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Bullet Point Days and Vanilla Cake with Boozy Cranberries

Sometimes I have a lot of words swirling around in my head, tumbling over themselves in a race to get typed into a blog post. And other times, like the last few weeks, I have none. I sit down to my computer and all I can do is feel. The expressions for those feelings haven’t resolved themselves into anything comprehensible. I don’t understand yet. And when I don’t understand, I can’t communicate.

My friend Margo once told me that when she’s traveling or muddled and doesn’t have time or energy to write it all out, she just writes in bullet points. Short little bursts of information from her day and experiences that help her remember and track and, one day, understand.

So here are my bullet points from “my lately”:

  • Asparagus growing is wondrous. One day there is nothing, the next there’s a 6″ spear ready for eating.
  • Sundresses are the best item of clothing in the world. Truly. I find it difficult to ever be too downhearted in a sundress.
  • When I’m grieving or hurt or sad, going outside at sunset and sunrise never fails to ground and comfort me and remind me that it’s OK to feel these hard things. They will pass.

  • Bear bringing me a cup of tea without being asked makes me feel more loved than if he showed up bearing diamonds.
  • Gardening makes me feel like I’m a magician. I throw dried up old seeds in the dirt, give them some water, and before long they’ve transformed into sugar snap peas and artichokes and tomatoes. Amazing.
  • Watching baby animals of any variety is excellent therapy. They elicit laughter from even the most battered hearts.
  • Stealing a few minutes to read a novel is never, ever a waste of time.
  • Go for a walk. Even a little one. You’ll not regret it.
  • Muscovy ducks make me smile. They are so quiet with their quacks that they seem to always have laryngitis.

Muscovy duck

  • When you stroll past a rosemary bush, run your hands up the stalks then breathe deeply from them. Bliss.
  • Eating lunch on the veranda makes even sardines, olives, and cheese feel like a feast.
  • Reading other people’s blog posts is like traveling for me. Their words and photos take me to places and experiences completely different than my own, and make me a more balanced person.
  • Re-reading my favorite childhood stories has been such a good idea. It’s like revisiting all my happiest memories.
  • When I get homesick for mountains and pine forests, a dish filled with pine cones and set on the table sure is nice.
  • Baking a cake is always a good idea. Especially when it’s a simple, homey one, heavily fragrant with vanilla and studded with spirit-soaked cranberries.

What are some bullet point moments from your life that you’re treasuring this week? xo

Vanilla Cake with Boozy Cranberries

Ingredients:

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup spelt flour
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 cup vodka or rum soaked fresh cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F (180 C).
  2. Cover removable bottom of 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper.
  3. In medium size bowl, beat together sugar and butter until pale yellow.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating until smooth after each addition.
  5. Beat in vanilla extract.
  6. In small bowl whisk together flours and baking powder. Add to wet mixture and stir until well incorporated.
  7. Add milk and beat until mixture is smooth.
  8. Add cranberries, stirring gently so they don’t break.
  9. Pour into prepared pan and place in oven.
  10. Bake 35-40 minutes until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  11. Let cake cool in pan 5 minutes, then remove and cool on rack until ready to serve or until fully cooled and ready to store.



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budgetjan - .reading Krista’s posts always makes me happy
.I don’t often clean the house but when I do it’s divine
.camping in the bush is very grounding and exciting
.dogs give unconditional love
.parrots in the trees are colourful and noisy

Liz Posmyk - Lovely xx

Krista - @budgetjan you put the biggest smile on my face today. 🙂 I love your bullet points!! XO

Krista - Thank you, @liz_posmyk:disqus XO

My Kitchen Stories - Oh hello Krista. Hope you are ok. I always feel there is something ominous going on behind those words of yours.x

Faith (An Edible Mosaic) - Lovely post, Krista. You are always an inspiration, always a reminder that beauty is everywhere in this world if we just take the time to see it. Hooray for the simple things in life that bring so much pleasure! xoxo

Andi Perullo de Ledesma - I hardly get to read blogs these days, but I’m so happy that I found the time to read yours today! 🙂

TheSurprisedGourmet - Your bullet points say so much. I have to agree about stepping out to view the sunrise or sunset. Making new blog friends is a good bullet point too. The cake looks tasty.

Beth Hill - ~ Fall is in the air and crisp mornings call for lots of cuppas.
~ Looking forward to Halloween and starting to sew costumes brings great joy when I see the kids faces.
~ Having friends over is a rarity, so am scrubbing my kitchen and looking forward to some visits.
~ Wearing a Robin Hood hat with peacock feather waving makes one feel very dapper and outlaw-ish. =-)
~Tis the season for stacks of clothes everywhere as closets start to transition for the season to come. Bring out the sweaters!

I love your posts and pictures so much…very cheery and always nice that our seasons are opposite as it gives me a whole new appreciation for them!

Hotly Spiced - I’ve enjoyed the bullets. The photo of the sky at sunset is stunning. I’m so impressed you’re growing your own asparagus! The duck is gorgeous xx

Maureen - I laughed at the words in your head. I’ll admit that when I get together with friends, my words I’ve been saving up for ages all spill out of my mouth. I hope you’re okay and your smile is in the center of your dial.

Breanne @ This Vintage Moment - I love this simple way of communicating. I haven’t been able to write for weeks because there’s just too much inside and my time goes to other things, right now.
Thanks for the reminder to make a list, and be aware even when there’s a lot going on. XO

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