Baking #6: 42 projects in 52 weeks

***Originally Posted 2/8/15***

OK, remember when I said that technically some of my projects wouldn’t be baked persay? This week’s is one of those.  I made Oreo Truffles today so I could bring something sweet to the How I Learned To Drive cast party and I thought I’d share this very easy treat with you.

There are several variations of this recipe all over the internet, but I have always just guestimated after making them for the first time at a holiday treat party in 2010.

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The End of the Beginning and the Beginning of the End

***Originally posted 1/31/15***

Today is the last day of January. The end of the beginning. It has been a great, full, powerful start to the year. If the term “start as you mean to go on” has any weight then this year is going to be great. This month, like every month since having my son, has flown by, as has the rehearsal process for How I Learned To Drive!

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Baking #5: 42 projects in 52 weeks- Cookies for the Cast

***Originally Posted 1/27/15***

Yesterday’s baking project was an oldie but a goodie- chocolate chip cookies!

I wanted this week’s recipe to be something I could easily share because today is the designer’s run for How I Learned to Drive. Our rehearsal process has been short, intense, and has just flown by! After the designers run we have only a few more rehearsals before we open a week from Thursday! WHOAH!

(Seriously… Get. Your. Tickets!)

I am so proud of this cast and so thankful to have a full production team (still seems strange after 3 years of grad school where the cast WAS the production crew!) So I thought cookies would be a good way to offer a gesture of appreciation. Plus, things are really busy around here so it seemed a good time for a tried and true recipe. That’s also why today’s post is fairly short. Hopefully back to your regularly scheduled blogging after getting through tech and opening!

There are hundreds of cookie recipes online. I won’t tell you my exact recipe, but I will tell you a little cookie baking hint: If your oven heats unevenly (and I think most household ovens do at least a bit), make sure you switch the trays between the top and bottom rack halfway through cooking. This will keep them soft instead of half soft and half crunchy from the extra heat!

Another tip? Don’t skip on the chocolate chips! MMMMMMMM….

Also, always have a glass of milk handy for taste testing…

On Being a Female Theatre Artist

***Originally Published on 1/16/15***

If there are two pieces of advice I can’t stand to hear people give those pursuing theatre, it is “take every role” or the closely related “audition for everything”. This “guidance” is something I have heard several times throughout my journey as a theatre artist, and the more I hear it the more it makes my frustration level go from 0 to 60 in seconds. Now let me explain… I think there are silly, immature, and career damaging reasons not to take a role. I’d be happy to talk about them, but that’s not for this post. And since this post gets a little heated, let’s take a step back and start with a Ryan Gosling meme: Continue reading