Love and Confections: 2014

December 31, 2014

Easy Appetizers and Small Bites Round-Up

I thought I would share a few recipes for appetizers and party food for those of you still trying to plan your New Year's Party. Please check out my blogging friends' recipes and I hope you enjoy!

December 15, 2014

December 14, 2014

My Minted Wish List

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This time of year is all about family and friends and gathering together to celebrate. I love getting Christmas cards in the mail from friends and family. My Mom has sent out a Christmas card with our family picture every year, as long as I can remember. This year will be the first year I get to send out holiday cards with Baby L&C!!!

December 12, 2014

Grilled Banana Crostini with Honey-Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Whipped Mascarpone

Grilled bananas top a buttery, crispy crostini with a rich and smooth mascarpone spread. Grilled Banana Crostini with Honey-Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Whipped Mascarpone is an easy, decadent, and delicious dessert or snack for any day of the week.

December 9, 2014

December 3, 2014

November 27, 2014

12 Guest Posts & Roundups of Christmas #Giveaway

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I am so happy to be participating in Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips Twelve Guest Posts & Roundups of Christmas Giveaway. You can enter below or head on over to her blog to enter and come back on December 9th to see what yummy recipe I created!.

November 26, 2014

Pumpkin & Pumpkin Spice Round-Up

It's the day before Thanksgiving and I decided to do a pumpkin round-up of some of my favorite pumpkin recipes. Hopefully you have your Turkey Day meal all planned out and prepped, but in case you need a last minute idea or have leftover pumpkin, here are a few. Enjoy!

November 24, 2014

November 21, 2014

Pecan Streusel Coffeecake

Pecan Streusel Coffeecake is perfect when you want a slice of cake that isn't overly sweet. It is perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack or dessert.

November 20, 2014

Baba au Rhum #BundtBakers

Baba au Rhum is a delicious, rum-soaked yeast cake full of flavor (and booze!) and great for any occasion or holiday party!

November 18, 2014

Bread Baking Tips - Working with Yeast

Don't be afraid of using yeast. This post contains a lot of information, but it is necessary to understand yeast before diving head first into your first bread, or a good refresher for anyone who has worked with yeast before. Don't forget to scroll all the way down and enter for your chance to win the Bread-Baking Giveaway! Giveaway closed.

November 17, 2014

Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough is easy to make and tastes delicious! You can even make individual pizzas so everyone can customize just what they want.

Homemade Pizza Dough by Love and Confections - easy to make and perfect for any night of the week

October 27, 2014

Chocolate Chip Scones

Moist, delicious and easy to make, these Chocolate Chip Scones will have you running to the oven!

October 25, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Dip for #PumpkinWeek

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Pumpkin Pie Dip is a great alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. Cool, creamy, and perfect for any gathering of family and friends.

October 24, 2014

October 23, 2014

Pumpkin Tres Leches for #PumpkinWeek

Pumpkin Tres Leches is everything great about the traditional tres leches but with a seasonal twist!

October 22, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Truffles for #PumpkinWeek

Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Truffles are like delicious, little bite-sized pumpkin cheesecakes coated in chocolate and sprinkles! 

October 21, 2014

October 20, 2014

October 17, 2014

Cows 'n Cabs 2014

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Cows 'n Cabs returns for its fourth year to the city of Winter Park. This event brings together Central Florida's top culinary talent, with live music, wine and craft beer, for a night benefiting local charities.

October 13, 2014

Guest Post at Take A Bite Out of Boca

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Today I am guest posting over at Take A Bite Out of Boca while Shaina gets back into a routine from her trip. These Chocolate Chip Scones are sure to be a hit. Check out her blog for the recipe and directions!

Until next time,

October 1, 2014

Cherry, Peach & Raspberry Sangria

Cherry, Peach and Raspberry Sangria is one of the my favorite cocktails because it is so easy to make, incredibly delicious, and perfect for any occasion.

September 30, 2014

Homemade Honey Mustard Chipotle Chicken Bites #10DaysofTailgate

Honey Mustard Chipotle Chicken Bites are the perfect party food - a little spicy 
and a whole lot of flavor!

September 29, 2014

Fried Polenta Cakes with Grilled Tomato and Mozzarella Salad #10DaysofTailgate

Fried Polenta Cakes with Grilled Tomato and Mozzarella Salad is an easy and delicious appetizer or entree for any occasion!

September 22, 2014

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies #10daysoftailgate

There is nothing like a warm chocolate chip cookie and these Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies are easy to whip up for an afternoon snack or dessert for the big game!

September 20, 2014

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches for #10DaysofTailgate

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork is delicious and easy. It cooks throughout the day and a meal ready for your tailgate party or when you come home from work.

September 19, 2014

#10DaysofTailgate Intro and Giveaway

Welcome to #10DaysofTailgate! We have nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes scheduled to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. Think chicken wings, skewers, sweet nibbles, and cocktails. The event runs September 20th through September 30th. Just remember: your fork does not go into your matter how much you might want to taste some of these dishes. Okay? Get ready...get set...

