Random Crap and a Pretty Awesome Chocolate Banana Walnut Bundt

Chocolate Banana Walnut Bundt Cake | www.gottagetbaked.com
Things in the past few months that have made me simultaneously laugh and cry tears of rage:

1) Women giving birth in the woods – obviously, because this is AS NATURE INTENDED. Yup. This is a new reality show for Lifetime. There really aren’t enough whyyyyyyyyyys for this.

2) They (and when I say “they”, I mean the minions of the underworld who exist only to make me want to quit this bitch called life) are holding auditions for an Ultra Rich Asian Girls reality show in Vancouver. I watched a trailer for this trainwreck and not only was it nauseating but even worse, it was boring. I don’t want to see a bunch of vain, vapid, disgustingly wealthy Asian Barbie dolls bitchin’ ‘n moanin’ about other vain, vapid, disgustingly welahty Asian Barbie dolls while driving around in their million dollar cars, wearing their designer clothes, and pretending to eat ridiculously expensive food. Who am I kidding?! I’d watch the hell out of this show!

3) I’m not American but I feel for my sisters down south every time I read shit like the Hobby Lobby decision. I can’t even form words because I’m frothing at the mouth. What century are we living in?! Why are women’s rights constantly being eroded?!

4) Devastating doggy deaths like those poor dogs who died from overheating at the Green Acre Dog Boarding kennel in Gilbert, Arizona. Or the story that gripped us in BC a few months ago, where a dog walker at first claimed that someone stole 6 dogs from her truck during her 5-minute bathroom break but it was later discovered by pet detectives (the totally badass and awesome Pet Searchers Canada) that they all died from heatstroke in the dog walker’s car. Abby, I’m never leaving you alone evaaaaaaaaaaah!

5) Hahahahahahahaha Robin Thicke and the #AskThicke Twitter debacle.

In other news: you guys, the internet broke me.

I won’t be posting as much in the next couple of months because (a) summer (b) I want to try living my life instead of staring at a computer screen in my spare time and (c) I’m tired and completely uninspired. I’m tapped. Drained.

I read a lot of blogs and I’m always on social media. The constant perfection that assaults my senses is really wearing me down. I can’t compete and right now, I don’t want to. I saw a dessert made by a dear blogger friend of mine that blew.my.mind. It was so perfect and the photography styling was so beautiful, it made me immediately think “yum” and then, “I quit. I can’t do it. I will never be at this stage. I’m a goddamn hack. An amateur. A poser.”

I was scrolling through my Instagram feed the other day and about 20 bloggers were posting photos of picnics. Perfect beautiful picnics artfully arranged on antique quilts, utilizing uber unique, vintage china and silverware that was rusted in all the right places and organized just so, the dishes piled with gourmet food, the salads made with only the trendiest, hippest vegetables, fancy patés, exotic fruit, cheese and charcuterie platters, wines that were surely made by monks and aged in centuries-old barrels in thousand-year-old castles, bespoke cocktails in dazzling colours lovingly held in mason jars as far as the eye could see. I was exhausted thinking about the time and effort to source all the materials, styling the picnic, timing the photo session to coincide with the perfect alignment of the sun in the sky so that its rays could hit that perfect 100-year-old tree in order to create photos that are sun-dappled with just the right amount of leafy shadows.

God, I’m a bitch. A jealous, tired, judgmental bitch. I’ve had it. I can’t keep up. And my brain. It never stops spinning. I always feel like I need to be doing something incredible and then I feel panicked and disappointed in myself when I don’t. So I’m gonna take a break, you guys. I need to rediscover life. What does it really mean? And if I don’t post it to Instagram and share on Facebook, does it even really happen?!

Do you follow Movita Beaucoup? If not, you need to. She will make your life. Her recent post on saying fuckitall and doing whatever the hell she wants on her blog in the name of FUN resonated deeply with me because I’ve been feeling this. It’s like she read my mind, glimpsed right into my soul. I want to be a part of Movita’s blogging revolution.

All of you incredible bloggers who make food that resemble works of art, I’m in total awe of you. I aspire to be you. But I know that I won’t so I’m embracing who I am. I’m tempted to change the name of my blog to “The Hot Mess Baker” because that’s what I am.

