You only need four ingredients to make this delicious and Easy Fruit Dip recipe! #fruitdip #dip #dessert #fruit #recipe

If you’re looking for a flavorful, creamy, and easy fruit dip, look no further. You only need four ingredients and five minutes to whip up this Easy Fruit Dip recipe. And it goes perfectly with all your favorite fruits.

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With the outdoor entertaining season upon us, I thought we could use a yummy and easy fruit dip recipe. For as long as I can remember, this is the fruit dip that my mom has made. For me, it’s a requirement for summer barbecues at home. (Oh, and if you need a vegetable dip, this Really Good Veggie Dip is a winner! It’s my go-to recipe!)

Although I’m probably partial to it for sentimental reasons, I recommend it because it is one of the best fruit dip recipes out there.

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What is the best dip for fruit?

What I love is that it’s so simple to make. Better still, it’s likely you already have most of the ingredients in your pantry or refrigerator. All you need is cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, yogurt, and a splash of maraschino cherry juice!

The cream cheese gives it tang, the marshmallow makes it fluffy, and the yogurt keeps it smooth.

I also like the pale pink color, which you might guess is from the maraschino cherry juice. If you don’t have any on hand or don’t want to use it, no worries. You can substitute a splash of grenadine, a bit of strawberry jelly, or even a little red food coloring.

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You'll love this tasty and delicious Fruit Dip Recipe. You can make it under five minutes! #fruit #dip #fruitdip #dessert #recipe

I served this dip many time times when I ran my bed and breakfast. It was a special treat that I could pair with a plate of fruit in the morning. You might not be surprised to hear that it was always a crowd pleaser!

If you’re looking for a tasty fruit dip that’s a breeze to make, give this recipe a try! Whether you’re serving it at a picnic, family barbeque, or night-in with friends, it’s sure to be a hit! (If not, you can blame my mom! Haha!)

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Easy Fruit Dip

serves 12-15

Here's what you will need:
1 (7 ounces) jar marshmallow fluff
1 (8 ounces) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup vanilla yogurt
Splash of maraschino cherry juice

Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and blend with a hand mixer until smooth. Serve with fresh fruit.

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If you’re looking for a flavorful, creamy, and easy fruit dip, look no further. You only need four ingredients and five minutes to whip up this Easy Fruit Dip recipe. And it goes perfectly with all your favorite fruits. With the outdoor entertaining season upon us, I thought we could use a yummy and easy […]




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Learn how to make this colorful and creative Cake in a Jar! #recipe #cake #masonjar #cakeinajar #jar #cupcake #recipe

If you’re looking for a creative way to serve individual cakes, look no further than this Cake in a Jar recipe idea! It’s as simple as layering colorful cake and frosting into a mason jar for one cute and delicious dessert!

How to make Cake in a Jar! #cake #cupcake #masonjar #cakeinajar

You might remember me sharing this Cake in a Jar idea a few years ago as part of my caticorn inspired party. I loved these little mason jar cakes so much that I thought they deserved their own post.

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You know an idea or a recipe is a good one when you come across it again several years later and you look at it with the same joy and delight. (I will admit I snacked on those cakes for a couple days after the photo shoot.)

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How to Make Cake in a Jar:

As you’ll see in the recipe below, Cake in a Jar is simple to make. I used box cake mix because I think it works just as nicely. The trick is to bake the cake in sheet pans to ensure a thin layer of cake. This will allow you to layer more cake in your jars.

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Alternatively, you can use your favorite homemade cake recipe. It will work the same way.

With the cake baked and cooled, use a round cookie cutter (the size that fits into your mason jars) and cut out rounds of cake.

Because it’s my favorite, I used my go-to cream cheese frosting for this recipe. I highly recommend homemade frosting over store-bought. The homemade version is simple to make, and the flavor is a hundred times better.

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The theme of this party was all about being yourself so I had a lot of fun with the colors in my cake and frosting. I even added sprinkles! You can use different colors depending on your event or celebration.

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Once the cake and frosting are prepared, layer the rounds of cut cake in your mason jars. After each layer of cake, pipe or spread a layer of frosting. Shake some sprinkles on the frosting for pizzazz.

Continue layering until you reach the top of the jar. Then cover with a lid.

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As you can tell, I got creative with my jar lids. I added a bit of whimsy with a colorful cat-adorned lid. (More details on how I made the jars can be found here.)

However, an unpainted mason jar lid could be just as beautiful. Tie off the jar with twine for a rustic touch.

With that, your mason jar cakes are ready. Not only are they cute and delicious, but they are easy to pack and transport. In fact, they’d make a delightful dessert for a summer picnic!

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Whatever you do with it, this Cake in a Jar idea is a fun and clever way to serve cake. With plenty of cake flavors, frosting recipes, and styles of jars to choose from, you can let your creativity run wild.

Use my recipe below as a guide; then have fun with your own creations!

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Cake in a Jar Recipe:

Mason Jar Cakes

makes 24 mason jar cakes

Here's what you will need:
2 boxes of cake mix (I used funfetti.)
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 cups confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-3 tablespoons milk
Food coloring
Colored sprinkles

Begin by preparing both cake mixes according to the package directions. Add food coloring to each of the prepared batters to achieve the desired color. (I used teal gel food coloring.) Bake the cakes in two greased and floured half sheet pans. Follow package directions for baking. You'll know the cakes are done if a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

In the meantime, prepare your frosting. With an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, cream cheese, and salt for about three minutes or until smooth. Then, one cup at a time, add the confections sugar, mixing between each addition. Next, add the milk until the desired consistency is reached. (More powdered sugar may be added to thicken the frosting.) Finally, beat in the food coloring until the desired color is achieved.

After both sheet cakes have cooled, cut out cake rounds from each. Use a round cookie cutter that is the same size as your mason jar (about 2 1/2 inches in diameter) to cut out the rounds. You will need need a total of 72 rounds (3 rounds per mason jar).

Begin by layering the cake rounds and frosting in the mason jars. Start with a cake round, then frosting and sprinkles and then another cake round and more frosting and sprinkles. Finish off with a third cake round. Top with your cat-ified mason jar lid to complete.

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I hope you enjoy my recipe for cake in a jar! Give this a try and let me know what you think. Happy Baking!

If you’re looking for a creative way to serve individual cakes, look no further than this Cake in a Jar recipe idea! It’s as simple as layering colorful cake and frosting into a mason jar for one cute and delicious dessert! You might remember me sharing this Cake in a Jar idea a few years […]




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Goodbye, Old Charm

Well, friends, it’s official. This past Friday I signed the papers and sold my house in St. Marys.

If you are new to IBC (or just want a quick refresher), back in 2008, I bought a bed and breakfast called Old Charm. In 2013, I closed the B&B and used the entire house as my home.

Sidenote: For those of you who didn’t know, the name of my blog “Inspired by Charm” (which premiered in 2009) is based on the name of the B&B.

In June of last year, I decided to spread my wings a bit and move to an apartment in Pittsburgh. Although I hadn’t intended to sell my place in St. Marys, an opportunity to do so presented itself recently, and it was just too good to resist.

For the past six months or so, I’ve been hunting for a house here in Pittsburgh, and if you check out my Instagram post today, you can get a sneak peek at how that’s progressing.

As you might guess, selling my home (and previous business) of almost 10 years was bittersweet. However, as I’ve made this transition over the past year, I am confident that everything is working out as it should. And that, my friends, is a great feeling.

With the travel back and forth between homes and the ups and downs of selling and buying, this past year did not go as planned. And although at various points, it made me want to pull my hair out, things could have been so much worse. Most of the rough times were when I let myself get caught up in the downs and drama of life. Now I’m aware there was something bigger at work, and while difficult, this process was essential.

At the end of the day, I’m moving on to the next chapter of my life with joy, excitement, and anticipation. Even though it’s sure to have challenges, I firmly believe this new era will be bright, happy, and beautiful.

So, as I turn the final page of the Old Charm chapter of my life, it seems fitting to take a walk down memory lane. If you don’t mind, I want to share some reflections on my previous home. Obviously, there are dozens and dozens of memories, so I’m going to limit myself as much as possible.

I’d also love for you to join in. If you’ve been following for a while, please leave a comment below with your favorites from my previous home: favorite room, best makeover, coolest craft, tastiest recipe, and so on. It would mean so much to hear from you.

Let’s get to it …. (in no particular order)

The view looking into my dining room.
This was easily my favorite view in my entire house. It was almost magical. Not only does it look pretty, but it was so easy to photograph. The light almost always worked perfectly, and I was able to create many truly magical moments there.

Dining Room - Dior Gray

White Christmas Tree Dining Room Dior Gray

I also have fond memories of this room because at one point I got to chat on the phone with Nate Berkus about it. In fact, he chose that gray paint color. I still love it!

The deck.
This house was located in downtown St. Marys so yard space was lacking. In fact, I didn’t have a yard.

Adding a small deck to a yard.

Adding a small deck to a yard.

Installing this artfully placed deck in the back of the house was one of the best decisions I made. It gave me space to create an outdoor seating area, have a small fireplace, and hang string lights.

100-year-old character.
I unofficially moved out on the 100th birthday of the house. (Not the exact day, but the year.) This old house solidified my love of older homes. I was enamored of the detailed/wide woodwork, all of the built-ins, the pocket doors, and the high ceilings.

Kitchen Woodwork Detailing

Press.
My work in this home brought Inspired by Charm to the attention of others. Not only was my St. Marys home featured in several magazines (most notably the cover and a spread in BHG’s Christmas Ideas magazine), but it allowed me to work with many amazing brands and people throughout the years.

Aqua Bedroom Decor

And I’m not telling you this to be braggadocios, but it makes saying goodbye a little easier. I gave this home so much, and it gave so much back to me. I’m especially grateful to have this blog as a journal of my journey

Lots of practice.
As I mentioned last week, I’ve been working on improving the backend of the blog, which means looking through old posts. Blogging was so different back in 2009 in some very good and some very bad ways. When I go back that far, my inclination is to be judgemental of my work. However, I’m forcing myself to take a different approach, and that has helped me realize how much I’ve grown and learned.

Colorful Bedroom Decor

basement stairwell makeover

My photography has improved, my decorating skills have evolved, my writing has changed, and my overall style has shifted into something I’m actually proud of.

On top of that, I’ve learned some handy skills, including how to hang light fixtures, add molding, and even do minor plumbing.

This picture / view of my living room.
To this day, I still get a couple emails a month asking where this rug is from. (It’s from CB2, but they haven’t sold it since 2013.)

Colorful Modern Living Room

Anytime I would share this picture (or a similar shot on Instagram), it would get so many likes and comments. It was a beautiful space.

Okay, I think I’m getting a bit carried away, so I’m going to stop here. However, a few quick honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions:
My Mom’s 60th Birthday
Rainbow Christmas Tree
My Home Tours
A Small but Mighty Kitchen
Forged Nail Curtain Rod

Thank you all so much for being a part of this journey. Whether you have been following along since 2009 or just joined yesterday, I am thrilled that you are here. I look forward to sharing my next chapter with you!

