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"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt Citizenship in a Republic, Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

Current thoughts/Cookies

current thoughts and cookies.

but cookies first. the other night i seriously stumbled upon the best cookie recipe ever. and i am happy to admit, i made it up! basically they are just a hearty classic chocolate chip cookie and i promise they turned out perrrrff!

Totes Perf C.C. Cookie:

2 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 sticks cold butter (cubed)

1 3/4 cups brown sugar

1/4 cup of sugar

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons of almond extract

1 cup of dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup of oatmeal

1/2 chopped pecans

2 tablespoons of chocolate peanut butter

pinch (or 2 or 3) of cinnamon

First: sift together your flour, baking powder and soda, and salt in a big bowl

Second: (in electric mixer) beat together your butter (cubed), brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix on medium speed for about 4 minutes. Then beat in your eggs one at time. Add vanilla and almond extract. Then change mixer speed to low and add your flour (gradually).

Third: stir in chocolate chips, oatmeal and pecans, then place dough in plastic wrap and refrigerator for at least an hour (i chilled mine for 24 hours).

Fourth: Preheat oven to 375. Put a piece of parchment paper on 2 cookie sheets. Then drop heaping spoon fulls of dough about an inch apart. Bake until golden on the edges and soft in the middle about 12-15minutes. Let cool about 15 minutes before removing from cookie sheets.

bon appetit!


and now for my current thoughts.

I stumbled upon this quote on the ever so addicting Pinterest tonight: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to bloom.” -Anais Nin

As much as you might assume that I should have realized and felt this way as a teenager, I definitely did not and am only now fully experiencing the magnitude of what this means. Recently I have decided to make choices that benefit me and not every single person around me. If you know me at all, you might know this is a huge step for me. My whole life what I said, or didn’t say had alot to do with what was best for the situation and for everyone involved. As of late I have been paying attention to what I feel is ‘right’ for me in different scenarios and I must say- it is very freeing. I feel happy and while others may not be totally in line with me, I don’t really care. My life is fully dependent on my ability to ‘bloom’ as a person and how much I allow myself to make the right decisions for me.

So- that being said. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and do what you feel is right for you. The people who really love you will continue to do so and the ones that don’t.. eventually won’t matter as much.

cheers, and seriously make those cookies!


Things I Suggest: 

2 pretty thought provoking documentaries, 

What the Bleep do we Know and Forks over Knives. 

So boys and girls if you enjoy a good documentary like Jane the Philosopher does… (Love Actually spin…) anywho check them out. I’m not saying you have to agree, or like them, or change your life afterward- I’m just saying they are thought provoking and we could all use some of that!


glass container milk

I am pretty much in love with glass container milk. I remember my Aunt buying it when her girls (my cousins) were little and how it would be sitting on their cold Colorado front porch in the mornings. I love the way that you need to rinse out the bottle before you exchange it for a new one. I love the whole idea of exchanging one glass bottle for another. I love the way it clinks when you set it down too hard on the counter, and the way I feel somehow connected to an ever distant past—where glass container milk bottles were the norm. I feel like I’m in a scene of I Love Lucy, or Leave it to Beaver or even the Andy Griffith show. Glass container milk bottles make me want to add milk to everything, just so I can use that glass bottle. They make me feel better about myself and better about the environment.  I am not sure how the material of a container can matter that much in the overall outlook of a person, but this really does it for me. I feel happy when I see it, happy when I use it, and happy when I exchange it. Maybe it’s because I’m not being AS wasteful? Or maybe it’s because I get to physically hand over the old for the new, maybe in some small way that makes me feel like the circle of life is just that. A circle that just keeps going, trading the old for the new.

Everyone is everything

Today everyone is everything. Bloggers, writers, painters, photographers, comedians, advocates and humanitarians. For the most part this is a good thing for mankind, it means people are seeing the importance and beauty in things. It also means collectively we are believing in ourselves and putting it all out there. That’s pretty cool.

 Cool as in… way to go humans!

At the same time I find it a little trendy, a little generic and most of all impossible to know what or how to create anything your own. Now I know that everything in the world has been done, and that we don’t just come up with our own ways, but yet re-discover them. Still, from reality TV stars who become Food Network faces to blogging sensations gone book authors—    how do you know what is ‘right’ for you, how do you pick something to be really good at?

I’m one of those people who believe that it’s better to be really good at one thing rather than dabbling in everything. But in a time/society where everyone is everything how do you know which path is for you? How do you choose and choose well enough that you believe in yourself?

I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I really wish I did.

Commitment, is the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself. In 2011 when we are all engaging ourselves in multiple tasks and things all day long how do you truly develop the right areas of your life? Yeah, I know discipline but that’s so much easier said than done.  I have this new neighbor who is about the same age as me and into everything trendy, cool and about filmmaking- likes to write, likes to direct, likes to act, likes to film, but also really likes to paint, and dabble in sculpture, music and fashion trends. Is it just me but doesn’t that sound extremely exhausting. I don’t really think that a person can fully succeed in all of those areas. Shouldn’t we learn about ourselves, ask ourselves the hard questions – really get to know ourselves and then devote our time, energy and focus to one creative outlet or purpose? 

Am I totally wrong here? Am I just some weird type of person who can only handle one thing at time and that having 5 or 6 different creative outlets/passions etc… is totally normal and healthy? Again, I’m not talking hobbies, I’m talking things that define us: I am a writer. I am a cook. I am a seamstress. I am a photographer, a painter, a sculpture, a comedian, an advocate.

I’m not sure about all of you, but in 40 years when I look back on my life I want to be able to define myself, and what I did or tried to do. I don’t want those lines to be blurry—I want them clear and concise and without a doubt. I was a/an __________ something. Maybe that dash will be filled with wife, mother, friend or maybe it will be filled with something else like encourager, thinker, writer or chef — who knows. I can’t tell the future but I can help direct my present. I hope that I choice wisely, have the courage to try, to take risks and have the strength to accept rejection, I hope that I never give up, never settle and never decided that blurry lines and lots of hobbies can take the place of hard-work, dedication and knowing myself

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” – M. Scott Peck