Marcus (and Scout) and I spent Thanksgiving with his family, and I volunteered to make dessert! I’m not much of a cook (or a baker) so I turned to blogs for inspiration and recipes.
I’ve been playing with Instagram on M’s iPhone this weekend – love it!
The first three pics are the process of making Joy the Baker‘s Salted Caramel Cheesecake. I had never made a cheesecake before and I was very nervous, but Joy’s instructions made it easy and the cake came out SO GOOD. I didn’t leave the last two slices to be snatched up by anyone else, I stuck them in my leftovers bag real quick! I will definitely be using this recipe again!
Picture number four are my mini pumpkin pies, as inspired by Kimberly Michelle‘s “Little Pumpkin Pies for Little People” post. They were adorable, but since most of my focus was on the cheesecake, I opted for store-bought pie crust and pumpkin pie filling, and the end product was definitely lacking a little. I also totally forgot to pick up whipped cream, which is super important.
On the bottom left is my cornucopia, inspired by my lovely blogfriend Claire‘s post on She Knows. I really wish that I got a better photo of this but in all the cooking chaos, I forgot my camera! I couldn’t find the bread sticks that Claire suggested so I substituted croissant dough cut into strips. After it was baked, I stuffed it with grapes, apples, pears, and cheeses. This was the hit of the party! Everyone wanted to know how I made it, and it was super simple and fun!
The last photo I did not make, and it was not inspired by a blog. On Friday night, I was whining about a craving for cinnamon buns, and when I awoke on Saturday morning, Marcus had baked them for us. He’s the best. : )
Do you use blogs for cooking inspiration?