Design to Dish: Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles

raspberry orange yogurt popsicles “Oh Popsicle” print by Kelly Ventura | Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles (recipe below)

This past weekend was a scorcher—it reached 80 degrees which, where we live, is pretty summery for this time of the year! We jumped into our bathing suits, ran through the sprinkler for an hour or so, and ate homemade popsicles in the sunshine. Kelly Ventura’s “Oh Popsicle” print inspired the homemade-popsicles idea and I made them with swirls of raspberry purée, orange juice, and Greek yogurt. They were a big hit with everyone in the family, young and old alike. Beautiful, delicious, easy to make, and good for you? Yes, please!

raspberry orange yogurt popsicles

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Design to Dish: Lemon Cream-Cheese Pie

lemon cream cheese pie recipe New Waves” fabric by Jennifer Morehead; Lemon Cream-Cheese Pie (recipe below)

My husband’s favorite pie is a lovely little concoction with a graham-cracker crust and a layer of sweet cream-cheese topped with luscious, sunshine-yellow lemon curd. Every bite tastes like summer! Sadly, the pie shop we used to buy it from went out of business last year, so I’ve been spending some time concocting my own version. And guess what? It’s pretty easy to make! Despite its many layers, it’s a simple recipe: you basically mix, pour, bake, and repeat. Sunny days are here again!

And, speaking of sunny days, I came across this darling, lemon-yellow patterned fabric from Minted: “New Waves” by Jennifer Morehead. It’s such a fun print and practically begs to be turned into pillows, curtains, or even table runner (for displaying with this lemon cream-cheese pie!). It’s sweet and sunny, just like my pie.

lemon cream cheese pie recipe

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DIY: How to Make Mini “Naked” Cakes

Spring flowers are blooming left and right, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a fun (and inexpensive!) dessert adorned in spring blooms? “Naked” (a.k.a. unfrosted) cakes are huge right now—I’ve created several variations and today, I wanted to share an easy tutorial on making miniature versions of this popular dessert. Once you’re done baking and assembling the mini cakes, decorate them with your favorite spring blossoms!

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Design to Dish: Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

pineapple cake mini whipped cream cupcakes “Pining for Pineapple” print by Joni Tyrrell; Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes (recipe below)

Pineapples had a very big year in 2014—the tropical fruit popped up on everything from clothing and home décor to party goods and wall art. It felt like not a single day went by without someone blogging about pineapples or sharing a pineapple-themed DIY project. Whether or not this pineapple trend will continue this year is debatable, but regardless, pineapples will always be popular in the kitchen.

Pineapple upside-down cake is an old-school favorite, it’s been a kitchen classic for over 50 years! These mini versions have all of the sweet, brown sugary goodness of the original, packed into a cute, single-serving size. They’d look great on a dessert table and the recipe makes enough to feed a crowd.

mini pineapple upside-down cupcakes

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Design to Dish: Chocolate Pocky Cake

chocolate cake decorated with pink frosting and pocky domino” art print by Carrie ONeal; Pocky Cake (recipe below)

A few months ago, I was browsing Minted’s art prints for inspiration for upcoming Design to Dish posts, and I came across this “domino” print by Carrie ONeal. Instantly, I knew I had to make a cake decorated with Pocky sticks—this was one of those moments when the stars aligned and everything just clicked.

This pretty pink-and-chocolate-Pocky cake is as fun to look at as it is to eat. You can use any combination of cake and frosting flavors, but I made my favorite from-scratch chocolate cake and frosted it with my favorite vanilla buttercream (tinted a soft shade of pink to match the cute art print!). Both recipes are below; we had no problem polishing off the scrumptious cake and my kids stuffed themselves silly with Pocky!

chocolate cake decorated with pocky

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Recipe: Golden Lass Cocktail (with free printable coasters!)

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and if you, like me, are in search of a festive libation that doesn’t leave your mouth stained bright green, then this is the recipe for you. Simple and refreshing, the Golden Lass is a delicious, ladylike cocktail that combines sparkling lemonade, Irish whiskey, and honey. What’s even sweeter? Our free, hand-lettered printable drink coasters! They’re the perfect addition to any party.

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Design to Dish: Homemade Funfetti Cake

Funfetti cake always reminds me of my little sister, Anna—it’s her absolute favorite (she even says she wants a funfetti wedding cake when she gets married!). And who can blame her? Funfetti is delicious, of course, and looks so happy, colorful, and festive—it turns a regular weeknight dinner into a party! As with most cakes, cookies, and sweet treats, funfetti tastes much better made from scratch than from a mix, and really isn’t hard to make if you use my recipe below.

homemade funfetti cake recipe minted julep “Gesture” art print by Kelly Ventura; Homemade Funfetti Cake (recipe below)

minted homemade funfetti cake recipe

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Design to Dish: Triple-Chocolate Cookies

triple chocolate pudding cookies striped paper straws Chocolate-Brown Striped Party Straws from Minted; Triple-Chocolate Cookies (recipe below)

Truth be told, these little gems are quadruple-chocolate cookies, but that just doesn’t have the same ring to it! I first had these amazing cookies a few years ago after hearing my friend describe them while we were working out at the gym—talk about irony! Four kinds of chocolate packed into such a tasty little package. They’re really irresistible and are the perfect partner to a tall, cold glass of milk. We managed to polish off the latest batch in just two days flat!

In addition to being slightly addicted to delicious chocolate cookies, I’m also crazy about striped paper straws—my collection is getting a little out of hand! They add that perfect finishing touch to everything from after-school snacks to parties, and these chocolate-brown ones are the perfect mix of sophistication and whimsy.

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Recipe: Raspberry and Rose Water Ice Cream Sandwiches

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like roses and berries, and to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, I’ll be stirring up these sweet rose water and raspberry ice cream sandwiches. With a little love (and a few shortcuts!) they’re surprisingly easy to pull off…

rosewater and raspberry ice cream sandwiches by kelli hallrosewater and raspberry ice cream

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Design to Dish: Easy Chocolate Croissants

When I was a newlywed, my family went on a big trip to Paris… without me! So, I like to make up for never having been to France by eating chocolate croissants, or pain au chocolat, whenever I get the opportunity. Fortunately for my waistline, I don’t live next door to a French bakery. But I can still have chocolate croissants whenever I get a craving for them thanks to a couple of easy grocery-store shortcuts and a little bit of work.

puff pastry homemade chocolate croissants “A Little Paris Day Planner” by Sharon Rowan; Easy Chocolate Croissants (recipe below)

I love this cute Minted day planner featuring iconic Parisian sights like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. I can think of a few Francophiles in my life who would love it!

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