Archive for January, 2014

For the Pin: Cookies

Happy Chinese New Year: Year of the Horse!


Some friends and I enjoy celebrating Chinese New Year, when we can. This year we’re having a small gathering, just a few friends, some Chinese takeout from the nearby restaurant, and an Asian film—we’re still not sure if we’re watching Mulan or House of Flying Daggers.


Since I’m hosting the activities I decided to try my hand at Almond Cookies. I’ve never had Chinese Almond Cookies before, so I turned to my trusted source of recipes: Pinterest.


I found lots of great recipes, however I decided on this one:

Almond Cookie Crisps

(original recipe found here: link )

Almond Crisps

Almond Crisps


I chose this recipe for two reasons.

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Book Club Writing Lessons

Reading with tea

Reading with Tea

I’m in a book club. We meet monthly, and it’s made up mostly of my personal friends. We’re small, but we’ve been active for over a year.


Through book club I’ve been forced to read books way outside my comfort zone. A task I thought I would hate, but turns out, I really love and most importantly, I’ve learned from.

Being an aspiring writer, I tend to read a little more critically than the average reader. Discussing things with a diverse group helps me see what average readers think when they read.


Here’s a list of things I’ve learned from a writer’s perspective:

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