Today marks two full weeks since I started my new job. Somehow, I’ve survived! To be honest, I absolutely love it, and I can’t even put into words how thrilled I am about the opportunity. I haven’t been so exhausted from learning and information absorption in years, but it’s a pretty awesome thing. I’ve finally started contributing, too, and that feels so good. I’ve got a massive learning curve still ahead, but I think I can do it!
As a kid, I thought Halloween was an epically awesome holiday. I mean, how can you not love a day that revolves solely around candy? Especially for someone like me, who has an insatiable sweet tooth. I can remember many a Halloween-eve, putting the finishing touches on that year’s costume at my Grandparents’ house, before we would venture out for trick-or-treating. After we’d filled our candy bags to the brim, and our parents had tired of walking the streets in the bitter cold, we’d retreat to my Grandparents’ living room and sort our candy — piles of chocolate and non-chocolate first, and then specific types of each candy if there was enough of it. Bartering ensued before we dove in to actually eat it, and I always liked this part the most – apparently I was already starting to become a type A negotiator as a little tyke! (more…)
The older I get, the more I come to realize the way memories take shape as they fade into the canvas of our lives. Moments of deep loss and suffering lose their heightened pain — a dull ache slowly replaces them — and those more perfect, luminescent moments soften too, so when you think back on them they’re simply shrouded in a warm glow. It’s the way we humans survive, I think, because those insane peaks and valleys would be all too much to bear if their strength and intensity never softened, making room for those that come next. Life is all about the ebb and flow — the good and the bad moments, the successes and failures — they all somehow work together to create a unique set of circumstances that paint the picture of each individual life. (more…)
I made this pie weeks ago, and wrote the accompanying post then, too, but I’ve been holding off on posting it. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I can be a bit of an over-sharer, and sometimes I wonder if that’s not the right thing? When you open yourself up on the internet, you’re allowing the whole world to come to know who you are, and while I am well aware that not everybody in the world is reading this blog, it’s URL does live in the signature of my personal email, and in my professional portfolio, and on my resume, and in many other public places. (more…)
Have you ever tried to locate a bag of cinnamon baking chips in September in the Greater Boston Area? If not, don’t bother — been there, tried that, failed miserably. I even had my coworker go on a hunt of her own for me, to no avail. Who knew it would be so hard to track down one single ingredient? I even checked Amazon, but at over $4 for a tiny bag, I just couldn’t justify the purchase. So I made my own rendition of these blondies instead.
It feels like it has been forever since I did any baking with chocolate. The first part of my year was pretty lean on the baking in general, and then when I finally got back into the swing of things, the focus was on fruit and citrus and summery flavors all the way. Now that the seasons are changing, and the weather along with it, I can’t ignore that it’s time to change up my recipes, too. This year, I definitely didn’t feel like I got enough of the fruity, citrusy, summery stuff done, but fortunately, I love apples and pumpkins and warm spices, and of course I love chocolate the most. So I guess it’s time to get back to it now, and these adorable little cakes weren’t a bad place to start. (more…)
I thought my days of baking with peaches were over for this year, but then I got my hands on some more beautiful fruit, and this cake was born. In my typical fashion, I went on an epic blog search for the perfect peach recipe, and had many contenders for the job. I wanted to make a breakfast recipe, to follow an evening that ended with rich chocolate poke cakes for dessert (recipe coming soon!). It seemed like a “lighter” recipe for the morning would be just the thing, which is a bit of a joke when you consider I decided to make pound cake, but bear with me for a few minutes and I think you’ll be convinced too. (more…)