First Communion Cookie Set for Tony

how to decorate first communion cookies for a boy ♥ bakeat350.net #catholiccookies

There's almost nothing sweeter than little girls in white dresses and veils and boys in little suits and ties celebrating first Communion. Our nephew Tony made his first Communion over the weekend and, of course, cookies were in order.

I've made communion cookies before...here and here. I love them still but decided to make these a little differently AND make a set of cookies, rather than all one design.

how to decorate first communion cookies, host and chalice ♥ bakeat350.net

That host and chalice cookie cutter is one of my very favorites. It's so special. You can find it here. The design is supposed to be wheat. Does it look a little like wheat? Also, I couldn't help but add a heart in the center. Aaaaaand, there's a heart on the rosary and a heart on one of the cross designs. (I like ♥s.)

The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends Latest Post: Natural Food Coloring

Natural Food Coloring for royal icing and buttercream frosting ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Don't worry. I have not abandoned food colorings. A girl does like to have some options, though.

Natural Food Coloring for royal icing and buttercream frosting ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Over on The Pioneer Woman Food and Friends, I'm showing some easy (and interesting) ways to color icing naturally. Some of the ingredients you might guess...others, you might not. Hellooooo, microalgae. Yep. I said algae. On a food blog.

Natural Food Coloring for royal icing and buttercream frosting ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

I colored royal icing for decorating cookies as well as buttercream. Ah, those speckles!

Natural Food Coloring for royal icing and buttercream frosting ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

I LOVE the look of the natural dyes...they're soft, and pretty, and well, natural.

Come read all about them over at Ree's


Chocolate Banana Cream Pie



Chocolate Banana Cream Pie ♥ bakeat350.net

This pie has been on my mind for a while now. Why I decided to make a chocolate cream pie for the Easter that Mr. E and I were empty-nesters, I don't know. I promise I did not eat half of a pie (in one sitting).

First things first, Mr. E is a traditional fruit pie lover. A Key lime (or not-so-key-lime) pie lover. This pie knocked his socks off.


chocolate crust with ganache... black-bottom pie

We're going to start off with a chocolate crust. This is not any chocolate cookie crust. This is a chocolate cookie crust WITH more chocolate stirred in! The entire crust is then...covered in a layer of chocolate ganache.

Cookbook Crush: The Pretty Dish (Zucchini Bread Pancakes)

I've been a fangirl of Jessica from How Sweet Eats for...forever. Pretty much since she started blogging. I love Jessica's voice, her recipes, her photography, her adorable family. Yep. Fangirl.

The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant #cookbook

Her latest book just hit the shelves - The Pretty Dish: More than 150 Everyday Recipes & Beauty DIYs to Nourish your Body Inside and Out. You might notice that I started flagging the recipes I wanted to make...and things got a little out of hand. I was tagging EVERY recipe. And the ones that weren't tagged? Oh, those were just recipes for fall and winter that I plan on making later. You're going to feel the same way!

Zucchini Bread Pancakes ♥

Let's take a moment to look at these Zucchini Bread Pancakes from the book. Oh, hello.
(More on these in a minute.)

What I've always loved about Jessica's recipes is her knack for combining ingredients in inventive and approachable ways. The recipes in the book are no exception. They're simple enough to make for a weeknight dinner but special enough to serve to company.

Recipes cover appetizers to pizza to tacos to soups to breakfast to desserts. I made the Toasted Garlic Tomato Bisque last night, and it's going into our regular rotation. Here are some more beauties...
The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant #cookbook
The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant #cookbook
The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant #cookbook
The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant #cookbook
The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant #cookbook

...in addition to the food recipes, there are recipes for beauty DIYs, like bath melts and lip balms and body scrubs (oh my)! Jessica also provides recipes for cocktails, menu plans, and even playlists!

The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends Latest Post: How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs

How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

I had SO MUCH FUN with this. Have you ever used natural dyes to color Easter eggs? Until recently, I'd never tried it...and now? Well, maybe I think about it too much.


Dyeing eggs with veggies, spices, tea, etc. opens up a whole world of possibilities! It's part holiday prep, part science experiment, and part excuse to make epic egg salad sandwiches.

How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Over on The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends, I'll walk you through how to do it, some of my favorites, and even a couple of fails. There's even an unexpected ingredient that makes them look like dinosaur eggs!

How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Come on over and check them out. Please let me know if you ever dyed eggs this way and what your favorite dyes are!