DIY Valentine’s Postcards

To me, Valentine's is about making things yourself. I don't remember what I did growing up, but these days I'm all about making my own stuff. One year I made miniature cards with various donuts on the front and "I donut know what I'd do without you." Last year I made a Harry Potter themed... Continue Reading →

The Rest of My Life (Repost)

Originally posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014: I want to attempt to shift my focus a bit. I've been dealing with the muck of life lately and it's healthy, no matter how difficult it is. However, the world seem a little darker when all you talk about is how dark it is. This post is... Continue Reading →

Current Read [+ a song]

I'm not usually one to get coffee out, but sometimes on a Friday I like to get out early before work and read a bit. Here is my current read: Serving as Senders Today, revised and expanded edition by Neal Pirolo. It's a nonfiction read about the ministry of sending missionaries abroad. I also have... Continue Reading →

Healthy Snacks

I'm 25 and while I don't really feel like that's a hugely significant age, I have been feeling a bit less youthful the last year or so. That's why I'm working on making healthier choices and really thinking more about what I put into my body. So tonight after working out I thought I'd share... Continue Reading →

From-Scratch Pizzas

I love pizza. Seriously, it's abnormal and unhealthy. I am so addicted to pizza. My first job was working in a family-owned pizza place, and I love trying different toppings and sauces. So I got to thinking that it might be good to try making my own (also better for my budget). I've gotten a... Continue Reading →

February Goals

Beginnings always feel so full of hope and potential. I look forward with anticipation whenever something is starting. Then as time goes on, I become weary easily. I lose confidence and forget all the hope I once held dear. Since I am practicing mindfulness this year, it seemed like a good idea to use this time to consider how... Continue Reading →

Tsutenkyo Bridge

I Googled some Japanese landscapes to draw and found a picture taken by John Lander of Tsutenkyo Bridge in Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo, Japan. I by no means do justice to the real thing, but I thought it turned out nice and was good practice! I want to attempt more landscapes this year.

Lazy Ciabatta Sunday 

Today was supposed to be a busy, productive day, but I woke up with a terrible migraine. So instead, it turned into a relaxing, lazy baking day.  I started the ciabatta dough last night so the yeast could sit, then continued the process around 2 pm this afternoon. I had to relax a while until... Continue Reading →

Japanese “Pancake”

I've recently discovered that I quite enjoy cooking and baking. I always knew I loved eating, but there's a certain joy to working to create something new. I recently tried this, a Japanese "pancake," which is really a pan-cooked souffle. It has a very simple recipe but took a few tries to get right. You will... Continue Reading →

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