Butterbeer Italian Soda

butterbeer_italian_soda_3 I’m embracing my geeky side today and sharing a quick little drink that Harry Potter fans around the world can whip up in no time at all. This weekend, my daughter asked if we could make butterbeer and of course, I was game. I decided to make mine a Butterbeer Italian Soda, since I’ve been hooked on italian sodas since my high school days. Hanging out at the mall and popping into Gloria Jeans for a cherry italian soda was my idea of a perfect day back then.

butterbeer_italian_soda_4 This drink is so simple and delicious. Sweet and butterscotch-y, and by adding a little bit of heavy whipping cream, it becomes a richer drink. Give this a try, Muggles…it’s a tasty treat.


Butterbeer Italian Soda


  • cream soda
  • caramel ice cream syrup
  • heavy whipping cream


  1. Drizzle a couple of teaspoons of caramel ice cream syrup in the bottom of a tall glass.
  2. Add cream soda, stirring to combine.
  3. Add a few splashes of heavy whipping cream and stir gently.
  4. Add ice and top with whipped cream and caramel drizzle for an extra treat!


Dessert Crostini Recipe

I love small, individual sized desserts.  Not just because I feel like I can justify it if I eat 14 of them, rather than just one dessert, {although, that’s DEFINITELY an attractive option!} but because I don’t think there’s much cuter as far as presentation goes than a bunch of little sweet treats lined up on a gorgeous tray like perfect little soldiers.  Honestly, it will make even the simplest recipe look like you’ve worked all day long.

So, when Jordan from I’m With Cupcake asked me to do a guest post while he was away vacationing on sandy white beaches, I immediately cursed his luck, then got over it, then got to thinking on what I’d like to make…and I’ll be sharing the process with you on how things start out one way in my mind versus how they actually end up.

When chatting away with Jordan one day, he asked for a general idea on what I’d be submitting.  My first thought…it has to be simple.  Valentine’s Day is chaotic enough with the pressure of finding the perfect gift and preparing/ordering the perfect meal.  I wanted to make something that would remove virtually all stress from the dessert course.  This lead me to think that I wanted it to be a  no bake recipe.

So, I told him that I was thinking of something with pound cake, custard, and raspberries.  Initially, I was thinking about sliced pound cake, with a dollop of custard on top, with a raspberry sauce and maybe working some chocolate in there somehow as well.  So, with a less than concrete grocery list in hand, I set off for the store.

And immediately noticed that they had no raspberries.

When creating a recipe, you’ve got to be willing to roll with the punches and come up with a back up plan.  Instead of a raspberry sauce, I’d make a strawberry sauce…not a problem at all.

Until I noticed that they also, had no strawberries.

What they DID have, were blackberries, which have been a favorite of mine since childhood…excessive seeds and all.

So, I grabbed them, grabbed my pound cake from the freezer aisle, and headed to the custard/pudding aisle.  {Not that custard and pudding gets its own aisle in my grocery store, but wouldn’t it be GREAT if it did?!?}

That’s when it jumped out at me…chocolate mousse.  And suddenly, the whole post unfolded in front of me.  Honestly, that’s how it happens for me…it’s really, really odd.

So, I grabbed my ingredients and headed for the checkout aisle.

And then, just because I was feeling crafty…I whipped up a little love plate to add to the love day vibe of my dessert…

See?? Do you feel the love?? You can find out how I made this simple plate here.

And, for the actual recipe and guest post straight from I’m With Cupcake, click here.

Oftentimes for me, recipes wind up similar to how I’d imagined them in my mind, but sometimes they’re vastly different…don’t feel bad if you need to switch things up, all it does is give your creative side a bit of a workout, which is always fun!

Sharing My Sea Salt Love!

I have ALWAYS loved the salty/sweet combination when it comes to sweets.  I remember as a kid, I used to love crushing up pretzels and putting them on top of my ice cream.  {Actually, if I’m being honest, it’s still something I love to do as an adult!} That’s why I’m head over heels happy about the current trend of using sea salt to go along with our sweets.  I’ve scoured around online and have found some tasty treats that will be sure to satisfy your salty/sweet cravings!

Fleur de Sel Caramels


Sea Salt Saltine Toffee

Sea Salt Brownies

Sea Salt Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt

Enjoy and have a great weekend, everyone!

Happiness Is……

Happiness is…..

One more doughnut in the doughnut box and no one around to claim it!

Happy Monday, everyone!

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