Monday, May 23, 2016

TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® Pods & Classic French Madeleines

This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation.
I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Here in Virginia it has been raining almost every single day the entire month of May.
I am not exaggerating!  I am so ready for sunshine and warmer temperatures.

One thing that makes me feel better on a rainy day is a warm cup of TAZO® Chai Latte.
There's just something so comforting about the creamy blend of black tea, cinnamon,
ginger, cardamom and vanilla.  Sweet meets spicy all in one perfect cup.

I was so excited to find out that I can now brew my own chai latte at home using my Keurig®.

TAZO® has partnered with New York Times Bestselling author and host, Padma Lakshmi
to celebrate the release of new TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods.  Tea and chai have
always been a part of Padma Lakshmi's life and family heritage and she is excited to
celebrate the flavors of chai with TAZO®. Padma has developed recipes that pair perfectly
with a cup of chai and you can find them here.

New TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods are made from milk, tea leaves and spices.
A blend that is part sweet, part spicy, and so delicious!

Madeleines have been on my list of recipes to try for quite some time and I thought they
would be perfect paired with a cup of chai latte, so I dug out my madeleine pan and got

Madeleines are small, shell-shaped sponge cakes perfect for spring.  I added a little lemon
zest for additional flavor and lots of powdered sugar.
I was right.
Madeleines and TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods are a match made in heaven.

Find where you can buy TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods here.
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Sweet meets spicy and they are a perfect match!

Classic French Madeleines

2/3 C granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 C butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 T lemon zest
powdered sugar for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray madeleine pan with cooking spray and lightly
flour.  In a small saucepan, over low heat, melted butter.  Remove from stove to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, mix eggs and sugar with an electric hand-held mixer.
Mix until slightly foamy.  Add flour and baking soda, mixing to combine.  Slowly
add melted butter, vanilla and lemon zest and mix until all ingredients are incorporated.

Using a small cookie scoop, fill each shell with about one tablespoon of batter.
Bake for 8 - 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and the tops spring back
when lightly touched. Let madeleines cool in the pan for a few minutes.

Using a knife, gently remove each madeleine from the pan and place on a wire rack
to cool.  Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Yield - 30

Recipe from Beth Cakes


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Madison's College Graduation Party

If you follow me on Instagram or read my blog regularly, then you are
already aware that our daughter, Madison recently graduated from college.

Sorry for posting a million photos lately, but we are really proud of her
and I couldn't help myself :)

It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating her high school graduation!
I'm so glad I started this blog 7 years ago and can look back on what I had
written about that day.  Four years flew by so quickly!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Minted Graduation Invitations

I can't believe our daughter, Madison just graduated from college!
I could swear she just graduated from pre-school last week.

To celebrate, we hosted a big graduation party last weekend, which I
will share soon, but first I thought I would tell you about her graduation
invitations and thank you notes.

We chose Minted for Madison's graduation invitations and thank you notes
and we couldn't be happier!  Minted has such a wonderful selection of designs
to choose from and the quality is top-notch! We decided on a foil pressed card
for her announcement with information about the party on the back of the card.
This card is the Simple Grad design.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Happy National Hummus Day!

Sabra Hummus

Let's celebrate this delicious holiday with a tower of Sabra hummus!
I had no idea Sabra made so many varieties of hummus - did you??
I'll have to admit, my favorite (roasted red pepper) isn't even in this photo, but
roasted pine nut comes in a close second!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cookies & Cream Mini Parfaits

Cookies and cream is a dessert match made in heaven.
If you're searching for a sweet treat that everyone loves - this is it.

Cookies & Cream Mini Parfaits

Cookies & Cream Mini Parfaits are basically fancy little Oreo Dirt Cups. 
Instead of gummy worms I added a bright red raspberry to each one to make them look
more elegant and I served them in 2 oz. clear, plastic dessert cubes each with a mini spoon.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits

Happy May!
I'm not sure what happened to April, but month of May brings us closer to warm,
sunny weather so I'm okay with that.

It's been raining off and on here in Virginia for days, but hopefully it will clear up by
the weekend because we have a lot of celebrating to do!  Our daughter, Madison is
graduating from James Madison University with a degree in Sports and Recreation
Management and we are so proud of her.  My mother-in-law is coming from Texas
and all of our family will be here for the graduation ceremony and party.  I can't wait!

Monday, April 25, 2016

4-Ingredient Raspberry Peach Crumble

Yes, you read the title correctly.
Only four ingredients are needed to make this delicious raspberry peach crumble,
perfect for spring and summer get togethers.

4-Ingredient Raspberry Peach Crumble

And you only have one bowl to wash after making it!
Or maybe two, if you devour the entire dish of fruit crumble after it bakes :)