Thursday Things

  1. How’s everyone faring? How’s everyone feeling? Really and truly it’s important to check on everyone at this time. Leave a comment below and let me know how your head and your heart are doing. I’d love to chat!
  2. To help lighten things up, I’m hosting a fun and funny giveaway on my Instagram. What’s the prize, you ask? Oh, just the COMPLETE SERIES of The Nanny!!! Yes, yes, I know, I know, I am far too generous.
  3. Speaking of generous – if you are able or feel so inclined, there’s a virtual tip jar set up for the employees of a local coffee shop I do work for. You can find it here. Every little bit helps. That includes in your own location too! Shop small, support small, this is the time to think small – for small businesses and their owners.
  4. Going to be making this focaccia because my friend Jen made it on her IG stories the other day and it looks too good not to have. Plus, I need to work with yeast more. Even though I don’t want to. But I want fresh baked bread. But I don’t want to wait 24 hours for it. But it’s better than store bought. These are the things that plague me.
  5. I’ve taken to watching these ridiculously complex choreography routines to relax. And then attempting to recreate them as an exercise in creativity. It’s almost working, despite my lack of rhythm.
  6. I’m a part of a small group of women who are doing a mastermind group in food photography with Sam of Frosting + Fettuccine – it’s so cool to know that I was present (at least virtually) for the styling and photographing of this post. I’m already learning so dang much!
  7. If you’re looking for something to keep you (or your children) occupied during this time – check out my recipe page. There’s a whole host of things to make and many of them use ingredients you likely already have on hand!

Thursday Things

  1. Greetings from Greenville! Grandma and I got in yesterday afternoon after two days on the road. It was a very pleasant drive and great spending time with her. If you have the opportunity to travel with your grandparents, please do. You’ll learn a lot.
  2. I’m having lunch with some friends at Pita House today and I’m so ready for falafel and cucumber salad. And to deliver some of that beer up there.
  3. My adorable 14-year-old cousin has the best straight across bangs right now and she’s making me want to cut my hair, but mine will never look as good as hers. Or Leslie’s.
  4. Speaking of Leslie – I disagree with her. Strongly. I actually love calzones. And even made a mini version before leaving!
  5. I’ve got a strategy meeting scheduled with Sam from Frosting and Fettuccine today about joining her Master Class and omg I’m nervous.
  6. Hell yeah, Scotland!
  7. Some dear friends of mine just welcomed a baby girl into their lives. You can bet your bottom dollar that Aunt Amanda is going to be celebrating by bringing them a pan of Melba’s Lasagna when I return from vacation.

Thursday Things

  1. Lately I’m all about those double espresso shots with a touch of raw sugar. And next week in Miami I’m going to be all about Cuban coffees!
  2. I ordered a pair of these sunnies for my cruise next week. I haven’t spent more than $7 on a pair of sunglasses in about six years, but my sunglasses also always fall off my head, have terrible glare, or break. In theory, these won’t have any of those issues. In reality, I will likely lose them in the ocean.
  3. Igloo switched over from Styrofoam coolers to biodegradable options! Here’s hoping more companies begin following suit!
  4. I’m still obsessing over the Superbowl Halftime Show. And J Lo. She’s fifty. FIFTY.
  5. This week I’m shooting on-site at Webster’s. It’s been quite the production. And wonderful! I am having an absolute blast! The days are long, the work is hard, but I am living my dream, y’all.
  6. This time next week we’ll already be a day into Lent. (But not before having some paczki on Tuesday!) Are you giving anything up? Adding anything to your life? Have no idea what I’m talking about?

