Candy Christmas

January 6, 2012

(the title is shamelessly stolen from an email written by a good friend about her envy-inducing Southeast Asian Adventure.) These are facts about Kirstin: – She loves to cook and bake and eat – She doesn’t particularly enjoy shopping – She has a growing scrooge-ness toward owning too many things that she projects onto other […]

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video debut

January 19, 2011

We made a video! This is my first attempt at filming and editing, so be kind. We filmed it HD with my Canon 7D, but this country’s internet connection is really slow so the quality had to suffer… a lot. We already have tons of ideas for the next one and a lot of lessons […]

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cinnamon rolls

December 22, 2010

Stayed up til 3am in a “business meeting” over Gchat. Woke up at 8am to satisfy a high maintenance kitten. Looked outside, Bishkek is again blanketed in snow. A search for a snow shovel in the building turns up only rakes and ice picks. Well, looks like the only thing to do is make cinnamon […]

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August 26, 2010

I had vague intentions of posting this before the grand move to Bishkek, but, uh, you know. Life gets in the way. Camera cords end up in boxes they aren’t supposed to and precious stateside time is withered away trying to squeeze a piano out of the tiny apartment. Sigh. Rather than trying to edit […]

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Peach sorbet and lemon-mint sherbert

August 4, 2010

Let’s put this to rest once and for all: Sherbet or sherbert? Maybe it’s another one of those strange colloquialisms that’s now ingrained in my mind as “normal”. I say that it’s pronounced “sherbert“. Farrell is on Team Sherbet. So far several friends agree with me. Wikipedia has proven to be so neutral that it […]

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lots of blueberries

July 22, 2010

Summer is nearly over, but it feels like it’s just beginning for me. I have one day left at a job that sucks every ounce of motivation and creativity out of me and now I just feel like a kid stuck in class on the last day of school. There’s only three weeks until me […]

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Semolina muffins

July 7, 2010

I have to start out by saying I know. I know muffins from franchise coffee houses (and, let’s face it, some mom-and-pop hipster-licious places as well) will never be as good as ones I make at home. I know this. Even as I sit in a Starbucks, eating a muffin, I recognize that I bake […]

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A productive weekend

June 28, 2010

Weekends can be bittersweet for ambitious procrastinators like myself. I hype up the weekends as the only time I’m ever able to do anything other than work or sleep, but I’ll usually spend the majority of the weekend watching Law & Order on Netflix, catching up on all of my favorite blogs, or other enjoyable, […]

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Diplomacy cookies

June 26, 2010

As I get ready to move to another unfamiliar part of the world, it reminds me of one of my first big trips abroad. For the first half of my sophomore year, I went abroad to Jordan. I had only been to a few places in Western Europe before then, and my Arabic was not […]

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Cream biscuits with strawberries

June 19, 2010

Oooh. These biscuits were so good. I remember them well, even though I enjoyed them several weeks ago. Strawberries were finally getting cheap at the grocery store, but I saw a container of adorable bitty strawberries at the farmer’s market and snatched them up. The worst thing about waiting so long to post these is […]

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