Well, friends, it’s official. This past Friday I signed the papers and sold my house in St. Marys. If you are new to IBC (or just want a quick refresher), back in 2008, I bought a bed and breakfast called Old Charm. In 2013, I closed the B&B and used the entire house as my […]




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The Ultimate Pineapple Mojito #cocktail #recipe made with Homemade #Pineapple Rum! #mojito

This Pineapple Mojito is a tropical spin on the classic mojito. Made with homemade pineapple rum and fresh pineapple, its bold flavor makes it a delightful cocktail for summer.

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I can practically feel summer at my fingers tips. We’re so close. That’s why my mind has been on refreshing cocktail recipes like this Pineapple Mojito.

There’s almost nothing I love more than stopping work early in the summer to hang out in the sun with friends and endless cocktails. Throw in a pool and a few tasty summer appetizers, and it feels like heaven on earth to me.

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What I especially love about this recipe is that it uses my Homemade Pineapple Rum which I taught you how to make here. This flavored rum makes all the difference as it gives the cocktail a super fresh and natural flavor.

You could even go so far as growing your own mint for this recipe. (If you need a little herb garden inspiration, check out my DIY vertical garden here.)

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How Do you Make a Pineapple Mojito?

Making this cocktail is simple. In a highball glass, muddle together the lime juice, mint, and simple syrup. (This is how most mojito recipes start.) Then, add a couple freshly cut pineapple wedges and lightly muddle again to crush the pineapple.

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Next, add your pineapple-infused rum and a few ice cubes. Top with club soda and stir. That’s it.

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All that’s left to do is to pull up a lounge chair, grab your sunglasses, sit back, and enjoy! Cheers!

Pineapple Mojito Recipe

You'll love this Pineapple Mojito #cocktail #recipe made with Homemade #Pineapple Rum! #mojito

Rum Punch

makes one cocktail

Here's what you'll need:
3 ounces of pineapple juice
2 ounces of orange juice
1 ounce dark rum, plus 1/2 ounce to splash on top
1 ounce coconut rum
splash of grenadine
lime slice for garnish

In a glass, pour in the pineapple juice, orange juice, 1 ounce dark rum, and 1 ounce coconut rum. Gently stir. Then slowly pour in a splash of grenadine. The grenadine will sink to the bottom giving you that gorgeous coloring. Then, add 1/2 ounce of the dark rum to the top. Garnish with a slice of lime and float away into a tropical paradise. A cute straw helps, too.

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This Mozzarella Caprese Crostini is an easy summer #appetizer #recipe that everyone will love, and it can be made in under 15 minutes. #caprese #crostini

This Mozzarella Caprese Crostini is an easy summer appetizer recipe that everyone will love, and it can be made in under 15 minutes.

Learn how to make this Mozzarella Caprese Crostini. It's an easy-to-make appetizer that everyone will love! #caprese #crostini

Like a lot of folks, I relish garden-fresh tomatoes. That flavor of summertime is hard to beat. That’s why I’m always looking for recipes that make in-season tomatoes the star of the show. This Mozzarella Caprese Crostini does just that.

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Layered with mozzarella, fresh basil, spices, and a balsamic glaze, it’s essentially a cypress salad on a piece of crusty bread. What’s not to love?

What is Crostini?

Crostini is Italian for little crusts. It’s an appetizer made of toasted bread with toppings, such as meats, cheeses, vegetables, olive oil, and sauces.

The flexibility of the recipe is one of the things that makes it so great. Although my recipe calls for mozzarella, you can use cheddar if you prefer. Want things a little salty? Then toss on some capers. Make the recipe your own!

This Mozzarella Caprese Crostini is an easy summer appetizer recipe that everyone will love, and it can be made in under 15 minutes.

I don’t know about you, but I could make a meal out of things like crostini and bruschetta. Give me a glass of wine and good company, and I’m set. This is why these types of dishes make great party food.

This Mozzarella Caprese Crostini is an easy summer appetizer recipe that everyone will love, and it can be made in under 15 minutes.

Another thing to love about this recipe is that it comes together quickly. With just a bit of chopping and assembling, you’re ready. If you’re serving crostini for a party, you could even do much of the prep work in advance and then assemble right before serving.

It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Mozzarella Caprese Crostini:

Learn how to make this Mozzarella Caprese Crostini. It's an easy-to-make appetizer that everyone will love! #caprese #crostini

Mozzarella Caprese Crostini

Makes about 24

Here's what you will need:
1 baguette
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
6 large basil leaves, julienned
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2-3 tablespoons balsamic glaze

Begin by diagonally slicing the baguette. Then, lay the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the baking sheet on the top rack of your oven and broil the bread 4-5 minutes until it is golden brown. Set aside to cool.

In a small bowl, gently toss together the cherry tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and a bit of salt and pepper.

To finish, layer the ingredients on the toast. Begin with mozzarella, then add tomatoes, and finally, drizzle with balsamic glaze.

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What's the Tea with IBC

Happy Spring! Happy Mid-April! Happy Almost-Summer! (That last one might be a bit premature, but I couldn’t stop myself.) It’s been a hot minute since we last chatted, so I thought I’d pop in with a “What’s the Tea Life Update” and let you in on some of the things rolling around in my head right now.

Spring Fever:
This past weekend my mom came to Pittsburgh for a visit. She couldn’t have picked a better time. With the temperature getting into the mid-80s, it was glorious! And because we knew those warm days wouldn’t last, we took full advantage of them!

What's the Tea with IBC

In addition to shopping, we walked around Highland Park, visited Point State Park, lunched in Station Square, and toured the city via the Gateway Clipper.

What's the Tea with IBC

I’m also working on a fun indoor/outdoor post with IKEA, so we stopped in there for a bit of inspiration. Visiting IKEA on a Sunday was not my best idea. The store was buuusy! However, I did gather many great ideas, and I’ll be sharing those with you soon.

Goodbye Old Charm:
After what feels like a lengthy process, it looks as if I will close on my St. Marys house this Friday. As I mentioned recently, I said my final goodbye to my home over Easter weekend. It was bittersweet, but I know the place is in good hands, and I’m beyond excited about my new adventures! I’ll be pulling together a “looking back post” soon, so stay tuned for that.

Blogging Business:
I wanted to share two quick business-y things. First, I’m putting in a lot of behind-the-scenes work to make the Inspired by Charm website work better. Not only have I been doing what I can to improve site speed, I’ve been trying to make IBC more searchable with Google. It’s a lot of tedious and boring work that I won’t explain. However, it does include editing some older content. So, depending on how you follow the blog, you may see some familiar or random posts popping up here and there.

I mention this because it might appear as though I’m trying to trick folks into thinking old content is new content. That’s not my intent. However, if you do to see these posts, please feel free to comment on them, pin them, and share them with friends, as you would with any new post. The more you share and interact with any posts on IBC, the more it helps the blog grow. Thank you!

Second, I’ve also been putting a stronger focus on the Inspired by Charm Mailing List. If you’re not subscribed, you can do so here. I’ve been sending out three emails per week.

The first email (usually sent on Mondays) recaps a particular topic and shares links to posts both new and old. That email includes a bonus section in which I share things I’m loving that week. This section is exclusive to the mailing list. A second email (sent on Fridays) recaps the new posts that appeared on the blog that week. A third email (the day will vary) contains two posts from the IBC archives that I feel are timely for the season and worth a revisit.

As you can see, being on the mailing list is an easy way to stay connected with everything that’s happening on the blog! Again, you can sign up here if you are interested.

Mini Peach Cobbler Recipe

Other Goodies:
I’m SO excited that Sugarland is back! (Anyone else an old-school Sugarland fan?) I am planning to go to one of their concerts this summer and have already pre-ordered their new album! (affiliate link)

Speaking of music, did you watch the CMAs last night? It’s one of my favorite award shows. My top two performances of the evening were Reba and Kelly Clarkson’s duet and Carrie Underwood’s performance of her new song.

These Mini Peach Cobblers ( a post I wrote for HomeGoods) are making me so excited for summer!

Pinterest has been making some wonderful changes lately. I’m hoping the platform continues to improve. If you’re not following Inspired by Charm, you can do so here. I’m still pinning every day!

Shhhh!:
And finally, as a reward for all of you who’ve read this far, I have a very exciting house hunting update to share with you soon. Since it’s still early, I’m not posting an official announcement, but consider this our secret. Please keep your fingers crossed for me!

That’s it for now! As always, thank you so much for reading IBC and sharing in life’s adventures with me!

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Learn how #easy it is to make #Homemade #Pineapple #Rum with this simple recipe!

Create your own Homemade Pineapple Rum with this easy recipe!

Homemade is always better! Learn how to make #homemade #pineapple #rum with the #easy #recipe!

When you’re making a new cocktail or an old favorite that calls for pineapple rum, skip the store-bought version and make your own. The flavor will be so much better, and this recipe is easy as one-two-three!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been infusing alcohol for years. I love a fruit- or herb-flavored liquor but often find that the ones available at the liquor store miss the mark. The flavor seems a bit manufactured or fake. (Spoiler alert: It probably is.)

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While you certainly can’t recreate every flavored liquor at home, there are several varieties that you can, and this Homemade Pineapple Rum is one of them.

As I said at the beginning of this post, the process is super simple, but it does take a little time.

Simply add freshly cut pineapple chunks to a jar, top it with a good white rum, and then let it soak for 1-2 weeks.

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That’s it!

Tips for making Homemade Pineapple Rum:

Use the best ingredients. Be sure to use a flavorful pineapple and a rum you enjoy on its own. The result of the infusion will only taste as good as the ingredients used.

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Allow the rum and pineapple to sit for at least a week. For the best flavor, I recommend two weeks.

Don’t like rum? Try vodka!

Before you know it, you’ll be sipping on some pineapple-inspired cocktails, feeling as though you’re at the beach. It doesn’t get better than that! Cheers!

Homemade Pineapple Rum:

Homemade is always better! Learn how to make #homemade #pineapple #rum with the #easy #recipe!

Homemade Pineapple Rum

Here's what you will need:
2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into small chunks
2 cups white rum

Place the pineapple chunks in a large, air-tight container. Pour the rum over the pineapple, covering it completely. Seal the container. Allow the pineapple to soak in the rum for 1-2 weeks. Lightly shake the container and turn it over every day or two.

After the infusion is complete, drain the liquor from the fruit. Store the infused liquor in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to three months.

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A perfect summer cocktail, this Blackberry Basil #Sangria #recipe is simple to make and packed with refreshing flavor.

The flavors of fresh basil, ripe blackberries, and refreshing lemon blend together beautifully in this Blackberry Basil Sangria.

This Blackberry Basil Sangria recipe makes a delicious summer cocktail #recipe! #blackberry #sangria

I don’t know about you, but after this week, I’m in the mood for a drink. In fact, I deserve ALL of the drinks. As I’ve told you, I am house hunting (and house selling), and this past week has been a stressful one. *checks blood pressure*. That’s why today I’m mixing up this delicious and gorgeous Blackberry Basil Sangria. Won’t you join me?

The flavors of fresh basil, ripe blackberries, and refreshing lemon blend together beautifully in this Blackberry Basil #Sangria #recipe.

