That was one serious hiatus–so long that I almost forgot I had a place to share my thoughts. My recipes. My life. So much has happened since my last post in May of 2020 like, um, a global pandemic that consumed all of us–it was like the person who walks into a crowd and sucks all the air out of the room. It took all my attention, my energy, my willpower away from the things I wanted to do. Instead, I buckled down and worked at my job that I ended up leaving after 3 years (that’s another story for another time). There were three trips back to Toronto/Muskoka in there, and another contract that wrapped up a few months ago. So guess what? Now I have time on my hands! (sort of)

And that means I’ve gone back to cooking and baking and ruminating about all the things I should be doing with my life. Like finding a paying gig.

In the meantime, here I am world! Writing about life with two kids at home and one away at university; life in Northern California; life with a senior dog; life as a perimenopausal woman–apparently the topic is all the rage and we can talk about it openly.

Here’s a small sample of all the things I’ve been up to in the kitchen:

Clockwise from top left: fresh figs ready to be turned into jam; date and oat energy bites; zucchini chocolate chip loaf; caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes, burrata and basil; a pair of chocolate babkas; a slice of eggplant parmesan lasagna

So as you can see I’ve found plenty of ways to keep myself busy, but I’m doing it alone. I’d like to make this into something I can with others. I don’t know–does anyone want to cook or bake with me??? It would be so much more fun to do this with someone.

Anyhow, nobody reads this blog so I can write whatever I like here. It may just become a place for the ramblings of a lonely middle-aged woman who seeks comfort in baking and cooking. So be it.

I would love to write more, but I’m tired. It’s late and I have to get some sleep.

If anyone ends up reading this, drop me a note and send me a cooking or baking challenge. I’m always up for a good challenge!

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