Posts Tagged ‘cake’

I like to try to get a handle on the holidays early.  You know, have my to do projects planned out, pinned on my holiday pinterest board.  I like to know I will not be in a tailspin leading up to the 25th and that I can just sit back and enjoy the season.  Please don’t roll your eyes at me because this is not how my holidays actually play out.  I have high hopes every year but I usually end up calling my sister saying their gifts should have been there by now knowing full well that I am currently wrapping my nephew’s gift cards that I just picked up while on line at the grocery store.  I’m sure many 12 and 15-year-old boys would be happy to wait a little longer for a cracker barrel or home depot gift card.

Every now and then I do manage to pull off a holiday coup.  Last year I made my husband an advent gift bag calendar.  I had been wanting to do something like that since our first Christmas together and by golly 13 years later I sort of did.  I made him 24 different little gift bags as a countdown with sundries and such.  One day it was orange tic tacs which he loves, a gift card to i tunes, a note to meet me for hot chocolate or for a night of cheese and crackers and watching Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas.  Of course there was the day I panicked because I had no gift ready and just put the two dollars I had in my wallet in the gift bag.  Despite that one blip in the countdown I was rather pleased with how it all came together.

So I have hopes that this Christmas season will have some success in the pre-planning as well.  I have lots of big ideas again all pinned and ready for me to take the reins.   I want to try new cookie recipes for the cookie bags we give to our co-workers. I had the idea of having a virtual cookie swap or holiday party with you guys, let me know if anyone else wants to do something. I even thought of a 12 days of dessert to bring to work but my husband thinks that I may make myself crazy with that so we will see.  It’s usually around this time I think I should test new desserts for Christmas dinner but then I usually never do.  Well I did!  I found this in Sky High irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes and thought it would be a nice addition to a holiday meal.

The cake is delicious and light but with some substance. The filling is the star of the cake.  The vanilla blends well with the cherry and cranberry for a nice tart taste.  I made this with an almond swiss buttercream but would definitely use a cream cheese frosting next time.  I’m afraid I am just not buttercreams biggest fan so maybe you will like it as is.

So fingers crossed that I can keep this pre holiday planning and doing going and when you feel overwhelmed by it all have some cake and remember it’s not suppose to be stressful even though it is and you panic and give your husband two dollars!


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A buttermilk cake with cranberry-cherry filling was made.

It was very delightful.

Little beagle liked the looks of it.

Little beagle wishes he was taller.

Recipe coming soon.

Hang in there, Monday will be over soon.

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I have been making some slow progress with my 35 List.  I’ve signed up for some stuff and donated some clothes.  Two steps forward but alas one big step back as I seem to be at work more and more and Adam and my schedules just can’t coordinate.  No sob stories here, summertime work is busy and we should be thankful but sometimes I’m just plain worn out and I miss spending a day with him.  Sorry, complaining done, my big girl pants are on, we deal with it. Plus, fall will be here soon.  Oh fall, how I love you and boots and corduroy and scarfs and pumpkins and oh sorry, got lost in the moment there.

I did manage to get some jam making and canning done for the jam exchange.  Fact: I think I love making and canning jam.  My exuberance however caused me to buy way to many apricots then needed for my apricot-raspberry recipe so I had to come up with something else.


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Do you know what the upside of making your own birthday cake is?

You can try a recipe that peaked your interest way back in February but when you told your husband about it a face was made.

“Black tea icing?  I don’t know?”  he says.  “You can make it if YOU want it, maybe I’ll try a piece”  he says.  “There’s still some old off name brand ice cream sandwiches half melted then refrozen and squished in the back on the freezer I can eat if I don’t like it”  he says.

Then he gives me the other face, the sad one because we won’t be having a fancy dessert that night that he would like.

“Sigh” I said.  And in the back of my mind this recipe went, only to reemerge when my husband asked if I wanted him to make my birthday cake.   “No, thank you I can make it” I said and  I cackled wildly shouting “I will have my cake and I will eat it too.”

O.K in reality I may have not have said that last part out loud, but it was said in my head.

The wait was well worth it and fun fact, my husband had eaten a piece every night for dessert until it was all gone.  Well worth the wait indeed.

What is more perfect than tea and lemon?


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Once upon a time there was girl from New York.

Fast forward, Fast forward.

Then during high school she and her mother moved to Cape Cod.

She hated it.  Then she loved it.

Fast forward.

Then this girl went to college in Philadelphia.

She loved it.

Fast forward.

Then she met a boy.  He was dreamy.  He deserved a cake.  Something amazing.

This girl was not confident in the kitchen or anywhere to be honest.

She turned to her trusty Martha subscription and found a delicious looking cake.  A buckle?

Whatever,  if Martha calls it a buckle who is this girl to argue?

What the heck is a springform pan?  Oh gosh this girl might be in over her head.

Maybe this boy would like an Entenmann’s?


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