays

Milkshakes and popcorn are so “American” so I put them together to make a unique and delicious all-American treat to celebrate the 4th of July! It’s a buttery vanilla milkshake, swirled with caramel and topped with Cracker Jack caramel popcorn. Enough said. : )   Cracker Jack Caramel Popcorn Milkshake Ingredients: 2 cups vanilla ice […]

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Cracker Jack Caramel Popcorn Milkshake
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Cupcake tops + ice cream = one delicious sundae! It’s a twist on the traditional sundae and a great idea when entertaining your friends! Bring them out on a platter to serve after dinner and all of your guests will be a on a crazy sugar high. But that’s the fun of it, right? This […]

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cupcake top sundaes
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This is a Mai “Tie” a man won’t be embarrassed to drink this Father’s Day! I’m not sure where Mai Tais got their girly connotation from. Maybe it’s the ubiquitous umbrella garnish or the fruitiness, but this Mai Tai is opposite from any girly drink. It’s concocted with three different rums and slightly sweetened with […]

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Manly Mai “Tie” Mai Tai
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We grilled out with our family for Memorial Day. I was so hankering to bake something because I haven’t been in the kitchen since Romeo was born. Baking is therapeutic to me… I love doing it! I wasn’t up for too much “experimenting” because if it turned out bad, I would be disappointed I spent […]

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old-fashioned banana cake
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I made this cocktail with a rare liquor called Agave Wine. It’s popular in Mexico and I’ve tasted it a few times at authentic restaurants in LA. It’s made from the same agave plant that tequila comes from, but it’s a little lighter in flavor and alcohol content. I really like it and it’s cheap! You […]

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mango agave wine blended cocktail
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Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We relaxed, went to Ojai and Santa Monica for dinner, I did some prom make-up (brought back way too many memories!) and we watched some very interesting documentaries that I would totally recommend. Check them out here and here. On Sunday I made a goat cheese cheesecake and brought it to our […]

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goat cheese cheesecake with fresh raspberries
Holidays

Have you ever made fresh squeezed watermelon juice? It’s a little more time consuming than just juicing an orange or lemon, but it tastes so refreshing and it’s worth the extra steps : ) I made some Saturday morning for myself and Zan and we both loved it. It’s a good alternative to a cocktail […]

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fresh homemade watermelon juice
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Over the weekend I made homemade cinnamon rolls. I followed Paula Dean’s recipe, which is really incredible! It’s a little time consuming because the bread needs to have time to rise, but other than that it’s very easy to follow and there is a video that walks you through each step. I also added 2 1/2 teaspoons of Grand […]

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Sweet Mornings – Homemade Cinnamon Rolls with Grand Marnier Icing
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This is the chocolate cupcake post… where I link two of my favorite chocolate cake/cupcake recipes and a really yummy chocolate buttercream frosting ; ) I made these cupcakes after my shower because… well I just can’t get enough chocolate. I don’t really sit around and gorge myself on cupcakes all day, but I do […]

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Best Chocolate Cake Recipes
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Last week I made three cocktails for Style Me Pretty and Macy’s. I wanted to share my favorite one with you… the Honey Citrus cocktail. It’s fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and orange juice, with Skyy Infused Dragon Fruit vodka and lightly sweetened with honey! I also added a sugared rim to dress it up ; ) There […]

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Honey Citrus Cocktail
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I’ve been wanting to make a pie in these 4 ounce mason jars I have laying around. With Easter only a few weeks away, I thought a Lemon Honey Meringue Pie would be perfect for the holiday! They look absolutely adorable in the individual jars! I told Zan I think more restaurants should serve them […]

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Mini Lemon Honey Meringue Pies
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I wrote yesterday that I would post the recipe for the Moscow Mules I made while we were camping. I adapted the recipe from Oprah, ha! I have to agree with her that they are the perfect drink for camping. I changed the recipe by adding Agave Nectar instead of sugar and ginger-infused vodka instead […]

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Moscow Mules Recipe
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It’s been one of those weeks! Sorry I haven’t posted too much, but I’ve been doing really fun things like organizing our new apartment (since we moved two weeks ago), preparing our documents for taxes (worst day ever, but it has to get done!) and growing a baby! It’s been a little crazy over here. The good […]

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Lavender Mojito
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Over the weekend I tasted some of the most amazing cookies from Brown Butter Cookie Company and I had to share! Honestly, the cookie was perfection and I’ve never had a cookie like this before. Similar to a shortbread (I had the original flavor) but the brown butter gives the cookies such a unique and delicious flavor […]

