Peanut Butter Spread

In by Madison Mayberry9 Comments

Wow! Thank you all so much for your enthusiastic response to the giveaway. I wish I could give every one of you an ice cream maker. Alas, I have to choose just one person, and that person is…. Congrats, Ashley! E-mail me ( with your name, address and your selection of which type of ice cream maker you would like and I will get it to you asap! Last weekend I found myself making waffles for the first time with … Read More

Peach Birthday Cake and a Blogiversary Giveaway!

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This week, Espresso and Cream turns two! When I started this blog, I had very few expectations of what it would become and was excited when a few others besides my mom started reading my posts. Two years later, more people than I could imagine visit each day. You guys, the amazing readers of Espresso and Cream, knock my socks off with your comments, e-mails, and Twitter conversations. So to say thank you for making this site what it is, … Read More

Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey

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I don’t personaly know Jennifer Perillo, nor did I know her husband, Mikey. But like thousands of others across the web, I was brought to tears after reading her touching post in the wake of her husband’s sudden and premature death. When I first heard the news, I thought immediately to what we as a blogging community could do to offer love and support. Jennifer herself provided the answer: make Mikey’s favorite peanut butter pie on Friday and enjoy it … Read More

Lisa’s Creamy Cucumber Salad

In by Madison Mayberry2 Comments

  This simple little recipe made of garden cucumbers, mayonnaise, milk and a bit of salt has caused me more grief over the past couple weeks than almost any other recipe on this site. You see, I was given a difficult task by Joey: recreate his mom Lisa’s cucumber salad. This supposedly simple dish was a completely foreign concept to me, and seeing as that I have very little tolerance for anything than contains mayonnaise, I wasn’t exactly sure if … Read More

30 By 30 Challenge

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Training for and running the Red, White and Boom! half marathon in Minneapolis this July was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I’ve had to date. The twelve weeks of training, pushing my self-proclaimed ‘non-runner’ body beyond what I thought I could do and challenging myself mentally made finishing the race all that more gratifying.  One part of the process I absolutely loved: having a specific training plan and sticking it out day after day. Knowing exactly what … Read More

Project Wedding Cake: Part 1

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  On Friday after work, Joey and I took off and headed four hours north west to spend time with our families and friends for the weekend. It was the first time we had been home since the wedding, and seeing everyone was such a great way to spend the weekend. However, it wasn’t just a weekend of play. I also had a mission: making a small, two-tiered wedding cake for the bride and groom to cut into. The bride … Read More

Banana Sheet Cake

In by Madison Mayberry15 Comments

  Over the past month of marriage, I’ve realized how much more fun cooking has become. Although I could live on smoothies, roasted vegetables and whole grains, it’s been a blast getting to stretch myself in the kitchen again and push myself to come up with meals many nights during the week.  Typically, desserts have been a bit of trouble spot for me. I love to eat them, probably a little too much, and more often than not, I found … Read More

Peppermint Patty Ice Cream

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I bopped into Williams-Sonoma a couple weeks ago to make a few returns and came out with this amazing ice cream book. I was on the hunt for David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop, but when they didn’t have it, I settled on another option that looked equally as impressive: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home. Upon browsing through the ice cream recipes, I was immediately struck by the fact that most of the recipes were different than those I had … Read More