And I’m going to have fun doing it.
Chocolate Banana Walnut Bundt Cake | www.gottagetbaked.com
Here’s a bundt cake I made that tastes fan-fucking-tastic. The photos suck ass. I admit it. I actually threw all my photos into the virtual trash. But then I thought, it’s too damn tasty not to share. So I dug ’em out.

And I’m sharing. Because I love you. And I love cake. And the two of you should be together, always.

Chocolate Banana Walnut Bundt Cake (adapted from Ina Garten)

3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs, at room temp
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
zest of 1 orange
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
1/3 cup dark cocoa (plus extra for layering in the bundt pan)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a bundt pan and coat it with a thin layer of cocoa powder.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl with an electric hand mixer, mix the mashed bananas and both sugars on low speed until combined. With the mixer still on low, add the oil, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and orange zest. Mix until smooth.
Chocolate Banana Walnut Bundt Cake | www.gottagetbaked.com
Chocolate Banana Walnut Bundt Cake | www.gottagetbaked.com
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cocoa, salt and cinnamon. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in the chopped walnuts and chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes, turn onto a cooling rack, and cool completely.
Chocolate Banana Walnut Bundt Cake | www.gottagetbaked.com
Sigh. Just thinking about this cake makes me smile. It was super moist, intensely banana-y, not too sweet, with a great textural contrast from the walnuts and little pockets of chocolate that melted delightfully on the tongue. It stayed incredibly moist for the four days it took to finish eating it. Even straight out of the fridge (if that’s how you want to store it), it was soft. It’s a funny thing about palates – I couldn’t taste the orange zest at all whereas a friend of mine primarily tasted orange with just a vague banana afterthought. Either way, it’s delicious.

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62 thoughts on “Random Crap and a Pretty Awesome Chocolate Banana Walnut Bundt

  1. Nancy, I don’t even know where to being. Your post hit HOME for me big time, I have been feeling this exact same way. I have been constantly talking about this thing with my husband and my mom. I love blogging, I love creating, love photography, etc. but everywhere, everyday we are bombarded with sooooooo many other blogs, photos, recipes and no matter how confident one is, there is always a feeling of comparing yourself and it really brings you down sometimes. I have been working specifically on this lately to tell myself “I don’t NEED to compare myself, I’m unique on my own and it doesn’t really matter what anybody else does. I just need to do what I love and leave it at that.” It’s way too exhausting. My husband specifically told me that I can’t be my best, if I’m comparing myself to others, it’s complete waste of energy. It’s so hard though because trying to grow your blog requires constant social media, so each day we are faced with it. I have been staying off of facebook more lately and just logging on to post my recipes and then log off, no longer wanting to look at other pages. It was zapping all of my energy. Too time consuming and what’s most important in my life is my daughter. So lately, I have been trying to limit my time online and just be with her. I completely understand you needing a break.
    By the way, the cake looks heavenly. I love how you use dark cocoa, I LOVE dark chocolate!

    • Brandi, to hear you say these things hurts me because you are so amazing. Like I always tell you, your recipes blow me away (I can’t even wrap my brain around how you turn 8 vegan ingredients or less into the decadent, delicious dishes that you make) and the photos are beautiful. And your husband is right. It’s a total waste of energy comparing ourselves to others. I’m just in a crappy mood lately and I needed to blow off steam with this post. Jealousy is a horrible thing but I’ve been feeling it’s sting. I’m not going to disappear from my blog (I have quite a few guest posts and prior commitments coming up) but I do feel like I need to step away from the computer. I have so little spare time and I should spend it with my loved ones actually DOING things. Real things. I know you know what I mean. Thanks for your thoughtful comments as always, Brandi! And YES to dark chocolate, always 😉

    • Absolutely! I spent Canada Day at home, feeling incredibly frazzled and on edge, thinking that I should be doing something, anything, not able to enjoy just sitting down and reading a book or playing with Abby. It freaked me out a bit. Instead of going out, partaking in all the awesome events, meeting up with friends, I was having a mini panic attack at home. No more! I’m not going to disappear from the blog but I need to start living life again. I got your FB message – I don’t have access to it at work so I’ll message you back later tonight.

