Orange & Anise Olive Oil Cake with Figs

Orange & Anise Olive Oil Cake with Figs |

Do you know how good it feels to be back in the kitchen? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been absolutely loving hanging out with my baby son, Nolan, squeezing him and smelling his head and kissing his cheeks. We’ve walked to the park, visited the grandparents’ houses, and even made a brief journey to the mall. But I have missed whipping up recipes, and I’ve really missed not having homemade desserts every week!… 

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Lindt EXCELLENCE Chocolate & Wine Pairing Party + Giveaway!


Disclosure: I received free products and compensation for this post. All opinions are my own (or those of my guests, where noted!).

I’m back from maternity leave, and what better way to celebrate than with a party? Lindt contacted me a month ago about hosting a chocolate and wine pairing party featuring some of their Lindt EXCELLENCE chocolates and wines from J. Lohr. At the time, I was weeks away from giving birth, which meant that I hadn’t had a glass of wine since November. And I’m always on board for chocolate, especially some expertly crafted fancy chocolate like what Lindt has to offer. I also used the party as an excuse for my friends to meet and fawn over my newborn son (he’s a month old now!)… 

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The Friday Four: Sweet Cherries

The Friday Four: Sweet Cherries |

You may have noticed that in the last week or so, the price of cherries has plummeted. I hope that means you’ve been buying them up like crazy, because cherry season simply does not last long enough! They might be a pain in the butt to pit, but they really add so much to dessert time. I like to eat them straight up with some whipped cream, but these bloggers got creative with their miniature stone fruit, and I love it! … 

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