Hello my friends! Welcome to another edition of This Is Your Life Sunday. Just look at you living! Take a little time to yourself! I’m really glad you’re here. Everyone insists on talking about the end of Summer and I say no! I’m still wearing white shorts and sunglasses despite the September calendar. No ‘Welcome back from Summer’ emails for me, please. I’ve been here in my Turn Down For What t-shirt for months. So…. there you have it.
The world continues to be a shaken up mish-mash of heartbreaking and beautiful things. Here’s what the week has for us:
• You know how hackers elbowed their way into the cell phone photos of celebrities and released a bunch of nude photos for all to ooogle at? That’s really rude and intrusive. Question: is a women’s privacy is less important than male pleasure. Does that question make you uncomfortable? Me too.
• Are we wired for negativity over good? I think the answer lies in the fact that I more often remember the negative blog comments over the positive ones. Dangit brain!
• Are you nerding out about Tuesday’s Apple announcement? Wait… are you already standing in line? Too soon. Too soon. The Verge compiled their thoughts on the new iWatch. Is it weird that the possibility of this makes me really nervous?
• On the flip side, how about a distraction-free iPhone. There’s relief in there. Think about it.
• A Columbia student will carry around a mattress until her rapist is expelled. Statement meets art.
• I didn’t go to college right after high school and at the time it seemed like a really big deal to my family and friends. I eventually went to college in my 20’s when I had more of an idea of who I was and what I wanted to do. Mostly it’s about being true to who you are, even when people think you’re stone-cold craaaazy. How to skip college and thrive. Be true to you!
• Joan Rivers, we’re going to miss you. You were so much more than ‘who are you wearing’.
• I like my coffee like I like my men…. What your coffee order says about you.
• 6 things the happiest families have in common. Dinner is a big deal.
Have a lovely Sunday!
I love you byeeee!
Let’s make this quick and dirty, shall we?
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Tomorrow? Spiced Diced Apple Cake. Let me just tell you… it’s a good thing I took pictures of that dang cake already because I’ve already eaten half of it…. by myself… using the “I’ll just have a sliver” method. It’s good. It’s really really good.
Happy Sunday! Here we are on the Internet!
This week, my friend Tracy and I were trying to nail down (via text message, of course) our feelings about the Internet. It’s feeling big these days. Bigger than usual. It’s feeling fast these days… and I’m not talking about the speed at which web pages load. The Internet feels more than ever like a big machine of content that we’re all ingesting 2 seconds at a time. A recipe that will take me days to develop, shoot, edit, and write will take a reader a cool twooooo seconds to sweep through. There are a lot of things to decide in those two seconds: if you like it, if it’s pretty, if it applies to your immediate future, if it makes you hungry, if it makes you hate me, if it’s grain-free enough, and if it’s Pinterest worthy. That’s a lot to run through and it all happens so so fast!
I’m not complaining. That’s the game we’re in. This is totally what I signed up for. I think. More than that… I’m pretty sure this is my dream job! But can’t we all just take a moment to acknowledge that it’s WEIRD!? It’s totally weird, right? Yes. The answer is yes.
Can we talk about the picture above with me and my perfect grocery bag? I’m trying to decide if I’m the girl that walks around New Orleans with tulips and kale in a bag. In the bottom of that bag you’ll find: a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch breakfast cereal, a box cake mix (yellow), a tub of chocolate cake frosting (GASP!), three plastic bags, two umbrellas, and three old receipts. Also not pictured: sweat running down my back. That’s how real it is.
I’ll love the Internet forever and always, speed and all. Here are a few of the places I spent a quality two seconds (or so) this week:
• I’m learning about EGGS this week. I’m trying to achieve the perfect soft-boiled and hard-boiled eggs. So far I’ve found the most success dunking my cold uncooked eggs into boiling water and allowing them to simmer for 6 minutes. Shocking them in ice water is essential for a soft egg and an easy peel. There’s a lot to know about how to cook a humble egg. I’ve found this very helpful: The Hard Truth About Boiled Eggs.
• Turning the oven on to make lasagna is 100% out of the question. A Lasagna Grilled Cheese Sandwich feels much more reasonable.