    • Thanks so much, Sheila! I haven’t visited your blog in a while, I need to rectify that! I think I was a bit alarmist in this post – I’m not disappearing but I’m going to actually spend my weekends doing things instead of panicking about what to bake next for the blog. Thanks for commenting!

      • Good for you Nancy. And I love your blog, you should not panic, ok that is easier said than done. Just do what feels right for you, be yourself and everything else will fall into place. I was posting up to 3x per week, now I and down to only once per week, as my demanding full time job, hubby and teen keep me super busy. I love every minute of the baking, creating and sharing that I have time to do (and of course, wish I had more time)!!! 🙂

  2. Nance,

    You are amazing, and so incredibly talented; you should be proud of all that you have accomplished in life as well as your many decadent desserts in addition to the insightful and poignant posts you have written.

  3. Hi Nancy, thank you for these honest and dashing words. This is one of the most amusing und well writen post I read for a long time! And thank you for the recipe, it sounds delicious! Enjoy life, warmly Bridget

    • You’re so welcome, Bridget. I’m all about keepin’ it real on this blog 😉 And thank YOU for your lovely comments and for reading my crazy rants! Have a fabulous weekend!

  4. Here’s the thing: You don’t need to compete. Here’s the other thing: We love you just the way you are. I mean exactly, precisely, identically, just LIKE YOU ARE. Didn’t we already have this talk? Now that I think about it, perhaps that was about quitting the real job and finding joy. Never mind. The point is, you gotta find your joy where you live and if that means backing off the blogging about food for a while, so be it. But know this: I will miss your irreverent humor, your gift for storytelling and your knack for having just the right turn of phrase to make me snort my morning coffee out of my nose. So don’t be gone long, okay?

    • Yikes! The fact that it seems like we’ve already had this conversation just means I’m constantly whining about something over here! Stacy, thanks for being such a supportive friend instead of playing a tiny violin for me, which I would totally deserve. I won’t be going away but I will definitely cut myself some slack in the next few months. I need to believe that it’s OK that I’m not Ms. Perfect. I need to stop checking my Facebook and Instagram feeds every five minutes. I need to stop being a hermit who stews in her own misery every weekend and actually hang out with other humans. I definitely want to keep making you snort coffee out of your nose 😉 Thank you for brightening up my spirits with your lovely comments as always!

  5. You should blog about what you are passionate about, not for the sake of or to please us – we are happy when you are 😀
    A wonderfully written post as always!
    And delicious bundt, I need to dig my teeth into it!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Thank you, Uru! I need to take more inspiration from you because you are one of the sweetest, nicest, energetic and positive people I’ve met through blogging. Your posts always bring a huge smile to my face, as do your wonderful comments here. Happy weekend!

  6. I hear you sister. I’m tired too. Exhausted. And ever since I watched this video, recommended to you by Ala from a comment on your last post, http://pulptastic.com/video-spreading-online-like-wildfire-see/, all I’ve been thinking about is life, how exhausting social media is, connecting, being with people, being with my family, my kids etc. . alas, I have deadlines and contracts to fulfill. so the work must go on. but re-thinking what happens next year. anyway, take a break, sounds like you desperately need one. I hope you come back refreshed and ready to kick some ass. love you, Nancy!

    • Ugh, now I feel bad about whining because you work a thousand times harder than me! I’ve been thinking a lot about our conversations about blogging and while it’s pretty wonderful for the most part, there are extremely tiring and stressful aspects too. Nothing is perfect, right? It’s all about finding what brings us the most joy that also has the fewest things that drive us batshit crazy! You definitely need a vacation, Alice. Even if it’s just a staycation at home for a few days where you get to unplug and just enjoy time with your family, without any social media expectations. Wouldn’t that be heaven?

  7. Don’t leave meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! OKay a bit dramatic but I hear ya. It’s summer, who wants to be chained to their computer and oven, especially when you work the day job too and you are chained to the desk and computer and whatever BS goes on there. I wish I could just give up more on the weekends but i have guilt and I need to let that guilt go. It’s the weekend. If something doesn’t happen that whatever, who cares. Time to unchain. Maybe we should let the internet break more of us.

