October 21, 2018

XXI: Molly Yeh's Funfetti Cake

All I needed for my 21st was some red dye #1 and strawberry frosting. And no, I didn't eat all of it!

October 14, 2018

Sunday Dialogues: Gracious and Just


Lately, growing in Christ has felt a lot more painful than I'd like it to be.

October 7, 2018

Home-brewed Kombucha

I have a thing for fermentation projects.

September 30, 2018

The Knoll

I warm my hands around my St. Petersburg mug, steaming with tea, and pull to tighten the blanket cocooning me. The early chill of an autumn morning graces us, and I couldn’t be happier to be bundled up in my favorite Princeton sweater. The grey-blue skies tinge the distant forests and mountain ranges blue. Today, Cayuga is still. Acorns crack and ricochet off the roof to the patio...or to my head. Amidst the chirping of a bird and barely-audible hum of cicadas, leaves rustle from the intense chase between squirrels and chipmunks. Just before, a nutbrown deer meandered through our backyard and into the dense woods. Right now, a chubby groundhog furrows his head in our lawn. He stops, notices me spying from the edge of the deck, and dashes away. I’ve been calling him Dale...

Life in the woods. Life at the Knoll. Life in the mountains.  // 9.8.18

September 16, 2018

Ithaca Through the Seasons: Summer 2018


Our first month of the fall semester proves that life isn't all dreary and grey here, though a lack of air conditioning during a heat wave requires us to pick up a whole new set of survival instincts. Here's to the summer green, too many mosquito bites to count, and maybe a few days foreshadowing the sweater weather to come!

September 9, 2018

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Levain's mountains of gooey goodness to your mom's homemade cookies afterschool, there are a million and one ways to bake chocolate chip cookies. Each recipe caters to a unique preference! How do you like your chocolate chip cookies? 

My requirements for the perfect chocolate chip cookie are:
1. Slightly crisp at the edges 
2. Gooey at the center when they're right out of the oven/chewy after they've cooled
3. Not cakey or puffy but not completely flattened and crunchy
4. Crackled and textured on the top. 
5. Slightly rimmed around the edges (you know what I mean)

September 2, 2018

SUMMER IN MY KITCHEN 2018 | a photo journal

Things I've cooked and baked that won't quite make it to having their own recipe post: