Magpies Soft Serve

Labor Day may be the traditional seasonal signifier of summer’s end, but here in southern California it’s usually just the start of our most blistering summer heat! The cure for such unfavorable weather patterns? Soft serve ice cream!

magpies soft serve

Magpies Soft Serve is conveniently situated within walking distance of our apartment, so much like our local pizza place, this Silverlake shop has become a regular part of our daily lives. When the weather is particularly hot, there is nothing better than walking out into the warm night air and strolling over to get a cone (or cup in my case) of cool, sweet soft serve.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

When you are first learning to bake, I have it on good authority that it’s best to start out with a tried and true classic – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies!

gidget oatmeal cookies

One of my goals for this year is to become a kick-ass, fantastic baker. Why? The answer is 2 fold. Firstly, I think it would do me good to put some energy into creating something tangible. Much of my work and my hobbies are based in the digital realm, and I suspect the process of baking will serve as a nice change. Secondly, if I always have delicious baked goods on hand, perhaps I can get the validation from others I so desperately crave, without having to talk to them or do anything more than handing them a yummy baked treat. (Is that pathetic? Yes it is? Oh, ok. Forget that part then.) Continue reading