diy

Let’s Get Cookin’: Spicy Loaded Guacamole

April 28, 2015

There are no words to explain the intensity with which I ♡ this guacamole. It’s fresh, spicy, vibrant, bursting with flavor, and – overall – KILLER good. Mind you, I’ve made 2 batches of this within the last 48 hours; if my enthusiasm wasn’t totally legit, that never would have happened. Now really, I owe this recipe to Saturday-night […]

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DIY Candied Kumquats

March 5, 2015
DIY Candied Kumquats - a little tangy, a little sweet, and SO easy to make. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Eventually summer will roll around and there will be more fruits in season than citrus. And ohhhhmygoodness I can’t wait for that to happen, but until then, I’m trying to do that whole open-minded thing and expand my appreciation for citrus, because it turns out I’ve been neglecting it for way too long. The truth is that I grew up with […]

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DIY Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha

December 2, 2014
Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha  -  a warm, creamy coffee treat for cold winter days that totally beats the coffeehouse version.

If I learned one thing in the making of this post, it’s that adding cold whipped cream to a (very full) hot mocha is a mess waiting to happen. But then again, everything I do is pretty much a mess waiting to happen, so I really shouldn’t be surprised. My only consolation is that I got […]

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DIY Candied Pecans

November 4, 2014
DIY Candied Pecans - it takes 5 minutes to turn regular pecans into this dangerously addicting treat.| www.brighteyedbaker.com

Two years ago I made brown sugar candied walnuts for the first time, and I was wowed by the fact that it was so super easy to turn a nut I’m really not all that crazy about (like please, add walnuts to my food never) into total crack candy. But somehow it didn’t occur to me until now […]

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10 Things You Should Know About Making Caramel the No-Cream Way

September 20, 2014
10 Things You Should Know About Making Caramel the No-Cream Way | http://www.brighteyedbaker.com

One of my favorite things in the world is caramel. Caramel candies, caramel ice cream, caramel chocolates, caramel iced lattes, caramel sauce… please give me alllll the caramel, thank you. Apparently, there are a lot of you out there who feel the same (we’re kindred souls) because the DIY caramel sauce recipe I shared two-years back is STILL […]

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DIY Chocolate Curls

August 16, 2014
DIY Chocolate Curls - use two staple ingredients to make these gorgeous chocolate curls for garnishing desserts.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Sometimes I surprise myself with the things I decide to DIY. I never expected that I’d be making homemade versions of things like maraschino cherries and cinnamon chips, and I definitely didn’t see myself as the kind of person who  would decide to make my own chocolate curls all for the sake of a dessert garnish. I’m sure there are […]

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DIY Irish Cream {Homemade Bailey’s}

March 11, 2014
DIY Irish Cream {Homemade Bailey's} - a sweet, creamy, and chocolate-y, homemade Irish Cream Liqueur made in a blender in SECONDS. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

If there’s one thing I can get on board with spiking, it’s a sweet, silky, chocolate-y, cream I can add my to lattés in the name of lazy weekend mornings. (Or hectic Monday mornings, or whatever, because who’s really keeping track?) In other words, I’m totally on board with homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream. It takes […]

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DIY Almond Butter {with Vanilla Bean & Sea Salt}

January 14, 2014
DIY Almond Butter {with Vanilla Bean & Sea Salt} - a naturally sweet and healthy nut butter that you can whip up in minutes. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Truth: If I had to pick between peanut butter and almond butter, I’d pick peanut butter any day of the week. Frankly, sometimes almond butter just feels boring to me. BUT, there are times when I’ll whip out the almond butter to make something healthy, and by whip it out, I mean whip it up. […]

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The Best of 2013 – Your Favorite Recipes

December 30, 2013
The Best of 2013 | Your Top Ten Favorite Recipes

It’s kinda crazy to think that 2013 is essentially over. I have no idea how this year flew by so fast, but it was a whirlwind of fun times, happy moments, and enough chaos to keep things plennnnty busy. There were times when I felt like I couldn’t possible keep up with everything, but somehow […]

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DIY Maraschino Cherries

June 7, 2013
Thumbnail image for DIY Maraschino Cherries

Until about last week, I really had no idea what a maraschino cherry was. I mean, I’ve had a few before, and I know they look like cherries, but they don’t exactly taste like cherries, do they? I think that’s why people either love them or hate them; because they’re just different. When I was […]

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