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.
The year started with this Bourbon Vanilla Cake that I still dream about, so I feel like it's worth a mention here. It’s one of my all-time favorite recipes. It was a delicious, warming way to start the year. Have you tried it? You should!
In February I partnered with Better Homes and Gardens for their month of chocolate, and I furthered my studies in sugar paste flowers as evidenced by these Dozen Rose Cupcakes. Ah, ever the girly-girl. I will never tire of edible flowers.
These Candy Terrariums lit up the net after they were posted to The Etsy Blog. Everyone seemed to love them (even Food and Wine Magazine !) and I can affirm that they are as tasty as they are quirky. It was around this time that I started blogging for Go Bold With Butter, and you check out all of my recipes using real butter RIGHT HERE!
My favorite project of the entire year was probably this Black Velvet Nebula Cake. I was absolutely floored by the attention it received from the media, but I was even more pleased that many readers tried their hand at the technique and totally crushed it! Thank you, thank you for giving me stars in my eyes.
I hosted a Halloween Treats Workshop at HGTV this summer. We’d been planning it for months, and if you’re in online content publishing then you know having Halloween in July is completely the norm! Unfortunately when I woke up the morning of the workshop my ailing 17 year-old cat had passed away. I still went to the workshop and by no small miracle held myself together. It was especially tough because I had made these Lucky Black Cat treats for the workshop that were inspired by Lola cat. I miss her. The workshop was a total success though, and being around all those creative types really lifted my spirits.
September is the month that I usually celebrate my blog's birthday, but for the past two years I’ve missed it! And in 2014 (when my manuscript was due for Sea Salt Sweet) I accidentally celebrated it in August! Ha-ha and, good grief. Hopefully I’ll get to celebrate it properly this year with all the bells and whistles. It will be my ninth year blogging, which makes me so thankful! I've said it before but it bears repeating - I appreciate everyone who visits this blog. Thank you for making my recipes, sharing, commenting and forgiving my typos and mistakes.
In fall I got to create some dreamy galleries for Food Network, like this Naked Cakes Gallery and a cozy Cider Donut Gallery.
Near-ish to Halloween I made a Stranger Things Eleven Cake which was serious fun for me. I was in full-on fan girl mode which is kind of my happy place.
Soon after, I returned to HGTV to spend some quality time cake decorating with these lovelies.
Before Thanksgiving I was asked to make a Sweet Sixteen cake for a special girl, which was an instant YES absolutely without question. I worked hard finalizing all the recipes for my December advent of treats, so blog posts were a tad sparse in November.
In early December I hosted a second workshop at HGTV, which was all about Christmas Treats and gave my holiday spirit a real kick start! This was also the month that I blogged advent treats every day for 24 consecutive days, which, for me is a real stretch! I am so nit-picky when it comes to my photography, and so for those 24 days I had to ignore my super critical nature and just POST. I'm so glad I did because it seems like there were quite a few of you who were able to make use of those recipes.
So, what's in store for 2017? I have lots of plans, wishes and resolutions for this blog and I can't wait to share some of my upcoming projects with you in the months to come. For now I can say that I plan to bring lots of fun and colorful eye candy, unique ideas, original recipes and other content that you'll find inspiring and useful. And sprinkles! ALL of the sprinkles!