2013 | A Year In Review

I laid in bed last night thinking about my year and this very post.  I know that this blog has really slipped through the cracks and I’m not sure if anyone is even going to read this, but that’s the beauty of the Internet!  I’m gonna do it anyways.

If you’re on Instagram then you’ve probably seen these photo mixes from Flipagram.  I’m OBSESSED.  It’s also a convenient way to show what my year was like for those of you with the shortest attention span.  (No judgement.)  

2013 was a VAST improvement over 2012!  Despite Mr. G’s car accident and then I broke my hand at the end here.. Let me start off by saying that my memory is terrible and as I perused my iPhoto it was like I was experiencing 2012 again for the first time.  My conclusion is that I know how to have a good time!  

I traveled to Lake Tahoe, Vermont, Dillon’s Beach, threw a bridal shower, a private concert by Allen Stone, was in a wedding, baked a shit ton of cupcakes, day drank more than once, started offering printed e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g in my Etsy shop and oh… GOT ENGAGED! 

I hope your year was special - full of rainbows and butterflies, but as cliche as it sounds I’m ready for this year.  I can feel change in my blood and i’m ready for whatever 2014 has in store for me.

My latest mantra. (Stolen from Pinterest) #quote #whatchasay #champagne

My latest mantra. (Stolen from Pinterest) #quote #whatchasay #champagne

It seems confusing, but let’s just say - I’m really serious about my party planning. #mybirthday #birthdaygirl #flamingos #winterfun #partytime (at The Girl Kyle HQ)

It seems confusing, but let’s just say - I’m really serious about my party planning. #mybirthday #birthdaygirl #flamingos #winterfun #partytime (at The Girl Kyle HQ)

Crafts and sweets - it couldn’t get better than this! Thanks for the invitation @mindy_creativejuice @glorioustreats and @westelmroseville! (at West Elm)

Crafts and sweets - it couldn’t get better than this! Thanks for the invitation @mindy_creativejuice @glorioustreats and @westelmroseville! (at West Elm)

Oh Hello There…

I’m a terrible blogger.  I try to be disciplined, but it’s a lot of work.  Then I go and fracture my 5th metacarpal.  Five days and four casts later I’ve got this sparkly beauty on and now I’m a really shitty blogger.  Why doesn’t my Mac have Siri on it?  Is that too much to ask?

I know this might bring up a lot of questions for you, but I can’t answer them - yet.  I will but for now I’m just checking in.

Happy hump day!

Last day with my pink sparkly cast! Looking forward to wearing my hair down again aaand dressing myself.

Last day with my pink sparkly cast! Looking forward to wearing my hair down again aaand dressing myself.

Shameless self-promotion on my Corolla. #sacramento #TGK #selfpromotion #hireme

Shameless self-promotion on my Corolla. #sacramento #TGK #selfpromotion #hireme

My Weekend According To My iPhone

I know you’re looking at all these animal pictures above thinking, what the f*ck.   Saturday’s wedding was definitely memorable.  The wedding venue itself was gorgeous, the tables were gorgeous and obviously the bride.  The funny thing is that the gentleman who owns the venue lives there too and is an avid hunter so we got to see a his collection.  Porcupine, deer, an elephant and even the awesome tiger - all types from all over the world.  All in Chico, CA - so random!  It’s hard to imagine how this weekend’s upcoming wedding can top this!

My mouth is ALMOST as big. #latergram #jonandmandy2013  (at Centerville Estates)

My mouth is ALMOST as big. #latergram #jonandmandy2013 (at Centerville Estates)

Best. Wedding. Ever. #jonandmandy2013  (at Centerville Estates)

Best. Wedding. Ever. #jonandmandy2013 (at Centerville Estates)

Bee Manor sure knows how to make a girl happy! We’ll definitely be staying here again.  (at Bee Manor)

Bee Manor sure knows how to make a girl happy! We’ll definitely be staying here again. (at Bee Manor)

{The Girl Kyle Bakes} Pomegranate + Lime Cupcakes

Sometimes I get into a baking rut.  Either I’m baking the same things over and over for customers or I’m just not interested in baking at all.  When I started baking I was really adventurous with the flavor combinations.  I was open to trying just about anything that sounded yummy - even Nerd cupcakes with Nerd candies in them!  Now, not so much.  I stick with the classics - constantly trying to improve the delicious vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. 



This was a big jump out of my comfort zone even though I like both pomegranate and lime.  It sounds like it would make a delicious cocktail!  Unfortunately I wasn’t too impressed with how it translated into a baked good.  My biggest complaint is that the cake was much too dense; the texture was more like a muffin.  The recipe had called for olive oil and I thought in the moment that the use of olive oil instead of canola or vegetable oil was a little odd.  Of course when I bit into one of the cupcakes I thought they tasted like olive oil.  Gross!  My girl friends who I shared these with said they didn’t even notice.  They liked them!  I guess we’re all our own worst critics.



{Recipe Via} 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (low or full fat)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup sugar 
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • 2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 350º F. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, olive oil, sugar, the zest from one lime, and 1/4 cup of lime juice. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.

Sift the flour mixture into the yogurt bowl. Stir until the flour is just combined. Scoop the batter into 14 cupcake liners to fill 2/3 full. Bake for 18-22 minutes depending on your oven. Remove from oven and cool completely before topping with buttercream and syrup.

Pomegranate Buttercream Frosting

• 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
• 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
• 2 1/2 – 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small saucepan, reduce the pomegranate juice by half over medium heat. Set aside to cool.

Mix together the butter and 2 1/2 cups of the confectioners’ sugar. Beat until creamy. Stir in the vanilla. Slowly add the reduced pomegranate juice. Add more sugar if necessary to achieve the desired consistency.


Pomegranate Honey Syrup

• 1 cup pomegranate juice
• 1/4 cup light-flavored raw honey

In a medium saucepan combine the pomegranate juice and the honey. Heat over medium heat until the mixture boils, stirring occasionally. Continue to cook until the liquid has been reduced by half. Allow to cool slightly. Mixture will thicken as it cools.



My biggest takeaway from this recipe was the DELICIOUS pomegranate honey.  It was simple to make, tasted great and made my cupcakes look especially tantalizing!  I have even made it since with raspberry puree and put in a batch of swiss meringue buttercream.  So.  Good. 

Don’t shy away this recipe, just rework it a little with one of your favorite cupcake recipes. :) 

If you live in #Sacramento and you’re in the market for a #piñata then you should check out my friend @anabelaby!

If you live in #Sacramento and you’re in the market for a #piñata then you should check out my friend @anabelaby!

My Weekend According To My iPhone

I love those unexpected weekends where you don’t really anticipate much and then it takes a turn towards great fun with friends.  :)  I had such a good time at Sacramento’s Farm to Fork Festival and I ran into tons of people I know.  Those who helped put it together did a fantastic job!  Had another lazy Sunday with lots of naps and Property Brothers - I’m addicted to that show.  Monday still came too soon, but now I’m focusing on this weekend’s trip to Dillon’s Beach.  Yay!

FIRST DAY! @mrgoddard is getting his new 5S!  (at Apple Store, Arden Fair)

FIRST DAY! @mrgoddard is getting his new 5S! (at Apple Store, Arden Fair)

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