    • Lmao, “Dramatic” is my middle name! Just look at all of my ultra-dramatic, super-whiny posts! Ugh, it’s the damn day job. If I were blogging ‘n baking ‘n photographing ‘n eating on a full time basis, it’d be fabulous…and then I’d probably STILL find things to stress out and panic over! Nothing’s perfect, no one’s perfect, so I need to cut myself some slack. I totally hear what you’re saying about guilt. I’m always feeling guilty about something – I’m not spending enough time on my blog, but if I am spending time on my blog, then I feel guilty about not spending time with Tony and Abby…etc etc, and on and on it goes. Let’s discuss this (or not!) over many many drinks when we meet up in a few weeks. Seriously, looking forward to F&W is one of the bright spots in my life right now!

  8. I’m a jealous bitch too. You, however, my dear are NOT a hack! Your photos are only like 1000 times better than mine, so if YOU’RE a hack, what does that make me? a worm on the shoe of a hack??

  9. Hahaha ^ Kayle, you’re hilarious. Nancy, let me just say that you’re one of the most gorgeous presences on the internet and I know, and while I’m sad to see you “leave” (in a sense), I’m really really happy that you’re taking this time to take care of yourself and go live a little in the real world. I couldn’t agree more with the crazy time suck that social media has become (ugh first world problems anyone?) and the whole comparing yourself to other people thing. It’s just cray! (Although can I just say that I’ve seen you improve SO MUCH over the years? months? that I’ve been reading your blog? Whatever that photo was that you saw that made you throw up your hands…you can DEFINITELY get there. I believe it.) Anyway, this was so inspiring! Go forth and conquer the non-internet world (and then come back and tell us about how it was ;))

    • Lol, yeah, Kayle’s comment made me laugh too. Erika, you are TOO kind, woman! You are always paying me the sweetest compliments but I really don’t deserve them. Thank you thank you thank you for being such a staunch supporter of me ‘n my blog. I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve a friend like you. I was just telling Tony today that I’m going to stop looking at my phone so much. It’s a disease! I need to start living in the real world instead of the virtual one that I feel shackled to. By the way, your photography is balls to the walls AH-MAY-ZING. I’ve seen your skills evolve over the past two years and I’m always in awe of the work you do. Happy 4th and have a fabulous weekend, my friend!

  10. This comparison stuff is a bitch, isn’t it?? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I can’t figure out why we do it. It’s not just you. It’s me…it’s my best friend, it’s the girl across the street. It seems like ALL women compare themselves to other people and somehow we ALL think we don’t measure up. We’re not tall enough, short enough, thin enough, talented enough. We laugh too loud or are too opinionated. We have too many curves or not enough. Our fashion sense is too bold or too drab. We’re either not enough or too much. And I HATE that. I want to be happy for other women’s successes. I want to celebrate their beauty and their gifts and not just be thinking about how I don’t measure up. I want women to be the champion of other women! I feel so passionately about this, but I’m just not sure how to make it happen yet. I would love to do something through the blog in this vein at some point. I need to sit down and really hash it out, because I think what you’re saying is just too important not to do something about it. At any rate, I think you should relish this break. Go enjoy life and stay away from whatever is sapping it out of you. And let’s enjoy actually being together around a real table and not through a screen. Seriously.

    • I agree with Brandi’s comment – this WAS beautifully written and said, not that I’m surprised at all, Courtney, because you are an incredible writer. I’m always nodding along to your posts because it’s like we’re twinsies and everything you say is always poignant, intelligent and the #truth. Sigh, I’m always comparing myself to everyone else in all facets of my life – at work (I’m never going to be as smart or persuasive as all the senior lawyers I admire), through blogging (everyone else is better, more talented, more popular than me), in life (everyone else is prettier, thinner, taller, better dressed, etc). Ugh, I hate it too. Let me know what you come up with. I’d love to join in on the to-thyne-own-self-be-true movement with you! And ermagawd, I can’t WAIT to see you in Florida. It’s gonna be cray-zay!

  11. You know how I feel. There is too much of the same out there – a change is necessary, and I can feel it coming. People are getting bored. Great photos can’t make up for boring copy. Amazing things are going to happen when people aren’t afraid to venture out on their own, to forget the current formula for success. In fact, those brave enough to be unique will write the new rules.

