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Favorite Photos from Fall 2011

Here are some of my favorite photos form this past fall – my second to last semester of my undergraduate career.

Great times; great people. 🙂

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On Blogging as a Passion

I would like to take this opportunity to discuss why I got into blogging, and why I want to do it more. Quite a bit more. {Note: This is cross-posted from my SIUC Blog. I will still be posting over there, but I will probably post here a bit more frequently.}

On Tuesday, December 13th, 2011, I wrote:

I am finally taking the plunge on something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

I am beginning the process of starting my own personal blog, which will eventually be my very own WordPress site.

I have had blogs in the past – Blogger, LiveJournal [!], Xanga [lololol] – you name the site, and I’ve probably had an account on it.

I have even had my own domain name for quite some time.

The problem? I’ve never truly stuck with it.

Why? I don’t know. Boredom. Lack of inspiration. Fear.

However, I have always had this burning desire to become a blogger.

The manner in which I became obsessed with blogging was rather odd. You see, I have always had a passion for writing. I’ve also been obsessed with the Internets since about 7th grade [That was approximately ten years ago. Yikes!], yet I didn’t truly discover the “blogosphere,” as it were, until probably about 2009. It all started on a boring day when I decided to Google my first name. [Everyone does that, right?]

Somewhere amongst all the muck that comes up when you search for “Darcie,” I found a “mommy blogger” whose name is Darcie, spelled exactly like my name. Being the curious person I am, I decided to read about what she had to say. Although being bored and searching for my name seems rather arbitrary, it actually marked the turning point that would change my life for good. Soon I found myself obsessed with other “mommy bloggers” – most of whom are stay-at-home mothers who write about recipes, their kids, and other home-ec subjects. Now that I think about it, it probably seems kinda creepy for a person in their early 20s to be stalking blogs written by middle-aged mothers. I had no desire to become a mother then, and I still don’t. Yet, reading about their recipes and home life was very fascinating to me. I mean this all in an endearing way, not a creepy Internet stalker way. :P

Once I began following several mom blogs, I soon discovered what would become a passion for me: food blogs. What’s not to love? Gorgeous, drool-worthy photos of delicious food. Creativity at its finest. Witty banter. A true sense of passion and community.

The Pioneer Woman. Bakerella. Joy the Baker. Annie’s Eats. 101 Cookbooks. Eat, Live, Run. How Sweet Eats. I love them all. They’re all amazing, down-to-earth women with busy lives, yet they make time for their passion – that is, cooking, baking, reading recipes, and coming up with their own. I want to be like them when I grow up. I want to write, to experiment with recipes and be covered in sugar and flour. I want to laugh at myself and share my life with others. I want to bake, cook, and read about photography, art, and fashion. I want to blab about decorating my home, and making it mine. I want to pretend that I know something about style. {I’m not saying that these women don’t – they’re truly awesome ladies, and I do aspire to be more like them.}

So I decided that I’m gonna do it. I think that this blog has helped give me the courage and push that I need to finally pursue one of my main passions in life. The all-encompassing site will have to be on the back burner until I’m done with college, however. It actually takes a lot of work to build a site, take photos, and add content on a consistent basis. For now, I will be writing on my own WordPress site {That’s this here blog! Yay!}. I will also be writing here, of course, and you may actually see some duplicate content between my personal blog and this one. Eventually, I will be making use of my own domain: www.darcestar.net. The geek in me wants to create my own WordPress theme, with your standard HTML, CSS, and PHP framework. In addition, I will be working on my own graphics for the site. I am hoping to roll out a fully functioning, attractive site within a year or so.

Yep. I do believe it is time: time to put my game face on, and begin pursuing my passions head-on. I’ve spent far too much time daydreaming and doubting myself. New Years is right around the corner, and this is not even a New Years’ Resolution. I’m starting now. I would also encourage you to take a good long look at yourself, and ask, “What am I passionate about? What is something that I have always wanted to pursue, yet never did, for whatever reason?” Regardless of what that something {or those somethings} might be, I encourage you to start figuring out what your passion is, and then go out there and DO IT! Right now.

There really is no time like the present, eh?

Om Nom Nom: Dinner Planning

I am starting one of them there fancy themed posts on this lovely blog.

