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Fresh Strawberry Margaritas

Happy weekend, all! And what a beautiful weekend it is. This past week brought us lots of really gorgeous weather — it was one of those weeks when being indoors at a desk was truly painful. I sit right by a window, so I was able to peer out from time to time, but I’ll tell ya — it’s just not the same. I thought I’d share something a bit more light-hearted with you today. While my own heart is still heavy with pain, sadness, rejection, and loss, I think that’s just how life is going to be for a long while. And since I can’t bear to dwell there any more than I absolutely have to, I’m trying to fill my time with things like baking brownies and drinking margaritas. And copious amounts of cycling to balance it all out, of course. (more…)


French Silk Pie, and the Musings of a Broken Heart

It’s amazing how quickly your life can change. I haven’t hidden the fact that I’ve had some serious personal struggles this last year, but all along I kept thinking that at some point, it’d start to turn around. In my last post on the hardships of growing up, I mentioned starting to do just that on my own. I was finally feeling like I’d started making progress, and that was a really exciting, empowering feeling. I thought things were finally headed in the right direction. But like many times throughout the last year, I’ve found again recently that life tests you in ways you never thought possible, even when you’re already experiencing more than it feels like you can handle. (more…)


Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

It’s a rare recipe that I come across that I don’t tamper with before trying it out myself. But Ina knows what’s up (I mean, she makes the best brownies in the history of everything…), and judging by the glowing reviews for this recipe, it promised to be a winner as well. Eager to use up a carton of fresh local strawberries, and a few stalks of rhubarb from my parents backyard (though I’m growing my own this year too — thanks Grandpa!!), I decided this was perfect to bring to the family 4th of July BBQ. (more…)


Chocolate Peanut Butter ‘Brookies,’ and an Epic Tale

I’m gonna let you guys in on a little secret today, or maybe a big secret, a sort of giant life lesson I’ve recently learned… and write you an epically long blog post, so if you’re not in the mood, I won’t be offended if you bow out now (or scroll all the way to the very end, because this recipe is seriously ridiculous). Usually this blog is all rainbows and unicorns and happy things, but that’s not real life, at least not all the time. There is a lot beyond what happens in the kitchen, or on a special night out to dinner. The in between moments are real life, and that’s what this secret is all about. Before you go getting excited, it’s not one of those kinds of secrets. It’s the kind that slowly comes over you, that settles into your bones, and sets up shop deep down in your soul. It won’t make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but once you know it, it definitely changes your perspective on life. Are you ready? (more…)


Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

It seems that here in New England, most of our native crops are late this year. Given the looooonnngggggg winter, it’s really no surprise. I still feel like I’m thawing from a deep freeze! Usually by now we’d have a bounty of fresh local strawberries, but I only just picked up my first pint this weekend. They looked perfect to the eye — lush and red, and perfectly shaped — but once I snuck a few, I found that their sweetness wasn’t quite all the way developed. I had been eyeing this cake from Joanne’s blog for days, so it seemed the perfect application for the tart, juicy berries. (more…)


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