Hot Cross Buns

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Happy Easter, guys!

My weekend = working, studying, training for my first half marathon, and doing some wedding planning stuff for my brother. It’s pretty low key/casual, which is good, since everything I know about weddings come from Pinterest.

He mentioned wanting hipster wedding favours for the guests (I’m not sure if he was serious), but why the heck not. I’m imagining things with mason jars and succulents and Chemex coffee maker vases. (Kidding). Earnest ice cream pints with little wooden spoons would be really cute, right?

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What I won’t so readily admit is that much of my excitement behind their wedding lies in the minute detail that I will be making their wedding cake. I’ve started a board on Pinterest for ideas. It’s official. Apparently, my sister-in-law likes green tea, but in general doesn’t have a sweet tooth. And I know that my brother wants something with apple-cinnamon, which is very fall-appropriate, but I haven’t quite figured out how to make that combination work aesthetically. Cinnamon-apple (reddish brown) plus green matcha green? Maybe if I make it look like a tree……………. (uhm).

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Honey Challah

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If you ask me at any given moment, would I rather live in the past or in the present, I would unfailingly choose the past. My nostalgia can be overwhelmingly hopeless at times… as if I were clutching onto fragile branches of the past, while the currents of now and today are grasping at me, relentlessly pulling me deeper into turbulent water.

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With two unexpected events that occured within the past two months– my grandma’s passing, and my brother’s wedding reception date set– I felt like I’ve been ripped away from what I’ve always known and thrown into the deep. While one is a cause for mourning and the other celebration…neither of those events did I ever expect to happen now. Continue reading →