12 Bakes of ’18: August

Does it count if I didn’t get a picture of a bake? Going to go with yes but it sure does make for a boring blog post (mostly just publishing this so I can continue my series)! I made a chewy chocolate cookie recipe and then whipped up a batch of buttercream and made them into cookie sandwiches. It was a big hit at work! I’ve got to order a bundt pan so I can try to make one of those for September/fall/Christmas.

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Baby C: 2 years old!

Likes: playing outside, dinosaurs, pizza

Dislikes: being told no, transitions,

Who You Saw: Grandma and Grandpa came down for Easter, and then everyone came back for your birthday!

Where You Went: Shawnee Lodge and State Park

Milestones: so many more words! You are getting better and better with coloring and are eager to keep trying!

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What I Read: Aug ’18

It’s Better than It Looks: Reasons for O by Gregg Easterbrook: I flew thru this and really enjoyed seeing all the science and history that things are, in fact, headed in the right direction. I would recommend this to anyone on either side of the aisle for a more balanced perspective.

Women, Food, and Desire: Embrace Your Cravings, Make Peace with Food and Reclaim Your Body by Alexandra Jamieson: This…was a tough sit. I really enjoyed it and feel like it is peppered with hundreds of little truth bombs. I don’t always want to hear them – but it is really challenging me to reevaluate my relationship with food and drink.

One more note – I read 50 books in 2017 and I’m currently at 25, which is 8 books ‘behind schedule.’ There is some panic there but if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. It’s a very different year than last year was in our house. No more pressure!

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18 Pans of ’18: August

Items used in July: 9

Totals items used (thus far): 70

Mostly skin care moved out this month. I am really struggling with foil packets and am cancelling the free samples I get quarterly from Walmart. It’s been really fun but I feel like it’s time to continue to reduce what I use. I am READY to get rid of more makeup…using up what you already own is hard!

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Evergreen, Mt. Evans, Brainerd Lake CO

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to spend nearly 4 days with dear friends in the mountains. Sorry/not sorry for the photo dump! We stayed in the cutest little hobbit house, nothing was level and everything was clearly built by the homeowner, cobbled together with what was there. There were charming features everywhere and we took great advantage of the hot tub! One day we drove up to the summit of Mt. Evans and then into Idaho Springs for lunch at Beau Jo’s. We also walked around the cute downtown for a bit before meeting a friend’s spouse back at Evergreen Lake to go for a walk and pick up some forgotten necessities (the goat cheese!). Another day, we spent it stand up paddle boarding and/or paddle boating on Evergreen Lake. And the last day, we drove up the long way to Brainard Lake before spending some time in Boulder and eating at Pasta Jays.

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12 Bakes of ’18: July

July baking is always ruled by the Ohio State Fair! This year I entered three classes and won 1st in the Gingerbread! I am so excited and I’ve already spent my $50 King Arthur Flour gift card fifteen ways to Sunday (not that it won’t be here until September…ha!). I’ll share the recipe once I can link to it in the Dispatch (!).

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What I Read: July ’18

Signs Proceeding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera: I was transported by the short novel that “explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there’s no going back. Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the USA,” (via). There is a magical realism quality to this story and it feels like a Greek epic. Please go read this book.

The Sioux Chef by Sean Sherman: This cookbook was a gift from my father in law – who knows how much I love cookbooks and love eating local foods! I really enjoyed the stories and notes surrounding the recipes. But with all cookbooks – it’s the food that counts. And this food is yummy while helping remind us to eat more local meats, vegetables and fruits. Hopefully, we can get our act together and I can photograph a few recipes (and maybe we’ll pop wild rice at Christmas!).

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins: “(T)his 1868 mystery draws readers into a compelling tale with twists and turns ranging from sleepwalking to experimentation with opium. The suspense and drama is heightened as the narrative passes from one colorful character to the next.” (via) This was some how on my recommended list (I think because Sergeant Cuff is a precursor to Sherlock Holmes but I found this old style novel too long and quite the slog to finish.

What I Read: June ’18

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai: “Kiran Desai’s brilliant novel, published to huge acclaim, is a story of joy and despair. Her characters face numerous choices that majestically illuminate the consequences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world.” (via) I really struggled to fall into this story, told from split perspectives. I did find that mirrored the division between families in this tale but it isn’t one I’d run to recommend.

Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah: “A compelling, painful, and ultimately triumphant story of a girl’s journey into adulthood, Adeline’s story is a testament to the most basic of human needs: acceptance, love, and understanding. With a powerful voice that speaks of the harsh realities of growing up female in a family and society that kept girls in emotional chains, Falling Leaves is a work of heartfelt intimacy and a rare authentic portrait of twentieth-century China.” (via) I read this memoir for book club and I really enjoyed the story of a woman coming into her own, although there some parts I struggled with (from the narrative rather than the storytelling).