• I love gatherings on the Internet especially when they involve POPSICLES! It’s Popsicle Week with Wit and Vinegar and thirtysomeodd other major food talents from across the land. Some of my favorite popsicles from Popsicle Week include 4-Ingredients Strawberry Cream Pops, Creamy Cinnamon Horchata Popscicles, and Raspberry Lemon Yogurt Popscicles.
• Fargo was one of the best shows on television this Spring. Did you get into it!?
• 4th of July doesn’t have to be over the top with the red white and blue. In my secret life, in my very uncomplicated food mind I want to eat a boxed cake sheet cake with Cool Whip frosting, strawberries, and blueberries. That’s right. I want a plain old FLAG CAKE! Blasphemy.
• I want to go somewhere that requires the Bon Voyage Passport Case, this tropical-themed backpack, and also… I’d like to take my own bed and the comforts of home with me. What do you mean I can’t have the best of both worlds!?
• Hello. Nice to meet you. I’m Joy “Bedtime Procrastination” Wilson.
• In our heart of hearts we must KNOW that disappearing photo-sharing apps don’t really disappear our photos. Right? Will Facebook’s attempt at the app be a success? Please say noooooooo.
• This episode of NPR’s Fresh Air with Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre is really interesting. She talks about how she got fired from Saturday Night Live after one super mistake. It’s really fascinating. You might remember Jenny Slate from Marcel the Shell With Shoes On.
I hope you have the happiest of Sundays! Be at the beach! I love you! Bye for now.
I lost my cat for a day yesterday. My giant, always hungry, way too fluffy, ‘I’m going to eat your scone dough’ orange cat wandered out of an open door here in New Orleans and, just like giant orange cats do…. he disappeared into thin air.
I was in the thick of preparing for the Kentucky Derby Party I’ve been talking about here for a week. Elbow deep in Mac and Cheese, two Derby Pies (that wouldn’t set in the oven because I eyeballed the addition of too much bourbon), baking biscuits, two hours away from guests arriving, and…. a missing cat. I’ll tell you now that I 100% freaked out, and then I 100% continued to make Mac and Cheese because I didn’t want to burn the dang béchamel. I also cried on a few of the biscuits.
A few friends diligently searched the neighborhood. Hearing them call for my giant orange boy cat in their dainty coaxing voices was calming. When I searched the neighborhood myself, with flour all over my shirt and my eyes starting to puff and fatigue, I think I was offered just about every cat consolation in the book.
‘Just go outside and call for him.’ Thank you, antique shop neighbor. I hadn’t thought of that.
‘He’ll find another good home.’ Um… I make cat treats from scratch. It doesn’t get better than my home!
‘I moved to a new neighborhood, lost my cat and it came back after four months. You’ll be fine.” Nope. Now I’m really not fine, but cool I’m happy for you.
‘I recently lost my cat in a tragic dryer accident so I know what you’re feeling.” And I run screaming away from this neighbor as fast as I can.
‘He’s wearing a collar, right?’ No… get away from me.
‘Calm down. Cats come back.’ Thank you but this doesn’t feel entirely helpful right now!
It turns out that, ok…. cats do come home. At least Tron-cat did come home. Early this morning, mud all over his belly, dirt crusted in his fancy tail, paws blackened with dust and dirt. He was HUNGRY. I mean… he missed AN ENTIRE MEAL. I also think he was scared and happy to see me. I told him about all the fried chicken and biscuits he missed and the Derby Party. He told me about all the flies he ate hiding in the bushes. I told him about the lady with the cat in the dryer and he made the sign of the cross with his paw. Not really… that last part only happened in my imagination.
• Also this week, I became re-obsessed with this James Blake song, Retrograde. It hypnotizes me. Some songs just dig deep inside your heart.
• Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere has a new capsule collection with Club Monaco, but you already knew that. I’m excited for the collection and I think it’s really cool to see bloggers do what they do! Totally inspiring.
• Can someone come over and teach me to make crepes? I’ll provide the jam and Nutella.
• My goals for May include making some sort of falafel or veggie burger recipe. This Sweet Green Pea and Herb Falafel is super inspiring.
I’m off to strap on my hawk-holding gloves and give my cat a bath. The mud bath it appears he took late last night doesn’t sit well with either of us. It’s also the last day of Jazz Fest here in New Orleans. Find me swaying in the Blues Tent until sunset.
