Watermelon Mint Sangria – A Perfect Summer Cocktail Recipe

Watermelon mint sangria is a refreshing summer cocktail! This sangria recipe is made for warm evenings on the porch.

Watermelon mint sangria is a refreshing summer cocktail! This sangria recipe is made for warm evenings on the porch. * GoodieGodmother.com

We’re going to get our first heat wave next week, and I’m a little excited about it. The recent weather has been mildly warm and perfect for walks outside, but it’s felt like a prolonged spring rather than summer. I’ve had zero reason to complain about the heat yet and that is A Thing here in Virginia. But mild evenings, and a few dinners outside, have inspired me to break out the summer cocktails anyway! First up, this totally refreshing watermelon mint sangria. (more…)

Vanilla Bean Pudding

Vanilla bean pudding is a classic, beloved dessert you can whip up with just a few simple ingredients. 

Vanilla bean pudding is a classic, beloved dessert you can whip up with just a few simple ingredients. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

In the past four months, I think I’ve made as many layer cakes. Only one batch of macarons has left my oven, and my cookie cutters are untouched in their storage tower. Let’s not even talk about the ridiculous number of recipes tested, photographed, and waiting in my queue for editing and posting. There’s over 30. Thirty. There just hasn’t been time, darlings.

Part of me wants to stress about this, but the other part of me – the more rational me – is okay. Time will come. Right now I am in a new season in life, soaking up the beautiful chaos that is having *two* very small little ones. So there’s less work, more play dates, and the occasional “board game and coffee” break with my preschooler. And finding joy in little moments comes so naturally to the little humans, which helps me remember how to celebrate them, and in turn inspires me to return to basics. Instead of trying to make something over the top, we turn back the clock to celebrate the simple and classic. We make vanilla bean pudding.  (more…)

A Sweet Look at the National Confectioners Association

I attended the National Confectioners Association briefing as a participant of Mom Blog Tour Sweets & Snacks Expo (#MomBlogTourFF) on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo. One of the highlights of the trip was a breakfast hosted by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) where I had the opportunity to learn firsthand about the candy industry here in the United States. It was such a great learning experience for me I decided to take a break from recipe sharing and instead, fill you in on what I learned and the new NCA initiative I’m so excited about.  (more…)

Lemon Sun-Dried Tomato Linguine

Less finicky than an alfredo, but still creamy and comforting, this lemon sun-dried tomato linguine recipe is a winner!

Less finicky than an alfredo, but still creamy and comforting, this lemon sun-dried tomato linguine recipe is a winner! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Recently, I’ve been working on becoming a better cook. I’m a good baker, and a solid cook – remaking leftovers on the fly is my specialty – but there’s room for improvement. What the blog doesn’t show are the super quick meals I piece together most weekdays. Scrambled eggs with vegetables are a perfectly acceptable dinner in my opinion. But now that I’ve been blogging seriously a little while, I feel I need to up my game in the simple savory food department. A good pasta dish seemed like a good place to start. (more…)

Chocolate Stout Beer Waffles with Whiskey Syrup

Beer for brunch? Delicious and totally acceptable if it’s in these chocolate stout beer waffles with whiskey syrup!

Who says you can’t have beer for breakfast? Beer is a wonderful ingredient to use in baking and cooking, so when I came across a recipe for beer waffles using a pale ale, I decided to adopt it a bit and use a stout. And since I think stouts and chocolate pair very well, I decided to make these chocolate stout waffles. To take them over the top, I went ahead and made a whiskey infused syrup as well, because why not? (more…)

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