    My rules, of course, will centre on the need for more stories about poop on the interwebs.

    • The internet doesn’t have enough poop stories, Movita. I will join you in your quest to further poopify the virtual world.

      “People are getting bored. Great photos can’t make up for boring copy” <– amen, sister. A-frickin-men.

  12. Sometimes…no…often….I am too intimidated to attempt a comment on your amazing blog, Nancy. Not only do you write passionately and eloquently, but so do those who leave comments! I nod vigorously as I read your post (always), then wonder what more I could possibly offer that previous commenters have not already expressed. I read this blog because it is the only place YOU write. I enjoy spending time with YOU. I learn so much from your perspective on the world. You gather some pretty amazing women around you as well. Their reactions to your posts also inspire me. Thank you for including fabulous recipes with your posts ( I have gleefully consumed many of them), but I would still read your blog even if it didn’t include recipes. Useless comparisons, self-imposed pressure, and burn-out seem to be epidemic. Maybe they are unavoidable. I think we all need to focus on, “to thine own self be true.” This space belongs to you. Use the space for something that makes you happy. On your own time schedule. And just for the record: I constantly look at the photos of your desserts and say'”Omg. I want that!” Then the ingredients go on my shopping list and I actually bake the dessert because museum quality photos didn’t scare me away. Your photos are visually enticing, useful while baking, and approachable. Take Abby for lots of walks. It will make both of you smile.

    • Don’t ever be intimidated to drop me a message and comment on my posts! By “passionately and eloquently” you really mean “insane psychopathic ramblings” rights? 😉 Ok, enough self-deprecating humour. Time to get real. Wendy, I actually cried (happy tears) when I read your comment because it was so sweet and lovely. I really pride myself on forming genuine connections with my readers, with all of these amazing women I’ve been lucky to surround myself with and that includes you! Blogging is such a funny thing, isn’t it? We write our posts, we take photos, we share recipes and we press publish, not knowing what the reaction will be and if anyone will even bother to read it. To know that you guys read my words and comment with such sincerity and love, it blows me away. I need to print all of these comments out and put them on a wall where I can read them whenever I’m plagued with self-doubt and the feelings of jealousy and inadequacy start creeping into my mind. Thank you so much, my friend.

  13. I laughed, I frothed, I cried, great post. I also want a big big slice of that amazing bundt, I have to run now as I am too hungry looking at it. Ya, hot mess baker, I don’t think so girlie!! Hope you had a great Canada Day!! You rock as always!!

    • “I laughed, I frothed, I cried” <– lol, Tara. You totally lifted my spirits with your awesome comment. Are you coming out to Vancouver for the Food Bloggers of Canada conference in Oct? I'd love to meet you in person. The Hubs 'n I have been trying to plan a trip to Wainwright/Calgary/Edmonton in the past few years and we keep saying that it's going to happen. When we do, I'm gonna visit you and bring a big ol' bundt cake for us to share!

  14. Nancy, take a break you deserve it! Blogging will always be here when you get back. It is so easy to get so caught up in social media, blogging, Twitter, fb, you name it, that I have to take a step back and realize that it is actually taking away from my real life with real people. Like who cares if I post this picture of my dinner right now while I am eating it, vs. later when I am on my own and not selfishly interrupting my time with my dinner date? Also, sometimes there are just so many negatives in the world (on the internet and otherwise) that they are easy to fixate on while ignoring all of the positive things in life. Because I would like to believe that there is at least some good in the world. Hence why we should all take a step back from our computer screens and go experience it in the moment!

    • Ugh, it’s so true. “Like who cares if I post this picture of my dinner right now while I am eating it, vs. later when I am on my own and not selfishly interrupting my time with my dinner date?” <– I know exactly what you mean. There are so many bloody social media platforms and as bloggers, there's constant pressure for us to be on them ALL.THE.TIME. It's a sickness. Sometimes, I literally feel ill because I'm either constantly on my phone or because there's this urge to check my phone if I'm not already staring at it. Or I'll be on a walk with Abby and enjoying the scenery and then I'll want to take a photo and load it onto Instagram because hey, everyone in the world needs to know that I'm #talkingawalk #enjoyingnature #blahblahblah. I need to put the phone away! Thanks for commenting, Mal!

