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Happy New Year! I spent most of the month of December feeling thoroughly overwhelmed and anxious. I am genuinely pleased that 2011 is over, and I’ve got a lot of optimism for 2012 to not suck so hard. Still, I worked myself into a bit of a tizzy in December. Without going into details, there was a lot on my mind.

As such, I decided to take it easy about some of the things I’d usually fret over a lot more. Like, uh, making presents for people. I really have come to like making presents for people a lot more than I like buying stuff at the store (for the most part – there are some things that come from a store that are going to genuinely make a person happy, too). I also didn’t really know what I wanted to do for my coworkers. I decided to keep it simple and make mini loaves of banana bread using the recipe from the Flour Bakery cookbook.

However, even that seemed really overwhelming, and I didn’t get to do this before the Christmas holiday. I decided to use Ukrainian Christmas as my excuse for getting these out after the New Year. Hopefully, all of my coworkers aren’t going to plead “diet” when I dole these out. The banana bread’s got some virtue: I added flaxseed meal to the batter. Also, bananas have HELL OF potassium, and all of the fatty stuff in the bread is good fatty stuff: walnuts, canola oil, eggs to a certain degree, etc. So… maybe just don’t eat the whole loaf at once. How about that?

I also made some granola because I didn’t have enough banana bread to go around. ;_; Surely someone’s going to hate bananas but love granola.

For my sweetie pie Gen, I made fresh pesto. I was at her house last month and had some pesto and was telling her how easy it is to make it at home (when you’ve got a food processor). Soooo, I made some for her and her honey.

Pesto really is easy to make, and very versatile in terms of what kind of stuff you can put into it. I thought using toasted flaxseeds along with the pine nuts would be nice – got the idea from a Martha Stewart recipe. This tasted nice and bright!

I’m looking forward to gettin’ hell of creative in 2012. I just traded up my Silhouette SD for a Silhouette Cameo, and I’ve already had some fun cutting adventures with it. I’ve got a bunch of laser-cut acrylic stuff to add to my Etsy shop (I’m still mulling over packaging for stuff, plus I also need to straight-up make some other stuff on my agenda). There’s a collage project that I want to work on for Anime Boston (I’m hoping to be in the artists’ alley again). I have a lot of plans, and hopefully with careful planning, I can execute all of them. I’d like to turn a decent profit this year. Since I had to go through the trouble of registering for a dang federal employer identification number, I’d like to at least make a couple of supplemental bucks. We’ll see how it goes this year!

To a bright future! 2012, begin!

Mirrored from Supermeow!. There is probably a featured image in the original that you're missing by looking at this post on LiveJournal, so you should check out the blog!

Date: 2012-01-06 02:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shiba
a normal person would be super impressed by 'ooh all the food' but i can't stop staring at those tags! super cute! now i kind of wish maramade was a real brand, but that'd be putting an awful lot on you.

Date: 2012-01-08 03:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] maleficent
HEY MARA.

I forgot what your name is on twitter (I just woke up ok........I am not at my best) but it dawned on me, are you going to need AA help again? BECAUSE I FOUND THAT PRETTY FUN. And I just made my hotel reservation. :)

Date: 2012-01-08 04:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] maleficent
YAY! I would love to! And Seb will too if you need him at all. Whee~

PS RICK IS COMING ALL WEEKEND THIS YEAR 8D

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