Recipe: Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Apricot Gelée

Panna Cotta, an Italian dessert of silky, sweetened cream set with gelatin, is all at once simple, classic and elegant.  It is, at its best, subtle, not overly sweet, and the perfect way to end a meal on a light and refreshing note.
Panna cotta comes together quickly and can be molded in any type of vessels you choose -- from ramekins to demitasse, martini glasses to mason jars.  I like to compliment my panna cotta with a thin layer of gelée -- a gelatin stabilized glaze made from fresh fruit.  Apricots are in season right now, and are bursting with summer sweetness, so I chose to do an apricot gelée.  You can use my recipe with any type of fruit you'd like.  
Here are some photos of panna cottas I've made in the past with a variety of gelées and vessels:
Vanilla Panna Cotta with a Honey Gelée and Bee Pollen
Lemon Panna Cotta, no gelée
Meyer-Lemon Panna Cotta, Strawberry-Rhubarb Gelee

I like to decorate my desserts with edible flowers, especially in summer and springtime. My theme fo…

10 Creative DIY Valentine Projects

I'm a fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal.  As you may have observed, by the time I post a tutorial for the holiday project I've done with my family, the holiday is likely to be 48 hours from being a memory.  

So, this year, with plenty of time to plot, plan and enjoy with your family, I present 10 creative, fun, whimsical and sweet ideas for Valentine's Day:

Remember these guys from your childhood?
Roll the pencil between your palms and their hair goes wild. 

This project is a treat, an activity and card all in one.

These elegant cards are made from watercolor paper and contain a tiny love note in the beak of the messenger bird.

This is a frugal upcycling craft.
The tiny crowns are made from cardboard tubes.

Here's a sweet idea: Pre-made heart-shaped marshmallows, dipped in chocolate and decorated as Cupid's Arrows!

These Smarties Valentines are a wise choice: Just print, snip, and add the candy!

 Here's an a-Maze-ingly easy one:  Just print and add a mini maze.

Who wouldn't love to get their own warm fuzzy Love Bug?
Tutorial:  Love Bug Valentines

These sweet candy creations start with marshmallow valentine Peeps.  

For more grown-up tastes, you can't go wrong with these homemade Raspberry Dusted Dark Chocolate Truffles.

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