Pesto Pizza Poppers on a plate with dipping sauce

Pesto Pizza Poppers

My work held our second annual Spring Bake-off recently. We have both sweet and savory categories. I wanted to bake something a little different rather than a traditional baked good, so I went with the savory category.

Flour, sugar, salt, olive oil, pesto. yeast, mozarrellaI remembered from last year that a lot of our savory treats were yummy, but not very filling – read with bacon jam, savory shortbread cookies, etc. I thought it would be nice to provide something a little more substantive, but I needed it to be easily transportable and enough for 15 people to try. I was inspired by pizza monkey balls. That seemed easy to make into an eat-while-standing treat.

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#MakeWhatsNext – Misses the Mark This Year

Three years ago, Microsoft launched a spring campaign to encourage girls to join STEM fields. Girls Do Science, the first of their ads, was inspirational. They gave girls hope – in the form of letters – that they could one day be the inventor, the maker. Year two (2016) gave them women to aspire to be. Inventors who made their mark in history.

This year, they released multiple advertisements in a row. The first two were great, again following the inspirational nature of the original campaign. The girls featured in the ad got to play with awesome technology (proving it is in fact still an advertisement for Microsoft products). They are even named inspirationally: Find the Cure and Be the Solution.
The third 2017 advertisement, however, dangerously misses the mark. Why dangerously? Because it follows the same common theme we teach girls and women (and honestly all minorities). Continue reading

Wardrobe Switching – Saying Goodbye to More than Winter

Okay – I’m perhaps a week late with taking on this project, but it’s that time of year again: switching my wardrobe. Goodbye warm, tranquil colors of fall and winter. Hello bright, boisterous colors of spring and summer.

I like to change my wardrobe around the first day of spring each year, although I do bow down to the weather occasionally. Last week I went to storage to grab some of my summer clothing for a work trip to Orlando – more on that in a later post – but I didn’t actually do the full change until this week. It’s somewhat like seeing old friends again. I do miss my clothing, but swapping out my clothing allows me to have even more!

As I went about repacking my colder clothing, I realized something important; this winter was a discovery of sweaters I kept just because I dreaded not having enough, not because I loved them. Continue reading

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Recovering from Election Woes

I feel like I’ve been mourning all month. It’s hard to explain to my more conservative friends and family. If the past year and half did not convince them of Trump’s danger, then explaining my grief at his success will not.

It was important to make space for such sadness. I am lucky to work at an organization that recognized that and encouraged people to take the time they needed. I was also lucky that family respected my heartache and did not push for discussion.

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Experiencing the Everglades: A short trip in Miami

I have a new goal – hit 30 states by the time I’m 30. I’m already at 23, so it’s seems like an easy accomplish, minus the fact that I live in California where getting to new states is a bit of a commitment.

State number 23 was Florida, and boy was it fun. Miami isn’t like any other place in the U.S. I’ve seen. It’s a whole different lifestyle from dress to mindset.

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Stanford, Turner, and the Unjust Rape Sentence

The sentencing in the Stanford rape that was announced yesterday is disgusting and a true injustice.

Why shouldn’t a man who violates another person have a “severe impact” as punishment for his wrong doing? When 12 people unanimously say you are guilty, when you believe that drinking was the problem and not your violence is the issue, when you blame someone else for you unconscionable actions, you deserve to be impacted, to face the consequences of your actions.

But, when you are a star athlete, of course, you are automatically a better person and don’t need heavy punishment. Right?

No. Being physically gifted should not entitle you to easier sentencing when you have done wrong. And yet, this is the message our society continually sends. If you have provided entertainment on a field or pool, you can get away with sexual assault. Continue reading

Outfit of the Week 6/3/16

So normally I wouldn’t normally wear maroon in spring, as it’s more of a fall color. But I love this suede skirt too much to not wear it. It’s got pockets and falls perfectly above the knew. I paired it with a bright white top to balance out the dark color. I also wore a maroon headband to complete the outfit. We all have those days where our hair just won’t behave. While a headband may seem childish on the surface, when it’s paired with such profession items and matches color well, it can be a great addition to an adult wardrobe. And it’s a perfect solution for messy hair days and more professional than a ponytail!

Outfit of the Week 5/20

Yesterday I was traveling, so it was a great time for a casual outfit. I fight against what I call the “casualization of the U.S.” I am not a fan of yoga pants and pajama pants as your normal clothes, even on planes. But I completely understand wanting to be comfortable while traveling. I pretty much always wear pants on a plane because it can get chilly sometimes mid-flight. I like choosing ones that are just a bit loose so they don’t dig in when sitting for hours. A fun top is a way to make an effort while still bordering on too comfy. I love this t-shirt. It’s a Sevenly shirt I bought a while ago in support of Education is Freedom, a program assisting young people in pursuing higher degrees. Also when travel, I love bringing a hat. Yes, it’s one more item to deal with a security, but it keeps the fake air off my face (eliminate those obnoxious hair in your face moments) and it’s always good to have a hat while traveling.

Outfit of the Week 5/13

I’m known for colorful clothing, so when I do wear black, I like to make sure there is an element of visual interest. This black dress from White House | Black Market has just that with belt like buckles on each side and snaps at the top. It’s tailored well so it fits curves. I wore it we a red shrug to give the outfit a pop of color that matches the shoes. These are some of my favorite shoes. I fondly refer to them as my Minnie Mouse shoes because they remind me of an elegant interpretation of the cartoon character.