I remember back to a day not long ago, when I was lamenting the fact that this winter had brought us no snow. Little did I know what sort of wrath Mother Nature had in store for us! Last week, the Blizzard of 2015/Snowmageddon/Snowpocalyspe arrived here in New England, and it dumped over 2 feet of snow across the area. If anyone was feeling the snow shortage before, they certainly weren’t after that. I had two snow days in a row working from home, which were largely filled up with shifts of shoveling and blanket cuddling. (more…)
I’ve had a serious baking bug lately. I mean, I always love baking, but lately it has been on a can’t-get-enough basis. Maybe it’s the sudden surge into the holiday season? Or the cold weather telling my body I need to pack on some extra lbs to keep warm, and the best way I know how is through baking sugary sweets? Whatever the case, I’ve been in the kitchen a lot. Cooking, even! Oddly enough, I’ve been pretty quiet around here, but that’s just because of the new job, and should be changing soon. I had forgotten how utterly exhausting a new job can be! I absolutely love it, but my brain is feeling pretty pooped these days, with all of the learning and absorbing information that comes with getting up to speed at a (very technical and very complex) company. (more…)
Today is a special day. Today is the day we all pause to consider the things we’re grateful for, the bits and pieces of our lives that make each day worth living, and each moment special. With all of this top of mind, I wanted to take a moment to share my thanks for those things and people I am so very, very grateful for this year.
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!
So… baking. That thing I used to do all the time. Well, I’m getting back into it! It has been (and will probably continue to be) a slow process getting back into the swing of things, but I think it’s finally back to stay. I’ve made a lot of excuses for the past several months about being too busy to get into the kitchen, but the stuff making me busy has rarely been fun. So, if I can make time for un-fun, often stressful and rather unpleasant things, then I sure as heck can make time for some fun, right? Plus baking has this magical way of making a bad day seem less awful, or turning a terrible mood into something more manageable. So please take these cookies as a re-commitment of myself to this space. I can’t promise I’ll be here all the time, but I can promise not to disappear completely again. (more…)
Fall is a season full of good things. Apples and pumpkin and sweaters and spices, bright leaves and blue skies and chilled cheeks and sunshine. It’s a wonderful time of year. Just over a month ago now, one of my good friends flew out to visit from California, and knowing that the traditional autumnal activities just aren’t the same in Southern California, we went on an apple picking excursion. I came home with a full bag (and belly!), brimming with peaches and apples, and one perfectly round sugar pumpkin. My bounty sat on the counter for a week or two while I contemplated what to do with it, but inspiration wasn’t striking. The peaches started to rot, the apple stash dwindled as it become a part of my daily lunches, and I was sad that these sweet treats weren’t being baked into oblivion. Then, an evening full of baking with a friend introduced me to this pumpkin cookie recipe, and my world was changed. (more…)