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3-24-2014

So I haven’t posted anything in a very long time. My last post, I was with my ex, Mandi. I was still friends with Shane, and I played bass and was still in college. This was about 2 years ago, at least.

In April, one week after my birthday my Papa passed away. He was like my second Dad, and watched my brother and I hundreds of times when we were kids. He was a true Artisan woodworker, and knew everything there was to know about wood. He made me a custom made rolling pin a few months before for Christmas, and it will always be the most perfect gift I ever have received. He suffered through a brain aneurism, mouth cancer, and maybe a stroke. His body progressively shut down until he unfortunately passed away. All the family came to see him before he passed, and he handed down a handful of items to be, of which I will always and forever have. You’ll always be missed Papa.

Last May, I graduated MVCC for baking and pastry arts / culinary arts management. My last semester I had 7 classes five days a week, and I worked on weekends. I managed to complete the semester making the president’s list, along with 3 certifications.

Sometime in September, Mandi and I broke up. We saw each other usually once a week, and unfortunately she made less and less time for me. She was operating her own business, trying out a political position in her town, attending college, and working. We dated for 3 years and 5 months, the longest relationship I’ve had.

In January, I bought my newest vehicle, a 2010 Dodge Caliber. A 4 Cylinder, 4 speed hatchback, with just less than 200 horsepower. Only 57,800 miles when purchased, and this car simply looks beautiful, all for $215 a month!

In February, I finally got a part-time job at a bakery in Syracuse. They really seem to like me, and I’ve been working there for about a month now. They make all of their pastries and breads from scratch, absolutely zero shortcuts.

In March, I asked this downright snazzy girl to be my girlfriend. Her name is Ashlee, and she is a blessing in my life. I talk to her on the phone nearly every single night, and I wake her with a “Good Morning Beautiful” every morning. Ever just see a picture of someone and your heart skips a beat? Ever been with someone and time seems to slow? Two sentences that fit her wonderfully. Her charm simply dazzles me, her beauty is stunning, and her kisses send me to the moon.

Next month, I turn 21! I cannot wait for this spring, seriously. I hate the fact I was screwed into buying a new car in the middle of winter, I want to detail it so bad.

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A Change of Priorities

If I remember right, in 2008 I started playing bass. About two and a half years ago, I found a new friend Shane. I soon realized he was a beginner singer/songwriter and he was a decent guitar player as well. I soon started playing with him, and only a mere two months later, I found my new girlfriend. 

Well as time passed, and Mandi and I dated longer, things slowly started to change. I got a part-time job, I got accepted to college, and my priorities have changed drastically. I also believe my “tastes” have changed too, but that’s beside my point. 

Well, Shane and I don’t exactly talk much anymore. He’ll send me a Facebook message “I can’t wait to get the band back together!” every now and then. However, when he’s home he’s so wrapped up in his girlfriend that he barely talks to me anymore. I rarely walk past La Vie Boheme anymore, the place that got me inspired to a whole new level. 

It’s odd really. I know, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. But that’s okay. 

But anyways, about my new priorities. I love to bake, I really do. Heck, I’ve even made my own Facebook page, a free website (I just might make it official…) and I’ve invested over $1k into baking ingredients, supplies, and equipment. The only time I don’t really bake is when it’s 100 degrees outside, and we don’t have AC in our kitchen. Other than that, I bake 2 or 3 times a week and I bake anything delicious. 

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Double Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

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Bread

Today I was lucky enough to make 6 sourdough boules. Each required the starter, some flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. It’s a relatively simple bread to make, and I loved making it. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than the feel of dough on the hands, and there’s nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread from the oven. The sourdough had excellent flavor with just some mild tang. The crust was crispy and the interior chewy, just the way I like it. I also love that first slice, the wonderfully warm bread with steam still slowly wafting from the loaf. I love how bread is so universal, from the simple “bare bones” slice, to loading it with herbs, spices, meats, cheeses, and anything else you desire.  

I still have another starter to spare, so I can probably make another 6 (or so) loaves of bread. I’ll probably freeze them and use them for special occasions, or just when I want a nice homemade loaf of bread. 

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Sourdough Boules