Just a Little Busy.

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I’m still here.  Or, actually, I’m mostly over here.

One year ago on C&T: I made Buffalo Chicken Pot Pies and took pictures but never finished the post.  I’m lame.

Two years ago on C&T: Lemon Lime Icebox Pie

Three years ago on C&T: Huckleberry Shortbread Bars

Four years ago on C&T: Chocolate Modeling Clay Pt. 3, Almond Shortbread Bars and Chocolate Rum Cake

Kicking Out the Old

2012

Well, this was a heck of a year, wasn’t it???  Natural disasters, man-made nightmares, a presidential election . . . phew, I’m worn out from it all.  It’s time to move on, pack up the holiday decorations, clear out the cobwebs and start fresh again.

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End of an Era.

Well, maybe not an era, really.  But seven years, anyway – almost a fifth of my entire life!  The biz has been closed for a couple months now, but scraping the sign off the window today really made it feel final, like the click of the latch on a door closing behind me.  Today was also my last day of childcare, so starting tomorrow I’m a full-on-five-long-days-a-week-stay-at-home-mom.

Taking down the sign was sad – but you know what wasn’t sad?  The rent check from the new tenant!

Now I’m off to celebrate with some Thin Mints and perhaps a Samoa or two.

Kate, if you are reading this, that last sentence was a typo and in fact says “a very healthy apple and a big glass of water”.

One year ago on C&T: Rocky Road No Bake Bars

Two years ago on C&T: Ribbon Shortbread Cookies and Chocolate Chai Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Three years ago on C&T: Cinnamon Caramel Almond Brownies

The Ultimate Makeover. No Cosmetics Needed.

Chloe Elizabeth, June 6, 2011

When I was in high school – specifically, the summer between my sophomore and junior years – I decided I needed a makeover. I have no idea what inspired this thought . . . maybe I was bored, maybe I was feeling a little down on myself, maybe just looking for a change. But I got the idea in my brain, and decided it must be done. At the time, I was spending the summer with my dad and stepmom in Seattle, away from my hometown and friends back in Boise, Idaho. Since I was in The Big City, I figured my makeover would be all the more dramatic. Since I had my driver’s license (and, gasp, my parents allowed me to drive one of their cars! in the city!), I decided my makeover had to be done at the nicest place I could imagine – the big, beautiful mall in Bellevue, all the way across Lake Washington (by freeway!) from where we lived.

So I booked an appointment at an upscale salon, and off I went. And a couple hours later
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