Photo cred: Kelly Lemon Photography
2015 is coming to an end. Literally, tonight.. Because its new years eve! In just a matter of hours, we will be counting down the seconds to 2016. Champagne popping, sparklers flying, and your first kiss with your loved one. Get ready for the millions of selfies surfacing the internet #Happynewyear2016. I’m ready, are you?
New Years gives us the chance to reflect on all of our accomplishments and memories from the year past. Its great, isn’t it? We spend one whole day (well not even an entire day, maybe just a few minutes) out of the year thinking about it. Igniting a flame of motivation and excitement that charges us into the next year. I don’t know about you but I always feel the pressure to make the next year better than the last. ‘I’m going to finally do it this year! I swear, I’m going to be a better ME!” Yeah…..right. Baby steps, and I’ll get there.
The truth is I have never really understood the New Years Holiday. Not just because it gives restaurants/nightclubs/bars etc a chance to rob you of your money just for a place to party. But it also creates a sense of urgency to create a better YOU. But shouldn’t we be focusing on this all year long?
Lets be honest with ourselves for a minute. New Years resolutions are just another way of resurrecting all of your procrastinations from that year into ONE GIGANTIC GOAL. Save yourself the failure, and set goals annually or even monthly to accomplish. Now that smells like accomplishment, and that smells good :)
So do yourself a favor and give yourself the best new years resolution of all. NO RESOLUTION. Cheers to that!
Photo cred: Kelly Lemon Photography
6 steps to stay focused all year and accomplish your goals:
But in all seriousness, excuses will make you fail. Take Chris Langan for example: you probably have never heard of him. Well he has been deemed the smartest man in the world. Arguably with a higher IQ than Einstein himself. Now that’s impressive! He works as a club bouncer. He dropped out of college, never ended up publishing his book on physics and settled for a life of unfulfilled potential. He is capable of so much more but made countless excuses and reason’s why he didn’t accomplish all of these things. He had the ability but lacked the motivation. Don’t let that be you. Do something great this year and every year!
Wishing each and every one of you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!
Now lets celebrate!
Photo Cred: Kelly Lemon Photography
Calling all chocolate lovers! It tastes as good as it looks. A moist, triple-layer sour cream cake with notes of coffee and espresso topped with fresh cranberries.
Recipe adopted by Back in the Day Bakery
Triple-Layer Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Recipe:
3 cups cake flour
9oz. unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped (I used a food processor)
2 cups hot brewed coffee
1 Tbsp.. pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tbsp. Espresso Powder
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup Canola oil
1 cup Sour Cream, room temperature
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp fine sea salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
1 1/2 lbs semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (2 8oz bags of chocolate chips)
1/3 cup hot brewed coffee
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Sugared cranberries for garnish
Oven 350 degrees. This will make three 9X2 inch cakes. I used two 6 inch cakes and had enough batter left over for 24 cupcakes! Freeze the cupcakes for a future part or event :)
1) Using a food processor, pulse the chocolate until you have finely chopped chocolate pieces. Combine the chocolate with the hot coffee and let it melt for several minutes. Add vanilla and stir until well blended.
2) In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and the oil until combined. Whisk in the sour cream to the egg and oil mixture until combined.
3) In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, espresso powder, and baking soda and mix for 10 seconds on lowest setting.
4) Beat in the wet ingredients, in 3 batches. Mix until just combined, do not over mix the batter. This is create a dense cake.
Divide into two or three cake pans (depending on the size cake pan you are using) or a sheet pan. Bake for 35-40 min, or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out with a few crumbs.
1) Pulse two 80z packages of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a food processor to create finely chopped pieces.
2) Combine the butter, heavy cream, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. Slowly bring to a simmer. Stir occasionally to make sure the sugar is melted. (I also added a spritz of orange zest, to give the ganache another layer of flavor!)
3) Remove from the heat and pour over chocolate. Add hot coffee and vanilla, whisk until melted.
**The ganache will make enough to frost the outside and layers of the cake. I made a peanut butter buttercream to layer between the cakes but you can be creative and add any flavor that sounds great with chocolate!
This makes for a simple yet decedent Chocolate Holiday Cake!
Happy Holidays everyone!
I know what you're thinking, where is the whipped cream?? This pie was a classic, simple recipe that was perfection on its own. I did serve with fresh whipped cream right before serving.
If you can believe it, this was my first year ever making pumpkin pie!! I was so excited that I actually made two different pumpkin pies, with two different pie crust methods, and two different pie toppings. The verdict is out- but I did decide that I enjoyed the recipe modified from Add A Pinch just slightly more. It may also have been because it was a lot easier to make and required less spices available in your pantry.
What You Need:
15 ounce can pumpkin puree
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of ginger
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 blind baked pie crust (until golden brown)
whipped cream (optional)
1) Preheat oven to 425
2) Mix pumpkin puree, sugar, salt, and spices in a medium bowl. Add melted butter and blend.
3) Whisk half and half, eggs and vanilla in a pyrex measuring cup. Add mixture to the pumpkin puree mixture until well blended.
4) Pour mixture into the partially baked pie crust, and bake for 10-15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until you jiggle the pie pan and the pie moves in uniform and resembles jelly.
Its that easy! I enjoyed this pie texture, it was so fast to make, and despite the lack of spices, it did still have a great pumpkin and fall flavor. Top with whipped cream or a toasted merengue topping
Now that your wedding day is here, its easy to forget about the wedding invitation and save the dates you spent so much time making perfect for your guests. Save one and have it photographed with a precious item or family heirloom. My grandmother gave me this handkerchief which holds a beautiful story.
Your wedding party so graciously galloping towards you. Its a tad bit scary but makes for such a funny photo. I loved this idea!
Ok so this ended up becoming on of my absolute most cherished photo. I hadn't even thought of it! Kelly Lemon and her brilliant talent made this beautiful photo, all the generations of successful marriage. And my beloved grandmothers hands :)
I am not one to be comfortable enough to shed emotion on camera. But let it happen, because when you see the photo, you are fondly reminded of what tender ,moment brought you to tears. My mother and her gift, it just got to me!
AND its important to capture the tender moments between the groom and his groomsmen. Candid moments are the absolute best.
Let's face it, guys just rock it at looking serious....i.e. BADASS. So there you have it. Let them feel like they are on the cover of an album. Its good for their egos.
I love baking, and I love our wedding rings! Capture your passions, what is important to you and combine them to become the details in photographing your rings. Simplicity at its finest.
You only get to wear your veil for a whole whopping 20-30min. I kept mine on for cocktail hour and asked for additional photos to be captured with the veil on. It was just too beautiful to take off!
The moment when everyone is rocking out to Journey, "Don't stop believing"
And the sweetest grandparents sharing a dance. I just love them!
But fist, let me take a selfie. You most likely won't have your phone on you the entire evening. We chose to escape the world for a minute alone and enjoy a cocktail in the bridal suite before attending our cocktail hour. The results, a moment to process that you are married with your new Hubby and well, a good ole fashion selfie.
And to conclude the night......Run together. Laugh and be blissful. Its your wedding day after all
All Photos by Kelly Lemon Photography
Hello! I'm Candice and I love baking. This blog is dedicated to all things sweet, exploring your passion, staying inspired and encouraging you to Eat More Cake!