All-American Chex Mix

Hey!  Its Summer, Summer, Summertime!  So just sit back and unwind…I’ll thank Will Smith for that throwback 🙂  I love the Summer, don’t you?  I mean my hair looks like Diana Ross but it’s the time for barbecues, rooftop bars, going to the Shore and live music.  Last week my girlfriends and I relived our…

New Year, New Daisy

A new year, a new start.  Like many of others today is going to be my last first day on Weight Watchers, getting back to a gym for the first time in a few years, walking the longer way from the bus stop.  There is also purging my purse and makeup bag; reorganizing the kitchen,…

Bonjour, Macaroon!

There is nothing I like better than crisp Fall air early in the morning, the sun becoming bright in the sky.  I like it almost as much as I like learning a new cooking technique.  Last night, a friend and I became privy to one of the baffling mysteries of the culinary world.  “How the…

Who? Dr. Who.

Let me start my saying that with the exception of a trip to a Dr. Who Experience while I was in England last year I have had no other experience, knowledge or understanding of the whole Dr. Who phenomenon.  My understanding of the whole this is still a little low, however cake I know.  Cake…

Rainbows and Doodles

Hello friends, I hope you are faring well in this sweltering heat wave.  Today’s post is about a birthday cake I prepared for a co-worker’s daughter’s 4th birthday.  She was having a rainbow themed party and we must have both been on the same wavelength because we both knew if I was going to make…

Happy Independence Day!

Hi Friends, I want to wish you the happiest Independence Day.  Have an old-fashioned picnic with family and friends, watch the hot-dog eating contest and top it all off with a spectacular fireworks display.  And, if you are so inclined, you can make a fun cake like I did.  Enjoy! For the complete recipe and…

Nice (Sticky) Buns

I love my dad.  My dad loves Sticky Buns.  My dad has been searching for a good sticky bun for like 20 years.  Ever since our hometown bakery, The Sticky Bun Shop, closed.   They were a full-service bakery, not just a place for buns.  They made the best birthday sheet cakes ever and it…

Here Comes the Cake

So the chocolate seashells I posted last week were a big hit. And the cake and surprise bridal shower went off without a hitch. Here is the final cake- three layers of all-butter vanilla pound cake, filled with lemon curd (thanks Trader Joe’s!) and frosted with a salted vanilla buttercream. The decorations? White chocolate molded…

She Makes Seashells

I’m in the process of making a beach themed bridal shower cake. I decided to go more classic instead of kitschy. I’m making a three layer pound cake, filled with tangy lemon curd and frosted with a homemade butter-based buttercream. No shortening here! The final touch is white chocolate molded seashells. I’m really excited about…

Cake Balls…Finally!

After reading and seeing endless posts from Bakerella, Family Circle, Martha Stewart, et al it was about time I make cake balls too! For a recent bachelorette weekend, I made a chocolate cake, chocolate frosting and finished with a dip in violet Wilton candy melts. I used a double boiler to melt the candy, but…

Happy Toasted Marshmallow Day!

Can you believe there is a day to celebrate the Toasted Marshmallow?  I’m just upset I didn’t come up with it first!  I love toasted marshmallows.  I was a camp counselor in college and for Masquerade Day one year I went as a Roasty Toasty Marshmallow.  My mom helped make my costume out of batting…

That’s a Fine Recipe

Good Monday Afternoon!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  This was a productive weekend for me, which are the best kind 🙂 In between taking pictures of the storm clouds rolling over the city, I enjoyed a beautiful Saturday at a local produce stand, watched the US gymnastic trials and spent a good part of…