Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Pumpkin Bundt Cake, Thanksgiving CenterpieceHappy Thanksgiving week, everyone!  I start this week with a grateful heart for the wonderful life I share with my husband and our little boy.  Our life together is everything I've ever wanted and more, and I'm thankful every day that he chose me, that he shows me how much he loves me through all the things he does for me and our son.

We won't be having a big family dinner this year - although we'll still make all the traditional favorites, because Thanksgiving dinner leftovers are one of the good things in life.  My husband dry-brines the turkey, which gives it the most beautiful golden brown crispy skin, and he also makes amazing creamy scalloped potatoes.  And on Wednesday, I'll start the prep-work on all the other dishes...

Funfetti Cake

Funfetti Cake, Oh Boy, Baby Announcement, Baby Boy, Gender RevealWhen I want to say something, I like to say it with cake.  Whether that's to say I love you, or I'm happy for you, or let's celebrate you today, cake has always been, and will always be the way I love to commemorate a day or event or holiday.  It's fun to eat, of course - I mean, that's a given - but also so beautiful to look at, and so much fun to decorate.

And today's cake has a special announcement to make, which is definitely worthy of celebrating...

Phoenix's First Birthday

Birthday Party, First Birthday, Doughnut Cake, Smash Cake, Breakfast Cookies, Boy's BirthdayI think I started planning my baby's first birthday party when he was just a few weeks old, and now, here we are, a year later, and I can hardly believe how fast he's grown.  Becoming a parent has been a wonderful, frustrating, exhausting and amazing experience, and I can't imagine our lives without him.

We invited a few friends over to celebrate with us last weekend, and the breakfast theme for the party made for some yummy food...

Chocolate White Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate White Chocolate Sandwich CookiesIt's been more and more autumn-like here, with cold, rainy weather all weekend; we actually turned the pilot light in our fireplace on over the weekend so we could enjoy a fire.  Tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, a warm fire, French toast, cozy pajamas, popcorn, cookies, and my husband and little boy playing and laughing on the living room rug made for the most perfect weekend...

Chocolate Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Chocolate Brownies - Curly Girl KitchenIt was just any old day, the day that I made these brownies, because when the need to fill the kitchen with the aroma of dark chocolate and melted butter suggests itself, the day doesn't need to be a particularly noteworthy day to be worthy of brownie-baking.  And brownie eating.

Lemon Curd Ice Cream

Lemon Curd Ice CreamAlthough winter is really the season for lemons, to me, they are summer.  Lemon cakes with sweet tart buttercream, lemon cream pies, and creamy lemon curd spooned over freshly baked blueberry muffins are reminiscent of a cold glass of lemonade on hot summer days...

Cake Art

Curly Girl Kitchen Etsy Shop Digital Downloads
I'm excited to announce that I've added new inventory to my Etsy shop!  I've curated some of my favorite photos I've taken of my baking - mostly cakes - and turned them into digital art to sell as instant downloads.  I've been neglecting my baking projects for the past week to focus on this new project, but I'm happy to have finished - or begun, since this will likely be an ongoing project as I add new pieces...