Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas, happy holidays, and the best of wishes to you and yours from my humble kitchen. Thank you so much for all your support through the year—here’s to more fun, messes, and lessons learned in the coming year!

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Happy Third Birthday, Humblebee & Me!

I can scarcely believe it, but Humblebee & Me is three today. I can’t believe it’s been over 1000 days since I launched this site with eager expectations of the world immediately flocking to the three recipes I had online. A lot has changed since then, and I’m super excited that people actually want to read my recipes and try my projects with me 🙂

I'm re-using this celebratory type photo 'cause I think it's hilarious.

I’m re-using this celebratory type photo ’cause I think it’s hilarious. Also YAY THREE YEARS!

So, as a bit of a birthday retrospective, I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favourites from the last year—favourite breakthroughs, favourite day-to-day products, favourite gifts, and what not. I’ve published over 600 entries (this is #648!), but these are the ones I’m excited about right now.

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Summer 2014 Ingredient Love

I’ve got lots of ingredients, but I’ve got no problems playing favourites. Here are the ingredients I’m loving right now—stay tuned for them in upcoming recipes 🙂

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Why I Read

I know this is a departure from what I usually write about, but I’m hoping to spark a bit of a discussion here about something I love very much—reading. I got to thinking about precisely why I read back in August, when I spent some time with some sort-of relatives. The eldest is around my age, and we were quite good friends when we were younger. We were discussing books we’d read lately when the 15 and 12-year-olds piped up and proudly declared that neither of them had ever read an entire book, and that reading is stupid and dumb. I certainly hope they were exaggerating, but the fact that either of them thought it something to brag about is rather heartbreaking.

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Things I Learned in 2013

I love learning. Figuring out how a certain cosmetic is made, learning the etymology behind a neat word, trying out a new cooking technique. One of the things I’ll always have a lot to learn about is life in general. Here’s some things I sorted out this year.

The photos for today's post are from a hike Craig & I took up into the Bugaboos this summer.

The photos for today’s post are from a hike Craig & I took up into the Bugaboos this summer.

Sometimes people will force you to do something unimportant just to prove that they can boss you around. They can be slimy and sweet about it, or a flat out asshole. Either way, you probably will not like it (or them). They will often do it under the guise of it being necessary, though you can clearly see that it is not. It turns out there isn’t usually much you can do about this. However, there is a good chance that if you just grin and bear it, people around you will start to notice their asshole-ish behaviour as well.

Sometimes being unhappy for no apparent reason just happens. Try to figure it out, read a few books, and reach out to your friends.

I need vacations, and I need them to be spread out over the year.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone! I thought I’d celebrate by sharing a few of my favourite Christmas shots from the past few years. I also want to say a big thank you to everyone for supporting me this year by reading my blog, commenting, following me on my assorted social networks, and DIYing with me. It means the world to me.

Merry Christmas to you & yours 🙂