  15. I love Movita!!! And I love you!!! You are one of my favorite blogs to visit b/c you’re not like every other blogger. You’re unique, hilarious, smart and so talented in the kitchen. Take a breather, my friend…I think I need one, too. xoxo

    • Movita is seriously the best. That woman makes me laugh so hard. I love you too, Liz! I wish I could be as positive, energetic and dedicated as you! I admire you so much as a blogger, but more importantly, I know that you’re an incredible person, inside and out. My breather will be in a few weekends when I get to Orlando. I can’t wait to see you!

  16. Ditto to what Liz wrote although I don’t know Movita…Isn’t it crazy this wacky world of the web? Our ancestors connected via snail mail…And we journaled in our diaries not FB! Anyway, you know I think you are a rock star ❤ And your chocolate banana cake does look awesome ❤ I hope it's okay but I'm leaving my Pinterest link to some Minions wisdom =) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/186055028330912239/

    • Lol, I loved the Minions pin, Kim. It made my day. And I wish everyone would stop inviting me to play Candy Crush with them! It’s not gonna happen! If I do one more thing internet related, I might as well plug myself right into the Matrix. Thank you so much for your sweet compliments, as always. You brighten my day every time you comment. Just a few more weeks and I can give you a giant hug at F&W! I can’t wait!

  17. nancy!!! you have a hilarious and frigging awesome freedom with your writing that i wish i had the courage to have. you tell it like it is and i admire it so much. duder, i so hear you about the rat race that is the interweb – i get instagram fatigue often (like your mention of “perfect picnics!” and it makes me question what on earth am i doing, too! i tell myself i blog because i love it … and i hope i continue to love it, but there are definitely days and weeks and months where i don’t and it becomes a struggle. burnout, fatigue, and then always generating ideas for a new post or new idea. i love the idea of a BLOG AND INTERWEB BREAK! just today i was thinking about quitting it all. i’m sad that you won’t be around as much because i’ve really been enjoying our new blog friendship! ^__^

    on another note, i would CRAM JAM that chocolate banana walnut cake into my face faster than i could spell banana.

    PS ultra rich asian girls of vancouver makes me want to barf all over their fancy mercedes benzes and then cry for the lack of humanity in the world. i am obviously going to peek at the trailer now though… hee!

    let’s get together for a snack this summer!! xo

    • There’s too much to love and respond to in your amazing comment, Lyndsay so I’ll just say thank you! And, you’re like, totally my twin because it’s startling how similarly we think and I love that you said “cram jam.” You rock!

    • Thanks so much! That’s exactly how I feel. I want to share what I do so I want people to visit and read but then I also think, I’m putting all this time and effort in and I still come up short in comparison with all the other blogs and then I start feeling all kinds of icky, negative feelings. Blech! Let’s not waste anymore time on negativity!

  18. You are hysterical. I love the way you write. When I started blogging, almost two years ago, I purposely never looked at other blogs, mostly because I didn’t want to be discouraged. And I would have been. That’s also why my blog name is chefmimiblog – I had no idea that the name was supposed to be creative, like rosemary and apples. oh well. Food blogging is difficult, because there’s more than recipes that go into it, like the food styling and photography. At least my photography has improved, which was one of my motivations. But it’s a job. It takes a lot of time. And when my first grand daughter is born in September, my priorities will most likely change… I actually don’t follow the “big” food blogs. But it’s not because I’m intimidated by the great styling, it’s because they don’t respond to comments. Fuck them.

    • Awww, thanks Chef Mimi! I’m always so flattered when people tell me I’m entertaining. I love to please! Good for you for not looking at other blogs and comparing. The problem is, with food blogging, the social media aspect and the socializing is such a big part of it all. I know that I need to be proud of all I’ve accomplished and not get caught up in competition but sometimes I just can’t help it. Sigh…I’ve always been terrible at replying to comments simply because I don’t have that much time but I try to let my readers know all the time that I read every word your guys write and I appreciate it so much! I’m definitely trying to reply more often. And congrats on the first granddaughter coming in September! How exciting!

  19. Hey Nance – I say watch the Rich Asian Girls reality show until you make yourself sick and come back with a renewed sense of purpose. 😉

    I dunno, you always seem to articulate what’s floating around in my head in such a witty and irreverent way. I still remember the first post I read on your blog where you had me at “Bieber & Mariah” and I knew we would get along swimmingly. Take a break, but don’t change! YOU ARE AWESOME! Just think of Darth Maul…

    • Bwahahahaha the video was adorbs and hilarious. And I loved posting that Bieber/Mariah video last year. I still shudder when I think of it. Thanks for always lifting my spirits, Ames. I CAN’T believe we’re going to be meeting in a few days *excited squeal*

  20. Nance a break is definitely a great idea because this interwebs and food blogging thing can really affect the mind and soul. It’s not just you…I am struggling to stay positive and just not quit to be honest. It is all just too much at the moment but taking it slow or a complete break is exactly the cure. Just don’t change your awesome self, as you are one of my favorite blogs and writers!! Your incredible recipes need to exist in the interwebs 🙂

    • This comment brightened my day so much, Zainab, you have no idea. You, my friend, are one of MY favourite writers for one of MY favourite blogs! You are so incredibly talented and awesome and amazing and brilliant. I’d hate if you ever stopped blogging but you gotta do what’s right for you. And we’d always be here if you came back. But seriously, don’t gooooooooooo! Love ya, girl!

  21. I feel you about blogging! When I take a week or several days off blogging (including social media and keeping up with other blogs and all that goes along with it), I always end up thinking I should just quit because I’d save so much time! But I’ve ended up just cutting down a lot and not stressing if I don’t have anything to post one week rather than going out of my way to make something creative and inspired. You should definitely take a break and enjoy summer and life, and when you come back you will probably feel a lot more refreshed and inspired!

  22. Oh Nancy, I totally feel you on this post. Yours and Movita’s posts made me realize that food blogging is supposed to be fun, and that hasn’t been the case for me (or a lot of other people, it seems) lately. I’m also a jealous, tired, and judgmental bitch, but it just can’t be avoided with so much perfection around! Everyone deserves a break sometimes, but I hope yours isn’t too long because I really look forward to reading your posts. You have such a unique and hilarious voice and your blogging presence will be missed!

  23. One of the worse things we can do is compare ourselves to others. We need to find joy with our own gifts and you have plenty! You evoke a range of emotions with every post and provide a delicious recipe too. I love your honesty and wit. You don’t need to compete with anyone. I know it’s easier said than done, as I struggle with it too. However, just try to be the best version of you. No one can do it better!

  24. Nance, my friend, I’m completely amazed how you put into words what I feel. Because of work, my blogging has taken a back seat, so in the back I hardly remember it at times. And when I think why I haven’t blogged much, I always thought it was because I started an awesome new job, that changed my life for the better (less stress, great people on a daily basis, lots of laughs, time to do the things I like, etc), and suddenly I realized I don’t blog much because I’m actually living my life…!! Interesting discovery.
    Btw, I love reading you bitch about crap in general! I really do. Wish we lived close.

  25. My new friend! All this time I have been following you on IG, and until this weekend, I never actually read your blog. I love it, and your realness in this post. I can completely relate! I go through phases as well (I think we all do?), and sometimes seeing (er, reading?) that I am not the only one who feels this way, is refreshing. Thank you! It was great to meet you this weekend!

  26. How the heck did I miss this post? First, I had googled you to see if you had a cherry cobbler recipe for something in Just Desserts – then I saw one of your tags was “Angry Asian” and my SIL talks about being one of those sometimes so I HAD to click on it which brought me to this post – where you talk about Hobby Lobby – well, how would you like to BE from Oklahoma and live about 15 miles away from the entire clan of Greens? They also own Mardels and a big furniture company. I guess Jesus felt they just needed to be rich or something……….anyway, I didn’t shop there much anyway but now I will never darken their doors! You are a great blogger – yep, there are a lot of bloggers out there – you really shouldn’t be in competition with your blogging friends. Man, if I was, I would lose every time! But wait! Aren’t you an ATTORNEY? Yes, I’m sure there’s a Canadian Bar exam etc… Just like my son had to pass down here and he’s no slouch so you can’t be either!…………oh wait, I’m looking for a cherry cobbler post……..

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