Friday, February 15, 2013

Feelin' Festive

I am not a particularly spontaneous person by nature. This is something I am working on, because
spontaneity intrigues me. I aspire to be that fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants girl, who will drop anything at
anytime and GO GO GO because yes, tacos at midnight sound like a great idea so why the hell not?? (Not a good example, as tacos at midnight are probably not a great idea. Unless they are paired with tequila, in which case they are an excellent idea). But that's not really me.

Sure, I am prone to random outbursts of song, and sure, I'll occasionally wander into a room and decide that NOW is the time to bust a mean tap dance, but that doesn't count. I am a planner. My brain exists two steps down the line, and to get from here to there I dot my i's and cross my t's and NO I can't go to lunch with you, I brought leftovers from home today and disrupting my predetermined lunch routine is upsetting, now stop giving me that weird look.

Yeah, I'm working on it.

Fortunately, one of the most spontaneous aspects of my non-spontaneous self is in the kitchen - like last year, when I got it in my head that I HAD to make a King Cake for Mardi Gras. My boss usually orders them straight from the real-deal bakeries in New Orleans, and I don't remember if I'd gotten the baby the year prior or if I was just being masochistic OR if I'd just lost my damn mind, but the night before Fat Tuesday I decided that I was going to attempt a King Cake. The fact that I'd never worked with yeast be damned! Bring it, King Cake!

I ultimately made two - one with brown sugar cinnamon filling, one with cream cheese - and they were such a hit at the office that I decided to make it an annual tradition. I may not always be a seat-of-my-pants girl, but I am a girl who will find ANY excuse to celebrate.

With both Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day this week, I have been in baker's paradise - King Cake! Lava Cakes! Cupcakes!

My week, in photos:

Brown sugar cinnamon, I think I love you

Forming the circles - kindly disregard my messy counters


My precious...

Hello, lovelies.


I would like to curl up and sleep in there, in cinnamon swirly heaven

Dive in. It's the right thing to do.

I know, Griffin. I totally agree.


Inspecting Mommy's handiwork

Cupcakes for coworkers - mini and big

Chocolate lava cakes for Carter's teachers

Heat and eat for molten goodness

Cupcakes for Griffin's teachers - in awesome red mini loaf pan!

Carter's Valentine's - from free printable online!

With organic TJ's lollipops attached

For the LOML - nothing says I love you like BOOZE. 

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Griffin's Valentine's - also printed fo' FREE from online

He's a lover, not a fighter.
 Happy Valentine's Day!


Erica said...

Ridiculously awesome.

Kari Friedman said...

That all just looks so amazingly delicious...