Let me say first that it feels like forever. It’s like any long term relationship, I think. In one way, it’s hard to think back to your life without that person/animal/thing, and at the same time, life seems to be moving at warp speed.

My blog birthday (blogiversary if you prefer), is something that I usually kind of forget about until it’s right here, or last week. Mostly because a good chunk of my time is spent running around like a crazy person.

At the beginning of the year, my #1 goal or resolution was to just slow down and take a breath. I was going to work less, play with my kids more, make new friends and reconnect with old ones. I had big, wonderful plans.

And I’m still struggling to change. I’m struggling to make my kids a priority and not view them as an obstacle between me and my to-do list. I’m still struggling to close the computer and turn off my phone.

How is that for a depressing birthday speech? Let me change gears.

The reason it’s so hard for me to let go of things is because I feel so, so insanely lucky to be here. There are a lot of parts of this job that are not fun, but I get to cook, in my home, and it’s my day job. I can make my schedule however I want, and work whenever I want, and hug my kids and tuck them into bed.


  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Cupcakes
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 200g
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup fresh chopped strawberries (or frozen, thawed and drained), pureed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour about 188g
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream cheese frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature

pinch of salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered icing sugar
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries chopped
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar


  1. CrustPreheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 12 cup muffin pan with liners.
  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter, divide between muffin cups and press down into the bottom.
  3. ........................................

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