Birthday Diaries, Part 1: “Metal Fist” Sugar Cookies

So I have a cute, sassy blonde friend who happens to LOVE heavy metal music…so much so that she loves to show off her bright blue mani with her signature “metal fist.”Β When browsing through cookie cutters at my favorite shop, CopperGifts.com (doesn’t everyone spend their Saturday night doing that??) I found the PERFECT shape and…

The Gingerbread Diaries

As you might have noticed, gingerbread cookies are my favorite Christmas cookie. I’m always looking for fun ways to up my gingerbread decorating game or spruce them up even more. When a family friend asked for some special cookies to give away, I took it as an opportunity to try out a new technique–marbling! This…

TBT: Logo Cookies for Grad School Finals

Facebook was kind enough to remind me that exactly ONE YEAR ago today I was racing toward the finish line on my Masters degree. For the final required course, we had to create a business plan and pitch it to a panel of judges, Shark Tank-style. So of course, I came up with a bakery…

Happy Thanksgiving! (plus a Plaid Pie)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This year is a bit different for me, as I had knee surgery a week ago and am currently laid up and on crutches. However, even that couldn’t stop me from dabbling with a new pie crust. A recent post on Martha Stewart’s Instagram caught my eye and ever since, I haven’t…

Adventures in Birthday Cake, Part 2

So excited to make another birthday cake for my bestie! We’re planning a trip to Morocco this fall, so I was feeling inspired by exotic designs. With the help of some Pinterest reference images, I freehanded the henna-inspired pattern all over the cake. (Please excuse the mess! This apartment has approximately 9 square feet in…

Adventures in Birthday Cake, Part 1

I always say that baking is a labor of love and trust me, especially working in my apartment’s teeny tiny little kitchen, it absolutely is! There are only a few people for whom I’ll whip myself up into a baking frenzy! My bestie (and future maid of honor) is definitely one of them. For her…