Beyond the Kitchen

Weekend Warrior

weekend inspiration

Can we talk about our weekend inspiration?  Let’s take on the rest, the recharge, and the gathering and laughing with friends.  Can we turn the email down and the Fleetwood Mac way way up?  Can we find reason to bust out the sunscreen?  Can we order a basket of French Fries at Brunch and order another basket at 1am after a very loud night of karaoke?

Can there be cold negronis and long dog walks.  Maybe some catnip and breakfast cake?  Too much coffee and a long afternoon nap?  Oooh man… I’m just talkin’ dirty now.

My wish for you is that at least some of your weekend is a true weekend for you.  Even if there’s a clock you have to punch, or overtime in your future… I hope there is at least a moment of cake and/or sunshine and/or a snooze button and/or an extra cup of coffee.

Here’s some weekend inspiration.

I love you (seriously, I do).  Happy Friday!

weekend inspiration

I spent some weekend time with my maj Tracy from Shutterbean.  I sliced into this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake like it was my life’s work.  I also played Star Wars Legos with four-year-old Cooper.  Pretty much the best ever.

Sidenote:  I may have ignited a previously dormant passion for Legos.  We can talk about that later.

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Making scones is part of a super relaxing weekend, right?  These lavender scones are coming atcha in a few weeks.  In the meantime, these Maple Blueberry joints are the business.

weekend inspiration

The Ivy is a Los Angeles institution.

It’s the kind of restaurant where the salads are $40, and  you’re probably enjoying your lunch next to a Kardashian or three.  Maybe you’re into that sort of thing.  The Ivy is full of roses, which got me thinking…

weekend inspiration

I should make a Rose Cake!

I’m still tweaking the recipe, but I’ll have it ready for you around Mother’s Day.

weekend inspiration

Work feels less like work when you’re doing it with friends.

Grab you camera this weekend, call a friend, go see what you can see!  It’s totally fun.  Flowers, pets, and big bushes of Bougainvillea make excellent subjects.

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Just call him.

He could be wearing a party hat for no reason.  Call and ask.

weekend inspiration

Weekends can also all about meeting new friends, making them Ina Garten’s Baked Shrimp Scampi, and eating all mellow-like on the front patio.  Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess are fun people to sit outside with.  They don’t look at you crazy when you go in for second and third helpings of shrimp and rice, and they bring over Whiskey Lemonades.  Kindness abound.

I hope your weekend is full of work that you want to do.  Sleep in like it’s your j.o.b… that has really comfy pillows.

xo j