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Semi-homemade Dessert Recipe: MINI LEMON LOAVES WITH LEMON CURD FILLING, TOPPED WITH A LEMON & COCONUT GLAZE

Semi-homemade Dessert Recipe: Lemon Loaf with Lemon Curd Filling and a Lemon-Coconut Glaze

Semi-homemade Dessert Recipe: Lemon Loaf with Lemon Curd Filling and a Lemon-Coconut Glaze

When it comes to springtime, it’s a time of transition when we crave lighter and brighter flavors of both food and desserts. I enjoy citrus flavored desserts and I love the irresistible taste of sweet and tart lemon confections. A delicious dessert recipe for a special occasion or anytime of the week, I made these semi-homemade mini lemon loaves that bring a sweet ending to a spring or summer day. I added the rich, sweet and lemon tangy flavor of lemon curd for the filling and topped each loaf with a lemon-coconut glaze – it creates a delightful contrast. This recipe is so easy and a snap to make!

Semi-homemade Dessert Recipe: Lemon Loaf with Lemon Curd Filling and a Lemon-Coconut Glaze

Semi-homemade Dessert Recipe: Lemon Loaf with Lemon Curd Filling and a Lemon-Coconut Glaze

Semi-homemade Dessert Recipe: Lemon Loaf with Lemon Curd Filling and a Lemon-Coconut Glaze

Enjoy the fresh flavor of spring and celebrate the season with this brightly flavored dessert!

Semi-homemade Dessert Recipe: MINI LEMON LOAVES WITH LEMON CURD FILLING, TOPPED WITH A LEMON & COCONUT GLAZE
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4 mini loaves

Ingredients
  • 1 box, Betty Crocker Super Moist Lemon Cake Mix
  • 10 oz jar, Dickinson's Lemon Curd
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 cup, Confectioners Sugar
  • ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon (set aside ½ tsp for garnish)
  • 1 tsp, Sweetened Coconut Flakes (set aside extra garnishing)

Instructions
  1. To make the lemon cake, follow the instructions on the cake mix box.
  2. While the cake is baking, in a small bowl combine the sugar, lemon juice and 1 tsp of lemon zest and coconut flakes. Set aside.
  3. After your loaves have cooled, slice the loaf in half to create a top and bottom.
  4. On the bottom part of the loaf, spread a generous amount (or however much you desire) of the lemon curd. Place the top part of the loaf to the bottom part (like a sandwich).
  5. Drizzle the glaze on top of each loaf. For the garnish, sprinkle some coconut and lemon zest.

 

-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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Friday’s Favorite Finds: PRETTY IN PINK DECOR AND ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS FROM HOMEGOODS

Happy Friday, guys! I’m thrilled that the long-awaited spring weather is finally here – at least I hope so! The weather has changed so drastically from day-to-day, one never knows. I plan on soaking up the sun and enjoying the outdoors this weekend. One thing on my to-do list is to stop by Target tomorrow to check-out the Hunter rain boots. I’m also planning on shooting some fun content for next week – stay tuned for that!

For today’s favorite finds, I’m sharing a few items I picked up last week from my favorite store ever…. HomeGoods! I thoroughly enjoy wandering the aisles – I often find the just the right decor piece or entertaining essential for our home. You can’t beat the affordable prices too! I scored great pieces and it just so happened that all the items I purchased are all pink.

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

For as long as I can remember, faux flowers were not my thing. However, faux flowers are coming a long way from looking and feeling like the real thing. These gorgeous pink peonies are not made out of silk. These peony stems came in a pack of three. I had to cut the stems so that I can fit it nicely in a smaller vase.

I regret not getting another bouquet so that I can make a larger arrangement. Perhaps I’ll get lucky and find some more!

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

Another great find at HomeGoods are these pink ombre drinking glasses. They are so pretty with the gold rim and are perfect for entertaining in the spring and summer months.  Can’t wait to use them on a tablescape! If you are interested in these gold-foil cocktail napkins, check out this post.

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

How stunning is this pink alabaster 2-tier dessert serving tray?! Perfect to use for tea parties or showcasing sweet confections.

I also found this pink vase. You can’t see it in this picture but the outer opening of the vase is cut to resemble a bloomed tulip.

Do you have a favorite item from today’s post? Which item do you hope to find at your local HomeGoods?

Have a great weekend, friends!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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A VELVETY LIMONCELLO-CAKE MARTINI TO ENJOY IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER MONTHS

LIMONCELLO-CAKE MARTINI RECIPE

Cheers to the start of spring! It’s officially the first day of spring and the long-awaited days of hanging out on the patio and soaking up the sun can finally begin! And I’ve got a cocktail recipe that’s a perfect way to toast and welcome the change of seasons.

LIMONCELLO-CAKE MARTINI RECIPE

LIMONCELLO-CAKE MARTINI RECIPE

Bring out the cocktail glasses and serve a delicious Limoncello-Cake Martini that has a velvety lemon-flavored texture. Inspired by my love for limoncello cake, I simply took 3 ingredients and shake, shake, shake! Check out the recipe below and enjoy!

Happy Spring!

