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S’mores Layer Cake

Have you ever met anyone who didn't like s'mores? Because I've yet to come across a single soul. I mean, I'm not entirely shocked - the combination of graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow is utterly unbeatable. And though the traditional s'more is fantastic, for our West Elm  party, we decided to elevate it just a touch by turning it into a full blown cake! That perfectly...

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Star Shaped Marshmallows

I actually made these beauties, in heart shaped format mind you, for a mini-wintry get together with a few girlfriends not long ago and I can't even begin to tell you how big of a hit they were. Who knew grown-women would go nutty over sweetly shaped desserts? Though this may seem impossible, I'm convinced they make your hot chocolate taste better to boot (and they fully made our...

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Cardamom Plum Trifle

For the holidays, I'm always looking for pretty looking deserts that look impressive, but are simple to throw together. A trifle tends to fit the bill perfectly! It's easy to make, versatile in the ingredients used, and if you make it in single serve glasses, it just feels special. This recipe is perfect for newbies as it uses store bought favourites. If you have the time and inclination - feel free to make your own cake and custard! For more recipes, head on over to my blog...

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Ginger Carrot Spun Cake

Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor for I believe Sweet Lyon has outdone themselves this time. Ginger + carrot are basically a match made in heaven, married perfectly to become this sophisticated holiday cake. Beautifully captured by Alyssa Rosenheck Photography, there are...

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8 Unique Pie Crust Toppers

With Thanksgiving merely hours away, chances are you're knee deep in butter & flour and Thanksgiving preparations of the most exciting kind right about now. And before you go ahead and put the finishing touches on those fabulous desserts of yours, allow us to  re-introduce to you a few cute un-traditional pie toppers that are totally floating our boat. EIGHT of them, to be exact! Are you excited?

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I Actually MADE This Apple Pie

Is there really anything better, than warm, straight from the oven apple pie with a big ole dollop of ice cream on top? If you said, yes, I'm seriously questioning your judgement. Well, to each their own. For me, the topper to the perfect Thanksgiving is a slice of this little dream boat, which if you ask me, is the best one around. Photography:...

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Worth the Calories Pumpkin Pie

If ever there was a signature pie for Thanksgiving, I'm pretty sure the Pumpkin Pie would be it. I have no idea what it is about this pie - maybe the cinnamon and clove flavors, maybe the rich color, maybe just the fact that I've only ever seen a pumpkin pie served at Thanksgiving - but this pie, is the one pie that no Thanksgiving table should be with out. And this recipe is the bomb dot com. We ever so slightly adapted it from...

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Best Ever Pecan Pie

We live out in the New England country, in a little town just outside of Boston. Where cars slow to let turkeys pass by and horses regularly trot down the side of the road with their owners. We are close enough to a city to experience all of the culinary goodness, but far enough to enjoy all of the farms and land and general loveliness. And around Thanksgiving that very combination gets oh so good. I should preface this recipe to say that I'm not so much of a pie girl. Unless I'm...

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Pumpkin Pie from Waiting on Martha

We should be ashamed of ourselves! Last week we featured Waiting On Martha's incredible Southern inspired Thanksgiving spread, and while a pumpkin pie obviously made an appearance, there was nary a recipe in sight. So we, of course, had to revisit and...

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

After watching the last UnReal feature we were feeling inspired. To give one of our favorite treats an at-home makeover. And while I wouldn't exactly call these healthy, they use simple ingredients that you can actually spell and that you can most likely find in your pantry already. This recipes is for peanut butter cups but we also made a few with caramel for my son that turned out...

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Chocolate Drizzled Glitter Cake

I obviously had to save the best recipe for last. I mean, in my opinion at least. There isn't much that tops a chocolate cake, unless said chocolate cake is drizzled in glitter!! That's right, my dears. Glitter cake. It's like magic, I know. Move over naked cakes, there's a new contender in town! DIY...

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Gilded Black Candy Apples

I used to think that candy apples we're one of those classic treats that you just didn't want to mess with. Yeah, you could add a caramel coating, some peanuts, m&m's, what have you. But in my opinion they all palled in comparison to the original version. That is, until you gild them. Because the second that happens, all bets go out the window. Gilded black candy apples? It doesn't get much better than that.

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Homemade Candy Apples

This may be a strange statement to make, but candy apples always remind me of happiness. They're typically reminiscent of a day at the fair (we were always allowed to grab one on our way out when we were little) or, in this case, halloween (my all time favourite as a child). It's been years since I've had one, but with Waiting on Martha's recipe, all that...

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Easy French Macarons

French macarons are one of those desserts that I've never had the courage to attempt. And this is coming from someone who feels quite comfortable baking! But Meredith from The Artisan Bake Shop has promised that her recipe is totally do-able, so long as you follow her steps. And after reviewing each one, I'm feeling infinitely more confident...

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Blueberry Rhubarb Pie with Whole Wheat Crust by Teeny Pies

I absolutely love the story behind Teeny Pies. Not having the funds to send herself to culinary school, Teeny set out on a "tour of pie" across the US, hoping to absorb as much pie related knowledge and experience as she could before launching her own company. Let's just take a second to absorb how amazing that is. She's since written a cookbook and is in the midst of launching her own online pie shop. And today she is sharing her...

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Sour Cherry Jello Shots + A Plum and Pink Palette

Whenever someone asks me about how to determine a color palette - whether for a new living room or a simple dinner party - I always say the same thing. Think layers. While it's easy to conceptualized a color blocked space (ie, pink and gold), your space will always feel richer with a palette that is layered with various hues within the same color family. And this Plum & Pink Palette --- um, and coordinating JELLO SHOTS -- from...

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Blueberry Cheesecake from Indulge and Catherine Guidry

We could let our last post slip away without stealing a page from that gorgeous dessert buffet. Namely, the blueberry cheesecake that is causing me to sit on my hands as I type this so I don't go raid the fridge and make some variations as this sweet cream cheese blueberry filled goodness. Ok not really, but almost. So here you go my friends. The best way to cheat on your diet since these little cakeletts from the lovely dessert gurus of...

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Poached Peaches from Katie Parra

Now that peach season is in full swing, I find myself craving them en-masse. Whether they're fresh from a basket at the market or incorporated into a sweet dish, I truly don't discriminate. So when Katie Parra sent along her recipe for poached peaches my love for her grew ten fold. Not only is she appeasing my current craving, she's also given me the...

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Grandma’s Famous Snicker Bars

So if you ask me, there is nothing better than most gooey, indulgent, pull-out-the-fat-pants recipe. Submitted by one of our readers, Whitney's Grandmother's Snicker Bars recipe is soooo holy moly amazing, we've officially decided to skip today's gym sesh and say calories be damned. These bad boys are worth. every. bite. *NOTE: Put the pan in the fridge while making the next layer. It helps to...

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Grandma’s Lemon Party Cake with Earl Gray Frosting

I have the best news for you. Now, we actually can have tea & cake...in one bite! And a gorgeous bite to boot. Our next recipe - from Juliana Collett - is a Lemon Party Cake with Earl Gray Frosting and I for one, am completely obsessed. Aside from the gorgeous photographs, the cake is drenched in this lemon glaze, then topped with a...

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