Lucy’s basic butter cake

When I want to feel connected with my nan, I get out the special recipe book she made me when I first moved out of home and choose something to make. There are dinners and cakes, desserts and slices and lots of things in between. I’ll talk a lot about Nan’s book when I’m writing about food, and I’ll try to share some of her recipes, but I feel a bit precious about them ending up on the internet because they are so special to me. 

The not-so-pretty part of pageants

You may have heard me interviewed on the fabulous This Retro Life podcast last week, and heard some of my comments about the pinup pageant world. I have a lot of friends who are just starting out and getting involved in pageants, so I wanted elaborate on my thoughts just a bit.