recipe: key lime pie

April 9th, 2013 · 9 Comments


Most of the time, I go to the grocery store without a set list in my head — which is sometimes great and sometimes a total disaster.

Great: When I spot fresh key limes and decide to make key lime pie!

Disaster: When I get home and realize I have no idea what the other ingredients are in key lime pie, and have to make a second trip to the grocery store for the rest of them.


But, once I finally got my hands on some sweetened condensed milk (really, I should have had than in our pantry to begin with) and after juicing about 100 ping-pong-ball-sized key limes, this pie was absolutely delicious.  Perfect for a summer dinner party in the backyard, or just a really yummy afternoon snack.  You could totally make this without fresh key limes (they’re not easy to find) and save yourself most of the work!


Key Lime Pie

4 egg yolks, beaten
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup key lime juice
1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup white sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted


Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until well blended.  Press mixture into an 8 or 9 inch pie plate (I used an 8-inch springform pan for mine).  Bake at 375 degrees F for 7 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Mix together the egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice and pour into the cooled shell.  Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.  Refrigerate to cool, and top with powdered sugar and fresh key lime slices. 


Tags: desserts · food

fashion cake pops!

February 4th, 2013 · 7 Comments


Oh my gosh.  These are basically the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen! 

I was so incredibly excited when Julie from Big City, Little Sweets offered to create some cake pops inspired by my Sugarlaws outfits, but when they actually arrived?  You guys, I shrieked.  These are seriously one of the coolest packages I’ve ever received!  I knew when she told me that she had custom-designed cake pops for Jimmy Choo, Erin Fetherston, and Christian Louboutin that they would be awesome — but I was still completely blown away!

Chad and I immediately went back through my outfit posts to match each of the pops to its post — and as much as I wanted to Instagram them the second they arrived, I knew I had to wait so that you guys could see them side by side! 

I’d be happy if they just looked cute, but they taste AMAZING!  They’re filled with vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet cake, and I’m too embarrassed to tell you how many of them I’ve eaten already.  Totally worth it.  🙂

Thank you so much to Big City, Little Sweets for this adorable surprise!  Check them out on their website (check out the photo gallery at your own risk, they look so insanely delicious), Facebook and Twitter!




Tags: desserts · food · style

living sweetly: homemade chocolate truffles

January 11th, 2013 · 6 Comments

There are very few things I love more than a chocolate truffle.  It’s one of the few recipes that tastes better when it’s a little sloppy and homemade — there’s something so incredibly delicious about this easy, handmade recipe.

Besides, how could a recipe that just uses three ingredients not be irresistable?  I bet you have most of these in your kitchen now — what better excuse to make them for your Golden Globes viewing party on Sunday?

I’m so excited for these videos — they’re a lot of work, but I’m having a ton of fun learning how to do them!  If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!



12 ounces chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
For toppings:
Cocoa Powder
Crushed Peppermints


In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate and vanilla for 1-2 minutes.  Pour in the cream and stir for approximately 4 minutes, or until smooth.

Refrigerate for 2 hours.  Roll each truffle into a ball between your palms, and then roll them in the toppings.  Serve and enjoy!


Tags: desserts · food · holiday