Around the World Party | Scotland

January 25th is Burns Night in Scotland. For those unfamiliar with Burns night, it’s a celebration of the life and work of the famous Scottish author, Robert Burns. Traditionally, a Burns supper is held, complete with pipers, poetry, and haggis. Such an occasion sounds like a great opportunity to plan another Around the World party. So its off to Scotland we go! This rugged, beautiful land is rich in culture, history, and tradition just waiting to be explored!


Freshly baked Time Tam cupcakes.

Tim Tam Cupcakes

G’day, you lovely lot! Who else is excited for the start of the Australian Open? If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ll know that last May I started making special cupcakes for each of the Grand Slams. Well today I’m going to cap off this series with an Australian Open inspired cupcake. I’ve heard quite a few people who’ve traveled to Australia talk about Tim Tams and the famous “Tim Tam Slam”. Tim Tams are a chocolate biscuit or cookie that’s filled with chocolate cream and dipped in chocolate. I couldn’t pass up the chance to incorporate cookies […]


Moriarty's Baked Apples | Sherlock

Moriarty’s Baked Apples | Sherlock

Can you believe there’s less than a week until the start of Sherlock series 4?! And since a new series of Sherlock is literally as rare as a blue moon, I couldn’t pass up this chance to concoct a special dessert. This dish is inspired by everyone’s favorite consulting criminal, Jim Moriarty. Stuffed with gingerbread and chocolate, these tender baked apples are a peculiarly delightful combination of sweet, tart, and spicy. Simple to make, Moriarty’s Baked Apples are the perfect treat for marathoning Sherlock or a fun dessert to make for a premier party.


A freshly baked chocolate lava cake with ice cream.

Chocolate Orange Lava Cake

It just isn’t Christmas without oranges. A garland of dried oranges speckled with cloves. A simmering pot of wassail with fresh orange slices. And let’s not forget the orange in the stocking on Christmas morning. One of my favorite orange-y Christmas treats is Terry’s chocolate oranges. My family usually buys loads to give out as Christmas presents to friends and family, so we always have a couple boxes leftover after the holidays. This chocolate orange lava cake is a delicious way to use up any chocolate oranges you may have sitting around. Because what could be more Christmas-y than oranges, […]


Fresh glögg and lussebullar.

Saint Lucia Day Party

The 13th of December marks Saint Lucia Day, a festival of light and hope in Scandinavian countries. Coinciding with the winter solstice, Saint Lucia Day honors Saint Lucy, who brought food and aid to Christians hiding in catacombs from persecution by the Roman empire. Seeing as I have Scandinavian ancestors and Swedish friends, I’ve always wanted to throw a Saint Lucia Day party. I’ve put together some adorable crafts and delicious recipes that kids are sure to love! Besides getting everyone in the Christmas spirit, a Saint Lucia Day party is also the perfect opportunity to teach kids about a […]


Decongestant Shower Melts

Decongestant Shower Melts

Tis the season for stuffy noses! Fa la la la la, la la…Ah-choo! The classic cold. That pesky influenza virus. And my personal favorite, sinus infections. All of these friendly, little germs will likely make an appearance at your annual Christmas party. These decongestant shower melts combine the soothing properties of VapoRub with the benefits of essential oils like peppermint and eucalyptus. Add in some good, old-fashioned steam and the snot doesn’t stand a chance. So if you’re suffering from a stuffy nose or just looking for a thoughtful holiday gift, check out these refreshing shower melts!


A line of Christmas pajama stockings.

DIY Christmas Pajama Stockings

There’s nothing more magical and exhilarating than a home decorated for Christmas. A tree draped in ornaments, colorful lights twinkling all around, and a line of stockings hanging above a glowing fireplace. Just thinking about it makes you want to put on a pair of warm, soft Christmas pajamas and curl up with some hot chocolate and a plate of cookies. And if you’re looking for some new stockings or a unique gift, you’ve come to the right place. These adorable Christmas pajama stockings perfectly capture the warmth and comfort of the holiday season.


A Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in a jar.

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in a Jar

It simply isn’t Halloween without watching Young Frankenstein at least once. While Doctor Frederick Frankenstein (that’s Fronk-en-steen) may not be partial to desserts, he does enjoy a nice schwarzwälder kirschtorte. What is schwarzwälder kirschtorte? You might know it as Black Forest cake. A classic dessert that pairs perfectly with an evening spent watching this classic film. But just like Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks put a spin on this classic spooky tale, I’ve put my own twist on this classic dessert. So grab your lab coats and an assistant, raid the kitchen cupboards, and bake up this diabolically delicious schwarzwälder kirschtorte […]


A plate of Mr. Hyde's Sinful Fancies and a glass of Dr. Jekyll Potion.

Bookworm Café | Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Mad scientists, bubbling potions, and devilish monsters straight from your nightmares. All of these and more are found lurking in the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved novella, “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. Bring this classic horror story to life in your kitchen with two simple recipes. Brew up your own draught of Dr. Jekyll’s Potion, or perhaps indulge yourself with one of Mr. Hyde’s Sinful Fancies. Both recipes are monstrously delicious and set the tone for any spooky celebration. But beware! You never know what may be prowling in the shadows…


A bowl of roasted pumpkin seeds.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin season is officially in full-swing. Grocery stores and farm stands have stacks of pumpkins. Doorsteps are adorned with pumpkins of every size. And families are visiting local pumpkin patches to pick that perfect jack-o-lantern pumpkin. Once all the pumpkins have been gutted and carved, what do you do with that bowl of slimy pumpkin guts and seeds? Before you throw the baby out with the bath water, pick out those seeds and make a batch of roasted pumpkin seeds. These rich, salty seeds are as addictive as a bag of potato chips and are the perfect snack to get […]