Scott’s Triple Chocolate Cake

Scott doesn’t cook. At least the Scott I know. He eats hummus and tortilla chips for dinner when left to his own devices. But like all things in his life, when he is determined to do something, he does it to perfection. And it turns out that while he hasn’t been known to do much…

Breakfast Birthday “Cake”

Birthdays are a big deal in our family. They are all about celebrating life, and enjoying the special day. As such, there is no need to wait until after dinner for a special indulgence. The day should begin (and end) with a celebratory meal. Now, you could always just stick a candle in a stack…

Michigan Summer Sundae

One of my favorite places in the whole world is located in northern Michigan.  Having grown up there every summer, it is my happy spot. Memories of being surrounded by family & friends as we walked to the beach or the tennis courts often flood my head when I hear “summer” or “up north”. Afternoons would be…

Caramel Vanilla “Fried” Ice Cream

Today’s recipe comes from my fabulous friend, Ashley. She, like this dessert, is liked by all, unforgettable, gorgeous, and fun! Ashley made this amazing little treat while hosting a Gossip Girl dinner at her home. Of course vanilla and caramel are already a star-duo, but the combination of the creamy ice cream and crunchy Frosted Flakes…

Bite Size Apple Pies

Dessert. Bet you can’t just have one bite.  Especially if they’re bite-size. When it comes to cocktail parties, or a large dinner party, your guests are much more likely to eat your hard-effort dessert if it’s more accessible. It’s easier to pop something into one’s mouth over slicing into a large cake. Not to say…

Gooey Godiva Oreo Truffles

It’s not a secret. I love, love chocolate. And when you can take chocolate, and then dip into more chocolate. Well my friend, I’m sold. Now I’m sure you’ve seen these around by now, but let me tell you… there is a reason you keep seeing them – they are amazing! My version is a bit…

No Bake PB & Chocolate Oat Clusters

I’m always looking for  new dessert creations that do not require precise measuring! This recipe was inspired by a recipe I came across on Pintrest.com. Ingredients 1 Stick Butter 2 Tablespoons Sugar 2 Tablespoons Honey 4 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder 1.5 Cups Rolled Oats 3 Tablespoons All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Sliced Strawberries for Garnish In…

Coconut Rum Bananas

I was hosting a Gossip Girl dinner with a group friends, and I had two options for dessert. One dessert was super healthy, and then there was this one. Not that it’s horrible… I mean, there is still fruit in it! But upon polling my guests, we decided to go for the bananas caramelized in…

Chocolate Bark with Dried Cherries & Almonds

I love chocolate. Milk, dark, semi-sweet, white…. I’ll eat it all. Last December my mom, my aunt, and I took a girls trip to Chicago. Another DIVA had recommended this fabulous Italian restaurant, Osteria Via Stato, not far off of Michigan Avenue. After we had stuffed ourselves (I had the most incredible lasagna), the waitress…

Individual Oreo Cheesecakes

This dessert is a slight modification of a Martha Stewart dessert. I came across it on Food Gawker, and had to make it at my next dinner party. Even though I’m not a huge cheesecake person, these were delicious and everyone loved the intrigue of having their own miniature cheesecake. Next time I make these,…

American Apple Tart

This recipe is a slight variation from Cooking Light … I omit the sugar (I think the honey and vanilla extract give it it’s real sweetness), and I changed it from “French” to “American” tart 🙂 Ingredients Frozen Pillsbury Pastry Sheet 4 Apples, cored & peeled Cinnamon Vanilla Extract Honey Defrost the  frozen pie dough…

Michigan Apple Crisp

The first time one the DIVAs made this apple crisp, we all were hooked. It is the perfect combination of apples, cinnamon, and the most perfect crisp topping. And you can even get away without measuring each item…. perfect for someone who does not have the patience for baking a pies (like me!). Ingredients Filling:…