How Do you Make Sangria:

A perfect summer cocktail, this Blackberry Basil #Sangria #recipe is simple to make and packed with refreshing flavor.

It’s no secret that sangria is one of my go-to spring and summer cocktails. I’ve created a variety of sangria recipes here on Inspired by Charm (You can find all of them here.). However, this new one has quickly moved to the top with my favorites.

The flavors of fresh basil, ripe blackberries, and refreshing lemon blend together beautifully in this Blackberry Basil #Sangria #recipe.

What I love most about this particular recipe is the basil. You wouldn’t think that basil would go well in sangria, but it’s truly magical. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised though since I’ve previously made and enjoyed a number of drinks with basil (and other herbs).

As noted in the recipe, the club soda is optional. I’m one of those people who like a little fizz in sangria, especially on a warm and sunny day. Just be sure not to add the club soda too early. Immediately before serving is best.

A perfect summer cocktail, this Blackberry Basil #Sangria #recipe is simple to make and packed with refreshing flavor.

The flavors of fresh basil, ripe blackberries, and refreshing lemon blend together beautifully in this Blackberry Basil #Sangria #recipe.

If you weren’t quite ready for spring and summer, one sip of this will get you there!

Let’s mix up a batch, shall we?

Blackberry Basil Sangria:

The flavors of fresh basil, ripe blackberries, and refreshing lemon blend together beautifully in this Blackberry Basil Sangria.

Blackberry Basil Sangria

Serves 4-6

1 bottle (750 ml) pinot grigio (or dry white wine)
1/2 cup white rum
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 cup fresh basil leaves (plus more to garnish)
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 cup club soda (optional*)

In a large pitcher, pour in the pinot grigio and rum. Add the blackberries, basil, and lemon slices and stir gently to combine. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Before serving, stir in the club soda. Serve in a glass over ice. Cheers!

*Although I love the subtle fizz, this sangria is just as good without the club soda. Also, after sitting in the refrigerator, your basil may not look fresh and green. Before serving, feel free to remove it and toss in a few new leaves for color.

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No matter how your week has gone or what you have planned for your weekend, I definitely recommend putting this recipe for Blackberry Basil Sangria in your back pocket so you’re ready next time you need a sip of sunshine!

The flavors of fresh basil, ripe blackberries, and refreshing lemon blend together beautifully in this Blackberry Basil #Sangria #recipe.

Cheers, my friends!

The flavors of fresh basil, ripe blackberries, and refreshing lemon blend together beautifully in this Blackberry Basil Sangria. I don’t know about you, but after this week, I’m in the mood for a drink. In fact, I deserve ALL of the drinks. As I’ve told you, I am house hunting (and house selling), and this […]




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Try this Roasted Red Pepper Dip #recipe as an easy and delicious #appetizer for your next celebration.

Need a party dip? You’ll love this Roasted Red Pepper Dip. It’s cheesy and flavorful, and you can prepare it with minimal hands-on time.

This Roasted Red Pepper Dip #recipe make a great #party #appetizer.

IBC readers know I love me a good appetizer dip. What’s a celebration or get-together without some dip action, right? And with summer (hopefully) just around the corner, I thought this was the perfect time for an addition to IBC’s growing list of favorite dip recipes: Roasted Red Pepper Dip!

Try this Roasted Red Pepper Dip #recipe as an easy and delicious #appetizer for your next celebration.

What I especially like about this recipe is that it comes together with little hands-on time. Besides chopping the roasted red peppers, onions, and garlic, all you need to do is stir, bake, and serve.

You can even mix up all of this goodness a day or two in advance, store it in the refrigerator, and then pop it into the oven when it’s time to party.

Try this Roasted Red Pepper Dip #recipe as an easy and delicious #appetizer for your next celebration.

This dip pairs nicely with a sturdy cracker or bagel chip, but you can certainly serve it with cut vegetables, such celery and carrots.

Let’s dig in!

This Roasted Red Pepper Dip #recipe make a great #party #appetizer.

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Serves 12-15

Here's what you will need:
1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Assorted chips, crackers, and cut vegetables for serving

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, stir together all the ingredients until well combined. Transfer to a 1 1/2-quart baking dish.

Bake 30-35 minutes until lightly browned and bubbly. Let cool for 10 minutes. Serve with chips, crackers, and cut vegetables.

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Try this Roasted Red Pepper Dip #recipe as an easy and delicious #appetizer for your next celebration.

Try this Roasted Red Pepper Dip #recipe as an easy and delicious #appetizer for your next celebration.

This Roasted Red Pepper Dip may just become your new go-to dip. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Need a party dip? You’ll love this Roasted Red Pepper Dip. It’s cheesy and flavorful, and you can prepare it with minimal hands-on time. IBC readers know I love me a good appetizer dip. What’s a celebration or get-together without some dip action, right? And with summer (hopefully) just around the corner, I thought this […]




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This Key Lime Pie Fudge puts all the flavor and texture of #key #lime #pie into rich and creamy bite-size pieces! #fudge

Key Lime Pie is high on my list of favorite desserts. That’s one of the reasons I love this Key Lime Pie Fudge. It puts all the flavor and texture of key lime pie into rich and creamy bite-size pieces!

Rich and creamy with a graham cracker crust, this Key Lime Pie Fudge #recipe is a winner! #keylime #pie #lime #fudge

Happy Monday, friends. How have you been? I know it has nothing to do with Key Lime Pie Fudge, but I have to tell you that the past few months have been the strangest of my life. (Some of my previous experiences may have been odder, but these last few months stand out because I’m still in the midst of them.)

Rich and creamy with a graham cracker crust, this Key Lime Pie Fudge #recipe is a winner! #keylime #pie #lime #fudge

The best way I can explain this period of my life is to relate it to the weather. I’m on the verge of a beautiful spring after a long and snowy winter.

It’s the weirdest feeling in the world as I’m so filled with hope and excitement for what’s to come, yet it’s also a stressful and emotional process. I don’t even know what or how to feel. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about … I sorta-recently relocated, sold my home of 10 years, and have been house hunting for 5 months.) It’s as if I have all the pieces to a puzzle and just need to figure out how to put them in the right place.

I want to put all of these thoughts into a dedicated post but felt the need to share them today. So there you go. Also, speaking of weather, where the heck is spring!? So far, it’s snowed every day this month here in Pittsburgh.

I say all of this because, as you know, when life is feeling weird, I often turn to food – eating it and creating it. That’s why there has been so much food chat on IBC lately. (Don’t worry my home decorating and design lovers, more of your kind of posts are on the horizon, especially when I find my new home! Thanks for climbing up Recipe Mountain with me for the past year or so.)

This Key Lime Pie Fudge puts all the flavor and texture of #key #lime #pie into rich and creamy bite-size pieces! #fudge

How to Make Key Lime Pie Fudge:

Now back to the recipe. This Key Lime Pie Fudge is the bomb dot com. Not only is it simple to make, but it packs a bright, fresh flavor, making it perfect for spring and summer. If you’re a fan of lemon and lime, you’ll be in taste heaven.

I also think the graham cracker crust is great. Although fudge is awesome on its own, this crust adds a unique crunch that tastes as good as it looks. It works beautifully with all the creamy fudginess.

This Key Lime Pie Fudge puts all the flavor and texture of #key #lime #pie into rich and creamy bite-size pieces! #fudge

This Key Lime Pie Fudge puts all the flavor and texture of #key #lime #pie into rich and creamy bite-size pieces! #fudge

Tips for making fudge:

When you’re preparing your Key Lime Pie Fudge, I have two quick notes. First, be sure to use fresh lime juice and lime zest. In fact, let’s just never used bottled citrus juice. Ever. Second, keep a close eye on the melting chocolate. Set the temperature on medium and constantly stir, and you’ll be fine. (I say this because I was impatient. I turned the heat up, looked away for a second, and burned the bottom of my first batch. No good!)

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With those couple of notes out of the way, you’re ready to make (and eat!) this amazing Key Lime Pie Fudge.

Rich and creamy with a graham cracker crust, this Key Lime Pie Fudge #recipe is a winner! #keylime #pie #lime #fudge

Key Lime Pie Fudge

Makes about 32 pieces

Here's what you will need:
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 (14 ounces) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (11 ounces) package white chocolate chips
1 (4 ounces) bar white chocolate, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons freshly grated lime zest
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two of the sides. Spray the sides and bottom with cooking spray.

In a bowl, stir together the butter, sugar, and graham cracker crumbs. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake until the edges are just starting to brown, about 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool for at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium heat, stir together the condensed milk, white chocolate chips, and chopped white chocolate until the chocolate is melted. Constantly stir the mixture to avoid burning. Remove the pan from the heat and then stir in the lime zest, lime juice, and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture over the cooled graham cracker crust. Chill for 4 hours or overnight.

Lift the fudge from the pan using the parchment paper. Then cut the fudge into bite-size pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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As always, thank you bunches for following my journey, sharing in my joys (and disappointments), and joining me as each of us creates our own happy place. Have a great week!

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This Blueberry Boy Bait is an old-fashion #dessert recipe you will love! #blueberry #boybait #summer #recipe

This Blueberry Boy Bait is a special kind of coffee cake. It makes a delicious breakfast treat, afternoon snack, or dinner dessert. And it will bring all the boys to the yard.

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Today’s post is super fun for a couple reasons. First, the recipe for this Blueberry Boy Bait is from my grandma. When she passed away last year, I asked my mom if I could have Grandma’s recipe collection. A couple weeks ago I started going through it, and this recipe for Blueberry Boy Bait immediately caught my eye. What a name, right?

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This Blueberry Boy Bait is an old-fashion #dessert recipe you will love! #blueberry #boybait #summer #recipe

What is Blueberry Boy Bait?

As you can see, the recipe was just handwritten on a scrap of paper. The directions lead me to believe it was similar to a blueberry coffee cake or buckle. Naturally, I Googled the name, and it turns out this recipe was fairly common years ago, starting in the 1920s. Perhaps it was the dating app of that era! Who knows? I simply couldn’t resist giving it a try.

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The second reason this post is exciting is that my friends over at Grandin Road sent me some dinnerware from their new Iris Apfel line. (This isn’t a sponsored post; they just know how much I enjoy decorating with their products.)

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Tips and Ideas for styling a #colorful #summer tablescape! #table #setting #tablescape

Iris Apfel is famous for her colorful personality in the world of fashion, textiles, and interior design. She is a genuine creative in that she knows all the rules of design and is more than happy to break them. Her collection with Grandin Road covers everything from home decor to dinnerware. Inspired by her global travels, it’s packed with color, pattern, and unique flair. (She also recently released a book!)

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As I was thinking of a way to style the dinnerware collection, pairing it with this Blueberry Boy Bait seemed like a natural fit.

How to Make Blueberry Boy Bait

Let’s bake first. This recipe is pretty straightforward: batter, berries, and crumb topping.

What makes this recipe a bit different is that the egg whites are folded into the batter. This creates a lighter and moister cake than the typical coffee cake, which can be a bit dry and heavy.

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For this recipe, I opted for frozen wild blueberries. They are my favorite for something like this when blueberries aren’t in season. However, you can certainly use fresh.

