This is Mother’s Day

Sunday is fun day. For me. Only. There are 364 days of my year that belong to the five kids and my (new) husband. But Sunday is the mother of all days for me and my mom friends and mom nonfriends. Mother’s Day. And what a day it is… A day that I get to…

Today is my best friend’s birthday.  It has been her birthday for 39 years on this date. And for 25 years I have been best friends with her on her birthday.  And for 24 of those years I  have not gotten the date of her birthday correct.  Not once, ever. Most years it passes and…

Sometimes you just can’t f’ing believe it

So this week my daughter turned 16…my nephew turned to me and said “why is 16 such a big deal…I mean it’s not like she’s moving away to college this year or anything.” I said to him “you’re right, I don’t really know why it is considered a big birthday” and then I turned to…

Summer

So I seriously suck at this…I just do.  I am so busy I barely ever have time to write. But that’s a good thing I think.  My family has grown in the past year, something that has made me beyond happy, and I am busy playing, travelling and cooking for all seven of us and…

For a while I thought maybe I just didn’t like banana bread.  Eating bananas by themselves is not something I really enjoy, but I love my banana cake and I love banana cream pie, so I couldn’t figure out wtf my problem was with the bread.  I have been making it forever, and I have…

Anddddddd we’re just about done……..

One. More. Day.  Then begins my peanut butter frenzy.  Or maybe not. Maybe I will stick with this thing and never eat peanut butter again because I feel so awesome. And maybe I never need to bake again because my body loves itself even more without gluten and sugar.  And maybe I will wake up…

Enough with the eggs

Ok, now this is starting to get stupid. I ate 16 eggs in a week and we have gone through four pounds of bacon in week between two people.  And still with the peanut butter, but also I want a cookie. Period. And a red velvet cake. And a gigantic piece of the garlic bread…

Still on…

Still here, still not that bad, still no peanut butter. In fact, this week was much easier for the most part.  Less salty bitch and less dreams of peanut butter and bread.  I am also fairly certain all the bloating I mistook for donut fat is gone, as I can button my pants and several…

It is not that bad.

Ok it is not that bad. At least not what I thought it was going to be.  I had an image in my head of me crying (literally) at the end of the day for anything sugar or non-fruit/potato carb based food item.  That is not the case. Not at all.  When I did the…

It’s 2016 and if I were getting grades for blogging for 2015, I would get a giant F. I failed in this past year. It’s not for lack of cooking or baking though, it is simply because I was too busy making a life for myself to write so much. Early in to 2015 I…

That one time I ate my body weight in cheeseburger…

Sometimes I wish I had a fancy vocabulary. There are moments, like this one, where I would benefit from having some eloquent and vibrantly descriptive words in my unexpansive vocabulary. I could then adequately describe how fucking delicious the cheeseburger I ate this weekend was and how fucking awesome I am for eating the entire…

Summer break (and a pie)

So I took the whole summer off…why not. I had things to do, most of which involved eating rainbow cone (see the about me photo). I enjoyed my summer immensely, probably the most I have in years. A few trips, a few concerts, a graduation (the oldest is now in high school), a new baby…

Tis the season

For me, there is nothing better than cherries. And this is time for them. After spending about $100 on cherries at this week’s farmers market, both sweet and my baking favorite sour cherries, I have spent the last few days pitting nearly my body weight in fruit. My hands look awesome, like a serial killer…

What you are looking at came about by accident. And when I say by accident, I mean I drank an entire bottle of wine one night last week, decided it was the perfect time to also follow a recipe and bake something.I am not a big drinker. Maybe I have outgrown it, maybe I prefer…

F words for Friday…

Fruit bars. Anddddd forgiveness. I’ll start with the second F word. Forgiveness is an easy word, the concept not so much anymore.  It literally means the pardoning of one’s offense and of the offender. When I was a kid in Catholic school, I used to laugh and roll my eyes at the concept because it just…

It’s freezing. Again. Wtf. I will tell you that two days ago my children were running around in bathing suits begging me to turn on the air conditioning, and today I have a sweater on and wore one of my winter jackets outside. How awesome. This is a day that calls for cake. A good,…

