Crazy for Crust

Oct 25

Dessert Mash-Ups Book Launch Party

Happy Saturday! Remember how I wrote a cookbook? Well, I decided to throw myself a party earlier this month and I’m finally posting about it!

{BTW, throwing yourself a party after you’re a teenager is…weird. It felt very “look at me” and I’m so not that person.}

Note: all photos not with my watermark were taken by Kirkpatrick Photography.

Dessert Mashups Book Launch Party (5 of 5)

The star of the party were the desserts, obviously. I made 6 from the book: Lemon Bar Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Toffee Bark (that inspired this recipe since Mel didn’t get any), Chocolate Cheesecake Sandwich Cookies, Truffle Brownies, Cake Batter Blondies, and Apple Pie Cookies.

I made double batches of everything…and hardly anything was left!


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

It was strange to see my book…everywhere. I can’t believe I actually wrote (and photographed) a book. Pinch me.


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

The only two people at the party more excited than me were Mel and Jordan. Jordan even picked out a new dress (color appropriate, of course).

Dessert Mashups Book Launch Party (3 of 5)

I designed and decorated the whole party by myself. The banners and most of the party decorations came from You can make personalize banners on their site, including ones with photos. I used the “Vintage Milk” party theme to make the banner (above) and the closure stickers (below).

Dessert Mashups Book Launch Party (1 of 5)

The favor bags were also from They held my thank you card as well as two chocolate chip cookies for “s’more dessert” later. (Recipe in the book!)

Dessert Mashups Book Launch Party (4 of 5)

When my editor told me that blue and teal would be the book colors I was beyond ecstatic. If you could see my house, you’d know I didn’t need to buy much decor for the party. I live for the red/teal combination.

My sister-in-law is a local florist (Ambience Floral Design) and she provided all the gorgeous flowers for the party. (The water container is from World Market, isn’t it fabulous?)


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

The Sips and Snacks signs were also from, their “Birthday Plane” party theme.


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

I went light on the appetizers for the party (thank you so much to my mom for making them!) and they were all gone. I didn’t even get to try the hummus or the salami skewers!

Dessert Mashups Book Launch Party (2 of 5)

The party enjoyed wine from Mirassou. Have you ever had their wine? It’s really, really good and they sell it at some grocery stores and wine stores. The chardonnay is my favorite but I even love the moscato, and I’m not a sweet wine drinker, so that’s saying a lot!


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

She was so excited for the whole party. Some day, I bet I’ll be the one at her book party (or Oscar party…).


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

I’m sorry, but signing books? SO WEIRD.


Photos by Kirckpatrick Photography

I was so excited so many of my local blogger friends could come to the party. If you’re not reading these ladies, you’re missing out!

Top (left to right): Heather from Heather’s French Press, Glory from Glorious Treats, Amy from Amy’s Healthy Baking

Bottom (left to right): Amy from Very Culinary and Karen from The Food Charlatan


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

And on the left? That’s my BFF Hayley from The Domestic Rebel and my girls Trish from Mom on Timeout and Ashley from Domestic Fashionista on the right.

Oct 23

Pumpkin S’mores Dip

Pumpkin S'more Dip (4 of 8)

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix (9 of 9)w

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Oct 20

Best Brownie Bites

Best Brownie Bites (5 of 10)w

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Oct 19

Candy Bar Pie

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Oct 18

How to Freeze Desserts

How to freeze desserts so you can make them in advance for the holidays

Want to know a secret? I freeze pretty much every single dessert I make for the blog. Want to know how you can freeze things too? Well, you’re in the right place today. The holidays are coming – Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve. If you’re anything like me, these are the baking holidays....

Oct 16

KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway!

dash of sanity

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