Summer Strawberry Pavlova

Summer Strawberry Pavlova

I’ve seen images of pavlovas sprinkled across the internet and featured in glossy magazines over the years and always thought, “Wow, that is a beautiful dessert! Must be complicated to make…” So I would go on with my life, turning to my tried and true dessert recipes when I was in the mood for something sweet.

Summer Strawberry Pavlova

Summer Strawberry Pavlova

In the past year I’ve tried to be more adventurous with my baking and after a semi-success with our Nutella Brioche Swirls, my confidence was raised. Over the weekend I decided it was finally time to try the legendary pavlova – and guess what?! I was nervous for no reason! These mini pavlovas were a breeze to make.

Summer Strawberry Pavlova

If you are ready to impress your friends, or simply bring a gorgeous dessert to your next party follow the pavlova recipe below!

Summer Strawberry Pavlova

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 C. white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C. whipped cream
  • 1 C. sliced strawberries

Recipe:

  • Preheat your oven to 300˙ and line a baking pan with parchment paper
  • Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form
  • Gradually add the sugar, then gently fold in the vanilla extract
  • Spoon the mixture onto your baking pan and form fist sized circles
  • Place in the oven and bake for one hour
  • Let cool and serve topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries

 

 

August 24, 2016 at 2:00 AM 1 comment

Hummus Panini with Pepper Jelly

Hummus Panini with Pepper Jelly

A year ago hummus was a snack we would fill our plates with at parties, but it was never stocked in our fridge. Then one day while eating an early lunch at Costo (a.k.a filling up on samples) Ian and I strolled down the dip aisle, saw the hummus display, and wondered why we never enjoy it at home.

Hummus Panini with Pepper Jelly

Skip forwards a few months later and hummus is a staple in our home. It’s enjoyed on the classics – veggies and pita chips, but I wondered how we could expand our hummus obsession. Cue the hummus panini! Drizzled with a bit of my mom’s homemade pepper jelly and we had ourselves a mouth-watering sandwich.

Hummus Panini with Pepper Jelly

Here is how you can enjoy this sandwich at home!

Hummus Panini with Pepper Jelly

Ingredients:

  • Thick cut sourdough bread
  • Sliced turkey
  • Hummus
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Pepper jelly

Recipe:

  • Liberally spread hummus on two pieces of bread
  • Layer with turkey and red peppers
  • Drizzle with pepper jelly and close the sandwich
  • Place on panini press and cook for 5 minutes, or until bread is golden

August 22, 2016 at 2:00 AM Leave a comment

Board Game Date Night

Board Game Date Night

It’s already the middle of August and I feel like this month is going by too quickly! I’m not ready for summer to be over! The thought of snow still runs shivers down my spine. (Apologies to all you snow bunnies, but this Wisconsin girl still hasn’t fallen in love with the long Mid-Western winters!)

Board Game Date Night

Board Game Date Night

Ian and I have been trying to make the most of the warm weather by eating dinner outside, lounging by the pond reading, or taking our board games outside for  a sunset game night. I love that a simple change of scenery can make an ordinary activity feel fresh and exciting. Next outdoor activity? Movie night! I’m already excited about making our little den outside on the patio to get cozy and watch a movie on our iPad.

Board Game Date Night

Outdoor Game Night Essentials:

  • Board games
  • Snacks
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Citronella candle (if you live in an area with pesky mosquitos)

August 17, 2016 at 2:00 AM Leave a comment

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