Happy Caturday

Sometimes it's hard to love Audrey. While Abbey is more like a little dog or a kitten, likes to be roughed around and pretty resilient. Audrey is not that way. She's a diva of a cat. She does what she wants, when she wants to do it. She wants you to pet her, but you might do it too long and she might snip at you. Or catch you with her back claws. BUT to me, it makes the times when she's sweet and gentle even more special. She's not like a dog that will love you no matter what, you have to earn her love. I know it's crazy, but I'm into it.

And sometimes, she freaks out and rolls around on the carpet for 20 minutes while you snap photos. #truelove. 

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Recent Finds

I've been trying to make an effort to get to flea markets when I have a free Sunday to myself (and not feeling hung over). I often forget how much I love spending a few hours outside wandering through the aisles and looking at people's junk. Here's a little glimpse at a couple things I picked up recently.

  • Midcentury modern ottoman with removable top.
  • Bunny nesting dolls.
  • Gold embroidery scissors.
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The Times They Are a-Changin'

When I started this blog, over 2 years ago, I wanted it to serve a couple different purposes. I wanted:

  • An outlet to share things I was already doing, like baking and making things,
  • A way for me to share bits about my life, and
  • A way to push myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to both of those things, as well as photography.

I felt like I wanted a teeny-tiny, micro piece of this internet world to share with my friends and family and have something to look back on 10 years from now. I felt like I had a story to tell, maybe not the most interesting story out there, but a story nonetheless. I've always had a burning part of me that needs inspiration and creativity, and this blog has helped me touch into that part of myself. 

But like most things in life, you can't predict the future. Things change, feelings change, life moves on. You can try your hardest to map out the rest of your life, but a wrench is bound to be thrown right into the middle of that plan. For me, this isn't something to fret about. I embrace it and move on. Change is a great, rejuvenating thing; it can spark something in you and make you feel in control of your life again. Or, at least that's how I feel about it. 

What I'm getting at here is my life has changed a bit since I started this blog. And though I don't feel the need to go into details here, I do feel a responsibility to let you know that things might start to look a bit different. The baking and DIYs will remain, hopefully the flea market adventures will also continue, but the glimpses into my life might look a bit different and more frequent. Deep down, this blog has always been about me and my life, and celebrating all the little things about my life that make it special.

Things might get a little personal over here, but I want this blog to in some ways mirror what's going on in my life. I'm hoping this change in the way I think about this blog will help me to be inspired again. I may only be one lady living in the suburbs, but I have a lot of thoughts and feelings and inspirations that I'd love to share with you. 

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Recipe: Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Sometimes, life gets away from you and you'd rather be going to the beach and spending your weekends laughing with friends than baking in the kitchen. That's the only excuse I have for being so MIA lately. Taking a bit of an impromptu break has left me with pages of ideas and recipes, so today we are starting with cookies. And there's sprinkles and chocolate.

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Yields about 2 dozen cookies

  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp softened butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 oz semi sweet chocolate
  • 1 tsp light corn syrup
  • Rainbow sprinkles (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat 1 cup butter and all the sugar until creamy. Beat in one egg yolk at a time, then vanilla. Beat in flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Mix only until the dough comes together, don't overmix.

Chill bowl with dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to soften slightly. Using your hands, roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a silpat-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and using your thumb (or a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon), create a divot in the center of each cookie. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 3-4 minutes, until cookies are golden brown around the edges. Remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool.

To make the chocolate filling, create a double boiler using a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water. In the bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 tbsp of butter, chopped chocolate, and corn syrup until melted and smooth. Spoon chocolate into the divots in the cookies and top with sprinkles. Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Light and buttery cookies filled with a rich chocolate filling. Sprinkles for good measure. This recipe makes enough cookies that you can give some to your neighbors and get some major props, but also shove your fair share into your mouth as well. Win, win.

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Summer Weekend Snapshots

I live for weekends like this. Drinks with friends at night. Flea markets in the mornings. County fairs drinking birch beer, eating fair food, petting sheep, and playing bingo. Honestly, I couldn't ask for anything more than this.

Summer, we're plowing through you way too fast. But you've been a great one.

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