Alice Medrich’s Cocoa Brownies

Ah, as you most-likely definitely know by now, I simply adore baking. (After all, sweet treats created – and often consumed – in large quantities with common, inexpensive ingredients? What’s not to love?)

Baking brownies, however… well, I’ve had quite a bit of difficulty with these chocolatey bars in the past. From inaccurate recipes to blunders of my own fault – typically over or under baking -, I would venture to say I’ve made every (brownie) mistake possible. Everything & anything that could conceivably go wrong has with me, at some point in time.

Oh, and then – Food52 came to the rescue! (as they so often do.)

February 2015

Happy, Happy Sunday, Friends! It’s March. It’s March. It’s March! Spring’s arrival is (finally) near… hurrah! An itty bitty recap of February on Lace & Lilacs can be found below. Recipes my...

{from the archives} baked doughnuts, pear cake, pumpkin soup, & more

Happy, Happy Wednesday, all! I realize that today’s update is a bit of a cheat – I have a quite a few *new* recipes & photographs to share with you in the...

Italy 2014: Milan, Lake Como, & Messina, Sicily

As I sat upon my bed this morn, surrounded by various pillows in distinctly unique shades of pink & a fluffy, large, coffee-brown throw blanket, my thoughts wandered to the brief trip...

Stories for a Thursday Morning

Click on each individual image to view its story. Enjoy! xo – Abby ~ January 2015 ~ The Union Square Greenmarket ~ Mia’s Senior Portraits ~ (Click Here for a January 2015...

lovely little things: blooms, blue, & a brown sugar treat (recipe: vegan caramel)

Happy Sunday (Funday), Friends! This past week simply flew by. An utter blur, oh my. (those two sentences rhyme, hence the odd ‘oh my’ in the second line.) Anyways, I have lovely...

my absolute favorite books

Happy, Happy Friday, Everyone! This past January I shared 50 Books to Read in 2015 (six of which I have completed thus far), and today I have a second list of novels...

lovely little things: photographs. thoughts. links. (featuring Mia’s Senior Portraits)

~ thoughts ~ This past January, on New Year’s Day, I shot my seventeen-year-old cousin Mia’s senior portraits. I have very little experience (okay, okay… no experience whatsoever) with photographing people, and,...

my absolute favorite sweet treats & desserts (featuring a mini recipe for chocolate bark)

Happy, Happy Monday, Everyone! Let’s discuss sweet treats (and sprinkle-y chocolate bark!), shall we? Below you’ll find an itty-bitty roundup of my absolute favorite dessert recipes… ooh, and special sugary surprise. Enjoy!...