January 19

I’m still inspired by the Clickin Moms Project 52 theme for this week, food. These yummy cupcakes are from the White Mountain Cupcakery in North Conway, NH. They’re my two favorite flavors: Green Mountain Mint and Classic Red Velvet. You can put mint and chocolate together in almost anything or any form and I will go for it every time. Red velvet is a childhood favorite and brings back memories of my mother baking this for birthday every year because I requested it. This can be a rather tedious cake to make (though not as time-consuming as German Chocolate Cake she used to make) so I truly appreciate the effort she made on my behalf, especially since she worked full-time and had four kids. I hope I said thank you a million times.

You can see the White Mountains in the background as my two scrumptious friends sit on the windowsill of my room at the Appalachian Mountain Club‘s Highland Center in Crawford Notch, NH. This is one of my favorite places to come and unwind. Being surrounded by mountains brings a sense of balance and peace back to my soul, even in the midst of emotional toil such as working on my dissertation or mourning the death of my mother. This has also been the site of many happy memories, such as skiing with my son, hiking with my husband and son, taking photographs, playing board games in the lounge, and meeting new people at the family-style dinners every night.



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