Vanilla Milk Gelato

Vanilla milk gelato is creamy, dense, and packed with vanilla flavor. It’s the perfect sweet treat for ice cream lovers!

Vanilla Milk Gelato is creamy, dense, and packed with vanilla flavor. It's the perfect sweet treat for ice cream lovers!

I’m not sure what it is about the word milk, but whenever I see it in a dessert title, I want it. Maybe it has something to do with the implications of milky, at least in my mind: creamy, delicate, smooth, a pleasant mouthfeel, and slightly sweet but far from cloying. Like cream, but without the heaviness. I feel the same way about my milk panna cotta. Does that make sense?

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Perfect Chocolate Malt Layer Cake

Chocolate Malt Layer Cake is dense, moist and totally decadent. Chopped malted milk balls add flavor and crunch. You need this dessert!
Chocolate Malt Layer Cake is a dense, moist and totally decadent dessert. Chopped malted milk balls add flavor and crunch. You need to try this!

There are many sweet flavor pairings I adore, and chocolate + malt is right at the top of that list. Maybe it’s the nostalgia factor, because I can still clearly remember the first time I tried malted milk balls in the fifth grade. There’s something about childhood food memories that makes the flavors taste that much better, you know? By now you’ve seen me create many chocolate malt desserts, including: bark, truffles, ice cream, and boozy milkshakes. Chocolate malt layer cake was an obvious choice. The crunch of the milk balls on top of decadent, rich chocolate cake and fluffy malted meringue buttercream make this a dessert worthy of your time.

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Peppermint Vanilla Lip Scrub + My Top Skincare Products: Part I

Use this Peppermint Vanilla Lip Scrub to gently exfoliate your lips before applying balm or lipstick! It can be used daily or as needed.  

Aside from food, photography and travel, skincare is one of my favorite hobbies. I’m tempted to start a separate skincare blog, but I honestly don’t know when I’d find the time. Testing products brings me joy, and I have to make an effort not to go overboard for the sake of both my wallet and skin. I’ve been wanting to write a post about my favorite products for ages, but it seemed out of place here.

While I mostly buy products, sometimes I DIY a few basic skincare items, such as lip and body scrubs or facial mists. As I began making a new batch of lip scrub last week, I realized this was as good an opportunity as any to finally write about my other big hobby. Then the post got so massive that I realized I needed to break it up into two parts. Apparently I have a lot to say! In Part I, I’m covering cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreens. In Part II, I’ll go over toners, chemical exfoliants, serums, and other actives. I’ll also describe how I work all of these products into a routine, since I don’t pile everything on my face at once! Some people can do that; my pores get irritated with too many product layers at once.

I’m including links to where you can purchase everything I use (the Amazon links are affiliate), but I was not paid to promote these products (I swear I’m not a spokesperson for Hada Labo). Before we dive down the rabbit hole, I want to cover a few things: my skin type, goals, and the ingredients I look for.

The list below might seem excessive. I’m not saying you need five moisturizers, sunscreens, etc. I’ve tried many, and these are my top picks. Keep in mind: what works for me might not work for you, even if we have a similar skin type.

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Key Lime Pie Popsicles

If you love key lime pie, you won’t want to miss these key lime pie popsicles with only 4 ingredients!

Love key lime pie? How about popsicles? You definitely don't want to miss these key lime pie popsicles with only 4 ingredients!

I hesitate to choose a favorite dessert, but key lime pie definitely ranks in the Top 5. I love the flavor, texture, and ease of preparation. Why I hadn’t thought to make key lime pie popsicles before now is a mystery to me. With only 4 ingredients, these beauties come together in no time.

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My Top 20 Food Blogging Tips For Beginners

Are you new to food blogging? Overwhelmed and trying to figure it all out? Keep reading to learn My Top 20 Food Blogging Tips For Beginners! 

My Top 20 Tips For New Food Bloggers!

I’m often asked if I have any tips for new food bloggers. I know it can be extremely overwhelming at first! So I’ve come up with a list of my top 20 tips. I wish someone had told me these things when I was first starting out. I’m no expert, and there are many out there who have been doing this a lot longer than I have. In the grand scheme of food blogging, I’m small potatoes. So these are just tips from my experiences over the past several years and you can take them for whatever they’re worth. What has worked for me might not work for you.

