It seems that blogging has kinda fallen by the wayside, particularly with the growing popularity of other forms of “faster” social media; in particular, Instagram. I’m still fairly active over there [@darciebakes], but as you can see, I have not posted on this actual blog since 2017.
Well, the past two years have been very interesting, to say the least.
I won’t go into great detail on that, or at least not for now.
Instead, let’s try my old method of my “Currently” posts to showcase what I’ve been up to in 2019.
From right to left:
// 01: I’ve been traveling quite a bit more, and I have developed a love affair with our National Parks. In February, I visited Arizona, and there were so many wild and cool-looking cacti at Saguaro National Park. The way this cactus glimmered in the sunlight was just magical.
// 02: Every time I visit my parents, my mom and I like to work on a craft project together. She and I are both creative and so it’s a great way for us to bond. I am terrible at sewing, so I help her with the prep work, while she does the machine stitching. During this visit, we made potholders (or hot pads) for cast iron skillet handles. They will come in handy for campfire cooking [which is another recently developed love affair].
// 03: I had the privilege of receiving the Weeknight Baking cookbook, by Michelle Lopez of the Hummingbird High blog, as part of the launch team. I have been testing recipes every chance I get, and these cheesecake bars with a mixed berry swirl were fantastic.
// 01: I like to keep my personal life to myself the majority of the time. But I am so happy to be with a wonderful man. Being with the “right” person can make all of the difference in the world. In this photo, we’re visiting Minneapolis-St. Paul; what a cool Midwestern city!
// 02: Sometimes hiking is just what the doctor ordered; I’m loving outdoor exploration these days.
// 03: I now have two kitties adding joy to my life these days. Louie is on the left, and Freddie is on the right. They’re both Siamese mixes and have gorgeous blue eyes.
// 01: Getting back into a more regular baking routine makes my heart swell with joy. Pictured here are regular snickerdoodles and “carnival” snickerdoodles with lots of pretty sprinkles.
// 02: Another national parks photo in Voyageurs National Park, up in northern Minnesota. Fun fact: you have to access the park via boat from wherever you stay at (we stayed at a cabin resort). It’s very secluded and definitely underrated; such a peaceful experience.
// 03: Here I am in one of my favorite dresses, posing with a cute mural at a Nashville bakery. “Life can be sweet,” it says. Yes, it sure can.
That’s all for now.
If anyone is actually reading this, I hope you are well.