about

The idea for this blog came from my love of baking and inspiration from a couple of blogs, in particular Some Kitchen Stories, as well as a mug. At the beginning of January, I was looking around for a new desktop image for the work computer, preferably with a calendar. After looking at DeviantArt, I perused Google image search and came across a wonderful image of iced mini cupcakes with a calendar. ‘Amazing!’ I thought, ‘Just what I was looking for.’ So I looked at the site the image originated from and found a woman who was doing almost exactly what I would love to do: posting story snippets she had written that featured whatever recipe she was posting. She had beautiful photos of the food! And she made calendar wallpapers from those photos! “Holy crap! She’s doing what I wish I could do!” I told my honey. His response: “So why don’t you do that?” Mikal has been encouraging me to do some of the more creative things I enjoy doing, and I have been resisting. I have a 5-7 year plan, and it’s not bad as far as plans go. And I have a backup plan, and a backup for the backup. Creating a blog to chronicle my kitchen adventures doesn’t really fit into any of those plans; of course, it doesn’t necessarily not fit, either.

I found this mug in the Detroit airport in… 2007? My mom and I were on our way home from a two week trip to France. I was in my second year of college. I found this mug and between the dog and the inscription, I couldn’t pass it up. It has been my favorite mug for years now, because it reminds me that I need to make sure I have fun with what I’m doing whenever I can. I realized that even when I’m up to my ears in baking and stressing about whether I’ll have enough done for one of my holiday parties, I’m still having a lot of fun. I can’t really say that about any other up-to-my-ears stressors in my life. So this blog is a way to follow the mug’s advice.

I will be posting once a week, possibly more, about my various kitchen adventures. The blog serves a few different purposes. First, it is a way to get me to cook and bake more often, rather than wanting to do something in the kitchen, then sitting on the couch all weekend. Additionally, I love to try out new recipes (I’m a bit addicted to Bon Appetit and Sunset magazines), but I tend to do so for parties and things where I am planning to share my yummies with people. Kind of not the place to try out a completely new recipe. It’s taken me a few years, but I’m starting to understand that. So the blog will be a place for me to experiment with new recipes and techniques, especially those around gluten-free baking. I have a number of gluten-intolerant friends, and I don’t like excluding people from yummies. I mean, what other purpose is there to making good food than sharing with people? And if my experiments are successful, I can share with people at work and at the bank and at Mikal’s internship and really anywhere, because I sure don’t need to be eating everything I make. If its not successful, I can pan it and try it again later.

I would love feedback on the site (it’s going to be going through quite a bit of futzing, because I haven’t gotten it exactly how I want it yet), especially if it’s acting funny. I would love to hear your experiences with various recipes and techniques, because I am always looking for ways to make things better.

5 thoughts on “about”

  1. Love reading your blog…..love your stories and the way you may ordinary things sound fun and happy…you should write a book 🙂

    1. Thank you! I don’t know about a book, but I do love writing, and maybe this will be practice for more than just culinary skills ^^

  2. Thanks for telling me about your blog! I am having a blast reading all the yummy recipes and cannot wait to try them out! =)

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