Marcus Samuelsson Event at Macy’s NYC

Marcus Samuelsson, Off Duty

To all my NYC area friends – what are you doing on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 at 6PM? How about spending the evening with Chef Marcus Samuelsson?! Macy’s Culinary Council is hosting a FREE event at Macy’s Herald Square with the one and only Marcus Samuelsson! Chef Samuelsson will walk us through a dinner, serving delicious samples along the way. And best of all, he will sign copies of his cookbook Marcus Off Duty. Plus did I mention that it is free?!
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Baby Girl Cupcakes

Yellow cupcakes are decorated with a classic buttercream frosting, colored pink. These Baby Girl Cupcakes are the perfect thing to serve at a baby shower or birthday party!
Baby Girl Cupcakes - yellow cupcakes with pink buttercream frosting | ChezCateyLou.com

So the news I mentioned the other day….I’m pregnant! TheBetterHalf and I are expecting a sweet baby girl, due on March 28. We are absolutely thrilled, and can’t wait to start this next chapter of our lives. I have been dying to share the news with all of you, and wanted to celebrate with the girliest treat I could think of – Baby Girl Cupcakes – aka yellow cupcakes with pink buttercream frosting.
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Candy Corn Donuts

Light and fluffy baked donuts are decorated to look like pieces of candy corn. These Candy Corn Donuts are the perfect Halloween breakfast!
Candy Corn Donuts - the perfect breakfast treat to make for Halloween! | ChezCateyLou.com

Wow, the fall really got away from me! I blinked and all of a sudden it has been a month since I last posted! To all my dear readers, I am very sorry – but I have a good reason that I will be sharing with you soon. But for now, at least I’m back with a really fun seasonal recipe just in time for Halloween – Candy Corn Donuts! I think these are some of the cutest donuts I have ever made. They are absolutely perfect for Halloween breakfast or for a Halloween party spread!
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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are the perfect dessert for fall! The icing is to die for!
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | ChezCateyLou.com

Today I am so excited to be hosting a virtual baby shower for my friend Meg at With Salt and Wit. She is having a sweet baby boy, and some other blogger friends and I wanted to give them some love!! Scroll down to the end of the post to see what everyone made for the shower!

Every party needs cupcakes, and since we made the shower Fall themed, I thought pumpkin cupcakes would be the perfect thing to make! And really – I also look for any excuse I can find to make cream cheese frosting. I could eat this stuff by the spoonful!
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with a Golden Oreo Crust

Smooth and creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling is poured over a Golden Oreo crust – these Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are an easy way to get your pumpkin cheesecake fix!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with a Golden Oreo Crust | ChezCateyLou.com

Well, it is time.  I tried to wait, but I just couldn’t.  It is futile to try to resist it.  And what is “it” you ask?  PUMPKIN!!!  I’m actually kind of mad at myself…I try not to bake with pumpkin until it is fall, and just because the calendar says September and school has started does not mean it is fall yet – there are still 12 more days of summer left!! And with the temperatures in NYC right now, it feels like early August!  But I just couldn’t help myself.  Pumpkin has overtaken the blogging world, and after looking at pumpkin recipe after pumpkin recipe, I just HAD to make something for myself.  After all, pumpkin is one of my absolute favorite things to bake with – I devoted a whole week to pumpkin deliciousness last year!  So, for my first recipe of the season I bring you Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with a Golden Oreo Crust – a pretty great way to kick off pumpkin season!
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