on writing.

“writing is hard for every last one of us… coal mining is harder. do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? they do not. they simply dig.”

— cheryl strayed (via)

6 notes about my bike ride yesterday.

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a dude crushed me going up hawk hill. his ponytail was more luscious than mine and he was smoking a cigarette when i got to the top. hipster or european?

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a 5B car passed me and i desperately wanted to chase it down. i don’t think this feeling ever goes away.

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in case you were wondering, the headlands tunnel was closed this weekend (translation: unexpected very steep climbs).

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someone from twin falls stopped me at the coffee shop thanks to my elephant’s perch kit. see! money well spent!

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SELFIE STICKS NEED TO BE PROHIBITED ON THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE. as if pedaling in the wind on a very narrow path isn’t hard enough.

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riding to sausalito for an espresso makes up for the terrifying trip(s) across the bridge.

cream cheese chocolate chip cookies.

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i made these morsels for the first time in a LONG time yesterday and they are tastier than ever. my mom made them for us growing up and they are still one of my favorite cookie recipes. small adjustment to the ingredients (no shortening this time), so i thought i would repost for inquiring minds.

2 cups butter
8 oz. regular cream cheese
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
4 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
2 tsp salt
12 oz. chocolate chips (*i used half dark chocolate, half white chocolate for this batch)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

preheat oven to °350. beat together softened butter, cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. just until smooth. slowly mix in flour and salt. then fold in chocolate chips and nuts. spoon into 1″ balls, on an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes or until just browned around the edges.

a photo a day.

i don’t typically make new years resolutions, but this year i did set a goal to take one photo with my nice, non-iphone camera each day. just one. just to get back in the habit of taking a photo intentionally. sometimes it’s 10pm before i remember to take the photo and it’s a snapshot of me winding down before bed. sometimes it’s a place i’d like to remember. sometimes it’s a portrait of the wonderful folks i spend time with everyday, (or just occasionally).

here are a few windows into 2015 so far:

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inspired by: anthro.

on a breeze through anthro today, i spotted these cute little fragrances. loving the colors and painterly flowers. a pop of spring for those of you on the east coast in the snow today.

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indeed.

“wine takes us from the world, and coffee restores us to it again. in between, we eat.”

— adam gopnik (via)

the best.

happiest of anniversaries to the loveliest of parents. these two are my rocks and they are the best people i know. thanks for getting hitched 35 years ago. xo

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sour cream blueberry muffins.

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i’m a sucker for a hearty blueberry muffin. i used to work at a cafe in new zealand and we made fresh muffins from scratch every morning. our chef used yogurt in her variations to keep them nice and moist. it was hard to stay away from them fresh out of the oven with a nice flat white.

i modified a few recipes from the joy of cooking for this batch. if you like to experiment, the joy of cooking is a great resource. next time, i think i’ll add some kind of sugary crumb topping…

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups blueberries

preheat oven to 400°. grease muffin tray or use paper liners. mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. set aside. in a separate bowl beat eggs, then stir in butter, sour cream, sugar and vanilla. add wet and dry ingredients, careful not to over mix. fold in blueberries.

spoon into muffin tray, filling all the way to the top for jumbo muffins. bake for 15-20 minutes. cool for 2-3 minutes in tray, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.