Saturday, April 6, 2013

5 Year Journal

Since I'm still undecided about the value of writing exercises, and I do love journaling, I thought I would share this wonderful series of posts by Tami Taylor about keeping a 5 Year Journal. I originally found this because I was searching for a writing version of the Project 365 and the monthly photo a day challenges. (Although you could certainly use the photo word prompts for a written piece instead of taking a photo.)

First you download her PDFs, 12 in all, one for each month of the year. She asks you a question every day that you answer with one sentence or so in the same place. So, for example, every year on April 6th you answer the question "What did you have for breakfast today?" on the same index card or same page in your journal. After 5 years, you have a collection of answers at a glance that show you the ways your life has changed, or perhaps ways that it hasn't.

I love this idea very much, but I haven't actually started because I can't decide what format I want it to be. Tami is a scrapbooker, so she made a set of 366 (for leap year) beautiful cards on which to write her answers that she then collects in a small box. I could also see doing this on a blog and just cycling back through the same posts for the 5 years, or you could go on indefinitely, really. I would make sure you had a backup for that, though! You could do a private version in your email or an e-journaling desktop program. I also love the idea of a Moleskine dedicated just to this project, and you wouldn't lose any of the pages that way. Or maybe a 3-ring binder with looseleaf pages that you can add (or subtract, in case of a journal emergency) is better for you? I also like that you can change up the questions during the first year to be more specific or more suitable for your journaling style.

Thanks for stopping by! :o)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


I made cupcakes yesterday for a co-worker's birthday. I thought I had taken a photo, but I can't figure out where it went so I may add it later.

Edit: Found it!

My cooking results are notoriously all over the map, so no one was really expecting me to bring these in. lol But I do better with baking! These were little Boston Creme Pie cupcakes inspired by a recipe from a book of cupcakes my mom bought me recently and were a huge hit! Most people ended up eating them with a fork, though, just fyi.

The book - The Cupcake Bible - has a lot of themed decorations that are very inspiring! I kept turning the pages and squealing at the cuteness and creativity. I'm a beginner at decorating so I don't want anything that's complicated yet.  A lot of the ideas start with a boxed mix, which is a big complaint in the comments. But the book says right up front that you should experiment until you find your favorite basic "go to" cupcake recipe and then freeze batches of them for impromptu decorating sessions. (I made this batch the night before, popped them in the freezer overnight and then got up a bit earlier to frost and assemble them.) There are a number of from scratch recipes included to try and I already have my eye on a few other cupcakes I want to do, particularly from the "Chocolate Overload" chapter!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Melting, I am.

This is the last week of summer for my 4 year old niece. She's been spending some half days with Nana, part of which includes a nap. For fun, on Tuesday I left her a note on an index card with 4 quarters taped to it under her nap blanket before I left for work. She and Nana called me to say thank you. Yesterday I left a small sticker album with a sheet of kitty stickers. Last night Nana told me that when she saw it she said, "Auntie Sara buys me these things because she loves me very much!"

Yep. Melting. :o)