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Brown Butter Cookie Company
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Happy Leap Day! I like the fact that I have an extra day this year to organize before March rolls on through! I just can’t believe March is already here! There are some special days in March to look forward to like Saint Patrick’s Day and Zan’s birthday! I was thinking about how fast Saint […]

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Saint Patrick’s Chocolate Cookie Cake
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Whether you’re throwing a small Oscar party or just cozying up on the couch with your family to watch  the Awards this Sunday, below are two SUPER easy ideas to help make the night special : ) Mini bowls of popcorn with edible gold stars sprinkled on top and refreshing pineapple and ginger cocktails to […]

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and the award goes to… edible mini gold stars!
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Since it’s the sweetest day of the year, I thought I’d share this Ombre cake I made after seeing this beautiful one! Zan and I will be enjoying it for dessert tonight : ) I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! XOXO   Simple directions on how to make an ombre cake…   1. Choose […]

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ombre cake for valentine’s day
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I hope you all had a great weekend. Zan and I went to San Francisco to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. I took some iPhone pics that I’ll share this week… I started a chocolate board on Pinterest and I wanted to post some of my favorite chocolate pictures in honor of Valentine’s Day! Like, I mentioned in […]

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Au Chocolat
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Since Valentine’s Day is next Tuesday I thought it would be fun to share a cocoa-infused tequila cocktail! How unique is that!? The brand is Tanteo and their tequilas are infused with fresh, natural ingredients. This one is infused with real cocoa and a hint of jalapeno, to give it a little spice. It’s not necessarily chocolate […]

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Tanteo Cocoa-infused Tequila!
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Amy Atlas, the queen of dessert tables created this adorable candy chart for her new book, Sweet Designs. The descriptions are charming, graphics are cute and simple and I think it’s frame worthy, haha! I’m looking forward to seeing the whole book in April! Her dessert tables are the best of the best and I always find a lot […]

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the queen of dessert tables
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I was reading the February issue of Martha Stewart and as I flipped to the back of the magazine, I saw these AMAZING cookies! They’re thumbprint cookies rolled in coconut, filled with caramel and topped with sea salt! YUM! They turned out really tasty and I thought they would be a perfect Valentine’s gift wrapped […]

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Valentine’s Day Treat, Coconut Thumbprint Cookies
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I created this truffle bar last January for Style At Home and realized I never posted the photos on Sugar and Charm! Since Valentine’s Day is coming up in two weeks I thought I would share my idea for a truffle bar. I used Ina’s amazing truffle recipe and the placed them all on a plate. Then I set […]

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How to Set Up a Truffle Bar
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Happy, happy Friday! I must be dreaming about a giant margarita or something because I started gathering bar items that I thought were cool and came up with a few of my new favorite things! I love coming across genius products like the Corkcicle (chills wine in seconds without being watered down! Amazing!) and Swirl Shatter-Proof Wine Tumblers, […]

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my new favorite products for the bar
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I made Strawberry Streusel muffins the other day and thought it would be cute to put together a sweet and simple Valentine’s Day breakfast. The muffins turned out super moist and very delicious! I added my everyday morning smoothie and fresh strawberries to make the breakfast complete. I make a strawberry-banana smoothie with plain greek […]

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Valentine’s Day Strawberry Muffins and Smoothie
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How’s this for a signature cocktail? A popular sushi restaurant in LA serves a similar cocktail to this and I LOVE it!  I finally decided to recreate them so I can serve something different at parties. It’s perfect for any event and versatile in terms of what liquor and juice you can to use. The […]

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Soju-Juice Cocktail
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I did it – I finally made a candy bar! I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile, but never got around to it. So while I was home taking care of a sick hubby I put a few hours in the kitchen and whipped up some of these homemade Snickers bars. And I have […]

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Homemade Snickers Bar Recipe
Holidays

I make these Peanut Butter Blossoms every year and they are yummmmmmy! They’re a Christmas tradition in our house so I wanted to share them with you all! Since this will be my last Christmas post, I hope everyone has an amazing weekend celebrating this wonderful holiday.  Thank you all for reading my Christmas posts […]

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Peanut Butter Blossoms
Holidays

This year instead of making a gingerbread house, I decided to try a homemade gingerbread tree! I found these star cookie cutters from Crate and Barrel that are for making gingerbread trees. They’re on sale now too! I also followed my gingerbread recipe from last year, which you can find here. This would be an awesome centerpiece for a dessert […]

