Cooking, Baking & Cocktail Shaking

No-Bake S’mores Cheesecake

No-Bake S'mores Cheesecake

When it’s too hot to even think about firing up the oven, you make No-Bake S’mores Cheesecake. This dreamy dessert is an obsession waiting to happen. Layers of velvety smooth toasted marshmallow cheesecake and homemade hot fudge get spooned over a graham cracker crust made with toasted almonds. Get your spoon ready, folks!  While...

Weekly Meal Plan | August 10, 2015

Week August 10 2015 Meal Plan + Grocery List

Thirsty Thursday: Watermelon Crush

Watermelon Crush Cocktail

Watermelon is all the rage right now, so I decided to turn the sweet, juicy summer fruit into a fresh and fruity cocktail. If you’re like me, you have a never ending supply of watermelon in your refrigerator. When the last bite has been devoured, another shiny green melon appears, as if by some...

No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

Layers of buttery pound cake, sweet strawberries, and creamy pudding come together to make this No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Trifle. For the sake of not having to share, I gave them each their own little jar. Whew, you guys, it’s hot here, but that’s nothing new. I’m sure most of you are experiencing high temperatures, humidity,...

Weekly Meal Plan | August 3, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan {One Sweet Mess}

I’m excited to launch this weekly meal plan series on One Sweet Mess. I decided to start planning a weekly menu after arriving home from the grocery store more often than I’d like to admit with a load of food items but not a single group of ingredients to create an actual meal. I’m...

Double Chocolate Almond Joy Cookies

Double Chocolate Almond Joy Cookies

These Double Chocolate Almond Joy Cookies are double the chocolate-y goodness with an added bonus of toasted almonds and shredded coconut. These giant cookies are supremely moist. I’m going to assume that you’re all familiar with the classic Almond Joy candy bar? If not, it’s a brick of sweet coconut topped with crunchy almonds...

Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Crostini

Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Crostini with Blue Cheese Crumbles

Sweet Vidalia onions and meaty portobello mushrooms get sauteed until perfectly caramelized and rich in bold flavor. A hint of balsamic adds a sweet, acidic touch to the mixture and then piled high on grilled French baguette and topped with tangy blue cheese crumbles. Onions are in high demand in my house. I use...

Thirsty Thursday: Vanilla Bourbon Lemonade

Vanilla Bourbon Lemonade

This refreshing cocktail combines the creamy, slightly floral flavors of fresh vanilla bean with oaky bourbon and tart lemonade. It’s the perfect cocktail for kicking back and relaxing with friends and family this summer. Today I’m raising my glass of Vanilla Bourbon Lemonade in honor of the entire military community, those who are currently...

Vegan Chocolate Pudding with Raspberry Swirl (Healthy + Gluten-Free)

Vegan Chocolate Pudding with Raspberry Swirl (Healthy + Gluten-Free)

This Vegan Chocolate Pudding is ultra rich and super creamy. It’s also gluten- and guilt-free! Can we talk about the power of the banana for a few moments? It’s quite the magical fruit. Not only are bananas an excellent source of potassium, vitamin B6, manganese, and vitamin C, this heart-healthy fruit can turn any fat-laden dessert...