September 18, 2014

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

Moist and delicious, this Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake 
is sure to start the Fall baking season off right!

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake by Love and Confections

September 4, 2014

Lemonade Round-Up

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Tart, sweet and full of flavor, this Lemonade Round-Up will have your mouth watering!

I am enjoying my time at the beach with family and loving all the tropical drinks so far. Here are some kid-friendly and adult-only lemonades that are sure to please. Don't forget to check out my other #SanibelBeachWeek drinks and round-ups: Cocktail Round-Up 1, Cocktail Round-Up 2, Mint Simple Syrup, Guava Mojito and {Spiked} Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea.

September 3, 2014

{Spiked} Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea

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Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea is the perfect drink to cool off in the afternoon. Add some vodka to make this a great happy hour drink!

September 2, 2014

Guava Mojito

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A Guava Mojito is the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing day on the beach or by the pool. Sand, sun and a tropical drink in hand is the best way to spend a day.

September 1, 2014

Mint Simple Syrup

Mint Simple Syrup is a great sweetener for cocktail or cocktails. With little time and effort you can create a great tasting simple syrup too.

August 31, 2014

Cocktail Round-Up 2

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It's Beach Week on Love and Confections! I hope you have a great holiday weekend, and to help you enjoy it is a cocktail round-up from some of my blogger friends!

August 30, 2014

Cocktail Round-Up 1

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It's Beach Week on Love and Confections! I am enjoying a week on the west coast of 
Florida with my family and Baby L&C. 

August 28, 2014

#IceCreamWeek Round-Up

#IceCreamWeek is an annual event hosted by Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. I love events like this and with so many great bloggers participating there were tons of ice cream recipes shared. 

August 23, 2014

Key Lime Pie Milkshake

Key Lime Pie Milkshake is Summer in a glass. Drink up these last few weeks of Summer sun with this tart and sweet ice cream treat!

August 22, 2014

Lemon Meringue Pie Ice Cream

In these last few weeks of Summer, this Lemon Meringue Pie Ice Cream is sure to cool you down and brighten up your day.

August 21, 2014

Honey Almond Bundt Cake

Honey Almond Bundt Cake is perfect for an afternoon tea. The honey and almond flavors go well together and the cake is not too sweet.

August 20, 2014

Chocolate Cookies 'n Cream Milkshake

Chocolate Cookies 'n Cream Milkshake is a chocolate lover's dream and easy to whip up for an afternoon treat or decadent dessert.

August 19, 2014

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

This basic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is anything but ordinary. Creamy, Sweet and flecked with Vanilla Seeds, this ice cream is sure to be a great base for any sundae, float or shake.

August 18, 2014

S'mores Ice Cream Pie

S'mores Ice Cream Pie is all the best of your favorite campfire treat, but in frozen form!

August 14, 2014

Italian Zucchini Boats

Italian Zucchini Boats are a great dinner for any night of the week. They are easy to make and one of my favorite vegetables! You can eat them as-is or add a side of pasta too.

August 7, 2014

Hazelnut Macaron Cake for My 30th Birthday!

What better way to celebrate a birthday than with family, friends, and this decadent and delicious Hazelnut Cake with Hazelnut Macarons!

August 1, 2014

July 30, 2014

Key Lime Pie Cheesecake

Key Lime Pie Cheesecake is the perfect treat for National Cheesecake Day!

Truth-be-told, sometimes I don't like cheesecake. Some cheesecakes are too sweet or too heavy and just not that flavorful. I am partial to Italian Cheesecake, though, because may Dad and I make it every year for Christmas.

July 17, 2014

Chocolate Avocado Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

Chocolate Avocado Bundt Cake is incredibly moist and absolutely delicious! 
It's even better when chocolate chips are added and topped with ganache!

July 14, 2014

OXO Tot #Firstbites Easy Baby Food Recipes and a Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by OXO Tot. I also have 2 simple baby food recipes and an amazing GIVEAWAY at the end of the post!

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I am so excited about this post. I love working with the OXO company. When I hear they had a campaign for baby first foods I jumped on it. We recently started solid foods for Baby L&C and she has done great so far. If you happen to follow my Instagram Feed, you'll definitely see tons of picture of her enjoying her food and being all cute!

July 9, 2014

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake is a family favorite. The recipe makes 3 cakes, so you can freeze the extra for when company stops in.

July 3, 2014

White Chocolate Blondies

 White Chocolate Blondies with White Chocolate Frosting are a great dessert for a last-minute party invite. You can customize the sprinkles for any occasion too!

If you need a quick dessert recipe, these are your go-to bars. They are simple to make, bake in 30 minutes, and the frosting can be made while the blondies cool. I absolutely love my mini star sprinkles, but who doesn't love sprinkles. Sprinkles make every baked good better, in my opinion.