Pistachio and Honey Bougatsa

Pistachio and Honey BougatsaA gorgeous Greek pastry made with layers upon layers of delicate phyllo dough and vanilla bean custard.  Bright green pistachios and amber honey make this one elegant pastry!

Pistachio and Honey BougatsaWhat on Earth is a Bougatsa?  I came across this funny sounding Greek dessert while hunting some inspiration for my next post.  Low and behold was this absolutely gorgeous rustic masterpiece on Phoodie.  At first glance, my thoughts were…”Well, this looks like it’s going to take some effort.  Let me think of every excuse imaginable so I don’t have to get off Pinterest…”  I checked out the ingredients and method and was shocked to see how simple it was!

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Pistachio and Honey Bougatsa

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Pear and Fig Baklava

Pear and Fig BaklavaLuscious layers of buttery phyllo dough nestled between gorgeous layers of cinnamon pear, pistachios, and pecans.  Baklava was never meant to be boring.  It was meant to be epic like this Pear and Fig Baklava!

I hope everyone is ready for a fabulous New Year’s Eve!  I’m going to live vicariously through all the cool kids tonight.  First of all, I’ve never been able to stay up past midnight.  Don’t think that’s because I’m a parent, or old, or have two early to bed kids.  I’ve been that way since my 20’s.  It’s so sad!  I blame it on my old soul.  Secondly, I do have two little kids who can’t seem to keep it together past 9.  In our house 9 P.M. is the witching hour of tantrums, whiny little voices, and utter melt downs.  So every New Years Eve it’s hot chocolate, a cozy blanket, and the good old fashioned New Year’s countdown from my quiet little television.

Pear and Fig Baklava

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Apricot and Cherry Ricotta Galette

Apricot and cherry ricotta galetteFlaky pie crust filled with creamy ricotta, tart cherries and sweet apricots.  This rustic Apricot and Cherry Ricotta Galette is my favorite lazy pie.

Apricot and cherry ricotta galetteOur family just got back from an amazing road trip vacation in Europe.  One German car, two small anxious kids, one big college bound kid, and two crazy parents.  Don’t worry though, we were already crazy before the vacation.  We started in Frankfurt Germany and drove to Europa-Park in Rust, which is one of the most amazing theme parks I’ve ever been to.  Next, we drove to a small French town in the country and visited Nigloland.  This was another European theme park and definitely one of my all time favorites.  It was quaint, gorgeous, and wonderful for little kids.  My husband’s coworker’s family owns the park, so they set us up in a cute little hotel room in the park.  We slept inside the theme park, right under the Ferris Wheel!  Who can say they’ve done that?

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