Monday, August 10, 2015

salted chocolate chunk cookies

A lot of times, I have a one-track mind focused on getting things done.  I make myself crazy little checklist boxes in my planner and get this wonderful satisfaction from making little x's in the boxes as I get things done.

Since starting work in July, I've been busy at work, and I haven't put as much effort into my home projects.  To be honest, we haven't even hung up most of the things in our house--in part because our lack of a couch makes the whole place feel a little unfinished (our couch is supposedly coming in early September now!  Only a month after we expected it!)--but in part because we've been taking our time off to be not-busy.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

quick strawberry freezer jam

It's been a long while since I've blogged, but there's been a lot keeping me busy over the last couple months.  At the end of April, I finished medical school and then took a few weeks to work on some home projects since we were 1) getting ready to have some major visitors in May and 2) getting ready to move.

I took my bright pink desk and morphed it back into a kitchen table--this time white with fun-colored chairs.  Since our new place in Milwaukee had a cute little dining room space, Nick and I picked up a gorgeous Crate & Barrel table off craigslist, and we had fun dip-dyeing some placemats and a tablecloth.

The first couple weeks in May flew by, and, before I knew it, we had a triple graduation weekend followed by a week's worth of cake baking and a wonderful, whirlwind wedding weekend.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

funfetti cake

All the upcoming major life events have been keeping me on my toes; graduating, moving, starting a new job, and getting married within the span of a month has meant lots of paperwork and projects--not to mention that we recently celebrated a trifecta of birthdays that kept me busy!

Fortunately, I think we're now past some of the most stressful parts of all that, including the most important part of our wedding planning: choosing the cakes.  I made this funfetti cake back when I was deciding on which cakes we wanted to make, and, though this funfetti recipe is certainly good, I have to say that I much prefer the Italian Cream Cake when it comes to eating white (i.e. non-chocolate) cake, likely because my love for cream cheese frosting goes far above and beyond my appreciation for plain buttercream.

With the cake choices all sorted out, we've moved onto less stressful topics of debate, such as what couch we should get to replace our current one (let's just say the springs have completely sprung in all three cushions) and whether or not we'll be able to find a dreamy farmhouse table on craigslist.

Monday, February 16, 2015

italian cream cake

This Italian cream cake (also called Italian wedding cake) is another old-school, family recipe.  Back before I fell in love with that chocolate peanut butter cake, I always wanted this for a birthday cake.  Before we discovered Italian cream cake, I was in love with carrot cake, and I suppose my love for all three stems from my deep adoration of a cream-cheese-based frosting.

In a few months, Nick and I will be tying the knot and celebrating with our nearest and dearest, some good food, and (hopefully) some homemade cake(s).