Strawberry Milk

Strawberry Milk

Given the choice between strawberry and chocolate milk, chocolate reigns supreme. If you need concrete proof, just poll your local preschool classroom at lunchtime. Those sweet little faces with the discerning palates¬†will choose chocolate every time and then, with their eyes locked on yours, proceed to pour the strawberry milk out on the floor in front of you, as if to say “how dare you even suggest I drink such a revolting beverage?” Never mind that you just watched them eat dirt five minutes earlier. But I digress.

I, too, am a lover of chocolate milk. But I’ve always thought that strawberry milk never really got a fair shake.

Strawberry MilkEnter: this fool-proof homemade strawberry milk.

It turns out that if you blend real, honest-to-goodness strawberries with milk, sugar, and buttermilk, magic happens. Instead of the sickly sweet strawberry Nesquik from our childhood, you get a creamy, perfectly pink, lightly sweetened, unbelievably delightful treat. Happiness in a glass.

Strawberry Milk

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German Chocolate Cake 2.0

German Chocolate Cake

I’m generally not one to brag. But guys, I’m kind of a German chocolate cake expert. Really.

You see, my husband’s all-time favorite, “if you could choose one thing to eat for the rest of your life” dessert is German chocolate cake.

And he requests it for LITERALLY every. single. special. occasion. in. his. life.

We’re talking birthdays. Anniversaries. Promotions. New jobs. New houses. New babies. Arbor Day. (Okay, no, we don’t actually celebrate Arbor Day. But you get the picture.)

We’ve been married eight years this August, so I’ve made approximately 23988948594543 German chocolate cakes in my life. If that doesn’t make me an expert on the subject, I don’t know what does.

And trust me when I say that if there’s a new twist on the German chocolate cake out there, I’ve tried it. I mean, you can only make the exact same cake so many times before you just get bored out of your ever loving mind.

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Chocolate Marbled Italian Easter Bread

Chocolate Marbled Italian Easter Bread

I thought about making an extravagant Easter brunch this year. I spent a few hours tossing the idea around in my head, planning the menu, envisioning the tablescape, designing adorable little place cards for each guest. I was thinking of going with a decadent Eggs Benedict. A fresh, spring salad on the side, maybe mixed greens with radishes and peas and some kind of lemony vinaigrette. Homemade croissants, obviously. Three kinds of jam. Some surprising, yet sophisticated and understated cocktail. The way Easter brunch should be done.

Chocolate Marbled Italian Easter BreadAnd then I remembered that we’re two weeks away from our move date. And that I’ve already packed up all of our dishes (not to mention any and all serving platters, flatware, and Easter decorations). And that I have two kids under the age of five who definitely wouldn’t appreciate a good Eggs Benedict and would instead ask for scrambled eggs and guacamole with a side of Goldfish crackers, thankyouverymuch.

Chocolate Marbled Italian Easter BreadEaster is an incredibly special day in our house. So even if my Martha Stewart-inspired brunch wasn’t meant to be, I still wanted to do something special for breakfast. I was scrolling through my Instagram feed when I saw a picture of this show-stopping Easter bread. Clearly, it was fate. Or an incredibly well-curated IG feed.

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