Happy Pi Day!

Chocolate Silk Pie

This past weekend my friend hosted a pie party where each person represented a different country. I was representing South Korea and Dan wanted me to make a meat pie with using a rice crust and bulgogi filling. I was intrigued by that idea, but I have so many cookbooks that get no love, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to use one. After thumbing through The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook and Martha Stewart’s Newlywed Kitchen, I decided to go with a recipe from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. Since it’s the end of winter and produce isn’t exactly bountiful, her chocolate silk pie recipe sounded like a winner.

I asked Dan to pick chocolate wafer cookies, but after going to the store, he couldn’t find any. We settled with Oreos. Who doesn’t love an Oreo crust, right? He also wasn’t able to unsweetened chocolate, so we substituted with bittersweet. I finished the pie by adding the Korean chili powder gochugaru to the filling and the whipped cream. I thought it might give the filling a slightly smoky flavor, but it only added a little spice at the end, which is why I also put it in the whipped cream.

I ended up messing with the Smitten Kitchen recipe a bit since I ended up using a larger pie pan, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I didn’t end up bringing home gold for South Korea, but at least I got some great compliments on how the pie turned out! It seemed that people enjoyed the spice that showed up at the end.

Korean Chocolate Spiced Silk Pie

Yields one 12-inch pie

Oreo Crust


  • 30 Oreos or similar sandwich cookie
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted

Turn your oven on to 350 degrees.

Using a food processor, finely crush the cookies so they resemble crumbs, pick out any leftover full cookies and eat (or you know, just keep processing until they become crumbs). You can also put the cookies into a bag and smash them using a rolling pin or slamming them onto the counter if you’re looking to get some stress out.

Stir the crumbs and butter together in your pie dish. When fully combined, press the crumbs into the bottom of and up the side of the pan.

Put the pan in the oven for about 8 minutes for a crunchy crust, then cool completely. I let my crust cool in the fridge overnight by covering it with saran wrap.

While the crust is cooling, you can get started on your filling.

Chocolate Silk Filling


  • 13 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 100 grams bittersweet chocolate, melted, and cooled
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of gochugaru (or chili powder if you can’t find this)

Whip the butter and sugar together in a stand mixer. Be sure to scrape down the bowl when needed. Once the mixture is pale and fluffy, drizzle in the chocolate while the mixer is running on medium speed. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating for five minutes at medium speed each time. Also important to scrape down the bowl here as well! Add in the vanilla.

Once everything has been mixed together, add a small pinch of gochugaru and mix. Taste the filling to see if the spice is there, it should show up at the very end. If the filling is lacking, throw in a little more, but a small amount! Gochugaru is very potent. If you do end up adding too much, I would make a small batch of the butter, sugar, chocolate mix and add it to the original mixture.

Once the filling is perfect, put it in the chilled crust. I tried to get it spread as evenly as I could and to smooth out the top. It wasn’t perfect, and it’s fine, it’s going to be covered with whipped cream anyways. Let the pie chill in the fridge completely, at least six hours.

When you’re ready to serve the pie, make the whipped cream.

Korean-style Whipped Cream


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • A pinch of gochugaru

Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the cream with the sugar until peaks slightly start to form. You don’t want to over beat it as the soft consistency of the cream mixes well with the filling. If you would like to add a little spice to the whipped cream, add a little gochugaru, if not, leave it out. It does add a little fun color to the whipped cream.

Take the pie out and spread the whipped over the pie, and top of chocolate shavings if you would like.

I found a bar of dark chocolate and shaved on as much as I could in an “artful” way. The final product is below. Artful enough? I wish I had an Instagram worthy picture of a slice sitting nicely next to a drink, but alas, I was too busy eating it. Next time!

Korean Chocolate Silk Pie


Back to Life

Olá! After two and a half weeks, we’re finally back from South America. Ok, technically we got back last Wednesday, but we’ve been busy and fighting jet lag, I haven’t had time to write anything.

