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Jess Larson
Jess is the puppy loving, guacamole dipping 20-something behind Plays Well With Butter, a blog full of simple & elegant recipes to help modern gals celebrate life one meal at a time.

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My Recipes
Raspberry Lemon Pound Cake
NEW RECIPE: raspberry swirl lemon pound cake in partnership with @driscollsberry’s #berrytogether campaign & @thefeedfeed. #feedfeed #ad⠀ ⠀ ...or, as i’ve fondly come to think of it, the dorinda medley of summer desserts. 💁🏻 we’re taking a classic buttery pound cake up a couple of notches by loading it with lemony flavor & swirling marbly layers of bright raspberries.⠀ ⠀ an understated & elegant dessert that’s totally fuss-free & will be an absolutely crowd pleaser at your next summer gathering! ⠀ ⠀ check out the recipe (link in profile) & learn more about the #berrytogether sweepstakes (it’s pretty amazing, just sayin’) on the blog!⠀ ⠀ #playswellwithbutter⠀ ⠀
what are your weekend plans?! my current mood: when you write out your weekend to do list & realize it's making you want to pour a generous amount of porter beer into your cold brew.i am SO beyond ready for this weekend to happen!!! i am excited to get some things in place for the blog while we are on vacation, test some recipes, work on a couple of other projects, & have a mother daughter date with mah mamasan tomorrow! ⠀ & um, a porter spiked cold brew also may be in order.
Vanilla Bean Pineapple Margaritas
Just in time for cinco de mayo!: smoky pineapple vanilla bean mezcal margaritas!you're going to be obsessed with this recipe. it feels SO special (hello, smoky mezcal & vanilla bean) but is SO, SO simple (5 minutes tops, aside from the time it takes to make ice), & is SO, SO, SO perfect for a cinco de mayo party this weekend. ⠀
Mini Chai Scones With Maple Glaze
ya know what would be the PERFECT addition to your easter brunch?⠀ ⠀ mini chai scones with maple glaze, that's what! make the dough & cut out the scones any time this week & store in the freezer. come easter morning, all you'll need to do is bake & your home will smell like heaven!
Cold Brew Porter Cocktail
just in time for lazy weekend vibes & #nationalbeerday: porter spiked cold brew iced coffee.⠀ ⠀ i don't know about you, but as soon as spring even remotely makes it's appearance, i'm all about iced coffee. ⠀ i'm giving my iced coffee a twist today with the sweetness of dark porter beer and a splash of cream (or 2)...the perfect coffee cocktail for a lazy brunch or a weekend afternoon pick-me-up.⠀
Dark Chocolate-dipped Almond Butter Shortbread Cookies
NEW just in time for #nationalcookieday & holiday baking: dark chocolate-dipped almond butter shortbread sandwich cookies with almond butter buttercream & fleur de sel. put these babies on your holiday cookie plate this year & your friends & fam will be all, "oh no she didn't" & you can be all "oh YAS i did."
Protein Coffee Latte
anyone else need a sign to wear around their neck that says "for best results, fill with coffee"?! I had such a fun weekend but am feeling it today! alllllll the coffee please! check out my go-to bulletproof coffee protein latte. it's a total game-changer. happy monday!
NEW RECIPE! two buck chuck sangria!!!⠀ ⠀ i think we've pretty well established the fact that we're all kiiiinda obsessed with trader joe’s. but when it comes to what’s arguably tj’s most iconic item, charles shaw “two buck chuck” wine, i just gotta say 😟🙅🏻. there are a few things in life that are totally worth springing a few extra bucks on. good wine – hell, even decent wine – is absolutely one of them.⠀ ⠀ BUT. when it comes to making sangria...that's a completely different story. today i'm showing you my FAVE easy sangria recipe - it's great for parties, girl's night, hostess gifts, or even just friday nights 💃🏻🙌🏼. ⠀ ⠀ the best part? no one will even guess that it all started with a $3 bottle of wine. we'll keep that a secret between us. 😘😉⠀ ⠀ check out the recipe on the blog (link in profile!) & tell me...what's your FAVE thing to buy at tj's...i can't wait to hear! 😍⠀ ⠀ #playswellwithbutter ⠀ ⠀⠀