Independence Day Party Inspiration

Happy Fourth, y’all! For some reason, there’s nothing that gets my husband’s party bug more wound up than Independence Day. For the last several years, he’s invited over our friends, fired up the grill, and spent way too much money on fireworks. This year, we had an added bonus of a freshly installed fire pit (let me know if you all want to know how we built it!).

Since the Fourth of July is really a holiday made for the grill (an area that I have not mastered yet), I put all of my creative energies into the spread, the drinks and our outfits. I don’t have much to offer you this year, but I do have a couple of knock out party appetizers and drinks, plus some outfit inspiration to get you in the spirit!

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Phat Thai Jones’ Plum Cake

A few months ago, I received an email from a reader asking if I had come across a good plum cake recipe, a-la “Psych.” In the episode “Autopsy Turvy,” Shawn and Gus investigate a previous case that the coroner labeled an accidental death, and along the way, they stumble upon the world’s best plum cake at Phat Thai Jones.

Did I have this fabulous recipe? Nope, it hadn’t even occurred to me. But after a few quick searches, I understood what the reader was trying to explain to me; while we have no idea what the cake would be like, the recipes we were finding didn’t feel right.

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Apple Bread with Spiked Caramel Sauce

In my house, sweet breads are traditionally a breakfast food. We’ll pop a slice of banana bread in the toaster to crisp it up, melt the chocolate chips inside–there’s no better way to start the day.

As far as this recipe goes, well, it’s definitely one way to start the day.

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Peaches in Elderflower: A Titanic Inspired Dessert

As you are slowly finding out, I am obsessed with sunken ships. Every year, I plop down in front of the TV, pop in my VHS of the 1997 film, and snack on Titanic-shaped cookies. This year, I decided to do something new. I wanted to make a different dessert, maybe even one that was served on that fateful voyage. After several Google searches, do you know what I learned?

People did not know how to eat dessert in 1912.

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Guinness Chocolate Cake with Guinness Buttercream

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and my house is overflowing with Guinness!

While my family loves sweets, we also love a good beer. We rotate brews with the changing seasons. Sometimes we get a little overzealous, and I’m left to think of crafty ways to get rid of the excess beer. I’m already working on a few more St. Patrick and Guinness themed recipes, but this one is one of my top favorites!

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Guinness ‘Cottage Pie’

It’s not always sweet here in the Faust Bakes kitchen, and what better recipe to be the first savory dish on the blog than a Guinness cottage pie?

Now, the reason I put cottage pie in quotes in the title of this post is because, as I learned while researching this recipe, this is only technically a cottage pie, but in no way traditional.

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Magner’s Hard Cider Cakes

Magner’s differs from other hard ciders (like Angry Orchard) because it doesn’t have a harsh or bitter taste of alcohol, which can really muck up the apple flavor and absolutely ruins whatever dessert you bake it in. Don’t fret, my little demons—you can still taste the alcohol, and feel it, if you drink it.

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