You know that moment when you’re completely snowed in and you need to make something because it would just be a sin to not turn on the oven but whaaat do I maaake because we don’t have any food! And now we can’t go to the store. So yay. OR OR OR, it’s even worse when it’s 7:30 at night and somehow you were petitioned to make dinner and there’s just nothing to eat. Ever. Or you’re just completely sucked dry of any and all inspiration at the moment and Pinterest is most certainly NOT helping and you just… let’s face it — you kind of just wanna break something. These are real feelings, people. Real things that happen to this real person. Now let’s just ignore how many times I used the word “just” in that last paragraph. Let’s talk about pie.

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DECEMBER IS HERE. And the misery* has returned. (Those two events are connected.) Seriously though, why does.. it… just… You know something? I ALWAYS TALK ABOUT TIME AND WEATHER. Whyyyy do I do this? Do I seriously have nothing else to say to you guys? Man, that’s pretty sad. Because I think of stuff — I really do. But then when it comes time to actually sit down and write a blog post, I’m like… “So. Cold out.” It’s dumbbb. I’m dumb. Wait. What were we talking about? Oh yeah. How I just feel awkward bringing up the idea of making smoothies when you’re all chugging your peppermint mochas and Christmas cookies and stuff? (probably not chugging Christmas cookies… okay sorry. that sounded weird.) But let’s pretend that this isn’t out of place. After all, this is the time of year when most people tend to catch a bug here and there. And as everyone knows, there’s nothing quite a like a head cold to totally cheer you up on Christmas morning. Also, nobody will want to eat your cookies. What a travesty. So what you gotta do? STAY HEALTHY, yo.

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You know those days when you wake up and you’re absolutely, irrevocably, 100% determined to make ALL THE THINGS? And nothing can or will stop you. Kind of like on Thanksgiving, but not. Because this is just a random Wednesday morning and you have IDEAS. All of a sudden, you’re flooded with all this recipe inspiration. Stuff that maybe you’ve been subconsciously saving up all week, just to torture yourself. I mean when you think about it, thrusting yourself elbow-deep in pie crust, failed hummus and experimental cupcakes could definitely be perceived as a brutal form of self-harm.

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You know  what’s really crazy? How we’re almost halfway through November. It’s like WHAAAAT. I feel so transcendent sometimes – like yesterday I couldn’t even remember if Halloween had already happened or not, and most days I don’t know even know what year it is. Maybe this isn’t such a bad thing, though – I mean, who needs to know what day it is, anyway? Unless, of course, people start randomly showing up at your house and you’re like, holy smokes, it’s thanksgiving! Totally didn’t see that one coming. For real, the only thing I’m eagerly anticipating thanksgiving for is this cake. The end.

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There’s this despairing moment after making food. It comes approximately two seconds after you give the tray of raw cookie dough/brownies/blondies a chiding smile and nudge them into the oven, ease the door shut and set the timer for a carefully-designated amount of time. And then you turn back to the counter and take a deep breath, and you kind of just want to leave. Like a spoiled little child and come back when the cookies are done. Because it’s clean up time. (Cookies aren’t even a good example though because at least in that case you can munch on the next tray of raw cookie dough whilst you clean up. So that makes it kind of more bearable.)

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Okay, so today we’re obviously doing something a little different. You may or may not have heard about this thing that’s going around: Behind the Scenes Blog Tour. (Thank you, Annie, Holly and Chelsea for nominating me!) Yeah, the concept is pretty awesome (props to whoever came up with it!) Basically I’m going to start ranting about what it’s like to blog… as if you haven’t already been forced to read this many, many times. OKAY. Let’s get started. First I think it’s kind of vital to mention that I would’ve loved to show you a photo of my kitchen (!!!) but I’m not going to. Instead I’m going to eventually conclude my reno series that maybe you old-timers know about, because it’s been almost like… *coughs out dust* A WHOLE YEAR? If you see this disobedient brat called Time run by at all, let me know. She deserves a good hard spanking.

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[via summer]

So yeah. It’s been over a year since I started this blog (craaazaaay, right? it seems so to me) and I know this is going to sound SUPER CLICHE and I might just regret saying it after I pen (ahhum type) the words. I’ve learned so much since I started blogging. It’s given me a chance to kind of sit back and share little bits and pieces of my world with you guys. It’s given me a place to rant, tell stories, learn about photography, laugh at myself and even vent a little bit.  And above all, it’s brought some inspiring and beautiful people into my life. I don’t really know where I would be if I didn’t start blogging. GAH. Okay. I meant every word of that, I did. Even though it was really cliche. DON’T SAY IT WASN’T – I know the truth. So there.

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