Sunday, May 29, 2022

Patriotic Shortbread





Happy Memorial Day weekend! I wanted to make an easy and festive treat for the weekend and I love shortbread so this was the winner. The cookies took a little longer than expected to roll out and cut, but it was worth it. These are delicious and so festive! 

Ingredients: 

3 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 - 1 cup any type of jam/jelly (I used Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together flour and salt. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar and add vanilla. Add flour slowly. Sometimes it is easiest to mix with your hands at the end. Wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate (optional, but makes it easier to roll out). Roll out the dough and cut scalloped circles. In half of the circles, cut out a mini star. Bake for 12 minutes or until just a little bit brown on the edges. Once cooled, add jelly or jam and create sandwiches. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Enjoy!

XO,
Sarah

Monday, April 11, 2022

Cabo San Lucas Recap

They say Cabo San Lucas is where the desert meets the sea, and it sure is a stunning one-of-a-kind place. We just got back from a wonderful week-long trip to Cabo San Lucas and I wanted to share a few details. We stayed at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach and it was so gorgeous. I would definitely recommend it if you are looking to go to Cabo. There are other Pueblo Bonito resorts in Cabo as well (Rosé, Blanco, and Pacifico) and we visited all of them. You can take a shuttle between them all. Since we went for Spring Break, there were a lot of high school and college kids at Rosé and Blanco. Sunset Beach is by far the largest and has the most options. They have golf carts that will take you all around the resort, but you can also walk. Sunset beach had a variety of guests (couples, families, etc.), but since it is so large, it never feels crowded anywhere. Pacifico is adult-only and has more of a desert vibe if that is what you are looking for. 

I also wanted to share a few restaurants I would highly recommend checking out. We made reservations at every place before we went, which I would suggest you do, especially if you are going at a popular time. The first place I would recommend is Flora Farms. It is a farm to table restaurant and they have shops, villas, cooking classes, etc. It is near San Jose del Cabo and a very cool place to check out. Sur Beach House was also outstanding. We went for brunch after getting morning massages next door at The Sand Bar. I also would recommend getting a massage here. Book early in the morning for the most peaceful experience (and the best location overlooking the water). I could have done that every single day we were there. We also went to El Farallon at the Waldorf Astoria. It was an outstanding four course meal on the cliffs. I would recommend making a reservation for before sunset so you can enjoy the views before it gets dark. I think my favorite place we went was Cocina del Mar at the Esperanza resort. We went for brunch and the food was outstanding and the location was just stunning. Outfit details are all linked below.



















Hatsandals, swimsuit, skirt (old not available), sunglasses













Let me know if you have any questions!


XO,
Sarah

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Scones with Maple Glaze

I made these delicious scones twice already because they go FAST. They are so fluffy and perfect with coffee. If you don't want them as sweet, skip the glaze and the cinnamon sugar on top before baking. They truly are amazing without the glaze as well. 





Ingredients 

2 1/4 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup salted butter

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk or cream

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Maple Glaze

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 tbsp. maple syrup

1/2 tbsp. cream or milk


Mix eggs, cream/milk, vanilla, and brown sugar. In another bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Cut the butter into the flour mixture until you have a crumb mixture. Male a well in the center and add the egg mixture. Mix until just combined. On a floured surface, knead mixture and create a circle. Cut into 8 or 16 triangles (depending on how big you want them - I usually do 16). Separate on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top then bake at 375 degrees for abut 12 minutes. 

Let cool then spread glaze over the top. Store in refrigerator. These are also delicious without the glaze, but they are divine with it!

Enjoy!


XO,
Sarah

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Salted Dark Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars









I recently tried out this new recipe and I have to say... they are DELICIOUS. I feel like I always say that on here, but there are fails as well, I just don't share them! This is definitely one I will make again. The best part it how EASY they are to make. See ingredients and directions below.

Ingredients

12 oz. package dark chocolate chips 

8 oz. mini pretzels (half of a regular 16 oz. bag) 

11 oz. bag Kraft Caramels (or homemade caramel)

Sea salt

Directions

Line baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat

Melt 8 ounces of chocolate (if using the microwave heat on 50% power stirring every 15-30 seconds).

 Melt caramels in a separate bowl (add 2 tbsp. water and heat on high in microwave)

Spread chocolate evenly and add pretzels on top then add caramel. Drizzle caramel on top.

Melt remaining chocolate and drizzle on top. Add sea salt.

XO,
Sarah