Whole Wheat Blueberry Lemon Pancakes

Spring is here, spring is here! Well not yesterday because it was rainy and therefore cold, of course, but yes overall spring is here! I can finally put away my winter jackets and I have moved on to wearing flip-flops and flats. Maybe it’s still a little early for flip-flops, but I’m one to throw them on when it’s freezing outside.

I have no response to this. I am strange.

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Espresso Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

Let’s take a second and discuss the fact that though my classes end this week, I still have a ton of papers to write and assignments to finish and I have absolutely no motivation to do anything. How do you force yourself to do work when you just really don’t want to? Maybe this is the mystery of life. If I solve it, do I not have to write these papers anymore because I’m over it.

I just don’t care.

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Mocha Java Milkshakes

I’m still not completely convinced that I’m done with school. Well I’m not technically done yet which may be why I have these feelings, but I’m pretty much done. Lets just say that when all you have left are a few assignments and papers, you’re 98% done. I mean I practically have my diploma.

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Tequila Lime Chicken Fajita Salad with Chile Lime Vinaigrette

It’s official: I’m done with finals. Not that I really had any classes this semester seeing I was taking three online classes and only one that met once a week. But yeah, I’m done. I’m done with exams forever.

That’s so weird to think about. I feel like I’ve been studying for my entire life. Every night I would come back from class to a ton of assignments and exams. But now that’s gone forever.

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Cast Iron Skillet Spinach Fontina Pizza

Ah, it’s been awhile. Actually it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted anything. Last week, as we know, involved the terrible bombings at the Boston Marathon and the capture of the responsible individuals. I know my break was extensive, but I find myself extremely emotional during times of immense violence that the thought of talking about recipes and my trials and tribulations in the kitchen (topics which I am extremely passionate about) did not seem right for the mood that the entire country was feeling.

Meg and I had this discussion that the internet, television, and media in general are used as escape methods. We watch certain television shows to escape from the issues we face in our own life. The same goes for the internet. That’s why many people continued on with their lives during those trying times; to escape from that which they could not control or even understand. I can accept that, but I’m not that type of person. I immense myself solely in the lives of others (mostly because I am more concerned with other people’s happiness than my own) that anything that seems important to me, at the time, is irrelevant. Last week was a testament to that and I hope you can understand why I had to step out of the kitchen for a few days.

My thoughts and prayers are still with those who have been affected by last week’s tragic events, but justice will come and soon we will get answers to why these acts were committed.

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As for now, let’s discuss the reason I have returned: Pizza. Yep, there I said it. Pizza. One of the greatest gifts to ever grace this world we live on, in its crusty, cheesy, saucy, glory. Pizza.

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Silence for the Victims of the Boston Marathon

Due to the acts of immense violence that occurred yesterday at the Boston Marathon, I won’t be posting for most of the week. We should take this moment to reflect on yesterday’s events and look to the acts of heroism that were displayed as a sign that everything good in this world is not gone.

I leave you with a quote from Patton Oswalt that I think perfectly sums up how we should look at this tragedy. God bless.

“Boston. Fucking horrible.

I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, ‘Well, I’ve had it with humanity.’

But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.'”