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Learn how to make this #delicious and #easy Blueberry Boy Boat #dessert #recipe! #Blueberry #BoyBait

I recommend serving the Blueberry Boy Bait with a generous dollop of freshly whipped cream and a sprinkling of blueberries. Perfection on a plate or in a bowl! (You can grab my recipe for Homemade Whipped Cream here.)

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As I mentioned above, this recipe would work well for breakfast, brunch, an afternoon snack, or even for dessert.

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The Iris Apfel collection pairs beautifully with my man-attracting treat and makes it feel even more special. Here I’ve used the salad plate and bowls from the dinnerware set. I paired them with the printed napkins and tassel napkins rings because they are just too much fun!

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These rattan chargers, which I already owned, add texture and make the dinnerware stand out even more. Black cutlery was an obvious choice given the black background of the napkins.

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How to style a #unique and #colorful #table #setting for summer.

I used this gorgeous crewelwork table runner as the backdrop in some of my photos. That tassel trim might be my favorite.

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All-in-all, I’d say we have a wow-worthy dessert and table setting. With that, let’s give this Blueberry Boy Bait a taste!

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Blueberry Boy Bait

Serves 12

Here's what you will need:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cups unsalted butter
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs (yolk and whites separated)
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 cups blueberries
Whipped cream and additional blueberries* for garnish

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with baking spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Then, with a pastry blender (or fork) cut in the butter until pea-sized. Measure out 3/4 cup of the mixture and set aside. Stir baking powder and salt into the remaining mixture. Then, with an electric mixer set on low speed, mix in the egg yolks and buttermilk for about 3 minutes.

In a large glass or metal bowl, whip the eggs whites until stiff peaks begin to form. Then, gently fold the egg whites into the batter. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Sprinkle blueberries over the batter, followed by the reserved crumb mixture.

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center.

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and additional blueberries.

*I used frozen wild blueberries, but fresh will work as well.

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I hope you enjoyed this recipe and tablescape combination. Thanks to Grandin Road and Iris for allowing me to play with these colorful new pieces. They’re beautiful!

How to style a #unique and #colorful #table #setting for summer.

How to style a #unique and #colorful #table #setting for summer.

You can check out the full Iris Apfel collection here.

Until next time, happy baking!

This Blueberry Boy Bait is a special kind of coffee cake. It makes a delicious breakfast treat, afternoon snack, or dinner dessert. And it will bring all the boys to the yard. Today’s post is super fun for a couple reasons. First, the recipe for this Blueberry Boy Bait is from my grandma. When she […]




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Easy Dinner Party Ideas for a beautiful, fun, and delicious meal. #dinner #party #tips #ideas
This post is sponsored by Michael Angelo’s.

I love food. So it’s probably no surprise that meals and coffee breaks are among my favorite times of the day. However, life can get busy, and dinner can be just something we do, rather than a joyful occasion. That’s why today, I’m sharing a few easy dinner party ideas that you can use to make any and every meal special and more memorable.

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To help me walk you through a few of my easy dinner party ideas, I’ve teamed up with my friends over at Michael Angelo’s. Michael Angelo’s creates delicious and authentically Italian-inspired dishes that you can find in the frozen food aisle of your grocery store. (Look for their new green boxes!) Their philosophy about food says it all: “It tastes good to say no.” They don’t use preservatives, fillers, or artificial ingredients. That’s also a big no to shortcuts and compromising on taste.

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Easy Dinner Party Ideas for a beautiful, fun, and delicious meal. #dinner #party #tips #ideas

All of us have days when preparing a full dinner just isn’t going to happen. Whether you’re short on time or simply don’t have the energy, why not enjoy a dish that was created to taste like homemade. Chicken Parmigiana or Cheese Baked Ziti tastes so much better than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. (Stay tuned, there’s a giveaway at the end of this post.)

So, the question is: How can I make a frozen meal, or any meal for that matter, feel special and important? Or if you happen to be hosting a group of people, but don’t want do all the work of cooking in the kitchen, how can you make that feel special?

Let me walk you through some of my ideas!

Easy Dinner Party Ideas

1. Plan Ahead for Quick Meals

This is my ultimate tip because the rest of my ideas require some preparation. It’s been said that failing to plan is planning to fail, which is something we can probably all agree on. Even though you may be creating a quick meal, think about what else you may need. For example, if you’re serving Italian cuisine, you may want to have the ingredients on hand for tossing a quick antipasto salad. Or go all out and on your way home from work, pick up a bottle of your favorite wine and a fresh loaf of bread.

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2. Have the Right Tools

Have you ever wanted to serve a salad and realized you didn’t have tongs or other appropriate serving utensils? Or have you wanted to bake a pie only to discover you didn’t own an appropriate pan? (Yes, the latter happened to me when I moved to my apartment and just assumed I had a pie pan.) Think about the basics you’ll need for serving a meal. Do you have a bowl or basket for bread, tongs for a salad, or a spatula to dish out lasagna?

Having the right tools makes things easier. Plus, if the pans and utensils are pretty and something you enjoy using, the meal will feel that much more special.

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Easy Dinner Party Ideas for a beautiful, fun, and delicious meal. #dinner #party #tips #ideas

2. Use Cloth Napkins

It’s rare for me to use paper napkins, especially when serving others. One tip I learned years ago (and I’ve shared with you before) is to use hand towels as napkins. Not only do these towels come in fun and classic patterns, but they wash up nicely and don’t require ironing. If you have a set of 12, you’ll always have plenty for impromptu dinners. Having a cloth napkin (even if it’s a hand towel) will instantly elevate your meal. Beautiful napkins make even the humblest of meals feel grand.

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3. Add a Tablecloth

I’m not a big fan of paper napkins, but I love paper tablecloths! Why? You’re (usually) not wiping your face and hands with them, and they make clean up a breeze. Your tablecloth can be as simple as brown kraft paper, or you might use leftover wrapping paper for a celebration. There are also a couple retailers that sell paper table runners (like the one I’m using) and paper placemats if you want to be extra fancy.

Want to make it more fun? Put crayons on the table and encourage your guests to get creative!

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4. Create a Counter Buffet

To put this post together, Michael Angelo’s sent me five of their meals to style and enjoy. I was delighted by how good they taste. Yes, my mom’s lasagna will always be my favorite, but because Michael Angelo’s uses real, quality ingredients, their meals truly deliver on flavor.

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As I set all of the meals on the counter, I realized that creating a counter buffet is an easy way to contain the mess of a meal. Put the plates, cups, food, and drinks on the counter and have guests help themselves. I also find this encourages people to bus their plates at the end of the meal. When dinner is over, you just have the counter to clean.

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5. Dress it Up

While the flavors of Michael Angelo’s dishes are fantastic on their own, I will forever be a fan of dressing up food with a garnish or two. A sprinkle of julienned basil or freshly grated Parmesan can make a dish look finished and even more tempting. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can use these items to dress up your table or buffet. Decorate with a potted basil plant or set out a cheese grater and a piece of parmesan to encourage guests to help themselves.

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I hope these easy dinner party ideas have shown you how simple it can be to do something special for any and every dinner. Given the busy-ness of daily life sometimes we ignore these details, but I think it’s little things like these that bring joy … and joy always matters.

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Giveaway!

So next time you’re in the frozen food aisle picking up a quick dinner, skip the pizza and give Michael Angelo’s a try. You won’t be disappointed. And because I like to give you the hook-up whenever possible, I have a great giveaway for three lucky IBC readers.

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Michael Angelo’s will be sending 5 coupons to 3 winners. Each coupon is good for a free product so that means 5 free products per winner! Woot. Woot.

To enter for a chance to win, simply use the form below.



This giveaway is open to readers in the United States. You must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited. This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm ET on Monday, April 16, 2018. The winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email. Those reading this post on a blogger reader or RSS, click here to enter!

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Good luck and happy entertaining!

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This Lemon Yogurt Cake #recipe is one of my favorites for #breakfast or #dessert! #lemon #yogurt #cake

In the spring, I love lemony desserts. That’s why today I’m sharing this Lemon Yogurt Cake recipe. It’s a sweet and tart treat – perfect for this season’s parties and celebrations.

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This Lemon Yogurt Cake is something I made on repeat when I ran my B&B in St. Marys. I’d often serve it as a sweet alongside the main course. It’s quick to make, doesn’t require a mixer, and is loaded with lemon flavor.

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If memory serves me correctly, I found this recipe via Ina Garten. Ina knows her stuff. This recipe has never failed me.

How To Make Lemon Yogurt Cake:

Usually, I bake this cake in a standard loaf pan, but this time I decided to get a bit fancier. I thought the cake would be the ideal treat for Easter, so a decorative pan seemed fitting. However, you can use whatever pan you have.

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This cake ends up being super moist because of the yogurt and lemon simple syrup. In addition, each part of this cake (the cake itself, syrup, and glaze) includes lemon zest, so the flavor is bright and bold. Lemon lovers, rejoice!

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Learn how to make this bright and moist Lemon Yogurt Cake! #recipe #cake #lemon #yogurt

Learn how to make this bright and moist Lemon Yogurt Cake! #recipe #cake #lemon #yogurt

Although I like serving it for breakfast, this cake also works with afternoon tea or coffee.

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Just in case you didn’t notice(!), I want to point out my fancy serving dish, napkins, and cutlery. My friend Ashley of Sugar & Cloth recently launched a party line with Amazon. (You can check out the full collection here.) [Affiliate Links]

While I resisted the urge to purchase everything, I did buy the marble melamine platter, mint and gold striped napkins, and white and gold cutlery. Can you believe the cutlery is plastic? It looks so good!

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Bright, fresh, and moist this Lemon Yogurt Cake #recipe is one of my favorite sweet #treats! #lemon #yogurt #cake

If you have a party, shower, or wedding coming up and want to take your event to the next level, definitely check out her collection here. I think you’re going to love it!

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Want more Lemon-Inspired Recipes? Try these:

Lemon Yogurt Bread

Lemon Yogurt Bread
Serves 10

Here's what you will need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
4 eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Sliced lemon for garnish

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x4-inch loaf pan with baking spray and set aside*.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup of sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet. Then, using a spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter until incorporated.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is no longer cloudy. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and place on a baking rack lined with a baking sheet. Brush or pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake, allowing it to soak in.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice. Drizzle over the cake.

*When I created this recipe, I used a larger loaf pan so I made 1.5 times the amount of batter.

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In the meantime, give this Lemon Yogurt Cake a try!

Bright, fresh, and moist this Lemon Yogurt Cake #recipe is one of my favorite sweet #treats! #lemon #yogurt #cake

When life gives you lemons, make Lemon Yogurt Cake! I hope you enjoyed this recipe.

In the spring, I love lemony desserts. That’s why today I’m sharing this Lemon Yogurt Cake recipe. It’s a sweet and tart treat – perfect for this season’s parties and celebrations. This Lemon Yogurt Cake is something I made on repeat when I ran my B&B in St. Marys. I’d often serve it as a […]




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New from Target! Opalhouse Home Collection #home #decor #opalhouse

Did you know that Target is introducing a new home decor line? On April 8 the new Opalhouse Home Collection will be available in stores and online. Yesterday Target opened up the online store for previews. Even though I couldn’t order anything just yet, I thoroughly enjoyed looking through the collection to see what all the excitement is about.