As you can tell, its title will be “Om Nom Nom.” What will the post entail? Well, these posts are for me to show you what I’m planning to cook for dinner every weeknight. It’s a good way for me to keep myself organized, and actually work on planning home-cooked meals more often. We all know that home-cooked meals are typically tastier, better for you, and better for your budget.

It will go live every Sunday evening or early Monday while I am home on winter break. I could technically plan meals and cook while at school, but I do live in a dorm, and let’s be honest? How would you feel about cooking in the communal kitchens of a seventeen-story dormitory? Umm, not me. Kill it with fire.

I try to cook on occasion while I am at school, albeit at the residences of friends and family. But as a student, there simply is not much time to put a lot of thought and effort into meal planning. Hence why I try to do it at home so that I can cook for my dad, my brother, and of course myself. {My mom is in Idaho for a temporary job, otherwise, I’d be cooking for her too, of course!}

Alright. Now that the obligatory explanation of this themed post is over, let’s dig in [pun totally intended], shall we?

Monday: Mustard and herb crusted salmon; steamed broccoli; mashed sweet potatoes.

Tuesday: Spinach tortellini soup; bread and butter.

Wednesday: Crockpot BBQ pulled pork on whole wheat buns; spinach and red lettuce sauteed in olive oil and garlic; buttered carrots.

Thursday: Chicken taquitos; corn; red leaf and spinach salad.

Friday: I think we will either have leftovers, or we might go out to eat since it’s Dad’s payday! 😀

Stay tuned for pictures of each dish, which will probably be posted once a day, assuming I get the opportunity to snap a photo!

Notes:

1. I am not making the wheat buns from scratch. Delving more into yeast doughs is a post-college endeavor.  😉

2. If you’re curious about what recipes I use to make each meal, please let me know and I will be happy to post them or send them to you!

3. I do actually make some meals while at school. I try to make relatively healthful meals, but they’re usually raw meals, due to the fact that I don’t have my own kitchen. However, I will be sharing some of those recipes soon as well!

Why “Darcestar?”

I’m sure some of you are wondering what is up with my blog’s name. Well, I will tell you how Darcestar came about.

So, as you have probably gathered, my name is Darcie.

Many moons ago, someone decided that a funny nickname for me would be “Darce Vader,” a play on words to “Darth Vader.” Clever, I know.

A few months back, some of my friends were being goofy and talking about the Death Star {from Star Wars}, and then they started calling me Darce Vader, and then all of the sudden, “Darce Star” came about.

I was looking for a unique name to have on the Web, and I’ve never been creative with usernames. I wanted one that would be fitting to who I am, but not give away my entire name.

And so Darcestar it is.

The end.

Hello, World!

Ahh yes, the obligatory first blog post.

I don’t have much to say today; I’m not feeling especially wordy or talkative at the moment.

If you are curious to know more about how boring I am, then please see my about page.

If you’re wondering why I think I’m cool enough to be a part of the blogosphere, well, here’s my best explanation as to why I am here:

  • I want to blog because I love to write. Am I an expert at writing? Oh. No, no, and no. I like to think that I’m a decent writer, but I still make grammatical and spelling errors fairly often. However, I do believe that I will become a stronger writer only by continuing to write frequently, therefore learning from my mistakes and acquiring a larger vocabulary.
  • I want to blog because I enjoy sharing my life. I don’t think I am some special person; I know that I’m not a unique and beautiful snowflake. But you know what? I am not doing this for anyone else; I want to blog for myself, first and foremost. If other people are into what I have to say? Cool. Even better. I’m glad you’re here to share some of this crazy, weird, and awesome 21st century life with me.
  • I want to blog because I desire the ability to track my accomplishments. Whether it be in school or in the kitchen, I want to have a “timeline” of sorts of my life. I want to be able to look back and see how I’ve grown as  a person. It’s very fascinating to me, but that might just be because I’m easily amused.
  • Also. I am not a Mac fangirl. I like the retro, geeky look of this theme, so for now, it will suffice [until I have the time to create my own theme]. I don’t hate Macs, but rather, I see a purpose and a place for Windows, Macs, and Linux. Just so you know. 🙂

That’s all I can think of for now. Hopefully I’ll think of something more riveting to talk about soon.

-xoxo