Whole Wheat Blood Orange + Olive Oil Muffins

Whole Wheat Blood Orange + Olive Oil Muffins

It is amazing how many expectations we set for ourselves based on past experience. Our minds seem to automatically assume that things will be as they once were, and yet this is almost never the case. January 2017, I had an incredible month. I woke up early each day, feeling inspired and upbeat, curious about trying my hand at new skills (literally- I dove in calligraphy for a brief period). I was excited and motivated to write, create, move and leap into the new year with radiance and maybe some jazz hands. 

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Bissara | Moroccan Split Pea + Fava Bean Soup

Bissara | Moroccan Split Pea + Fava Bean Soup

There is some strange relationship between me and the taxis in Tangier. It is rare that I have a normal, uneventful ride- usually there is some happening or detail about it that is worthy of a humorous retelling. At least half of my Morocco-related stories start with the phrase, “so I was in a taxi the other day…”

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The 2017 Wrap-Up + Opening Into 2018

The 2017 Wrap-Up + Opening Into 2018

2017

This past year felt different than the several that had preceded it. Instead of constant big shifts and turbulence, figuring out what I was doing with my life, there was this soft sort of settling that happened. I was previously allergic to the word “settling,” but in 2017 I found my way into what it meant for me in the most positive sense. 

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Fluffy Frosted Eggnog Cookies (vegan)

Fluffy Frosted Eggnog Cookies (vegan)

I have only ever spent one Christmas away from home. It was in the midst of my 9-month backpacking adventure and while I was lucky enough to be among old family friends in a beautiful little crescent of northern Norway, it just wasn’t quite the same. I had a lovely time in their Scandinavian cabin-like home, surrounded by dramatic icy waters and snow-laden mountains, lighting candles in the long dark hours and making the most of the 3-4 hours of sunlight.

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Orange + Almond Crumble Coffee Cake

Orange + Almond Crumble Coffee Cake

Due to the fact that in just several hours I will be hopping on a plane, beginning to make my way back to Minnesota for the holidays, I am going to keep today's post a bit shorter, but still nice and sweet.

Let's talk about books and cake. 

There is something about this season that gives me the strong urge to keep a book nestled on my lap, a mug of coffee in hand and a slice of something sugar-laced and delicious balanced on the couch cushion nearby.

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