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Traditions & Gingerbread

Traditions & Gingerbread

For me, the holiday season starts with Thanksgiving and continues on until at least January 1, perhaps even longer if I’m so inclined. The days in between are like a long unpacking of traditions and gatherings and other such joy-filled things. When I was young, I spent many of those days anticipating Christmas morning, as children tend to do, […]

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The Little Orange Kitchen | Warm Chickpea Salad with Arugula

The Little Orange Kitchen | Warm Chickpea Salad with Arugula

My first solo apartment occupied the front right-hand corner of a stately purple house on the downtown edge of Grand Rapids’ historic Heritage Hill. I lived there when I started this blog, and I’ve surely mentioned it before. It was a special little place, after all. I moved in at the very beginning of 2010, just […]

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Where the pines are so high

Where the pines are so high

Summertime evokes a million memories for me. There’s something magical about the season, what with the lingering sunlight and bonfires and fresh produce in abundance and fireflies flitting about. But I imagine my onslaught of memories also has something to do with the greatness of Michigan summers and the splendor of South Dakota, these the […]

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Set Aside the Questions | Meringue with Berries & Cream

Set Aside the Questions | Meringue with Berries & Cream

I’ve come to the realization in the past few years that I am one of those people who wants everything there is to be had out of life. I hate missing out, and I love knowing things. And I’d really like to have it all: the grounded life and the big adventures, the professional climb and quiet […]

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The Case for Everyday Cake

The Case for Everyday Cake

I am a firm believer in cake—in particular, everyday cake. I’ve always had a sweet tooth, so I’m sure I could have been compelled by the concept very early on. Yet I trace my allegiance to a time further down the line: those post-college years that were so formative for me, when I was working my […]

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