Opalhouse is a globally inspired collection featuring everything from furniture to decorative accessories. The collection is full of pattern, texture, and rich colors. I would say it has a bit of an Anthropologie/Urban Outfitters vibe but at a much better price point. Being a fan of an eclectic style, I like that the collection offers a lot of unique pieces that will add a touch of quirkiness to any space.

Normally, I don’t share this type of post on IBC, but I thought it’d be fun to give you a peek at a few of my favorites from Target’s new Opalhouse Home Collection.

Shop Target’s Opalhouse Home Collection:

New from Target! Opalhouse Home Collection #home #decor #opalhouse

New from Target! Opalhouse Home Collection #home #decor #opalhouse

New from Target! Opalhouse Home Collection #home #decor #opalhouse

If that wasn’t enough, the collection features over 1,600 new products! You can see them all here. What do you think of the new Opalhouse line? Which items are your favorites?

 

 

*Product images via Target. This post contains Affiliate Links. 

Did you know that Target is introducing a new home decor line? On April 8 the new Opalhouse Home Collection will be available in stores and online. Yesterday Target opened up the online store for previews. Even though I couldn’t order anything just yet, I thoroughly enjoyed looking through the collection to see what all […]




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Unique Spring Decorating Ideas for your #Living #Room. #spring #decorating #decor

Today on the blog I’m giving you a peek around my living room in my Pittsburgh apartment and sharing simple spring decorating ideas! Some of my blogger friends are doing the same. (There’s a $100 HomeGoods giveaway! Don’t forget to enter below.)

Creative Spring Decorating Ideas for your home! #spring #decor #decorating #tips

As much as I love spring, the season itself is not so lovable here in Pennsylvania. While sunny and warm days are pure magic after a long winter, most days are filled with gray skies, rain, and mud, with little green in sight. In hopes of inspiring Mother Nature (and you), I thought it’d be fun to share spring decorating ideas.

Creative Spring Decorating Ideas for your home! #spring #decor #decorating #tips

In fact, I’ve rounded up my HomeGoods Blogger friends and they are sharing decor inspiration, too. So once you’ve looked around here, be sure to visit them. They are linked up at the bottom of this post.

Creative Spring Decorating Ideas for your home! #spring #decor #decorating #tips

Spring Decorating Ideas for your Living Room:

Because I’m house hunting, I’m being much more conscious of my spending as of late. For the first time ever, I decided not to purchase a lot of new decor items, so changing things up for the season is going to be a bit more subtle. However, I couldn’t resist a few fun new touches.

Unique Spring Decorating Ideas for your #Living #Room. #spring #decorating #decor

Unique Spring Decorating Ideas for your #Living #Room. #spring #decorating #decor

As you know from my tips for spring flower arranging post, I found these awesome marble and glass hurricane vases at HomeGoods. They were definitely a HomeGoods #GoFinding surprise. I think they are designed for candles, but I’ve been using them for flowers. After all, it’s spring, and spring means flowers!

Unique Spring Decorating Ideas for your #Living #Room. #spring #decorating #decor

I also was super excited to get my hands on Melissa’s (a.k.a. The Faux Martha) new book, The Minimalist Kitchen (affiliate link). It was on my spring book wishlist, and every day I’ve been flipping through it.

Unique Spring Decorating Ideas for your #Living #Room. #spring #decorating #decor

Besides my new vases, book, and flowers, I added a little crate of white and cardboard eggs for an extra touch of spring.

Creative Spring Decorating Ideas for your home! #spring #decor #decorating #tips

Over in my living room not much has changed. I did get a big cozy knit pillow to brighten up the couch a bit. I also followed my own advice and cleaned the space, making it feel new and fresh.

Creative Spring Decorating Ideas for your home! #spring #decor #decorating #tips

Creative Spring Decorating Ideas for your home! #spring #decor #decorating #tips

Last week I shared a tutorial for this DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern. Yep, you can make one, and it’s actually quite easy. I found the wood tray at Homegoods! I love how the fern adds a little life and green above my TV.

Learn how to make this DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern! #planting #diy #staghorn #fern

Creative Spring Decorating Ideas for your home! #spring #decor #decorating #tips

Spring Decorating Ideas for your Coffee Table:

For a bit of quirkiness in my spring living room, I decided to have some fun on my coffee table. I spotted these chocolate-dipped peeps (affiliate link) earlier in the week and immediately thought: S’mores!

Peep S'more for Easter - plus creative Spring Decorating Ideas #spring #decor #decorating

So I picked up a box of graham crackers and set up this Coffee Table Peep S’mores Snack Station. So cute, right?

Creative Spring Decorating Ideas for your home! #spring #decor #decorating #tips

Peep S'more for Easter - plus creative Spring Decorating Ideas #spring #decor #decorating

Isn’t it the perfect set-up and snack for spring?

Unique Spring Decorating Ideas for your #Living #Room. #spring #decorating #decor

And with just these few simple touches and fresh flowers, my living room is ready for a new season. Bring on spring!

If you’re curious about sources for some of the other pieces in this space, be sure to visit SHOP IBC for links.

Creative Spring Decorating Ideas for your home! #spring #decor #decorating #tips

Creative Spring Decorating Ideas for your home! #spring #decor #decorating #tips

Creative Spring Decorating Ideas for your home! #spring #decor #decorating #tips

How to Win a $100 HomeGoods Gift Card

Now, my HomeGoods Blogger friends and I want to help you bring on spring at your home. To encourage you to #GoFinding at your local HomeGoods, we are each giving away a $100 HomeGoods Gift Card. That’s right! You can enter to win a total of six (6) $100 HomeGoods Gift Cards.

Enter to win! HomeGoods $100 Gift Card Giveaway!! #giveaway #homegoods

Let’s start here first. To enter for a chance to win one $100 HomeGoods Gift Card, simply use the form below.


 

This giveaway is open to readers in the United States. You must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited. This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, April 12, 2018. The winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email. Those reading this post on a blogger reader or RSS, click here to enter!

 

More Blogger-Inspired Ideas for Spring Decor:

Now, for more inspiration and to enter more giveaways, head on over to the blogs of these talented ladies!

Jessica – Four Generations One Roof: Spring Foyer Decor
Gloribell – Know How She Does It: Spring Living Room
Courtney – French Country Cottage: Simple Spring Touches
Lizbeth – Home and Fabulous: Spring Home Tour
Amy – Crazy Chic Design: Spring Home Tour

Creative Spring Decorating Ideas for your home! #spring #decor #decorating #tips

If you like this, check out more of my Spring Decor Ideas:

Best of luck! I hope you enjoy all of our spring decorating ideas!

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This Raspberry Pineapple #Bellini Recipe is a delicious #spring #cocktail #recipe!

This Raspberry Pineapple Bellini Recipe is a bright and flavorful libation for any spring celebration.

A #bellini #recipe for #spring: Raspberry Pineapple Bellini recipe!

Last week I was so excited to share my colorful Easter table with you. (I’m even giving away a $150 Amazon Gift Card. If you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time.) In addition to setting my table and serving Egg Hunt Easter Cookies, I also popped a few corks and whipped up this Raspberry Pineapple Bellini.

I’ve always felt that cocktails with a sparkling beverage base, such as champagne, sparkling wine, or Moscato, are a bit special and the perfect thing to serve at Easter, baby/bridal showers, and birthdays.

A #bellini #recipe for #spring: Raspberry Pineapple Bellini recipe!

That’s why I selected this particular recipe as part of my Easter table.

How to Make a Bellini:

A standard bellini recipe is made by combining peach puree and prosecco. Sometimes folks add a splash of peach schnapps for an extra kick and sweetness. In this recipe, however, we are making our own puree of raspberry and pineapple juice for a fun twist.

This Raspberry Pineapple #Bellini Recipe is a delicious #spring #cocktail #recipe!

In a blender, you’ll combine the raspberries, pineapple juice, vanilla extract, and honey until smooth. You can use more or less honey depending on how sweet you like your cocktails.

After straining the seeds from the puree, you’re ready to make your Raspberry Pineapple Bellinis. Because the prosecco tends to foam when introduced to the puree, I recommend assembling everything in a pitcher and serving from there. This will prevent the mess that comes from overflowing glasses.

This Raspberry Pineapple #Bellini Recipe is a delicious #spring #cocktail #recipe!

This Raspberry Pineapple #Bellini Recipe is a delicious #spring #cocktail #recipe!

To garnish, I tossed in a few fresh raspberries. And even though they aren’t needed for stirring purposes, I added in these gold honeybee stir sticks (affiliate link) for their cuteness factor. I purchased them a few months ago and had been looking for a chance to use them. With the honey in this recipe, I thought they were the perfect touch.

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That’s it! Your bellinis are ready for you and your guests.

This Raspberry Pineapple #Bellini Recipe is a delicious #spring #cocktail #recipe!

More Spring Cocktail Recipe Ideas:

Raspberry Pineapple Bellini

Serves 10-12

Here’s what you will need:
2 cups fresh raspberries (plus additional raspberries to garnish)
2 cups pineapple juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons honey
2 (750 ml) bottles prosecco, chilled
Put the raspberries, pineapple juice, vanilla extract, and honey in a blender. Blend until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on the solids with a spoon to extract all of the juice.

Pour the juice into a serving pitcher and top with the prosecco. Allow the foam to settle and stir to combine.

Serve in champagne flutes and garnish with fresh raspberries.

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A #bellini #recipe for #spring: Raspberry Pineapple Bellini recipe!

This Raspberry Pineapple #Bellini Recipe is a delicious #spring #cocktail #recipe!

Easy, beautiful, and delicious! What’s not to love about this Raspberry Pineapple Bellini recipe? I hope you enjoy this drink at your next spring celebration. Cheers!

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Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

The giveaway below has ended. Congrats to the winner, Pamela R. !!

Easter will be here before we know it. That’s why today I’ve teamed up with several blogger friends (The Sweetest Occassion, Freutcake, Julie Blanner, and The Effortless Chic) to share Easter decorating ideas, projects, and recipes. I’ll be linking them up below, so be sure to check them out!

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

I’m also giving away a $150 Amazon gift card to help you celebrate all-things-spring! Later in this post, I’ll be telling you how you can enter for a chance to win.

Let’s kick things off with a look at my dining table set for the holiday. I have a few Easter decorating ideas that I hope will help you set your own.

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table:

I’m not sure why it is, but I’ve always enjoyed styling tables. Although I miss the large wood dining table in my old house, I love decorating the small round one here in my apartment.

The idea for this Easter/spring table came about when I saw this patterned coral throw in the clearance section at HomeGoods. I suspect that the throw was left over from summer, but it instantly grabbed my attention. I thought it would be an inexpensive way to try something interesting and new for the holiday.

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

I was also lucky enough to stumble upon these floral pattern plates which matched my new “tablecloth” perfectly. While I didn’t know how the rest of the table would come together, I was sure I had a great start.

