Simple, Soft, and Chewy Granola Bars

Sometimes you need a snack in a pinch. I cannot tell you the number of times we have been rushing out the door for a dance practice with growling stomachs. You don't want to eat anything too heavy or else you will feel like a rock for half the night. The other option is to feel shaky and whiny, staring at the clock hoping someone will kick you out of the studio early so you can get dinner.

Water Color Wedding Cake

Photo Courtesy of M. Harris Studios
A few months back, a friend reached out looking for wedding venues. As the best man, he was hustling for ways to help plan one of his favorite couple's, Lissette and CJ, wedding. I gave a few suggestions and threw my name into the hat as a cost-effective option for the cake. I had hung out with the couple on and off over the years and always found them darling - no harm in offering! I was completely surprised when they asked if I would do it. Talk about a leap of faith! Thank you both for entrusting me on your special day!

Unicorn Cupcakes

As if cupcakes are not magical enough on their own - these take on a fantastical twist! These Unicorn Cupcakes were made for the annual Clear the Shelters bake sale at the Animal Welfare League. This event waives the adoption fee for all animals at shelters across the United States for one entire day. Shout out and a big thank you to all the support staff, veterinarians, technicians, and volunteers who donate their time and effort to make these type of events possible!

Big Ol' Yellow Cake (Half Sheet)

This is a beast of a cake. It takes five cups of flour and serves up to 48 people - and that's just a single layer. The pictured cake is two layers in order to sandwich in the lemon filling. The weight alone is an accomplishment; stabilizing this over a 30+ minute car ride had my knuckles aching and me swearing. But it's worth it when it's for people you care about.

Strawberry Cake with Rhubarb Swiss Buttercream

Sometimes, having this blog makes me feel like Dr. Jekyll  and Mr. Hyde. As my friends and family will tell you, I'm constantly on the quest for healthy and delicious tasting food. That's not to say an exquisite chocolate croissant won't catch my eye from time-to-time (*cough cough* Sub Rosa Bakery) but overall, eating well is one of my passions. It's not about counting calories - it's about nutrition. I  focus on gut-health, limiting the intake of processed foods, cruelty-free farms, and saying no to the usage of harmful pesticides. 

And yet.