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Holiday Cookie Report

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! My family and I had a lovely and blessed Christmas filled with joy, relaxation, and cookies, of course! Per tradition, at Christmas we always have sugar cookies from the family recipe and gingerbread cookies, specifically ninjabreadmen, on hand. This year, I tried Fine Cooking’s gingerbread recipe with great success. The cookies […]

So long Scotland, see you in 2017!

While I had my back turned, or my nose buried in a book, or while I was wandering around that seaside town, my first semester at St Andrews stole away leaving a pile of notes on John Milton and an endless string of remembered laughs and cheer shared with friends over many, many cups of […]

Keep Calm and Fly to London

Searching for proof that prayers are answered and dreams can come true? Just look, I made a successful souffle! Oh and tomorrow I fly off to begin my greatest adventure, that is fairly convincing evidence as well. I have wanted to make another attempt at a souffle for awhile. Previously, I tried making souffles a […]

Something Serious, Cookie Construction, and Teapots Full of Daisies

Before I get to those teapots full of daisies, I would like to issue a quick public service announcement, so please bear with me because this is a public service announcement about listening to public service announcements. It isn’t often that northeast Ohio is the topic of national and international headlines, but this summer has […]

A Summer Summary

The number of days and pages separating London and me continues to shrink, and my excitement just keeps growing! After finishing The Old Curiosity Shop, I read four stories from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, and Mrs. Dalloway, and all of them were wonderful in their own ways. Somehow, the same […]

Home: Baking and Downton Abbey

As of last Sunday night, Downton Abbey has reached its finale: it is the end of an era. I promise, no spoilers! I will just say that I was pleased with how things ended up. Now, they should release a compilation of every single line Maggie Smith delivered as Lady Violet, because her wit was […]

The Snows of Ohio

Okay, I haven’t actually read Ernest Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” but when the pun fit so well how could I resist? January has seen our yard whitened with some grand snow flakes. To experiment with the camera my dad gave me for Christmas, I went on a photo expedition around the field just behind our […]

Hoppy Birthday Carrot Cake

At my graduation party, my senior year English teacher asked me what I was going to do when I had to leave my cat behind in Ohio. I just told her I didn’t want to think about it. Mittens has made winter break warm and fuzzy in spite of her ice cold heart, black as obsidian. […]

Freshman Survival Guide: Part V Coping With Homesickness

When you move away from home for the first time there is a very good chance that you will suffer some degree of homesickness. It is completely normal and not necessarily a bad thing! As Mrs. Hughes says on Downton Abbey, “There’s no shame in feeling homesick, it means you come from a happy home.” […]

Galette Des Rois (Kings’ Cake)

Happy Epiphany! The twelve days of Christmas are officially over, but there are still more excuses for celebration. The Feast of the Epiphany, or the arrival of the three magi in Bethlehem to pay homage to the Christ Child, is not as widely celebrated in the US as it is in other countries, particularly France. […]