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I moved back here:

I work here (well, in a building in front of this):

They give me a lot of food, so I make:

Homemade tomato sauce with zucchini (both from the garden at work)

and

Delicious homemade squash soup (also from the garden)

Also:

Strata made with local cheese, tomatoes and red pepper from the garden, and mushrooms, onions, and broccoli.

I live here:

The cat lays here:

and here:

I visit friends, who do things like this:

Breakdancing on the 4th of July.

I vacationed here:

Lake Michigan 10/8/12.

And, in case you missed the big announcement, I now drive this:

The end.

Where to begin?

My job (mostly) plunged me into the deepest depths of despair, from which I was unsure I’d be able to return. Not wanting to be miserable forever, I began looking for another. I tried to stay as long as I could, but the job offers were just not coming in quick enough, so I gave my two weeks notice. It was all I could handle, and only just barely.

Luckily, I got an offer just after giving my notice. I got a week off between leaving and starting, most of which was occupied with the business of arranging various facets of the move. After 6 years in this city, I will finally be moving back to my hometown. A fact which scared me at first, but has grown to be exhilarating.

I’m still ironing out what seems like hundreds of little details and getting my mental/emotional state back in some semblance of order, but I definitely think this is a step in the right direction.

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating:

 

I ran out of groceries and had to start improvising by making whatever food I could with what I had.  That meant these cookies and granola bars.

Don’t rainbow sprinkles just make every day feel a little more special?  And I love the crunch the nonpareils add.

I like my rainbows with a side of inspiration:

I could definitely use  a little inspiration right now.  And more rainbows.

 

I feel un-fun.  Until that subsides, enjoy this video.

1.  I panic at least once a day at my new job.  This is the first job I’ve ever had that has goals and numbers set for each person, and I’m such a freaking perfectionist/crazy person that I constantly criticize my performance and make myself super depressed.  I’m stopping this tomorrow.  It’s driven me to tears a minimum of 3 times, more like 5+ if I’m honest.  I’ve had nightmares about it and wake up crying. That’s not okay.  I think I just feel like everything else is so out of control that I put all the pressure into this one thing that I feel like I can control, but the action itself keeps me from being in control.  Like I said, crazy person.  Feel free to leave comments with tips on how to be less ridiculous.  ANYWAY.  Tomorrow, it’s all sunshine and unicorn glitter.

2.  I did very little this weekend.  That made me feel like I had enough time to bake, so I made Barbecue Chicken Pasta and Chocolate Cobbler.  Yum.  Then I started Insanity again because I’m pretty sure I’m about to gain 400 pounds.

3.  I woke up to about 5 glorious inches of snow.  The only way I could have been more pleased was if we didn’t have to go into work.  Too bad, we did.  At least we have a great view of it.

4.  I’m seriously about to go do some research on how to be an adult.  I just don’t think I have a grip on this.  Oh well.

Just one more college grad looking to share my new adventures. No specific purpose, just a mix of any and all creative hobbies that I can get my hands on.

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