Anniversary Thai Tea Tres Leches Cake

Wow, 7 years, y’all. You know, I don’t think I thought this far down the road when I started this blog.

In fact, I have no recollection of how far down the road I thought about it, at all. I just liked making things and I wanted to try.

I certainly didn’t think I would have this many people signed up to follow me. It amazes me that I don’t actually know very many of you, and yet, here you are.

Thank you all. I am so touched.

When I revamped everything over the summer, I kept all my anniversary posts alive for you to read. You know this already, but I removed my old writing because I wanted to take ownership of my own life narrative. However, I do feel that anniversaries are a perfect time for reflection and updates. [I have a feeling that, another 7 years from now, I might like seeing just what it is I had up my sleeve at this time.]

Meanwhile, I have come such a long way from when I started this thing. I think the most noticeable difference in me is that I have realized that I am so much more capable than I ever knew. Par example:

Much like my approach to starting this thing, I don’t think that, 7 years ago, I really considered what my life would continue to look like. All the things I am currently doing are things I had placed on hold back then. (It’s funny how the things you’re meant to do will wait until you’re ready.)

It’s good to honor where you are, as I did. Back then, I did not have the energy to do the things I am doing now. And when I wasn’t mustering it, the universe stepped in and showed me that I would have to. And that is how I got where I was going.

I am really proud of myself for creating the life that I currently have…but I will probably leave again. (Sorry, higher-level life duty calls. I’m going to do it right this time, though. You’re getting ample notice.)

Where will I go? I haven’t decided yet. But here’s what I want to see happen in my life from where I am standing right now: school, live somewhere I like with a better climate and a warmer culture of folks, work with bbs, work with people, continue to explore my interest in sacred femininity, be a source of fucking empowerment, heal some wombs, continue yoga-ing, fall in love again, make art, meet more like minds, keep on healing my Crohn’s (we’ve come a long way together), have a bb, write, sell my creations or have a bake shop (who knows?!), own a place that makes my heart light, see places I haven’t seen before, return to places I have loved, get back in touch with certain faces, read great literature, and drink lots of good coffee and tea along the way. In no particular order, and when the time is right.

I removed “make thai tea tres leches,” which has been on my list for at least four years, because I did it. For us. Orange-colored sweetened condensed goo over yellowy sponge cake, topped with clouds of whipped cream and a little sparkle.

Anyway. Please feel free to send me your aims in life, too. Either here, or from my contact page. I would love to hear from you. I will be rooting for you from wherever I am while we chase our dreams. Even if you find yourself thinking I couldn’t possibly mean you. I do. Press send.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for following me on this wild ride. Happy Anniversary.

Choco Avo Cookies

Vegan Pumpkin Bread

The Autumn Playlist 2019

And just like that, another season has passed.

Mine was full of change. [And that even extended here (lol rip all of my written posts).] Strange, how some of the change just happens, and some of it occurs in the doing.

Something I did:

I listened to the whisper I had had in my ear for SEVEN YEARS. And then, I acted on it.

Again, I didn’t really consider what it would look like, if it happened. I just felt I should, so I did.

And oddly, I have to say that

I stand by it.

You just never know how things might turn out. But here is a piece of advice: if you feel like there is something itching beneath the surface for you to at least take a peek, then by all means. And if, after looking, you decide to take a step, then take a step.

You don’t always have to know why you sense you ought to do something. Beyond that, it doesn’t have to look anything like anyone suspected, if you do. And, you don’t have to do it right now, because it will wait.

But, I am more than sure that somebody somewhere has read this now and considered peeking at the inkling of a marvelous idea that could lead to a step and, eventually, a change-big or small-and if you are that person, then I just want it to be documented that I have been believing all along.

End-Of-Summer Cherry Jam

Caramel Waffle Cone Ice Cream Pie

Adobo Sweet Potato Flatbread

Magnolia’s Chocolate with Vanilla [Birthday] Cake

The Summer Playlist 2019

Today would have been my grandmother’s birthday. Each and every year, we have celebrated her just before my favorite turn of the seasons. When the sun gets bright yellow like egg yolk and the pavement is hot enough to fry.

For those of you who don’t remember, my grandmother passed away last summer. It felt unexpected, but truthfully, she had been mentally gone in that nursing home for a long while.

I suppose I just thought she would be there forever. I wanted her to always be around.

But, you know, I am grateful to have known someone I felt that way about.

She hated having her picture taken, so a lot of the images I have of her look something like this. I like my people with a little personality. It’s so strange to think I wasn’t even alive when this one was taken.

But this was her.

And so, with the fresh waning of the moon and the shift of spring to summer, here we are. Playlist in hand.

(Her favorite song is toward the end of the list, and I know like I know she is waltzing to it somewhere.)

Hawaiian Guava Cake