I love you. Happy Sunday!
Hello friends and Happy Sunday!
I hope you’re entering the end of January feeling happy and productive, still in your January intentions and resolutions. These days feel filled with challenges and beauty, sunshine and chill.
I don’t even know how I’m feeling this week? That’s got to be ok to say… sometimes just the day to day is enough feeling. Right?
Here’s some of the superficial Internet. I didn’t make it, I just listed it for you.
• I distinctly remember saving up my paycheck from my ice cream scooping job in high school so I could buy myself an outfit to wear after prom from Abercrombie and Fitch. I bought a pair of forest green parachute pants with orange details and a navy linen kinda boho embroidered shirt. I dunno. It was the Abercrombie & Fitch hay-day. We all went nuts for that mess, remember? Well… their CEO is now 70 years old. So there’s that: The Aging of Abercrombie & Fitch
• They’re giving all of our traffic secrets away: New Traffic Apps May Be Pushing Cars Into Residential Areas
• The last thing you need: Twitter While You Were Away. Isn’t it all happening while we are away anyway?
• Inventing A Better Cat Call. I’ll take a sonnet or an edible arrangement, please and thank you.
• Would I come off as too defensive if I said that noooo, I don’t have a Tinder profile but still find the whole madness fascinating? Reasons Why Your Tinder Profile Is Horrible.
• 12 Historical Women Who Gave No F*cks. Go read this. I’ll wait here, slow-blinking… and we can discuss when you return.
• Grab a cake or grab a spoon: Chocolate Frosting.
• It’s really inspiring to look through a different lens (and hold pictures in your hand). Un-Instagram: Fujimax Instax Camera
• I’m going to see the movie American Sniper tonight. People have thoughts about it. Here are some: I Served In Iraq and American Sniper Gets It Right. But It’s Still Not The Warm Film We Need.
• I could legit use the Bracelet Assistant and I want a Jumping Hot Dog just for fun. Here are 12 of SkyMalls Weirdest Products.
Have more coffee. Have a great day. The two are inextricably linked.
I’ve been to Ohio and back this week. Cincinnati to be exact. I hosted a pie demonstration at the Cincinnati Food and Wine Festival where I made a pie, cracked some jokes, and made myself (if no one else) laugh. I also stayed at the 21c Museum Hotel which might be the coolest hotel to ever be a hotel.
Bonus for this week: I found a friendship bracelet on the ground, picked it up, and made the weird decision to keep it. Judge me. Go ahead. I’m also working on a recipe for meringues that taste like chocolate chip cookies. That’s a process.
There are things we should talk about. These are them:
• Eating: A Manifesto. Hey ladies, we can stop torturing ourselves about the brownie and just eat the brownie. My goodness the way we torture ourselves. Thank you for linking to this, Molly. It’s a sigh of relief.
• Listed under things we still have to think about and will probably have to think about for a long time: ISIS. The president made a big speech about it and most of us, myself include were probably like… Ok. Here we go. Here’s our president making a speech about something. But think about it; this doesn’t happen all that often. When it happens it’s important. When it happens it’s also very deliberate and well produced. It’s a message and a production down to the detail. This The Gist episode is an interesting look behind the production and nuance of a presidential speech: Did You See Obama Pull A John Wayne Last Night? It’s short and really interesting.
• Something about this list of The New Establishment according to Vanity Fair makes me uncomfortable… and it’s not because I’m not on the list. Something about it just makes my lips curl. Maybe it’s because calling something The New Establishment makes it too too much and I like to think I’m not boss of me.
• I just freed an innocent man from death row. And I’m still furious. A think-piece.
• This week was the anniversary of the September 11th tragedy. Here’s the thing: we’re going to think about this date every year until forever. Two pieces really stood out to me in light of this week’s sad anniversary. First, an F-16 pilot was ready to give her life on September 11th. Imagine that one day you wake up and your job is to fly your plane into a hijacked civilian airplane and you decide to yes, do what is asked of you. Second, The Falling Man is a piece originally published in 2003 about Richard Drew’s infamous photograph of a man falling from The World Trade Center. With a new and very powerful introduction from Tom Junod. This is the part of life and times that is hard and complicated and in need of words.