I have so much to tell about our adventures through Buenos Aires, Uruguay, and Brazil. Our favorite city was Buenos Aires, but our favorite eating was in Rio. I’ll write posts for each of the countries we visited, and what life was like on a luxury cruise line (where we were easily the youngest people on the boat by 20 years).

Pictured above is a building in beautiful Paraty, Brazil. Easily one of my favorite stops, minus the fact that it was 94 degrees, plus 92 degrees humidity, which equals 132 degree heat index. It’s a good thing I had been going to hot yoga before the trip, because that’s the only way I could breathe through it. Fun fact, Paraty is also where the Twilight honeymoon takes place.

I can’t wait to tell you about our trip! It’s crazy to think you spend so long planning a trip, and then it goes by in a flash. We had this trip booked 8 months in advance, which is one of the “shortest” timelines we’ve ever had. Normally, we book trips almost 11 months in advance because we use airlines miles and jump on tickets as soon as they’ve been released (example: upcoming Europe Christmas trip that was booked at the end of January).

South America was beautiful and we can’t wait to go back. Be sure to look for future posts about our adventures!


Gossett Girl

One Year

One year ago today, I received a call from my doctor asking if Dan and I could come into the office ASAP. One year ago today we sat in her office and I blatantly asked if I had cancer because she was describing things, but not using the word. One year ago today our world turned upside down.

This past year has seemed to crawl by. It seems like ages ago Dan and I were traveling to Seattle and Houston to decide my treatment plan. Chemo and radiation seem like a distant memory from years past, not something I just went through six months ago.

Today though, I am spending the day biking around Montevideo with Dan and spending time with his mom and stepdad. I thought by this point we would have a six-month old taking over our life, but instead it’s just me and Dan. Life may not be where I thought it would at 33, but I’m taking what I have and trying to make the most of it.

I feel better and am getting stronger. I recently ran 5.5 miles at a 9:18 pace, then ran three miles under a 9 minute pace the next day. I’ve started doing spin, yoga, hot yoga, and rock climbing.

Dan and I have booked a trip to Europe over Christmas and will have that to look forward to once we’re back from South America. While Dan and I have traveled a lot this past year, minus a work trip to Boston, everything has been for health reasons. We haven’t seen his siblings in over a year since his youngest sister got married last September. We’re hoping to meet up with them, his dad, and stepmom in Seattle in April, and we’ll be doing a week in Hawaii to celebrate his stepmom’s birthday.

We’re trying very hard to make up for all that was lost last year. While I know nothing will take away the pain that we have gone through, trying to enjoy what we do have helps to ease some of it. Here’s looking to future adventures.


Gossett Girl

February Bake – Ombre Ruffle Cake

We head out for vacation this weekend and won’t be back until the 28th, which left me this past weekend to do my February Great British Bake Off challenge. At first I thought I was going to bring the cake to a Super Bowl party, and then figured I would bring it to a King Cake party held at our wine bar, then last minute, my friend came through with movie night that we hosted so there was no transporting this cake anywhere!

I made the chocolate cake Friday night. It was easy enough,  minus trying to portion out the three layers. I only had one pan, and thought I did enough math to get the proper ratios for equal cakes, but definitely didn’t. My first layer was huge, the second layer was a flat disk, and the third layer was a perfect combination of the two.

On Saturday I started on the icing. Four sticks of butter and 8 cups of confectioner’s sugar. I ended up with so much, there was no way I thought I was going to use it all. I was super wrong though and ran out of icing and couldn’t complete piping all the layers. I was able to do some nice ombre color though. Unfortunately, my piping skills need work.

Would I make this cake again? Definitely. The cake was so delicious and not too sweet. Next time, I’ll only ice between the layers of the cake and do the crumb layer going for that “naked” effect to cut down on all the sugar and sweetness. And maybe next time I’ll use the correct icing tips and get flowers to properly decorate!


