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).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

loaded maple ice cream with oatmeal cookie pieces

With snow having already arrived here in St. Louis, it might be a little late for sharing this Fall-themed ice cream; in fact, it seems that we have been scooped up and dropped in the middle of Winter with the amount of snow that we've already had.

My only hope is that this early snow isn't a sign that we are about to be buried under another winter comprised of snowpocalypses; unfortunately, I do believe the Farmer's Almanac is predicting colder than normal temperatures if not massive amounts of snow.  I am still acclimating to the cold temperatures, and, as with every winter, will simply feel cold constantly until Spring decides to show its face.

I do maintain that, despite the cold weather, there is no seasonality for ice cream.  Though this may be Fall-themed, I do think that perhaps maple flavoring and oatmeal cookies have not quite worn out their welcome, as we have have yet to celebrate the upcoming pumpkin-turkey-mashed potatoes-and-gravy themed holiday... despite what the Christmas-themed department store might otherwise indicate.