Creamy Asparagus Bacon Pasta

Asparagus PastaI made this pasta last week, it was perfect for a late summer meal.

1. Cook the bacon, then chop into small pieces.
2. Blanch the asparagus to soften it a little.
3. Cook bow-tie pasta.
4. While pasta is cooking, make the cheese sauce.
5. Sprinkle bacon and asparagus on top of plate of pasta, drizzle with cheese sauce.

Bacon and asparagus Pasta

Bacon + Cheese + Asparagus + Pasta = Perfection

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Mini Crème Brûlée

Creme BruleeI’m a sucker for Crème Brûlée, if it’s on a menu I will order it. These bite sized crème brûlées are great because they can be made in advance of a party and all you have to do is broil them for a few minutes prior to eating. Creme Cupcake Creme Brulee Creme Brulee Mini Creme Brulee

One of these mini Crème Brûlées was the perfect amount to satisfy my craving. The caramelized top was great even without the use of a torch, just be sure to watch it broil because it can quickly go from perfectly melted to burnt. Get the directions here.

creme-brulee recipe

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Currently Lusting: Last Days of Summer

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With a few weeks left of summer, I am trying to take full advantage of the sun and time outside. Check out some items that have helped me maximize my summer days or that I am eyeing for the remaining weeks.

1. This beach towel would be perfect for going to an outdoor movie.
2. Mindy’s book “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me” was an entertaining quick read.
3. This backpack has been perfect for bringing everything to the beach.
4. I’ve been wearing these sunglasses all summer.
5. These sandals have been my go to for trips to the beach (on sale now)
6. Bocce set for picnics.
7. Stylish weave hat for sunny days.

Any fun things you have been using to enjoy the summer days?

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Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes

Chocolate Graham CrackerThese cupcakes were so perfectly rich and the graham cracker topping added a nice crunch. I topped these with a little extra chocolate sauce but I think I will try a marshmallow frosting to make them even more s’more like.Chocolate Batter Graham Cracker CupcakesFor the graham cracker topping, I took the cupcakes out at about halfway (after they had been in the oven for 7 minutes). I combined 1 cup of crushed graham cracker with 4 tbsp. butter and 2 tbsp. sugar. I sprinkled this on top of the batter and put the cupcakes back in the oven for 8 minutes.Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcake RecipeFor the final step, I drizzled some melted chocolate combined with a little butter (3 oz. chocolate + 3 tbsp. butter) on top of the graham cracker sprinkles. Get the printable recipe card.

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Gluten Free Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake Cream Cheese FrostingThis is one of my favorite cakes of all time. There is a little cupcake shop in Portland that has the best coconut cream cheese cupcakes and I have finally been able to replicate the taste in gluten free cake form.Coconut Cake RecipeCream Cheese FrostingFor the frosting, just cream 8 oz of unsalted butter, then add 10 oz. cream cheese. Mix in 1 tsp. vanilla. Then, incorporate 1/2 cup of sifted confectioners sugar (add more sugar if you like sweeter frosting). Once the cakes have cooled, put a thin layer of frosting between the cakes. Then lightly frost the top and sides. Lastly, add a little bit of toasted coconut to the top.Gluten Free Coconut CakeCoconut-Cake-DirectionsThis is a great cake recipe but really everything is good with cream cheese frosting. Get the printable recipe here.

What type of cake do you like to make in the summer?

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Andi’s Bachelorette Bracket

Not sure if any of you are Bachelorette fans like I am (it’s one of my guilty pleasure), but I decided to make a Bachelorette Bracket. Sort of like March Madness but instead of basketball teams, it’s the contestants on the Bachelorette. (FYI if you are not caught up don’t look any further).

The-bachelorette-bracket

If you play with friends, you can award points based on how many you correctly move to the following week. If you get 6 out of the 8 in Round 4 correct you would get 6 pts. for that round, and so on. Since we are already a few weeks in, I started the brackets with the 11 remaining bachelors. Get the PDF version here.

Who do you think is a good match for Andi and will make it to the Final Four?

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Apricot Oatmeal Energy Bars

Apricot Oatmeal BarsThese apricot oatmeal bars ended up being a great snack to have around and they were gone within two days. Since they were pretty simple to make, I’ll have to make some more.Oatmeal and Cinnamon Apricots Apricot and Oatmeal Recipe Apricots and Oatmeal Apricot Oatmeal Energy BarsThey ended up being the perfect combo of crunchy and soft, I highly recommend whipping up a batch or two for snacks during the week. Check out the recipe below and get the printable recipe card here.

Apricot-Energy-Bars-DirectionsEnjoy the week!
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Flamingo Pool Party

I’ve decided to start a new series on Silk & Cinnamon that highlights a fun party idea and includes decor, food or drink ideas, and an invite that you can customize for your own use. The first one is a flamingo themed pool party that has a hint of the 50′s.
Striped Flamingo Invitation
Flamingo-Decorations1. A chic black and white striped tent // 2. Lawn flamingos straight from the 50′s // 3. Striped pool towels // 4. Flamingo straws // 5. Polka – dot cupcake liners // 6. Inflatable flamingo floating drink holders

If you are interested in using this invitation for your own party, message me and I can send you a customized file with your details that you can print yourself.

I hope you enjoy this new series on the blog, I have already got a couple more ideas in the works.

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