Gossett Girl

January Bake – Mallorcas

As I mentioned in my New Year post, my friend gave me the Great British Bake Off calendar for my birthday, and my New Year’s Resolution is to bake the monthly recipe. This month was mallorcas.

Mallorcas, as seen in the calendar picture above, are delicious, fluffy, spiraled breakfast buns that are topped with confectioners sugar and amazing with jam. The friend who gave me the calendar actually made these for my birthday brunch and they looked exactly like the photo and were divine.

My mallorcas on the other hand, came out looking like hockey pucks and a little bit denser than what they should have been. The taste was still there though.

What do I think went wrong with my bake? My instructions said I could use the dough hook attachment on a slow speed, but my friend had done everything by hand. I think I relied too much on my Kitchenaid and should have used my hands. I ended up finding chunks of butter the next morning when I went to roll out the dough. My dough was also very sticky and I don’t think it rised like it was supposed to.

It was still quite delicious, and I’m definitely going to try these again. At least there was no soggy bottom?


Gossett Girl

Monday Giggles

My sorority and now cancer-sister sent me this last week. It made me giggle uncontrollably in front of friends at a wine bar and they wanted me to share what was so funny. They didn’t get it. Neither did my best friend. It must be a cancer thing.


As a huge Potter-head/nerd I loved this more than anything. Gryffindor forever!


Gossett Girl

Serena Williams

A few years ago, I had the TV running in the background when my normal programming was interrupted by the French Open women’s final. I found myself getting sucked in watching Serena Williams rally to win the French Open while fighting the flu, and I’m pretty sure throwing up in a towel.

That got me hooked on tennis and Andy Murray (sorry Dan). I started following multiple tennis players on Instagram and wanted to learn how to play. I won a tennis lesson at an auction over a year ago, but when I finally got around to scheduling my lesson, everything went downhill with my cancer diagnosis and I didn’t get to take my lesson until October this past year. While I would love to continue taking tennis lessons, time and money are always fleeting. Maybe when I retire?

But back to the main subject: Serena Williams. Serena Williams is an amazing woman. She is so strong, talented, and BFF with Beyonce. She was also due to give birth a week after me.

It was painful to see all the media outlets talking about her pregnancy while I was dealing with the loss of our baby and the upcoming loss of my uterus. The wound was ripped open again with the birth announcement of her daughter a week after our due date and finishing chemo instead. She’s back in the news now on the cover of Vogue with her baby and talking about the horrific ordeal she went through after the birth.

While I’m glad the topic of birth complications have been brought back into the conversation, it’s still a little painful to see her as a joyful mother and her smiling daughter. It also makes me think of of my two friends who gave birth to their daughters a month after our due date. I still haven’t spoken to either of them. Short emails and cards were all I could manage. Random thoughts of them and their perfect families pop up into my head, and while I’m extremely happy for them, it makes me sad for the life we don’t have. Jealous even.

Am I a bad person for thinking this? Probably. Why can’t I just be happy for other people? I mean, I get why I can’t be 100% happy, but I would like to be. I want to let last year and all the emotions go. It’s hard to see any family with their kids. I find myself still nodding and smiling when someone brings up someone else’s kid, or quickly scrolling through Instagram when friend’s post their children. I’m hopeful that one of these days that will be Dan and I. And if not, then I hope the pain and sadness go away and we can be 100% content for those who have what we could not.

Am I going to regret being this open about my feelings in the future? Maybe. But this blog was created so I could share my experience as a now 33-year-old woman dealing with cancer and cancer-caused infertility.


Gossett Girl

Three Month Check-up

I got back from a quick Seattle trip late last night (early this morning technically). I had my three month follow-up with Dr. Goff’s nurse practitioner. The exam was short, fast, and only slightly painful. The exam was good though, nothing out of sorts. It’s always nerve-wrecking going into these things. My next follow-up is in April, when I’ll do another scan.

