Book Review: This One Is Mine by Maria Semple

I am a huge fan of Maria Semple’s work, all around. She’s snarky, sarcastic, and her characters second guess the very lifestyle that so many would die for. This One is Mine (2008) was Maria Semple’s first novel, and her sarcasm, wit, and exasperation of upper-middle-class lifestyle carry on through her later novels as well: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (2012) and Today Will be Different (2016).

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Monster Cookie Cupcakes


Every once in a while I choose to get creative with the way I decorate or what flavors I use, but one day I was struck with a slightly different idea: how can I turn other desserts I enjoy into cupcake form? How would that translate? How do I make sure I don’t lose certain flavors or elements?

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How to start?

So. Starting a blog in the middle of this baking journey. I’ve already done so much, made so many varieties – where to start?

I suppose I could do a list – I love lists, being a librarian and someone who is typically hyper-organized no matter what I’m doing – but that’s boring. Where’s the excitement in a post like that? Instead, let me talk about some accomplishments. When it comes to baking – yeah, I have a few!

The first time I really realized that baking (cupcakes especially) was going to be my “thing” was at work, one of my first years at the library.

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