But by that summer, my focus changed to whole, unprocessed foods grown locally and made from scratch. I became a devotee to my weekly Saturday ritual of shopping at my local farmers market. I learned to bake bread. I took part in the Dark Days Challenge to eat one mostly local meal each week, even in the winter, until it became a way of life. I planted my first urban garden. I discovered my love for hosting parties. I found myself drawn more and more to the kitchen (perhaps as a way to avoid other problems in my life). Given my increasing concern over environmental
issues, I found a new job at a conservation nonprofit.
Thanks to my readers for sticking around over these past five years! I've appreciated the support of the many friends I've made through blogging, some whom I have even been lucky enough to meet in person. To celebrate, my next post will offer cupcakes.