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This recipe could be called "what to do with a bag of nearly overripe peaches." I had purchased a bag of eight, and within a couple of days they'd turned squishy under their velvet skins. Slicing them into manageable chunks was impossible because the flesh was so soft. It simply fell away from the pits. Ironically, it is at this not-yet-spoiled stage that their fragrance and flavor is sweetest.

After much consideration and conversation, we settled on making quick jam. Turns out, this was the best possible idea. What I found was a new favorite filling for cakes, tarts, macarons - you name it!

Shark Week began on July 22nd and runs through July 30th, which means we're right smack in the middle of all the festivities! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I've been busy making loads of shark week-themed cupcakes for the folks at Discovery headquarters. Along with all those cupcakes, I delivered this guy, too. He made a big splash (hehe) even though he's more cute than scary.

Eating affogatos in summertime is just part of living a good life, if you ask me. They require so little work and the end result is a caffeinated, quickly melting cup of ice cream heaven. The dessert in its most basic form is made with only ice cream and a shot of espresso, but toppings are highly encouraged! Try this version with raspberries and pistachios, or use whatever tasty ingredients inhabit your pantry.

Root beer lovers, this pie is just for you! It has all the creamy flavor of its namesake, and it's a great chilled treat for summer gatherings. This recipe is different from most other root beer pie recipes you'll find online, which use instant pudding in the filling. This version is fully scratch-made, and it's not too difficult to put together!

These tiramisu trifles taste like summer in a jar, and their layered red, white, and blue colors make them perfect for July Fourth festivities. Our local forecast predicts 96 degree weather tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to serving these chilly cups as refreshments on such a hot day. They're a quick fix with ready-made lady finger biscuits, which means there's no baking involved! Add lids and pack some birchware forks for a picnic-friendly treat.

Sometimes inspiration comes from the most unexpected places. I recently ordered my dogs 'Totally 'Grammable Toast' toys from Bark Shop, and when they arrived I couldn't get over how cute and funny they were. I decided to cake-ify the toy, even though I hear the avocado toast trend is sooo 2017. Well. According to people who keep up with that kind of thing.
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