Catching Up

Hey y’all..Please excuse my blog absence (again, and again, and again…).  I’ve been having trouble getting my thoughts down lately.  I have a lot to say (trust me!) and a lot on my mind and a lot of things I want to write about…but when the little cursor is staring at me and blinking incessantly, I retreat to mind numbing activities like Facebook, reading others’ blogs, Pinterest, Gmail, and staring at my Google calendar so that it will be burnt into my brain.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I hope your New Year is off to a smooth start!

My holiday season was a little lackluster (dealing with the year of “firsts” after my dad’s death) and sad.  It’s always when I have an emotional “lapse” that I realize I’m not as fine as I tell myself.  The question I still struggle with is “How much longer until Christmas doesn’t suck?”.  Intelligent & educated thought, right? HA!  I haven’t decided if our culture’s way of dealing with death and grief is helpful or a hindrance – returning to work after 1 week of bereavement leave and plugging along as best as possible until you get to run home, put on comfy jammies, and surround yourself with comforts that either 1.) make you feel better, or 2.) make you forget your sadness.  At times I feel that plugging along with daily routines and my job keeps my mind busy.  Other times I feel like it’s only a quick-fix…a “Tylenol”, if you will, that’s just covering it up.  Any psychologists out there know the answer to this?  Of course, I know there IS no right answer…it’s a balance of ebbs & flows.  But still…something to ponder.
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In happier thoughts, I can cross another cupcake off my Challenge list.

Peppermint Stick
PEPPERMINT STICK

Image source: http://www.cravethecup.com

A red velvet & peppermint swirled cake (YUM) with vanilla mint buttercream frosting topped with mini white chocolate chips, pearl sprinkles (I need these), and a mini candy cane.  It was so beautiful I felt bad digging in to it.  But, far be it from me to let a sweet treat go to waste!  It was perfect.  I need to get my hands on some pearl sprinkles/chocolate chips.  Absolutely divine!  A big thank you to my coworker for bringing it in to work on our last day of work for 2012.  I was #1 on her 26 Acts of Kindness that she did in honor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Also related to food…Lots of recipes were tackled over my “university holiday closure” break…here are a few of my favorite:

Holiday Confetti Cake Batter Cookies!

Confetti Cake Batter Cookies

Candy Cane Snowballs...these cookies are awesome

Candy Cane Snowballs

My FAVORITE cookie this year.  I added Andes white chocolate peppermint bits instead of the crushed candy canes inside the dough…winner!

Slutty Brownies (seriously…amazing)

And...Trisha Yearwood’s Strawberry Spinach Salad

Sorry for no picture with the salad…who wants to look at a salad when I posted food porn…I mean…pictures of yummy sweets instead! :)

Up next: 2013 goals. WOO!

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