Less than two years to go of every three month check-ups. I’m looking forward to that time! While I love visiting my friends in Seattle, it’d be nice to use that airplane ticket to go somewhere else… We haven’t visited family in almost a year. The only trip we went on last year (minus NYC which was planned before pregnancy and cancer) was to Boston, and that was tacking on to my work trip. We’re headed to South America next month and can’t wait for that trip to happen.

I went out for a friend’s birthday on Saturday, and after a few too many drinks, I broke down crying. I have been so stressed out over last year and lost my ability to cry things out. While I feel bad for crying to all my friends (and being a hot mess), I woke up Sunday with a weight off my shoulders. It was nice to get all that emotion out. Though, it would be nicer if I could cry like I used to instead of holding everything in. I used to be one of those people who cried at the smallest things like commercials. I’ve found myself to be more cynical after last year and having trouble with letting go of emotions (unless apparently there is wine involved).

I am hoping to return to my old self, even if it means going back to silly things like crying at Google and Maxwell House commercials. 2018 is already starting to look up, so I’m hopeful that the old Gina will return.


Gossett Girl

Hello 2018!

Happy New Year! As with everything I do, this message comes a little late. But at least it showed up, right? I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year. I had time off between the two holidays and had grand plans for reading, cooking, blogging, and binge-watching Big Little Lies, but instead I got sucked into reading the new Dan Brown novel, Origin, and then began re-reading the Robert Langdon series. Should I have read something a little more thought-provoking? Maybe. But it was a fun way to finish out the year — A little European, art history adventure.

Dan and I hosted Christmas dinner for friends who were staying in Montana which was a fun evening filled with good food (crab over-nighted from Seattle!) and lots of wine and bourbon. New Years Eve was spent in Spokane at our new favorite bar, Durkins. We sipped French 75s and champagne all night. I may have fallen asleep at our hotel before the fireworks went off.

2017 was a horrible year, but it also brought a lot of support and love. I’m hopeful for 2018. I am going to try and spend this year enjoying life and doing more things. I want to make up for things that didn’t happen last year: travel, cooking, baking, reading, outdoor adventures, and more.

We are headed to South America next month, and are planning on running the Calgary marathon/half marathon (and hopefully the Lululemon SeaWheeze half marathon in Vancouver). We’re hoping for another big trip around Christmas as well. And of course, my every 3-month follow-ups in Seattle start up again next week. We’ve talked to family about doing a weekend meet-up in Seattle for one of these trips.

My friend gave me a Great British Bake Off calendar for my birthday, and I plan on making the baked good on the calendar each month. Great for dusting off my baking pans, maybe not so great for my waistline, but definitely worth it! I have also started borrowing cookbooks from the library to try different recipes. I was barely in the kitchen last year, and this year I’m going to make up for it.

As for reading, I should challenge myself to read books with a purpose. I love a good dystopian novel, perhaps throwing in a book about finance or self-betterment wouldn’t hurt. I’m also hoping to spend more time reading instead of watching TV shows that I don’t even like.

And finally, I’m sure outdoor adventures will come. Our love of trying new things and living in Montana, I have no fear we’ll get out and do things.

Here’s to a great 2018!


Gossett Girl


Ever since I was little, I had always thought 32 would be my year. My mom had me the year she turned 32, and in my mind, I always thought I would be 32 when I had my own child. Life has a way of letting you know you’re not in charge, and obviously that didn’t happen.

Last year  we celebrated my birthday with an evening party, watched the Sounders win the MLS Cup, and I was pregnant and didn’t know it. This year we celebrated with brunch, and watched the Sounders lose the MLS Cup. We went XC skiing on my birthday again which is always a fun time.

It was so cold I couldn’t do a real smile.

A year ago I thought we would possibly be celebrating as a little family. It was bittersweet to try and celebrate, but also wondering what could have been. I have definitely felt supported by all my friends this year, and that means a lot.

I’m hopeful for 33. I look forward to what it will bring. I already know we are going to South America and most likely Hawaii. We have a ton of Seattle trips planned, and it will be good to spend time with friends.

Goodbye 32, hello 33.


Gossett Girl