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

At some point on social media, I asked you what you wanted to see on IBC this spring. Several of you mentioned you’d like Easter decorating ideas that didn’t include eggs and bunnies. To be honest, that was the goal for this table. But when I found these glass bunny containers filled with eggs, all my good intentions went out the window. However, if you’re not “bunny-and-egg-crazy” and want to recreate this look, just use a unique bowl or vessel minus the eggs.

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

Because the tablecloth and plates are colorful and patterned, I kept the other essentials simple. A large white dinner plate is perfect and something that I always have on hand. I also opted for a classic white napkin.

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

And the flatware is a favorite of mine. I’ve kicked myself many times for not buying more. Anthropologie sold it a few years ago, and I only purchased four settings. I love this flatware because it seems to work with everything. It’s classic silver but includes the smallest brass detail which makes it feel current and stylish. The dark wood also works well with my chairs.

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

Given the size of the table, I tried to keep the rest of the decorative details to a minimum. I used two small floral arrangements. (Flowers are a must for spring. You can read how to create these stylish spring arrangements and others here.) The additional burst of color brought it all together and kept things fun.

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

For something different, I set out salt and pepper in these cute marble cups I found at Target. I put all of those accessories on this reversible wood and marble board. Boards are handy because you can quickly remove things if you need more space.

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

You can then bring the board back when it’s time for dessert!

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

Grab the recipe for the Easter Egg Hunt Sugar Cookies here.

Want more Easter dessert ideas? Check out:

And with that, my table is complete. As you can see, it’s eclectic and fun – classic Inspired by Charm style all the way.

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

For more Easter recipes and Easter decorating ideas, you can check out the archives on Inspired by Charm by clicking here.

MORE BLOGGER EASTER IDEAS:

Okay, two more quick but important details! First, for even more Easter inspiration, head on over to my blogger friends and see what they are up to! I’m loving their delightful Easter ideas and delicious recipes. You can link to them below:

Julie Blanner has whipped up Easter Toffee.
Leah of Freutcake made a Breakfast Egg Nest with leftover Easter ham.
Jen of The Effortless Chic is serving up Mini Naked Carrot Cakes.
And Cyd of The Sweetest Occasion is celebrating with Boozy Bunny Jelly Shots.

 

$150 AMAZON GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

And finally, let’s talk about that giveaway. I am giving one lucky IBC reader a $150 Amazon gift card to celebrate the season. You can use the card to hunt down your own inspiration, tackle a decorating project in your home, or save it for a rainy day. The choice is yours.

Enter to Win an #Amazon Gift Card from Inspired by Charm! #giveaway

To enter for a chance to win, simply use the form below.

 



 

This giveaway is open to readers in the United States. You must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited. There will be one winner of a $150 Amazon gift card. This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm ET on Monday, April 2, 2018. The winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email. Those reading this post on a blogger reader or RSS, click here to enter!

 

Good luck!

Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table

And that’s a wrap for today! I hope you enjoyed all the Easter decorating ideas. Have a fabulous weekend!

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Learn how to make this DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern! #planting #diy #staghorn #fern

Spring is officially here! And today I’m celebrating by showing you how I made this DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern.

Make your own DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern #diy #fern #staghorn

I know I’m a few years behind the mounted staghorn fern trend, but I still hope this tutorial is helpful. The reason I wanted to make and share this project with you is that I had signed up to take a class here in Pittsburgh to learn how to make one. Unfortunately, the class was canceled twice and never rescheduled. Whomp. Whomp. That’s why I decided to make a mounted staghorn fern on my own.

Styling a DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern #diy #fern #staghorn

DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern #LivingRoom #Decor

During the winter holidays, I hung a ceramic deer bust above the TV in my living room. I needed something to replace it, and this ended up being a fun solution. What do you think?

Learn how to make this DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern! #planting #diy #staghorn #fern

DIY Staghorn Fern #livingroom #decorating idea.

These staghorn ferns have gained popularity as a mounted plant because they look like horns. See what I mean?

Learn how to make this DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern! #planting #diy #staghorn #fern

While it’s certainly enough on its own, I may tweak or add to the design down the road. As it is, this mounted staghorn fern is an unexpected way to enliven a space with greenery for spring.

 

Mounted Staghorn Fern

For this project you will need:
A piece of wood or a wood tray
Sawtooth hanger
8 screws or nails with a head
Fishing line
Sheet moss
Staghorn fern plant
Screwdriver
Hammer

To start the project, get a piece of wood on which to mount the plant. I used this tray I picked up at HomeGoods. However, you could use a scrap of lumber, old barn wood, a log slice, or even an old cabinet door.

Tutorial to learn how to make a DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern #diy #staghorn #plants

On the back of the wood, attach a hanging device. I find a sawtooth-style hanger to be the easiest to work with, but anything that will allow you to attach your finished piece to the wall will work.

Next, attach eight screws (or nails) in a circular shape on the front side of the wood. The placement of the circle is up to you. Just be sure to consider your overall design and the final location of your mounted fern.

Tutorial to learn how to make a DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern #diy #staghorn #plants

As a guide for adding the screws, I recommend using a plate, bowl, or circle pattern you have made. Since I was going to mount a larger fern, I used a 6-inch diameter plate for my guide.

Tutorial to learn how to make a DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern #diy #staghorn #plants

Space the eight screws evenly around your pattern. (As I mentioned, you can also use nails, but make sure they have a large flat head so the fishing line will not slip off.)

Once your board is prepared, you’ll want to get your plant ready. After you remove it from its container, use your hands to loosen the roots and break away any access soil. You can also trim the roots if needed.

Tutorial to learn how to make a DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern #diy #staghorn #plants

Now add a thin layer of moss to the inside of the circle shape you created with the screws. Place the fern on top of the moss. When you do this, take into account the direction of the leaves, the best side of the plant, and where your hanger is on the back. (You don’t want to plant your fern upside down.)

Tutorial to learn how to make a DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern #diy #staghorn #plants

Then, start to wrap the moss around the roots of the plant. You’ll want to completely cover all the roots and soil.

Tutorial to learn how to make a DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern #diy #staghorn #plants

With everything covered, you’re ready to attach the fern to your board. To begin, secure one end of the fishing line onto one of the screws with a knot. Then work the line across the moss-covered roots, going from screw to screw to secure the plant to the wood. Continue to work back and forth in various directions between the screws. Pull the line tight to ensure everything is held firmly in place. Once secure, knot the fishing line on one of the screws to finish things off. To ensure full coverage, add additional moss as you work.

Tutorial to learn how to make a DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern #diy #staghorn #plants

At this point, your project is almost complete. All you need to do is fluff the moss to hide any signs of the fishing line.

DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern #LivingRoom #Decor

I also recommend watering your plant before hanging it on the wall. Allow any excess moisture to drip off before hanging. In between waterings, mist the plant and root ball with water to keep it moist.

To prevent possible moisture damage to your wall, leave a small space between your wall and the wood board. You can do this by affixing a few plastic/acrylic furniture floor protectors to the back of the mount.

Styling a DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern #diy #fern #staghorn

Styling a DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern #diy #fern #staghorn

And with that, your DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern is complete! Cute, right?

If staghorn ferns are not your thing, experiment with other houseplants

Learn how to make this DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern! #planting #diy #staghorn #fern

Learn how to make this DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern! #planting #diy #staghorn #fern

To purchase a staghorn fern, visit your local nursery or plant supply store. I have occasionally seen these ferns at the home improvement store as well. You can even find them online!

I hope you enjoyed this DIY project. If you tackle this project or something similar, please share it on social media and tag @inspiredbycharm and use the hashtag #myIBC. I love seeing your creations.

Learn how to make this DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern! #planting #diy #staghorn #fern

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Spring is officially here! And today I’m celebrating by showing you how I made this DIY Mounted Staghorn Fern. I know I’m a few years behind the mounted staghorn fern trend, but I still hope this tutorial is helpful. The reason I wanted to make and share this project with you is that I had […]




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This Roasted Carrot Salad is a delicious and #easy #salad #recipe for #spring and #summer.

Today I’m taking a break from desserts to share this Roasted Carrot Salad.

A simple and delicious Roasted Carrot Salad Recipe. #salad #carrots #recipe

Learn how to make this delicious roasted #carrot #salad #recipe with arugula, blue cheese, dried cranberries, and almonds.

Even though I love sweets and serve up lots of recipes for them here on Inspired by Charm, I have been dieting for the past month or so. In fact, I went back on Jenny Craig (with whom I partnered last year). The program worked well for me then, so I thought I’d give it a go again. To date, I’m down about 12 pounds, but my hope is to lose even more.

When it comes to food, I’m all about balance. Yesterday I shared a decadent cake recipe. Despite being on a diet, you can bet I enjoyed a couple pieces of that cake. Yes, I ate less for lunch and dinner and worked my butt off on the treadmill, but I wasn’t missing out on Cream Puff Cake.

Through my dieting, I’ve noticed what a difference eating lots of fresh greens and veggies can have on my mood, energy level, and general sense of well being. As a result, I’ve been choosing to have vegetables whenever possible, even if I’d rather eat cake all day every day.

A simple and delicious Roasted Carrot Salad Recipe. #salad #carrots #recipe

The great thing about veggies is that they can take on fabulous flavors, depending on how you prepare them. Roasting them is one of my favorite methods. It brings out the sweetness, and it is almost effortless as you’ll see in my Roasted Carrot Salad. You just need olive oil, spices, and salt and pepper.

Learn how to make this delicious roasted #carrot #salad #recipe with arugula, blue cheese, dried cranberries, and almonds.

One of the best things about this salad is that it involves a little blue cheese. – I’m game for anything with a sprinkle of blue cheese. (If you prefer gorgonzola, goat cheese, or feta cheese, use one of those instead. This is an adaptable recipe.)

This Roasted Carrot Salad is a delicious and #easy #salad #recipe for #spring and #summer.

A simple and delicious Roasted Carrot Salad Recipe. #salad #carrots #recipe

You’ll find that this salad is also easy to prepare. The main work is peeling, slicing, and roasting the carrots. The rest of the ingredients just get tossed together.

While this salad is best served as a side dish, you could toss in cubed or shredded chicken to make it a meal.

Learn how to make this delicious roasted #carrot #salad #recipe with arugula, blue cheese, dried cranberries, and almonds.

Whatever you do, I think you’ll love the combination of flavors as much as I do. The sweetness of the cranberries works beautifully with the tangy blue cheese, the peppery arugula adds a little bite, and the rich look and flavor of the roasted carrots complement everything.

A simple and delicious Roasted Carrot Salad Recipe. #salad #carrots #recipe

Roasted Carrot Salad

Serves 6

2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
1 (4 ounces) package Danish blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3 cups arugula


Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together the carrots, almonds, and garlic on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and spread out in an even layer. Roast the carrots for about 30 minutes until they are soft and the edges start to turn brown. Stir them twice while roasting. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.

Transfer the carrots to a large bowl. Drizzle with vinegar and honey. Toss to coat. Add the blue cheese, cranberries, and arugula. Mix gently to combine.

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This Roasted Carrot Salad is a delicious and #easy #salad #recipe for #spring and #summer.

