Sometimes life is real hard. Butter, at least, softens with time. This is, in part, the mentality behind bake it til you make it - just keep moving, keep baking, until you move through the difficult times. Feeling useless or helpless? Make something beautiful with your own damn hands. Feeling lonely? Bake something to share with others. Feeling stressed? Make an old favourite, and find comfort and distraction in the rhythms of the familiar. The last two years had a lot of challenge in them, and it's actually kind of nice to look back at all the goods that I baked - the good that I made of it.
There were Springsteen cookies from a custom-made cookie cutter (praise be 3D printers):
There were Bad Feminist cookies - given to Roxane Gay in person! (Shout to my friend Julia for being my back-up in going through with actually giving Roxane the cookies)
A little Oscar baking:
Cupcakes with Amy Sedaris sprinkles (high on my to-do list during a visit to NYC):
And, and, and: