An Open Letter

Like many bloggers, I’m not posting my normal content this week. 2020 has been a whirlwind of trauma across the globe and it’s difficult to process all the devastation this year has thrust upon us.

Working full time from home the past few months has brought a heightened insight into how little I feel able to maintain awareness on at any given time. I became overwhelmed and devastated by the constant barrage of violence, racism, sexism, sexual assault, appalling leadership, political failings, and superficial entitlement of this country, trying to protect my own emotional bandwidth and mental sanity by shutting out as much as I can. The recent murder of George Floyd ripped apart my flawed logic, realizing that wrapping myself in a metaphorical blanket burrito isn’t going to change anything, but only serves to propagate the pain and suffering.

I don’t think there’s anything I can say that hasn’t been said by someone substantially more knowledgable, impactful, and eloquent than I am, but I encourage all my fellow white readers to listen, to learn, to embrace our role and responsibility in effecting real change. I live in a overwhelmingly white community but I personally spend a lot of time and energy asking for help and inciting action around improving gender diversity in tech; I know how burnt out and drained I am trying to fix a systemic problem that, at the end of the day, is wildly superficial compared to the day-to-day of the Black American community. To my Black readers, I cannot fathom the sheer exhaustion you are all facing, the anger at how little has really changed, and the frustration with systemic problems in every facet of your lives.

I don’t think I’ve done enough to call myself an ally, yet, but I am taking this time to read, to listen, to learn, to donate, and to consider my place in the solutions to these problems. I encourage you to do the same.



Happy New Year (and an Announcement)

Happy New Year to all my friends, family, and the other people I’ve somehow tricked into reading this blog. 2019 was a big year for me personally and I’m really proud to have finished out the decade on such a high note.

In the food world I published 30 new posts here and tried 59 new recipes; discovered beet and mint play nicely together, and that coconut cream makes a delightful frozen dessert; took mimosas on a hike and had afternoon tea in the park; picked tons of low-bush blueberries and made sorbet for the first time; doubled down on my love of spicy-sweet combinations and made my own Olivelle menu; and ventured into cocktail making and took a Danish pastry class.


On a personal note I planned a sold-out Women Techmakers summit for International Women’s Day and hosted 5 additional meetups; spoke at a dinner and started publishing articles on LinkedIn; celebrated my 30th birthday and worked on my bucket list; visited Austin and Philadelphia for the first time and finally got to host my Canada friends; picked up over 200 pieces of trash plus Bozeman Clean Up Day; hiked the Juneau Ridge Trail with my dad and went to Norway (and Scotland and Denmark) with my aunt; learned how to do my makeup and got snazzy professional headshots.

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And in my first love, fitness, I PRd the Bangtail Divide 38k by 12 minutes and the Bridger Ridge Run by an hour and a half; survived the Loch Ness Marathon and helped my best friend run her first half; PR’d my squat, deadlift, and bench, and made progress towards a pull-up; ran 535 miles with 126 race miles, commuted 837 miles and moved 1738 miles for the year; ran on 98 days, biked on 162, and did 5 sun B salutations on 348.

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My goals for 2020 are not quite finalized but some for this blog are:

  • complete a food photography class
  • complete a photo editing class
  • try 3 vodka infusions
  • post 25 new recipes
  • continue my ice cream series
  • bake sourdough bread

Although I’m extremely proud of all my accomplishments from last year, there were also multiple times when I felt overwhelmed with doing all the things and found it difficult to appreciate the moments as they happened. I’ve also struggled with my relationship with food and the pressure to maintain consistency in every aspect of my life and feel like I need to take a step back to reset, re-evaluate, and recharge. In light of that, while I check those first two items off my list and plan the 2nd-Annual IWD Summit, I’m going to take a few months off from this blog. I’ll still be active on my Instagram and am likely to post a few easy recipes there, but there won’t be much going on here through March. I hope you will all be understanding of this sabbatical and I’m looking forward to coming back stronger and better in April.

In the meantime, please follow me on Instagram (or Facebook, they are cross-posted) and share with me your proud moments of 2019, your goals and intentions for 2020, and any new recipes you’d love to see here later this year.

Happy 2020!


2015 Recap and Announcement

Hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and is excited for the new year. Honestly I’m not 100% sure where 2015 even went, but it was a great year overall. Lots of adventures in baking, running, and crafting. In addition to all the things you’ve seen on this blog, I also cut 7:37 off my half marathon time and ran 8 half marathons total…


…traveled to several new cities…

NashvilleVictoriaChattanooga …went on a canoe camping trip in Yellowstone National Park…

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…completed another year of Skirtember…

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…and tried my hand at some new crafting projects.

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With the holidays in Alaska I didn’t have enough time to figure out a baking post for today (sorry), but I do have an announcement: you can now follow me on facebook! All of my posts will be linked up here (as well as my twitter, which already exists) so you can follow me in the best way for you. I promise not to spam your news feed with irrelevant posts.

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you all in the new year! And if you need an awesome New Year’s Eve party dessert recipe, Champagne Cake (or cupcakes) are fantastic.