Salad perfected, my friends!

A simple and delicious Roasted Carrot Salad Recipe. #salad #carrots #recipe

Toss this up for Easter, at your next party, or when you want to fancy up a weeknight meal. It’s a sure winner!

Today I’m taking a break from desserts to share this Roasted Carrot Salad. Even though I love sweets and serve up lots of recipes for them here on Inspired by Charm, I have been dieting for the past month or so. In fact, I went back on Jenny Craig (with whom I partnered last year). […]




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The ultimate #spring or #summer #dessert #recipe! Cream Puff Cake!

This Cream Puff Cake is a light and fluffy dessert that just might become your new favorite sweet recipes for spring and summer.

This Cream Puff Cake is one of my favorite #dessert #recipes for #spring and #summer! #creampuff

Happy Monday, friends. I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the week than with this Cream Puff Cake. I have wanted to share this recipe with you for quite some time, so I’m thrilled to finally post it on IBC. (It would be excellent to serve for Easter should you need a new or different dessert recipe.)

The ultimate #spring or #summer #dessert #recipe! Cream Puff Cake!

This cake goes back almost 20 years. I first tasted it when I worked as a waiter at a little cafe in my hometown. The cake was one of my favorite menu items.

It’s light and simple to make, but don’t let that fool you. It’s oh-so-good! I probably haven’t had a piece of this cake in 15 years, so I was extremely excited to whip it up.

How to Make Cream Puff Cake:

If you’ve ever had a cream puff, this recipe certainly lives up to its name. It is loaded with filling. (No complaints here!) And the crust of the cake is light, yet rich and chewy. – I know that may not be the best way to describe a crust, but I mean chewy in the best possible way.

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The crust bakes up similar to a Dutch baby (German) pancake. It will puff up and rise at the sides. That is what you want.

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The filling is a combination of vanilla pudding and cream cheese, and the cake is topped with Cool Whip.

Although normally I would suggest homemade whipped cream, Cool Whip is the way to go with this dessert. That’s how they made it 20 years ago, so that’s what I know and love.

How to make a Cream Puff Cake. A delicious #dessert #recipe perfect for #spring and #summer parties!

How to make a Cream Puff Cake. A delicious #dessert #recipe perfect for #spring and #summer parties!

Once you’ve assembled everything, just pop the cake into the fridge and you’re good to go. What I also love about this recipe is that you can make it one or even two days in advance, and it will taste just as good.

The ultimate #spring or #summer #dessert #recipe! Cream Puff Cake!

Cream Puff Cake:

The combination of flavors is yummy, and the crust is killer. I am partial to the corner and edge pieces, but any slice is delicious.

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You could certainly dress this up with fruit or a drizzle of chocolate, however, I think it’s perfect as is. Since it’s served cold, it makes a great option for spring and summer. No matter when or how you serve it, enjoy!

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Cream Puff Cake

Serves 12

Here's what you will need:
1 cup water
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
4 eggs
2 (8 ounces) packages cream cheese, softened
3 (3.4 ounces) packages instant vanilla pudding
4 cups milk
12 ounces whipped topping (Cool Whip)

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with baking spray and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Then add the butter and bring to a boil again. Remove from heat and stir in the flour and salt until it is just combined and forms a ball.

Transfer the dough to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add one egg at a time, mixing thoroughly between each addition. After the final egg addition, continue to mix on high for 4-5 minutes until the mixture is smooth.

Add the dough to the prepared baking dish. Spray your fingertips with some baking spray and then gently press the dough into an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The dough will rise, especially up the sides of the pan. Cool completely.

In a large bowl, whisk together the instant pudding and milk. Set aside. In the bowl of stand mixer, beat the cream cheese 3-4 minutes until it is smooth. Then mix in the prepared pudding mix. Beat 3-4 minutes until smooth.

Spread the cream cheese and pudding mixture into an even layer on the cooled crust. Then top with a layer of whipped topping. Chill overnight or for 2-3 hours before serving.

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So good, right?

The ultimate #spring or #summer #dessert #recipe! Cream Puff Cake!

And simple to make as well. You’ve got this one. Give this Cream Puff Cake recipe a try, and let me know what you think.

As always, happy baking!

This Cream Puff Cake is a light and fluffy dessert that just might become your new favorite sweet recipes for spring and summer. Happy Monday, friends. I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the week than with this Cream Puff Cake. I have wanted to share this recipe with you for quite […]




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Tips for Styling Modern Flower Arrangements for #Spring! #flower #arrangments

You know I love me some flowers. That’s why today we’re talking about modern flower arrangements you can DIY for spring and / or Easter!

With a few floral projects in mind, earlier this week I went shopping. I found gorgeous spring flowers in Pittsburgh where I live: tulips, hyacinths, ranunculus, and hydrangeas the size of my head. Into my cart, all of them went.

I haven’t had any formal floral design training (except for a flower arranging class in college), but I have picked up a few tricks and ideas here and there that might interest you.

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Let’s get to it!

TULIPS

If you follow IBC on Instagram, then you’ve probably had a peek at this first idea for creating modern flower arrangements. The inspiration for this guy came from a vase I found at HomeGoods. In my book, the marble base and a big glass hurricane make it a stunner.

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Side note: When I’m shopping at places like HomeGoods and find something unique that I wasn’t looking for but “need” to have, I try to think about 3-4 ways or places I can use the item. These vases were a perfect example. (I used the plural because I bought this one and its big sister.) Not only did I picture them as flower vases, but I also figured they could hold candles. In addition, I imagined them in the center of my dining table or on my coffee table. Finally, I thought they would work as the vessel for a cool terrarium. Sold!

Anywho, for this arrangement, I decided to do something simple but bold. I filled the vase with 48 or so tulips. Just tulips. (I found a couple large packs.)

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Styling a #spring #tulip #flower #arrangement - DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

For tulips, I like to tear off a couple leaves, wash the stems (They tend to be dirty), and then tuck them into the vase. Tulips like to do their own thing, so I embrace their awkwardness. After a couple days, I typically go back and remove a few more leaves and change the water. This tulip arrangement lasted a little more than a week. If you want your tulips to be perkier, toss a penny into the water.

ONE AND DONE

As you saw in the last example, sticking with one type of flower is an easy way to design an arrangement. I did the same thing last week in my bedroom makeover post. There I used a modern vase and filled it with mini hydrangeas. That was it.

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With any flower arrangement, you will want to remove any leaves below the water line and recut the stems before placing them in your vase. To get the longest life out of your blooms, I also recommend changing the water every couple of days.

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Arrangements like this are ideal when you want to make a simple but bold statement. They’re not fussy, and the neutral palette looks great in any room.

MONOCHROMATIC

Speaking of hydrangeas, I found these massive purple hydrangea blooms on my flower hunting adventure. This vase contains only two of them, but each one is the size of my head.

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While these hydrangeas would have looked gorgeous on their own, I wanted to play off the purple, so I added a few stems of freesia to create a monochromatic arrangement.

The colors work together nicely, and the size and style of the blooms complement each other. Putting the different blooms together makes it look a bit more intentional, interesting, and stylish.

How to: Styling a #hydrangea #flower #arrangement - DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

How to: Styling a #hydrangea #flower #arrangement - DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

Also, I find it easiest to work with vases with a smaller opening at the top. It helps to keep the stems in place and standing up straight.

PLANTED BULBS

Because it’s spring, you’re going to see a lot of blooms that come from bulbs. (For example, tulips, hyacinth, daffodils, and lilies) In stores, you’ll even see these flowers being sold as potted plants or blooming bulbs.

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I saw these potted mini daffodils and thought they would look delightful in an Easter tablescape I was working on. They came in a plastic pot, so I transferred them to a white-footed bowl I had on hand. It took minutes and instantly made this $3.99 plant feel special and rich.

Decorating with #daffodil #bulbs for #spring. DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

Decorating with #daffodil #bulbs for #spring. DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

When buying tulips as planted bulbs, I prefer getting ones with lots of unopened blooms. Watching the blooms open gives you more bang for your buck. Potted tulips with unopened blooms will also last a lot longer than those with all their blooms open.

MINI BOQUETS

Last but not least are mini bouquets. If you’ve been following Inspired by Charm for some time, you know these are my go-to. Why? Because they are the easiest and they look good every single time and in any location.

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How to style #mini #flower #bouquets. DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring.

The key with these is to use a small vase with a small opening and just pack it with flowers. It basically arranges itself. You can use all the same flowers or a mixed bouquet. One tip is to make the overall flower arrangement the same size as the vase or just a bit larger.

This idea is best for when you need quite a bit of floral decor, but don’t have a big flower budget. Instead of lumping everything together in one vase, you can divide the flowers into 3 or 4 smaller arrangements you can spread all over your house.

How to style #mini #flower #bouquets. DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring.

How to style #mini #flower #bouquets. DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring.

I especially like this idea for creating a line of 3 or 5 vases down a table. It’s also an easy way to add a little life and freshness to your bathroom or dress up a bookcase or side tables in your living room.

WHERE I SHOP FOR FLOWERS

Now that I’m in the city I have many options. Based on price, my favorite place to buy flowers is Trader Joes. For uniqueness and variety, Whole Foods is the winner. (They are usually a little more expensive than Trader Joes.)

A final resource would be your favorite gourmet grocery store. Around here we have Giant Eagle Market District and Wegmans. These places do charge top dollar.

My favorite sources to get bouquets online are The Bouqs and Farmgirl Flowers. However, they tend to be extremely overpriced.

BONUS IDEA: PLANT A TERRARIUM

…or anything for that matter. I know that a plant is different from a fresh flower arrangement, but they essentially serve the same purpose. I also like plants because they last longer. I’m talking years if you have a green thumb.

How to make a #terrarium in a jar! DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

How to make a #terrarium in a jar! DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

I recently took a class at a local plant shop (Farm & Forest) and created my own terrarium. But you don’t need a class to plant something fun and special. Nowadays you can buy them at the store. Check out this beauty I picked up at Whole Foods.

How to make a #terrarium in a jar! DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

You can use plants just as you would flower arrangements. They can add life to a side table, function as a centerpiece for Easter, or bring a splash of color to your kitchen island.

How to make a #terrarium in a jar! DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

So whether you planting something or simply adding fresh blooms to a vase, do what works for you to create beautiful modern flower arrangements that will make you smile.

I hope you found a few of my tips and ideas helpful. Happy Spring!

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These Egg Hunt Easter Cookies are an adorable #easter #dessert #cookie #recipe!

With Easter just around the corner, today we’re making these Egg Hunt Easter Cookies!

Adorable and Delicious: Egg Hunt Easter Cookies #dessert #easter #cookies

It feels as though I’m a bit behind in preparing for spring. However, since realizing that Easter is only a couple weeks away, I’ve been busy working on decor ideas, entertaining tips, and tasty recipes. To kick off the new season, I’m sharing these Egg Hunt Easter Cookies.

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These Egg Hunt Easter Cookies are an adorable #easter #dessert #cookie #recipe!

Tell me they are not the cutest!?

