5.13.2016

No-Bake S'mores Cookie Butter Cheesecake + the art of weakness

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Hello, friend.

Recently I’ve been grappling with the idea of weakness. Weakness. Just looking at the word feels like daggers are digging deep into my chest. A taboo term we don’t like to throw around the table unless the term is aimed towards ourselves, then it’s greeted as if it’s an old friend. Why is it that we find the weakest person to be ourselves? It’s because we know ourselves all too well. I am the only person in the world who knows every single facet and aspect of my singular existence. I know all my strengths and weaknesses. I can pick out each and every imperfection and scrutinize it piece by piece. As of lately, though, I have noticed myself evaluating my self-worth by the number of times I hadn’t failed on a given day. For some reason, I have been determining my happiness on the basis of how many times I do or do not stutter. That, my friend, is a dangerous game to play.

5.07.2016

Lavender & Dark Chocolate Babka + Thoughts from the Woods

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Hello, friends.

Three cheers everyone, final exams are officially over!! *insert a sigh of relief* YESS!! I couldn’t be more excited. I have been done with school since spring break. So glad for the summer break. I’m celebrating the end of the school year like any respectable food blogger would, by making some food and taking pictures of it! From late night study sessions to early morning exams, I needed a chance to rest my brain, so I went outside and photographed a bit. There is something so therapeutic about the combination of photography and nature. Whenever I’m feeling stressed or anxious, I set my sights for the woods. In the sea of hanging branches and dirt pathways, I find peace. In the woods, I can be alone and simply capture all of the simple beauty the landscape has to offer. The woods are definitely my favorite place to photograph. The way the light silhouettes through the trees, creating shadows across my path. This is where I find my serenity and inspiration.

4.21.2016

Banana chutney & toasted walnut no-churn ice cream

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So I'm obsessed with this band. They're a Chicago-based rock band and, thanks to Penny, I can't stop listening to them. Check them out . ↷ 


Hi, friends.

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve written to you. What have I been up to you ask? Besides from school being an all-consuming monster which strives to devour my joy and my bank account, I have been doing a bunch of really exciting stuff on and off the blog! I’ve been photographing products for the brand Rosalynne Love, which has been an incredible experience. I have deliciously sweet recipes on both Breadsense, where I made strawberry compote & honeyed mascarpone on toast, and on Clabber Girls Baker's Blog, where I made chocolate chip cookie no churn ice cream sandwiches. Also, my first food column, Food for the Starving Artist, got published in this month’s issue of Local Wolves Magazine. Then outside the blog, I have just finalized a deal to photograph my first food event ever!! Oh yeah! I couldn’t be more excited. More details to come on that, but I’ll give you a hint: it’s all about soda.

4.09.2016

Roasted Sweet Balsamic Peaches Stuffed Honey Buttermilk Bread

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Hello, friend.

What is this?! Two recipes posted consecutively one week apart? Am I sensing a trend?? I would love to say this consistency will stay, but you all know that’s not happening! At least I’m honest with you all. That should could for something, right? The inspiration for this recipe came across during one of my many frequent midnight Pinterest scrolls. I stumbled upon this recipe for Honeyed Buttermilk Bread and I was immediately hooked. I knew I needed to make that bread. It just looked so perfect. Though, how was I going to make it my own? What could I do to elevate this already beautiful looking bread? Stuffing it with roasted peaches of course! 

4.01.2016

Carrot Pound Cake with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting + Thoughts from Kansas City

Carrot Pound Cake layered with a Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting // TermiNatetor Kitchen
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Hello, friend. 

Back at it again with another cake recipe! That’s number 2 for 2016?? I would apologize, but I have no shame. What’s wrong with posting a few too many cake recipes? I see no issues here. This past weekend was Easter (hence the carrot cake recipe). I never knew that carrot cake was a typical Easter dessert. Then I started thinking “well maybe it’s because rabbits eat carrots. Rabbits are comparable to bunnies. The Easter Bunny, maybe?” Is that true? I really would like to know. I hate being an Uninformed Umberto when it comes to festive figures. Anywho, I was able to head home for the weekend and spend time with family and celebrate the holiday. The holiday was filled with honey glazed ham and double decker brownies. So good!

On a more serious note, let’s talk barbeque, shall we?

3.19.2016

learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship

Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen
Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen
Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen
Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen
Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen

Hello, friend. 

Two things to share:

Number 1. I learned to make croissants! Yay! Go me :)

& Number 2. I just started my first internship!

A few weeks ago, I accepted a spring internship as one of the product photographers for Rosalynne Love, a growing graphic design & apparel company based out of the New Orleans-area. I found out about the position through a Facebook post by her sister Alisa (who is a local photographer/friend!) I thought it would be a unique and exciting opportunity, so I sent in an application and hoped for the best. A few days later I got an email from Ros saying she wanted to have a Skype interview. Just minutes after starting the interview, I knew I was going to love working for her. Ros has such a drive and creative spirit about her that I saw within myself. Her talent mixed with her enthusiasm had me sold, so when I was offered the position, I immediately said yes!

3.11.2016

Grandma Crawford's Cinnamon Apple Poundcake + my first magazine feature

Grandma Crawford's Cinnamon Apple Poundcake + my first magazine shoot
Grandma Crawford's Cinnamon Apple Poundcake + my first magazine shoot
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Hello, friend.

So some exciting news... I’M IN A MAGAZINE!!

That’s right, the rumors are trumors. The blog title does not lie. I am in a magazine!

So rewind to December of last year. I had been following the magazine Local Wolves on Instagram for a while (around October-ish). One day, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed when I came across one of their post with the caption “#newbeginnings”. It was an open call for submissions where you emailed them, answering the question “how were you going to challenge yourself in 2016?”, for a chance to have a potential spot in their user submitted section of the magazine. I thought “Why I can answer that!” So I sat down in front of my laptop and starting writing. I wrote about the blog, my love of food, and my journey with stuttering. I sent the email and walked away from the computer, knowing I was never going to hear anything back.

2.24.2016

mini chocolate chip & chamomile tea cookie sandwiches + a new camera

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Hello, friend.

So I haven’t posted for almost a month….yeahhh. Let me try and explain.

This post is roughly two (going on three) weeks in the making. I had an entire post written and queued up, but something about it felt unauthentic and I deleted it. So here I am, writing this post for the second time. Though why the almost month hiatus? School has been kind of a lot to handle and all of my efforts are being spent working on homework and papers (and concerns about the state’s lack of funding the university, but that's another story). Then to top it all off, I’ve been in a writer’s block state for the last few weeks. Just the perfect combo!

In other exciting news, I got a new camera! What?! I know right? Long time coming, but I finally had enough money saved to upgrade. Over seven months of late night shifts at the hotel plus doing client work for Clabber Girl and Aunt Millie’s allowed me to buy my camera. I couldn’t be happier about it. It’s a Canon EOS Rebel T5i (her name is Stella, and yes I named my camera) and I love her.