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GRETCHEN TRIES STUFF EP 15: The One With Zero Waste September {Take 2}

  I know what you’re thinking: It’s already halfway through October and I’m late with my Zero Waste September update. I’ve been sitting on this for about a month trying to figure out exactly what I want to say on the subject. My Zero Waste September ended up being a Zero Waste Half-September. I’m typically very disciplined and very good at sticking to my funny…

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SPICED APPLE DUTCH BABIES {A Breakfast Treat For Fall}

  My dad is famous for one thing: Cooking any food that can be served with maple syrup. (Okay… he might be known for more than one thing, but that’s definitely one of the things he is most known for in our family.) Many of the breakfast recipes I make today are originally recipes I was taught by my dad, coming from the tradition of…

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BOOKCLUBS — Pros and Cons {also, “I’m starting a bookclub” announcement}

“Hello, My name is Gretchen and I’m a bookaholic.” I’m a pretty avid reader and always have been but I haven’t always been too huge on “bookclubs.” I’ve had many opportunities to join them in the past and I’ve only agreed to it once. One of my good friends started a Young Adult Novel bookclub and I joined that (I wasn’t always good at reading…

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FALL 2018 READING PICKS — {The Cookbook Edition}

  I love autumn. It’s my favorite time of the year. The changing leaves, the crisper air, the magical anticipation of all the upcoming holidays—I love it all (except for all the Pumpkin Spice everything, that’s gotten a bit too much). One of my favorite parts of fall is how nice it is to spend a weekend or an evening in a warm kitchen (particularly…

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LET’S TALK ABOUT GHOSTS & PIE (a discussion on baking + dating + ghosting)

  I love ghost stories. (If you do as well, I highly recommend the Two Girls One Ghost podcast, btw.) I love haunted places, photos of abandoned buildings and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (this is pretty surprising to some people, because I happen to be a super jumpy, easily-startled person and I can’t handle watching most scary movies). But recently I’ve encountered…

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SPONTANEOUS TRIPLE BERRY OREGON COFFEE CAKE

  I hate coffee cake. I use to love to bake coffee cake when I was a teenager. I’d make it ad nauseam (probably to the dismay of my family who would be forced to help me eat it, constantly. This was also around the time I went through a phase of listening to Bollywood soundtracks so I was particularly annoying to live with at…

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FINDING YOUR DIGITAL VOICE

  I’ve been blogging for about a year, and I still sometimes find myself in an existential crisis over what I want my “voice” to be online. What is and isn’t “on brand” for me? What’s my Instagram theme? Do I Snap? YouTube? Blog on a particular topic? Does it even really matter? How curated does my online presence really need to be? The advice…

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF CARE — and what that looks like to me

Last spring I had a close friend message me that she was having a tough time. One of those weeks where things don’t go so right and you’re suddenly handed some heavy issues on your plate. One of my pieces of advice was, “Don’t forget the importance of self care…” and then I tried thinking of a few examples and ended up with, “…like drink…

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AGGRESSION COOKIES (an easy oatmeal cookie recipe)

For almost my entire life, the same cookie jar has sat on the kitchen counter. The porcelain pig jar (appropriately wearing a kitchen apron) started as a counter staple at my parent’s house when I was a kid and was then gifted to me by my mother when I was in my 20s. It’s currently sitting on my kitchen counter as I write this. Being…

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AUTUMN APPLE CAKE

  For the past few year, Portland has gotten these beautiful “Indian Summers” with warm sunny September weather. This September, however, is already shaping up to be a wet one. We still have about another week of summer left, but fall already feels like it is in full swing here. I love it! I’m so ready for Autumn, the changing leave colors, fresh apples, and…

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GRETCHEN IS A WRITER-BASED IN PORTLAND, ORE. SHE GOT HER START AS A JOURNALIST WORKING ON THE SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND RESTAURANT BEAT BEFORE MOVING INTO COPYWRITING AND ADVERTISING WORK. SHE CURRENTLY BLOGS AND WORKS AS A FREELANCE WRITER.

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