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It feels a little crazy to be talking about Valentine's Day already but here we are, less than a month away! I've always supported the idea that this holiday should be for all kinds of love and not just the romantic sort. It should be celebrated elementary school-style. That means you buy a box of Valentines (bonus if they are scratch-and-sniff) and give one to everyone you know.

All of this Valentine's business made me think about tokens of affection. Love letters in particular. Are they a thing of the past? Have they been replaced by heart emojis and text messaging? Maybe, but I'd wager that there are still a few romantics left with the talent and patience to hand-script a beautiful letter.

I'm the sort of person that buys a savarin pan with the aim to use it as intended, which is to make a French savarin cake, but somewhere along the way my brain goes on recess. It chalk-draws on pavement and plays hopscotch. Savarin suddenly seems sooooo boring (because holy cow - this pan totally looks like a giant donut!) and so the Savarin cake has to wait because the Triple Stack Donut Cake feels 900% more fun.

True to form, this has happened again. I had every intention to make cannelés when I bought a cannelé pan, but hey! Let's make cute cactus cakes instead.

January is an indoor kind of month. It's made of wet cement daytime skies and a cold that cuts. It smells like old books and candles, and makes me wear all my sweaters at once. Like clockwork it begs me to hibernate. But outside, on a cloudless night you'll find the brightest and twinkliest stars you'll ever see. A few constellations are easy to spot with the naked eye, and I can't resist stepping outside for a quick look.

Recently I've been reading about galaxies and animal constellations and the mythology attached to them. My favorite story is the Cherokee's description of how the Milky Way was created: an otherworldly spirit dog stole a ration of cornmeal and ran to the sky, spilling it as he traveled, creating stars. 

It seems odd to be thinking about wedding cakes at this time of year, but now is the time that spring brides are beginning to hustle. Even brides with the luxury of having a planner at their disposal are super busy during this time, so just imagine the plight of the DIY-er! I have first-hand experience being a DIY bride, and also being the helper of many. It's hard work but rewarding, especially if you are the creative control freak type. (Ahem. Not that I'd know anything about that!)

Well friends, we made it. Happy 2017!

Each first day of January I find myself thinking about goals I'd like to achieve. I have a few hopes and aspirations for the blog this year but when I get right down to it, my focus is pretty narrow. I just want to find little moments of happiness and celebrate them - both in my work life and personal life. I suppose that's why I'm beginning the year with a confetti cake shaped like a big bottle of sprinkles! It's no secret - sprinkles and cake are two of my very favorite things in life.

Goodbye, goodbye 2016! Let’s savor that for a moment and perhaps throw some confetti. There’s never been a year that’s made me feel my humanity – our humanity – more than this one. It felt more heavy than light, and that made me dive head first into my favorite distractions: Netflix marathons of Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV shows and too many baking books - but I was no slouch! It was my 8th year of making sweet things for this blog and I worked more than ever! I felt lucky to collaborate with the likes of HGTV and Food Network and so many others. Here are some highlights and happenings from my 2016.
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