Last Friday, I had a seriously bad day. It was the worst kind of bad day–the kind that I had no control over, but that happened anyway. From the beginning, every little thing wasn’t right: I slept though the alarm, my hair was weird and fuzzy on one side and flat on the other, I didn’t have time for breakfast, I spilled my to-go cup of coffee, and things only went downhill from there. Read more
We should get on the same page about this right off the bat: this “pudding” is really nothing at all like a dessert pudding. It’s pudding for breakfast, and that’s something that I can get behind any day of the week. Read more
Maybe because I’m usually not a pink sparkly kind of person, I love Valentine’s Day. I love the cheesy, the cute, the excessively love-y. I just love the idea of giving the people you love a little card, a token of your affection. It’s okay to be sparkly and pink on Valentine’s Day, and I’m down with that. Read more
Why do we bother with the rest of the day,
the swale of the afternoon,
the sudden dip into evening,
then night with his notorious perfumes,
his many-pointed stars?
This is the best–
throwing off the light covers,
feet on the cold floor,
and buzzing around the house on espresso–
maybe a splash of water on the face,
a palmful of vitamins–
but mostly buzzing around the house on espresso.
Morning by Billy Collins Read more
“A promise, just like pie crust, is easily made and easily broken.” Mary Poppins
It’s January, ya know? It’s cold, it seems like it’s dark all the time, and there isn’t any good fruit in season. There’s inevitably a moment every winter when I feel pretty sure that it’ll never be warm again. I love lots of things about the winter–I love the bare trees against blue skies, I love the sweaters and warm socks, and I love snuggling up with a hot drink and a good book. But there’s only so much chamomile a girl can take, and after a while, it gets real old. Read more
I just realized recently that there are ZERO brownie recipes on this blog, which is upsetting in like, 13 different ways. Why would I never share a recipe for brownies? Why would I be holding out? If you had asked me a week ago, I would have sworn up and down that there were at least three. This is, in fact, the very first one. Read more
I have this weird habit of writing down quotes from books or famous people or random not famous people and then sticking them up on walls, to the refrigerator, my computer at work, inside of books, and anywhere else that I can stick tape to. I believe in the power of words, and I like to read and re-read the things that have touched me. So instead of sharing my accomplishments from 2013 or my resolutions for 2014, I’m going to share some of the notes that I scribbled to myself this year. Read more
It’s back to business time. Resolutions time. There’s New Year’s to think about, and then come January and February. In order to make them a little easier, I like to spend the coldest months of the year with big pots of good smelling things simmering on the stove, winter root vegetables roasting in a hot oven, and big sweaters tucked under an apron. Read more
I kind of skipped Christmas here. Is that bad? I think sometimes it’s better to just do the thing rather than try to do it while also capturing it. This year, I just did Christmas. Jason and I only had a few days off, and we spent them with Jason’s family and mine. We opened presents, watched Christmas Vacation, ate way too much of everything, drank good beers, and spent time with the people that we care about. I’ve gathered a weird collection of pictures that I think actually capture it all pretty well.