I enjoy reinventing classics, and that’s what I did with these Easter cookies. I took my go-to sugar cookie and frosting recipes and styled them in a new way for spring. Now mini chocolate eggs are hidden among grass frosting.

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How to Make Egg Hunt Easter Cookies:

I began by whipping up a batch of my sugar cookie dough. The recipe below makes about 4 dozen cookies. If you don’t need that many, you can easily cut the recipe in half. When rolling out your cookies, you’ll want them to be about 1/4-inch thick. I used the rim of a cup to cut out my cookies. However, a 3-inch round cookie cutter works best. With the grass piping, there is a lot of frosting, so a thicker cookie balances the frosting-to-cookie ratio. (As you’ll notice, I got carried away with rolling, so my cookies are a bit too thin. In other words, do as I say, not as I did.)

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To form grass on the cookies, I used a “grass” piping tip. This is just a large piping tip with 6-8 holes in a flat end. When applied to the cookie, you get several strands of frosting. If you repeat this on the entire cookie, it will resemble grass. You can purchase this kind of piping tip online. (I found my grass tip in the Easter section at Target.)

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Once the cookies are cooled, you simply pipe the frosting “grass” on them and then top each cookie with several eggs. I used Cadbury Mini Eggs, but you can use whatever variety of candy egg you like best.

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With that, our Egg Hunt Easter Cookies are ready for the big day. Sealed in an airtight container, they’ll stay fresh for a week or two, so feel free to make them in advance.

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Oh, and if you like this recipe, you can find more of my Easter ideas, recipes and decor here.

Let’s bake!

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Egg Hunt Easter Cookies

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Here's what you will need:
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk

Frosting:
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
7 cups (2 pounds) confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 tablespoons milk (as needed)
Green food coloring
Piping bags and "grass" tip
2 bags small chocolate eggs

Begin by preparing the cookie dough. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the vegetable shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Once combined, add half of the dry ingredients. Begin to mix and pour in the buttermilk. Then add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Refrigerate the dough overnight or for at least four hours.

After the dough has chilled, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

On a well-floured surface, roll out about a quarter of the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out the dough using a 3-inch circle cookie cutter. Transfer each cutout to an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until the first sign of browning appears on the surface of the cookies. Remove from the oven and transfer the cookies to a cutting board or your counter top to cool completely.

While the cookies cool, prepare your frosting*. With a mixer, cream together the vegetable shorting and butter. Slowly add the confectioners' sugar, one cup at a time. Mix in the vanilla extract. Add milk as needed for a smoother consistency. Thoroughly mix in the green food coloring to achieve the desired color.

Place the frosting in a piping bag with a "grass" tip.

Once your cookies have cooled, use the prepared piping bag to add "grass" to your cookies. Top with three chocolate eggs.

Allow the frosting to set before packing and storing the cookies in an airtight container.

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Voila! You’re Egg Hunt Easter Cookies are complete. And don’t worry – they may look complicated, but they are fairly easy and quick to make. Once you get the hang of piping the “grass,” you’ll have them frosted in no time.

Need a cute #dessert #recipe for #Easter? Try these Egg Hunt Easter Cookies!

Enjoy your baking and have a Hoppy Easter!

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Whatcha Readin'? New Books for Spring

I’m sure I’ve told you that I am not a reader. What I am, however, is a collector of books. As I packed up my home in St. Marys a few weeks ago, I boxed up a couple hundred books. And while I tried my best to donate or leave some behind, I could only part with a few.

Because I don’t spend a lot of time reading, much of my collection consists of cookbooks, entertaining books, and styling/home interior books. I suppose that makes sense given my profession. There’s also something about physical books that instantly brings me joy. They hold so much possibility and inspiration. Knowing a few friends/bloggers who have written books, I’m likewise aware of how much time, effort, and heart goes into them.

Yesterday, I was scrolling through my Amazon orders in search of something else when I noticed that a handful of books I had pre-ordered would be arriving this spring. Because I’m always interested in what others are reading and loving, I thought I’d give you a rundown of new books for spring that I’m most excited about.

 

Whatcha Readin’?

The Pretty Dish: Jessica Merchant - Whatcha Readin'? New Books for Spring

The Pretty Dish – Jessica Merchant
Release Date: March 20, 2018

Jessica Merchant, the blogger behind How Sweet Eats, is releasing her second book, The Pretty Dish. It’s filled with 150 brand-new recipes, themed menus, party ideas, and projects. I love Jessica’s beautiful presentation and use of creative flavors. I’m sure this book will be a feast for all the senses.

 

The Minimalist Kitchen: Melissa Coleman - Whatcha Readin'? New Books for Spring

The Minimalist Kitchen – Melissa Coleman
Release Date: April 10, 2018

Melissa’s blog is The Faux Martha. I had a chance to hang out with Melissa twice last year, and both times were a joy! She has as much heart as she does talent. Both are overflowing! If you’re not following her, do so immediately. The care, time, and attention she puts into everything she does lead me to believe that her first book, The Minimalist Kitchen will be nothing short of amazing. It’s packed with 100 wholesome recipes, practical kitchen tips, and the tools you’ll need to be an efficient and effective home cook.

 

Get it Together!: Orlando Soria - Whatcha Readin'? New Books for Spring

Get it Together! – Orlando Soria
Release Date: April 17, 2018

I’ve been following Orlando (pronounced Or-lawn-do) Soria for many years now. He used to be Emily Henderson’s right-hand man but has found his own niche as a skilled designer and blogger. You can see more of his work on his blog, Hommemaker. In his first book, Get it Together! he’s combined humor and stunning design to help readers decorate their homes. I’m certain this book will make you laugh as you create a more beautiful space.

What's Gaby Cooking: Gaby Dalkin - Whatcha Readin'? New Books for Spring

What’s Gaby Cooking – Gaby Dalkin
Release Date: April 17, 2018

I’ve been smitten with Gaby since I met her at a blogger event several years ago in NYC. Her joyful personality makes her fun to follow on Instagram. (She also has the BEST photographer, Matt Armendariz. His new kitchen is incredible.) I’m especially excited about What’s Gaby Cooking because it focuses on everyday California-inspired cuisine, which I always find to be colorful, light, and fresh. I’m also thrilled because her book tour will be stopping here in Pittsburgh. I won’t be missing that.

 

Magnolia Table: Joanna Gaines - Whatcha Readin'? New Books for Spring

Magnolia Table – Joanna Gaines
Release Date: April 24, 2018

I’m hesitant to jump on the Magnolia bandwagon, but I can’t help myself. Joanna Gaines is so lovable (and talented)! I don’t know what to expect from the Magnolia Table cookbook, but my gut tells me it will be loaded with classic comfort foods, all inspired by farm-to-table and beautifully served. If that’s the case, I can’t wait to get my copy!

 

Getting Back to Happy Book - Whatcha Readin'? New Books for Spring

Getting Back to Happy – Marc and Angel Chernoff
Release Date: May 22, 2018

As a self-help book junkie, I’m especially excited about Getting Back to Happy from Marc and Angel Chernoff. I’ve subscribed to their email newsletter for years. Every morning my inbox has a little note of advice or a new technique for dealing with life’s tricky moments. I love their rock-solid guidance, so I’m predicting I will enjoy their newest publication.

 

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That’s it for now. Are any of these books on your must-buy list as well? What new spring titles are you most excited about?

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Homemade Blueberry Swirled Meringues Dessert Recipe

Happy Monday, Everyone! Today we are making Blueberry Swirled Meringues.

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I hope your week is off to a great start and that, like me, you’re settling into daylight saving time. I noticed that quite a few folks on social media were kind of cranky about the time change. I’m one of those people who greets it with open arms. I love the extra hour of sunlight in the evening. Plus, setting the clocks forward always reminds that spring is just around the corner.

In addition to the time change, it’s been sunny with blue skies here all weekend, so I’m definitely feeling a little spring in my step. I even saw my first robin of the year! I suppose it was all of these elements that inspired me to make these Blueberry Swirled Meringues.

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Homemade Blueberry Swirled Meringues Dessert Recipe

These Blueberry Swirled Meringues make the perfect #summer #dessert #recipe. You'll love them!

They are a delightful dessert for the spring or summer. Not only are they light, but they are bursting with fresh flavor and a touch of sweetness.

In case you’ve never made meringues, let me assure you they’re much easier than you may think. While they don’t take a lot of effort, they do require a bit of time to bake. I recommend baking the meringues a day in advance and making the whipped topping and blueberry sauce right before serving.

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Meringues are just eggs whites, cream of tartar, sugar, and flavoring. With this recipe, we’re adding a swirl of blueberry preserves. This addition to the meringues gives a subtle hint of flavor and a beautiful touch of color. Pretty, right?

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How to make homemade Blueberry Swirled Meringues #dessert #recipe

The meringues are baked at a low temperature for a quite a while. This cooks the eggs whites and dries the meringue so you’re left with a light and crunchy treat.

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Topped with homemade whipped cream and a lemon-infused blueberry sauce, the combination of flavors and texture is perfect. Everything works in harmony. Just one bite, and you’ll know what I mean.

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A delicious recipe for Blueberry Swirled Meringues #dessert #recipe #blueberry #meringue

Plus, I think this dessert looks fancy and impressive. Your guests will marvel at your baking skills.

If, like me, you’re more than ready to celebrate spring, give this recipe for Blueberry Swirled Meringues a try!

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Blueberry Swirled Meringues

Serves 12

Here's what you will need:
3/4 cup blueberry preserves
6 egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
Fresh blueberries for garnish, optional

Blueberry Sauce:
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Begin by preheating your oven to 250 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.

Add the blueberry preserves to a heat-proof bowl and microwave for 30-45 seconds. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Discard the solids.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla extract, and salt on medium speed until soft peaks form. Add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff, glossy peaks form. This will take about 5 minutes.

Drizzle about one-quarter of the preserves onto the prepared meringue mixture in a zig-zag pattern. Using a large spoon, scoop 2 portions of the meringue mixture (about 1/3 cup each) onto the prepared baking sheet. (The jam with naturally swirl into the mixture as you do this.) Make an indentation in the center. Repeat this process adding more preserves to the meringue mixture as needed. You should be able to make 12 meringues in total.

Bake for about 90 minutes or until the outsides form a crust. Turn the oven off and prop open the door with a wooden spoon. Let the meringues sit for 1-2 hours. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

In the meantime, prepare the whipped cream. Beat together the heavy whipping cream and confectioners' sugar with an electric mixer on high speed for 1-2 minutes until medium peaks form.

To prepare the blueberry sauce, mix the blueberries, sugar, salt, cornstarch, and fresh lemon juice together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook 3-4 minutes, stirring often until several of the blueberries start to pop. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Cool completely before serving.

To serve, fill each meringue with whipped cream and top with blueberry sauce. Garnish with fresh blueberries, if deserved. Serve immediately.

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I love this recipe served with blueberries, but you could certainly use blackberries or raspberries if you like those better.

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These Blueberry Swirled Meringues make the perfect #summer #dessert #recipe. You'll love them!

No matter how you make it, these Blueberry Swirled Meringues are a winner. Have a fantastic week, dear friends!

Looking for more sweet treats? Check out all of my dessert recipes here.

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