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Ramblings: Goodbye, Summer

It seems like just yesterday that it was springtime, and we’d been blessed with a few early days of warmth. I can remember thinking how lucky we were to have the whole summer ahead. Long, languid days to fill however we wanted. Beaches and barbecues and vacations and relaxation. Three precious months of amazingness. And now I wonder, where the heck did summer go? How could it have passed us by with such alarming speed? The long, sunny days have been replaced by increasingly shorter ones, with brisk beginnings and rapidly fading daylight. School busses clog the roads, and pumpkin is everywhere. Even though fall is my favorite season, I’m just not quite ready to let this summer go. (more…)


When I was uploading these cookie photos a couple weeks ago, I found myself getting lost scrolling through other recent photos on my phone. It made me realize how many things I think to capture in the moment, that I end up forgetting about so shortly after they happen. It’s a shame to let those little moments fade away so fast — even when they’re seemingly inconsequential, if they can elicit a smile, a giggle, or a happy memory — then they’re totally worth celebrating. So I thought I’d do something completely different today, and just share a few life things. Ramblings. I share lots of recipes and reviews with you here, but truth is that’s only a tiny snapshot of my everyday life. So here’s a bit of a different peek, Instagram style. And with lots of words. I am a writer, after all, and a very verbose one at that! (more…)

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.


On Paving the Road Ahead

Today is a big day in my world. I am starting a new job! I know people start new jobs all the time, but this one for me  is representative of the start to a new chapter. I looked long (long, long, long) and hard for a new position, and after many failed attempts and rejections and super close calls and bad fits, I found just the right one. I will be joining a fast growing company with ridiculously smart coworkers in a position that will challenge me every day. I am nervous because I want to do a great job and I know I have a huge learning curve ahead of me, but I am also so excited to have finally found a new place where I can put down some roots and show myself and everyone around me what I’m made of. (more…)

Strawberry Rhubarb Scones

These scones. Descendants of the Flour Bakery cookbook’s Lemon Ginger Scones. They’re so very, very good — as good as the original, even, but with their own personality. I know we’re long past local strawberry season, but if you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know I’m not great about sticking to the food blogger guidelines of sharing recipes seasonally. I give it my best shot, but sometimes I forget about this amazing recipe that I made and then when I rediscover it I think, I have to share these right away because theyaresogood.” Then you, my lovely readers, find yourselves here reading incomplete sentences with bad grammar and words all smooshed together, because I am just so excited that I remembered I made these scones that I can’t handle myself. (more…)

Coconut Apricot Oatmeal Cookies

It’s been a while since I’ve stopped in to chat with you all – I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. I certainly enjoyed mine, especially having a whole SIX days off of work! The last time I had that many consecutive days out of the office was, well, never! Not since I was in college, which at this point was years ago, so it was a very welcome break. And during that time, I did LOADS of baking… and subsequent eating, and then more baking, and then more eating… and then LOTS of sleeping. It was fabulous. (more…)


It’s been more than a month since I last posted here, and for that I am so sorry. So sorry on a number of levels – for the absence, but also for the reason. In that time I’ve done a touch of baking, some jam-making, and occasional weeknight cooking, but the truth is I’ve lost my appetite for the most part, and I haven’t found the peace or pleasure that I normally do in the kitchen. Because during the last month, other things have transpired too, life-altering, world-changing, heart-breaking things, so life has been a little off-kilter, to say the least. (more…)

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