The Nearly Ubiquitous, Yet Delightful, Pumpkin Bread

Fall light.  It triggers something primal, that hint of sadness at what could have been. Winter’s going to be a doozy, old chap, for a part of you will die, sleep…like it does every winter.  And yet, lacking the harshness of summer’s glare, the light is also fulfilled, pregnant. Might as well eat some Pumpkin Bread. Read More …

Birthday Cake Epiphany – Part 2: The Good Grief

So, the birthday cake was a hit yesterday.  Yellow cake with raspberry buttercream and lemon curd filling.  Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and raspberry filling.  Quite tasty.  Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…. On the other hand, the birthday girl was not her usual happy, gregarious self.  She seemed…sad, even when she tried not to.  Background:  Read More …

Birthday Cake Epiphany – Part 1

Tomorrow, we celebrate my friend’s 50th birthday.  So, what’s in order for the occasion?  My favorite word: C-A-K-E. Maybe it’s because I’m recovering my energy back enough to be creative again.  Maybe it’s because I like people to “ooh and aah” over something I have done.  Actually, I find that pretty embarrassing, especially when accompanied Read More …

Back-to-Basics Bread Making

There is so much information out there, so many voices telling us that they know the way to eat, to exercise, to work and live.  I find it all time-consuming, overwhelming and, at times, stressful. I had an epiphany over the holiday break:  Experience has shown me that my instincts are spot on for what works Read More …

Colossal Cinnamon Rolls

Winter Storm Jonas, I thank you.  Cozy home, smelling of fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, usually a once-a-year, carby Christmas treat.  Mmmm.  Except your blustery deluge gives me the perfect physical outlet to burn off these babies. I mentioned in my last post that I’m into bread making lately, partially as research for a story I’m working on Read More …

No, I Haven’t Dropped Off The Earth’s Face

Yeah, I know.  It’s been a few weeks.  Okay, a month.  Sorry. Except, that I’m not. What I am is rested.  And grounded.  And happy. I have always wanted to take a four-week hiatus.  Jet off to somewhere tropical (a.k.a. Kauai) or at least do something interesting.  Immerse myself in day-to-day realities without the distraction of There Read More …

Black and White Tomboy Cake

  The Black and White Tomboy Cake.  There, I finally settled on a name for my signature cake.  It is my favorite cake.  It is my family’s favorite cake.  It is the cake that I get the most requests to make for events.  It is an organic, non-fussy cake:  no dyes to poison the body or frilly Read More …

Things That Make Me Go Mmmmmm

Some things just make me happy ? Just got a shipment in of baking supplies and a delicious harvest from the garden.

Peanut Butter Cookie Haiku

  “Good teamwork, Mommy!” Thumbs up, splashing…Daddy’s home! They nosh in secret. Copyright © 2015, Ilana Hulsey Rea. All rights reserved