pear pancakes: party of one

I celebrated my first day back in Bloomington by checking off a predictable list of post-holiday to-dos: Unpack Christmas presents. Do laundry. Pay rent. Buy groceries. Make soup. The best task, though, was saved for last: Redo kitchen chalkboard. With the swipe of a towel, month-old doodles of snowflakes and pine trees disappeared, and the following…

persimmon cookies

OK, so it’s been a while. Four months, in fact, since the last Sprout Diaries post. You may have noticed that the blog’s done some growing up since last we met. With its fancy new face lift and as the proud owner of its own domain name (good riddance, “dot wordpress”!), the blog is ready…

hummingbird cake

Last month I turned 22. To turn 22 is somewhat anticlimactic. The thrill of 21 is now a year-old memory, and you’ve officially entered that nebulous time of life called your twenty-somethings. I didn’t need a grand celebration this year, what with friends already beginning to spread out to start real life and with big…