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Taking On Words {with Audio}

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Lately my mind has been seeking out words in books, words that guide, words that open up new worlds and ways of thinking. I seem to be in a in-search-of phase, but what exactly I am seeking is not quite defined. In these moments that string along into phases of inward focus, I'm not quite able to be out with my own words and discoveries. I sense a strong push back from the humdrum noise of many of my usual outlets that I often felt like were my home.

I'm a sponge taking on water, bubbles of soap fill some of my crevices, and a few toast crumbs are just sticking to me. I sense the cusp of my words being ready to be wrung out over the sink, splashing up on the sides, and maybe even leaving a wet stain on that nice new t-shirt.

Dammit.

Lucky For You, Milk Stout Cupcakes

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Happy St Patrick's Day! Today, I'm heading straight to the best part of the celebration with a batch of Milk Stout Cupcakes, which uses a locally brewed stout. They turned out moist and delicious!

Milk Stout Cupcakes Ingredients:3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa, plus more for dusting finished cupcakes2 cups sugar2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking sodaPinch fine salt1 bottle Left Hand Milk Stout1 stick butter(melted)1 tablespoon vanilla extract3 large eggs3/4 cup sour cream1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese (softened at room temperature)1 (1-pound) box confectioners' sugar Instructions: Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt.In another medium mixing bowl, combine the stout, melted butter, and vanilla. Beat in eggs, 1 at time. Mix in sour cream until thoroughly combined and smooth. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.Lightly grease 24 muffin tins. Divide the batter equa…

Off Trail, A Boulder Caught My Eye

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Yesterday it reached the sweetest and most perfect sunshine filled 70 degrees. With a drop in temperature and snow in the forecast, I spent the entire evening after work outside.  The warmth was still lingering this morning when I stepped outside, which drove my motivation to head out for a hike. As I approached the very first intersection onto the main trail, my eyes gazed west at the heavy clouds that had rolled in, hiding the tips of the mountains. Before I knew it, the wind started to pick up. My hands were instantly drawn to the comfort of my fleece lined pockets. I realized this storm was blowing in faster than I anticipated. A mere 30 minutes ago, my choice of a down jacket seemed excessive, which made me snidely chuckle as my hood went up over my wool hat. 
The change in weather didn't bring me down. Living in Colorado you have to take it as it comes. I continued along the rutted out trail when a large boulder up on the hillside caught my eye. I'm not sure why, but I …

When Night Falls

Sometimes at night when the house is so quiet and still, I can't bring myself to go to bed. At the moment there are little patters and thuds of snow hitting the roof. I'm just sitting here all curled up in a wool blanket with a cup of Lady Grey tea, intrigued by the storm. I know it's odd that I relish in the fact that snow falling is the loudest noise in my household, but the silence is so sweet.