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I have two special treats to share today! The first is this golden chai cake, which is richly spiced with cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. It's covered in honey-cream cheese frosting and together that makes  the cake reminiscent of my favorite cup of tea. The second treat is a fun giveaway sponsored by Fair Trade brands. One lucky reader will receive a big box of Fair Trade products and ingredients in honor of Mother's Day!

Each year at Mother's Day I partner with Fair Trade USA to help raise awareness about the important work they do to empower women. Did you know that women produce half of the world's food yet only own 2% of land? (Wow!) Fair Trade provides women with resources to start businesses and helps provide maternity leave and childcare. This helps increase educational opportunities and better medical care for their families. All we have to do to help this effort is to buy Fair Trade brands! It's so easy - it's a no-brainer!



Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, and I have some zesty little cookies that are guaranteed to make your fiesta 100% cuter!

These citrus slice lookalikes are delicious butter cookies loaded with aromatic lime zest. I like to make the dough ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator, that way I can slice and bake the cookies at my convenience. There are a few steps to shaping the dough but it's not difficult - I promise! And to ensure your complete success with this recipe I've made a video tutorial for you to follow.

If you're like me and like a little coffee with your coffee, then I have a great recipe for you!

These tiramisu cupcakes belong next to your java and newspaper for an afternoon pick-me-up (but I can tell you from experience they make a tasty breakfast, too). The yellow cakes get dipped in a mixture of strong coffee, espresso and coffee liqueur - much like the ladyfingers in the original dessert. The frosting is a tall swirl of whipped mascarpone cream which is so silky and light, I'd use it to cover just about any sweet thing.

The big flower pot of mint I planted last year on the back patio made a surprise comback. I'm so happy because I love using it as a fresh garnish on spring pies and tarts. Like most things in our back yard it's growing at rapid pace. Flowers are budding (weeds are too) and all of a sudden I remember that we're almost at the end of April. Next month brings us all kinds of happy celebrations.

I made these cupcakes with two May events in mind. The first is Mother's Day (May 14th), and the second is the Kentucky Derby (May 6th). Both are worthy of pretty buttercream roses and toasts with mint julep cupcakes.

It's been a busy spring so far and I don't think I've ever had so many wedding showers to attend. If you're in the same boat (and I suspect many of you are) then I have some tabletop gift suggestions that are not only practical but beautiful as well. And if you're a soon-to-be-bride, then you may want to add some of these useful items to your registry!

I'm so excited to tell you about these super-sized Arnold Palmer cookies because I feel like they may become your new favorite cookie. They are dual flavored like the beverage of their namesake, with one half mellow sweet tea and the other half zesty lemonade. As a sweet tea enthusiast, the recipe spoke to my southern soul when I saw it in Irvin's new baking book which is called Marbled, Swirled and Layered. Isn't that just the best name for a baking book? Yes!
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