Blueberry Lemon Crumble Loaf Recipe

Lately, all I’ve been thinking about is a fruit + lemon formula when it comes to baking. Can we just get blueberry lemon everything?! You better believe I’m working on b&l muffins, scones, pancakes – a whole blueberry lemon week! Just kidding. But really, blueberry and lemon is one of the most perfect flavor combinations ever and then you top it with some crumble?! Stop it! Read on for the blueberry lemon crumble loaf recipe (might I suggest making it for Mother’s Day?)!

Look at that beauty! Sometimes I really think few things in life are as rewarding as baking something and it turning out as it is supposed to, or as you hoped it would. Honestly, I couldn’t wait to cut into this!

Bourbon Bread Pudding with Candied Nuts

Alternate title: Holy-Shit-That’s-Good Bread Pudding. Bread pudding is one of those desserts that feels like it takes so much effort, but it really doesn’t. In fact, you likely have all the ingredients you need already and could most likely make it without a recipe. It’s so simple. So straightforward. And 100% customizable.

Now, bread pudding is really just bread, eggs, milk, sugar. I like a bunch of mix-ins in my bread pudding for extra texture and flavor. Plus bourbon, because we’re a House of Bourbon family. And either whipped cream or melted ice cream on top. But it truly is a simple recipe. And if you’re on a budget, it’s also a great dessert!

You can use just about any bread for your bread pudding, but I went with Trader Joe’s Croissant Bread. Their CB is a revelation. So much flavor, so much flake, so much good. You could cut up croissants, you could use brioche. I would even use a white bread loaf that’s yet to be sliced and staled just a bit. Any bread will do!

Mixed Berry Cobbler Dessert Recipe

Get ready for this one, friends! You will not believe how easy this dessert is and how simple it is to pull together. If you are in a pinch, need a quick idea, or just want to shake it up a little, try these mixed berry cobblers for dessert! Don’t let a crumbly topping scare you away from this one – it’s easy, promise! And the filling is literally just berries and sugar. C’est tout!

I served these hot, out of the oven and topped with fresh whipped cream. The whipped cream melted into the cobblers and it was simply lovely.

The cobbler topping baked into the sweet berries and gave a little saltiness and a little crunch that mixed so well with the baked berries.

Simple Spring Lemon Loaf

In planning our Easter menu, I’ve tried to keep our recipes light, simple and bright. Know what I mean by “bright”? Those dishes that just feel lively and springy and, well, bright, as soon as you take a bite. Enter, this simple spring lemon loaf recipe!

The key to the super lemon flavor in this dessert is lemon zest, and a lot of it. So you’ll need a zester – I have this one! I love how moist this lemon loaf is, and the trick is the full fat sour cream – it not only gives it zing but also keeps the slices moist, even after a few days.

Another reason I love this recipe? You don’t have to dirty up your stand mixer! Just one bowl and a whisk and you’re all set.

Sunday Funday Menu

So the saying goes, “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.” I love spending our Sunday’s with friends and family. It’s such an enjoyable way to round out the week and get one last recharge in before the chaos of a new week.

Keeping Sunday entertaining easy and simple is so important, not just for you as a hostess but for your guests. You want to make them feel comfortable and like they’re getting their last dose of relaxation in before their week, too. I am loving this menu for a great Sunday lunch.

 

I’m all about casual entertaining (okay, china and a beautifully set table 100% has its place and I’m super into that, too). Keeping things casual sends a signal to your guests that they can just relax, be themselves, be comfortable. A simple menu packs a punch when all the flavors go from one dish to the next – it’s like a good playlist or a great story. Putting together this menu, I thought about each flavor in the dishes working together. I’m not a big fan of say, cheese and crackers for an appetizer and ground beef tacos for the main dish – a little jarring for my taste.

Stay casual by picking a palette – keep the colors in the same family and stack up your dishes and utensils for an easy grab. A stack of dishes to me is a little bit more like, “hey thanks for joining us for our usual dinner.” What’s better than having your friends join you for an every day kind of meal?

I have a sick stash of mason jars around the house and use them for everything – smoothies, flowers, and here, utensils. I always throw utensils in a mason jar. What could be more casual?

french macaroons

french macaroons. they seriously elude me.

i’ve always wanted to blog about food (just can’t get any appetizing pictures out of my cooking) – i’m actually a pretty awesome cook. i always say that i should have gone to culinary arts school. i love experimenting with food and trying new recipes – even if they fail, it’s always a learning experience, but most importantly it’s an opportunity for me to be creative.

the one thing that has always eluded me is the macaroon. they are so delicate, and so beautiful. but they terrify me. so perhaps this weekend will the the weekend i take my first foray into french macroons.

what about you? have you tried making them? do you just LOVE them?