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Gingerbread Tree
Holidays

I suddenly had the urge to make a chocolate ganache bundt cake… Hmmm I wonder where that urge came from? ha! I am excited because this was my very first bundt cake! Can you believe I didn’t even own a bundt cake pan? Well now I am the proud owner of a new pan and […]

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Chocolate Ganache Bundt Cake
Holidays

Just because I can’t drink at the moment doesn’t mean I don’t need to make the other person living in this house delicious festive cocktails this Christmas! Last night was the perfect night to do so, we watched a Christmas movie and I whipped up a festive treat for Zan to sip on. He is […]

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Bulldog n’ Baileys Holiday Cocktail
Holidays

A change up from the traditional Pumpkin Pie dessert for Thanksgiving… This year you can bring these sugared-cranberry vanilla cupcakes to the party! I know they look a little Christmasy, but they’ll work for either holiday and I highly doubt anyone will turn them away for their cheery look 😉 It’s a basic white cake recipe, […]

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Sugared-Cranberry Vanilla Cupcakes
Holidays

We had a cold and rainy weekend in LA and I was soaking it in as much as I could. I love rainy weekends here since we don’t get them very often. The malls were full of people and Christmas decorations already! Zan and I went to Santa Barbara one day to eat at a […]

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Hot Buttered Mulled Cider
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Espolon Tequila and a few talented mixologists came together to create three delicious cocktails for Halloween and Day of the Dead. Besides the fact that these one-of-a-kind drinks are super tasty, I also love the way they are garnished! Especially the skeletons… definitely inspiration for garnishing cocktails for your own Halloween party! So if you’re up […]

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espolon tequila halloween cocktails
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Los Angeles had thunderstorms this weekend! It was awesome and totally put me into the fall spirit : ) It felt so crisp and cloudy outside, I lit my pumpkin spice candle and enjoyed baking a delicious fall treat. These cupcakes turned out AMAZING… very moist, dense and just the perfect amount of sweetness. The […]

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pumpkin cupcakes and candied pecans
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I enjoy any dessert that has a salty and sweet flavor to it. Adding a little bit of caramel doesn’t hurt either. I’m actually not much of a pudding fan, but I wanted to attempt to make a butterscotch flavor after tasting it at a restaurant last week. I found a really great and easy […]

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salted-caramel butterscotch pudding
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To celebrate the opening day of The Help, I’m sharing a delicious mint julep recipe and a snippet of a photo shoot I styled a few months ago. I haven’t posted the pictures of it yet because we are trying to get it featured, but hopefully I’ll be able to share all of the photos soon […]

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Mint Juleps and the Help
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Okay, I know this red velvet cheesecake is totally overboard, a caloric craziness and a lot of time in the making, but it tastes OH SO GOOD!!! It consists of an original cheesecake with a buttery graham cracker crust, a moist layer of red velvet cake on top and it’s all coated in a light […]

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Red Velvet Cheesecake
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  Piña Colada bars are similar to the lemon bars I made before. I’ve changed a few ingredients and added some delicious shaved coconut to the top. It’s a perfect summer combination of a Piña Colada wrapped up into a bar! Can you imagine serving these on the side with a Piña Colada drink? Yum! The crust […]

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if you like piña coladas…
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For my kindergarten graduation, my mother asked me what type of cookie I wanted her to make for the party. Without hesitation I chose peanut butter and it’s still my favorite cookie today 😉 I have a picture of me holding a plate of peanut butter cookies with a terrible fluffy, purple dress on… the […]

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good ol’ fashioned peanut butter cookies
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If Violet Beauregarde didn’t turn into a big blueberry and float away, she would’ve been around (and old enough!) to enjoy this Blueberry Mojito! Okay, my husband wrote that line, but I thought it was cute so I left it ; ) Anyway, HAPPY 4TH of JULY!!! You should all celebrate with this oh so […]

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oh so blueberry mojito
Holidays

Growing up, these Italian sodas were my favorite!! My mom and I would always stop by a little coffee shack on our road trips to Oregon. I remember ordering the blueberry Italian soda in the summer instead of ice cream because they were so refreshing. I hadn’t had one of these since I was a […]

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Italian Sodas
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As I was deciding on a strawberry pie recipe, I knew I wanted something fresh, not too sweet and would taste delicious with vanilla ice cream. So I went with a glazed strawberry pie that only requires the crust to be baked. I absolutely love how it turned out! I can still taste a little […]

