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Mother’s Day

Savory Herb Shortbread dough rolled out, with cookie cutter.

Savory Herb Shortbread (and Party Printables!)

Set out these buttery savory herb shortbread crackers at the cocktail hour for an elegant alternative to chips.  I’ve included a pretty customizable menu and place cards to help you set the theme for a brunch or afternoon tea.…

raspberry pavlova with whipped cream and berries

Individual Raspberry Pavlovas

Individual Raspberry Pavlovas are naturally gluten free, and divine.  Shatter the paper thin crust of one of these mini pavlovas with your fork and you’ll hit a marshmallowy center flecked with vanilla bean ~  be sure to get some…

A plate of delicate roasted rhubarb lady's kiss cookies on a plate

Roasted Rhubarb Lady’s Kiss Cookies (baci di dama)

Roasted Rhubarb Lady’s Kiss Cookies (baci di dama) ~ the roasted rhubarb buttercream is sweet and tangy, and the almond cookies are light as air…I’m pretty sure they serve these cookies in heaven.…

A collage of Edible Flower Recipe photos

27 Edible Flower Recipes to Freshen up Your Spring Menu

Hey guys ~ early spring is peak edible flower season, so even if you wouldn’t pop a pansy in your mouth on a bet, this collection of 27 edible flower recipes will inspire you to freshen up your tired…

Classic Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe

Classic Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe ~ this Victoria Sponge, aka Victoria Sandwich, is a British afternoon tea cake made with fresh whipped cream and raspberry jam sandwiched between two layers of fluffy yellow cake.  It’s really hard to resist.…

Strawberries and Cream Tart

Strawberries and Cream Tart ~ a simple spring dessert with an easygoing elegance.  This is a go-to recipe when you’ve got last minute guests, or just want to amp up the glam factor on a spring night.  (You won’t…

Eggs Benedict Quiche with Hollandaise Sauce

Eggs Benedict Quiche with Hollandaise Sauce ~ this brilliant hack lets you enjoy your favorite luxury breakfast in easy sliceable form ~  complete with little chunks of Canadian bacon and a quick and creamy hollandaise sauce!…

Spring Tonic Carrot Soup

Spring Tonic Carrot Soup ~ a vibrant raw soup packed with beta carotene and Vitamin A that’ll kick start you into the new season ~ are you ready?…

Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade ~ this uniquely refreshing spring cocktail is made with homemade honeysuckle infused vodka and fresh squeezed lemonade...| vodka | summer cocktail | infused alcohol | edible flowers | Mother's Day | spring cocktail | vodka |

Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade

Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade ~ this unique spring cocktail is made with homemade honeysuckle infused vodka and fresh squeezed lemonade…it’s a super refreshing conversation starter, and the honeysuckle vodka is ready in 24 hours ~ can you say instant gratification?…

Bourbon Banana Bread | The View from Great Island

Bourbon Banana Bread

Plain old banana bread gets a makeover and, va-va-voom, Bourbon Banana Bread is in the house —  extra moist and definitely decadent, but still welcome at the breakfast table.…

Milk Chocolate Marbleized Bark

Milk Chocolate Marbleized Bark

Spring is around the corner and here at TVFGI even the chocolate is decked out in pretty pastels — my Milk Chocolate Marbleized Bark is special enough for any occasion, from Easter and Passover, to weddings, showers and beyond,…

Grapefruit Blossom Pot de Creme

Grapefruit Blossom Pot de Creme is delicately infused with the essence of spring — if you can’t get citrus blossoms, try lilac,  jasmine, honeysuckle, or elderberry. Spring is around the corner…in fact here in Los Angeles it’s already arrived…trees…

A recipe for a gorgeous swirled chocolate bark candy

Marbleized Chocolate Bark

Marbleized Chocolate Bark — this colorful homemade chocolate bark is kind of like finger painting in the kitchen, but you get something delicious to eat when it’s all done!…

banana walnut scones with browned butter glaze

Banana Walnut Scones with Browned Butter Icing

Moist and tender Banana Walnut Scones with Browned Butter Icing might just be the most comforting breakfast on the planet! I know, you don’t have to tell me, I posted two scone recipes this week.  But it makes total…

diy fancy sugar cubes

Afternoon Tea and DIY Sugar Cubes

DIY Sugar Cubes ~ these fancy sugar cubes are surprisingly easy to make, and can transform morning coffee or afternoon tea into a truly memorable occasion!…

glazed strawberry shortcake scone

Strawberry Shortcake Scones

Strawberry Shortcake Scones are the ultimate breakfast treat, with tons of juicy fresh strawberries tucked inside a flaky tender pastry.  These pretty strawberry scones will be a guaranteed hit for a Mother’s Day or Easter brunch. Our air conditioning…

easy white chocolate dipped strawnerries

Easy Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Easy Chocolate Dipped Strawberries ~ this classic spring and summer dessert is healthy and lots of fun to do.  Use long stemmed strawberries and your favorite chocolate for a stunning treat.  Save the recipe for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day,…

finger salad cups with rhubarb vinaigrette

Individual Salad Cups with Rhubarb Vinaigrette

Individual Salad Cups with Rhubarb Vinaigrette are perfect for entertaining, whether you’re having a family picnic, throwing a wedding shower, or hosting a spring brunch.  But make a few extra to keep the fridge for healthy snacking, too.…

Homemade clotted cream

How to Make Clotted Cream

Homemade Clotted Cream ~ this luxurious spreadable cream is a must for afternoon tea and scones, and the only way to get it is to buy those pricey little imported bottles  ~ but now you can make it right…

Lemon Panna Cotta | The View from Great Island 3

Lemon Panna Cotta

This light Lemon Panna Cotta is the perfect early spring dessert, it’s no-bake, super simple, and easy to adjust for dairy free and vegan! I knew one of the first things I was going to make once the weather…

Poached Salmon with Cucumber Scales | The View from Great Island 6

Poached Salmon with Cucumber ‘Scales’

Poached Salmon with Cucumber ‘Scales’ ~ this healthy poached salmon makes a stunning presentation for any special occasion ~ and it’s easy to do! My friend Judith and I were winding our way through the aisles of Costco yesterday,…

Honeysuckle Iced Tea 2

Honeysuckle Iced Tea

Honeysuckle Iced Tea ~ this sweet, floral, and refreshing drink made from honeysuckle blossoms is the perfect thing to sip on a warm summer day!…

edible flower salad

How to Eat Flowers!

Edible flowers are a perfect way to liven up your meals this spring and summer. Learn the dos and don’ts of edible flowers and how to incorporate them into salads and more!…