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Gratitude

The universe gives so much, and I am grateful for it. I am blessed to have an incredibly supportive significant other, family, and friends; a gorgeous home; a job that I like; a great project (PRESS); my health and regular art/yoga/running practices. To all of YOU, the people that make all these things possible, I thank you. I wish you each the sweetness and joy of your favorite treat, whatever that may be, to be with you as you go forward into this holiday season.

This Thanksgiving, I spent it with Doug and his family here in the Berkshires. We decided to shake things up in the dessert department, forgoing the traditional tarts and pies and going with a couple of my ridiculous cakes. I made a salted-caramel six-layer chocolate cake and a lemon pistachio crunch cake with a white chocolate ganache icing. Ridiculous.

Here they are, on their lovely cake stands. The cake stand in the foreground is the milk glass stand that my mother gave me a year ago. Sometimes I think the only reason why I make cakes is so I can use the cake stand. The one in the background, with the incredible dome, Doug got me. So now I have two ridiculous stands to adorn with sweetness. But this salted caramel six-layer chocolate cake, it will change your life. It’s decadent and delicious and really should be outlawed. One piece is enough sweetness for days, maybe even months. I can’t wait to make it again!

I thank my mother for parting with the beloved cake stand. I know it was tough for her, but do use it regularly and with delight! I am thankful that she taught me to love baking and cooking and all the home arts, and look forward to having more time to share these arts with family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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