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Apple Streusel Cheesecake Pockets
Patio parties are my fave. Just calling something a "patio party" immediately connotes a casual, relaxing vibe. It makes you think of comfy clothes, a breeze, great conversations, lots of sunshine, and lots of finger foods. We gave up a giant wraparound balcony when we left Raleigh, and our San Diego patio is a postage stamp in comparison, but who said patio parties have to actually BE ON A PATIO?
Ultimate Tres Leches Cookies and Cream Cake
This is one of those I'm-so-excited-that-I'm-also-kind-of-sick announcements. One of those I'm-going-on-a-big-adventure-and-might-be-crazy announcements. One of those I-haven't-slept-in-two-months-because-I'm-terrified announcements. One of those I-need-to-finally-tell-you-or-I'll-burst announcements.
Shortbreads with Lemon Whipped Icing
I have terrible airplane anxiety. As soon as I step on the plane and strap myself in, I feel like I'm trapped on a roller coaster that might ACTUALLY drop me right out of the sky instead of just pretending to.
Giant Skillet Lemon Sugar Cookie
Nothing makes me more hopeful and more determined (and in some ways, more frustrated) than listening to my 13- and 14-year-old students put on their heavy armor at such a young age. The other day I was grading tests with a few girls in my room during lunch. They had a Taylor Swift song playing in the background and we were chatting about the music video when one of them said wistfully, "She's so pretty."
I walk a careful line at this juncture. Even after years of reading, thinking, learning, feeling, it's still a tightrope.