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simple glazed strawberry pie
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I have a new minor obsession, ebelskivers! I’ve had the pan sitting in my cupboard for a year now. A few weeks ago, I finally decided to break it out and have my try at these little pancake balls. I even used the box mix from Williams-Sonoma because I was so nervous these little guys wouldn’t turn out. Lo […]

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Ebelskiver Love
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I was reading the magazine Edible Santa Barbara the other day and I came across the best two-page advertisement I’ve ever seen. It was for St-Germain and inside the magazine they provided card stock tear-outs of vintage postcards with a cocktail recipe on the back, three AMAZING St-Germain summer drink recipes and a guide to Artistic Expression… […]

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Summer Drink Recipes from St-Germain
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Growing up I loved Angel Food Cake… My grandma always had one in her kitchen and I would eat it with chocolate whipped cream! Zan is also a huge fan of Angel Cake, so I thought I would mix things up a bit and add some ice cream, whipped cream and fresh peaches to it. […]

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Angel Cake
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  Does anyone know that song?! 😉 My favorite combination of sweetness is peanut butter, chocolate and banana! I will take that combo over fruit and vanilla any day! This recipe is really about the frosting because, if you’re a huge peanut butter fan like me, you will LOVE this rich and creamy frosting on […]

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Peanuuuut, Peanut Butter Frosting
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I love the idea of infusing sugar! The wonderful uses of infused sugars are endless. You can use the citrus or lavender sugar in a poundcake or sugar cookie recipe to add a hint of flavor or simply place a teaspoon in your coffee (think espresso bean-infused!) or when mixing a cocktail. It can also […]

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Infusing Sugar
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I have my favorite photographers and Elizabeth Messina is definitely one of them! She shot these photos, for Rue Magazine, of the ADORABLE Sweet Lucie’s antique ice-cream cart! I fell in love with the photos when I first saw them and I had to share! They remind me of everything I love about summer… romance and ice cream!! The styling […]

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romance and ice cream
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Can you believe that tomorrow will be June 1st!? I’m pretty darn excited and wanted to start it off right… with some watermelon mojito popsicles!! Yesterday we went to a BBQ/first birthday party and Zan brought some ingredients to make watermelon mojitos. They were enjoyed by many and as I was sipping mine, I thought […]

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watermelon mojito pops!
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My friend and reader Jen, sent me over a link to check out an artist named Amy Stevens. I was drawn to these abstract cakes and enticing colors! She reminds me a lot of Amy Sedaris, which is funny because they share the same first name, ha! When Amy turned 30 she wanted to bake 30 birthday cakes […]

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abstract cake decorating
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This Key lime sorbet Champagne cocktail is perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch!! It adds a hint of flavor to the Champagne and keeps it extra cold. I adapted the recipe from David Lebovitz’s (one of my favorite French pastry chefs!) book, Ready for Desserts. The recipe is originally made with grapefruit juice, but I knew it […]

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key lime sorbet cocktail
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It’s going to be a Key lime Mother’s Day all week on Sugar and Charm! I’ll be posting easy Key lime-themed entertaining and craft ideas that you can create for your mom. Let’s start the week off with a delicious Key lime pie recipe that’s perfect for brunch! Everything is homemade for mom, even the […]

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key lime mother’s day week
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I have a very special post today – a delicious cocktail recipe and a beautiful download from the very talented Erin of BerinMade! She hand-illustrated some adorable flower drink sticks just for you! They are absolutely perfect for your next springtime cocktail party or outdoor dinner. Erin specializes in gorgeous and unique hand-illustrated stationary, art work […]

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spring flower drink sticks and grapefruit mojitos
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Butter-less chocolate chip cookies, what else can I say? I conducted an experiment last night… I tried making chocolate chip cookies without using butter. Why? Because most of the time when I use all butter in my cookie recipe, they turn out flat and cake-like. I thought about all the different fats I could use […]

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Butter-less Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Look how delicious these paintings are ; ) Two of my favorite things (cake and cake stands) all on one canvas! Jordan Ferney baked the cakes, while Paul Ferney painted each one! How fun is that? They sell these and many more 5×7 oil prints here. I think these would make really sweet gifts… I know […]

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let them eat cake
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Mmmmmmmm!! Okay, this homemade marshmallow fluff is pretty amazing. It has the perfect texture, flavor and it looks like a cloud of sugary sweetness – haha! It’s perfect to cover a chocolate cake or pipe on top of mini cupcakes. The recipe is simple to make and it’s a nice, not-too-sweet treat for Easter. I […]