• When I was your age, I had to walk to school, through the snow, uphill both ways. Yadda yadda yadda, Gramps. 25 of the Most Dangerous and Unusual Journeys To School In The World.
• Not Without Salt is a lovely blog by Ashley Rodriguez. She is newly packaging her mega-delicious Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie in mixes. I’m thinking this will make a great just-thinking-about-you gift! Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. All you need is a stick of softened butter and an egg! I love it.
• I love when high school students write food blogs: Plentiful Plate. Go on and get it!
• You’ve been washing your face wrong, but here’s how to do it right (from a fancy French facialist). Also, I’ve struggled with my skin in the past…. lke big time. This clay mask has transformed my skin for the better. It’s all-natural and majorly effective.
• Simple Chocolate Cake with Ganache. Hit it, don’t quit it.
Happy Sunday (+Monday) friends and lovers. I’m out.
Let’s call it Birthday Sunday… BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT IT IS! (That sentence slowly evolved into an Oprah voice. Just so you know.)
• French girls really know how to work their scarves! How To Tie a Scarf Like a French Girl.
• Dear Guy Who Just Made My Burrito. I CRIED laughing. Cried real tears. If you’ve ever eaten a burrito you’d understand. (Link contains explicit language, like a lot, because burritos are serious business.)
• I’ve gone down the rabbit hole of tiny charcoal grills on amazon. What a bizarre rabbit hole to find yourself in. It’s summer! I have a little courtyard. I want to charcoal it up perhaps with this little Lodge Charcoal Grill. Then there’s the whole charcoal and briquette rabbit hole. I never thought I’d be googling things like: Charcoal Briquettes and Lighter Cubes and Chimney Starters.
• Can we talk about Oprah Chai at Starbucks!? It’s DELICIOUS! It’s charitable, and IT’S OPRAH! I’m going to put a candle in it today and make it a birthday chai.
• Let’s make a summer version of Homemade Lipgloss! I’m thinking orange and bright pink tones. Like sherbet!
• I’m taking my first Barre3 class in New Orleans next week. Let’s keep our fingers crossed I don’t look like an idiot… but I will and that’s ok.
• Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown is my favorite show on television. His book Medium Raw is all up in my queue because my friend Tracy just bought the audio book and I have to do most things that she does.
• I’m waaay into the new Black Keys album Turn Blue. Summertime tunes.
(Above dress by Girls From Savory because I think someone might ask, and also because their dresses are cute and comfortable and super flattering. No, I don’t think I’m a fashion blogger. Just sayin’.)
I’m going to go eat all the beignets now! Have a happy holiday Sunday!
I love you. (Insert: lip emoji)
Hello friends! I hope this finds you properly reclined and sipping on something Sunday. I’m been back in New Orleans for a week of waaaay too much Halloween fun. I dressed up as Cleopatra. Fierce with a side of crazy-eyes. I’m sorry I’m not more forthcoming with photographic evidence. I also bought a bag of Halloween candy and find that I’m mostly just eating it myself because… just let it happen. I’m packing my bags to head to the west coast for a week. I hope to see you in San Francisco and Seattle to show you how to make pie and write in your copies of Homemade Decadence. It’ll be fun!
I hope your Sunday is relaxed and mellow. I hope you over-indulge in Halloween candy even if you have to sneak it from your kid’s stash. Just hide the empty wrappers in the trash can… not like I’ve ever done that… who steals candy from children!?
Here is this week’s internet, condensed. Carry on (and on and on).
• My very favorite chef Jacques Pepin, on ketchup and other important things.
• A long read for a short weekend: The Secret Life of an ISIS Warlord.
• “How could gluten, present in a staple food that has sustained humanity for thousands of years, have suddenly become so threatening?” What the what happened? Against The Grain.
• My Life On Olive Garden. I’m getting each one of you a Pasta Pass for the holidays so GET EXCITED!
• Similarly… My Week With A Flip Phone. Committed but not insane… I mean, really.
• We Are All Confident Idiots, I’m sure of it.
• Theo Padnos on being kidnapped, tortured, and released in Syria. This piece is 100%.
