Hello, welcome to my blog. I’m Sarah, a slightly-awkward twenty-something English teacher who longs to be a writer. Hence, this foray into the rarefied world of blogging. Here, I combine my various likes – baking, cooking, yoga, running, and small-town life – with my writerly aspirations.
1) A personal quest for health: I’ve bounced all over the place trying to find balance and moderation. Most recently, I’ve transitioned from running 45-70 miles/week to an exercise regime that is more moderate and sustainable. I practice yoga at home or at the gym about four days a week, run on the weekends, African dance once a week, and walk as much as I can (working at a boarding school, though, I’ve found I have less time to do what I want** more on that later).
2) I’m a newly-minted gluten-free convert. After dealing with digestive issues like stomach aches and food babies (I could shop in the maternity section – first trimester – after eating cookies) for years, I consulted with a doctor and decided to eliminate gluten from my diet. I also LOVE to bake (and am fairly renowned for my oatmeal scotchies), and I don’t plan on letting the sans gluten mandate deter me. The Icebox Cake Chronicles details my quest to make gluten-free baking delicious period.
3) Good writing. I love a good story. I love hearing ‘em, reading ‘em, and telling ‘em. Someday, I’d like to write one. A blog will help me exercise the writerly bits and pieces of me. Curious about my favorite writers? Here they are: Haruki Murakami, David Sedaris, Jeannette Walls, Charles Dickens, Beverly Cleary, Jonathon Safron Foer.
Ultimately, this is a blog that combines healthy living with an old-fashioned bent towards indulgence in moderation, because I love (gluten-free) icebox cakes and my grandmother’s molasses cookies just as much as kombucha and kefir.
Here’s what I like (about which you’ll find musings and tidbits on my blog):
baking (gluten-free and lots of butter!), exercise (mostly running and yoga), reading (I teach English!), crafting (but I’m not even crafty!), farmers’ markets (love the colors and the veggies), meat (I can’t be a veg-head), teaching (most days), and small towns (I live in upstate New York near Lake Champlain).
Here’s what I want to learn more about (and you’ll see my experimentation):
how to sew, how to can my own food and grow my own kombucha, how to balance my checkbook, how to garden, how to bake my own bread (even though I’m wheat-free).
Cheers to indulgence and moderation, peace and chaos, intensity and simplicity, all brought to balance by the rounded teaspoon!