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Marshmallow Fluff Cupcakes
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Anytime Enjoy Cupcakes and Jose Villa team up, a masterpiece is created! Once again, I fell in love with this adorable margarita photo shoot that was featured on Design Sponge. The styling, setting and of course the pictures are just beautiful! Enjoy and read the recipe below ; ) Read more at Design*Sponge   Margarita Recipe […]

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Margarita Time with Enjoy
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Back in one of my college classes, we were assigned to bake a dessert that was traditional to a specific country. It was enjoyable to taste the unique flavors of each dessert and it also spiked a curiosity in me that wanted to keep baking and trying desserts from other cultures. Since St. Patrick’s Day is […]

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traditional irish chocolate cake with irish cream frosting!
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This was my first time making a carrot cake recipe from scratch and it turned out heavenly! I found a recipe that reminded me of a classic, old fashion carrot cake with pineapple, shredded coconut and pureed carrots! This would be a delicious dessert for Easter!   Carrot Cake Cupcakes  2 cups flour 2 cups […]

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carrot cake cupcakes
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Now aren’t these photos just as sweet as can be?! Santa Barbara Magazine featured an annual bake off between twenty sugar-coated girlfriends and it was nothing short of perfection. One of my favorite photographers,Elizabeth Messina, captured the day with these amazingly gorgeous photos! They have me dreaming of sitting at that floral-covered table, sipping cocktails and […]

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Santa Barbara Bake Off
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With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I thought I would make a heart cake to share with you ; )  I got the vanilla cake recipe from my Better Homes magazine and added a simple buttercream chocolate frosting. I’m always on the search for an amazing vanilla cake and this one turned out pretty good! I’ll […]

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Baked with Love – Vanilla Cake, Cocoa Frosting, Raspberry Heart
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Today I am sharing a special lemon bar recipe that was passed down from my amazingly talented mother-in-law! I really hope she doesn’t kill me for sharing this with the world, but I couldn’t resist! I think this will probably be one of the only recipes I share of hers, unless I can convince her to create […]

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heart-shaped lemon bars!
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This is a special day because it’s Sugar and Charm’s 100th post! Yay! Thank you all so, so much for reading Sugar and Charm… I have some fun plans for it in the near future so stick with me 😉 I wanted to celebrate my 100th post with this captivating birthday cake! I flipped when […]

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rainbow cake and 100th post!
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Happy New Year’s Eve! Try making these Sparkle Champagne Cupcakes to take to your New Year’s party this year! My cousin, Jessie, sent me over the recipe (see below) and I was instantly smitten with the idea! I had to try them for myself and they turned out pretty yummy! I made a few changes, like adding more […]

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champagne cupcakes… with a dash of sparkle
Holidays

These Roly Poly Santa Cookies are the cutest of the cookie bunch! They’re buttery and delicious and you’ll almost feel bad for eating their legs and head, but you won’t regret it once you have a taste! Below is the recipe to make these little guys and you can find a video here! Enjoy!   Roly Poly […]

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Ho, Ho, Ho! Roly-Poly Santa Cookie Recipe
Holidays

Sorry I haven’t posted for the last two days… I’ve been baking my bum off! Well, not really my bum off, if anything I added to it! None the less these past few days have been crazy! Baking, shopping, cooking, baking more, movies (love Falalala Lifetime!), cookies, parties, etc. I really can’t complain because I […]

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Cookie Day… A Successful Two-day Process!
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I took on the task of making my own gingerbread houses for our “Ginger-Off” party this past Saturday night! I used a simple recipe and baked four batches to create six houses. While I was making them, I thought it would be cute to package the houses up (unassembled) and give them away as gifts. […]

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homemade gingerbread house kits!
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Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. Mine is continuing because we are headed to a farmhouse in Paso Robles for a week in wine country! Yay, a mini vacation away from the city sounds perfect to me. I’ll have a few DIY projects and a super deal on 2011 weddings when I get back… so […]

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Pumpkin Ale Floats
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Paulette is a bakery located in Beverly Hills that create these delicious and very colorful Parisian (French) macaroons! They have some unique flavors like Earl Grey tea and the colors are just beautiful! They also create macaroon towers and favor boxes for events. SO cute and clever 😉 I’ve been wanting to make some of my own, but now […]

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French Macaroons

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