• Categorize under: truth is stranger/worse/more madness than fiction. Mexico’s First Lady Of Murder Is On The Lam.
• This is really interesting: The Ten Greatest Changes In The Last 1,000 Years.
• I’m headed to San Francisco and Seattle next week! I’m giving away 4 tickets to the San Francisco pie demonstration and book signing. Comment on this post, I’ll pick four of you tonight and see you at the signing tomorrow night!! Easy, right?
• I need a kitchen blow torch because I want to make Creme Brûlée French Toast a reality for us.
• Tweet Game Strong. The very best of the very worst of the very funniest tweets.
What a lovely Sunday to live in! I hope this finds you happy, well, and still in your embarrassing pajama bottoms. I mean… I’m still wearing my Christmas pajamas too. No shame in my game.
Mardi Gras has been swirling around me and WHOA, just whoa. I’ve lived in New Orleans for one full year and boy do I have some wide eyes and words about it. I’ll share those soon.
This week the Internet has offered us some gems. These are them:
• Bob Dylan has some really excellent and humbling words about what it means to be an artist and to live and breathe in that space. He’s wise. “These songs didn’t come out of thin air.”
• It feels like civil rights is only as pressing as our current news cycle dictates. That’s a problem. The Public Life and Private Doubts of Al Sharpton.
• The current state of public shaming. We have a problem, but then again… we’ve always had a problem. How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life
• How The New York Times Works. You know… that old thing.
• I wasn’t allowed to be a picky eater as a kid. Not an option. The Tyranny of Chicken Fingers
• Worry is an important part of being a moral person. Anxiety reimagined.
Martha Stewart’s beauty routine. Saying “I don’t get clogged pores” is like saying “I don’t bloat”. Oh HUSH Martha. YES YOU DO!
• If Stanley Tucci Were Your Boyfriend, “it would always be the second week of fall. The sun would never set before 8pm, but you would never sweat again.” Isn’t that the TRUTH! (We can also stop eating Cheetos in the shower, which is mostly a relief.)
• Fired Sony Executive Amy Pascal thinks actors are “bottomless pits of need”, and also… magical.
• Stop what you’re doing: Salami of the Month Club!
• I’m reading: The Girl Who Fell From The Sky.
• Let’s do this blue.
• Lastly, The New Yorker reviews Fifty Shades of Grey aka “the Downton Abby of bondage”.
I love you, I do. Have a most wonderful day!
Hello my friends! We’re in it, aren’t we? Are these the dog days of summer?
I hope you’re taking it easy this weekend. I hope you’re lying low, drinking lemonade, and dangling your feet in a cool swimming pool.
Here’s what’s on my mind and on the Internet this week:
• Turn On, Retweet, Tune Out – on our fleeting #empathy.
• Jonathan the 182 year old tortoise. Slow and steady forever and ever.
• So there’s this company called Personal Audio that claims to have the legit patent on aaaallll podcasts. They’ve demanded cash-money from podcasts large and small according to their patent. Essentially they’re going after popular podcasts in an effort to make some quick money and essentially it’s a really crappy thing to do. They got more than they bargained for when they went after Adam Carolla. Adam Carolla Won’t Let Company Drop Podcast Patent Infringement Case Against Him.
• I love these dreamy pictures of Old California.
• Watch this full screen because The World’s Most Extraordinary Waves deserve at least that much respect. The thought of these kinds of waves coming at me gives me a half-panie (aka half panic attack).
• A very accurate list of Ten Things Not To Do As A New Yorker Visiting LA.
• Raspberry Peach Sorbet Kombucha Floats! I’m all the way into it.
• An important documentary about a teenager sentenced to life in prison without parole. 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story.
• It’s going to take me years to fully appreciate the nuance of New Orleans cuisine. The book Eat Dat New Orleans is a very helpful guide.
• “I don’t need feminism because women *already* make up an equal number of CEOs, if you include Chicks Eating Oreos.” No To Feminism. Thank you Twitter.
• Tracy shared this gem with me and it’s just toooooo real: 17 Things Women Without Children Are Tired Of Hearing. “It must be nice to have so much free time.” Oh my gosh shhuuutttt uuupppp.
Happy Sunday! I love you bye-bye!