Day 26: Answers

Ah, writers’ block. Ah, being tired of the overshare. Ah, being tired of emotions and talking about my grandpa and hurting over all of that stuff. SO, I asked people for questions to answer for today. My brain feels less hurty now.


What made you start baking? Cause you rock and make the best cookies known to man.

I’m not sure what made me start baking, but I’m guessing it was a novelty at first, to be allowed to. And once my mom realized I could bake, she stopped! If we wanted anything baked, well… I did it. I’ve been baking since fourth or fifth grade (much like The Princess, actually!), and haven’t stopped yet.

What is your favorite thing to bake besides cookies?

I love most sweets, actually, but I really love cheesecake. I bake what I love to eat and I LOOOOOOOOOVE to eat cheesecake. I have had a fun time finding cheesecake recipes that I love – the one I make most frequently is a brownie mosaic cheesecake, but I also LOVE a salted caramel cheesecake, and last winter, I experimented and made a seasonal type thang, using gingersnaps for the crust and possibly some nutmeg (I can’t remember!) in the actual cheesecake. Clearly it sounds like I don’t know what I’m talking about anymore – I’ll have to try it again.

Why is Pinterest so addictive?

I feel I should point out that this question came from The Princess, the resident Pinterest Addict. And I think the reason Pinterest is so addictive is because it is such a visual medium. We love pretty pictures. Also, when we see something that other people have done, it makes it seem achievable. Like we can do it. Just so you know, kiddo, I’m not gonna be able to do those wicked cool gymnastic silhouette nail art things. Sorry.

What’s your favorite cake flavor?

Cheesecake aside, I’m not a tremendous fan of cake. I love my doughnut cake. I love a flourless chocolate cake. And I adore an angel food cake with a dark chocolate glaze. Traditional cakey-cakes? Nope. No thank you.

What is your solution for world peace?

Cookies and naptime. This would also be my platform if I was running for President. I think part of the reason people are so cranky is because they are so busy depriving themselves of the good things that they just get crotchety. Have a cookie. By the way, when was the last time you got that recommended eight hours of sleep? Yeah. That’s right. You probably haven’t. I know I sure don’t sleep that much. You should take a nap. Also, while I’m at it. Thirty minutes of exercise daily. Yes, cookies and exercise. Generally speaking, self care type things over all will make people less likely to be jerk faces. Hence the positive effect on world peace. That’s my theory. Really? Nothing else has worked, so… y’know… worth a shot.

Ah. I have a good one – how do you explain Santa. I feel like my answer has changed every year and my kids are 8, 6, 4 and 4 – I need to get my sh*t together.

If I had it to do all over again, I WOULD NEVER HAVE TOLD MY KIDS ABOUT SANTA. Admittedly, I don’t love that a fictional fat man gets all the credit for the good gifts. It’s a lot of work. OY THE SEPARATE SPECIAL SECRET WRAPPING PAPER (I’ve amended this: Santa doesn’t wrap stuff). But yeah, I tell my kids – only one of whom is actually still a believer – that Santa comes on Christmas eve to bring presents. The Santa tracker from NORAD is particularly cool. I have tried that whole “Santa is watching you” threat, but it doesn’t seem to work on them like it did me. I will honestly be overjoyed when Pumpkin stops believing. I almost hope her big sister spoils it soon.

What do you want for Christmas?

Uh… World peace? Actually, I tremendously dislike when people ask me what I want because it feels icky to give a list of things I want. I think the best gifts are the ones that come from thought and care and knowing the recipient – when I’m shopping, I LOVE to find just the right gift that will mean something (I hope) to the recipient… something that shows I’ve paid attention. So, I like when others do that. Barring any random holiday work gift exchange, chances are, if you don’t really know me, you shouldn’t be buying a gift anyway. (But since you asked, I have always wanted a pony.)

Do you have a favorite quote?

Have I mentioned that I like quotes? Because I do. A lot. One that has been hanging on my fridge for several years is: “If you really want to be happy, no one can stop you.” Seems a pretty good rule to live by. Is it my favorite? It is in this moment.

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Sarah is a book nerd, a music lover, an endorphin junkie, a coffee addict. Oh, and a goof ball. She writes, she tweets, and she sings off key.

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