Devil’s (Food) Cupcakes

Pans of devil's food cupcakes cooling on racks

You know, the irony of these cupcakes has only just dawned on me.


Brownie cupcakes in foil liners on a cooling rack, topped with peanut butter frosting

Best of 2013

I started out the year with every intention of using my camera more just to simply learn it. And while I didn’t quite increase my photography amount or frequency, I did at least become more familiar with my shiny red DSLR. Though, of course, I’m still very much an amateur. Here’s a smattering of some of my personal favorite photos from the past year:

Additionally, you might also be interested in last year’s “best” photos.


Seemingly out of nowhere, I have a cold. Let me tell you, it takes a long time to do anything when you have to stop every minute or so to blow your nose. Especially when it’s baking and decorating cupcakes because that requires the extra step of hand-washing before getting back into the project. Anyway, my snot-filled head aside, yesterday after three trips to the grocery store, I finally started my holiday baking. Today, I made these:

These little penguins will be joined shortly by yet more cupcakes — including noms for the shepherd who is currently nosing her head under my arm. For now I have presents to wrap and box up for tomorrow’s post.

Unrelated, remember how I moved my site back to my web server for the umpteenth time and subsequently broke most of the images here? Well, as of yesterday they’re all fixed!1 Yes, you read that correctly. It took me almost this entire year. I didn’t work on this every single day, but it was a very long process and it was possibly one of the most tedious tasks I have ever voluntarily undertaken.

There are, however, still a few related tasks to this that I haven’t yet finished. One is setting up a hub for the galleries I’ve created. I have a gallery that isn’t fully alt-tagged and another that isn’t organized or alt-tagged yet. And as I want to create a page for each of my guide dogs, I also have galleries to set up for them.2 Now that the brunt of the tedious work is behind me, though, I am hopeful that this all won’t take yet another year to finish. Especially because I have other sites I want to work on. Like maybe this one. *ahem*

EDIT: Wouldn’t it just be that in the same post that I proclaim all the images across the site are fixed the images IN THE POST are broken. *facepalms* Anyway, after some minor plugin tweaking, I believe everything is working as intended. Sorry about that, guys.

  1. Cue barrage of emails/comments alerting me to all the images I missed that are still broken. *groans*
  2. Well, Dolly’s is set up, but there’s no actual page yet.

To Be Read, Take Two (2014 TBR Challenge)

Three days; three posts! What is this madness?

Anyway, I started this year with a bunch of more-or-less goals in mind. Since I was determined to not feel like a failure if I went through the year without accomplishing them, I specifically didn’t call them resolutions. This is handy because I definitely didn’t accomplish any of them, though, not for lack of desire or effort.

In any event, I definitely failed at reading books for the TBR Pile Challenge. And whittling down my to-reads in general. Of the twelve books on last year’s list (picked from some 300+ on my to-read shelf) I managed to finish a total of two. And, unfortunately, neither of those counted in the challenge since I never wrote a review for either. Oops!

This time, I plan to be less of a slacker and so without further ado I present a new, yet slightly recycled list for the 2014 TBR Challenge:

A sampling of my to-be-read shelf messily piled up1. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (2001)

2. Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen (1997)

  1. Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton (2004)

4. Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire (2004)

  1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (2004)
  2. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt (1996)

  3. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (1976)

  4. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (2004)

  5. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (1998)

  6. Touch the Top of the World by Erik Weihemmayer (2001)

  7. Watership Down by Richard Adams (1972)

  8. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (2003)

Alternates: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (1954) and Goliath by Scott Westerfeld (2011)