We made it to the end of 2020. While it was a bad year for everyone in general, there were some good highlights for us.
The most important was Isabelle joining our family. I’m so grateful the delivery went smoothly, and she is healthy. She is such a curious baby who loves eating, babbling, and crawling (but hates sleeping). Both our parents are so excited to be grandparents and luckily have been able to meet her, although most of her socialization has been via Ipad and Zoom due to COVID19.
We moved cross country to the most beautiful place I’ve been to – Seattle, Washington. As an avid photographer and hiker, I’m always in awe of how beautiful nature here can be. The national / state parks, the mountains, the waterfalls, and the islands are just stunning.
We got a new car – Toyota Rav4 (which we named Hiro the Hybrid, since the car was made in Japan). This is the first big purchase that B and I made. We desperately needed a new car as our 13 year old two door Honda Civic couldn’t even fit Isabelle’s carseat and we wanted a safer car for snow, rain, and uneven roads in the mountains. While finances are tight right now, we were able to make it work; we’re so happy to have an SUV for our weekend hikes (and more importantly, our grocery trips).
I started the last part of my training – hematology oncology fellowship. I learned a lot so far in the past 6 months and look forward to figuring out what I want to do in my career and research.
And finally, Obsessive Cooking Disorder turned 10 years old! My baking and photography has come a long way from the start. This food blog is a big reason for my improvement in photography, and it’s been awesome sticking with something for 10 years.
Happy new year and looking onward to 2021! Peppermint Merengue Cookies adapted from Spun Sugar Run.
Peppermint Meringue Cookies
4 egg whites, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup superfine white sugar (you can food process regular sugar)
few drops peppermint extract, to taste
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup finely chopped chocolate
4-6 candy canes, crushed
MERENGUE: Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F and place rack in center of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper