It’s amazing how quickly your life can change. I haven’t hidden the fact that I’ve had some serious personal struggles this last year, but all along I kept thinking that at some point, it’d start to turn around. In my last post on the hardships of growing up, I mentioned starting to do just that on my own. I was finally feeling like I’d started making progress, and that was a really exciting, empowering feeling. I thought things were finally headed in the right direction. But like many times throughout the last year, I’ve found again recently that life tests you in ways you never thought possible, even when you’re already experiencing more than it feels like you can handle. (more…)
Graham Cracker Crust. Cheesecake. Pecan Pie. Spiced Apples. Whipped Cream. Salted Caramel. All in one dessert! The shortened name is merely an attempt to give a title to this outrageous dessert – Graham Cracker Cheesecake Pecan Pie Spiced Apple Whipped Cream Salted Caramel Cake just seems a bit long….
This dessert is not for the faint of heart – it’s sweet and rich and intense and has loads of flavor. There’s so much going on, yet each component is distinct and complements the others so nicely. It was the perfect Thanksgiving treat!
For someone who loves baking so much, I’m not a big pie maker. I absolutely love eating pie, but I don’t make it much in my own kitchen. When I consider why, I don’t really have a good reason, aside from it being a dangerous temptation when it’s sitting on the counter. I also find that pies have been done SO many times, that I struggle to get really creative with recipes. That said, it’s the holiday season now, so I’m sure I’ll have one or two to share with you! But before we get into that, I started with these pretty little portable pies. (more…)
I promised I’d be back with a better recipe for you, and lo and behold, here I am! That’s not to say I’ve relaxed much since I last posted, but at least I’m feeling a bit more control, and for me, control is essential. I’ve still got a 160 person wedding cake to construct this weekend, but I was practicing like a mad woman all of last weekend, baking test cakes, trying new versions of my favorite buttercream, and piping for hours… and all signs point to it being okay. Keep your fingers crossed for me, would you?! I’ll be sure to report back on how it goes. (more…)
If you asked me my favorite fruit in April, July, or September, the answers would all be very different, but this time of year I can’t get enough fresh cherries. They have such a wonderful sweetness to them, that tastes fresh and not cloying, yet still satisfies my persistent sweet tooth. Their flesh is firm and satisfying to bite into, and their deep red color is stunning, if also quick to stain. I’ve been buying enormous bags nearly every week, mostly devouring them straight out of the bag, but also incorporating them into baked goods. One night I was craving something carb-loaded and sweet, so this tart came to be, and it totally hit the spot. (more…)