Evolution of Blog Post Titles

I’ve been blogging for over 10 years. Actually, it will be 11 years next month! So much has changed in the blog world since I started. Lately I was noticing how much post titles have changed over the years, from simple to complicated to exclamatory to judgmental. Here’s how I’ve seen it evolve:

Sugar Cookies

Vanilla Sugar Cookies

On Life and Sugar Cookies

Top Ten Sugar Cookie Recipes

Brown Butter Vanilla Buckwheat Turbinado Sugar Cookies

You’ve Been Baking Sugar Cookies All Wrong

The Only Sugar Cookie Recipe You’ll Ever Need

I Baked Sugar Cookies: Here’s What Happened

Watch This Woman Bake Sugar Cookies – It’ll Blow Your Mind!

What do you think is next?

Be mine.

J and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. Actually, we often forget it’s our anniversary until the day before. I think when you’ve been married as long as we have (87 years), every day runs into the next, full of love and hard times and laughter and fighting over who left the used dryer sheet on the bed instead of throwing it away. (Me.) So when a “special” day comes around, it seems like every other day, because why wouldn’t every other day be just as special?

But because this man is my lobster, and he has helped me to become the best version of myself, I’ll take a moment on this Valentine’s Day to say, “Husband, I choo-choo-choose you, today and every day.” My wish for all of you is that you find someone as amazing as Justin. But not Justin, because he’s mine, and I’ll cut your heart out with a spoon if you try to take him. :)

Today’s thought:

Very few people have the humility to start as amateurs. They procrastinate doing the work they want in the name of perfectionism. You know these people. The ones who have been saying for years that they’re going to do something but never do. Yet inwardly, they’re terrified of what other people will think of them. They’re caught in a state of paralysis by analysis — too busy calculating and never reaching a state of flow. Rather than doing work their own way, they do what they think will be well-received — being merely imitators of what is already popular.

–from How to Become the Best in the World at What You Do, By Benjamin Hardy
(via swissmiss)

Happy New Year.

roux couch

This is the time of year that everyone posts their “Top Whatever List of Things that Blah Blah in 2015.” Top ten posts. Top ten books. Top ten recipes.

And it’s also the time that everyone posts their “New Year, New Me” posts. Resolutions and hopes and ideas of change.

It’s hard for me to look back at a year and remember what was what. What happened this year?

I started working for a virtual company, and have grown within that company to a Director-level position. I have cooked a TON. I have eaten a lot of veggies. I have become closer to my family. I became a grand-aunt. I turned 37, my marriage turned 16, my husband turned 38, my blog turned 10. My cat got old. We made new friends, we lost old ones. I suddenly like spicy food.

There are also things that didn’t happen. I didn’t lose weight. I didn’t stop drinking. I didn’t stop eating out, or pay off debt, or start exercising. I didn’t go back to crafting, I didn’t read lots of books, I didn’t learn to play the violin. I didn’t learn French, I didn’t go to the beach, I didn’t make my own pasta. I didn’t let depression win, I didn’t collapse under stress, I didn’t give up on happiness.

And for the New Year, New Me part? Most of me knows that resolutions don’t work. That just because it’s January 1, it doesn’t mean life will be different from this point on. But I still want more from this year. No, I want more from myself this year. My 2016 horoscope says that this year is gonna be great. That’s a pretty good start.

I hope you all have a fantastic year, that you meet your goals, that you don’t give up, that you know you are loved. And now, cookies. ;)

Lately

I realized this is another very long post. I seem to go back and forth between very long and very short.

Eating

Lots of cooking, lots of veggies. I added links to recipes when I could, though I will say that most of the time I just base things on a recipe and then veer off quite a bit based on what I have on hand or what I feel like doing. 😃

12-29-15 eating

  1. Veggie bowls. Lettuce sprinkled with salt :: avocado :: cherry tomatoes cooked in butter over medium heat until soft and delicious :: cabbage wedges charred on both sides in oil over medium-high heat :: a mix of leftover rice, leftover venison sausage, and a bit of corn that I had stockpiled away in the freezer from this summer.
  2. Pork and kimchi dumplings. I made the kimchi since we had a giant head of Napa cabbage to use up.
  3. Broccoli-cheddar soup.
  4. Vegan chocolate cake with coconut-cocoa frosting. I hated the frosting, which I didn’t realize until after I tasted it with the cake, so the whole thing went to waste. The cake is really good, though. I think lots of people would love the frosting, but it just had too much coconut oiliness for me. Next time I’ll make the chocolate-peanut butter frosting I originally used. Actually, I think I’ll bake that right now.
  5. Potato, spinach, and tomato soup – an oldie but goodie.
  6. Veggie bowls. Rice :: lettuce sprinkled with salt (better with a spritz of lemon, but we were out) :: ground beef cooked with cabbage and tomatoes :: turnips braised in butter and broth. (I got the idea here.)
  7. Gelato at Gelateria Gemelli. I got a scoop each of chocolate and peanut butter stracciatella. Justin got a negroni. Gelato and amaro, the perfect combination.
  8. Pasta with cauliflower and pancetta. I adapted this – cooked the cauliflower longer, sprinkled with panko, added more cheese, used pancetta instead of bacon, no basil, no sun-dried tomatoes. I also am totally in love with this pasta: fusilli corti bucati.
  9. Tofu, broccoli, and cherry tomatoes with peanut-curry sauce over rice and spaghetti squash. Another oldie but goodie.

Reading

kitchen year

My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl. I got this back in October and I’ve been savoring it. I want to make every recipe in this book.

raven cycle

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater: The Raven Boys :: The Dream Thieves :: Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Justin and I are reading these together, and we’re in the middle of book three. I’m anxious about the story ending with book four, The Raven King. It doesn’t come out until April. April! Yeesh.

There are some weird things that aren’t explained, but overall it’s fun, and I really love the characters. Especially Ronan. I adore Ronan in all his sharpness and gloom. And there some really great bits, where the words just tumble together so perfectly:

The night smelled foxy and damp, all rain and failed leaf fires.

A handsome devil with one eye the color of a promise and the other the color of a secret.

Gansey studied Adam’s erratic handwriting. His letters always looked like they were running from something.

Robert Parrish was a big thing, colorless as August, grown from the dust that surrounded the trailers.

…she sat on the end of Blue’s bed, looking as soft as a poem in the dim light.

Watching

star wars

STAR WARS OMG. I really loved The Force Awakens. It felt like an homage to the originals, with inside jokes and reminders that only us oldies would remember. Sort of like Jurassic World – just paying tribute to the original. I won’t go into any details, except to say STAR WARS.

Enjoying