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Return. :) 
Dec. 3, 2012 11:10 am 
Updated: Dec. 4, 2012 11:49 am
Ladies and Gents,

What a huge and amazing last couple of months in my life. I've started a new job, quit a new job, moved to a new place, am returning to school, and cooking up a storm. I've opened a new business on Etsy, taught myself to knit, and just purchased a new violin. 

Amidst all of this, I'm finding that the greatest therapy meditation time for me is when I'm creating. There is something about the preparation and combination of ingredients, the wafting aromas, and the beauty of plating that makes me happy and grounded. 

That aside, I made some delicious pumpkin bread yesterday - I will find the recipe for you all - but this morning, PUMPKIN BREAD FRENCH TOAST. 

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. 

With a smidge of peanut butter, the sweetness of the pumpkin bread literally negates the necessity for syrup, and complented with a bacon/kale/cheese/cilantro omelette...the perfect way to start your day!

This is not one of my more expressive blogs, but in the process of returning to the things that make ME happy, I remembered that sharing in this community has been a great joy. :) 

I missed you all. 
Dec. 3, 2012 1:47 pm
Welcome back! Set back and take a load off. We got some cookin' to do!
Dec. 3, 2012 2:29 pm
So what do you do\sell at this new Business?
Dec. 3, 2012 3:40 pm
Congrats. i hope to do the same soon. What do you do on etsy?
Dec. 4, 2012 6:06 am
Nice to see you back, Hilary. Are you selling those cute earrings on etsy?
Dec. 4, 2012 11:49 am
I am selling the earrings/necklaces/bracelets on Etsy! :D Also at my own website: I'm having a blast. :D
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About Me
I'm a newly graduated nurse who is still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. I grew up in Alaska, I love reading, gaming, cooking, eating, gardening, and pretty much ...everything? Except pimento loaf. I HATE pimento loaf. I congratulate anyone who can eat it. I love to travel, and I do so whenever I can. I've been to the Middle East, and every state in the US except for Hawaii. I wish there were a job...where I could read, cook, create, chatter away to people, and eat ...
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking anything that makes people happy to eat it: but my recent favorites are zuppa toscana, cinnamon rolls, and I'm excited to venture into creamy root vegetable soups...mmm...carrot and ginger.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in a Mennonite home, and my mother was Martha before Martha was Martha. SO. I grew up with homemade meals every night, and holiday feasting was really feasting, with huge family dinners, and huge family leftovers on huge family platters with not so friendly huge family games of scrabble or uno. I miss those days. My mom taught me everything I know, and she is still teaching me today. She is an invaluable encyclopedia of "what degree is this supposed to be at?" and "I whisk until the eggs look like WHAT?". I have learned through her to be horrifed at using processed ingredients "do you realize I could make that for 37 cents...why are you buying it?!", and that good food takes love, time, and the ability to recognize when what you're making has fallen...and start over.
My cooking triumphs
Zuppa Toscana, Cinnamon rolls, turkey at thanksgiving that was done WITHOUT the stuff inside it...>.>, Pork chops to die for, and home made candy...I was so surprised when I realized how easy caramel is!
My cooking tragedies
SO: I cannot cook Indian food. I tried. I failed...I will try again, but omg. SOMETHING goes wrong EVERY time. Turkey with the insides still in it. Turkey with ..."I'm supposed to thaw it first?!" ...and a chicken marinated in honey,dates, cilantro, and chili sauce. You'd think it was delicious. It SOUNDS delicious. It's not. At all. Just fyi.
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