Cooking, Baking & Cocktail Shaking

Thirsty Thursday: Strawberry Jam Bourbon Smash

This refreshing drink is a combination of strong and sweet. Bourbon makes friends with fresh strawberries, tart lemon, and vibrant mint.

Strawberry Jam Bourbon Smash

Welcome to this week’s Thursday Thursday jam session. <— Get it?

As Squirrel would say, I’m hilarious!

Strawberry Jam Bourbon Smash

This week’s cocktail floated right into my head as I entered the produce section of my local grocery store and discovered the pyramid of stacked strawberry containers. The sweet scent swirling around the produce section could not be ignored.

Must. Have. Strawberries.

Earl Grey Brownie Pudding

Earl Grey Brownie Pudding | Supremely rich, ultra chocolate-y, and decadent beyond belief. The addition of Earl Grey tea to the batter adds a subtle hint of spice.

This Earl Grey Brownie Pudding is supremely rich, ultra chocolate-y, and decadent beyond belief. The addition of Earl Grey tea to the batter adds a subtle hint of spice. I’m a little perturbed. I’ve been skipping through life with the perception that brownies couldn’t get any better. Oh, how utterly wrong I’ve been. How...

Roasted Tomato Caprese Grilled Cheese ~ #SundaySupper

Roasted Tomato Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Thick slices of mozzarella, sweet roasted tomatoes, fresh baby spinach, and a smear of pesto get stuffed between two pieces of crusty bread and cooked until gooey and oozing. April is dedicated to melted, gooey cheese stuffed between two pieces of crusty bread that have been buttered and toasted to perfection. It’s National Grilled...

Introducing One Sweet Mess!

Introducing One Sweet Mess!

I have some very exciting news to share with you today: The Messy Baker is now officially One Sweet Mess! I’ve been toying with the idea of rebranding for the past year and finally made the leap after falling in love with my site’s tagline, One Sweet Mess! I’ve been working behind the scenes...

Thirsty Thursday: Honey Jack

Honey Jack Cocktail | A refreshing mixture of AppleJack liquor, fresh lemon juice, and honey

The honey jack cocktail is a refreshing mixture of AppleJack liquor, fresh lemon juice, and sweet honey. It’s the perfect cocktail to enjoy outdoors on a warm spring evening. Thursday. Otherwise known as the day I started a boozy blog series… AKA the best day ever! Welcome to Thirsty Thursday, a blog series dedicated...

Almond Joy Brownies {made healthier}

Almond Joy Brownies {made healthier}

Super fudgy brownies topped with toasted coconut and sliced almonds. These almond joy brownies are made healthier with coconut oil, dark chocolate, and whole wheat flour.  Welcome to guilt-free snacking, where extra-fudgy, extremely-chocolate-y brownies aren’t a figment of your imagination. I made brownies you can feel good about, so leave your guilt and shame...

Classic Negroni

Classic Negroni Cocktail | A mixture of gin, campari, and sweet vermouth.

Sweet. Bitter. Boozy.  I’m sure you’re all familiar with the popular television series Mad Men? I watch very little television, but I got hooked on Mad Men two years ago when I discovered the series on Netflix. I fell in love with the show instantly–the arrogant, overly proud, daytime booze-drinking male characters, and the...

Pina Colada Fool

Pina Colada Fool | This no-bake dessert is layered with whipped cream, sweet pineapple, and toasted coconut and almonds. It's ready to serve in 10 minutes.

Crushed pineapple gets nestled between sweet layers of fluffy whipped cream and toasted coconut. This no-bake dessert is ready to serve in 10 minutes. I pity the fool who doesn’t make and devour an entire batch of this pina colada fool recipe. <— Said in my best Mr. T voice. Happy April Fool’s Day!

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Warm, fluffy dough studded with mini chocolate chips and topped with sweet, gooey frosting. Classic hot cross buns… Okay, so they’re not quite “classic,” but they’re most certainly delicious. Why have a classy bun when you can swank it up with some chocolate, am I right? The word bun always jostles an inner childlike...