November 06, 2016

Ten Amazing Chocolate Cherry Dessert Recipes - Perfect for a Summer Wedding

We agree with Charles M. Schulz who said, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”

These ten amazing chocolate cherry recipes are perfect for a summer wedding. We've focused on alternative desserts like pie and no bake recipes - perfect to beat the heat & save you time.

By far the most amazing pie recipe I've seen is the Black Forest Pie, shown to the left and featured on A Cookie Named Desire.

The only thing you'll need to bake is the crust which will take 30 minutes, and can be done days ahead of time.

A Cookie Named Desire also has an amazing recipe for Black Forest Ice Cream Cake.

And the most delicious other chocolate cherry recipes are:

3. No Bake Chocolate Cherry Almond Tart from Eating Richly

4. No Bake Double Chocolate Cherry Tart from Taza Chocolate

5. No Bake Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake in a Jar from Center Cut Cook

6. Chocolate-Cherry Ice Cream Pie from Taste of Home

November 02, 2016

Seven Honey-Bee Themed D.I.Y. Wedding Ideas & Projects

When I think of summer with all kinds of flowers blooming in Upstate N.Y. I think of the fresh local honey abundantly available at the local farmers markets. I love the idea of using honey and bee themed items in an outdoor wedding.

Idea #1: D.I.Y. Local Honey Jar Wedding Favors
With a little ingenuity and time you can wow your guests with small jars of local honey. You'll need local honey, glass jars, wooden dippers, ribbons, bee or flower charms, and labels.

Important things to know include that the flow of honey doesn't stop on it's own - use a butter knife to cut the flow when the containers are almost full, you do not need to seal or heat treat the jars in any way, and to keep the jars in a dark area so the honey doesn't crystallize. If it does happen to crystallize before the wedding, place the jars in lukewarm water until it becomes runny.