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January 29, 2018

Ok, I promise I'm not going to post about everything we served at our wedding. I'm done after this one. Although there were these herbed butters... we'll come back to those later. 

This timing worked out perfectly, though. Our anniversary was on the 23rd and my friend asked me a couple months back if I'd be willing to make a cake for their wedding the following Saturday. She also gave me free reign on what kind of cake to...

January 19, 2018

As I mentioned in the last post, I put together a birthday party for Aaron this past weekend. The party he threw for me back in September was incredible and I wanted to at least partially return the gesture. I know it isn't a comparison game, but I really wanted to make sure he felt as loved and celebrated as possible this year. 

So I schemed a bit and tried to sketch out what an "Aaron" birthday would look like. What I came up...

January 17, 2018

So first off, my apologies for being a bit MIA lately. Last week was quite a hectic one and I got rather behind. But I'm back now. Hi! I missed you all.

Part of the hecticness in the past week was preparing for Aaron's birthday party on Sunday. He threw me one pretty unmatchable 30th back in September, so I really wanted to up my party game a bit from the last few, which were mostly just having a couple friends over for cake. T...

January 1, 2018

Happy 2018 to you all! 

To start off the new year, I thought we'd take a quick jog down memory lane and recap some of my favorite posts. Below, you'll find my 10 favorite posts/recipes of the past year. 2017 definitely had its rough edges (understatement), but it had some great ones too. Aaron and I both started new jobs that we love - Aaron's in a teaching position and mine in publishing...

It was our first full year with Lila....

December 11, 2017

Christmas is coming

This writer's getting fat

It's time to put the candied pecans

In someone else's hat

Or something like that. Point being, I need to stop snacking on these leftover cinnamon spiced nuts, so I'm going to make them someone else's problem. And what better way to do that than to tidy them into a nice little package and wrap them up as a present? Perfection.

I love making stocking stuffers for friends and family (sorry...

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