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Cristina Riches aka Bird, is the founder of BirdsParty.com. She's also a creative mom of two, published author, graphic designer, freelance photographer, magazine editor and unconditional party lover. Her party ideas and photos have been featured on numerous publications such as Forbes.com, CNN Entertainment, Parenting Magazine, Celebrate Magazine, All You Magazine, Elle Decor and MarthaStewart.com. She also regularly creates content for brands such as PBS Parents, HGTV, Coca-Cola, Nestlรฉ, Pillsbury, PayPal, Mars, Hellmann's, Cultura France and Danone to name a few.
Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts
Strawberry and Cream Layer Cake

Strawberry and Cream Layer Cake

Strawberries have been on my mind and plate lately, and I'm not complaining! They're one of my favorite fruits and so versatile in jams, desserts, drinks and appetizers alike! Of course, one of the classic ways to serve strawberries is with a big bowl of cream! So to crown our strawberry season in style, I decided to bake up a storm with this easy but oh-so pretty strawberry and cream layer cake !

No Bake White Chocolate Strawberry Tart

No Bake White Chocolate Strawberry Tart

Mother's day is coming up, and if you need a simple and delicious dessert to impress and celebrate mom, then this white chocolate and strawberry tart recipe is it! With a few handy pantry staples and a punnet of fresh strawberries you can whip up this tart in no time at all, without the need to turn on your oven, which is always a bonus in my book! ๐Ÿ‘ I also made a delicious fresh strawberry sauce to serve with this tart for extra indulgence, but if you don't like things too sweet, then simply serve with extra fresh sliced strawberries for a tangy contrast!

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Hey friends, Easter is 'round the corner and I've decided to share with you one of my favorite recipes EVER - Hot cross buns !!  These delicious, lightly spiced sweet bread rolls make for the perfect Easter breakfast, lunch or treat and are quite simple to make too!  I absolutely love eating hot cross buns any time of day though, and this year I tried a new recipe that I just had to share it with you guys, since they turned out SO good!

French Ricotta Dip and Roast Peppers Crostini Appetizers

French Ricotta Dip and Roast Peppers Crostini Appetizers

Spring is upon us and I can't wait to burst out the lighter recipes and easy-living, more relaxed way of entertaining and hosting at home! So we're kicking off one of my favorite seasons, with this delicious, super quick and easy to make French Ricotta Dip and roast peppers crostini appetizer that's perfect to serve for an Oscars viewing party, a spring garden party or Easter brunch!

Chocolate Cake with Green Matcha Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Green Matcha Buttercream Frosting

St Paddy's Day is coming up, so how about making this delicious chocolate cake with green frosting to celebrate?! ๐Ÿ€ You may have seen my Matcha green pancakes I shared a few weeks ago here on the blog. Well, as promised, I decided to incorporate the Matcha green tea into a sweet recipe this time.  The Matcha green tea pairs beautifully with the dark notes of this chocolate cake, and if you like the earthy notes of Matcha, then you'll love this silky cake frosting made with condensed milk!

Matcha Green Tea Savory Pancakes

Matcha Green Tea Savory Pancakes

It's Mardi Gras tomorrow and with St Patrick's Day around the corner, I thought this year I'd make green pancakes to celebrate, ๐Ÿ˜ hence these Matcha Green Tea savory pancakes ! My kids love pancakes or French crepes, and in France we often have savory ones when on vacation. They serve them with smoked bacon, cheese and an egg on top so I decided to make savory pancakes for them, which would be awesome for breakfast, brunch, light lunch or snack!

Strawberry Red Velvet and Vanilla Checkerboard Cake

Strawberry Red Velvet and Vanilla Checkerboard Cake

If you follow the blog you probably know how much I love baking and decorating cakes. My love of cakes comes from watching my mom bake every Sunday when I was a child, so baking brings back so many wonderful memories for me! Nowadays, I love to try my hands at different cake decorating techniques, like today's strawberry red velvet and vanilla checkerboard cake . I love how fun it was to make, and it was my first time making a red velvet cake!

French Salted Caramel and Chocolate Tart Recipe

French Salted Caramel and Chocolate Tart Recipe

This French salted caramel and chocolate tart is the perfect dessert for Valentine's Day or any other occasion when you need your chocolate fix, but don't want to spend ages in the kitchen!  This tart is my own spin on the classic French tarte au chocolat , and is SO quick and easy to make and only requires a few store-cupboard ingredients, with very minimal baking involved! Not to mention that it tastes mega delicious and looks oh-so pretty too!

Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe

With Valentine's Day and the Super Bowl around the corner, I thought I'd share this delicious salted caramel popcorn recipe with you guys! My daughter and I make it on a regular basis for our movie nights on the weekends, and it's the perfect snack for either occasion! In fact, I don't think there's any celebration where salted caramel popcorn wouldn't be welcome, am I right?! ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ˜‰

Valentine's Day Hot Cocoa Bombs Gifts & My Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

Valentine's Day Hot Cocoa Bombs Gifts & My Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

It's just over a month away from Valentine's Day and unlike previous years where it just creeps up on me, this year I'm starting early, so I'll have plenty of time to share lots of fun and creative ideas with you guys! Kicking off the season with these Valentine's Day hot cocoa bombs that are just too cute to make with the kids or to gift to teacher's, neighbors, friends or co-workers! ๐Ÿ’–

French Almond Frangipane Galette des Rois or Kings Cake Recipe

French Almond Frangipane Galette des Rois or Kings Cake Recipe

Epiphany is nearly upon us so I thought I'd share a super delicious, but really easy to make dessert that is so popular this time of year in France - the Galette des Rois or Three Kings Cake ! This is really a tart or pie sort of "cake" that dates back to medieval times, and is meant to celebrate the feast of the three wise men or three kings from the nativity of Christ.  The Epiphany feast is held on the 6th of January each year, and this dessert is therefore eaten on this day of course, but folks start enjoying it as early as January 1st in my experience living in France. 

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