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there is love

After a three month writing hiatus, it might seem cliche to focus on ways I’ve witnessed love through writing, but this is where I’ve been finding my heart, my jam, during the Winter days of wonder. These expressions or signs often jump in my face, knock me over with an inked blow, and I’m unable to ignore all the forms of heartfelt emotions seen thru writing.

I find it in the note I leave my child on his desk complimenting him for some action or completed task, then receiving a written note in return on the other side of the paper sitting on my bedroom pillow. There is love.

It’s in the postcards mailed to Senators voicing a passion or concern, a handwritten protest sign, or the words in Gloria Steinem’s handwritten speech. There is love.

I see it in the written directions on a Post-it attached to a homemade lemon, ginger elixir made with care from a busy cousin. There is love.

I’ve found it when my daughter asks to write down details of each day in her miniature wall calendar, then asking last night for a 5-Year-Journal like mine so there is space for more writing. There is love.

It’s in a friend’s Orange Cake recipe I’ve been searching for while planning a celebration and then when I write down the ingredients on my grocery list, there is a whole lotta love…and a few oranges as well.

In these written words I find not only love but wisdom, guidance, hope, individuality, freedom of expression and the value of each day we are given. Don’t overlook these bits of handwritten love scattered throughout your day. And while it’s on your mind, write someone an unexpected Valentine – It might be a Hallmark holiday but this one’s not to be missed. Happy Writing! xoxoxo, w

P.S. If you live in the Twin Cities, be sure to check out the Brown Ink Paper Goods love notes now being sold at The Foundry and Room No. 3 while supplies last!

P.P.S. If you are needing any advice on writing the perfect love letter, Sugar Paper has you covered!


Two Oranges

On New Year’s Eve my friend Alison brought our family a thoughtful hostess box full of goodies, including two oranges and a recipe for Orange Cake. She mentioned this was her most recent “go to” cake – Lucky us! Now to give you a little back story, Alison is always whipping up something new in her kitchen. While I’ve printed dozens of e-mailed recipes we’ve exchanged, I’ve received only a few written ones over the years.


A few days later I baked my first Orange Cake and nearly burned the house down. However, with more winter “vacation” days back at home than expected (thanks to temperatures way below zero) I ended up baking quite a bit. Now, I can’t get enough of this insanely spectacular cake. Aside from the fresh taste and spongy, dare I say moist, texture, I think of Alison every time I make this yummy circle of goodness. I see her letters, I see her abbreviations, her one typo, her unique “a”‘s, and her all-lowercase letters. I think of her kitchen and all the calming effects it has on each visitor. I also think of her kindness and for taking the time to write down one of her recent “keepers” which is now part of my permanent collection. It’s kind of amazing what a simple written recipe will bring out of an individual, a little window into their world; a piece of themselves to another through writing. So transparent yet moving. 


So as I baked two Orange Cakes yesterday, one for a coffee date with a group of friends and another for a Ladies evening gathering, I decided to include a few written recipe cards (lucky for me I had some on hand!) for anyone interested. In the end, the cakes were a hit but even more so, my friends were delighted to take home a new recipe. I don’t assume they’ll think of me every time they make the cake but I know I’ve given a part of myself, my love of Orange Cake, my love of baking, and my love of writing to each one.

P.S. To check out the origin of the Orange Cake head to elana’s pantry. yum yum.