Pistachio linzer cookies with festive raspberry jam centers and a flurry of powdered sugar. These sandwich cookies are sure to dazzle and delight this holiday season!Read More
Dreamy, delicious filling; sparkling cranberries; and a crisp gingersnap crust make up this festive No-Bake Eggnog Cheesecake. With a dash of freshly grated nutmeg, silky cream cheese, some whimsically piped cream, and a pop of color from the cranberries, this is the perfect dessert for the holiday season.Read More
Happy 2017!!! Kick off the new year with a bit of bubbly in the form of cake. This tender, orange-scented cake smothered in sinking champagne buttercream, to be extract. Frilly decór is optional but definitely encouraged for any festive affair.
What feels like more than any other year, I keep seeing posts about how people wish 2016 would just end already. How they would like to kiss it good-bye and never look back. Perhaps I am seeing so much just do due to social media and its ability to give everyone a voice and platform. Regardless, it has got me thinking…. Sure every year has its own set of tragedies and hardships, but was 2016 worse than other years? Did the bad out-weigh all the good that happened? Will the same people praying for 2016 to end be saying the same thing 365 days from now? I truly don’t know the real answer…
2016 was not all bad, though. At least, for me personally, it was a pretty good one. It was the year my book was released into the real world, my husband secured a job that he loves more than we ever thought possible, and Everett transformed from a baby to a little human with personality, opinions of his own, humour, and kindness. Spending the holidays with our families is the most sacred time of year for me. I’ve always yearned for big family Christmases, and I am beyond grateful that most years (including this one), I get to spend the holiday with so many people that I love.
Waking up on Christmas morning with my most favorite people in the entire world means everything to me. Maybe that sounds childish or insignificant to some, but for me it is true. With our nieces and nephews being so much older and so far away, I worry that my children won’t get that quality cousin time that I hope they get to enjoy. Seeing my two nieces, ages 10 and 12, let Ev roll the dice for their board game, play with Dollar Store balloons like they were the most precious gifts of all time as Everett’s infectious laugh filled the room, and give countless hugs, kisses, and fist-bumps made my mommy heart explode. So while I kept seeing messages on my new feed that pretty much said good riddance to 2016, I was holding on to each day this past week hoping they would never end.
I get it though. A new year can feel like a fresh start. I know that’s what I was telling myself as I downed dozens of Christmas cookies and eggnog this past week. I will be healthier in 2017. I will exercise more in the new year. Come January, the world will be a better a place! While January 1st is just another day on the calendar, I understand why it seems like a good starting point for change. If it wasn’t for us humans, the world would still turn and the sun would rise and set like any other day. But especially after a month on indulgence, crazy travel schedules, and hard-core holiday celebrating, January 1st does seem like a good place to start over.
What are your resolutions for the new year? Mine typically start the same – eat cleaner, exercise more often, be present with my family, etc. This year, I want to add a few specifics. 2017 will be the year my life-long sourdough starter is born. It will also be the year that I finally use the mozzarella making kit that I begged for and received on my birthday the year that I was pregnant and never got around to opening. I was going to go buy myself some free weights this afternoon so I can do my workout videos in the living room, but then our flight got delayed and we had to stay in California another night. I don’t ever plan on being vegan or gluten-free, but I want to take more principals from those lifestyles and apply them to mine – more plant-based meals and less white flour. And if I am going to indulge in crabs (pizza dough, bread, cake, etc), it should come from my own kitchen or better be like really, really good and worth it. Funny how so many of my yearly resolutions revolve around food and how to keep eating sweets without being terribly unhealthy….
On that note, let’s ring in the new year with this Champagne Mimosa Cake! Tender, orange-scented cake with fizzy Champagne buttercream? Oh yes!! Here’s a little bit more of what I have to say about this stunning cake:
Find the full recipe on The Cake Blog!
Happy New Year, Everyone!!! xo Tessa
Now that we live in a different country than our families, have a young son of our own, and Brett has to work in the studio up until Christmas Eve, we are now those people that travel right at the last minute during the holidays. I’m talking 6am flights with a toddler. This also means that while everyone else is off from school and spending time with their families, it is just me and the little man (big man at work) the days leading up to Christmas. Instead of feeling homesick or left out, I’ve used this week to reflect on what a beautiful holiday season we’ve already had so far.
I’ve been doing a lot of baking lately, but not a lot of blogging. I’ve stock-piled all this holiday content that I created for this space and my freelance assignments, but did not carve out much time to share it. Here is what I’ve been up – in the kitchen and out!
I am one of those people who truly love the holidays. Mid-October I start getting sad that everything will be over soon. Crazy, I know. I start making holiday bucket lists as soon as summer comes to a close so we don’t miss anything. And while I feel like there is still so much left to do on my list, we’ve actually done a ton. And the BIG day has yet to come! We fly out on Saturday morning to spend nearly a week in California with both sides of the family. I am beyond grateful for this time together with everyone. As I get excited for Everett to run around with his cousins, waking up Christmas morning at my parents’ house, my brother being home this year (!!!), holiday open house with friends, etc., let’s take one more look at the highlights of the past few months:
Huff Holiday Bucket List
– Apple picking AND pumpkin gathering
– Rainy weekend coffee and donuts with Uncle Ryan
– Ev’s first Trick-or-Treat
– My FIRST turkey for Canadian Thanksgiving
– Toddler cookie decorating party
– Brett’s company Christmas party + kids party with Santa (Ev cried, poor guy)
– Everett’s first snow!!! He’s a huge fan.
– Annual German Christmas Market with the grandparents
– Enchanted light maze – Everett loved it!!
– Holiday cookies for the local fire station
– Christmas shopping with my mom
– Christmas dinner with my two boys
– Watching all the holiday magic through the innocent eyes of a toddler
Of course we didn’t get to everything, but looking back, I am so grateful for another memorable year. Now, time to finish packing before we head off to sunny California to start another round of family Christmas fun!
Happy Holidays, Everyone!!!
Tender red velvet cake layers have been smothered in a not-too-sweet peppermint white chocolate buttercream. Finish off this whimsical look with swirly frosting, piped details, and extra sprinkles!
I don’t have much to say about this cake, except that you should definitely make it ASAP! We are down to the final days before Christmas, and if you have yet to finalized your holiday menu, then I strongly encourage you to add this cutie to your list. Unapologetically whimsical, swirly, and pink, this cake is full of joy and Christmas magic! And if I can’t personally share a slice will you all, then please accept this virtual attempt to spread holiday cheer to all you cake lovers and dessert aficionados.
This week is usually spent baking cookies with my mom and wrapping last-minute gifts (side note- I LOVE wrapping presents), but things have definitely changed these past couple year. We won’t be flying out to California until the 24th, so this week leaves me with plenty of time to reflect and get homesick. I’ll try to focus on the former…. It’s just the little guy and me at home (with the hubs at work everyday). The weather is an absolute mess (yesterday’s gorgeous snow turned to slush) and all of Everett’s regular activities are on hold until after the New Year. In the meantime, we will try to fill our days with cookie-making, coloring, and lots of snuggles.
But back to this cake. I designed it with my little one in mind. Seeing Christmas through his innocent eyes this year has been pure magic. He still is a bit behind in the language department, but “Sansa” has become his new favorite thing to shout out (either he loves the idea of Santa or can’t wait until Game of Thrones returns, lol). So while you might find yourself trying to dig out from under a pile stress, chaos, wrapping paper, and sugar comas these next few days (me included), try to remember this is a season for love and ultimately FUN!
Here’s a bit more of what I have to say about this cake that I made for The Cake Blog:
Head on over The Cake Blog for the full recipe!