{9.19} Friday Favorites

TGIF! It’s Friday once again, can you believe it? So that means it’s time for another round of my favorite things, stumbled upon over the past week. I’ve been preparing for a big girls night in (happening tonight) so I was really on the hunt for extra interesting ideas. From a sultry rosehip jam recipe to rustic new platters and a killer mac and cheese dish, checkout a few of my favorite finds below!

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Rosehip Jam and Homemade English Muffins // Bread + Barrow

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Chip & Dip Platter and Round Half Dozen Oyster Platter // Oysteria

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese // Craving Thirty

As always, thanks to all the amazing bloggers/artisans involved with this favorites roundup. Your stunning photos and recipes constantly inspire me! What are some of your current favorite things? I would love to know! Leave me a comment here on the blog and if you haven’t already seen it, don’t miss out on my latest post with Chocolate & Spice Bakery to showcase some of their gorgeous Gourmet Cakes!

Gourmet Cakes at Chocolate & Spice Bakery

Happy Wednesday guys! I recently had the pleasure of heading back to Chef Megan Romano’s Chocolate & Spice Bakery for a behind the scenes look at their incredible cake selection. Exquisit, delightful, delicious, and just plain heavenly are words that come to mind when I think of these stunning sweet treats. In addition to a killer menu of Signature Cakes, Chef Megan has also created a range of Bundt Cakes and Ice Cream Cakes which can even be customized with your logo! Here’s a look at the ones I was lucky enough to taste –

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The Cake Menu in order of Appearance (*single slices):

Orange Rosemary Scented Bundt Cake

Pumpkin Spice and Vanilla Swirl Bundt Cake

Toasted Lemon Meringue Layer Cake

Tiramisu Layer CakeDark Chocolate Nutella Layer Cake

Devils’ Food Cake with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

Red Velvet Layer Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate and Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake*

Devils Food Cake and Mocha Brownie Layer Cake*

Vanilla Pistachio Layer Cake*

So here goes… yes I did try them all and no, I honestly could not pick a favorite! They were all incredible. Top 3 would probably have to be the orange rosemary, lemon meringue and pumpkin spice. I’m still drooling a week later! Chocolate & Spice is by far one of my favorite local discoveries since moving to Las Vegas last year. Everything this team of talented bakers creates is stunningly detailed and so unique. Looking for a Wedding or Special Occasion Cake? They can help you out! If the cakes didn’t hook you in, make sure to check out my last post on their Breakfast & Lunch experience. From blueberry scones to hand crafted sandwiches, frittatas, french toast, healthy salads, even an asian fried shrimp dish, this is definitely a place to stop by for a savory meal as well as sweet. Thanks to Chef Megan and her team for having me, I hope you all take the time to stop by and check them out! Find more Chocolate & Spice here:

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Breakfast with Bonne Maman Preserve

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Since moving to Las Vegas last fall I’ve discovered a new found love for lazy Sundays and a nice early breakfast. I only have so much time during the week to relax, so Sunday is now my day. My favorite thing has become a fresh piece of sour dough or french bread from the local bakery with a heavy serving of Wild Blueberry Preserve by Bonne Maman on top. I discovered Bonne Maman at Smiths (grocery store) and absolutely fell in love. Bonne Maman Preserves and Jellies, produced in France, are all-natural, with no artificial coloring, no high fructose corn syrup or no preservatives added. You can also find a bunch of other flavors like classic strawberry, fig, cherry, peach, and blackberry!

If your local store doesn’t carry Bonne Maman Amazon has you covered with this cute little collection of Bonne Maman Assorted Mini Jams (Strawberry, Apricot, Raspberry, Orange Marmalade, Cherry). Try out all the flavors and then you’ll know what larger jar to order for next time! I love these jams so much I sent a package to my parents down in Florida and one to my sister in VT. Don’t forget to report back and let me know what one you like best!

Madeira Housewares Cheese Plate

cheese_3cheese_2cheese_41cheese_1Happy Saturday guys! As you can probably tell by now, I’ve been on a huge cheese plate kick this week. They are just such a great way to snack away an evening or afternoon! I picked up this great Madeira Provo Teak Edge-Grain Bread Board and just had to show it off. I mean how perfect is that little M? This afternoons spread consists of:

Yancey’s Fancy Smoked Gouda with Bacon
Port Salut
Sage
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Raw walnuts

Simple and sweet! You can bet I’ve also got a nice glass of wine to go along with this spread. I hope you all have a great Saturday evening and don’t forget to send in any cheese plate suggestion you might have. I would love to know your favorite things to use!

{9.12} Friday Favorites Honey Edition

It was recently brought to my attention that September is National Honey Month. How cool is that? For all the honey lovers out there, this special Friday Favorites Honey Edition post is just for you. I’ve been on a pretty big goat cheese kick lately, so here are 5 amazing recipes I found for a great goat cheese and honey dish! Check em’ out below:recipes-goat-cheese-with-honey

Goat Cheese with Honey // Leite’s Culinaria

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Honey Fig Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting // Becca Bakes

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Goat Cheese, Pistachio and Truffled Honey Pizza // Sparrows and Spatulas

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Blueberry and Goat Cheese Crostini with Honey & Lemon // Lemony Thyme

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Goat Cheese Tart with Honey and Figs // One Upon A Recipe

And that’s it for this week! What are some of your favorite uses for honey? I would love to know! Stay tuned for lots of other National Honey Month posts as well as a few exciting new restaurant reviews from Chocolate & Spice Bakery and more! Also thanks to all these awesome bloggers and their gorgeous photos. The inspiration never stops!