This has been a rough month. That is all I have to say about it. I haven’t done much of anything I love, least of all cooking or baking or even eating for that matter. But, enough now. All my pants are big on me (that part is awesome), so it’s time to get back…

A little lovely lemon

Of all the possible choices when I pick dessert, I almost always go to anything lemon. I just love it. And there is something light and refreshing about lemon. The color of lemon sweets make think spring. It makes me think about the tulips coming up this first full week of spring.  It makes me…

It’s March 18th. The day between the two religious feast days that celebrate my ancestry…St. Patrick’s Day (the O’Toole in me) and St. Joseph’s Day (the Celani in me). The fact that these are called feast days by my religion are only so fitting as I very much enjoy overeating both kinds of food in…

Feels like spring, let’s eat a strawberry cake

There is a thousand inches of water just about everywhere I look in Chicago. And everywhere there isn’t, there is a thousand pounds of dog crap, mainly because I am only looking in my backyard right now. Awesome. This however, means spring is finally f’ing here.  I can smell it (though not in my yard)….

Friday fish chowder (it’s Lent damn it)

It’s Lent. And if you are Catholic and reading this, you really don’t even need to read on…just make the soup tonight or next Friday or the Friday after next. If you one of those non Catholics (shame shame) then Lent is just a time you can pick out a Catholic a mile away. We…

This is just the greatest thing ever. I really don’t have anything else to say about it. You should make this. That is all. I made this to top off a glorious Valentine’s Day meal at home with the man, he was pleased as always. It has every element you could ever want. Chocolate, butterscotch,…

I will be the first to admit that I have a problem with gluten free. I immediately walked past the aisle in the grocery store, I would laugh at the breads that said gluten free and I would rather suck on a penny than eat a cupcake that was gluten free (as I was certain…

Dinner with the besties

I like to think of myself as a woman with a lot of friends. A lot of new ones that I have met as an adult and a very select few (four to be exact) who have been around for everything since I was a teen. All the fun times and the struggles. We know…

This is awesome. I really don’t have much else to say, other than I only made this because I had butternut squash laying around and eggs and stale sourdough bread. I had seen a recipe for a butternut squash sage strata before but it had way, way too many steps…like make an onion béchamel, cool…

I have never made a thankful list. There. I said it. Every year at least three friends on Facebook take the month of November to post daily one thing they are thankful for, amounting to roughly 30 things in their life they are thankful for. Ugh. I have never participated in this for two reasons…one,…

I really love pumpkin pie. It’s just so comforting and creamy and I don’t know…delicious. Remember my first post, where I told you that while I was getting divorced and I thought I couldn’t make it through life (which now sounds utterly ridiculous), pumpkin was my pie of choice when baking a pie to consume…

Perfect fall

So it’s fall. So let’s see…the baby is on me to get fifteen pumpkins that she thinks we are going to carve every single one of, and my son is on me to buy gourds that are shaped like his private parts so he can crack jokes. My pool will maybe get closed before the…

I’m back…and…

Miss me?? Yeah, it’s been a while, I know. School started for the kids, busy season at work kicked in, and, while I have been cooking and baking here and there, my time to write has been nonexistent. But here I am back at it. Cake is the subject of the day. And not just…

Cupcakes…I will miss you

So, Crumbs closed….and…crickets…because not a lot of people care anymore. I think one of the comments on the Chicago Tribune article about this said it best, “That’s still a place??” Yes, yes it is…errr…was. The era of fancy and overpriced cupcakes is over, I believe. Really it has been over for a while, someone just…

Hometown favorites

I love my city. Truly I mean this. Chicago is the only place I would ever want to be. We get national attention for shootings, our traffic blows, our weather super blows, and the south and west side best resemble Chechnya, but I don’t care, I love it here. I have been to San Fran,…

Summer pie

Well it took me, I don’t know, about two flipping weeks to finally figure this out (thank you support staff at WordPress), but I have the basics up and it doesn’t look too bad. I also finally figured out a follow me option at the bottom on the home page. Please follow me if you…

This…….is gonna be awesome

I am Kate…the baker. Welcome to my blog. I am a home-schooled, family-schooled baker/cook. I am also a mother of three (see picture of the kiddos), an ex wife who made some awesome mistakes that she will not make again, a writer (former journalist), and lastly but not leastly, a copy editor for a large…