Sweets for Your Sweeties: Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt Cake with an Orange Glaze

My husband and I got married in January so we try not to spend money on Valentine’s Day. I like to make a decadent dessert for us. I’m not a huge fan of buttercream and I’m terrible at piping. In which case, bundt cakes are the best. You can be creative and it’s something that you can bake and serve. You can make it ahead of dinner and still have the energy to cook later. If you have a small child, it’s a perfect naptime task. This past weekend I decided to make a bundt cake for my fam. Both my husband and mother love it. So make it for your valentine, Galentine, or palentine.

This Will Be Our Year: New Year's Eve with Small Children

Now, I am a mother of a small child and the holiday is not about getting dressed up in a little black dress and seeing the most outlandish headpiece I can tastefully wear. Last year my son had an ear infection and we were traveling so my husband and I spent the night watching Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. However, I think children should be excited about the New Year and learn about the transition. Mainly because not all years are great and I want my child to know you can move on with a new mindset and grace.

How Should I Use Ginger?

I was going through my spice cabinet yesterday and I realized I had a ton of powdered ginger that I didn’t use that much of. I realized it was an underrated spice (in Western cooking which is what I’m most familiar with. I would never dare to assume I knew anything about Eastern flavors. Bow down to those fabulous chefs in Asia) and I wanted to use more of it. Ginger is such an interesting flavor and it adds a zest to things.

My Fave Low Stress Toddler Meal: Pizza

Confession time: pre-baby I was really judgy of cooking shows where people just put stuff together without finesse. I was like “I watch cooking shows to learn technique not make a quick meal!” Flash forward to working and having a child- you are exhausted. I have tried to find toddler meals that aren’t super stressful to make because on top of cleaning dishes you have to clean a high chair and a child. Now, I’m like get it on the table and get that baby smiling

Sunday Night Baking: Basic Banana Bread

When I was a moody teen/lady in my twenties I wanted to be anything but basic. Now that I’m a working mom in my thirties-give me all the basic things. Leggings=best thing ever! Pumpkin spice rub that all over me. Food Network instead of some gritty drama? Count me in.