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Giving Thanks (and Pistachio Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies)

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.


Double Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

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!


Almond Joy Cookies

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…)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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…)

Gluten-Free Chocolate Toffee Cookies

I don’t think I’ve talked at length on this blog about my aspirations to someday have my own baking business, but it’s something that is always in the back of my mind. I try not to put too much pressure on myself because I never know where life will take me, but if given the time and resources I’d build an online bakeshop and spend the rest of my days baking. Sounds pretty divine, right? But since right now that isn’t so realistic, I love seeking out and supporting individuals like myself, who have followed their passions and built businesses that I really admire. (more…)

Unreal Monster Cookies

When I logged on to write this post today, I was feeling like it had been forever since I published something new. And guess what? It has been forever! Clearly my mind has been elsewhere, and I can’t say that today that sentiment is much different. In addition to planning a wedding (which is fast approaching), Kevin and I have decided to tackle the task of buying our first home… before our lease runs out August 1st. Add in typical spring/summer activities, a smattering of wedding events (mine and others), baby events (including the birth of my maid of honor’s first little girl!), and the regular 9-5, and it’s all I can do to sleep 6 hours every night and not lose my head when I’m awake. I’m happy, and there are a lot of big, exciting, life-altering events coming up, but this blog? It’s taking a backseat again. (more…)

Chewy Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps

It’s a COLD one out there today! I hope wherever you are, you’re staying warm. I’ve got loads of layers on, and my tiny little space heater cranked up, which I am so so grateful for on days like today. Even with the heat on, I still feel a chill in the air. If only I had some of these cookies to cheer me up… (more…)

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