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I’ve been wanting to host a sophisticated tea party with my youngest daughter for a while now. Our usual gatherings tend to be impromptu affairs, featuring whatever cookies are within reach, a variety of teas, and some lemonade. This time, however, I wanted to elevate the experience and make it a truly special occasion. As […]

A Delightful Tea Party Affair with the Perfect Vanilla Cake

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I’ve been wanting to host a sophisticated tea party with my youngest daughter for a while now. Our usual gatherings tend to be impromptu affairs, featuring whatever cookies are within reach, a variety of teas, and some lemonade. This time, however, I wanted to elevate the experience and make it a truly special occasion. As […]

“Beauty is an experience, nothing else. It is not a fixed pattern or an arrangement of features. It is something felt, a glow, or a communicated sense of fineness.” -D.H. Lawrence Hello friends! I trust that this message finds you well. I’m pleasantly surprised by the contentment I’ve experienced this winter. Initially expecting a struggle, […]

Today is our 19th Wedding Anniversary. And life and marriage are far from perfect. This morning my husband’s alarm woke me up super early after I had a night of insomnia, and while my husband hit snooze and fell back asleep, I was wide awake and irritated. I’ve let it irritate me all day, as […]

Happy February 1st! Can you believe how quickly January flew by?!? I thought I’d give a quick update on what has been happening in my life and what I have been up to. I just finished my website, which was 5 months in the making. It was a labor of love, and I’m proud of […]

Hi friends! I hope this finds you well. So much has happened since the last time I posted here. My hope is to share more frequently moving forward. Even if the posts are slightly shorter in nature and riddled with imperfections. I don’t have anything incredibly profound to say. I wanted to hop on here […]

It’s tempting to believe that a creator’s work is only acknowledged if they have a seemingly charmed life. Beauty must only come from a place of perfection, right? At least that’s what I spent most of my life convinced of, anyways. For years, I would shame myself into believing that creative people were mirroring exactly […]

“There is beauty and darkness in everything. Sorrow in joy, life in death, thorns on the rose.” ~Cate Tiernan I step out onto my front porch. The sun is shining brightly on my face and I feel the warmth so deeply in my bones that I begin to weep. Tears of joy and relief and […]

I remember almost everything about my beloved grandmother. She died over 20 years ago, but I can still hear her gentle voice, and recall her sweet wrinkled hands. She taught me how to fall in love with the traditions and ways of her time. I learned about the beauty of gardens and flowers. Baking bread […]

You feel alone. A lot. You feel like no one understands who you are. And when you are brave enough to open your heart and lay your soul bare, there is no one to trust. The strange looks, the reactions, people just offering words of advice instead of letting you feel. You want to be […]

Elizabeth Gilbert, the Author of Eat, Pray, Love once said, “Not all books were meant to be published.” She went on to say that there were times when she knew that a book needed to be written, but it was only meant for her. You see, writing is therapeutic to me. Being able to pour […]

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