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Trisha Yearwood’s Carrot Cake

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Happy Monday!

I’ve done so much today (a bit of knitting-related shopping and house cleaning mostly), so now I’m taking a short breather to listen to a bit of ABBA and share pictures of the amazing carrot cake I made last week!

Most of the goodies I bake end up going to work with Dan the next morning, and while this was no exception, I was so excited when Dan brought some leftovers home, as much as we absolutely did not need any. I may or may not have made myself sick eating the last slice last night. #worthit

I saw the recipe for Trisha Yearwood’s carrot cake in the most recent issue of Food Network Magazine when it arrived, and since I’d been wanting to make a second attempt at one–after last year’s failed, rubbery, Greek yogurt carrot cake–I went for it and, for the most part, was totally happy with it. I did bake the cakes for a little less time than the recipe states (about 35 minutes) because it actually started to smell like they were burning, and I alwaysalwaysalways use half as much powdered sugar as any cream cheese icing recipe calls for to avoid it being too sweet, but other than that, I followed the recipe as it was written!

And now to the photos! (I apologize now if they make you hungry.)

My plan for the rest of the week is just knitting, reading, and getting ready for a long weekend in NYC for my sister-in-law’s wedding. I already have my next knitting project ready to take with me on the drive, of course. I also need to step it up and make sure I’m prepared for the zine fests next weekend. I have no idea what I have for zine stock at the moment, and I haven’t even thought about what I’ll share at the reading Saturday night yet. Oops!

April 9, 2018

A Fresh Start + Upcoming Events

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I just spent the last hour or so deleting every old post on this website and all the unnecessary graphics leftover from them. (And maybe a few necessary ones as well by accident.)

It was like a technological spring cleaning.

I lay in bed last night around 11 pm fighting with myself to fall asleep and stop thinking about coming downstairs to my office to delete everything right away, and it was one of the few times I’ve won that kind of fight. Most of the time my sleep schedule is nonexistent, only slightly irregular if I’m lucky. So here I am now, a clean slate on my laptop, typing out this new little hello to the universe.

I’ve been thinking far too much about my relationship with the internet lately; it’s lost the joy and excitement that it had for me when I was in high school. It spiked my anxiety and depression to highs and lows I’d never known before–thanks, Facebook–and it didn’t feel worth it anymore. But we all know it’s something that can’t easily be kicked aside. It’s so much a part of daily lives that it takes only moments to feel left out or for the phantom buzz of a notification to tickle your pocket, only for you to remember, “Oh, wait… I don’t have that app anymore.”

I’m still trying to find a balance between being something of a hermit or a Luddite and remaining involved with the internet because it’s always felt integral to how I connect with others and make new friends. It’s challenging to find that balance, and it’s still tempting to throw it all away and spend my time knitting, gardening, and baking instead, but I don’t think that’s really the answer.

For now, I go into this with the intention of no more “regular features,” no more pressure about photos and graphics–if I want to make and include them, great; if not, fine–and no schedule. I’ll blog when I want and about what I want.

Because I’m getting too old for this popularity contest shit.

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If you’ll be in the Boston area April 21-22, I’ll be tabling at both New Zineland 2018 and the Massachusetts Feminist Zine Fest, along with doing a reading the night before MAFZF.

For more information, check out their pages: New Zineland | MA Feminist Zine Fest

You can also keep up with my events page to know where else I’ll be hocking my wares this year.

April 5, 2018