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What is Buttercream + Troubleshooting Tips

Are you wondering about the difference between American and meringue buttercreams? Want to learn about Swiss vs. Italian Meringue? I’ve got you covered! Keep reading to learn how to bake buttercream as well as other basics!
Baking 101: Buttercream Basics - Learn all about the various types of buttercream and which ones to use in this tutorial from Savory Simple!

For many cake lovers, it’s truly all about the frosting; it can make of break a dessert. A fluffy, delicate buttercream with just the right level of sweetness can take a spectacular cake to the next level, or it can elevate even the most basic of desserts. Meanwhile, a gritty, cloying frosting can ruin what would otherwise be the perfect cupcake. Knowledge is power! Let’s explore the various types of buttercreams, and learn which ones are best to use.

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Baked Oatmeal Cups

Baked Oatmeal Cups are wonderful for a quick breakfast or midday snack. They come together quickly and freeze beautifully so that you can easily store leftovers. 

Baked Oatmeal Cups are wonderful for a quick breakfast or midday snack. They come together quickly and freeze beautifully so that you can easily store leftovers.

This might sound strange, but sometimes I forget to eat on workdays. It’s one of those odd things that happens when you’re home alone all day. I get no cues from coworkers microwaving their Lean Cuisine or asking who else wants to go in on an order from the local deli. This doesn’t happen all the time; some days I’m a ravenous snacker. But if I’m very focused on work and not paying attention to the clock, 2pm might suddenly roll around and… “why am I brain dead? Dummy, maybe it’s because you haven’t had anything to eat.”

Keeping quick, healthy snacks around like these baked oatmeal cups have become a lifesaver. They’re inexpensive, tasty and satisfying. They freeze well, defrost quickly, and I can shove one in my mouth if I realize I need brain food. For anyone who hasn’t tried baked oatmeal: the texture of these is a bit like a dense banana bread filled with cooked oats. The oats are what create that dense quality, and the bananas add moisture and a soft texture.

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How To Make Perfect Hummus: Everything You Need To Know

This is an incredibly smooth, creamy hummus recipe that can be prepared using either chickpeas or white beans!
Read this definitive guide on how to prepare creamy, perfect hummus from scratch using simple ingredients. Get the recipe from Savory Simple.

Homemade hummus is one of my absolute favorite snacks. It’s fantastic with toasted pita or vegetables, and I love using it as a sandwich condiment. For years I thought I wasn’t a fan; it turns out I actually don’t care for store brands (which I find to have an unusual aftertaste). These days I always have fresh hummus in the fridge. After plenty of trial and error, I’ve come up with a perfect hummus recipe that I love. It offers plenty of room for additional spices and add-ins so you can customize it based on your own preferences.

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Milk Panna Cotta with Coffee Syrup

This milk panna cotta with coffee syrup is an elegant dessert that’s very easy to prepare. Wow your guests with minimal effort! 

Milk Panna Cotta with Coffee Syrup is an elegant dessert that's easy to prepare. We’re talking about 15 minutes total of prep/cook time, and the rest is just letting it chill. Wow your guests with minimal effort!

I love making panna cotta for dessert, especially if I’m having guests over. It sounds fancy, it looks fancy, and it’s So. RidiculouslyEasy. Panna cotta makes me look good. Also, it takes less effort than a box of cake mix. I had an interesting conversation recently about how for kitchen novices, certain recipes and concepts will appear intimidating on the surface. However, if those same beginners can take a deep breath, relax, and read the recipe, they’ll realize it’s no big thing. Have you ever made Jello? Or maybe Jello shots in college? Cool, you can make panna cotta.

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My Favorite Guacamole + How To Keep It Fresh

Learn how to make perfect guacamole that will stay fresh and bright green for days! Guacamole is one of my absolute favorite snacks. 

Learn how to make perfect guacamole that will stay fresh and bright green for days! Get the recipe and technique from Savory Simple.

For quite some time now, I’ve been wanting to get back to basics. I’m always hesitant… does the internet really need another guacamole recipe? Of course not. However, while this site is full of more unique recipe combinations I’ve pulled together over the years, I’d like to widen my selection of kitchen staples as well as basic tutorials and guides. So if you’ll humor me while I begin adding these in, I’ll still be offering my regular content as well.

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