December 9, 2018

Smitten Kitchen's Oat and Maple Syrup Scones with Maple Almond Butter Drizzle

My mom taught me to never show up empty-handed, so when the Eggleston's invited me over, I knew I needed (and wanted!) to bring something to show my appreciation. 

December 2, 2018

Sunday Dialogues: On Becoming

Looking into her eyes, I tighten the arms wrapped around my knees. Her hair got longer and the creases on her forehead have deepened, but little else has changed. No... She hasn't changed at all. Seeds of betrayal and disappointment sprout; my heart recoils in disgust. After everything you've been through.

November 18, 2018

Autumn Portraits: Michelle

 
The winter of my sophomore year, I could barely bring myself to return to Cornell. "Dear God, please send a friend, a real friend." Mom probably prayed more for that than I did. I was too sad, bitter, frustrated to think any solution could make Cornell better. "I'm not going to give you just any friend," God said. "I'm going to bless you with a hilarious, kindhearted friend who will walk all the way to The Space for a lecture about sustainable agriculture (and back up Cascadilla with a backpack full of groceries), accompany you at your first Cornell Cinema movie and Men's Harvard Hockey game, delve into deep discussions about faith and nutrition, keep you accountable, draw out the inner parts you hide, take genuine interest in you, walk with you in nature and in life, share housemate struggles with you, and let you take photos of her." How I wish everyone had a Michelle in their life! 

November 14, 2018

Autumn Colors at Taughannock

As cliche as "Ithaca is Gorges" is, this shamelessly echoed saying is based on pure, objective fact. 

November 11, 2018

Pumpkin Streusel Coffeecake (King Arthur Flour)

A little treat I made for my parents when they came to visit in late October.