Hey, Girl

Red Velvet Cake, Hey Girl, New Year's Day, Hey Girl Cake TopperExcept for the outside lights on the house and the wreath on the door, Christmas is put away, the needles from the tree and ornament glitter all vacuumed up, and everything is back to routine.  After having my husband home during the week over the holiday, it's been hard to have him go back to work, and Phoenix has missed him, too, but baby boy and I are finding our own routine again, as well as both recovering from a little cold.

Our New Year's Eve was quiet; we spent the evening with some friends, then came home early to put Phoenix to bed, then watch movies in our pajamas, eat popcorn and wait for midnight.  And there was red velvet cake to welcome in the New Year as well...

New Year's Eve Clock Cake

New Year's Eve Clock Cake, Countdown to Midnight Cake, Sparkler Cake, Polkadot Cake
You know you've been busy when you decorate a cake for New Year's, and a full year goes by before you get around to editing the photos for a blog post.  In my defense, I had a 3-month old baby who refused to nap unless I was holding him, but that's exactly what happened with this cake, which I made last year's New Year's Eve...

Cookies, Cupcakes and Christmas

Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies with Lemon Icing, Christmas Decorations, Hot Chocolate Bar, Plaid Blankets, Christmas Tree, Red Velvet Cupcakes
After all the excitement and anticipation for Christmas to come, the baking, the shopping, the gift wrapping, and the decorating, it feels like it's over far too quickly, and I always wish it would last just a little longer.  We had a wonderful month of December, and my heart is full.

Cup of Cocoa Christmas Cake

Cup of Cocoa Cake, Hot Chocolate Cake, Checkerboard Cake, Christmas Cake
If you know me, then you know I love Christmas, and I always look forward to making an extravagant Christmas-themed cake every year.  Doesn't this cake make you want to go make yourself a cup of hot chocolate and some popcorn, snuggle under a blanket, and watch a Christmas movie?

And since I've had quite a few new email subscribers over the past few months, I've also rounded up some of my favorite Christmas posts from the last couple of years, so settle in with your morning coffee or hot chocolate, and as always, thank you for following along!

Croissant Bread Pudding with Maple Creme Anglaise

Croissant Bread Pudding with Maple Creme AnglaiseBread pudding is one of those desserts that I never really crave, but my husband likes it, and if he orders it at a restaurant, I'll sneak a bite or two.  And after making it for him now and then at home, I've decided that croissants make the absolute best bread pudding.  They're light and flaky, so the baked pudding isn't too heavy like some thicker breads can be after soaking in the custard.

Classic Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie, Thanksgiving, Holiday Baking, RecipeThanksgiving evening, with a mouthful of flaky pie crust filled with crunchy, caramelly toasted pecan goodness topped with vanilla bean ice cream, I realized that, inexplicably, I had never shared my recipe for pecan pie on here.  There have been pecan pies with chocolate, and others with bourbon, but never the classic version of pecan pie that I truly prefer...

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...