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Ultimate Guide to Buying the Best Purse for Travel for 2021

What’s one of the most important things to buy for your international trip?  Your travel purse! Why? Because it’s one of the few things that you’ll use every single day while traveling. And you’ll enjoy your trip SO much more if you find the best travel purse to suit your needs. Take it from me, …

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Last Minute Halloween Ideas and Hacks for Food, Treats & Snacks

Our neighbors are hosting a Halloween potluck party for our neighborhood next week and my husband and I just realized that we can go! So I’ve been scouring the internet looking for quick and easy last minute Halloween food and treat ideas. I’m looking something yummy that I can whip up at the last minute, …

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Easy Rice Krispie Cakes with Golden Syrup

Looking for a simple, no bake dessert that you can whip up in less than 10 minutes? One that only requires a few basic ingredients, can be customized in many various ways, and is sure to please kids and adults alike? Give these Golden Syrup Rice Krispie Cakes a try! Golden Syrup Rice Krispie Cakes …

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Authentic Tres Leches Cake Recipe (Flaming Eye Ghost Cake)

This tres leches ghost cake is an updated vintage cake recipe perfect for Halloween. Don’t want the ghost shape? Make the tres leches cake in a rectangular pan. This cake is delicious, no matter what shape it’s in! Raise your hand if you had the Betty Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls when you were a …

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Easy German Plum Cake (aka Zwetschgenkuchen or Pflaumenkuchen)

This easy German Plum Cake is a popular dessert in Germany (it’s called Zwetschgenkuchen or Pflaumenkuchen in German). Filled with fresh plums and topped with streusel, it’s the perfect summer treat. To make it extra delicious, serve with whipped cream or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Do you like plums? Not being a …

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30 Vintage Recipes: Cakes, Cookies, Candy, Pies & More

Making a vintage cake, a batch of old fashioned candy or finding long lost vintage Christmas cookie recipes is like getting a big hug from grandma, isn’t it? There’s just something special about retro recipes, especially when they’ve been handed down from generation to generation. I don’t have too many vintage recipes from my own …

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Lemon Strawberry French Mille Crepes Cake

If you like crepes, you’ll love this French mille crepes cake! This delicious cake is comprised of tender crepes, a luscious lemon whipped cream filling in-between each and every crepe, and fresh strawberries. I drizzled golden syrup over the strawberries and added a few hazelnuts to give the cake a little something extra. This mille …

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Join My July Baking Challenge!

Note – this baking challenge has ended. Thanks to everyone who participated!  Do you like to bake? Are you interested in other cultures? Looking for any excuse to make delicious desserts (*raises hand*)? ? My upcoming baking challenge is for you! About the July Baking Challenge Last month, while at the Women in Travel Summit …

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Ultimate Guide to French Palmiers

What’s better than a delicious cookie? A delicious cookie that looks like you spent hours making them but only requires two ingredients and is actually a cinch to make. French Palmiers are that cookie! Click here to pin this for later! What are French Palmiers? French Palmiers are a crunchy, buttery, sweet “cookie” made from …

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Espumilla: Ecuadorian Meringue Cream Dessert

When my friend Michelle told me about espumilla, a traditional Ecuadorian dessert that she ate in Cuenca, Ecuador, I was intrigued. You’ll see espumillas being sold on the corners of the plaza or outside of churches. They look like ice cream that never melts, but don’t be fooled! It’s actually a soft meringue served in a cone. Espumilla de guayaba …

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How to Make Homemade Speculaas Spice Mix (and 5 Ways to Use It)

When I think of Christmas in Europe, I think of fragrant Speculaas Spice Mix (called Speculoos in Belgium and Spekulatius in Germany). Traditionally, you’ll find speculaas spice in Dutch Windmill Cookies, Biscoff Cookies, Cookie Butter Spread, and German Spekulatius Spice Cookies or Dutch Speculaas Spice Cookies. But you can use Speculaas Spice Mix in so many other …

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2 Days in Iceland in June: Reykjavik and Golden Circle Tour

Are you considering a stopover in Iceland? If you’re short on time (or cash – let’s face it, Iceland is expensive), a long layover on your way to or from Europe can be the best way to see Iceland. Whether you’ve got 24, 48 or 72 hours for your stopover, you’ll find helpful tips and …

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4 Hawaiian Desserts You’ve Got to Try (and Hawaii Travel Planning)

