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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, NestlΓ©, 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
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?! πŸ€ 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, 😁 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?! πŸΏπŸ˜‰

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! πŸ’–

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. 

Quick and Easy Curried Sausage Rolls Party Appetizer

Quick and Easy Curried Sausage Rolls Party Appetizer

This time of year we're all looking for tasty but easy party food and nibble ideas, right? So, I decided to bring you my family's favorite snack/treat for the holidays - my husband's curried sausage rolls ! These curried sausage rolls have been a tradition in our home every Christmas, New Year and beyond! They're SO delicious, quick and easy to make, not to mention budget-friendly too!

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and if you need some quick and easy dessert ideas then this post is for you! I've rounded up my go-to, last-minute, affordable and easy desserts recipes that also have the wow factor without much effort at all! These desserts can be made in advance or at the very last-minute, so be sure to stock up on a few essential ingredients so you can whip them up for any impromptu gathering over the holiday season!

Halloween Jack O' Lantern Hand Pies

Halloween Jack O' Lantern Hand Pies

I love all the themed Halloween treats around, but my priority these days is to make something delicious but that's also easy and that I can whip up with store-cupboard ingredients if possible πŸ˜‰ Hence these adorable Halloween Jack O' Lantern hand pies! These yummy pies are not only super fun to look at, but they're also very tasty indeed, only require 2 ingredients, and you can whip up a batch in a jiffy!

Feta Cheese and Sweet Potato Filo Pastry Samosa Appetizers

Feta Cheese and Sweet Potato Filo Pastry Samosa Appetizers

Fall is the season for pies, so I thought I'd share these tasty, savory feta cheese and sweet potato samosas or hand-pies, which are the perfect appetizer and ideal for entertaining! My husband cooks most of the time at our house, so this recipe is originally his, but using spinach instead of sweet potato, 'cause he's not a fan 😲 But because he had forgotten to buy the spinach, I snatched his ingredients to make these delicious feta cheese and sweet potato appetizers, because my kids and I LOVE sweet potatoes!

Fig, Prosciutto Ham and Feta Cheese Pizza

Fig, Prosciutto Ham and Feta Cheese Pizza

Fig season is upon us, and I couldn't pass up the chance to create a delicious recipe using the figs from my garden. Hence this Fig, Prosciutto ham and Feta cheese pizza ! We've had our fig tree for about 5 years  now. Last year, the fruits were attacked by bugs before we could enjoy them, so I'm mega happy to be able to harvest anything we can this year. These figs are juicy, plump and super sweet, and although beautiful to eat as is; I decided to add them to a sweet and savory pizza alongside some delicious Prosciutto ham and Feta cheese.

Cantaloupe Melon Lemonade

Cantaloupe Melon Lemonade

Now that summer's ending, this is the perfect recipe to make the most of those Cantaloupe melons which are still abundantly available, but not quite at their best.  A few summers ago, my husband successfully grew cantaloupe melons from seed in our garden, and it's become one of favorite summer fruits! This year we have added it to salads, smoothies, fruit salads...and now, this delicious and refreshing melon lemonade!

No-Churn Tres Leches Ice Cream

No-Churn Tres Leches Ice Cream

This summer I've been making a lot of treats as you can probably tell from aaaall the recipe posts I've been sharing here on the blog πŸ˜‹ And this tres leches (three milks) ice cream has become my go-to, easy treat to serve on its own or to accompany any dessert (think pies, cakes, fruit salad etc.). This milky and creamy ice cream recipe only requires 3 ingredients, which you probably already have at home, and NO ice cream machine in sight! πŸ‘

Mango and Yogurt Popsicles

Mango and Yogurt Popsicles

Ever since I've shared my yummy   strawberries and cream popsicles here on the blog, I've been asked if I can replace the cream with yogurt. So I decided to do just that, and have used Greek Yogurt instead of cream for a lighter, healthier take on these summer treats! Well, I didn't use any strawberries but mango puree instead. You can in fact use any seasonal fruit to make popsicles or frozen lollipops.

Summer Berries Cheesecake Bars

Summer Berries Cheesecake Bars

This recipe came about by accident, sort of. I was looking for a recipe online that I could make to use up all the blackberries I have growing in my garden. Eventually I found a simple enough cheesecake recipe and bought all the ingredients to make it, but on the day I decided to make it, the blackberries were not ripe yet! So, I swapped the blackberries for frozen summer berries (which I always have in the freezer), and it was a hit!

Flowerpot Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Sugar Paste Flowers

Flowerpot Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Sugar Paste Flowers

Since we've been sharing some wedding ideas in the last couple of weeks, I thought I'd post these flower pot cupcakes, since they'd be perfect for any wedding or bridal shower you may be planning! My go-to chocolate chip cupcakes are baked directly in small clay pots, then topped with a simple buttercream tinted green to give the illusion  of grass, and crowned with handmade sugar paste edible flowers!

Easy Dinosaur Birthday Cake

Easy Dinosaur Birthday Cake

Hi friends! I've recently I worked with one of my favorite brands to create some dinosaur themed desserts for a recent photo shoot, which included this fun dinosaur shaped cake . So naturally, I had to share it with you guys!  This dinosaur cake was SO easy to make and is perfect for  a low-key birthday party at home, a fun school event or a 1st birthday smash cake! 😁 I used a dinosaur-shaped flexible cake pan, which made the whole process super easy and fun too!

Easy Summer Appetizers

Easy Summer Appetizers

With the good temps arriving, entertaining at home seems to be on the horizon again, and we're thrilled! But this summer, I'm aiming for more low-key, relaxed kind of celebrations and savoring aaaaall the season has to offer in a simple and effortless way. Whos' with me? Exit all the hours spent prepping and cooking, in favor of a more "organic" way of hosting!  Photo credit above:  Greek Salad Skewers from Little Broken

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