Thursday Things

  1. Edgar has enjoyed his first visit to Door County. And even got featured on the Travel Wisconsin Instagram Stories! My baby’s a star! (I’d be such a horrendous stage dog-mom.)
  2. Ya girl knows how to start a fire now! Seth taught me up at the cabin. And it’s a good thing too, because I was freezing when I got up yesterday morning and didn’t want to wake Seth. I managed to get a roaring fire going before he even got up! I’m quite proud of myself.
  3. I’m also proud of myself for this brioche loaf. I haven’t made loaves of bread since my GB&D days so to say I was shocked and amazed is truly an understatement. It was a modified version of the recipe for these buns that I’ll be sharing shortly!
  4. I highly recommend marrying the guy who fixes things at AirBnbs. There hasn’t been a single place Seth and I have stayed in our time together where he hasn’t fixed something. Replacing a porch light, getting a bathroom door back on its tracks, fixing a broken lock (or three). He’s done it all.
  5. I also highly recommend marrying the guy who sneaks up to the AirBnb a day early to leave bouquets of flowers, cards, and gifts around the cabin as an amazing surprise to make a work trip more enjoyable.
  6. Wine tastings have also made this work trip more enjoyable! They’ve been amazing networking and photography opportunities. And have helped us find a few of our new favorite vinos.
  7. It’s time to check horse drawn sleigh ride off my bucket list. Have you ever gone on one? Ours was freezing but fabulous!

Thursday Things

Banana Walnut Quick Bread
  1. Whipped up this crazy good banana bread in an hour last Sunday. I’m thinking of sharing the recipe. Who’s interested?
  2. I made that bread right before seeing Charlie Berens. Which happened right before I met him! And got to give him some strawberry jam and cherry bounce!
  3. Yesterday someone parked this close to my driver’s side door at the grocery store – forcing me to climb in through the passenger side. It was totally ridiculous, but totally reminiscent of when I was in high school and I had an old Woody Caravan whose driver’s side door was held on with bungee cords. I only ever used the passenger door then.
  4. Tuesday night I caught Seth singing the New Girl theme song to Edgar, but he changed the words to “Who’s that dog? It’s Edgar!” I’ve never heard anything cuter.
  5. I made a super fun gif/stop motion of some stuffed shells I made earlier this week. Check it in my highlights! (And give me a follow on IG while you’re at it!)
  6. Ya girl got an InstantPot! And promptly got the most terrifying “FOOD BURN” warning the first time I used it. But! I poured a can of beer into the pot and the pork turned out beautifully!
  7. Seth has figured out a new way to make potatoes and they are unbelievable! Like a cross between a potato chip and mashed potatoes. I’m going to wrangle him into letting me shoot them soon so I can share!

Thursday Things

  1. Working on a pecan and brown sugar lacey cookie. It’s almost there, just another batch or two and they’ll be perfect! Stay tuned!
  2. I am now the (very) proud owner of a butter ornament. Finally, our tree is complete! My friend Meredith (who I saw last month) bestowed it upon me because she just gets me. I’m a very lucky girl with very good friends.
  3. Seth got the family a Firestick for Christmas and holy moly has it changed our TV game! We had been using an ancient blu-ray player for way too long. There are so many fun features on this thing and every time Seth tells me another one he laughs at my, “Wha?! Really?!” response. Welcome to the future!
  4. On the topic of TV – I binged a show for the first time since our honeymoon (yeah, we binge watched a show on our romantic weekend away and it was perfection, don’t @ me). Dirty John! One of my favorite podcasts became a TV show. It was brilliant! Absolutely marvelous! Connie Britton is a treasure and Eric Bana was terrifying.
  5. Speaking of podcasts – which I do virtually all of the time that I’m not actually listening to them – I started listening to Scam Goddess and I’m hooked! It’s funny and current and true crime-y without being about murder.
  6. It’s usually a guarantee that this time of year I’m bound to get a cold. And a dang nasty one at that. I’m not sure if working from home is helping or hindering this happening. On the one hand, I’m not exposed to so many germs buuuuuut, on the other hand, I’m not exposed to so many germs! Less risk of coming into contact with sickly people but, also, less chance to build up immunities. I’m taking lots of elderberry and vitamin c supplements to be safe, either way.
  7. May we all have an Aunt Jackie in our lives.
  8. Going to attempt my first Bûche de Nöel this week/weekend. I haven’t successfully made a Swiss roll cake in two year (then again, I haven’t tried in two years). If you have any tips or tricks for the love of all that is good in this world please share!