I’m doing a ton of travel research for the coming year and thought I’d share a little about the first destination I’m looking at: Hawaii! The first three things I think about when I plan travel are where to go, what kind of accommodations I want, what I want to do and see, and – …

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5 Desserts You Must Try While Visiting the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

 My husband and I spent a day in Montenegro a couple years ago while visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia and we absolutely loved it! Pin this For Later! I mean, just look at Kotor… Beautiful, isn’t it? We only had one day to see as much of Montenegro as we possibly could, so we first drove a …

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The Best Cafes and Cakes in Budapest

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Budapest is a great city to visit! There are so many decadent desserts, sweet treats, and grand cafes to try. Pin This for Later! Just take a look at these beauties that Gemma from TwoScotsAbroad.com shared with me… Photo Credit: Two Scots AbroadContents0.0.0.1 Photo Credit: Two Scots Abroad1 Try …

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The BEST Desserts & Sweet Treats in Cuenca, Ecuador

I’m so excited to introduce our brand new Sweet Tooth Travel Guides! These guides are perfect for travelers who want the inside scoop on the best sweet treats around the world. Let’s dive in!   I’m super excited that our first Sweet Tooth Travel Guide features Cuenca, Ecuador and is contributed by my good friend Michelle Chang. Michelle …

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French Chocolate Mendiants Recipe (and 10 Tips for Traveling in Europe)

I always travel with chocolate. Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets chocolate cravings in the middle of a long flight! I usually resort to buying (expensive and not that satisfying) peanut butter M & M’s at the airport, something I only crave when I’m traveling. But for my recent trip to Europe …

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Cafe du Monde Beignets for Mardi Gras

With Mardi Gras coming up, why not make some hot, fresh, homemade beignets? I’ve been wanting to make homemade beignets ever since visiting Cafe du Monde in New Orleans last spring…yuuuum! Funny story…my husband and I road-tripped to NOLA to see our favorite band. I was super excited when I realized that our hotel was only a 3 …

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Dulce De Leche Mini Tarts (+ New Free Ebook!)

These dulce de leche mini tarts are so easy to make and are absolutely delicious! I feel like I say that every time I post a new dessert recipe…but it’s true. Pin This For Later! The slightly salty almond shortbread crust pairs well with the sweet dulce de leche. You can make, bake, and cool …

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The 7 Best Desserts & Sweet Treats in Portland, Oregon

Planning a trip to the beautiful, quirky city of Portland, Oregon? Here are seven cake, ice cream, and pastry recommendations from my friends Michelle and Peter that will make your visit even sweeter. Clic Here to Pin this For Later! #1 – Salt and Straw Ice CreamContents1 #1 – Salt and Straw Ice Cream1.0.0.0.1 Photo …

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Recipe for Pavlova Fruit Wreath and Eton Mess

I’ve taken some time off this week and have been baking up a storm, making all sorts of new and delicious things – Icelandic Skyr, cultured European butter, quark, creme fraiche, dulce de leche, and 10+ different types of mini tarts for my new ebook (which you can download for free here). With all of the …

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Bûche de Noël (French Yule Log Cake)

Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake) is my kind of dessert. It’s is a beautiful French Christmas cake that looks impressive but is actually very easy to make!  I’ve made made Bûche de Noël before but I’ve never made one with meringue mushrooms, so I decided to give it a try. It’s worth the effort …

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Danish Brunkager – the Best Christmas Cookies

These crunchy, caramel-flavored, nut-filled traditional Danish cookies are sure to become a staple on your Christmas cookie plate!  I discovered Danish Brunkager cookies through a friend who lives in Copenhagen. When I asked her about the best Danish cookies for Christmas, she recommended I make Brunkager. I’m so glad I did! These cookies are easy …

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Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

For the past couple of years, my husband and I have made German-style Christmas advent calendars for family members who live far away. Because who doesn’t enjoy opening a little gift each day! This year, I surprised Aaron with his own advent calendar. Yesterday’s treat was a mini milk chocolate hazelnut Ritter Sport German chocolate bar, which …

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30+ Christmas Desserts (Cakes, Pies, Pastries, Breads and Other Sweet Treats) from Around the World

  I’m kicking off the Christmas holiday baking season today with 30 amazing recipes from around the world! Pin this For Later! I’m not one to welcome Christmas decorations, music or much of anything else before Halloween but I DO start planning the delicious holiday sweet treats I want to make well before I buy …

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