This year is finally coming to a close. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a year that almost everyone I know was ready for it to be over. I can’t deny some great things happened this year, my nephew was born, we went on our honeymoon, our visit to San Francisco, some great times with friends, and other things peppered throughout the past twelve months. But overall, this year has sucked a big one. Between career things, personal things and political things I’m pretty ready for a fresh start. Though I do find it a little weird that we hit January 1st and feel like it’s a fresh start, when really we could make that fresh start whenever we want. But there is something about hitting midnight on December 31st that makes you feel like we get to try again. It brings new possibilities, new ideas, and the concept that life will hopefully continue to progress in a positive way. I’m using this as a chance to name some of my favorite 2016 recipes I’ve made. I feel like I’ve learned so much with this blog in the past year, and I look forward to continuing to learn and to keep making delicious things. This was a hard list to make, certain things were my favorite for very different reasons, while others I think will live on these pages never to be made again. I wrote down some of my favorites, and also asked the Hubs for some of his, and with our powers combined we made this list.
This is the cake to make for the holiday!!! Citrus is in season big time and not only do I love citrus but orange is so refreshing, and such a nice change from the heavy or earthy flavors normally associated with this time of year. Every year in my stocking my parents give me that delicious chocolate orange that you slam on the counter and it breaks into segments. The flavor of orange and chocolate together is heavenly, and I decided they’d go together perfectly in a Christmas Cake. Nothing makes me happier than being able to redo a recipe because it wasn’t quite what I wanted. I made this cake for my Christmas gathering and while everyone was kind enough to eat it, and really there was nothing particularly wrong with it my frosting was closer to whipped cream than buttercream, and not stiff enough to hold the layers on top very well. That plus the fact I let my curd sit out a bit so it was room temperature and less firm led to some epic weeping out the sides of my cake. It was messy, I was frustrated, and I was going to be very sad if I couldn’t make it how I wanted. But I found some time and did!!!! This time around it was perfect, and beautiful, if I may be so bold!!!! Adding the small adornments on top makes it the perfect centerpiece to your Christmas table. Imagine tiny little people playing in your rosemary sprig forest throwing confectioner sugar snowballs! PRECIOUS!!!!!
The countdown is official! Christmas is Sunday (sorry to all you 9-to-5ers who definitely got robbed of some extra days off) and we are only days away from just worrying about eating and watching Bing Crosby! The end of this year is going out with a bang, it’s really wrecking my plans to write a whole “2016 Blows” post. My husband and I booked a trip to Europe in January!! Prepare for some great photos! I booked a show! Prepare for for me to be ambitious about posting, but only be able to actually post half the things I want. And did you see me on The Chew??? On Monday my episode aired and it was so trippy to watch myself on TV! I closed the show with a really fun DIY tip on how to use potato chip bags inside out as gift wrapping. Being able to show this tip, and also meet all the hosts and everyone involved with putting the show together was wonderful!
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