Two Weeks in Budapest

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This summer I had the privilege of exploring Budapest with a dear friend who is a native of the city. I spent two weeks hitting the streets with her and taking in all of the sites! We also went to several villages surrounding Budapest, as well as Lake Balaton, which is the largest lake in Central Europe. I had a wonderful time taking photos while I was there, and I have been terribly lax about sharing them with people. So let’s get on to the main event, shall we? Continue Reading


5 Spectacular Talents That You Gain as a Baker

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I’ll start off by saying that this could be more accurately titled “5 Otherwise Useless Talents That You Can’t Use Unless You Spend Vast Amounts of Time in a Kitchen”. I decided that seemed a tad clunky, and it also could be a strong turn off to potential readers. You might now be thinking, “Melanie, it looks like you’re being a bit loose with that ‘spectacular’ word. Maybe you need to tone the showmanship down a notch.” To which I would say, “Perhaps.” But might they be…superhuman? (I know, now I’m just being dramatic.) I’ll let you be the judge! Continue Reading

A Springtime Homage to the Nelson Atkins Museum

Hey guys! This is going to be another brief photography post, and you will know that these photos will appeal to you deeply if :

A. You revel at the site of gracefully columned stone buildings.

B. Spring flowers put a little skip in your walk.

C. Moody gray skies give you a burst of creative energy! (This might be just me.)

At the very least, if none of these things make you burst with joy, then you might have a simple appreciation for this short but snappy introductory paragraph that I have so thoughtfully provided.

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A School House and a Sunset

It’s a snowy spring day in Kansas, and I’m stuck inside pondering how I want to go about this post. I’ll be honest with you guys, I haven’t done much writing lately. I’ve been spending more time on photo-taking excursions, and I feel that sort of thing has been speaking more to me lately in a creative sense.

This particular series of pictures is of a one room school house that is just a couple blocks from where I live. I drive past it often, and I had always wanted to stop and take photos. The crisp white of the building stands out against its surroundings, and it contrasts beautifully with a blue sky.img_1211 Continue Reading

An Open Letter to My Dark Circles


My dearest dark circles,

You have been my companions for as long as I can remember! Just as a shadow constantly follows at the heel of its owner on a sunny day, you have stuck close to my eyes without cease. You make your presence known through even the most generous layer of concealer, shining forth like dark beacons of fatigue. Even in times of sufficient rest, I can count on you to accompany me throughout my daily life. Continue Reading

My Writing Conundrum Answered

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The idea for this particular post has been with me for a while, and I haven’t quite been able to put my finger on what I was striving to put forth until now. I want to write about….writing. But more than that, I want to answer this question:

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How to Scoop Two Thousand Tiny Cookies and Maintain a Firm Hold on Your Sanity in the Process


Hello friends! Today I’ll share with you some fool-proof tips that will get you scooping hundreds(even thousands!) of cookies like a pro! Are you ready? Let’s begin!

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My (Not Quite) Raw Caramel Slice


There are oodles of recipes for raw caramel slice swimming around on the internet, so I can’t claim to be creating anything terribly innovative with this recipe. However, I do believe that this is one of the simplest and cheapest to put together!

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