Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cookies and Creamsicles

I remember that, growing up, I had a friend whose family would never buy cartons of cookies and cream ice cream.  Instead, they would buy vanilla ice cream, and a package of Oreos, break up the cookies and mix them together, convinced it was better that way.

But I disagree.  A crunchy Oreo cookie does nothing for me, and I'll only eat one straight from the package if I have a glass of cold milk to soak it in first until it's nice and soft.  And the same goes for ice cream.  The cookies need time to soak up all that creamy goodness so that they become one with the ice cream, not a too-crunchy afterthought that's tossed on top of vanilla ice cream.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mimosa Cake

Mimosa Cake, Champagne, Orange Juice, SprinklesFor my first Mother's Day as a mother to our almost-8-month-old baby, my husband planned a special breakfast for me.  I slept in a little while he fed baby boy and then made a breakfast of eggs benedict and mimosas.  It was a lovely way to wake up.

We couldn't manage to finish the champagne, so I jumped on the chance to make a mimosa cake which I've had on my "to bake" list for quite a while.  Besides, we couldn't exactly waste a half bottle of champagne...

Friday, May 12, 2017

Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Ice CreamA spring chill still lingers in the mornings, but it's not too early for making ice cream.  Most days have been warming up beautifully, and after a weekend of yard work, there's nothing like a scoop of cold, creamy homemade ice cream in the afternoon to cool off.

For our first batch of ice cream this year, I made a classic - chocolate chip...

Sunday, May 7, 2017

My Studio

Stripey Straws, Birthday Candles, Candy Jars
It's been a while since I've posted anything new in my Curly Girl Home series, and some of you have asked to see my work space, so today, I'm sharing a few photos of where I do all my sewing, painting and photography.

What I call my studio is the front room in our house, and a space that most people would use as a formal living room.  As we have no need or desire to have a formal living room, I use the room for my sewing desk, art supplies, excess baking and craft supplies and photography equipment...

Monday, May 1, 2017

Hello, Spring: Orange Poppyseed Cake with Strawberry Buttercream

Orange Poppyseed Cake with Strawberry Buttercream, Orange and Pink, Spring, Party, Birthday, CandlesHello, Spring.  It's me.

Up until the snow storm last weekend, which had us hunkering down under cozy blankets and eating hot soup for a few days, we've been enjoying some beautiful spring weather.  With temperatures in the 60s and 70s each day, it's been perfect for taking my baby outside to play in the yard, and it's so much fun to watch him discover new things, like the feel of grass (which he tries to eat) between his fingers and under his toes, the lilacs brushing against his nose, the sound of birds and squirrels frolicking in the trees and the breeze blowing through his wispy blond hair.

After the morning chill wears off, we like to spread out my great-grandma's quilt under the shade of the apple tree and just enjoy the breeze and the scents of spring.  He looks so adorable in his little straw hat that one of my aunts gave him.

With all the flowers blooming, the trees budding and the warm days of late, I was inspired to make this cake with buttercream roses climbing up the sides, and it's just such a happy cake, don't you think?