First Cake From Scratch

Yesterday was my DH’s birthday!  As a part of the celebration, I made him an orange olive oil cake.  You may be wrinkling your nose up at the thought, but it’s really good!  It’s a French recipe that I got from Food Network.  Olive oil cakes are common in the south of France where olives and olive oils are plentiful.

Oh, and this is the first cake that I have made from scratch by myself!  I know, it’s just one layer, but I’m still proud of it.  It turned out beautifully and everyone who had some liked it.  The is not a sweet cake, but has just enough sugar in it to be called a dessert.

Want the recipe?  Click it here to go get it.  Thanks to the awesome Melissa d’Arabian for her fantastic recipe!

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The Great Christmas Cookie Frenzy of 2011

Sunday was the Great Christmas Cookie Frenzy of 2011 with my friend Michele.  We baked a LOT of cookies.  And we still have more to do tonight.  So many cookies…..so very much need to go on a diet.
 
I did a lot of decorating, as Michele is very good at mixing and knows the recipes pretty well.  I did make the oatmeal raisin cookies.  They look pretty pathetic, but it’s all in how they taste, I suppose.
Enjoy the snapshots of results.  Oh, and the pugs belong to Michele.  The little fawn one is Chelsea and the black one is Boo Boo.