A VELVETY LIMONCELLO-CAKE MARTINI TO ENJOY IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER MONTHS
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail Recipe
Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • 1 part, Limoncello
  • 1 part, Cake Vodka
  • 2 parts, Half and Half
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Vanilla Nilla Wafers, crushed and honey, used to rim the glasses with
  • Ice cubes

Instructions
  1. Crush your Nilla wafers by placing them in a sandwich bag. Seal it and with a rolling pin, roll forwards and backwards until you made crumbs.
  2. Dip the rim of your glass with honey then dip the rim in the crushed cookie crumbs.
  3. Fill martini shaker with ice.
  4. Add Limoncello, Cake Vodka and Half and Half
  5. Shake. Pour. Garnish with lemon zest.
  6. Serve & Enjoy

 

Recipe + Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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6 PRINTABLE WINE BOTTLE LABELS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS

6 PRINTABLE WINE BOTTLE LABELS YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO DOWNLOAD

There’s nothing quite like celebrating a special occasion with the people you love. Whether it’s blowing out another set of candles or raising a toast to a bride-to-be, these moments are the one’s you’ll remember forever.

The next time you’re hostess or attendee, why not elevate the celebration with something customizable? Printable wine labels are a fun way to leave a special message for the guest of honor or make your party one-of-a-kind. Whether you love a good joke or a sweet sentimental message, there are plenty of options to get your point across. Not to mention, these cute additions also make for the perfect gift.

To help you find the right label for any occasion, FTD created six printable wine labels just for you. Browse the collection, print one out or save them for later.

6 PRINTABLE WINE BOTTLE LABELS YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO DOWNLOAD

6 PRINTABLE WINE BOTTLE LABELS YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO DOWNLOAD

6 PRINTABLE WINE BOTTLE LABELS YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO DOWNLOAD

6 PRINTABLE WINE BOTTLE LABELS YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO DOWNLOAD

6 PRINTABLE WINE BOTTLE LABELS YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO DOWNLOAD

6 PRINTABLE WINE BOTTLE LABELS YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO DOWNLOAD

6 PRINTABLE WINE BOTTLE LABELS YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO DOWNLOAD

6 PRINTABLE WINE BOTTLE LABELS YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO DOWNLOAD

Sip, sip hooray!

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SET A CASUAL BLUSH-PINK EASTER TABLESCAPE

SET A BLUSH-PINK EASTER TABLESCAPE

What says Easter better than bunnies, tulips, and the color of pastel pink? Easter is on its way, and I wanted to share some inspiration and styling tips for this casual blush-pink Easter tablescape, I put together.

SET A BLUSH-PINK EASTER TABLESCAPE

SET A BLUSH-PINK EASTER TABLESCAPE

SET A BLUSH-PINK EASTER TABLESCAPE

A table set perfectly for an afternoon luncheon was inspired by the feminine hues of blush and pink. To bring out the light pastel color, I added my copper flatware that elevated the light pale color with its jewel-tone accent. To contrast the blush-pink tablecloth, I used my white and gray printed easter motif dinner napkins and folded them to the size of placemats. I found these pretty pink hobnail dessert cups and drinking glasses from HomeGoods. They add a sophisticated and stylish look. Fill your pink-colored glasses with a spring cocktail, like this Lavender & Bruleed Grapefruit Greyhound or this Pink Jelly Bean.

SET A BLUSH-PINK EASTER TABLESCAPE

In keeping with the color theme, I layered my blush salad plates (purchased from Crate & Barrel) on top of my white tempered glass dinner plate (purchased at Ikea).

SET A BLUSH-PINK EASTER TABLESCAPE

When I see tulips, I automatically think spring! To evoke a classic Easter setting, I filled my ceramic bunny candy bowl with in-season pink and white tulips that complement the table. Who says you have to use an item solely for its suggested purpose? You guys know how much I love an item that has many uses! I secured the tulips by inserting a glass flower frog inside the candy bowl. As an alternative, you can use a pin frogs as well.

SET A BLUSH-PINK EASTER TABLESCAPE

As a nod to Easter tradition, I housed festive holiday treats, like these chocolate covered eggs in a decorative 4″ bird nest. Each nest is found atop these pink dessert pedestal bowls resting at each place setting. It’s a “sweet” detail to welcome guests as they sit at the table.

SET A BLUSH-PINK EASTER TABLESCAPE

Skip the basket, and display either your decorated colored Easter eggs or your dessert treats in style with a classic white ceramic egg crate.

SET A BLUSH-PINK EASTER TABLESCAPE

SET A BLUSH-PINK EASTER TABLESCAPE

Easter Table Styling Tips:

  1. One simple way to quickly create a festive atmosphere is to hang a wreath. You probably already own a seasonal one that you hang on your front door. I used my grapevine wreath (which I purposely coordinated with the look of the birds nests).  I used large gold-foil ‘letter’ stickers, found at my local craft store to create a holiday welcome message.
  2. A palette of pastels would be expected for a Easter table setting, but I opted for a blush-pink instead and added elements of copper, fresh white, and light gray detail.
  3. Invest in one-color table linens and tableware. By choosing neutral colors, you are able to repurpose for other holiday, baby and bridal showers, and other special occasions.
  4. Create a festive and cheerful floral centerpiece by using your playful bunny candy bowls to hold your flowers instead of candy. How cute is this and this bunny candy bowl options?
  5. Sweets are decorative and delicious. Use sweets as decorations to reinforce the color scheme and the table theme.

If you’re hosting an Easter luncheon or a casual Easter dinner, I hope this inspired table setting brightens your day.

-Photos + Table Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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