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Category Archives: Reflection

Aut facere aut mori | Spritz Cookies

Welcome back, all five of you who read GG: did you notice that things have changed?

The new motto is “aut facere aut mori,” which I translate from Latin to English as “make or die” or “do or die.” 

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Vice Cream Cake

Ice cream cake is simple: cookie crumbles, ice cream, and syrup and/or preserves.

Remember when cookie used to be spelled “cooky?”  I wasn’t alive then, but I read my mom’s copy of Ginny’s Baby-sitting Business (Catherine Woolley, 1969) in 2001, and there it was, “cooky” instead of cookie. Read more →

Witchy Birthday Dried Blood Red Velvet Cake

The old woman nodded as she listened to the soft, bubbling words [of the spirit of the well].  Then she went back to the cottage, her eyes bright with resolve, her step firm with courage.

She took water from the sieve and sprinkled it over the doorstep.  When she got inside she saw a cake, dark reddish brown and unappetizing to look at, on the table.  ‘They didn’t even wait for me to come back with the water,’ she said to herself.  ‘They were greedy as well as wicked.  But thanks to the spirit of the well I know what is in that cake.’

Geoffry Palmer and Noel Lloyd, “The Horned Witches,” Nine Witch Tales, ed. Abby Kedabra (New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1998), 13.

There were a few magical things about this cake I baked for my birthday: I still had the book from which the above quote is excerpted and the cake actually worked this time.

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Never Too Early for Pumpkin Muffins

It’s only seventy-four days until Halloween/my birthday, and it’s not too early for pumpkin muffins.  Snow is appearing on the mountains and it snowed (briefly, no accumulation) at 11,500 feet last weekend.

capitol lake vegan gluten-free | gothic granola 

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Summer Trip Heart Attack

Road food is not kind to vegans…or really, to anyone.  TC and I were eating a very unhealthy breakfast of fries (for me) and French toast (for him) somewhere in South Dakota and he said, “Ugh, I feel like I’m gonna have a heart attack after eating all this heavy food this trip.”  Which led to a certain song being stuck in my head for the rest of the trip…

road trip 2016 vegan gluten-free | gothic granola

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“Chai” It: Into It/ Over It, High Altitude Edition

gothic granola national forest camping colorado

It’s time for another round of Into It/Over It, the High Altitude Edition.  The point of this type of post is to point out a negative and replace it with a positive (and sometimes just point out positives).  What does a picture of this awesome-yet-undisclosed location have to do with Gothic anything?  If you have ever read any Gothic literature (FrankensteinThe Castle of OtrantoCarmillaDracula, et cetera), they can be read as travel journals, with significant chunks of text devoted to describing landscapes and characters’ travels.  I re-read Carmilla  on a weekend’s camping trip, and the descriptions of Styria (region in modern-day Austria and Slovenia) reminded me of the critical angle of Gothic literature as travel journals.

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Revenants | Cherry Chocolate Chip Vice Cream

Fun fact, Gothic Granola isn’t dead.  Neither am I.  I’ve been Instagramming my creations but haven’t been blogging as I’ve been creative writing and working on other projects.  Since November 2015, I have made several kinds of vice cream (vegan ice cream) including:

  • Chocolate
  • Rocky road
  • Mint chocolate chip
  • Pistachio
  • Cherry chocolate chip
  • Kind of whippy vanilla (that’s a lot like coco whip)

cherry chocolate chip vice cream | vegan gluten-free | gothic granola

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